Crack up with rising comedy stars appearing at the new Punch Line Houston this fall

The Palestinian-American comic Sammy Obeid will perform 4 shows at Punch Line Houston on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2024. | Photo courtesy of Live Nation

Discover rising comedy talents in an intimate venue when Punch Line Houston opens its doors in Downtown HTX beginning in September 2024.

Punch Line Houston, a new 250-capacity comedy club, that draws on decades of powerhouse comedy traditions, will open its doors in Downtown Houston in late summer showcasing a hilarious and diverse showcase of comedy talent—including Anglo Colina (en español), Mark Curry, Chaunté Wayans, Jackie Fabulous, Mekki Leeper, Jamie Lissow, Zoltan Kaszas, and more. Scroll down to see the full lineup.

Expected to host over 350 shows per year, Punch Line Houston will be a new entertainment destination dedicated to live comedy. It is only the fourth Punch Line club to open, following in the footsteps of the legendary O.G. Punch Line in San Francisco. Given Texas’ abundance of comedic talent and success, Houston became an obvious next home for the Punch Line brand.

In addition to bring top, national comics to Downtown Houston, Punch Line Houston will also support emerging and local regional talents. The venue will be hosting open mic nights and prioritizing local comics for opening slots as available.

Announced today, the first 30+ shows will go on sale this Friday, June 21, 2024. All shows are ages 18 and up.

Opening Comedian Lineup at Punch Line Houston in Downtown

  • Angelo Colina at Punch Line Houston | Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14, 2024 – The Venezuelan comedian, filmmaker, writer and producer—known for delivering his stand-up performances in Spanish—will be the first comic to take to the Punch Line Houston stage for 2 shows.
  • Mark Curry at Punch Line Houston | Friday, September 21 & Saturday, September 22, 2024 – Best known for his starring role as Mark Cooper in ABC’s beloved ’90s sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Curry brings his signature comedy to Houston for 4 shows across 2 nights.
  • Chaunté Wayans at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28, 2024 – A scion of the legendary Mayans comedy family, Chaunté Wayans performs for 3 nights at Downtown’s newest comedy destination.
  • Ian Fidance at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, October 3 through Saturday, October 5, 2024 – Brooklyn-based Fidance will bring his upbeat, offbeat comedic takes to Downtown Houston.
  • Jay Jurden at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12, 2024 – Formerly a staff writer for The Problem with Jon Stewart on Apple TV, Jurden is also an actor and comedian whose quick wit has been acclaimed by Just for Laughs, Time Out New York, Vulture, and Variety.
  • Jackie Fabulous at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, October 17 through Saturday, October 19, 2024 – Since her 2019 appearance on America’s Got Talent, which prompted Simon Cowell to walk on stage to give her a hug, Jackie Fabulous has been delighting audiences with her hilariously entertaining, encouraging, and empowering comedy.
  • Sophie Buddle at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26, 2024 – Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Buddle’s comedy album A Lil Bit of Buddle won the Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year in 2020.
  • Liza Treyger at Punch Line Houston | Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2, 2024 – NYC-based and Soviet Union-born Treyger has appeared in the Judd Apatow movie The King Of Staten Island and hosts That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast. Her comedy special Glittercheese on Comedy Central and The Degenerates on Netflix continue to regale audiences.
  • Ian Lara at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9, 2024 – The NYC comedian has made multiple appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, starred in his own HBO special Ian Lara: Romantic Comedy, and was named one of Variety‘s “2023 Comics to Watch.”
  • Mekki Leeper at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16, 2024 – An American comedian of Moroccan descent, Leeper was a writer and actor on the Truman Show-esque TV series Jury Duty, for which he was nominated for a primetime Emmy.
  • Sammy Obeid at Punch Line Houston | Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23, 2024 – The Palestinian-American comic known for his clever wordplay, misdirection and musings on his Middle Eastern heritage returns to Houston for 4 shows.
  • Ric Diez, Heath Cordes & Enrique Chacon of Kill Tony at Punch Line Houston | Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30, 2024 – Performing together in a back-to-back show, all 3 comics are winners of the coveted Golden Ticket on the Kill Tony comedy podcast taped weekly in Austin.
  • Jamie Lissow at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7, 2024 – Known for his weekly appearances on Fox’s evening talk show Gutfeld!, Lissow has also starred in the Netflix series Real Rob and appeared on The Tonight ShowThe Late Late ShowLast Comic Standing, and more.
  • Zoltan Kaszas at Punch Line Houston | Thursday, December 12 through Saturday, December 14, 2024 – The Hungarian-American comedian and actor was called a breakout star by The Atlantic and is known for his sharp, observational humor and love of cats.
The hilarious and empowering Jackie Fabulous will perform 4 shows over 3 days at Punch Line Houston in Downtown in October. | Photo courtesy of Live Nation

Punch Line’s Legendary Beginning

Punch Line’s dedication to the sport of comedy and the intimate setting delivers knockout laughs night after night.

Punch Line Comedy Club opened in San Francisco in 1978 and has since been the launching pad for countless comedy legends. The San Francisco stage was the first for many renowned comedians, including Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Drew Carey.

The club also hosted early performances by Zach Galifianakis, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Ali Wong, Bill Burr, Gabriel Iglesias, Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, and Margaret Cho before they achieved widespread fame. Dave Chappelle, who once performed a six-hour set at Punch Line, has called it “the best comedy club in the U.S.A.”

Punch Line expanded to Sacramento in 1991, further cementing its reputation with stars like DL Hughley, Chelsea Handler, Russell Peters, and Jo Koy. In 2016, Punch Line headed to the East Coast with a premier venue in Philadelphia, gaining the respect of local legends and aiding the rise of new talent.

The newest addition, Punch Line Houston, opens in 2024 and aims to become a cornerstone of the Texan comedy scene by helping local comedians make their mark and establishing the southern city as a must-stop on national tours. 

Comedy is the sport at Punch Line, where the pros may not lift weights heavier than 16 ounces, but they train like athletes. They hone their timing and cadence, practicing tirelessly to ensure their jokes land with expert precision.

No matter the city, the goal is always the same at Punch Line Comedy Club—a knockout punch that leaves audiences on the floor seeing stars.

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