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441 S 4th St Louisville, KY 40202
441 South 4th StreetUSKentuckyLouisville40202
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The Improv Comedy Club proudly features the nation's hottest stand up comics. Founded by Budd Friedman in the mid 60's in New York City, The Improv is a unique venue!
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"Went there for Russell Peter comedy show, loved the show, ambience."
"As with other reviewers, service was poor and drinks overpriced."
"Our friends ordered an appetizer that they didn't finish because it wasn't good."
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Amanda James
4 years ago
I really like the Improv in that it brings some pretty big names to Louisville. It is also fairly easy to get free tickets to most acts (Watch their Facebook, Twitter, e-mails, texts, and phone calls). With free tickets, I have no problem with the two DRINK minimum. NOTE: This used to be a TWO ITEM, which could be two food items or one food item and one drink. Now you MUST purchase at least two drinks. However, the drinks are somewhat pricey, so if you are trying to save money, soft drinks will be your cheapest choice. (No free refills here.) Food is generally okay, but it is also somewhat pricey. They recently seemed to have changed the menu, so there is not as much selection as there once was. Service is generally not very good; it takes awhile to get your items. However, despite all of the negatives, I still give it three stars, because it typically is a lot of fun if there is a good comedian. And if the tickets are free, it's even better. They'll let you choose what area you'd like to sit. I usually pick up front, and there have been times where I was literally right in front/beside the stage, which was really cool. Overall, it's okay (though it has varied with each experience for me). If you can get free tickets and know how to handle the minimum drink requirement, you can enjoy a fairly inexpensive night with lots of laughs!
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Ashish Gupta
3 years ago
Went there for Russell Peter comedy show, loved the show, ambience. As with other reviewers, service was poor and drinks overpriced. Hates the 2 drink rule, a glass of regular wine was $9 (despite being $7 on menu) and quantity very less. Ended up paying $29 for drinks for 2 people besides ticket!!!
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5 years ago
I was skeptical of the Improv because of the reviews but my friends highly recommended it so I tried it out when I received free tickets. I had the BEST TIME! I went to the show and got dinner for Natasha Liggero. I knew about the 2 item minimum walking in (there's signs pretty much everywhere lol) but it was really easy to hit in 2 hours. Had Lew as my server who was a lot of fun. The place was packed but it was a great show! Got tickets for Brian Posehn and I'm going back. I dunno if something has changed in the past but I like it there a lot!
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A Google User
3 years ago
I wouldn't recommend going. The only positive thing to say about the place is it is very nice inside with comfortable chairs, and that is the extent of it. There were four of us that attended the show, and we paid $15.00 per person plus a service fee and taxes. We saw Owen Benjamin; he was okay. To be honest, I have never went to a comedy club where the main act was just "okay." We arrived at 9:15 p.m. to a line that was out the door in the cold (it was 34 degrees out). We found out that we had to go to the window to get our tickets at the top of the steps (which the lady never informed me on the phone). We picked up the tickets and got back in to the line, which was now twice as long. The show was to start at 9:30 p.m. Due to the comedian taking so long on the first show, the second show didn't start until 10:30 p.m. When we were finally seated, we waited about 10 minutes for a waiter to ask what we would like to order and probably another 15 to 20 minutes for our drinks to arrive. There are no prices for any of the drinks on the menu, but I will give you one word to help you out, "expensive." My husband drink came to $9.50 each (normally half that price) and my diet coke was $2.87 each (normally a free refill). So for two drinks, two soft drinks and tip, it came to $29.54. We knew that you had to pay for two drinks, but to overprice the drinks like that makes me disappointed in the club. Our friends ordered an appetizer that they didn't finish because it wasn't good. It seemed that the most important thing on the staff's mind was selling the second drink, as they kept coming around everyone and asking if they would like another. I can't even tell you how many times they blocked our views of the comedians over and over again. I did notice on the menu that they will automatically charge you a 15 percent tip. Again, I have a problem with that. I can understand if you have a group of six or more, but when it comes to a smaller group, I don't feel they should do that. TIP means to insure proper service. For Improv it means "to inflate prices." What was most surpising to me was how many people left the show before it was even over. I have never seen that in all my times going to a comedy club anywhere in the United States. The show finally ended a little over midnight. I personally couldn't wait to get out of there. I didn't have the warm, fuzzy, happy feeling I usually get when I leave a place that is suppose to make me laugh. FYI, I notice on all the "POSITIVE" reviews that most people got their tickets for FREE. So just keep that in mind when you are reading the reviews. Please, listen to me, don't waste your money at Improv!!! If you want to go on a date or with a group friends and not pay those crazy hike prices and don't have someone blocking your view every moment, I recommend the Comedy Caravan. Yes, it isn't as nice inside, and the chairs are not as comfortable, but the prices for the comedians are usually the same or lower; the comedians are just as good, if not better; you don't have to pay a two drink minimum; you decided on what tip to pay, and I know you will have a GREAT time.
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Carson Merkwan
5 years ago
Fun time, a little crowded. A lot like River Bend Winery on Tuesdays, only the drink prices at the Improv are higher, but I liked the bigger crowd! I picked up a great date!
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5 years ago
I purchased my tickets in advance and planned to pick them up at will call. When we arrived there was no line, only a mob of at least 100 people standing in front of the only two windows available. There was no one who worked there in sight aside from the two people behind the glass in the "line". There were people without tickets standing in the same mob/line as myself. Once we got our tickets, there was another mob/line funneling into the tiny hallway to our seats. Altogether just disorganized. Show scheduled to start at 10, didn't start until 11. Drinks were weak and $8.00 for well alcohol. Tab was given while comedians were still on and lights were down so I didn't notice until we left that they had already ADDED GRATUITY!! Comedians were awesome just not really worth all the hassle getting in there.
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A Google User
5 years ago
I could barely watch the show because the waiter was always interrupting the show asking me what else I wanted to purchase.. Even after I purchased 3 items (there is a 2 item minimum) our waiter came by every five minutes... even when I told the waiter we were good for the rest of the night they kept pushing. I felt like I could barely watch the show. All the management cares about is boosting their sales, even at the cost of customer's enjoyment. At $12 per martini and $4.50 for a beer, the bill adds up! On top of that, there is already a 15% gratuity INCLUDED in your bill! Let ME be the judge of what I want to tip! Unless you're willing to spend some big $$$$ don't go to this place!!‎
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A Google User
5 years ago
Where do I start? The service was horrible. I had to wait 20 minutes for my drink after giving the order to the waitress. Then when the food came they forgot my dipping sauce for my wings. The server said she'd be right back with it but it took another 15 minutes until I got it. I had to stop each server that passed just to speed up the process. My food got cold before they gave me the sauce. Then the wine that I asked their suggestion of turned out to be $16!!! The glass couldn't have been more than 3 inches tall and 1 1/2 wide! The comedian was terrible. Entire sections were leaving at a time. And finally when I presented the problem to the manager about the service and the outrageous drink bill, she could not have cared less. She wanted the pay and didn't care what amount of difficulty I had to go through with her staff. I WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
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