Party Earth Review Nightly lines down the sidewalk are the norm at Laugh Factory, a veritable mecca for up-and-coming funnymen and a perennial Sunset Strip favorite known for regularly hosting top comedians. Ever since Richard Pryor... ... read full review
8001 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
M, W, Th, Su 8–11:30pm, Tu 6:30–11:30pm, F–Sa 8pm–1am
West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Nightly lines down the sidewalk are the norm at Laugh Factory, a veritable mecca for up-and-coming funnymen and a perennial Sunset Strip favorite known for regularly hosting top comedians.
Ever since Richard Pryor christened the stage at the club when it opened back in 1979, the simple orange and yellow sign stamped across the venue’s tall stone façade has been a shining beacon for those in need of a good laugh – and occasionally a few cringe-worthy bombs.
Guests who can spare the change pony up an extra $10 for VIP tickets, which allow them to avoid the line and enjoy a reserved lounge area near the stage, while everybody else scrambles in later for first-come seating on the scattered black chairs that line the room.
On the biggest nights, the house quickly becomes standing room only with wide-eyed tourists packed in along the back wall and college kids who thought they could arrive just before a show forced upstairs, where the best view is usually the back of somebody’s head.
A two-drink minimum is stridently enforced and the pizza on the bare-bones menu isn’t going to win any awards, but once the lights dim and the performers step out beneath the arched backdrop of Laugh Factory’s famous emblem, at least a hunger for laughter and a thirst for jokes is guaranteed to be satisfied.
Want to give comedy a shot? Laugh Factory holds an open mic night on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Sign-up is available at the front door at 5pm day of, and if you’re one of the first ten or fifteen people to get on the list, you’re allowed three minutes on stage the following Tuesday. Hey, you gotta start somewhere!
Tourists of every ilk, comedians, actors, fans of the performer, couples on dates, groups of festive friends, and anyone looking for a signature Sunset Strip experience. 18+, some shows 21+.
Live comedy nightly, with the first show usually at 8pm and the second at 10pm.
Bare-bones menu with a few thin crust pizzas, chicken wings, chips and salsa, and a brownie for dessert.
Parking is notoriously difficult along The Strip, but venue does offer valet.
Showing up at least thirty minutes before a show is recommended, hour-plus on big performance nights.
Discount tickets for college students with valid ID.
Venue available for private event rental.
VIP tickets available, which allow guests to bypass the line and be guaranteed seating.
Each summer, The Laugh Factory holds a free ten-week Comedy Camp for underprivileged children, at the end of which each child gets to perform a six-minute routine. Interested parties can contact the venue 323-656-1336 ext. 1 for more information.
Tickets $20 (college w/ID)–$35. Higher range accounts for VIP prices. Ticket can be purchased on website, usually $5 more at door. $10 student tickets on College Night (Th from 10pm).
Appetizers $5–$9, pizza $9–$10, dessert $5.50. Beer $5–$8, wine $5, cocktails $7–$15.
Casual: basic T-shirts and jeans, though this being the Sunset Strip, some folks come gussied up to party after the show.
Whenever a performer of interest is on the calendar. Bigger names tend to perform Thursdays through Saturdays, though unannounced special guests are known to appear on random nights.
The Comedy Store (8433 Sunset Boulevard) is another famous comedy club about a half mile west on Sunset.