Due to its close proximity to NYC, New Jersey comedy venues and shows attract top talent who also perform in NYC, or have chosen to live nearby in NJ.
While Comedy venues have not seen a return to their peak days in the eighties, many have been closed because poor business practices and the venues that have survived are well financed and able to attract headliners.
While there has been a substantial paring down of clubs in line with the supply of headliners, today the successful New Jersey comedy venues are well financed and cover the costs of headliners with cover charges.
At one point there were many more New Jersey comedy venues than headliners, and in order to survive, some clubs decided to start headlining people who weren't headliners and that had 50 minutes of time killing material. The audiences were quick to experience this tactic and quit coming to these clubs.
Many of these venues turned to alternative ways of filling their clubs by letting people in for free and making their money off the drinks.
Open since 1988 features performances by up-and-coming and national comedians. Friday at 9:30pm - $12, Saturday at 8:00 (smoke free) & 10:30pm - $15. One item minimum. Prices are higher for special shows/attractions. They offer a Dinner Package at Verbena Restaurant. Dinner is served 2 hours before Show time Dinner Package guests get priority reserved, up front seating for the show. Finger food is available in the club. Overnight packages featuring dinner, the show, and room are also available. Plenty of free parking
The Comedy Cove line-up features some of the top comics, many of whom have appeared on network and cable TV programs. Most shows are on Friday & Saturdays at 9 pm.
The room is small with seating for 69 people providing an up-close, fun experience and a great vibe for comedy. They attract performers from large venues in Atlantic City, NYC and Las Vegas.
Comedy shows every Saturday night.@ 9pm.
In addition to regularly scheduled shows, they are able to accommodate fund-raisers.
Catch a Rising Star, the legendary NYC Comedy club with over thirty-five years of launching the careers of some of America's most popular television and film stars, top comedians, comic actors, musicians, directors, producers and writers.
They have scheduled comedy shows, open MIC nights and Improv for stand up comedy.
Since 1980 The Comedy Stop has been a popular comedy venue for top comics and rising stars. They also offers a complete food menu, comedy group packages.
This is AC Comedy Club, away from the glitzy casino's, is affordable with great value. The ambiance gives off a speakeasy vibe from the past.
Parking is free in a private lot across the street.
Thursdays are open mic nights. Fridays and Saturdays they step up the pace with top headliners.
Comedy shows as scheduled. The shows are not frequently scheduled. Please check website for schedule & tickets. They have had comedy shows with national comedians who have appeared on Letterman,Conan, and Comedy Central.