Comedy In Nashville Including Nate Bargatze

Dated: 05/27/2015

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by TJ Anderson

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Nashville isn’t recognized as a hotbed for comedy, necessarily, but it should be — aside of being home to the Wild West Comedy Festival — which brought the likes of Doug Benson, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress and Lewis Black to town over a week in April — we have a strong and growing local scene that spreads beyond well-loved Nashville comedy stop Zanies.

One of the (well, former) locals who’s gone on to comedy notoriety well beyond our borders: Nate Bargatze, who’ll be back in Middle Tennessee on Friday, May 29 for a show at the historic Franklin Theatre.

He apparently calls Los Angeles home these days, but he’s also clearly proud of his roots — the first line of his bio is, “I’m from Old Hickory, TN and I love the Vanderbilt Commodores”... plus see his T-shirt, above. 

We have lots of reasons to be proud he hails from here, too — you might’ve caught him on a bunch of shows, from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to Conan, but maybe the best representation of how hilarious Nate Bargatze is is his debut one-hour comedy special, Full Time Magic, which premiered recently on Comedy Central. Check out a snippet here:

Tickets for the Franklin show run $25 to $35, and are available through the Franklin Theatre website.

If you can’t catch this show — or if being there gets you riled up for more live comedy  here are a few other worthwhile Nashville stops that bring the laughs:


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The best-known comedy stop in Nashville, Zanies’ stage brings out a variety of great touring acts week to week — next month, actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah are on the schedule

Spiffy Squirrel Comedy Shows at The East Room

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The East Room in East Nashville hosts regular comedy, but maybe the best way to jump in there: weekly Spiffy Squirrel shows, held Sunday nights kicking off at 6:30 p.m., with a mix of local and touring comedians. Extra bonus, since comedy shows can often be a bit heavy on the wallet: The cover’s just $5, but the talent’s worth a lot more.

Corporate Juggernaut at The High Watt

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The High Watt on Cannery Row (the smaller sister to the Cannery Ballroom and Mercy Lounge) hosts music more often, but it’s become a regular home to live comedy too, with Corporate Juggernaut bringing great touring acts and locals to the stage regularly. Earlier this month, they brought Emily Heller — another hilarious touring comedian you’ve probably seen on Comedy Central — to that cozy stage.

If you have some other favorite places to catch live comedy in Middle Tennessee, I’d love to hear about them — drop some tips on our Facebook page.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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