f debate between presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, with comedians Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian busting out their best impersonations. If some of those comics don’t sound familiar, fear not. The club’s website, vermontcomedyclub.com, provides more mainstream associations for the lesser-known comedians — for example, “Recommended if you like Louis CK.” And remember, you’re here to laugh at the locals, too. Catch ’em opening for bigger acts on the weekend, curating improv and standup showcases, and even teaching classes. So when free open mic nights (Sundays and Wednesdays) and cheap improv shows (Thursdays) roll around, you can be assured that the performers (generally) won’t fall flat. wg
MAIN EVENTS Vermont’s Funniest Comedian Contest Lest you think we’re exaggerating Vermont’s funny population, check out this annual comedy competition, in which 60 standups wow audiences with their wit in a sidesplitting four-night showdown.
November, Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington. vermontcomedyclub.com
Green Mountain Comedy Festival Big-name comics like Tig Notaro and Wyatt Cenac have headlined this multiday, multi-venue fest, which also highlights local talent in standup, improv and sketch shows.
July, various locations in Burlington and central Vermont. greenmountaincomedy.com