You can’t go wrong with a great comedy show if you’re looking for a good laugh and a setting to bond with family and friends. If you’re not sure where to go, though, finding the perfect comedy club can feel like a huge challenge. Thankfully, the area in and around McKinney boasts an array of fun comedy clubs sure to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly, clean fun, or something for an adult crowd, you’ll find it close to McKinney.
The team at Huffines Hyundai McKinney put together this list of some local favorites to take the guesswork out of planning your next outing to watch comedy. Look forward to lots of laughs whenever you visit any of these popular spots.
The Comedy Arena
The Comedy Arena is located right here in McKinney, at 305. E. Virginia St. #104. This venue is a local landmark when it comes to comedy. The popular spot offers a dedicated home for improvisational, stand-up, and experimental comedy for all artists and audiences. The Comedy Arena is the place to go for live local comedy performances as well as classes where you can learn from longtime comics.
That’s just the start. Head to The Comedy Arena’s Laugh Out Lounge for a community setting to watch shows or hone your own craft. During the day, the lounge offers food, coffee, and the perfect setting to work on your script. The quick service means you can easily fit a lunch break into your busy day. If you want to spend more time here while you work, it’s the perfect setting, too.
The Laugh Out Lounge becomes an entertainment hot spot at night. Depending on when you stop by, you might find live music, karaoke, trivia, open mic nights, and more here. A full bar takes the experience to the next level. All in all, The Comedy Arena provides the perfect setting right in McKinney to chat with other comedy lovers or take in a fun show. Check out the venue’s calendar to find your next event to attend.
Frisco Improv Players
You don’t have to travel far from McKinney to enjoy even more amazing comedy. Just check out the Frisco Improv Players, an improvisational comedy troupe based in nearby Frisco, the next time you need an entertaining night out. In addition to their “A Night of Improv Comedy” event that takes place at the Frisco Discovery Center every month, the Frisco Improv Players offer classes for the community like an Intro to Improv class.
The troupe got its start back in May 2012, and they’ve delighted the community ever since with their unique brand of comedy. FIP specializes in clean, interactive, game-based performances (think: the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?) that make for a fun outing for anyone who loves comedy.
FIP performs their fast-paced, interactive improv regularly, and they have quite a following with local faith-based, youth, and senior organizations, not to mention area families searching for some good, clean fun. You can also count on the troupe if you’re looking for an entertainment option for events like fundraisers, award ceremonies, or corporate functions. Book them for your next special event or make reservations for an upcoming show to join in the fun.
The Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 Dallas North Tollway, Frisco, TX 75034. You can contact the Frisco Improv Troupe at 214-450-8596.
Backdoor Comedy Club
Head out to 940 E. Belt Line Rd. in Richardson if you’re lookingfor another comedy club option not far from McKinney. That’s where you’ll findBackdoor Comedy Club, the longest-running stand-up comedy showcase in Dallas. Backdoor Comedy Club has put on weekly shows for more than 15 years, and they have the accolades to prove their popularity in the community: Both D Magazine and the Dallas Observer have selected this fun spot as the “best comedy club,” and WHERE Magazine has dubbed it “one of the region’s pre-eminent comedy venues.”
The Backdoor is the place to go to check out North Texas’ hottest comics on Fridays and Saturdays. Eight or more comedians perform each time, and the eclectic lineup features both nationally touring comics and local pros. You’re sure to find your new favorite act when you take in a show here! The intimate setting is perfect for fans of stand-up comedy. Shows are for audience members who are 18 years old and over, and you can get food and drink while you watch the show.
Ready to get in on the action? The Backdoor also features an open mic night on Thursday nights. It’s the longest-running open mic night in the southwest, and it’s open to anyone. The ideal stage for new and up-and-coming comics in the area, The Backdoor’s open mic night promises everyone at least three minutes of stage time. Just make sure you sign up in advance.
If you want to learn the ropes of comedy before taking the stage, The Backdoor still has you covered. The venue offers an introductory workshop designed for beginners who want to take their first step into stand-up comedy. You can learn the basics of writing and performing, then sign up for an open mic or get some inspiration from the week’s big show.
Hyena’s Comedy Nightclubs
Searching for another great comedy club close to McKinney? You’ll want to add Hyena’s Comedy Nightclubs to your list. With one club in Dallas and another great club in Fort Worth, you’re sure to find your new favorite venue for drinks and laughs close to home.
The Fort Worth nightclub (located at 425 Commerce Street) offers a full lineup of shows on Fridays and Saturdays, plus free shows on Thursdays. In addition to those options, the Dallas venue (located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.) features an open mic night on Wednesdays. In other words, no matter the comedy experience you seek, you’ll find it when you visit one of the Hyena’s Comedy Nightclubs locations in the area.
That wraps up this Huffines Hyundai McKinney roundup of some great comedy clubs to check out in the McKinney area next time you’re looking for a laugh. Did we miss your favorite comedy club to visit close to home? If we left your go-to spot off this list, let us know so we can add it! You can call us at 469-525-4300.