LA Comedy Clubs Overview

The Groundlings Theatre - Comedy Club in LA

There are so many great Los Angeles comedy clubs that choosing the right one for you may be more about geography than anything else. One thing is for you sure, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize that comedian on stage because LA is the number one spot on the planet for amazing comedy.

If you’re out and about on the Sunset Strip, you have two of the best comedy clubs in the world to choose from. First, there’s the Comedy Store. Opened in 1972, this famous club has seen everyone from George Carlin and Richard Pryor to Chris Rock and Jim Carrey, and any big weekend night is a lock to witness an A-list comedian on stage. The Laugh Factory a little further east was opened in 1979 and has featured the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Jon Stewart, etc, etc. The Laugh Factory was made infamous more recently when Seinfeld star Michael Richards went on his notorious N-word rant while on stage.

South of the Strip on Melrose features the Improv, which has also hosted every famous name in the business, while further east is the Groundlings Theater more known for improv and sketch comedy whose alumni include Will Ferrell, Adam Carolla, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, and others. For more sketch comedy, there’s the famous Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood that was started by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh.

If you’re looking for the best and brightest comedians in the world, there’s no better place than the comedy clubs in Los Angeles. On any night, and in any of the clubs, you’ll have a chance to see A-list stars trying out new material, Saturday Night Live alums getting back to their roots, and up-and-comers who are just one HBO stand-up special away from hitting the big time.

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