It's easy to miss the local comedy culture in a place where artisan brewers and banks reign supreme.

On the surface, The Comedy Zone has been bringing national headliners and celebrities to Charlotte for decades, and Fortune Feimster,

 a Belmont native and celebrity, is now a national and worldwide presence. 

the city's comedy culture is and has been slowly increasing, attracting huge stars and introducing the next generation of comedians.

Not long ago, The Comedy Zone, Crown Station, and Acting Out Studio

the only locations for local comedians to gain regular stage time. That changed in 2017

when Blumenthal Performing Arts, The Comedy Zone, and Queen City Comedy formed a collaboration.