Party Earth Review Packed to the gills every night with earthy hipsters and a smattering of Hollywood industry types, the UCB Theatre is one of the coolest places in LA to catch up-and-coming comedy stars. Founded in 2005 by members of The... ... read full review
5919 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
M 7pm–midnight, Tu 7:30pm–midnight, W 6:30pm–midnight, Th 8pm–midnight, F 6:30pm–1am, Sa 7pm–1am, Su 6pm–midnight; Schedules may vary
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Packed to the gills every night with earthy hipsters and a smattering of Hollywood industry types, the UCB Theatre is one of the coolest places in LA to catch up-and-coming comedy stars.
Founded in 2005 by members of The Upright Citizens Brigade, which include Amy Poehler, the theater serves as a performance and writing school by day, but by night, its madcap students are set loose to entertain the public with a variety of improv, stand-up, and sketch shows.
Patrons willing to brave the long lines will be led through a photo-lined hallway and into a small black-box theater with a slightly raised platform stage, where comedy greats like Aziz Ansari, Flight of the Conchords, and Ed Helms have been known to still perform.
Seating is first-come first-served, so latecomers will be relegated to the folding chairs, but the place is so small that just about any seat is close to the stage, making audience members prime targets for the quick-witted jokesters who enjoy subjecting patrons’ Facebook pages to scathing ridicule.
Anyone who loves interactive comedy will appreciate the UCB Theatre – but since no one is safe from the performers’ jibes, patrons are warned to wear a thick skin under their vintage duds.
Laid-back hipsters, comedy aficionados, and showbiz agents and executives of all ages, but predominantly 20s to 30s.
Improv, stand-up, sketch, and variety shows every night. Ongoing shows include the star-studded alternative show Comedy Death Ray on Tuesdays; Facebook on Wednesdays in which audience members have their Facebook pages turned into improv sketches; and the Asssscat improv show on Saturdays.
Lessons offered in improv and sketch writing. Check the website for a schedule of events.
Doors open fifteen minutes before the shows start. Cash only.
Tickets $0–$10 depending on the show. Soft drinks and water $1. Valet $5+. Improv and sketch classes $350–$375/8 sessions.
Anything goes, but mostly jeans and t-shirts.
Any night of the week or any time a high-profile performer is scheduled. Tuesdays for Comedy Death Ray and Saturdays for Asssscat.
La Poubelle (5907 Franklin Avenue) is a cozy French bistro perfect for pre- or post-show dinner and drinks.