Good Comedy Shows in Sacramento – Blacktop Comedy

When someone asks, is there “good comedy shows in Sacramento,” my first response is a nodding. There’s tons of great comedy! Of course, the better question is, “what are you looking for?”

When I know your comedy tastes, I know what to suggest. Let me be your comedy guide. I am your comedy sherpa guiding you up a hilarious mountain.


First, do you like improv? Improv comedy develops on the spot. Improv Comedy on the spot is daring, exciting, and raw. If you’re looking for characters, stories, and quirky, I suggest Your F@#$%! Up Relationship at Blacktop on  Friday night. Every Friday, 8 pm this is good comedy in Sacramento. Sometimes a local celebrity is interviewed, or an audience member feels like recalling one of their most hilarious F@#$%! Up relationships.  The cast of professional comedians listen and use the story for inspiration for improv scenes. This live comedy on Friday nights has exploded in popularity because you never know what you will get!  Every night is different, because every interview is new.

Blacktop Comedy is also reintroducing Lit Up in July. Don’t miss this live show every Saturday night. Local authors give the Blacktop Cast the first page of their most recent work. The cast has never read the work, continues the story after the first page has been read. The cast has only the title and the first page to draw inspiration from. Everything else is improvised.

Are you looking for great Sacramento stand up comedy? Stop into Blacktop on a Saturday night and catch some of the best stand ups in Sacramento. In July Blacktop is welcoming Real Lives Comedians to their stages. With Real Live Comedians, you’ll get 90 minutes of live stand-up comedy action and other assorted funny business from some of the best talents out there. Brought to you by producer-performer Jason Mack, each show features a different host and selection of comics, plus stand-up from Mack himself, whose charmingly awkward persona and dark but silly humor has quickly won over audiences. Get ready to laugh ’til it hurts when this comedy showcase takes the stage Blacktop and has regularly been appearing at the Punch Line in San Francisco.

Youth and Teen Programs Blacktop Comedy Theater in Rocklin

Good comedy in Sacramento isn’t just stand-up and improv, though. Sometimes, you’re looking for a scripted theater. Well, I would strongly suggest going to the Rocklin Community Theater. Their lineup of shows in the past couple years include Hairspray, Urinetown, and more. In the next couple months, The Rocklin Community Theater will be bringing Legally Blonde to the stage. They do incredible work. Just a small portion of the good comedy in Sacramento! The comedy community is actually growing in Sacramento. You are definitely in the right spot for live entertainment.


Improv and Comedy Theater – Improv Comedy World

Could I interest you in some thoughts? Some of these nuggets are polished, while others, are pretty raw and unfiltered. I hope they encourage, inspire, and make you think. Please, leave a comment, and turn these posts into an active discussion.

Perfection is a killer. Well, trying to be perfect is a killer. Well, trying to be perfect, and failing is a killer. Well, let me try that one last time. Trying to be perfect, failing, and telling yourself: you are a failure is a killer.

I think like that way more than I would like to admit. That realization slapped me in the face today. Not that I think that, but how frequently I think on those “I am a failure,” terms. Can we discuss this? Would you like to discuss this with me?

Here are my thoughts on this situation. Here’s what hit me this morning. If it helps you, fantastic!

First, I think we can all agree, even me, the ‘perfection or failure’ system is a ridiculous way be consumed! And, we all know ‘consumed’ is the perfect word. The attempt to be perfect consumes as much as the inevitable failure consumes. “Don’t mess up, don’t mess up, don’t mess up,” is as consuming as “I messed up, I messed up, I messed up.” I mean, it’s a damned brain if you do, and a damned brain if you don’t.

(I know this is a blog about improv comedy. Watch as I deftly weave this back towards the improv comedy world…)

Did you know this can massacre your improv progress? Of course you did! You’re smart. It kills your education, your performance, and your post show notes. Taking a class, a chance to learn and be open, becomes a mission to look good, and knowledgeable. A performance, a chance to develop and create with your team, becomes a tightrope walk, trying to avoid things that might upset “the great scene.” The post show notes…well…you get the idea. During notes, a connection designed to help everyone, becomes a frightening, “fuck! I can’t do anything right. Why do I even bother with teen improv” moment.

When we could absorb new ideas, charge into the unknown with our scene partners, and embrace the note, because it all exists to make us better, we think, “this is already the best. This is perfect. Improve? Improve what? Oh. That is a good point. I don’t do that. I didn’t do that. Do I ever do that? God I’m bad. I failed. I’m a failure. Well, I’m gonna go drive home and think about how I’m a failure.”

Yikes. This is bad. Can we agree this is really bad? I mean, you and I could be great, if we relax, breathe into the moment, and see what we can develop with what we have. Instead, we sometimes focus on the what we aren’t, what we don’t have, and what we will never be or never was. That’s a frightening spiral.

Could we nip this spiral in the bud? If there’s no perfect, could we let go of seeing ourselves as a failure? If we wanted to logic our way out of this, we could look back on a memory we recall as “perfect.” We could dissect this moment, examine it as close as possible, and not stop until we find 3 things that were not perfect. Inevitably, if we look close enough, we’ll find something that wasn’t 100% perfect? Right?

Why am I even asking the question? Of course, we’ll find a hiccup* in the mix.

Might this shatter our illusion of the perfect moment? At least, it’s a reminder. Maybe enough reminders can help us let go of ‘perfect.’

I don’t know. This is a pretty imperfect post, but I’m going to leave it as is, before I nitpick it to ‘perfect.’ I might gain something by doing that, and I’d definitely lose something too.

*I used ‘hiccup’ as a negative. in actuality, I think hiccups are pretty hilarious and wonderful. which, funny enough, I think hiccups are pretty hilarious and perfect. Wait a second, could we say perfection is subjective? Nailed it!)