140 Columbus Ave. (map)
Hours: Mon - Thu: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fri: 1:00 pm - 1:00 am Sat: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am Sun: 6:00 am - 9:00 am, 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Purple Onion is one of the most historic stand-up comedy venues in the world. The 80-person intimate nightclub was a popular influence in local music and entertainment during the Beat era. Legendary comedians have performed here including Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce. The Smothers Brothers recorded their ground-breaking debut comedy album there in 1961. And housewife-turned comic, Phyllis Diller, began her career at the Purple Onion, playing for a record-breaking 87 weeks straight.
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