Alex Edelman’s Just for Us begins performances at the Mark Taper Forum November 10th, bringing comedy to the heart of Los Angeles that derives directly from Broadway. But Edelman is no stranger to the comedy scene in the city of Angels, having workshopped his critically acclaimed show in various spots across L.A. To honor Edelman’s return, we’ve compiled a list of spots here in L.A. that have audiences rolling in laughter.
The Comedy Store
Located in West Hollywood, The Comedy Store has been a staple for developing comedians. The Comedy Store’s Paid Regulars are considered brave enough to challenge authority and hold a funhouse mirror to show us perspectives we had never considered. Unique multi-cultural voices consisting of Ali Wong, Yakob Smirnoff, Bobby Lee, Jeff Ross, Iliza Schlesinger, Theo Von, and Marc Maron, to name a few, appear on their stages examining themes common to us all, while making us laugh and think.
The Laugh Factory
From its flagship location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Laugh Factory has sparked laughter from millions of people across the globe. It’s where LA natives and tourists alike go for a guaranteed smile, and it’s where comedy’s biggest stars go to feel like they’re a part of comedy history. From its comedy magazine to its historic stage, Laugh Factory has elevated the careers of countless comedians and continues to foster up-and-coming talent. Since 1979, Laugh Factory has opened additional locations in Chicago, Long Beach, San Diego, Las Vegas and Reno.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
The Upright Citizens Brigade is home for all things comedy. With shows seven nights a week, UCB has become the home for alternative comedy. Whether it’s improv comedy, sketch comedy, stand-up, or just plain UCB has you covered!
The Upright Citizens Brigade also teaches comedy classes specializing in Improv, Sketch Comedy, TV Writing, Characters, and more! Led by some of the best comedic talents working in entertainment, UCB’s unique curriculum gives students the tools they need to take their career to the next level.
While not exclusively a comedy venue, The Virgil is equal parts neighborhood cocktail bar & entertainment space, providing a space for members of the Los Angeles to experience different forms of live entertainment. The "Stage Side" features live music, DJs, dancing, comedy and special events on select nights, while the "B Side" hosts DJ’s and dancing every weekend. The Virgil is also one of the spaces where Edelman first presented “Just for Us” to a live audience.
Since opening in 2018, Dynasty Typewriter has quickly established itself as one of LA's premier destinations for highly curated entertainment including comedy, music, live podcasts, screenings, and immersive experiences. Named “LA’s comedy clubhouse” by The NY Times, and “LA’s best alt-comedy venue” by LA Weekly, Dynasty prides itself on creating enchanting, connective experiences for artists and audiences alike.
Largo At the Coronet
Largo, also called Café Largo, Largo, darling!, or Club Largo, is a nightclub and cabaret in Los Angeles, California. Largo is known for its musical and comedy shows and for the Friday night residency of singer-songwriter Jon Brion.
This intimate comedy club & bar offers a variety of classes, open mikes & stand-up performances. They are also the official home of the YouTube sensation “Epic Rap Battles of History,” which was born out of the show Check One, Two at the theater. The owners of the theater still perform regularly every Thursday night at 10PM for free in The Grind; and you can see the home company of the show that started it all, Mission IMPROVable, every Friday and Saturday at 10PM.
Comedy GoGo! At El Cid!
Comedy GoGo! brings a party vibe with live entertainment from gogo dancers, a mix of well-known and boundary-pushing comedians, musicians, drag queens, and much more! Housed on the patio of El Cid on Sunset, the venue offers amazing drinks and delicious food for purchase. Host Samantha Jane (aka “Sam Sweets”) keeps the energy up and the party flowing with her team of gogo dancing cheerleaders. When there's live entertainment, food options, no drink minimum and all-around good vibes there's no excuse to pass up this Funhouse for your Friday night!
Bourbon Room Hollywood
Located on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Bourbon Room brings the best in Live Music, Nightlife, Comedy, and Theater to Hollywood with the same Edgy, Rock and Roll Attitude that Built The Sunset Strip. If Joe’s Pub and The Troubadour had a baby, it would be The Bourbon Room.
Flappers remains one of Los Angeles’ most accessible clubs for young comedians to gain experience and actively seeks to support and nurture the next generation of talent, holding weekly auditions and daily open mics for the comedy stars of tomorrow. In partnership with A comedy Academy DBA Flappers University (where learning is a joke!), Flappers offers classes in stand-up, writing for late-night, the business of comedy, and more for all ages and skill levels.