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Scoping Out Local Comedy & Improv Clubs in San Diego


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As with any modern metropolis, the greater San Diego area is practically flooded with some of the nation’s best comedy and improve clubs. Amidst this sea of humor are a few pearls of quality comedy worth diving into during your San Diego vacation. While these venues are not often hosted by the household names one will find at comedy clubs in Los Angeles, the significant benefit to this is that the price of admission is low, and sometimes even free.

One such venue is Comedy Heights located in the University Heights area, just down the street from cheap hotels near the San Diego Zoo. Every Saturday evening they host a free show free of any cover charge or drink minimums. Their slogan “he who laughs…lasts” promises an evening of revelry, and as one of the highest-rated comedy clubs in the area, you can expect several hearty chuckles to take over the room throughout the night.

On the other end of the local comedy spectrum, the Mad House Comedy Club located in the downtown Horton Plaza Mall. Don’t let is shopping-center location dissuade you from attending as they offer a wide variety of stand-up performances, and three hours of mall validated parking. Mad House regularly brings in big name headliners who have had appearances on Mad TV, Comedy Central and late night TV without the big name price. For more information about downtown San Diego and Horton Plaza mall, click here.

Ticket prices for a San Diego comedy show vary based on the venue and the comedian but, as a general rule, the more popular the comedy club and the comedian, the faster the tickets sell out. So don’t hesitate to check out the respective clubs’ websites for online ticket purchases or to call their individual box offices in advance. For highly discounted or free comedy show tickets, visit Goldstar.com or sign up for various comedy club newsletter for possible discounts.

If Improv is more to your liking, look no further than Finest City Improv, offering unscripted comedic hijinks several nights per week with a full bar and menu. Sip on some Pirate Grog while chowing down on spicy shrimp while taking in the variety of improv shows, including those featuring local up-and-coming talent and young adult performers. The Friday Night Comedy Mutiny show is one of the most popular and often features special guests. If you’re looking to check out somewhere a bit off the beaten path, The Roar Theatre in Banker’s Hill offers short and long form improv shows with their cast of self-proclaimed “Roarriers.”

Something else that might have you laughing out of pure joy is the extremely discounted rates currently being offered at Pacific Inn, a trusted and affordable downtown San Diego hotel. If you already know what comedy show you want to see in San Diego, book your tickets and reserve your stay at our hotel in advance for an easy 12% off on already low prices. For more information on our available rooms and discounts, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-571-2933.


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