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Named "hottest stand-up comedy showcase in the southwest" by the Dallas Observer, The Backdoor features comics with credits from Last Comic Standing, BET and Comedy Central. The eclectic lineup features eight or more comedians each night, consisting of local pros and nationally touring comics.

Here are just a few of the talented comedians that perform regularly at The Backdoor:

Paul VargheseNBC’s Last Comic Standing 2; Gurus of Comedy Tour
Joe Fox B.E.T’s Comic View
Tony Ybarra – Hyennas Comedy Club
Raj SharmaGurus of Comedy Tour
Jan Norton – actress, Murder Mystery Players; Bit Parts (feature film)
Steve Halasz – Improv Comedy Club
Linda Stogner – PBS/ABC’s Emmy Award Winning Life 360; creator Turtle TV, Joan Rivers’ Funniest Woman In America Comedy Special

Mark Agee – Last Comic Standing
Anthony Perez – Hyennas Comedy Club
Aaron Aryanpur – Improv Comedy Club
Vince Quick – author, Must Have It
Dustin Ybarra – Hyennas Comedy Club
Aaron Wardrum – West End Comedy Club
Chris BrownWalker, Texas Ranger
Waylon Haselhorst – West End Comedy Club
Dixon Wiles –  Radio 105.3
D.D. Ingram – Hyennas Comedy Club
Bob Khosravi – West End Comedy Club
Billy McFarland – West End Comedy Club
Johnny Elbow – Last Comic Standing
Jack Parker – West End Comedy Club
Josh Wetherspoon – Hyenas Comedy Club
Shaun Arrendondo – Hyenas Comedy Club
Sherry Bell – West End Comedy Club
Tom Devenport – West End Comedy Club
Sean Collins – VH1

And many more.

Surprise Guests

Occasionally, a famous friend of the club stops by and performs as well. In the past we've had many celebrity guests such as: David Spade, Bill Engvall, Brian Regan, Kathleen Madigan, Dennis Regan, Eddie Brill, Ron White, and Defending the Caveman's Rob Becker - to name a few.


Many comics that started at The Backdoor have become well known names in industry and still perform at the club when they are in town. Here are a few Backdoor alums you may have heard of:

Johnny Hardwick  (Voice of Dale on Fox’s King of the Hill)
JB Cook  (writer/producer- NBC’s My Name is Earl and Fox’s‘ King of the Hill)
Robert Hawkins (touring headliner, seen on Comedy Central and Conan O’Brien)
David Garrett  (writer – Deuce Bigelow - Male Gigolo Pts. 1 & 2)
Nanette Lee  (Morning Team K104 KKDA)
Dean Lewis  (Morning Edge on KDGE 102.1)
Neil Edwards (writer  - Fox’s That 70’s Show and That 80’s Show)
Dave Little  (Dave Little’s One Man Show, various Dallas improv troupes & staple of Dallas radio)
Chuck Cason (LA actor/comedian –numerous national television spots)
Mark Louis aka Hawkeye – Morning team KSCS 96.3
Shucky Ducky – national headliner from BET and Comic View
Cristella Alonzo – writer, Mind of Mencia, Comedy Central


some backdoor alum

Hire a comic

If you would like to hire a comic as entertainment or a host/MC for an event at the club or at another location, The Backdoor can help you find the right comedian to fit your event and your budget. With an extensive list of the best comics in North Texas, we can find the best comic for your event. Please call 214.328.4444 for more information.