By Chris Griffy

Spring is in the air and, for Atlanta residents, that means live entertainment. Nothing drives away the winter blues like a good comedy show. Whether your tastes run toward intimate comedy club venues or some of the biggest funny men in the world playing theaters, there’s something for everyone. These five shows are the best Atlanta has to offer in Spring 2017.

Garrison Keillor
2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 916-2800

For over 40 years, Garrison Keillor was the genial, gentle voice behind the wildly popular National Public Radio program A Prairie Home Companion. While Keillor may have stepped down from his role as host of America’s longest running radio variety show in 2016, that doesn’t mean he’s retired. Instead, he is embarking on the “An Evening of Storytelling from Lake Woebegon” tour of the United States, which will hit Atlanta on Mar. 9. For Prairie Home Companion fans who miss the tales of Pastor Liz, The Chatterbox Cafe, and the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, this is a can’t miss opportunity to visit old friends. Tickets range from $49.50 to $149.50.

Jon Reep
3652 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 252-5233

Date: Mar. 9-11, 2017

Jon Reep is an actor and comic whose face will be familiar to many television viewers. Many will know him as the “That Thing Got a Hemi?” guy in the successful Dodge commercial series. Others will know of him as the winner of the fifth season of the show Last Comic Standing. He has also had roles in films like Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. However you know him, Reep is one of the hottest rising young comics and will be making a three night stand at The Punchline Mar. 9-11. Tickets are not yet on sale for Jon Reep so call The Punchline for onsale dates and prices.

Related: Comedy Clubs In Atlanta

Jerry Seinfeld
660 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100

Date: Apr. 7 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The title “biggest name in comedy” is a subjective thing. But it’s impossible to argue that Jerry Seinfeld isn’t in the conversation. The former host of the hit show and current host of the web series, Seinfeld is a household name among multiple generations of fans. Known for his keen observational wit, Seinfeld’s ruminations on relationships and life’s little embarrassments make him a hot ticket any time he tours. He is so popular that, on his trip to Atlanta, the Fox Theatre added a second show to meet demand, giving fans both an early and late show option. Even then, the show is a near lock to sell out. Tickets range from $46.50-$171.50.

Jeff Foxworthy And Larry The Cable Guy
660 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100

Date: Apr. 29 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

If any show can compete with Seinfeld in Atlanta this spring, it’s a two for one deal of big name comics. Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy are both successful actors and comics whose credits include The Blue Collar Comedy Tour and the Cars franchise. With their signature catchphrases “Git ‘er done” and “You Might Be a Redneck”, Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy bring a family friendly Southern charm to the Fox Theatre. Like Jerry Seinfeld, the demand was so high that an early and late show have been booked.

After Hours Improv
175 West Wieuca Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 277-3071

Date: Every Saturday at 10 p.m.

While many comedy shows come to town for one or two nights, some of Atlanta’s funniest comedy is a permanent resident. The Basement Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere stops for improv comedy, and these interactive shows are a popular draw at any time of the year. For those looking for a bit more risque fare than the family friendly early shows, Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. is the place and time for After Hours Improv. This R rated show is sure to tickle appropriately mature funny bones with their immature jokes. Tickets are $12.

Related: Best Improv Comedy In Atlanta


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