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Laugh It Up In Omaha

Dec 21, 2023 11:24AM ● By Natalie Veloso

Design by Rachel Birdsall.

Within Omaha’s vibrant entertainment scene are some hidden gems that are sure to tickle your funny bone. Whether you're looking for a local night of easy laughter or seeking a unique experience, Omaha's comedy clubs offer a diverse range of comedic talent and atmospheres. From intimate and cozy venues to larger, lively spaces, there’s something for everyone. These six comedy clubs have each distinguished themselves with their unique charm and an impressive lineup of comedians ready to deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. Bring your date, friends, or family, and enjoy!

Funny Bone Comedy Club
17305 Davenport St, Omaha, NEomaha.funnybone.com
Since opening in 1988, Funny Bone Comedy Club has established itself as a recognizable name in Omaha's entertainment scene. With uproarious performances and a wide selection of food and beverages courtesy of their full restaurant and bar, a night at Funny Bone is ideal for any occasion. Budding comedians and seasoned comics alike find their space at this venue. Experience the laughter that has given Funny Bone its national reputation.

The Backline Comedy Theater
1618 Harney St, Omaha, NEbacklinecomedy.com
From standup, to improv, to sketch comedy, The Backline has it all. Founded in 2011, this comedy club has made a name for itself with its recurring lineup, unpredictable open mics, unscripted sets, showcases, comedy wars, and much more. For aspiring comics, The Backline also offers classes, workshops, and other opportunities for improvement. Shows are 18+ unless stated otherwise. Check out upcoming shows for unique entertainment!

Blackstone Theater/Big Canvas
3624 Farnam St, Omaha, NEbigcanvascomedy.org
The Blackstone Theater is home to Big Canvas Comedy, Omaha’s only family-friendly, short-form improv comedy group. A different group of Big Canvas improvisors perform weekly, bringing fresh ideas to each show. Big Canvas proudly calls itself “comedy for everyone.” Come see Omaha’s signature short-form improv comedy show every Friday at 7 p.m. Each performance is a one-of-a-kind experience that comedy lovers won’t want to miss.

The Bull Moose
3548 Center St, Omaha, NEthebullmoosebar.com
It’s time for Sunday Funday comedy! Broken Magic presents enjoyable live comedy on the patio of The Bull Moose bar every last Sunday of the month. These monthly shows feature some of the local bests and are hosted by Zach Peterson. Step inside the bar for a cold beverage before enjoying the show on their dog-friendly patio. Comedians include David Louis, Rachel Ware, Brent Bradley, Jason Regan, Sam Hatfield, and more. Tickets are $6 in advance and $12 at the door.

Zipline Brewing Co.
721 N 14th St, Omaha, NEziplinebrewing.com
Unleash the laughter for free at Zipline’s weekly Craft Comedy Showcase. Every third Thursday, bartender and MC Colton Reikofski presents an amazing lineup of stand-up comedians that features the finest local comedians Nebraska and beyond have to offer. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. Best of all, tickets are completely free, and you can enjoy your beer of choice for $1 off for the entire day. Bring your friends and enjoy this cost-free monthly comedy showcase and Happy Hour.

Dubliner Pub
1205 Harney St, Omaha, NE dublinerpubomaha.com
Comedy at the Dubliner Pub is the Old Market’s one-stop shop for laughter. Head to the pub every Monday for an Open Mic night bound to stir a crowd. Enjoy the experience as a guest, or take a chance and give stand-up comedy a try. Sign-ups are at 8:30 p.m., and the open mic starts at 9 p.m. The show is free to watch. Come enjoy local comedians’ refreshing sets and excellent drink specials weekly.

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2024 issue of Omaha Magazine. To subscribe, click here. 

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