Monday, June 24, 2024

A stage awaits an audience in Somerville in 2020. (Photo: The Comedy Studio via Facebook)

Need a place to take a Hinge date without the social pressure of having to talk to them? Why not outsource that job to the professionals and take advantage of one of many comedy nights in Cambridge and Somerville. Here’s a guide to the comedy scene every night of the week with something for everybody, from the fresh comics to the sweaty ones.

Keep in mind that where you see open mics listed, those are shows where fresh and upcoming talent performs – which can just about anybody off the street. You get quite a few wild cards, and quality can be hit or miss. Still, that’s sometimes the fun part, and Cambridge and Somerville have so many characters that you are sure to encounter at least one weird and wonderful person.

We’re identifying shows as mainly groupings of new comics such as those still finding their legs at open mics; established locals who’ve paid their dues long enough to book shows and paying gigs; and nationally recognized pros whom you might see on television’s late-night shows or in clips from Comedy Central, HBO specials and the like. But shows can be a mix, with established locals stopping by open mics to try out new material or opening for headliners with regional or national reputations. We include improv comedy too, meaning the audience might be asked to offer suggestions to the folks on stage, and there may even be some SNL-style sketch comedy to be seen.

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Sunday

Union Comedy Cage Match
Location:
593 Somerville Ave., Somerville
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: Watch two improv teams battle it out for giggles and adoration in this weekly series. Vote for the vanquisher at the end of the show and return the next week to see the winner face a new challenger. Start now and see the results pay off at December playoffs, when the audience decides whom to crown as champion.

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Monday

Garrett Finn hosts comedy at the Thirsty Scholar pub. (Photo: Thirsty Scholar via Facebook)

Thirsty Scholar Comedy Night
Location:
70 Beacon St., Ward 2, Somerville
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: Weekly comedy show hosted by Garrett Finn in an old-school bar with seasoned local comics. You can reserve your table ahead of time and have a side of fries with your laughs. (Time your bites to avoid choking.)

Warm Regards: A Stand Up Comedy Show
Location:
An Sibin Whiskey Bar, 1193 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: New
Vibe: Weekly (except the first Monday of the month) open mic hosted by Ben Keefe at an intimate Irish speakeasy. Many of these comics are just starting out, but you can find some real gems. And with a grand selection of whiskey at your fingertips, the atmosphere is friendly.

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Tuesday

A good time at Winter Hill Brewing. (Photo: Greg Y. via Yelp)

Winter Hill Brewing
Location:
328 Broadway, Winter Hill, Somerville
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: New
Vibe: An open mic every second Tuesday of the month in a stylish, mutant blend of café and taproom. Try some craft beer, and get roasted by the talent for the pretension drinking it.

Stand Up Comedy at Laugh Giraffe
Location:
Union Tavern, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville
Time: Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Cost: $10
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: The comedy at this laid-back, cash-only joint is top-notch, with some of the area’s most experienced and long-necked comics.

The Jungle Comedy Open Mic
Location:
6 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville
Time: 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: New
Vibe: Weekly open mic at a fun, community-based bar that was once a police garage. The venue will be crowded mainly with other comics eager for their chance to get on stage, but if you like the feeling of witnessing emerging comics find their rhythm, this is the spot. And the stage is pretty nice.

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Wednesday

Josh Day, host of The Comedy Support Group Open Mic at The Middle East. (Photo: Josh Day via Instagram)

The Comedy Support Group Open Mic
Location:
The Middle East, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: New
Vibe: This is like group therapy, but the point isn’t to get better, it’s to get goofy. This weekly open mic has a wild energy to it – maybe it’s the occasional screams from host Josh Day, or the steady thrum of heavy metal bleeding into the room from the concert in the venue’s basement. Bring your journaling supplies and tissues!

Amateur Comedy Contest at The Burren Comedy
Location:
247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
Time: 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: New to nationally recognized
Vibe: First-time comics go head-to-head with national headliners for a cash prize of a whopping $50 in this weekly competition show – the hunger games of amateur stand-up in the backroom of an Irish Pub, with a lot less blood and about the same amount of French braids. Plus, you’ll get to decide the winner.

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Thursday

A Hubbub comedian at the Lamplighter Brewery outpost in Cambridge’s North Point. (Photo: Hubbub Comedy via Facebook)

Hubbub Comedy Night
Location:
Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point, Cambridge
Time: Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 tickets online, $20 at the door.
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: There’s a more intimate and interactive vibe than usual at this Cambridge Crossing pub’s monthly comedy show (every second Thursday). Suffering marital anguish or irritable bowels? The comics have you covered, and they answer questions on stage.

Atomic Comedy Indie Improv Night
Location:
Cafe at the Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: A monthly, independently produced comedy show, showcasing a mix of new and seasoned improv performers taking suggestions from audience members in a café space.

Goofs Underground: Comedy at The Cantab Lounge
Location:
738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15
Level of comics: Nationally recognized (Comedy Central, HBO, Sirius XM, Conan)
Vibe: With one of the best names in the business, the Duck Duck Goofs weekly comedy show has built a reputation for established comics that will have you quacking. Hosted by Ryan Howe, this show boasts some cheap beers and $15 scorpion bowls as well as a different musical guest every week.

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Friday

A Union Comedy Local 593 show from May. (Image: Union Comedy via YouTube)

Union Comedy Local 593
Location:
593 Somerville Ave., Somerville
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: House teams on a rotating schedule do story-based improv using audience suggestions. Stay for Friday Night Fusion at 9 p.m., which showcases a local independent team.

Night School: Comedy and Beer
Location:
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside, Cambridge
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15
Level of comics: Nationally recognized
Vibe: Enjoy cheap drinks and top-notch laughs with the veteran comedians at Duck Duck Goofs. There’s also a surprise musical guest each week at this snazzy abandoned classroom turned speakeasy.

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Saturday

Michael Yang, center, leads the Musical Improv Comedy Jam in Somerville’s Union Square. (Photo: Michael Yang via Facebook)

Musical Improv Comedy Jam
Location:
The Green Room, 62 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Level of comics: New to established locals
Vibe: Ever wish you could write a song while already singing it? This troupe of improv comedians led by Michael Yang proves it can be done monthly, including July 29, with games open to the public.

The Jungle Comedy Showcase
Location:
6 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Cost: $10
Level of comics: Nationally recognized
Vibe: Peter Liu hosts some of Boston’s most seasoned and sharpest acts. If the open mic is a place for experimentation, this is a place to see skilled comedians do all-but-guaranteed work.

Union Comedy Local 593
Location:
593 Somerville Ave., Somerville
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: It’s also on Saturday!

Comedy at Summer Shack
Location:
151 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $12
Level of comics: Nationally recognized
Vibe: Lobster bisque and some of the best comedians in the country at this award-winning restaurant.

After School Detention: Stand-Up Comedy
Location:
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside, Cambridge
Time: 8 and 10 p.m.
Cost: $15
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: Can’t get enough of Duck Duck Goofing? The transportable club again offers cheap drinks and top-notch comics and a weekly surprise musical guest.

Union Comedy’s The Pickle
Location:
593 Somerville Ave., Somerville
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: $15
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: In the brine of this comedy show is the heady aroma of Boston’s best improv and the salt and sugar of performers visiting from across the country. The Pickle showcases a rotating guest storyteller each week, for a whole different kind of pickle.

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Shows to watch out for

Don Yan of Acquired Taste Comedy. (Photo: Don Yan via Instagram)

Acquired Taste Comedy
Usually Thursday and Fridays
Level of comics: Established locals
Vibe: Hosted by the eccentric Don Yan, this comedy show is hosted in different venues weekly, from a former techno value to Starlight Square. If you’re looking for something a little off the wall and thoughtful, try out this comedy series.