The laughs never stop
The Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret in The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort is a modern comedy club where stand-up comedians perform nightly year-round. Every evening features three different seasoned acts in a comfortable, classy, 300-seat venue with a full bar and food menu. It is one of only two comedy clubs in Atlantic City and the only place in the resort solely dedicated to humor. It opened in a smaller room in the casino in 1983, moved to its current location in 2004, and now with nearly 30 years in operation owner Bob Kephart says it is the longest-running show on the Boardwalk.
They are serious about joking
The Comedy Stop has hosted plenty of up-and-coming comedians who went on to become household names, such as Ray Romano, Drew Carey and Lewis Black, so you never know when you might see the next big act on its stage. Three different comedians come in each week and perform each night so there are always fresh faces, and the talent is selected based on strict standards of quality to guarantee you get what you pay for.
You will be tricked into a good time
In addition to their stand-up comedians, the venue also hosts a comedic magic show every night at 6:30 p.m. The resident illusionist is Kozak The Magician, a local legend with more than 35 years of experience in both magic and stand-up who is constantly improving his craft. The shows have become an Atlantic City staple, entertaining for both their humor and trickery, and they are aimed at all ages, but anyone under 18 is required to be accompanied by a parent.
It is more than a funny business
The Comedy Stop has a full bar that opens at 5 p.m. with happy hour specials until 7 p.m. every night, plus a food menu with about 30 options, from entrees to sandwiches and finger foods. Shows regularly sell out on weekends so it’s a good idea to get there a little early to grab a ticket, and if you do you can have a beer at the bar while you wait.
Hilarity ensues, especially for locals
Anyone with a New Jersey drivers license pays only $15 for all Comedy Stop shows except for Saturdays, a significant discount from the standard but still reasonable $25 ticket price. To get the discount you have to appear in person at the box office, which is open every day from noon to 10 p.m. or later. From Sundays to Thursdays, casino employees also get the added benefit of $2 beer and $3 wings specials.