Comedy Clubs Discounts Tips on how to dodge un-funny cover and drink charges at the nation's comedy clubs Budget Travel Saturday, Dec 20, 2003, 12:00 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Comedy Clubs Discounts

Tips on how to dodge un-funny cover and drink charges at the nation's comedy clubs

When it comes to a night out at comedy clubs, laughter doesn't come cheap. After paying for cover charges and the common two-drink minimums, audiences often find they are the punchline of a $50 or more joke. There's nothing to laugh about that.

However, by utilizing online discounts, discount ticket booths, or by going on less popular nights, the budget-minded traveler with a sense of humor can get cheap laughs at clubs across the country. And that means more funny for less money.

Austin, TX

Cap City Comedy Club (8120 Research Blvd., 512/467-2333,
Austin is a little city that sets some big trends in the music and film industry, and Cap City Comedy Club fits in well here. Because of the university-educated audience it regularly attracts, Cap City is a draw for comedians taking chances and trying out new material. Though the venue seats 350, it has a small-town saloon feel and showcases comics you know you''e seen, but can'' quite remember where. David Letterman'' inhouse comic, Eddie Brill (he'' the guy who warms up the crowd before the taping), just finished a week here and Ralphie May of NBC'' "Last Comic Standing" will headline in October. Even the original ""iezel" Pauly Shore will be stopping by next month for one night only.

Showtimes/cover charge

  • Monday, 8 p.m.--Either $5 or free, depending on what management feels is fair based on performers that night
  • Tuesday, 8 p.m.--$4.50
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 8 p.m.--$9
  • Tips

  • Mondays are usually free
  • Cap City offers online coupons for buy-one-get-one admission, as well as coupons for students waiving the cover charge (18 and up, only)
  • Parking is free
  • Boston

    Improv Asylum (216 Hanover St., 617/263-6887,
    Pirates, guys in drag and ax-wielding maniacs running around a stage and taking direction from the audience might be why this place is called an Asylum. The colorful shows put on by this improv-only troupe- voted "best comedy club" in Beantown-- suitable for ages 13 and up. The Asylum players, or "inmates" as they are called, develop scenes and sketches based on audience suggestions at such a frenetic pace, it makes you wonder if they took all of their meds in this cuckoo's nest.

    Showtimes/Cover Charge

  • Wednesday, Thursday, 8 p.m.--$15
  • Friday, Saturday, 8 & 10 p.m.--$20
  • Tips

  • Mondays are often free, or under $4.
  • For students only, the club's website offers coupons for two-for-the-price-of- one admission and $2 off (Wednesday and Thursday shows)
  • BosTix ( booths in Copley Square or Faneuil Hall Marketplace sell half-off day-of tickets for cash.
  • $3 parking available
  • Showtimes/cover charge

  • Wednesday-Saturday, 8 & 8:45 p.m.--$10-$15
  • Tips

  • Online coupons for free admission (or $5 coupons if under 21) are available every night except Saturday
  • There is no cover charge for ages 21 and over on Thursday nights
  • Chicago

    Second City (1616 N. Wells St., 312/337-3992,
    In Chi-town, Second City is rightfully known as an institution. Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Chris Farley are only a fraction of the recognizable names that logged time here. In addition, the sketches of Second City were the basis of the television program SCTV. Second City'' formidable presence and cost-effectiveness is the reason that it'' the only entry for clubs in Chicago.

    Showtimes/cover charge

  • Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 p.m.--$17
  • Friday, Saturday, 8 & 11 p.m.--$19
  • Sunday, 8 p.m.--$17
  • Tips

  • Second City offers free improv sets every weekend about an hour and 45-minutes after posted showtimes and tickets aren't required for these sets
  • Discounted tickets are available on the day of a performance for $12 or under
  • Children's shows are offerred on Saturdays at 10:30 AM for only $8.
  • Validated parking available
  • Audience members under age 16 require adult supervision
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