It would be really easy for Acme to rest on its laurels. For over 25 years, the club has been hallowed ground for local comedians looking to launch their standup careers, a destination for some of the biggest names in comedy worldwide, and a perfect night out for comedy fans of all kinds. With a legendary free open mic night on Mondays that often attracts national headliners looking to work on new material, and its long-running Funniest Person Contest that has been responsible for discovering names like Andy Erikson, Chad Daniels, Tim Harmston, and Mary Mack, Acme has built a reputation that should keep it on any best of list for years to come. But they aren’t satisfied coasting. Instead, Acme has continued to innovate, introducing a series where high schoolers interested in standup can meet performers, ask questions, and check out a show. This past year has seen special performances from people like Aziz Ansari and Dave Attell, proving that the reputation of Acme reaches into the upper echelon of comedy.
Readers’ Choice: Acme Comedy Co.