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A classic date with a twist


Dinner and a show has been a classic date form since cowboys took their ladies to see the showgirls perform at saloons, and probably before that. Dinner, drinks and entertainment at the same place — what’s not to love? The Last Laugh Comedy Theater offers just that — but with a little twist.

Last Laugh Comedy Theater offers up dinner and a show suitable for crowds of all ages.

Last Laugh Comedy Theater offers up dinner and a show suitable for crowds of all ages.

A visit to Last Laugh Comedy Theater is an obvious date idea for anyone who loves to watch live comedy and laugh. It’s also the perfect place for those daring enough to take the stage and try out their own skills.

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, guests can come in early to save a seat for the Mainstage Improv Shows, which have performers creating comedy on the spot. They play games like those seen on “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” and allow for audience interaction.

For those daring souls — all you closet comedians out there — Thursday nights are free Comedy Open Mic nights. Anyone can sign up to try out stand-up, improv and sketch comedy — even funny songs and video. Anything comedic is allowed, and it’s always free to sign up.

Prep Iowa

Of course, if you’re too nervous to step up on stage, you can always start out with a few drinks to loosen up those nerves. Last Laugh Comedy Theater’s drink menu is small in quantity but strong in quality — and humor, as one might expect from a place that does all things funny.

The beer list includes “Laugh Draughts” (Bud Light, Angry Orchard Cider, Saga IPA, Curious Traveler Shandy and Hannah Bavarian Wheat), “Brew-Ha-Ha’s” (PBR, Old Style, Budweiser, Coors Banquet Tall Boys, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra and Smirnoff Ice), “Fancy Pants” (Stella, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Heineken and Amstel Light), and “Loaded Laughs” (special beer cocktails including The Chewi, Strip & Go Naked and Pirate Monkey).

There are two specialty cocktails on the menu, including the Strawberry Monster made with St. Germaine Elderflower Liquor and the Major Margaritas that come in strawberry, mango and raspberry. There is also a list of “Whimsical Wines” ranging from Benvolio Pino Grigio to Steven Falls Merlot, and “Marvelous Martinis” including the Lotus Blossom, Pomegranate Punchline, Raz-You-Berry Chocolate Martini and Dirty Mind Martini. If that much effort is put into creatively naming each and every beverage, one can only imagine how much effort went into the recipes that inspired them.

As for the dinner part of the evening, Last Laugh offers a short menu with a few local favorites mixed in. Five varieties of pizzas are made in house, including one featuring three types of Graziano’s sausages: sweet, garlic and Italian. Others include a Portuguese-style pepperoni, vegetable, cheese and a monthly feature. The current feature on the website is the Reuben, a house-brined and smoked brisket with sauerkraut and swiss cheese on a rye crust.

You can also find classics such as chicken strips and cheese curds and smaller options like the Kitz Chips and Salsa with house-made pico de gallo and a hummus plate with pita chips and veggies. There are two dessert options: the Poppycock, which is house-popped Iowa corn mixed with toffee and nuts, and Thelma’s Ice Cream Sandwiches in snickerdoodle or chocolate chip.

So when you’re planning your next night out, put Last Laugh Comedy Theater on the list. Come as a guest or try your hand at performing — either way, it’s sure to be a good time. CV

1701 25th St., West Des Moines, 943-9343
Wed. – Sat. 7:30-11 p.m.

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