What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Looking for laughs? These local spots fit the bill

Posted September 3, 2012
Updated September 5, 2012

I love to laugh, and I love to support local businesses. I set out to find some of the best places to view local comedians and I did not come back empty handed. Below are just a few of the excellent comedy venues the Triangle has to offer.

Jack Sprat Cafe - 161 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Near the campus side of Franklin Street is a cafe called Jack Sprat. Every Thursday night the shop is transformed into a comedy open mic featuring comics from all over state and the country. Just a stones throw away from campus, this is a great place for UNC students to go for free comedy in addition to the previously mentioned Back Bar shows on Tuesdays. Show start at 9 p.m. at Jack Sprat.

DSI Comedy (Image from Facebook)

Comedyworx - 431 West Peace Street, Raleigh

Comedyworx is a staple of the Raleigh comedy scene. Located on West Peace Street, it provides both entertainment through shows, and education through their training program. They offer several shows a week that can easily fit anyone’s schedule. Every year they host the i3 Improv Festival featuring the best improvisers from Chicago and Raleigh. Reservations for Comedyworx shows and classes can be made on their website.

DSI Comedy Theater - 200 N. Greensboro St. Carr Mill Mall between Elmos and Southern Rail, Carrboro

Dirty South Improv Comedy Theatre features an impressive lineup of local comedians performing improv, sketch and stand-up comedy. And I'm not just saying that because I perform with them. Housed in what was once a loading dock behind Elmo’s Diner, the theatre pumps out several shows a week, as well. Additionally DSI hosts classes teaching comedy to all who are interested. Every year DSI hosts the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, which features local and world famous comedians. DSI also provides a free stand-up showcase every Tuesday at the Back Bar on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, and starting in September they will offer a free show of improv and stand-up comedy on Wednesdays at the Motorco in Durham. Register for classes or purchase tickets online at their website.

The Morning Times Café - 10 East Hargett St., Raleigh

ComedyWorx (Image from Facebook)

Every third Friday of the month The Morning Times Café hosts a stand-up comedy showcase known as “The Dangling Loafer.”  The Dangling Loafer features some of the best stand-up comedians the Triangle has to offer, and never disappoints. A combination of excellent crowds, atmosphere, and of course, comedians, are what makes this show a success. For questions or booking, contact TheDanglingLoafer@gmail.com.

Blinco’s Restaurant and Bar - 6711 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh

A combination of hilarious local comedians and dangerous drink specials makes Blinco’s a top spot in Raleigh for comedy. This open mic is held every other Tuesday and sign up is done in advance. For bookings contact H8trproof1@gmail.com.


Casbah1007 W. Main St., Durham

Every third Tuesday, The Casbah presents a standup comedy showcase called the “Bulltown Comedy Series.” This showcase features some of the area's best comedians and it is free! However, it should be noted that The Casbah is a private club, so if it is your first time attending you will be required to pay a $3 membership fee. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.


Fishmonger’s - 806 W. Main St., Durham

Every Saturday Fishmonger’s in downtown Durham presents a local stand-up open mic called “Comedy Mongers.” The show is free, so you’ll have plenty of leftover spending money for some delicious seafood and drinks! Signup starts at 8:30 p.m and the show starts at 9.

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  • Cynthia Raxter May 22, 2015
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    Hi guys! Sadly many of the places listed in this article have closed -- but the comedy is still going on!! Expanding every day in fact! Here is an updated list of locations, formats, show times and ticket prices for guests. I do my best to keep it current. Let me know if you have questions! Thanks so much for all y'all do! Cynthia