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The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater sprang from the brilliantly comedic minds of Matt Besser, Amy Pohler, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts after their now famous sketch show that ran on Comedy Central from 1998-200. Evolving into a theater and training center for aspiring comedians, the venue has garnered hundreds, if not thousands of laughs since its inception. Today the theater features comedy of all sorts, from improv and sketch to standup. It also has an improvisational school where budding comedy enthusiasts can learn tricks of the trade. Shows are moderately-priced and guarantee a good laugh.
The famous Groundlings Theater is where many stars and comedians got their start. Celebrities like Lisa Kudrow, Pee Wee Herman, Elvira, Pat Morita, Chris Farley, Kathy Griffin, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman all went on to make great careers after working here. Many of the Groundlings have moved to spots on Saturday Night Live and Mad TV. The company has been open since 1974. The show "Cookin' With Gas" on Thursday nights is a landmark feature of the theater, where improv veterans take the stage with rookies. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
One of the most significant comedy clubs in the city, Comedy Union is so much more than being the first African American operated and owned comedy venue of LA. Famous worldwide thanks to its growing popularity on television, the venue has hosted some of the most epic stand-ups like Kevin Hart, Chris Tucker, and George Wallace to name a few. Touted to be one of the finest clubs in the country, the Comedy Union is bound to tickle your funny bone in its hip setting.
The Improv Comedy Club Hollywood is one of the most important comedy clubs in the city. Famous artistes such as Jay Leno, Richard Lewis and Damon Wayans perform here as well as talented newcomers and a slew of aspiring comedians. Drew Carey and his co-stars from the Drew Carey Show perform here most Thursday nights. You can order food in the showroom, and it is the only comedy club in Los Angeles with a full bar. Head to the great in-house restaurant that serves Italian-influenced dishes. Tickets are available over the phone or at the Box Office. Call for upcoming shows and headliners.