A Lighthearted Guide to Tampa Bay’s Comedy Scene

Best Comedy Shows in Tampa Bay
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Welcome to Tampa Bay, Florida, where the sun is almost always shining, the beaches beckon, and the comedy scene is alive and kicking. Whether you’re a resident looking for a laugh-filled evening or a visitor eager to experience the city’s culture, Tampa Bay’s comedy clubs promise nights of merriment and belly laughs. In this guide, we’ll walk you through 10 of Tampa Bay’s best comedy havens, each with its unique charm.

Tampa Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant 

1600 E 8th Ave C-112, Tampa, FL 33605

Located in the heart of historic Ybor City, the Tampa Improv is perhaps the most well-known comedy venue in the city. With a history of hosting top-notch comedians and offering a great menu, it’s a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. The ambience is both intimate and invigorating, ensuring a memorable evening.

Side Splitters Comedy Club

12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

One of Tampa’s long-standing comedy clubs, Side Splitters never fails to bring top-tier comedic talent to its stage. The venue offers a cozy atmosphere and ensures that you’re up close and personal with the performers. Don’t forget to try their delicious food and drinks!

The Gimmick Comedy Club 

2213 East 6th Avenue Tampa, FL 33605

Step into the world of The Gimmick Comedy Club in Tampa, FL. Get ready to have a blast with comedians doing hilarious stand-up that are totally out of the ordinary. If you’re up for a fantastic and one-of-a-kind fun experience, this is the place to be.

Tampa Theatre

711 N Franklin St. Tampa, FL 33602

Elevate your evenings with laughter at Tampa Theatre! Immerse yourself in side-splitting comedy shows set against the stunning backdrop of this historic venue, promising an unforgettable night of entertainment and joy.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

5312 Avion Park Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Uncover the excitement of America’s largest interactive comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Theater show in Tampa, FL! Enjoy a fantastic dinner while unraveling a hilarious mystery, but watch out – the culprit could be right beside you, turning you into a Prime Suspect!

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610

Experience uproarious laughter at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa! Be part of electrifying comedy shows that guarantee a night of entertainment and amusement, blending perfectly with the excitement of the casino atmosphere.

Spitfire Theater

1920 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

If improv comedy is your jam, you’ll adore Spitfire Theater in St. Petersburg. They host a variety of shows ranging from traditional improv to more experimental formats. The energy here is always electric, making for spontaneous and unforgettable performances.

Bonkerz Comedy Club

7022 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Indulge in endless laughs at Bonkerz Comedy Club – St. Petersburg located inside Whiskey Wings Tyrone in St. Petersburg! Mark your calendar for the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, as they bring you uproarious comedy shows starring the incredibly talented Bonkerz’ comedians.

Sunshine City Comedy Club

5501 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach 33706

Discover vibrant laughter and entertainment at the Sunshine City Comedy Club, nestled in the heart of St. Pete Beach. Get ready to unwind and chuckle the night away as you enjoy a fantastic lineup of comedians, all set to fill your evening with laughter and good times.

Dunedin Brewery 

937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698

While primarily a brewery, Dunedin Brewery frequently hosts comedy open mic nights, giving patrons a blend of craft beer and comedy. Located in the quaint city of Dunedin, it’s a great pitstop for both humor and hops.

Snappers Grill & Comedy Club

36657 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Located a bit north in Palm Harbor, Snappers combines mouth-watering seafood with a side of comedy. Their comedy events usually run on the weekends, making it the perfect escape after a hectic week.

Final Thoughts 

Tampa Bay’s comedy scene is as vibrant and diverse as the city itself. Whether you prefer improv, stand-up, or experimental comedy, there’s a corner waiting to tickle your funny bone. So, the next time you’re in need of a good laugh (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), you know where to head. Here’s to many nights of joy, laughter, and unforgettable memories in the heart of Florida!

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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