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Stand Up Scottsdale
UPDATE: May 2017: Stand Up Scottsdale has permanently closed.
UPDATE January 2016: Stand Up Scottsdale will be moving to a new location in early 2016. That means that the address, comments about food, the atmosphere and the program mentioned here are all about the previous location. So are the images!
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Downtown Scottsdale is typically known for art galleries and restaurants. In 2011 the comedy club, Stand Up Scottsdale, opened in Scottsdale (some people who have lived here for several years will remember this location as where Anderson's Fifth Estate used to be) featuring both local and nationally known stand-up comedians. Local residents and visitors to Scottsdale can see a variety of funny people on Friday and Saturday nights. On Wednesdays, open mic night is free.
About Stand Up Scottsdale
Stand Up Scottsdale Street Address
6820 East Fifth Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Stand Up Scottsdale General Phone Number
Stand Up Scottsdale Online
Directions to Stand Up Scottsdale
Stand Up Scottsdale is located in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. It's just north of Indian School Road on 5th Avenue. There's plenty of free parking on the street and within a couple of blocks of the club.
How to Get Tickets
Tickets for shows here typically start at $15. Groups of 6 or more may get a discount.
2. Make a reservation by email and pay at the door.
3. At the club on show nights, if tickets are still available.
There are no tickets/no cover for Open Mic Night on Wednesday nights. It's free to attend. Show up early if you want to sign up to perform. (last updated Feb. 2015)
Food and Beverage at Stand Up Scottsdale
Stand Up Scottsdale has a one-page menu with snacks, sandwiches, sliders and burgers. You may order food and beverage throughout the show. There used to be a two-item minimum in addition to the ticket charge, but they have eliminated that requirement. On Open Mic and College Nights there is no cover -- ticket prices are charged to compensate paid performers. That covers the club's expenses for being open. On those "no cover" nights you'll find some bargains on the menu.
All times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.Continue to 2 of 2 below.
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Stand Up Scottsdale - 14 Tips
Before you buy your tickets to a show at Stand Up Scottsdale comedy club in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, here are a few things you might want to know.
14 Things To Know About Stand Up Scottsdale in Downtown Phoenix
- Ticket prices for Stand Up Scottsdale are reasonably priced -- not much more than a movie really.
- Just because they have eliminated the minimum beverage/food order doesn't mean that you should go and not order anything. That's tacky and inappropriate, really.
- If you have questions that aren't answered here or on the official website, you may call and leave a message; someone will return your call. You can make your reservation on the telephone voicemail system and you will receive a confirmation call. You can also send them an email on their website's contact page.
- Parking is available on the street. There's no charge. There are not many restaurants or other clubs in the immediate vicinity, so you should be able to park within a couple of blocks.
- There is a small indoor bar and lounge area as well as a small outdoor patio where you can order a drink. Most people will be standing while they wait for the doors to open.
- You must be over 21 years of age to attend a show here. On the evening I attended there were quite a few people there that I would categorize as "middle-aged" so if you are no longer a 20-something you'll still be comfortable with this crowd.
- Comedy routines performed here may not be for the prudish. You won't know in advance, but if you check out some of the performer videos online (especially the headliners) you can get an idea of the type of humor they deliver.
- Tickets are General Admission and people are seated by hosts/hostesses on a first-come, first-serve basis. For the first show of the evening, doors typically open about 20 minutes before show time. If you are going to have dinner, you can let staff know and they will seat you early so you can order and eat before the show begins.
- The menu consists of snack foods and burger/sandwich-type fare. We tried the chicken strips with fries and an order of nachos. Standard bar fare. I actually liked the nachos (home-made chips) quite a bit! Nothing on the food menu was over 10 bucks. Beverages are reasonably priced compared to other clubs in the area.
- This club is a nice size with tables for about 180 people -- not too large for the type of club it is, and yet not tiny. Most of the tables here seat four or more people, so either bring another couple or be prepared to sit with strangers. As a matter of fact, groups of six or more get a discount so bring two couples!
- Why make a reservation? Because the club can and does sell out. Also, people with advance reservations are seated first. Check in is on the patio.
- Once food and beverages were ordered they seemed to be prepared and delivered quickly. Keep in mind that initially it is quite hectic, with everyone ordering and being served at once.
- On the night I visited Stand Up Scottsdale there were actually 5 acts, 4 plus a headliner. And one of them was the owner, Howard! The number of acts may vary, of course, but there will usually be at least two openers before the headliner. I thought that 4 of the 5 ranged from pretty funny to hilarious -- that's a good result, in my opinion, for any comedy club.
- On any particular night a comedian may or may not be at his/her best, or the audience reaction may become a factor. Luckily, the patrons were receptive but not totally drunk or rowdy on the night I was there. Still, you never know. Every night is different at a stand up comedy club.
As is common in the industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary visit for review purposes. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy. All prices and offerings mentioned herein are subject to change without notice. May 2012.