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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