The comedy scenes in big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are legendary, so it's no wonder that so many future comedy stars opt to relocate to jumpstart their careers. But big cities come with their own challenges; it can be daunting as a young creative to deal with high cost of living and cut-throat competition in a crowded market.
Luckily, there are many smaller cities in the US that have thriving (and more welcoming!) comedy scenes. Whether you're an aspiring stand-up comic or a comedy fan, these unexpected cities are wonderful places to hone your comedy skills — or just enjoy a show.