Vermont Comedy Club
BEYOND LIVE MUSIC AT BURLINGTON NIGHTCLUBS BY DAN BOLLES
Laugh It Up In recent years, comedy has exploded in Burlington. Hilarious standup, improv and sketch comedians perform virtually every night of the week. The epicenter of the scene is the VERMONT COMEDY CLUB. Opened in 2016, the ha-ha hot spot draws some of the best and brightest talent in the country, from cutting-edge up-and-comers to established stars like Tig Notaro, Jay Pharoah, Michelle Wolf and Hari Kondabolu, to name a few. Stop by, too, for recurring series such as the Wednesday OPEN MIC and improv INDIE RUMBLES. Think you’re pretty funny? Find out at a standup or improv class. Other options include the weekly COMEDY AND CRÊPES series Mondays at the SKINNY PANCAKE, the lively COMEDY OPEN MIC every Tuesday at DRINK, the monthly BREWS & BROS series at FOAM BREWERS, and the semi-regular PULLIN’ YO CHAIN series at RADIO BEAN.
Tall Tales As anywhere, storytelling nights are all the rage in Burlington. Many fall under the purview of the Moth, a national nonprofit storytelling organization — you might have heard its weekly NPR show, “The Moth Radio Hour.” ARTSRIOT hosts a Moth-affiliated STORYSLAM monthly. Also monthly is STORYTELLING VT at the LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP, where local bards spin true-life yarns the first Tuesday of every month. Those with more literary aspirations would do well to wander over to the weekly LAMP SHOP LIT CLUB — say that five times fast — also at the Lamp Shop. Every Monday, poets and writers gather for an open reading with occasional featured guests. Back in the South 68 WHAT’S GOOD
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Don’t get us wrong: We love a good, loud rock show. And Burlington is a great place to be for live music of all sonic stripes. But sometimes you crave a band-free alternative. Read on to discover another equally entertaining side of Queen City nightlife — one that’ll make you laugh, think, sing and come back week after week.
End, ArtsRiot is also home to POETRY RIOT, the venue’s longest-running residency. Rapper and slam poet Rajnii Eddins hosts the monthly open reading, which is sponsored by local nonprofit the Young Writers Project — of which Eddins is the artistic director.
Take That, Trebek You think you’re so smart, huh? Prove it at one of the roughly 946 trivia nights in and around Burlington. OK, that number might be a slight exaggeration. Point is, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to impress your buddies with your knowledge of 16th-century Spanish architecture, 1960s R&B, obscure Italian cinema and foods that start with the letter Q. You can enter a battle of wits almost nightly at bars all over the greater Burlington area. But some of our favorite weekly trivia nights include the occasionally themed Tuesday games at ARTSRIOT and WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK, Wednesday’s INTERACTIVE VIDEO TRIVIA
at CITY SPORTS GRILLE, and the granddaddy of ’em all in BTV: TRIVIA MANIA Thursdays at NECTAR’S.
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