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Zanies Comedy Showplace

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(15 Reviews)

2025 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

(615) 269-0221

Today: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Zanies Comedy Night Club

Zanies Comedy Showcase

Night Clubs, Comedy Clubs, Bars
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Price Range : Below Average


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If I were basing my review of Zanies only on the food, a generous rating would be two stars. However, people don't go to Zanies for the food (at least I hope not...please don't go here for the food!). Zanies is a popular venue not because of its cold and not completely cooked nachos, or its bland sweet potato fries (how do you mess up sweet potato fries?!), but rather because of its constantly rotating cast of stand-up comedians, ranging from amateurs to well-known names like Jon Oliver and Pablo Francisco. It's a great place to go for an evening of entertainment; the comedians are great, there are drinks to be had, and overall it ends up being an enjoyable evening. My recommendation? Eat dinner before you arrive. Though Zanies does require each of its patrons to order at least two items, spend your money on beverages and desserts here, and enjoy some laughs!



Provided by Citysearch - 

This was the first legit stand-up comedy club I've ever been too and it was a blast! My fiance and I went and checked out Craig Shoemaker recently and the venue was so cool. Cozy, intimate...good food (a little high but it's I expected it) good service. I definitely recommend going. Maybe buy tickets in advance for the bigger shows bc it was a really packed house when we went and I don't think we would've gotten in if we hadn't.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Thankfully we had free admission to the show last night. There is a 2 drink minimum for extremely overpriced below bottom shelf liquor at $7.25 each. My boyfriend and I both ordered the 2 drinks and a basket of fries. We walked out with a $40 tab. The comedians were pretty funny- some more so than others. We appreciate comedy shows, so we'll continue to go to Zanies for the laughs, but will grunt about the over priced drinks.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Beware of automatic gratuity

We've been going to Zanie's since I was old enough to go...about 20 years now. It's always a great time but I was disturbed recently to find that a 15% gratuity is added to all orders and has been for more than 15 years. This information is on the menu but when you pay with a credit card and they bring your slip back, there is a blank line for you to add a tip with no mention of the fact that a tip was already paid. Everyone around us was double-tipping and everyone I've spoken to was unaware they'd been double-tipping for years.

I contacted the management and they said it was not their intent to deceive. I personally find the layout of the final credit card slip very deceptive, but judge for yourself. Just be aware that even if you're a party of one, a 15% gratuity is on your original check. Do not be deceived into tipping twice.

Otherwise, this is a great comedy club with top-notch acts and great service. The management was kind in apologizing for my concerns about their tipping practices and time will tell if they correct the situation...but in the meantime, I'm warning others. I also agree with the other complaints about waiting on the street. We would go much more often if we weren't weighing whether or not it's worth waiting 45 minutes in freezing cold. I'd like to visit in bad weather too! Seems a bigger location with a bar attached would be more financially wise...have us spend that 45 minutes buying drinks. Everyone wins.



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If you are feeling down go to Zanies and you will forget all your problems



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great night out for mom and dad - but leave the kiddies at home!

Wife and I went to Zanies Saturday night and saw Henry Phillips and Drew Hastings. Both these guys were hilarious. But want I don't understand is the couple that decided to bring their daughter (and her boyfriend) there to celebrate her 18th birthday. I would have been embarrassed, especially with Drew's comments about the oral exploits of someone's wife...

..anyway, great club, reasonable drinks (if you stick to beer). On the down side they need more parking and a better way to queue up their customers outside - what happens if it rains or snows (which apparently if NEVER does in this town).

We'll be back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
A must if you love comedy!

You can see almost every comedian that tours here. I have seen Tommy Chong here twice, he signed autographs after both shows! Tickets should be purchased in advance if you plan on seeing a well known act, they sell out religiously.
There is a 2 drink minimum per guest. Good specialty drinks, but pricey. Fun, at it's best!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Funny

This has to be the best value for you FUNNY MONEY. Tickets are never to high and if you are on the email list they send coupons and specials across all the time. The line can get long, so if you want to sit close get there early. Service has always been good for as crowded as it gets and the food is good for bar food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fabulous Fun

We went to the first show on a Friday night, it was fabulous. The fact that it was a small audience made it intimate and no person went unnoticed. We had a great time, ordered the Blue Haha, and Apple Fritters, great choices. Will definately go again and again! Quality ADULT entertainment.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Zanies Comedy a great place to see STAND-Up Comedy.

Zanies Comedy a great place to see STAND-Up Comedy. Many big names perform here. Line of sight to the stage is good from anywhere in the room. Plan on buying two drink no matter what. Remember this is how the waitress makes her living, tip well. If you want to be picked on sit in the front, if not, stay a few rows back. GOOD NEWS: SOME SHOWS ARE ""SMOKE FREE"". Now for the BAD NEWS: Late shows ALLOW Smoking. (2006 July 18)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Waiting in the street?

For a place with a 2 drink minimum, I often have a hard time getting service. And why do they have people lined up outside on the sidewalk? Is there no bigger building in all of Nashville that could accommodate a waiting area with a bar? I love going to see comics, but Zanies makes it awfully inconvienent. The only reason I am recommending it is to see the comics themselves. The venue itself needs some serious work.



Provided by Citysearch - 
You'll have a blast!

A great laid back comedy club! The atmosphere is full of fun, get there early to get a good seat though! Buy your tickets early and get set to have a great evening. I have been there twice and loved it. We have sat with people we didn't know and had a good time getting to know new people, laughing and just having a good time. I haven't ever had their food but the drinks are very very good.
Can't wait til my next visit!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Splendid, and Sly!

Zanies supplied great humor and a nice atmosphere, yet the fact that you HAVE to buy a minimum of $6 PER person during your visit was a bit of a turn off (considering I had a large sandwich at Jason's Deli before the show). Unless you're under 21, it is not a big problem. Comedians are wonderful, servers are friendly, chairs could be improved on, and the bathrooms a little larger. Oh, and buy tickets in advance! Overall a good time.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Laugh till you Cry!

My boyfriend and I have visited Zanie's on two occassions, and both times it was absolutely hilarious! The second time we saw Gary Conrad, the hypnotist. We went to the late show, and we literally left the place in pain from lauging so much. They also offer a great non-alcoholic menu for those who are under-age, or are the designated driver. Also, be prepared for the two drink/ $6 minimum Watch for bad weather...come with an umbrella - they provide little to no canopy in case of rainfall. I also suggest buying tickets in advance. The place is small, and sells out often. Parking isn't hard to find, but be prepared to walk a bit. Overall, Zanies is definetly worth the money.

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