There is nothing healthier than a good laugh. In fact, some say laughing more will make you live longer! If you’re looking for a hefty dose of humor, Louisiana’s comedy venues can help you out. From stand-up performances, to improv groups, to theatrical events, get your laugh on at these great comedy venues in the state.
Having been honored as the New Orleans publication Gambit Weekly’s pick for “Best Place to See Comedy” in 2014 and 2015, the New Movement has become a staple for quality comedy in the Crescent City. Doubling as a school as well as a performance space, the theater off St. Claude attracts New Orleans residents regularly. Having consistent performances like Beta and School Night Level 1 Sketch Recital every Sunday with the talented students showing off their skills, it is no wonder the people keep coming back. The two-story building has a large theater, classrooms, video production studio, and a full-service bar!
Located in Kenner’s Rivertown, this seriously funny theater is a simple place to have a fun night. Rivertown itself has an attitude that accents the tiny town just right outside the Orleans Parish line. This theater represents that same swagger. Their hilarious shows include “Okra,” a Cajun comedy by Anne Galjour that won the best original script from The Bay Area Theater Critic’s Circle Award. Stand up comedy is also a regular at The Castle with Comedy Workshops being held at the club as well. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Since 1988, The Howlin’ Wolf has hosted some of the best local, national, and international talent to venture into the Big Easy. The big room is perfect for large concert performances though if you venture into The Den, this quaint sized space is way better for performance art. Every Tuesday in The Den, Comedy Beast lays way the foundations for upcoming and veteran comics to show off their stuff. The show is free along with the Nawlins Comedy Gumbeaux that happens every Thursday. Other shows such as Stoked: New Orleans Best Comedians go on during the weekends. Catch comedy multiple nights a week at Howlin Wolf in The Den.
The Station in Baton Rouge is certainly an interesting place. Located just off bustling College Drive this nicely-sized bar has a live entertainment room with a stage that is perfect for stand-up. They have held the longest running weekly comedy show in Baton Rouge. Every Wednesday they say, “The laughs are free” at The Station. The room has its own bar making it easy for patrons to never miss part of the show. Catch BR’s finest over at this hot spot.
This club is located in the Double Tree in Lafayette. Having all sorts of events like Latin Night, live musical performances, and night club events it is no wonder they threw comedy into the mix as well. The comedy promotion entity, Lafayette Comedy, throws their events at this spot frequently. The aim is to simply promote stand-up comedy in the Acadian region and so far, they have been successful.