Amy Poehler, Conan O’Brien, Mindy Kaling, Dennis Leary. Massachusetts has a rich history of producing famously funny people. They all had to start somewhere. Here are some of the funniest places to be across the Commonwealth, where the next comedy star may be born.

Western Massachusetts

Comedy at the Calvin Theatre, Northampton

This landmark venue in Western Massachusetts features some of the best-known comedians at shows throughout the year. Upcoming talent at the Calvin Theatre in 2015 includes Kathy Griffin, Sinbad, and Charlie Murphy.

Comedy Connection at the Hu Ke Lau, Chicopee

The Hu Ke Lau offers more than award-winning Polynesian shows. For over 25 years, the restaurant also has hosted national touring comedians for stand-up performances. Recent performers include Pauly Shore and D.L. Hughley. Upcoming shows include Cristela Alonzo, the creator and star of this season’s ABC sitcom “Cristela.” Pre-sale tickets are often announced on their Facebook page.

Central Massachusetts

Dick’s Beantown Comedy Escape at Biagios Grille, Worcester

Every Friday and Saturday at 8pm, the upstairs function room of this popular eatery transforms into a stand-up comedy stage. Dick’s Beantown Comedy Escape brings a double-headliner format show to the college students and comedy fans of Worcester.

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester

Jay Leno, Wanda Sykes, Daniel Tosh. These famous comedians all have The Hanover Theatre on their tour schedules, placing the venue firmly on the must-do list for locals and visitors alike this spring.

Greater Boston

Laugh Boston

In the Seaport District, Laugh Boston features top-notch stand-up comedy, including a weekly show of local talent as well as national acts. A full-service venue, the 300-seat theater also offers a full bar and light dining menu. March performers include Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known for playing Chloe on the hit TV show “24” and Heather McDonald, who frequently appeared on “Chelsea Lately.”

ImprovBoston, Cambridge

With a healthy mix of formats – everything “Longform Jam” to open mic nights – ImprovBoston is sure to entertain Wednesdays through Sundays with multiple shows per night. Additionally, the venue frequently hosts special events and offers classes in improv, stand up and comedy writing.

North of Boston

Giggles Comedy Club, Saugus

With an early show and a late show, Giggles Comedy Club takes over Prince Pizzeria every Friday and Saturday night. Often showcasing local talent, the upcoming schedule of performers includes Robbie Printz, a former winner of the Boston Comedy Festival and Improper Bostonian’s Best Comedy Act.

South of Boston

Fun Room Comedy Club at the Shipyard Sports Bar & Grill, Quincy

On the first Saturday of every month, the Shipyard Sports Bar & Grill is the place to be on the South Shore, as comedian Corey Manning hosts everyone from national headliners to local all-stars at the Comedy Fete and After Party.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford

The mission of the Zeiterion is to provide its community with excellent performing arts programming that inspires, educates, engages, and entertains. Their impressive slate of upcoming comedians is sure to do all of those things. Kathy Griffin, Colin & Brad of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” fame, and Isabella Rossellini, with a surprisingly off-beat one-woman show, will all grace the stage in the next few months.

Cape Cod and the Islands

Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest

On the nights of August 10-12 and 17-19 this summer, the Lampost in Oak Bluffs welcomes comedy fans from across the island. The Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest, presented in part by HBO, brings a series of stand-up performers to keep the locals and visitors smiling as the summer season nears its close.

Cape Cod Comedy Lounge, Hyannis

Ira Proctor is one of the hardest working comedians in Massachusetts, making frequent appearances on TV and in comedy festivals around the country. About once a month, he hosts the Cape Cod Comedy Lounge at the Doubletree Hotel in Hyannis. This month, Proctor shares the stage with Frank Santorelli, best known for his work on the HBO hit “The Sopranos.”

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