UPDATE: THIS VENUE IS NOW CLOSED.
A new comedy club in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood earns our top honors: 21 Plus Salute.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Pixar movies aside, adults and kids don’t often snicker at the same things. Finding adults-oriented humor in Atlanta got a whole lot easier this fall with the opening of The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre.
Come alone, with a date or with a group of friends. Just come ready to laugh.
Perhaps best known for its A&E network show “An Evening at the Improv,” the legendary comedy club was founded by Budd Friedman in New York in 1963. A second location opened in Hollywood in 1975. Today there are 23 Improv Comedy Clubs in 12 states, and they are widely regarded as the premier stages for live comedy. Over the past five decades, the talent roster represents the Who’s Who of American comedy including Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle and many more.
The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre hosts national touring comics with up to five shows per week. The 4,000-square-foot venue features the trademark brick-walled stage and photos of famous comedians who have graced the stages at Improve Comedy Clubs across the U.S.
Located in the Andrews Entertainment District, The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre offers an eclectic menu that pulls popular dishes from neighboring restaurants including Cellar 56, Czar Ice Bar, Stout and more. Upscale cocktails from Prohibition are also available.
Shows run Thursday through Saturday with doors opening at 7 p.m. and shows starting at 8 p.m. For more information, upcoming acts and tickets, visit theimprovatlanta.com.
****Odds of Encountering Children: Zero on Fridays and Saturdays when the club is exclusively to guests age 21 and older. Note, however, that on Thursdays it does welcome guests age 16 and older.
-Budd Friedman on The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club stage, October 2012, Photo Courtesy Chuckyfoto