With great comedy in both Philadelphia and New York, there’s no wonder the laughs spill over into New Jersey! From large venues like the Stress Factory, to more intimate spaces with local talent, New Jersey’s diverse comedy scene is among the best. Maybe you’ve been wanting to give stand-up a shot yourself? Get in on the action at a local comedy club’s open mic night. Either way, comedy clubs are the ideal place for dates, a night out with friends, or a place to practice your jokes. Here are the 10 best in the state!
Bananas is a classic spot that has shows every weekend and serves dinner packages to accompany shows. Reservations can be made ahead of time. Parties, fundraisers, and corporate events can be hosted here.
Started nearly 20 years ago, the Stress Factory is the prime spot for entertainment in Central Jersey with great comedians, good food, and drinks. Many famous comedians have passed through here at some point such as Chris Rock. They also have an outdoor seating area for when the weather is nice.
Uncle Vinnie’s was started by two brothers and is near the beach if you’re looking for something to do at the end of a beach day. It’s great for seeing both locals and well-known names and is the best place for comedy near the shore.
Newly opened, Bust-A-Gut has dinner packages that include a four-course meal plus a show ticket. They will also work with customers to set up fundraiser comedy shows. Check out their websites for upcoming shows.
In need of a steak and some laughs? Then the comedy cove is the place you need. Its inconspicuous location and cozy atmosphere are perfect for a group of friends or a date night if you’re looking for something different to do.
With four locations throughout the state, Comedy Shop offers a fun night out for relaxation and laughs. They offer open mic nights and, specialty shows and also support fundraisers upon request.
Starting from a popular NYC comedy club, this location is inside the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. Catch a Rising Star has helped many young comedians join the top ranks.
The Meadowlands Comedy Club hosts local comedians wanting to try their hand at stand-up. Its intimate setting is perfect for a night out with friends who just want to have a drink and some fun.
Hideaway is a great break from the flashy, noisy casinos when they get too crowded. It has reasonable prices and an open mic night on Thursdays with better known name comedians on the weekends. Parking is also free.