Nothing is better than a good laugh, and one Myrtle Beach venue has been making you chuckle for more than two decades.
Comedy Cabana, at 9588 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach, has been a Grand Strand favorite for 21 years.
Owned and operated by Jeff and Christine Emanuel since day one, the club draws a large crowd of locals and tourists each week.
“We have new professional comics weekly,” Christine Emanuel said. “All of our headliners have some sort of television, radio or film credit.”
Some of the special event headliners who have appeared at Comedy Cabana include Lewis Black, Josh Blue, Bobby Collins, Gary Valentine, TJ Miller, Frank Caliendo, Gallagher, Greg Giraldo, Tim Wilson, Jimmie “JJ” Walker, and Pauly Shore, with credits including Comedy Central and HBO specials, “Last Comic Standing,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and feature films.
Comedy Cabana will host its annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza on Dec. 31, headlined by comedian Tim Young, who has been seen on Comedy Central and was a finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” Young will be joined by Jesse Jones and Cooter Douglas.
The club has been hosting a New Year’s Eve event for 21 years, and it’s become very popular.
“We get people that come year after year back to those shows,” Emanuel said. “It’s a good way to ring in the New Year with laughter.”
Comedy Cabana will host two shows on Dec. 31, one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 10 p.m.
The New Year’s Eve Extravaganza package includes reserved seating, autographed photo of the headliner, a gift certificate good for a return visit to Comedy Cabana and party favors, a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight.
Emanuel said comedians love visiting Myrtle Beach because they enjoy the accommodations of the venue as well as the atmosphere and attractions of the Grand Strand area.
“They enjoy the feel of the club, the professionalism, the beach, golf,” the owner said.
Comedy Cabana’s history and popularity have kept the talent top-notch since day one, and the owners call these performers friends, too.
“Many of these comics, we’ve built a personal relationship with them as well,” Emanuel said. “They’ve become like a second family.”
Emanuel said most shows are geared toward adults, but they are teen- and grandparent-friendly.
“Most of our shows are adult-oriented, but they’re not rude, crude or offensive,” she said. “Occasionally we’ll have an R-rated show, but we advertise it as such.”
Comedy Cabana offers several family-friendly shows in spring and summer and throughout the year.
The club is open year-round, hosting shows 7 days a week in the summer, Tuesday through Saturday in spring and fall and on weekends in December and January.
“In addition to our regular shows, we do a lot of fundraisers, benefits, private parties and receptions,” Emanuel said. “We’ve had several wedding receptions here.”
January comics include Young on Jan. 1, Rollin’ Jay Moore on Jan. 6-7, Shaun Jones on Jan. 13-15, Rob Brackenridge on Jan. 19 and Al Yountz on Jan. 26-28.
Comedy Cabana will host a special event on Jan. 20-21 featuring Bob Nelson, a frequent guest at the club.
“He’s known for having a clean show,” Emanuel said. “He is a comedy legend.”
Nelson appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and toured as Rodney Dangerfield’s opening act for eight years.
In February, the club will host Jimmie “JJ” Walker from “Good Times,” another frequent performer at Comedy Cabana.
The venue will offer a Valentine’s Day package for couples and will be open Tuesday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 19, for guests celebrating the holiday.
General admission tickets are $15. Preferred seating is $17.50.
“Our pricing is very reasonable considering the entertainment we provide,” Emanuel said. “Special events are sometimes slightly higher.”
There is a two item (not two drink) minimum for guests enjoying a show at the club, which the owner said is standard for most comedy clubs.
“Our food and beverage prices are reasonable as well,” she said.
Shows are at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on weekends.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for guests to enjoy Comedy Cabana’s full bar and restaurant.
You’ll definitely have a good time at Comedy Cabana, the owner said.
“Laughter is good for the heart, and I think our love for laughter has played a part in making Comedy Cabana a landmark in Myrtle Beach all these years,” she said.
The venue has everything you need for a perfect night out, including “a nice bar and lounge to enjoy before the show, a comfortable show room, knowledgeable and professional staff, a food and beverage menu that’s updated frequently, and professionally credited comics weekly with frequent special events.”
“It’s a packaged deal,” she said.
Comedy is more accessible today than ever before, but nothing beats the personal connection and energy of seeing a comic live.
“You can turn on a radio or television and get comedy anywhere now,” Emanuel said. “The desire and need for people wanting to go out and see a live performance is still there. We make it cost effective and easy for them to come out and do that. It’s a great value, especially at the beach.”
Comedy Cabana is conveniently located near Restaurant Row on North Kings Highway. The venue offers plenty of parking.
For more information, to view a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit comedycabana.com or call 843-449-4242.