Some of the best entertainment happens after the sun goes down and the spotlight comes on. That’s when Greater Fort Lauderdale’s comedy scene grabs the mic and shines. A trip to one of the area’s comedy venues is a great way to keep the good times rolling all through the evening.
The Coral Springs Center for the Arts, a fixture in Greater Fort Lauderdale for more than two decades, brings in the best touring acts in the country. The 1,471-seat venue is bigger than a traditional comedy club and its superior size means it can attract bigger acts—recent performers include Lewis Black, Howie Mandel, and Dave Chappelle. You’ll want to arrive early to enjoy the venue’s excellent wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktail service in their beautiful courtyard patio or tour the Coral Springs Museum of Art, housed in the same complex, before settling in for a night of top-notch comedy.
A venue of comparable size and with an even longer tradition in Greater Fort Lauderdale is the Parker Playhouse, which has been entertaining audiences since 1966. Recent comedians to tread the boards at Parker Playhouse include John Mulaney, Steven Wright, and the talented team behind Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Both Parker Playhouse and the Coral Springs Center for the Arts feature tiered theatre seating, meaning you can’t find a bad view in the house and the acoustics can’t be beat. Settle in for a night of comedy that will have your laughter bouncing off the walls and echoing down the corridors.
Laughs, Eats, and Drinks
For those who like their venues more intimate and caffeinated, Undergrounds Coffeehaus in Fort Lauderdale hosts the Spill the Beans Comedy Show. Series founder Fasil Malik has scoured the South Florida comedy scene for the very best up-and-coming stand-ups and provides them one of the best proving grounds in Greater Fort Lauderdale. This is where you’ll see comedians who haven’t broken big—yet. When you see Spill the Beans’ performers on television later, you’ll be able to brag that you knew about them way back when.
If you like your comedy performances a little more fabulous, the nightly drag shows at Lips Fort Lauderdale are guaranteed to get you laughing, singing, and dancing. The perfect club for large groups and bachelorette parties, Lips’ shows—especially the Dragalicious comedy game show night—are all about positivity and audience participation. Lips is also a full-service restaurant and bar, making it your one-stop comedy and culinary destination in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Whatever your sense of humor, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s comedy clubs will get you laughing. Just be sure to visit early in your trip, the better to collect all those punchlines and in-jokes you’ll be repeating to friends the entire time you’re here.