While Maine may not be bursting at the seams with comedy clubs, we can still hold our own when it comes to humor. Just ask Bob Marley! So, if you’re looking for places to go in Maine for some laughs, lucky for you and your funny bone, we’ve got the skinny right here.
1. Comedy Connection
This comedy club has been a Maine comedy staple for almost twenty years. Once a small, back room comedy night, this now full-on club is one of the state’s hottest spots for both headliners and local acts. With shows every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, this is the place to go in Portland for your funny fix. Conveniently located on Portland’s waterfront, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Old Port. Make it a date night and take advantage of their Dinner and a Show deals for $42.95. On a budget? Check out their half-priced comedy nights Thursdays for only $7.50.
16 Custom House Wharf
2. The Gold Room
Every Friday night, the Gold Room gets old school at their Headliners Comedy Club. For just 12 bucks, enjoy some of the best local comedians in Maine at the most intimate setting around. You’ll get treated to three comedy acts at your own private, candelit table, complete with a fancy-lookin’ tablecloth—pretty classy, right?
512 Warren Avenue
3. The Comedy Barn
Just a 20 minute drive from Portland, Sanford’s Spectators Sports Bar and Grille hosts a comedy night every Saturday from 7pm to 9pm. With past big wigs like Bob Marley and George Hamm as headliners, this is a great place to yuck it up with both local and national acts. A note for aspiring comics: they host an open-mic night Wednesdays.
168 Country Club Road
4. Improv Acadia
Set to the stunning backdrop of Acadia National Park, this cool little venue boasts “cutting-edge comedy seven days a week” during their May-November season. With some of Chicago’s best improv masters, it’s a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Their 9th season starts Memorial Day Weekend 2012, with 8pm family-friendly shows, followed by an adults-only performance at 10pm.
915 Cottage St.
5. Lucid Stage
While Portland’s Lucid Stage is widely known for theater, they are also a big supporter of the comedic arts. The home of Portland Improv Experience and host to several comedy shows, including the Annual Portland Improv Festival, this venue knows the value of laughter.
29 Baxter Boulevard
6. Merrill Auditorium
This performing arts facility, conveniently located in the arts district of downtown Portland, has been host to huge names in comedy throughout the years. Boasting past performances from Lily Tomlin, Bob Marley, David Sedaris, and more, the 1900 seat auditorium is one of the larger spaces in Maine to get your healthy dose of comedy.
389 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101-3566
7. Spring Point Tavern
This South Portland bar has been known to host comedy open mics sporadically in the past. While you may discover some unexpected local talent here, more seasoned comedians have shown up, as well; not too long ago George Hamm, who got his start doing open mics at this same venue back in the ‘90s, took the tavern’s stage. Update: Now, every first and third Tuesday you can check out OffBeat Comedy Open Mic. According to their Facebook page, “the show is free, the beer is cheap, and the comics are dreamy…”
175. Ben W. Pickett Street
Pair your favorite wine with some local comedy at one of Portland’s best wine bars. Slainte features over 80 different wine selections, and their open mic nights are consistent, hosted by funny man Brian Brinegar every Thursday night at 8pm. Mostly a local scene, but this is cool—you can scope out new talent and say you “knew them when…”
24 Preble Street
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