So, you think you've got what it takes to be a stand up comic, eh? Sure, you were the hit of the party you and your apartment neighbors threw last weekend, and that joke about the nun, the watermelon and the penguin did bring the house down. But let's face it, there's a big difference between cracking up your pals and hitting the stage, lights glaring, in front of several hundred total strangers. Lucky for you, a front row seat at the Punchline Comedy Club could prove just the ticket to help you get your stage legs.
Don't be fooled by the strip mall exterior (the Punchline is housed in a former carpet warehouse), as the venue's confines exude a nostalgic, 1980's vibe that recalls the heyday of the standup scene. Bigger name acts varying from Seinfeld to David Cross have all graced the stage, although lesser-known (but still solidly funny) club circuit road dogs are usually on the calendar. Drinks are fairly reasonable for a comedy club (a beer will run you around $4), and the food, while nothing to rave over, gets the job done.
Those looking to hit the Punchline scene would be best served to make a reservation, as the club packs to an almost uncomfortable level of crowd on most big nights. Still, group laughter is contagious, and few things are as satisfying after a long week as busting a gut with some newly made friends.