Knock knock. Who's there? Boo. Boo who? Don't cry through another wretched comedy performance when a hardy laugh awaits you at the PUNCHLINE
. Instead of relying on a crop of inexperienced local comedians, the club books up-and-coming but recognizable national acts for the weekends. Intros usually include the phrases "as seen on David Letterman" or "regular guest on (insert popular sitcom name here)," which translates into guaranteed giggles. Recent headliners included slacker-funny Mitch Hedberg and zany impersonator Pablo Francisco. Their amateur night has launched careers, including that of one-time Punchline-waitress-turned-L.A.-comedienne Pam Stone.
280 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-252-5233. www.punchline.com.