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Comedy Club on the Great River Road

There are some funny locals on the river road! These knee-slapping, belly-aching comedy clubs and stand-up performances add the cherry on top to a great night.

*On Your Way: Attractions may be sparse on the River so hit these spots on your way.


The Comedy Corner Underground (Minneapolis, MN)

The Comedy Corner Underground (Minneapolis, MN)

A1980’s punk rock flashback! One reviewer claims the club is a “great place to see new comics, works in progress and some straight bombs. The free open mic nights fill fast – so get there early to skip the waiting line. 

Rick Bronson’s – House of Comedy (Bloomington, MN)

Shop and dine at the Mall of America – but also laugh! Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy tops off a fun day at the mall. Seating is a first come, first serve basis if you’re in a group of seven or less!


Moxie’s (La Crosse, WI)

Moxie’s (La Crosse, WI)

Take a double look at Moxie’s in La Crosse! The Wisconsin pub and tiki bar hosts weekly comedian shows. Double check their calendar and schedule a dinner and laugh with your loved ones. 

On Your Way: Comedy on State (Madison, WI)

Nationally touring comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Netflix, Jimmy Fallon and more have taken the stage at Comedy on State. Did we mention they have a full service bar? Cheers to a good time!


he Comedy Bar (Dubuque, IA)

The Comedy Bar (Dubuque, IA)

Stroll down Dubuque’s historic Millwork District and find your way to the center of laughing! Inside the Novelty Iron Works Building, featured national headliners may give you a deep belly laugh. 

Penguin’s Comedy Club (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Reviews rave about a great night out at Peguin’s Comedy Club. Their weekly schedule mixes headliner comedy with open mic comedy for those with the courage to take the stage and make the crowd chuckle.


G.I.T. Improv (Rock Island, IL)

G.I.T. Improv (Rock Island, IL)

Interactive entertainment, improv festivals, and stand up comedy! The national improv touring company is a must-visit for couples, families, or solo travelers. One reviewer remarks G.I.T Improv is “the best consistently funny show in the QC”. 

On Your Way: Jukebox Comedy Club (Peoria, IL)

This club has been serving humor since 1990. The 225 seat premise allows for intimate comedy performance with a 2,000 square foot bar outside. Another perk? Meet the performers after the show!


Helium Comedy Club (St.Louis, MO)

Helium Comedy Club (St.Louis, MO)

Helium gathers contemporary comedy with an intimate venue. The typical Helium Comedy Club show can last almost two hours! So cozy up next to your date, laugh, and sip a crafted beverage.

Laughing Gas Comedy / N2O Lounge (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Need a midweek lift-me-up? Wednesdays are open mic days, followed by ladies night on Thursdays. Cellphones are a no-no, so enjoy the company and the comedy like the good ol’ times!


On Your Way: Comedy Off Broadway (Lexington, KY)

On Your Way: Comedy Off Broadway (Lexington, KY)

Stop by Lexington’s “exclusive home for stand-up comedy since 1987” while traveling off the river road! This comedy spot is known to showcase premiere acts with ticket ranges from $10-$30.  If you’re not sure, over 500 Google reviews may convince you!

On Your Way: The Caravan Comedy Club (Louisville, KY)

Great news: no minimum order for this laugh club! When river travelers make their way to Louisville, the Caravan is a great place to see new and old talent. Check out their website for the comedy schedule and rates!


Chuckles Comedy House (Cordova, TN)

Every weekend chuckle Tennessee style at the comedy house that hosts nationally-recognized comedians from all around. Get there early and grab a top-shelf drink and some food!

On Your Way: Laugh and Lounge (Clarksville, TN)

The seating style of this lounge is theater style – which means you’ll get comfy! The club also doesn’t require a two item minimum. Keep an eye on their website for their monthly themed events!


The Nut House Comedy Lounge (North Little Rock, AR)

On Your Way: The Nut House Comedy Lounge (North Little Rock, AR)

Central Arkansas now has some laughs! North Little Rock’s comedy house “treats you like family”. Multiple reviews claim the owner and food make this comedy club a great weekend gem. 

On Your Way: Loony Bin Comedy Club (Little Rock, AR)

Looking for a comedy club with specials? Loony Bin offers Thirsty Thursdays and $2 Buck Chuckle! While there, grab a photo in front of their signature Loony Bin wall with your friends, family, and maybe even your next favorite comedian. 


MikeTown Comedy Club (Jackson, MS)

MikeTown Comedy Club (Jackson, MS)

Looking for a “good grown folks time” in Jackson? MikeTown’s adult comedy will have you weezing and knee-slapping in a packed venue. Facebook reviews give this joint an almost perfect 5 out 5 rating!

On Your Way: Thirsty Hippo (Hattiesburg, MS)

Although this music venue is a great spot for tunes, the Thirsty Hippo also hosts comedians! The 1930s warehouse is a hot spot for live performances, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest comedian to stop through!


The Station Sports Bar and Grill (Baton Rouge, LA)

The Station Sports Bar and Grill (Baton Rouge, LA)

Weekday laughs are on special at The Station! Wednesday open mic night offers food specials like on burgers, mixed drinks, tequila shots, and Bud Lites!

Carrollton Station Bar (New Orleans, LA)

When the clock hits 9pm on a Wednesday,  the New Orleans “neighborhood bar” brings out the funny bones! “Think You’re Funny?” Stand Up Comedy is a weekly watering hole event that might get you into a local inside joke.