Whether seeking a night of bellyaching fun or wanting to participate in the action, comedy clubs are always a great alternative to dinner-and-a-movie evenings. Below, our favorite laugh-out-loud spots in Philly.
A look inside Raven Lounge
Philly’s longest-running comedy show features two teams battling it out through laughs and improvisation. Audience interaction is encouraged. Shows are held every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 2030 Sansom St., 1-877-98-LAUGH
Known for hosting famous comedians from around the globe, Helium brings headlining acts to an intimate setting. Shows last about an hour and forty minutes and guests can indulge in a full bar and food service while enjoying a worthy laugh. This weekend, catch Kevin Nealon of Saturday Night Live and Weeds fame. 2031 Sansom St., 215-496-9001
The Raven Lounge
The four level lounge features a first floor scotch and whiskey bar, a main level DJ room, and a third floor comedy show. With about 20 comedians performing each night, the club is the biggest stand-up comedy space in Philly. Shows start at 8:30 p.m., but owner Jonathan Hunter advises to come early, as seating is limited. 1718 Sansom St., 215-840-3577
With five locations in Philly, Jersey, and Delaware, this cabaret is known for giving stars their start (think Kevin James, Bill Maher, and Ray Romano). The club also offers “Funny Fundraising” events, helping local groups within the community raise funds for their causes. Multiple locations