Looking for a good laugh during your Myrtle Beach vacation? From traditional stand-up acts to theatrical improve and outrageous hypnosis shows, Myrtle Beach’s comedy club scene has lots of ways to tickle your funny bone. Check out these comedy clubs and prepare to get your giggle box going:
* Big Laughs Theatre: The name says it all at this comedy club, which offers a wide range of acts that include hypnosis shows and improve performances, as well as the more traditional stand-up routines. Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, the Big Laughs Theatre is owned and operated by regular performers Rich and Elizabeth Wylde, who are known for their unique style of hypnosis comedy. The duo welcomes volunteers to the stage to undergo a basic harmless hypnotic trance which makes them perform crazy stunts on command. The scenarios unfold in hilarious fashion as volunteers react to different code words and interact with one another on stage. Big Laughs Theatre offer different versions of the show to cater to specific audience, from the mild, family-friendly show to the wild adult-themed version, which attracts couples, golf foursomes and bachelor and bachelorette parties. The kitchen and bar offer an extensive selection of food and drinks.
* Carolina Comedy Club: For years, Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square was missing something. Now, amid the din of live music and dance clubs, you can hear the sounds of laughter coming from the newest comedy club in town. Located in Broadway’s nightlife district, Carolina Comedy Club brings yet another entertainment venue to the collection of sports bars, dance clubs and daiquiri bars. Featuring a comfortable lounge area centered around the main stage, this comedy club also serves as a popular hangout before and after the nightly shows. Carolina Comedy Club has already drawn some big names from the world of comedy, including headliners such as Gallagher, Ralphie May, Pauly Shore, Tommy Davidson and Chelsea Handler. In addition to the weekly featured performers from the local, regional and national comedy circuits, Carolina Comedy Club also has a pair of standing shows that pack in big crowds. The Comedy Hypnosis show stars Herb McCandles casting volunteers from the audience into hilarious roles that only they will not remember. Watch your buddies act like wild animals on stage and follow his every command. The Magic of Carl Michael showcase puts this experienced magician’s talents on display in a funny way. Crowd participation is also a signature of this act so be prepared to be a part of the show. In addition to a full bar, Carolina Comedy Club offers a unique menu that goes beyond the standard comedy club fare, such as the Turkey Apple Swiss Wrap and BBQ Chicken Wontons.
* Comedy Cabana: This stand-alone building on Restaurant Row is the godfather of comedy clubs on the Grand Strand. Laugh factories have come and gone over the years, but Comedy Cabana has stood the test of time for almost 20 years. The long-running performance isn’t a comedic accident. The owners are well-established in the comedy business and have the connections to keep top headliners coming back year after year. Among the many comics to grace the stage are big names like Comedy Central’s Lewis Black, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” favorite Josh Blue, and legendary “Good Times” star Jimmy “JJ” Walker. The Comedy Cabana hosts two shows nightly, an early bird and night owl, and there’s a side bar outside the main showroom where the comedians hang out between sets and yuck it up with customers. There’s a two-drink minimum, or non-drinkers can have a non-alcoholic beverage and order an appetizer from the kitchen.