Champaign County Hidden Gem: C-U Comedy Club

As the greater Champaign County area continues its exponential growth, there are a few things that seem to remain the same, the food continues to be amazing, apartment complexes are more prevalent than anthills, and no matter how large the area gets, there are still droves of businesses that hide in plain sight. The C-U Comedy Club falls right in that category. A staple of not only large cities, but up-and-coming areas is the establishment of niche venues such as comedy clubs, art studios, and breweries, which the greater Champaign County area has no short supply of. Yet even though it would make sense that this area has its own comedy club, C-U Comedy Club fell into the group of businesses hidden in plain sight. Even though it may not have been on your radar before, C-U Comedy Club will definitely not be "hidden" for long. 

The Basics:

Located in Soma Ultralounge in Downtown Champaign, the C-U Comedy Club is open every Saturday night for live Stand-Up comedy. In 2012 C-U Comedy was started in an effort to consolidate efforts and create a cohesive comedy scene in the greater Champaign County area. Just starting in 2018, C-U Comedy Club opened for business, bringing in top level comedians, providing a real comedy club experience in Champaign-Urbana. C-U Comedy Club now operates every Saturday during the school year and offers Friday night shows during the summer.

Why You Should Go: 


C-U Comedy Club doesn’t have a conventional staff but rather operates much more fluidly than most structured event venues. Jesse Tuttle, along with all of those that work behind the scenes of C-U Comedy Club, take a very grass roots approach to preparing a comedy show. Starting as a small local organization and building a following over the past 6 years, has given C-U Comedy club a richer, hometown feel to it, something that can be lost in translation at much larger comedy clubs.

The Talent:

It wouldn’t be a comedy club without great comedy talent. From local acts, to comedians who have headlined in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the C-U Comedy Club brings Comedy styles for every age, race, and orientation. Over the past 6 years, C-U Comedy has brought many up-and-coming, as well as established comedians. C-U Comedy Club has welcomed such acts as: Michael Palascak (Top 5 Last Comic Standing, Letterman, Leno, Conan, Comedy Central), Dave Landau (Comedy Central, Bob & Tom Radio, Last Comic Standing), and Chris Schlicting (Bob & Tom Radio, Sirius XM). There is something for everyone, including amazing well-known talent from across the U.S.

Final Thoughts:

This is one hidden gem I don’t think will be hidden for long. With the combination of well-known comedians, the price point, and just overall convenience of having a comedy club right in our backyard, we're sure to see the C-U Comedy Club become a hot spot in the near future.

C-U Comedy Club

320 N. Neil
Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 202-6023  PHONE


320 N. Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 359-7662  PHONE

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