So, You Want To... Laugh:
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Comedian Casey Strain at Neato Burrito.

We all enjoy a good laugh, and thankfully the Inland Northwest has venues offering up all manner of material to tickle funny bones. So if you're looking for a laugh, you'll be able to find it here.


The opening of the Spokane Comedy Club was a godsend for comedy lovers. While touring comedians had stopped by for one-offs at large venues and local comedians had open mics at bars, there wasn't previously a place where it all came together. The spacious club at 315 W. Sprague in downtown Spokane has hosted shows by the likes of Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford and Ron Funches (among many, many more); check to see who's coming next.

The Spokane Comedy Club isn't big enough for every touring comedian, though, and folks like Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Sweeney, Penn & Teller, David Cross and Jerry Seinfeld all made they way through in recent years for shows at Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, and Spokane venues like the Bing Crosby Theater at the Fox.


There is a lot of local talent in these parts, and you can find them performing at all kinds of venues. One great way to find out about shows in Spokane is by following SPOKOMEDY on Facebook (, which is dedicated to promoting shows throughout the region at spots like the Viking or the Ridler Piano Bar.

Local open-mic comedy nights happen regularly at Neato Burrito's Guffaw Yourself nights, the District Bar's 2.Open Mic on Thursdays and Red Dragon Chinese on Friday nights.

Of course, there are laughs to be had beyond the stand-up stage. Head to the Blue Door Theatre in the Garland District of Spokane for a steady diet of improv performances every week. And if being punny is something you think is funny (and you should), follow the Spokane competitive punning group the Punderground ( to find out where they'll be letting the funny words fly next.

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About The Author

Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...