If a good laugh sounds like the recipe for a perfect day, then Los Angeles is the place for you. In fact, there’s so much hilarious live entertainment, it’s sometimes hard to decide what venue to visit. In this city, you could hit a funny spot every night.
Here are just a few of the best live laughs and comedy clubs in LA that will really tickle your funny bone.
This legendary improv comedy troupe helped launch the careers of all your favorites. When you enter, you walk past a wall of fame featuring numerous Saturday Night Live stars, as well as Melissa McCarthy and Lisa Kudrow. Grab your seats in the cozy theater and get ready to laugh with Groundling alumni, current featured players, and top students in the improv comedy school.
As the actors take the stage, they ask the audience for suggestions. You shout out your best ideas and then settle in for some sidesplitting laughs. When the actors begin their original show—creating new plots and switching between characters as they go—you have to try to avoid keeling over with laughter.
The Comedy Store
With so many comedy clubs in LA, you wonder if certain spots guarantee a great show or a dud. At The Comedy Store, you can be sure there’s never a bad night: it always features an all-star line-up.
This famous club has been tucked along the Sunset Strip for over 30 years, but it has never lost its knack for supplying big laughs. First, you snag a table and a round of drinks with your friends. Once it begins, you’re pleasantly surprised by some up-and-comers, and wowed by stand-up regulars, but you truly don’t expect it when one of the world’s top comedians arrives unannounced and gets up for a set—which happens regularly at this legendary hot spot.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The only thing funnier than watching Jimmy Kimmel Live on television is checking out the show from the studio audience. Since you scored your tickets in advance, you show up early to ensure a seat, as you make your way into the theater at Hollywood & Highland.
The comic in charge of warming up the audience keeps everyone entertained while you get a behind-the-scenes look at how a TV show comes together. The real laughs begin when Jimmy Kimmel hits the stage and delivers his opening monologue. You sit back and enjoy the parade of stars and jokes throughout the show. This is an unforgettable experience.
Now you cruise in your cool wheels through Hollywood, to one of the most iconic comedy clubs in LA: The Hollywood Improv. The brick-wall backdrop on the stage may be minimalist, but this storied comedy club has seen some of the funniest people in the world pass through its doors. The small, dimly lit room has a secret, underground feel, which makes it even more exhilarating when a surprise headliner drops in. You show up early and grab a preshow drink at the bar. Don’t look now, but you and your pals find yourselves rubbing elbows with the comedians that will bring the laughs on stage later!
Your recent visits have been filled with laughs, but you’re looking to have one last special experience. You and your friends make your way past the shelves of comic books in Hollywood’s Meltdown Comics and arrive at the the not-so-secret backroom theater, the NerdMelt Showroom, where you discover some indie comedy and unique live entertainment. As you squeeze into your seats in the packed room, you get friendly with your neighbors and fellow comedy nerds. Before the lights go down and the curtain goes up, you attempt to prepare yourself for another night of laughs—the sketches and stand-up routines you’re about to see, performed by a range of newcomers and comedy veterans, will make this night one you won’t soon forget.