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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. — Mark Twain

We stepped out into the damp, dark April night, shook hands with the Players who lined the sidewalk and sensed a world that felt lighter and brighter in spite of the hailstorm that blew through earlier that evening. My cheeks were sore from laughing and I couldn’t remember the last time I felt like that! This perfect date night was a reminder that no matter if it’s a passing spring storm or a more serious storm of life, laughter is a weapon we too often forget. McKinney has great restaurants, live music and events, but did you know we have a hidden gem celebrating their 1-year Anniversary and offering much more than a great evening of laughs?



Happy Anniversary to The Comedy Arena and huge thanks for delivering delightful entertainment whether it’s date night, girl’s night, or random strangers bonding in laughter.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ― Victor Borge

We recently attended the family friendly 8pm ComedySportz Match offering improvisation in “Whose Line Is It Anyway” style. Be ready to participate, throwing out suggestions to aid the improvisations and help create a unique comedy experience every time! We appreciated the good, clean humor – along with the fun competition between the two comedy teams. Audience members purchased blue and red glow sticks at the door to use in voting for the winning team of their choice after each “game” concludes. From the beginning, the humorous emcee created an environment that prepped the audience and kept the games moving along.

On our drive home, Chris and I reflected on how eye opening it was to experience off the cuff, quick-thinking humor. As adults, we are so focused on our daily tasks, goals and routines we sometimes forget how to empty our brains in a way that allows more creative and playful thinking. At times it was challenging as an audience member to come up with a quick response to the request for contribution of a song lyric, famous movie line, parental advice etc. There is definitely a skill to be mastered in letting go of an over-worked brain to quickly and freely access the imagination!


So whether you need to let go of the day-to-day routine for a fun night out or are looking for a new hobby and creative outlet, check out all that the ways the Comedy Arena can fulfill that yearning. For the brave or curious, catch a special one-night event like “Jam Night” (the next one will be held Thursday, May 17th) where you can join the Arena Crew at play with a variety of Improv games in action.  Either watch from the audience or jump in if you’d like! Tickets are free and can be purchased here.

Adult comedy classes, summer camps for kids, teen workshops and even corporate workshops are also available. Owner, Performer and Teacher, Von Daniel, has 18 years of experience behind him and is committed to fresh comedy that appeals to all and is offensive to none. Performance nights are on Fridays and Saturdays. Grab some friends, and get your tickets. Oh, and BYOB, if you’d like. I’ll see you at The Comedy Arena!


The Comedy Arena is located at 305 E Virginia Pkwy. You can visit them on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.

Laughter is an instant vacation.  – Milton Berle



To read more about McKinney, head over to our Visit McKinney page.

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