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Plenty of places in Valley to laugh the night away

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Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 11:02 am

There’s no shortage of Valley comedy clubs to visit when you’re looking to yuk it up for a night.

Nationally known acts bring their star power to the stage at venues such as Stand Up Live and the Tempe Improv. See up-and-coming amateurs and improv troupes hone their skills at the National Comedy Theatre, The Torch Theatre and more. You can even set yourself on the path to comedy superstardom with classes and workshops at the Outliars Comedy Club.

Stand Up Live

Enjoy a cold cocktail and some national headlining comedians at the Stand Up Live venue in downtown Phoenix. Guests never have to worry about missing part of an act to head to the bar since servers can be found quietly taking orders and making sure you have everything you need.

DETAILS: 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. (480) 719-6100 or StandUpLive.com.

The Torch Theatre

The audience isn’t just there to watch the shows at The Torch Theatre — they become a part of the show! While making you laugh until you cry, the actors in the long-form improv allow the audience to throw out suggestions and watch as they think on the spot.

DETAILS: 4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. (602) 456-2876 or TheTorchTheatre.com

Crack Ups Comedy Club

This newly opened comedy club offers an intimate environment for guests with some of the finest talent in the country. Grab a drink, some delicious food and sit back for a night of laughter.

DETAILS: 2401 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix. (602) 339-6533 or CrackUpsComedyClub.com.

Tempe Improv

The Tempe Improv hosts a variety of acts and genres of comedy, ranging from local names to nationally known stars. Some past headlining acts at Tempe Improv include Frank Caliendo, Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Mencia and Kevin Nealon.

DETAILS: 930 E. University Drive, Tempe. (480) 921-9877 or TempeImprov.com/index.cfm.

National Comedy Theatre

If you’re looking for a whole different kind of comedy, the National Comedy Theatre may be just what you need. The club’s improv comedians will give you a hysterical, unique and highly interactive show. With games and scenes all based on audience suggestions, you never know what you are going to see or hear.

DETAILS: 1111 S. Longmore, Mesa. (602) 374-5638 or NCTphoenix.com.

The Comedy Spot

Among the many bars and restaurants for which Old Town Scottsdale is known, there is another go-to spot that has been around for years. The Comedy Spot is one of the Valley’s longest running comedy clubs and has featured comedians like Yannis Pappas, Lisa Landry, David Koechner and Kristin Key.

DETAILS: 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale. (480) 945-4422 or TheComedySpot.net.

Jester’Z Improv Comedy

Jester’Z Improv specializes in live improv performance and gives its audience a clean, family-friendly experience every night. Guests are encouraged to provide suggestions to actors and comedians, giving you a truly unique show every time. If you have ever wondered how the professionals can think and act on the fly so easy, you can learn for yourself at one of the many improv classes that Jester’Z offers.

DETAILS: 7117 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. (480) 423-0120 or JesterzImprov.com.

Outliars Comedy Club

Whether you just want to catch a show or are trying to become a stand-up comedian yourself, Outliars Comedy Club has it all. Guests can earn discounts for future improv and stand-up classes by purchasing tickets to a featured show at one of the club’s three locations.

DETAILS: 1666 S. Dobson Road, Mesa; 1371 N. Alma School Road, Chandler; 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale. (480) 784-7258 or OutliarsCC.com.

Chaos Comedy Improv

The Chaos Comedy Improv will give you a night of side-splitting laughter that is fit for the whole family. The vibrant, quick-witted cast offers their audience an incomparable show of unscripted comedy every night.

DETAILS: 10806 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. (480) 313-9901 or ChaosComedy.com.

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