Where to See Live Comedy in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is already Furniture City, Beer City and apparently sort of Hipster City, but did you know that we’re also a hotbed of hilarity? Outside of Laughfest and anything that happens at Dr. Grin’s, there is comedy in every corner of the city on almost any day of the week. Sit back, take notes and fill up that calendar. I hear laughing burns calories and makes attractive people more likely to accidentally bump into you on the sidewalk. I heard it from a scientist.
As it turns out, people stand up and do comedy a LOT in Grand Rapids. But there are also a few variety shows with SNL-esque sketch comedy, music, improv and more. And, most of it is FREE. Like. A joke is worth easily $13. Comedy is hard. Trust me. I’ve failed at it a lot. So free is a pretty good price. Monday is your best bet to catch the best variety of acts for zero dollars. So, be like me and pretend you don’t have a grown-up job to attend on Tuesday morning and go at it with reckless abandon.
A variety show including “Late Night GR”, Grand Rapids’ only late night talk show.
9 - 11 p.m.
An experimental comedy variety show AND improv comedy workshop
$5 for entertainment AND play time
The show is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the workshop (which anyone can join) is from 8 - 9 p.m.
A sign-up sheet open mic night featuring spoken word poetry, singer-songwriters and stand-up comedy (often by yours truly).
Doors at 8 p.m.
Sign up to perform as long as there are still spots on the list
(Every 1st Monday of the month)
FREE SHOW (in case you didn’t see the word “free” in the name. I don’t know your life.)
(Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month)
Doors at 9 p.m.
From 7 - 10 p.m.
1st Wednesdays – The Rainbow Game Show
Form a team and play a variety of classic games and physical challenges
2nd Wednesdays – Rainbow Variety Show
A variety show just like they used to do in the olden days. Only, nobody is related.
3rd Wednesdays – Monthly Funny Girls Comedy Show
A combination of sketch, stand-up, improv and more from the all-female (and fabulous) group, Funny Girls. (I hear there’s a really cool member of Funny Girls. We’ll call her K. Williams. No, no…that’s too obvious. How about Kaira W.? Anyway, I hear she’s really cool.)
(Every 3rd Thursday of the month)
Doors at 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Grins has two shows every Friday and Saturday night. You can check out their schedule here.
Other than that, there's nothing, really. Seems like it’d be a nightmare to do comedy downtown on the weekend. You know, what with all the young whippersnappers consuming alcohol and wandering around with their loud mouths and all.
Stand-Up Comedy featuring some of the best in the west.
FREE SHOW (with a two-drink minimum)
(3rd Sunday of the month)
The ONLY open mic night in GR that’s openly BYOB (that means bring your own beer, in case you’ve never been to a party before)
Come try out some comedy in a casual setting and see what Funny Girls have been working on while you’re at it.
Donations are welcome (encouraged – don’t be a jerk)