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Local comedy scene in Madison, WI

"Live Comedy" sign over Comedy on State, in front of Orpheus Theatre sign.

Live comedy, breathe comedy. | Photo by @comedyonstate

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If you came to 608today for the jokes… well, we’re sorry to disappoint.

For something as serious as comedy, you really should leave it to the professionals. And with Madison’s eclectic comedy circuit, you’ll have no trouble finding all the live shows, open mics, and improv experiences you need to laugh till you’ve got a six pack.

Just for laughs

Dive into the Isthmus comedy scene headfirst: Comedy on State is a fixture of State Street featuring nationally renowned comedians + the second-largest open mic night in the nation, hosted every Wednesday (including today).

Upcoming events

For a roaring good time, prepare for Madison Comedy Week from Aug. 7-14. Comedians + troupes will converge on Madison for a week of shows headlined by Ian Edwards.

Big names at your favorite venues

Your favorite hangout might already feature comedians that you’ve been missing all along. Just take a look at these upcoming events:

The Bur Oak

The Crucible

  • Comedy Plus | Fri., July 8 | 7 p.m. | $10+ | A variety show with stand-up, music, drag + burlesque.

The Grumpy Troll

Alliant Energy Center

Pro tip: both shows are likely to sell out, so get your tickets soon.

In case you’re saying “yes, and?”

Once you’ve explored the scene, you may ask yourself, “How does it work?” (Or even, “How can I join?”) Improv comedy brings out some of the wildest laughs in the biz — and these two Madison improv groups are willing to show you a thing or two.

Monkey Business Institute

Atlas Improv Co.

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