The benefits of laughter have long been known. Among those benefits are lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, better cardiac health, and smoother digestion. In short, laughing makes you feel better. And sharing laughter with others spreads the good feeling. Below are nine best comedy spots in the Mountain State. If you want to release some happy hormones with a few friends, visit one of the venues below for an evening of belly laughs, good fun, and improved health!
Attendees and performers alike rave about The Comedy Zone in Charleston, West Virginia, as a top-rated fun-filled destination. Whether you're looking for a place to go with the girls, the guys, a special date, or the whole gang, you'll find great food and drink choices here and the best in comedy entertainment anywhere in the area. Open since 1991, The Comedy Zone accepts reservations for small or large groups and parties of any type, and can even help with fundraising events.
Offering special comedy performances two Fridays a month, Wit's End Lounge in Morgantown, West Virginia, is a great place to go with co-workers after a hard work week, when you're feeling a little down, or when you just want to get out and laugh with friends. Patrons can choose from a varied menu of sandwiches and burgers, steaks, lobster, pasta, salads, and desserts, and there's a full bar tended by friendly staff.
Located inside the Uptown Event Center, the Fearless Fools at The VTC Cabaret in Clarksburg, West Virginia, have audiences laughing out loud with their unique fusion of impromptu, stand up, and original sketch comedy. Performances occur on a regularly published schedule, with a minimum number of four shows per year. The first of the local performances is the “Fearless Food Drive,” an event produced in partnership with the Clarksburg Mission, where admission is a canned food item or monetary donation. In the summer, come see the “Fools of Summer” show and enjoy a cookout with the cast and crew. Later, in October, the “Fearless Ghouls,” a Halloween-themed show will have audiences in stitches with their spooky humor. The VTC Cabaret also produces the West Virginia Comedy Festival in March or April of each year. There isn't anything else quite like this unique venue in the Mountain State, so come and be prepared to laugh.
The Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Nitro, West Virginia, is a great getaway if you want a variety of entertainment options. From slot machines to card and table games, comedy performances and great food, everyone will find something to do. Clean and with a friendly customer service staff, you can make it an overnight stay if you don't want the fun to end.
Enjoy a night out on the town at the Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, West Virginia. Part of the Oglebay Institute, the mission of the theater is to offer opportunities for local artists, directors, and other entertainment-oriented folks to hone their craft, all while giving the public access to some of the best, but perhaps unknown, theatrical, comedy, and music professionals in the area. The Oglebay Institute has been serving as a culture liaison for adults and young people in the entertainment, education, and arts arena since 1930.
Bring your friends and enjoy a night of good food, good drinks, and good laughs at Angus & Ale Restaurant & Bar in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Local and well-known comedians bring their unique style of humor to tickle your funny bones and your tummy will be tickled with any of the delicious entrees on the menu.
For the best in murder mystery, seasonal holiday shows, theater, music, and comedy performances, you will get your money's worth at the Gandy Dancer Theater in Elkins, West Virginia. This hidden gem of the Mountain State is surprisingly refreshing with variety shows that include impersonations and high-energy routines that will delight audiences young and old. Family friendly and offering tasty menu items like chicken cordon bleu, beef brisket, the meals are part of the fun as attendees sit back, relax, and laugh the evening away.
Who would think a little out-of-the-way coffee shop would provide such a great venue for the public to listen to local musicians, see paintings done by talented local artists, or laugh at the comedy of local entertainers. The key word here is "local" and Hot Cup Coffee in Logan, West Virginia, does just that. The shop also offers the best gourmet coffee in the area and breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served with a smile. Come on down to Hot Cup Coffee and pull up a chair.
Set in the southern part of the state most known for the coal mining in the area, the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, West Virginia, has a 950-seat theater where the public can come and enjoy performances all year that include live theater, music concerts, and comedy. This venue receives great reviews for the performances held there. Comfortable, clean, and well-staffed by friendly folks, visit the Center to get the best in regional culture and entertainment.