Get The Giggles At Miami's Comedy Club Scene

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By: Lori Kahn

Spend a night laughing your worries away when visiting Miami

There’s nothing better than a good laugh, the kind where you have to clutch your stomach, gasp for and wipe your tears. If you’re looking for something different to do while in town, check out one of Miami’s comedy clubs.

Drinkhouse Fire & Ice

In the heart of South Beach on Collins Avenue just north of Lincoln Road, you will find Drinkhouse Fire & Ice. This one-of-a-kind ice bar has an unassuming window front looking into the forward Fire Bar. The smoky lighting and quartz shimmering through the room lends a club-like atmosphere you can enjoy every third Wednesday each month during its comedy nights.

Grab a drink from the bar and then walk to the back of the main room to take one of the velvety soft seats set up for the show. You will want to be there on time as it’s first-come, first-served seating. There are also seats at the Fire Bar where you can also watch Kyle Grooms, who has starred on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and famed “Chappelle’s Show," host the show. Drinkhouse features both local as well as visiting comics that will have you laughing all the way to the Ice Bar.

Tickets are an inexpensive $16.65, but you will likely want to get the full experience with a well cocktail and entry into the Ice Bar for only $45.85. Don’t worry if you aren't dressed for the cold, they have warm faux-fur coats and gloves for you to wear for the 23-degree winter wonderland. Sip on cocktails from ice glasses and take shots from their crystal-studded sculptures to stay warm from the inside out.

Just The Funny

A mere six blocks east of Miracle Mile, Just The Funny has been making Miami laugh with improv and sketch comedy every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. In addition to Just The Funny’s Mainstage Theater, The Spotlight offers another chance to get your laughs in at their new bar and cabaret theater across the hall. Shows start at just $10 at the door, so it’s an affordable alternative to some of Miami Beach’s pricier venues.

The Just The Funny Theater is a spacious, 100-seat theater that even has a VIP box. If you are looking for “Whose Line is it Anyway” and “Chicago-style” long-form improv, this is one group that you will want to see.

Villain Theater

Villain Theater is Miami's newest home for improv and sketch comedy in up-and-coming Little Haiti. Its strength is in long-form improvisation and community engagement that elevate the voices of Miami’s creative, which basically means these comedians give their audiences laughs while giving back to the very community they call home. You can also see Villain Theater performances at Gramps in Wynwood.

The Have Nots

What started out in Miami's diviest of dive bars, The-Have-Nots have come a long way to being named "Best Comedy Venue" by Miami New Times. The-Have-Nots continue their comedic rise with comedy show collaborations from MTV to Live Nation under their belt, which is sure to provide an unforgettable evening. You’ll be sure to see some hysterical performances of the likes of Esther Ku, Devin Siebold and more at their Open Stage Club in Coral Gables.

Comedy Inn

A new way to experience comedy, The Comedy Inn has been called "Miami's premiere venue for stand-up comedy" by USA Today. Get a poolside hotel room at the Inn after the performance if you want to party responsibly, or take a Lyft back to wherever you are staying while visiting Miami. You’ll be happy you made the trip down south for a night of laughs at this unique comedy venue.

Sign up for Comedy Inn’s regular emails to find out when shows are occurring so you won’t miss out. "INNsiders" get notified first and get discounts on everything. Seating is theater-style and first-come, first-served. Best of all, there’s no two-drink minimum. They do have a premium open bar available, just enjoy responsibly. If you do have a few cocktails, they have on-site Uber to get you home safe.

Miami Improv Festival

The Miami Improv Festival is a four-day festival featuring the best in improv and sketch comedy from across North America. 2018's festival was held in January and included 38 great comedy shows on two stages, including such comics as 3Peat, ImprovBoston, Here, Stacey & Joe, Going Steady, and more.

There are several types of passes for the event, starting at one night of shows for $32 to passes for the complete four-day event for $175. Not only can you watch some of the country’s great comics of improv and sketch comedy during this festival, but they also have comedy workshops going on during the festival as well, in case you want to try your own hand at some funny business.

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