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Laugh Out Loud

Get ready to laugh it up: Seattle’s comedy and improv lineups feature national stars and serious local talent who will have you rolling in the aisles.

National and regional headliners alike take the stage at The Comedy Underground (109 S Washington St; comedyunderground.com), an intimate club in Pioneer Square focusing on stand-up with performances every night. At Belltown’s The Rendezvous (2322 Second Ave; therendezvous.rocks), shows range from open-mic nights to sketch comedies in its underground speakeasy The Grotto or its restored 1932 Jewelbox Theater. Over Labor Day weekend, local and nationally-known comedians are on the lineup at Seattle’s music and arts festival Bumbershoot at Seattle Center (*305 Harrison St).

On the improv front, Jet City Improv (*5510 University Way NE; jetcityimprov.org) features an experienced troupe performing short-form, in-the-moment comedy with plenty of audience participation. And near Pike Place Market, Unexpected Productions (*1428 Post Alley; unexpectedproductions.org) hosts a range of shows that include stand-up comedy, competitive improv, and audience-driven shows. Given that the company helped launch names like Brendan Fraser and Joel McHale, you might be treated to a performance from the next big comedian.

For a little mix of everything, head to downtown club Re-Bar (1114 Howell St; rebarseattle.com). This hot spot combines theater and an LGBT-favored clubbing atmosphere with comedic takes on fringe theater and a bawdy remake of a retro game show, plus DJ dance nights and poetry slams.
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