Ready to LOL? 5 September comedy shows in Birmingham plus 1 pooch plunge

Pups in the pool at the Pooch Plunge
All the pooches in the pool this Sunday, September 22, at the Levite Jewish Community Center’s Pooch Plunge. Photo from LJCC via Facebook

Who couldn’t use a good comedy show in Birmingham right about now? School’s back in session and the gear-up for Election 2020 has begun. If those aren’t reasons enough to need a good laugh, I don’t know what is.

So I found five comedy shows and one pooch plunge that are sure to put a smile on your face for the rest of September. Read on for all the details.

1—Manic Comedy Open Mic September 18, 8-11PM at The Sidebar in Lakeview

Manic Open Mic comedy show
Sign up for your spot at 8PM before the show starts at 8:30. Graphic from Manic Comedy Open Mic via Facebook

This one’s open to all who want to plug in to the local comedy scene. Show up and watch. Show up and share. Sign-ups start at 8PM.


Where: The SideBar in Lakeview
When: tonight! September 18, 8:30PM, sign-ups at 8PM
Admission: free and open to all

2—Wink’s S.E.E. ME FAIL Comedy Show September 20, 6-8PM at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Wink SEE ME FAIL comedy show
When was the last time you saw comedy performed in ASL with voice interpretation for those who don’t speak sign language? Graphic from Wink’s SEE ME FAIL Comedy Show via Facebook

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve been at a music event or a play that’s had a sign language interpreter, I’ve loved watching the interpreter as much as the show.

It is incredible to me as a non-ASL (American Sign Language)-speaking person just how much it is possible to convey with gestures and facial expressions.


That said, this comedy event is entirely in ASL with voice interpretation for the non-ASL speakers in the house. It’s presented by BAIT, in partnership with ALRID and Adjacent Space, and features students from Alabama School for the Deaf performing stories.

Where: Birmingham Museum of Art
When: Friday, September 20, 6PM, doors open at 5:30PM
Admission: $10 per person, must purchase tickets in advance here

3—SNL Live at the Barber Shop Comedy Series September 21, 9-11PM at Bennie Mac’s on 1st LLC (Barber & Style)

SNL Live at the Barber Shop Comedy Series
Graphic from SNL Live at the Barbershop Comedy Series via Facebook

Check out Birmingham’s own Sandy Morgan and Michael Statham. From Charlotte, North Carolina is Sweet Baby Kita. Hosted by Comedic Narrator Bennie Mac and Coach Wesley.


What: “The Bennie Mac N Nem Show” and “Saturday Night Laughs”
Where: Bennie Mac’s On 1st, 4831 1st Avenue North
When: September 21, show starts at 9PM, doors open at 8PM
Admission: $20 each or 2 for $30 (must be purchased together). CashApp $BennieMac205 or www.ComedyInBham.com

4—Pooch Plunge September 22, 1-4PM at the Levite Jewish Community Center isn’t exactly one of the comedy shows in Birmingham, but it’ll put a smile on your face

Pooch Plunge isn't technically comedy, but it will be fun
Imagine this serene pool filled with delighted swimming pups and their happy owners. Photo from the Levite Jewish Community Center via Facebook

Okay so this one isn’t a comedy show but who won’t have a smile on their face watching a bunch of hot doggies hop into the JCC pool for the first day of Fall and the end of the outdoor pool season?

Where: Levite Jewish Community Center
When: Sunday, September 22, 1-4PM
Admission: $15 per dog, with a multi-dog discount available (part of the proceeds go to The Animal League of Birmingham)


Rules for the Pooches

  • Dogs only in the pool (no humans)
  • Play nicely (if you can’t, the LJCC may ask you and your pup to leave)
  • Bring proof of rabies vaccination (and be up to date on all shots – the dogs, that is)
  • Dogs have to be spayed or neutered (no pool pooch babies, please)

For more information check out Bhamjcc.org

5—Weird-A** Comedy Tour with Special Guests The Yellow Dandies September 26, 9PM at The Nick Rocks

Weird-a** comedy show
Because why not? Image from Weird-Ass Comedy Tour via Facebook

What: comedy, brought to you by the good folks at Goulash Comedy and The Yellow Dandies
Where: The Nick
Admission: age 21 and up only, $7 in advance, $9 day of the show. Get tickets here.
Also: The Nick is a private club. You’ll need a membership card ($5 per year) and a valid ID to enter.


6—Fresh Ground Comics Spring Broke! September 27, 8PM at Urban Standard

Ignore the date on here. The show is September 27 and every month, actually). Graphic from Fresh Ground Comics via Facebook

Local comedian Chris Davis is behind this monthly dose of fun.

Funny comedians, coffee, beer, wine and the best damn cupcakes in town.

Fresh Ground Comics Spring Broke

Where: Urban Standard
When: September 27, 8-9:30PM
Admission: $5 per person


Now tell us, Birmingham, what’s making you laugh this September? Tag us on social @bhamnow.

Author: Sharron Mendel Swain

Writer, Interviewer + Adventurer | Telling stories to make a difference