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Stand-Up Comedy Clubs in Toronto 

A Guide to Toronto's Comedy Clubs

You know what’s nice? Laughing. Laughing is nice. Why? Because it means your funny bone has been tickled. And you know what’s good about having your funny bone tickled? It means you’re alive. So, go! Laugh! Spend some hard-earned money at these top-notch comedy clubs in Toronto! You can’t take it with you. 

What We Looked For

Funny is hard to measure, so we created a spreadsheet that documented every laugh received divided by its decimal levels. We calculated that by the price of entry and multiplied it by the cost of a drink, removing points if the toilets were grubby. Kidding. We looked at:

Show frequency 
Quality and number of comics
The venue itself
Pricing 

1. Second City 

Address: 51 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V 9G9

Website 

Comedy nerds from around the world visit the Second City on their comedy pilgrimages, that’s how big a deal it is. The Toronto location (because it does have a sister site, the O.G. Second City in Chicago) gave rise to countless funnyfolk, including legends like Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, and Eugene Levy. Although Second City hosts a lot of improv comedy, they do have stand-up shows, too, and they’re worth checking out. 

Pros

  • Comedy mecca 

Cons

  • It’s in the entertainment district, which is annoying for parking. 

2. Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club 

Address: 224 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V6

Website 

You know at the beginning of a Seinfeld episode when he’s in a downtown comedy club, and there’s a big ol’ stage, and a spotlight, and a fake brick wall, and maybe a neon sign? This place is kind of like that. They host huge names and up-and-coming acts alike, and they do it every single night of the week. Like, there’s no night when you ever have to go without your comedy fix. 

Pros

  • Open every night of the week.

Cons

  • Your ex might be there?  

3. Comedy Bar  

Addresses: 945 Bloor W and 2800 Danforth Ave 

Website 

It wasn’t enough to have just ONE comedy bar. This place was so successful that they expanded to the east end. It’s  a hub of comedic activity with two locations, two stages, and tons and tons of shows. Favourites include Laugh Sabbath, a weekly show with a rotating ensemble of comedians, or The Underground Comedy show, a weekly 420-friendly comedy event with comedians who “try not to pick on people”. Ticket prices here are affordably priced and start at $15. 

Pros

  • Very reasonable ticket prices. 

Cons

  • They do not serve filet mignon. 

4. The Corner Comedy Club

Address: 163 John St 

Website 

What we especially like about this cozy little joint is that you have to walk through a dark alleyway behind Queen street to get here, so if you don’t get mugged, it really sets the mood! (JK, you won’t be mugged, this isn’t the eighties). You’ll see it all here: working comedians, new comedians, locals, people living in LA who are originally from Toronto, comedians who host other shows at other venues, talking turtles. That last one isn’t true, but if you’re still reading, thank you. 

Pros

  • Great spot to check out up and coming artists.

Cons

  • Nobody puts baby in the corner. 

5. Back Room Comedy 

Address: 814 Bloor Street W 

Website 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Co27x7hDf7R

https://www.instagram.com/backroomcomedyclub/

Located in the basement of the Christie Pits Pub, the Back Room Comedy club has a speak-easy feel and hosts shows five nights a week (two shows per night!) It’s only been around since Pandemic days, when a couple of funny buddies (™) Ariel Kagan and Brandon Sobel realized they had enough of an audience to warrant starting their own space. And thus, Back Room was born. Ten buck Wednesdays, giddy up!

Pros

  • Comedy! 

Cons

  • If you already live in a basement, it might be annoying to spend another evening in one? 

6. THE COMEDY LAB

Address: 298 Brunswick Ave

Website

In the heart of the city of toronto, in the heart of the Annex, in the heart of a dive bar called the lab, you’ll find this place cooking up all things funny ha-ha. It’s Toronto’s first and only black-owned comedy club, completely run by minorities, with open mic nights that welcome everyone, but make a point of giving women, non-binary and LGBTQ comics time up on stage. Aaaand they have a weekly open mic night, for those of you who dare. 

Pros

  • Exciting line ups! 

Cons

  • Are you looking for reasons not to enjoy yourself? 

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