click to enlarge Phil Lindsey, left, and Josh Scheel during the improv show "Crime Show" at the Blue Door Theatre. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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Phil Lindsey, left, and Josh Scheel during the improv show "Crime Show" at the Blue Door Theatre.

There are ample opportunities to find some professionally generated chuckles in the Inland Northwest, and they come in venues both expected and... not so expected. You can probably figure out the SPOKANE COMEDY CLUB is a good bet, thanks to its regular touring comedians intermingled with local open mic nights and specialty shows like the weed-centric monthly Dope Show. The BLUE DOOR THEATRE'S weekly improv shows are another place you know laughs are lurking.

What about the unexpected venues? How about the BEST WESTERN PLUS COEUR D'ALENE INN, where they've been doing shows since 2013. Follow the Spokomedy Facebook group and you'll discover shows popping up at THE RIDLER PIANO BAR and the HI-NEIGHBOR TAVERN. And if you pop into NEATO BURRITO or the RED DRAGON on the right night you might find yourself at comedy night.

Besides the touring acts that come through the clubs, comedy fiends need to watch the calendars of the BING CROSBY THEATER and the FOX THEATRE, both of which regularly bring in some of the bigger names in standup. Tig Notaro hits the Bing Sept. 7, while Demetri Martin takes the stage at the Fox Sept. 26.

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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 and The Oregonian. He grew up across the country in an Air Force family and studied at...