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9 Ways to Spend Your Night Laughing in the East Bay

Attend live performances, trivia and comedy shows at these venues

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The best nights involve wine and laughter. Newport Vineyards in Middletown has figured out the perfect formula with their Barrel of Laughs Winter Comedy Series. Once a month, the Middletown vineyard brings in a nationally touring comic, with the option of dinner at Brix before or after the show. 909 East Main Road, Middletown. 401-848-5161

In addition to hosting live music every Friday and Saturday night, Bar 31 in Bristol hosts a weekly pub trivia game. Every Thursday night, grab your friends and test your pop culture knowledge. The tapas restaurant posts hints for the week’s game on its website, so if you do your research beforehand you’ll have an advantage over the competition. 29 State Street, Bristol. 401-297-0531

There’s murder afoot at the Newport Art Museum, and it’s up to you to solve the crime. Every Saturday night, they host Mystery at the Museum, an interactive murder mystery performance where you must interrogate the players, uncover the clues and identify the villain in the room… or else. The event is family-friendly and every crime is solved in 90 minutes. 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-848-8200

For world-class laughs, head to the Comedy Connection in East Providence. The club bolsters its weekly lineup of hilarious local comedians with superstar names in the comedy world. Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan plays on January 8, and Nick DiPaolo (who has had three Comedy Central standup shows) headlines for the weekend of January 13-14. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. 401-438-8383

Test your music knowledge at Music Bingo, a new kind of pub game that has less thinking and more singing along. Simply get a bingo card with song names on it, and listen for them coming from the DJ booth as you dance, sip and have fun with your friends. Music Bingo happens on Wednesday nights at the Tipsy Toboggan in Fall River, and Thursday nights at Dublin Rose in East Providence. Tipsy Toboggan: 75 Ferry Street, Fall River. 508-567-0550. Dublin Rose: 940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-9222

The Galactic Theatre in Warren shows vintage movies on the weekends: Thursdays are for classic ‘40s film noir and ‘50s B-movies. Fridays are for old school horror movies. Saturdays are Cult Movie Nights, and Sunday afternoons are for Cartoon Matinees, showing old cartoons and Three Stooges shorts. The theatre recently expanded to host live music and comedy performances, too. 508 Main Street, Warren. 401-310-0569

Legendary local funnyman John Perotta brings his traveling Comedy Factory back to the Grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn in Seekonk on January 17. He’s bringing a DJ and more comedians with him, including: Rockin’ Joe, Bill Simas, Steve Donovan, Grandma Martha and Eric Monroe & The Prince of Mystery. 401-639-7726

The Bit Players perform their hilarious improv comedy show on Friday and Saturday evenings in Newport, and have a late show on Saturday called Late Night Bits. All of their shows are BYOB, which you’re definitely going to want to do, because they may well call you up on stage. They even provide cups, ice and mixers. 4 Equality Park Place, Newport. 401-849-3473

Eighty eight beers on tap? Sounds like a challenge. In addition to their killer beer selection, Aidan’s Pub in Bristol hosts pub trivia on Tuesday nights, and an after 10pm dance party every night. 5 John Street, Bristol. 401-254-1940