As stated on the official website, the economy hit the number one rated Memphis comedy club Comedy Tennessee hard and the club had to close its doors. But Memphis residents still have venues to enjoy stand-up comedy, and in fact headlining comedians like Sinbad and Craig Ferguson perform at halls and theaters in and around the Memphis area. Clubs devoted to comedy are a little more scarce, but still available on limited basis.
Skitz Comedy Club
Big Funny Productions keep the comedy rolling in Memphis. They host shows at venues like Minglewood Hall, events like the Funniest Person in Memphis contest, and thanks to their Skitz Comedy Club, stand-up comedy is available several times a week at Neil's on Madison. They host open mic events in addition to regular shows on Tuesdays for no cover charge, and special shows periodically Fridays and Saturdays for $10.
Neil's Bar & Grille
1835 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 278-6345 bigfunnyproductions.com
Located at the Gold Strike Casino Resort, this 800-seat venue draws headlining comedy acts like Rodney Carrington. Technically in Tunica, Mississippi, this casino is located less than an hour away from Memphis for those who are willing to drive a bit to see their favorite bigger name comic.
Millennium Theatre Gold Strike Casino Resort 1010 Casino Center Drive Tunica Resorts, MS 38664 (888) 24K-PLAY www.goldstrikemississippi.com
South Street Comedy Club
Just a bit further down the road in Jackson, Tennessee is the South Street Comedy Club. The drive takes about an hour and a half, but this club is located next to Baudo's Italian Restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat before the show. If you need to stay overnight, hotels like the Guesthouse Inn offer discounted rates to fans of stand-up comedy. Individuals who organize a party of ten or more can get free admission to the show, except for certain specified events.
South Street Comedy Club 559 Wiley Parker Road Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 668-1448 www.southstreetcomedy.com