need a laugh? Then head to a comedy show in Las Vegas

It’s been a trying time lately, and we all need a laugh. Here in Vegas there’s a rich comedy scene, with clubs that have been open for years and regular shows by top comedians (many of whom call Vegas home).

Take The Mirage’s Aces of Comedy series, where such stars as Ray Romano and David Spade regularly play. This week, Kathleen Madigan delivers short, punchy jokes plus pithy comments on everyday life on Aug. 5.; improvisational genius Chico Bean of Wild ‘N Out fame plays Aug. 6; and Jim Jefferies performs on Aug. 12-13.

Down the street at MGM Grand, Brad Garrett has his own club, where a variety of acts play regularly along with up-and-comers. Garrett first opened the Brad Garrett Comedy Club in a small venue, but moved into a much larger space after the pandemic (and he has a lounge next door with live music, perfect for grabbing a drink before or after the show). This week, from Aug. 1-7, Garrett himself headlines along with well-known comedians Tom Rhodes and Ronnie Bullard.

Also on the Strip, the venerated Laugh Factory at Tropicana Las Vegas hosts Jon Lovitz through Aug. 3; you’ll know Lovitz from Saturday Night Live, The Critic and many movies. The Laugh Factory is a favorite among comedy fans, with plenty of seating and a bar in the back.

New York-New York recently opened the variety show mad apple, where you’ll find trademark Cirque du Soleil acts and music, but also several stand-up comedy acts—Brad Williams plays here currently. Those acts rotate every few months, so if this is your jam, catch him now.

North on Las Vegas Boulevard, you’ll find The Eddie Griffin Experience, where the irreverent comedian and actor has had his own show at Sahara Las Vegas for several years. He plays Monday through Wednesday, which makes it easy to fit into a busy Vegas schedule.

At The Strat, the LA Comedy Club features a rotating lineup of touring acts at 8 pm (Willie Farrell from Aug. 1-7) and an early show at 6 pm, James Michael’s Redneck Comedy Magic Show—don’t take yourself seriously here. After the 8 pm show, at 10 pm, Butch Bradley plays Thursday through Monday and Bret Ernst Tuesday through Wednesday, each roping in a cadre of guest comedians to fill out the bill.

Downtown Grand moved its Delirious Comedy Club to a bigger venue after the pandemic and has a rotating lineup of comedians at the 8 pm show. Vegas favorite Kathleen Dunbar plays Aug. 4-7. The House of Magic provides an outlet for talented illusionists at 6 pm, while resident headliner Don Barnhart takes the 10 pm show.

At the Plaza, you’ll find a variety of comedians featured in The Comedy Works in its plush showroom, from new names to veterans of the scene. This week, Rodney Laney plays on Aug. 5-6. Laney, who released his first book last year (a memoir and a guide to meditation), has appeared on The Late Late Show and Premium Blendas well as comedy specials.

Plus, you’ll find plenty of other comedy acts in Vegas in their own shows, like Carrot Top at Luxor and Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo, and as comedic spice in others, like Shayma Tash in fantasy.

So go ahead and let those giggles out—there’s no laugh track in Vegas, except what you provide yourself.

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