City Name
Home » Recent posts » The 5 Best Comedy Clubs and Shows to See in Ottawa

The 5 Best Comedy Clubs and Shows to See in Ottawa

The 5 Best Comedy Clubs and Shows to See in Ottawa

Don’t bother dusting off your dance moves for those boring nights. A good old-fashioned giggle fest is all you need! 

And where better to get side-splitting, tear-inducing, abs-aching laughs than at a comedy show?

Luckily, Ottawa doesn’t just have museums and good beaver tales (although we do love those too). 

It also has some top-notch comedy clubs hidden in its snowy streets. And, of course, we’ve rounded up the best ones just for you!

Absolute Comedy Ottawa

Location: 412 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 4M9, Canada


Contact details: 613 233 8000


Monday: 8:00 PM

Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 PM

Friday and Saturday: 8:00 PM (early), 10:30 PM (late)

Sunday: 8:00 PM

Prices: $10 for open mic every Monday, $15 for 8:30 shows from Monday to Thursday, $23 every Friday and Saturday, $15 every Sunday

Located in the lively Preston Street of Ottawa, Absolute Comedy is a haven for those seeking laughter and entertainment. This renowned comedy bar draws in crowds from near and far, promising visitors an unforgettable experience.

The stage at this club has been graced by an array of talents, from seasoned comedians to amateurs testing their comedic chops. Its diverse range of performers ensures that no two nights are the same, guaranteeing a fresh experience every visit!

And if you’re looking to quench your thirst or satisfy your cravings while enjoying the show, Absolute Comedy has a well-stocked bar. With various drinks and treats, you can sit back and relax while indulging in some top-notch comedy shows!

Pro Tip: Bring cash if you’re buying tickets at the door! Absolute Comedy doesn’t accept credit or debit cards.

Laugh Lounge

Location: 61 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C7, Canada




Thursday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday to Sunday: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

If you’re looking for a wild and hilarious night out in Ottawa, then make your way to the Laugh Lounge on York Street. This is the only comedy club amidst ByWard Market’s numerous shops and nightlife destinations.

Fridays and Saturdays here are usually for seasoned comedians who never disappoint with their jokes, while Sundays showcase amateur talents who still manage to pack the place with giggles. They also occasionally host special shows, like Karaoke Nights.

Aside from the top-notch comedy shows, locals in Ottawa also love this spot for its top-shelf spirits and fancy cocktails, which make the nights even more fun. Who says you can’t have classy drinks while crying from laughing too hard?

Pro Tip: Food choices are pretty limited to mostly snacks, so it’s best to drop by a restaurant and have dinner first before dropping by!

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club Ottawa

Location: 1394 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON K2B 6R8, Canada


Contact details: +1 343 575 7178, [email protected] 

Showtimes: Wednesday to Saturday: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

With numerous locations across the country, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club has solidified its reputation as a premier venue for comedy shows. In Ottawa, it reigns supreme as one of the most popular spots for those looking for side-splitting laughter!

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club Ottawa, located on Richmond Road, offers a whole new world of laughter behind its doors. Inside, you’ll find a never-ending supply of jokes and gags that will leave your sides aching from too much laughter.

Whether you’re looking for stand-up performances from renowned comedians or a Thursday night showcasing emerging talents, this hilarious hotspot has you covered! Just check their website for their events to find the show that’s most interesting to you.

Pro Tip: Consider purchasing your tickets on their webpage to hold your seats. If you do, make sure to claim the seats no less than 20 minutes before the show, or your seats will be released.

Cultures Comedy Club

Location: 291 Dalhousie Street #2, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E5, Canada


Contact details: +1 343 596 5400, [email protected] 

Showtimes: Saturday: 9:00 PM (DJ’s will start at 8:00 PM)

Cultures Comedy Club is a fairly new comedy club in Ottawa that was established in 2023. Offering hilarious comedy shows in both English and French, the club might just be the next best thing in Ottawa!

The club becomes a playground for comedians to unleash their Improv, Alternative, Sketch, and Stand-Up comedy routines every week. Some comedians who have graced their stage include Lauren Lane, Janelle Niles, Reggie Cash, and Abhi Pamnani.

They also serve up authentic, mouth-watering Caribbean dishes and a killer selection of drinks to ensure that our audience is having an absolute blast. DJs are also invited to set the vibe and keep the party going.

Pro Tip: The club offers various VIP Packages, perfect for those celebrating an occasion like a birthday or graduation. These packages typically include drinks, VIP tables, and various other benefits.

Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe

Location: Service Ottawa Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centre, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON K2G 5K7, Canada


Contact details: 613 580 2700, 613 580 2701; [email protected] 

Showtime: Depends on the show

Launched way back in 1988, Meridian Theatres has been dishing out laughs for over three decades in Ottawa. While it’s not necessarily a comedy club, it’s a top-notch venue that attracts some of the biggest comedians in the industry.

Some comedians you can expect to take the stage at the theatre include Matteo Lane (featured on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup), Dan Quinn (winner of Just for Laughs), and Kathy Griffin (a two-time Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian), and more.

But what sets this place apart is its inclusivity: service animals are welcome, hearing assistants are available for those with disabilities, and they even offer seat relocation for wheelchair users. Now, that’s what we call good vibes only!

Pro Tip: Food is not allowed in the main auditorium, but drinks are, so make sure to eat before coming! The theatre has a bar where they serve beer, wine, coolers, juices and bottled water, so you can just purchase them there.