Nashville’s oldest comedy club, Zanies Comedy Club, at 2025 8th Ave. S. (tel. 615/269-0221), has shows most nights of the week. All the big names have played here, including Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, but the club is really the best way to catch up-and-coming acts or shows from people who’ve had some TV fame but aren’t big-time headliners (think Bridget Everett, Saturday Night Live players, etc.). Cover $25 or higher plus two-drink minimum or comparable food purchase. 

If improv is more your speed, try Third Coast Comedy Club, at 1310 Clinton St., #121 (tel. 615/745-1009), near 12South, which offers classes near-daily and shows every weekend. 

Big comedy fans should consider visiting Nashville in April for the annual Nashville Comedy Festival, when big-name comedians descend on Music City, playing venues all over town. Recent headliners have included Bill Burr, Cameron Esposito, Tim Allen, Weird Al Yankovic, Aziz Ansari, and Andrew Dice Clay. 

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