For traditional stand-up comedy, head to the Bonkerz Comedy Club. In its three decades of operations, this Orlando-based establishment has hosted stars such as Rita Rudner, Jerry Seinfeld and Paula Poundstone. The club has operated since 1968 and has been voted “Best Comedy Club” by several cities, including Orlando and Las Vegas. It is easy to see why Florida’s Best Comedy Club has won numerous awards.
During my visit to Daytona Beach, I stayed at the LaPlaya Resort Penthouse Lounge. In the spacious room, there is seating at both the tables and the bar. From here, you can see the beach and the strip. It is an ideal location for an intimate gathering. You will always find amazing shows on Showtime and Comedy Central, including Leno, Letterman, and Showtime.
A great traditional stand-up venue is Off The Hook Comedy Club at Captain Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar (offthehookcomedy.com) on Marco Island. During the weekend, top headliners from the Improv’s comedy tour of Florida clubs will stop in Naples at the club, which is on the Improv’s comedy circuit.
Some of the past performers have been Pauly Shore, Gallagher, Andrew Dice Clay, Jackie Mason and Jimmie J.J. Walker. Join your new best friends before the show to yak it up at the restaurant before the show.
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You can see a show at Coconuts Comedy Club (coconutscomedyclub.com) in St. Pete Beach. It is a small space (read, it’s smaller), but it’s where top-notch acts perform. As part of my Chicago trip, I watched “America’s laziest comedian, ” Nick Gaza. During his performance, he tells true stories while engaging the audience (read: making fun of the audience and himself at the same time). Nick is the club’s oldest comic, having appeared on “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Drew Carey,” and “Becker.”
In addition to stand-up and improve performances, McCurdy’s Comedy Theater and Humor Institute (mccurdyscomedy.com) was established over 22 years ago.
There is a Florida comedy club with a 4,000-square-foot room that provides seats no more than 40 feet from the stage from anywhere in the room, making it one of the best Vegas comedy clubs. Chris Rock, Jeff Foxworthy, Soupy Sales, Elayne Boosler, Pat Paulsen, Judy Tenuta, Larry “Cable Guy,” Ron White, Kevin Pollack, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Brenner, are familiar faces at The Comedy Festival. That’s what I am trying to say. The venue attracts big names despite its unassuming location.
Additionally, to its monthly humor lectures, McCurdy’s Comedy Institute shows live comedy performances. A recent study shows that providing employees with new information via humor is an effective method of retaining that information. They use sketches as well as improvisation to help reduce stress in the workplace. I like this concept.
Visit the SAK Comedy Lab (sak.com) in downtown Orlando to catch some improve. Instead, you’ll find a friendly comedy theater (bad language is penalized) that’s suitable for everyone, similar to “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.
Also available through SAK is a strong improve program. A quick glance at their alumni shows how successful they have been for over 30 years.
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The north has seen Chong and Ralphie May perform at Comedy Zone. For those interested in becoming stand-up comedians, you can register for a Comedy Zone Workshop in Jacksonville. It is an eight-week course that you should take if you are a comedian or simply want to tell jokes without causing your friends to laugh.
Semifinalists from Miami’s Funniest and Ultimate Comedian contests operate this downtown Hollywood club. There have been performances by Brian Coronado, Thinka Minda, Deborah Anne, Perry Sak, Timothy Kirby, and Angela Bellonio Nacca.
If you want to make your boss laugh or just be a comedian, Florida comedy clubs are sure to have what you are looking for. It’s the best thing you can do in the sun to laugh, so get out there and have fun.