Comedy shows, stand up, improv and open mics in Miami

Just the Funny

Laughter is the best medicine, so next time you’re ailing and need a dose of giggles and guffaws, seek out one of Miami’s many comedy clubs, open mic nights and improve groups. You’ll feel better in no time and might even have bragging rights that you saw the next big comedian when they were doing the club circuit.

Artistic Vibes

It’s a mash up of laughter at Artistic Vibes where local talented comedians and spoken word poets grace the stage during their open mic night. Once the performers are done, they open up the mic to anyone who is brave enough to come up and give it a shot. On the second Friday of the month they present Laugh Attack, a comedy showcase where anything goes. Second Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m., 12986 SW 89 Ave., Miami, 786-505-8423, prices vary 

Just the Funny 

At Just the Funny Theater the troupe performs Improv and sketch comedy based on the audience’s suggestions at both their Mainstage Theater and The Spotlight, their bar and cabaret theater. You’ll bust a gut at shows like Friday Night Live and Que Pasa Improv. Fridays at 9, 10 and 11 p.m. and Saturdays at 7, 9 and 10 p.m. 3119 Coral Way, Miami, 305-693-8669, tickets $10 and $15 at box office, $8 and $12 online.


Kill Your Idol

If you want to go a little underground, check out the comedy night Cheap Laughs Sunday at Kill Your Idol on Miami Beach. The once a month showcase can feature up to 10 comedians who take the stage late night. Doors open at 8 p.m. with half-off drinks until 10 p.m. and $5 drink specials and $3 PBR’s all night. 222 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 305-672-1852, free 


Olympia Theater

The historic Olympia Theater in downtown Miami’s claim to fame is hosting the Miami Film Festival and being one of the area’s most beloved historic buildings. Once a month though, they host a wacky mash up evening In The Lobby Lounge – Etc! with Front Yard Theatre Collective. They’re unpredictable so each show is different but be assured, they’ll include plenty of comedic antics in their performance. Dates vary, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami, Free, 305-374-2444 

Taurus Beer & Whiskey House

Taurus Beer & Whiskey House is the new name of one of the Grove’s most beloved bars. It’s a place that long-time Coconut Grove residents always reminisce about during its heydays in the 1970s and ’80s. Revived as a beer & whiskey bar, they also have a weekly Thursday night stand-up comedy show they call Speakeasy. Local comedian Freddy Stebbins hosts an evening with Miami’s hottest rising stand-up comics. By all means sample a few of their cocktails, drafts or whiskeys from their huge selection. 9 p.m., 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 305-529-6523  

Churchill’s Pub

One of Miami’s longest standing live music venues where the punk and hard rockers hang, Churchill’s Pub has almost been home to a weekly open mic night for the past 15 years. They call it Theatre du Underground and although it’s primarily a night to jam with jazz, there are also plenty of surprise guests who can oftentimes be comedians. Because it is Churchill’s unpredictability is a certainty and with a host who goes by Rio Dios Mio! definitely bound to be interesting. 9 pm, 5501 NE 2 Ave., Miami, no cover, 305-757-1807


Villain Theater

A hilarious troupe performing Chicago Improv has slowly crept into the comedy circuit in Miami, performing at one of Miami’s busiest event venues, MADE at the Citadel. The ensemble, made up of more than 30 performers, call themselves Villain Theater but there’s nothing sinister about them. What they are is serious about Improv, cranking out several shows from Thursday through Saturday. Thursdays’ Must See TV is a blend of improv, sketch, stand-up and open mic while TGIF and Saturday Gigantic (likely named after the popular show Sabado Gigante on Spanish television that recently went off the air) showcase Chicago Improv and sketch comedy style bits. Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8, 9:30 and 11 p.m., 8325 NE 2 Ave., Miami, 786-537-5430