This is one of the most fun stand-up shows in LA for everyone involved - comedians love performing on it, comedy nerds love watching it and regular old drunks looking for a good time enjoy the free beer and license to basically heckle.  Don't let the word "Improvised" fool you, this is real stand-up, but instead of doing a prepared set, the comedians must react to suggestions from the audience - either making up completely new material on the spot or reaching back into their memory banks for a shred of an old discarded or retired bit to build from. 

The participation and spontenaity make for a really fun atmosphere throughout the whole show, with the comedians often joining the audience to help/torture the rest of the line-up during their sets.

At Rant LA Theater in Hollywood and additional shows throughout the region. StandupOnTheSpot.com for more info.

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So, we're gonna turn our house into a comedy club once a month, what do you say, guys?  The first time I went to Comedy Living Room, Jerrod Carmichael popped in and joked "This isn't underground anymore!  You guys are gonna be too big for me soon!"  Jerrod's silly modesty aside, Comedy Living Room is a surprisingly professional type show for being at a house.  The stage and main seating are in the Living Room, with live feeds to TVs in the kitchen and back patio so more people can enjoy.  The booking is pretty stellar, recent performers include Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, James Adomian and Brody Stevens and there's little-to-no filler in the lineup.

The crowd skews young (I mean, we're sitting on folding chairs in someone's living room here) and very comedy literate.  Depending on how cool your mom is, this may not be the place to bring her when she's in town, but it's a great choice for a fun night with friends.

Located near Cherokee & Melrose in Hollwood - follow @comedylivinroom for dates and info.

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One of the best shows in town in terms of total high score.  It draws a lot of Big Names and mainstream hot young talent, there's enough room for a little bit of unknown and less mainstream from time to time and the bar scene in front is hopping thanks to the omnipresent "Industry."  Plus, there's usually a huge pop-in like Craig Robinson, Dane Cook, Jeff Ross or Dave Attell.  It's one of the two shows I'd be most likely to bring out of town guests to.

Wednesdays at 10 pm

At the Hollywood Improv

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The Bathhouse Show is a great update on the classic variety show. With a focus on comedy, it includes stand-up, sketches, singing, dancing, burlesque.. you name it.  Produced and hosted by Shawn Pelofsky (the Barbara Streisand of comedy), it's a very gay-friendly show and somewhat gay-themed, but tends to draw a pretty mixed crowd.

Monthly on Saturday at The Comedy Store 

http://www.thebathhouseshow.com/

 

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A great show in a great room, run by Robby Slowki and Nick Hoff.  At Monsoon Cafe in Santa Monica, this show features big names like TJ Miller and Brendan T Gleasan along with some hysterical younger comedians like Chris Levkulich and Casey Balsham.  Tab;e reservations available with a full bar and sushi menu.

Mondays at 8:30 pm

 

Monsoon Cafe
1212 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, California

 

 

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http://comedymeltdown.com/

Make your way through the bright shiny objects in the Meltdown Comic Store on Sunset to the huddled dark gallery in the back and wonder "They're putting on a comedy show here?"  But the always sold-out crowd will convince you that you're in the right place.  Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon bring together some of the smartest, most entertaining comics around - TJ Miller, David Koechner, Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane, Jackie Kashian and more bring their best to this intimate environment.  The beer is free and food is always waiting outside from one of our fine city's fabulous food trucks.  Plus, follow Meltdown Show on Twitter and win VIP status - primo seating and beer delivery all night long.  Every Wednesday in the Meltdown Comics Gallery.

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www.thenaughtycomedyshow.com

Sam Tripoli serves as ringmaster for this variety show straight from Sodom & Gomorrah.

The evening always begins with a jaw-dropping pole dance from some of the best in the business.  Special guests like Doug Benson, Steve Rannazzisi, Margaret Cho, Freddy Lockhart and Nick Swardson rock the crowd with kick-ass comedy while the regular troupe of Naughty performers (including Jayson Thibault, Danielle Stewart, Skippy Simon, Nader, Tony Hinchcliffe and Esther Povitzky) tie the night together with sketches and videos featuring brilliantly entertaining characters like Bunny Fever, Shawarma the Ass Eating Persian and Sticky Fingers Gonzales.  Portstars and Penthouse pets grace the stage for often good-naturedly hilarious interviews as they receive the Golden Schlong Award or get inducted into the Naughty Hall of Fame.  Monthly at the Hollywood Improv and if you can't make it or just need to scratch the Naughty itch in between, check out the YouTube Channel.

 

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I hate to write about one club in comparison to others, but The Laugh Factory really does complete the triangle of the Big 3 in LA (Comedy Store and Improv, being the other 2).  It feels very organized and professional without being too corporate.  It has a good mix of Big Name headliner shows along with nights when you can see 8 great comedians whose names you just might not have seen on TV (yet).  There's really not a bad seat in the house (though a few more tables would be nice).  The only thing I don't like is the lack of a bar/mingling area where audience members can interact with the performers after the show.  But that's really only a concern for groupies and nerds like me, as a normal audience member,I think the arrangement of the club makes the performers onstage feel most accessible of any in LA.  And you can often get free or discounted tickets through offers on Facebook or Twitter.

8001 Sunset Bl

Los Angeles CA

(323) 656-1336

http://www.laughfactory.com/content/club.html

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Maybe it was a Mayan curse, but Sal's came to a screeching halt in December 2012.  

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I've got a bit of a love-hate thing going on with the Improv.  It's got its own dysfunctional issues like any Comedy venue, but is actually a pretty tight ship.  "Professional" and "Corporate" are words people often use to describe it.  The upside is that they book a lot of great talent.  The downside is that it lacks that crazy, free-for-all vibe I love at Sal's or the Comedy Store.  I'm also not a big fan of the seating arrangement - there are some fantastic seats and some really awkward ones.  But this is probably the place you want to bring your family and friends to when they are visiting from out of town so they can go home and say "Oh my god, do you know who we saw?"

8162 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90046-7013

 (323) 651-2583

 

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If the Store was a dude, he'd be my boyfriend.  Well, no, probably my regular booty call.  the Store doesn't seem like the type to settle down.  But damn are we compatible.  Every night, there are over a dozen rocking comics in the Original Room - and you can get FREE entry with online coupons available from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or the Comedy Store Tumblr.  There are also fantastic shows most nights in the Main Room and the Belly Room.  Plus it has a front bar right on the Sunset Strip where there's a good chance you'll be able to compliment the guy you just saw onstage.

8433 West Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90069-1993

(323) 650-6268‎

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