Toronto’s comedy scene is constantly getting larger. Our original list of comedy venues reached a total of 45 places around the city, but we shortened the list down to a solid ten, laughs guaranteed.
Laughter is the world’s best medicine, so grab some friends and head to some of Toronto’s best comedy clubs:
The Second City
With comedy running 7 days a week, from amateur to profesh, Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. Second City is a lot more than live shows though, they’re made up of theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites plus Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatrical divisions, as well as television and film operations. Check out one of their video sketches below:
Comedy Bar comes complete with two stages and nightly shows. Playing host to Bad Dog Theatre performances nearly every night of the week, and featuring some of their own comedians, Comedy Bar is an active supporter of the Toronto comedy scene and is worth checking out any day.
Bad Dog Theatre
For over 20 years, the award-winning Bad Dog Theatre Company has been the leader in the art of unscripted comedy and improvised performance. Dubbed “Toronto’s improv hub” by NOW Magazine and led by renowned improv veteran Julie Dumais Osborne, Bad Dog presents Theatresports – Toronto’s longest running improv show – every Saturday.
Toronto Yuk Yuk’s Standup Comedy Clubs is proudly Canadian, featuring and promoting mainly Canadian comedians since 1976. Yuk Yuk’s Stand up Comedy Cabaret (formerly Yuk Yuk’s Standup Komedy Kabaret) has clubs from coast to coast as the world’s largest chain of standup comedy clubs and the birthplace of Canadian Standup comedy.
The Rivoli originally earned a reputation as one of Canada’s hippest music clubs, and many major Canadian comedy and musical performers have played on its stage. This reputation waned as the club’s clientele became more eclectic and upscale, but the Rivoli’s atmosphere is still unique. Talent scouts for Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival and the major television networks still routinely troll the Monday night comedy shows.
Located in the cabaret room of the Lower Ossington Theatre, the LOT is one of Toronto’s newest comedy hot spots. Playing two shows a week (two on Friday and two on Saturday), the LOT is a great option to visit before or after your own night of debauchery.
— LOT Comedy Club (@LOTcomedy) January 26, 2014
The Office Pub
Nuzzled in the heart of the entertainment district, The Office Pub is mostly famous for their karaoke nights on Wednesday to Saturday. In addition to laughing with your friends though, The Office pub offers up a free comedy night every Monday at no cover.
A mishmash of pro and amateur comedians make for an excellent night at Absolute Comedy. Wednesday is PRO/AM night where 3 to 5 local amateur comics, as well as 1 or 2 of the professional weekend performers take the stage. Thursday to Sunday shows normally have 2 or 3 comedians with an MC, a feature act and a headliner.
Every Monday at 8 PM, catch the new ensemble night at Black Swan Comedy as three different teams comprised of some of the best improvisers in the city take to the stage to present great 20-minute improv sets.
The Central is tucked away behind Honest Ed’s and is recognized as being one of the best punk venues in Toronto. When you’re not rocking out hard on the weekends, you can catch some “FreeLaughs at The Central” every Monday night.