Comedy Clubs In Minnesota

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The art of stand-up comedy is alive and well in Minnesota, giving the state’s residents a variety of places to get some laughs after a day of enjoying one of their “10,000 lakes.” Whether it be a full-time comedy club or a weekend room offering comedy on a regular basis, comedy clubs can be found in some of the larger and smaller cities across the state.

Twin Cities

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area, being the largest metropolitan area in the state, serves as the hub for Minnesota comedy, with a number of comedians getting their start here and a few clubs for them to perform in. The longest-running club is the Acme Comedy Co., located in downtown Minneapolis and featuring an intimate atmosphere even though it seats nearly 300. Its newest competition—the Joke Joint Comedy Club—offers two locations, in Bloomington and St. Paul, featuring local acts and national headliners every Thursday-Saturday. Also in the cities are St. Paul’s Comedy Gallery, located in the Holiday Inn and bringing in four different comedians each weekend, and the relatively new (opened in 2009) MinneHaHa Comedy Club in the southern suburb of Burnsville, located in the lower level of Anthony’s Parkway Grille and featuring a national headliner every Friday and Saturday.

Acme Comedy Co.

708 N. 1st St.

Minneapolis, MN 55401

612-338-6393

acmecomedycompany.com

Joke Joint Comedy Club

2300 E. American Blvd. (Ramada Inn)

Bloomington, MN 55425

612-327-0185

jokejointcomedyclub.com

Joke Joint Comedy Club

801 Sibley Memorial Hwy.

St. Paul, MN 55118

612-327-0185

jokejointcomedyclub.com

Comedy Gallery

2201 Burns Ave. (Holiday Inn)

St. Paul, MN 55119

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612-961-4242

comedygallery.com

MinneHaHa Comedy Club

251 W. Burnsville Pkwy.

Burnsville, MN 55337

612-860-9388

minnehahacomedyclub.com

South/Central Minnesota

Some of the smaller cities in the southern half of Minnesota also have thriving comedy clubs, featuring two or more professional comedians every weekend. One of the more well-known is Goonies in Rochester, connected to McGoon’s Taxi Co. Pub and Restaurant, with shows every Friday and Saturday. Doing shows the same nights are the long-running Rum Runners in St. Cloud, which has featured comedy among its other nightclub activities through numerous name changes, and the brand new (as of 2010) Benton Station in its northern suburb of Sauk Rapids. The MinneHaHa Comedy Club also operates a satellite location in the Tavern on the Ave. in the college town of Mankato, doing shows on Saturday nights.

Goonies Comedy Club

7 Second St. SW

Rochester, MN 55902

507-288-8130

gooniescomedy.com

Rum Runners

102 6th Ave. S.

St. Cloud, MN 56301

320-654-1040

rumrunnerscomedy.com

Benton Station

303 N. Benton Dr.

Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

320-252-2410

bentonstationbar.com

MinneHaHa Comedy Club

1120 Madison Ave.

Mankato, MN 56001

507-345-3308

minnehahacomedyclub.com

Northern Minnesota

The northern half of the state has few large population areas, but the ones that it does have still make room for live comedy. The biggest of these is Courtney’s Comedy Club, located in the AmericInn in Moorhead, on the Minnesota side of the Fargo/Moorhead metro area and bringing in national acts every Thursday-Saturday. Across the state, on the shore of Lake Superior, is Duluth’s Dubh Linn Pub, an Irish Pub/Sports bar that has a small room in the back featuring stand-up comedy every weekend.

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Courtney’s Comedy Club

600 30th Ave. S. (AmericInn)

Moorhead, MN 56560

218-287-7100

courtneyscomedyclub.biz

Dubh Linn Irish Pub

109 W. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55802

218-727-1559

dubhlinnpub.com