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Philadelphia’s Best Comedy Shows

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Lauren Gruber
Updated: 3 March 2016
Known for its raw comedy and bawdy humor, Philadelphia lays the foundation for some intimate and honest comedy shows. Read ahead for our guide to some of the best spots to see comedy in Philadelphia.


The N Crowd

Founded in 2005, The N Crowd Show features live improv every Friday night from 8PM-9:20PM, with an occasional show at 10pm. In the intimate 30-40 seat venue, you can catch a show that features interactive audiences in scenarios reminiscent of Whose Line Is It Anyway? You’ll consistently find great shows here with energetic performers who will show patrons the subtlties of improvisation with over 80 minutes of unscripted comedy. Don’t forget to order tickets in advance—it can get crowded! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (doors open at 7:30pm so get there early!)

The N Crowd, 257 N 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-253-4276


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The N Crowd members | Photo Courtesy of The N Crowd

Philly Improv Theater

Recognized as the major stomping grounds for theater, comedy and improv in Philadelphia, the spacious Philly Improv Theater hosts improv, standup and sketch comedy shows that leave audiences amused and enthralled. They also offer fun classes so you can hone your own improv skills in the ‘Philly style.’ Plus, it’s BYOB!

Philly Improv Theater, Adrienne Theatre 2030 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19103 267-233-1556

Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play

Bye Bye Liver is a comedy show hosted at Urban Saloon that encourages drinking from its viewers. The interactive bits and drinking-related skits make for a unique evening of drinking, so when they call upon you to take part or help out with a skit, you’ll be relaxed. The open setting is may be spacious, but it’s like you’re among old friends with plenty of drinks. Tickets are priced around $15.

Bye Bye Liver, 2120 Fairmount Ave Philadelphia, PA 19130 800-650-6449


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Located in Rittenhouse, ComedySportz holds shows every Saturday evening with shows starting at 7:30PM and 10PM. The improv troupe features comedy, played as a sport. While ComedySportz is family friendly, the theater also hosts an adult-only improv performance called ‘The Blue Show.’ The interactive shows are great for groups, dates and parties. The theater is BYOB and people can bring food in as well. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students.

ComedySportz, 2030 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19103 877-985-2844

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Helium Comedy Club

If you’re looking to spot some of the young, independent talent in the city for standup nights, Helium Comedy Club is a good way to start at Helium Comedy Club. Posted up in a large room with tables where you can order drinks and food, Helium is budget-friendly venue where you can find local as well as national acts.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA  19103 215-496-9001


By Lauren Gruber