The Comedy Club on State needed a new, more accommodating location. The previous club was located on the third floor, up two narrow flights of stairs, and had a capacity of 200 persons. The new club has a capacity of 250, with a much improved entry experience and elevator access. Tiered booth seating offers great viewing, and a new, high-quality sound system enhances the experience for both audience and performers. The Comedy Club on State is Madison’s only comedy club, and one of the few in Wisconsin. The cozy but swank feel and exposed-structure brick warehouse look of the stage provide a great backdrop for performers. With the improved image and sound system, this is now the location of choice for comics to film their performances. The club has also helped spark a comedy renaissance in Madison. Since relocating to the new location across from the Overture Center, the club has started hosting an open-mike night to allow local comics to hone their skills. According to a 2009 article on the resurgence of stand-up in Madison, “Since its inception earlier this year, crowds have grown, the number and quality of comedians have increased… Even big names have stopped in to enjoy and sometimes participate in the open mikes… Sometimes even comics performing at larger venues stop in, like veteran Carlos Mencia, who came to the club after a tour stop at Overture Center. He was so impressed that he’s since made a habit of doing surprise shows at the Comedy Club almost every time he’s in town.” The Comedy Club helps create a synergy of performance art at multiple scales on State Street.
Location: Madison, WI
Photos by ANI