10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Shows in Los Angeles
As downtown continues to transform for the better, so too do its entertainment offerings, and Dave Ross, Jeff Wattenhofer and Jessica Ruiz's free weekly (9 p.m. Tuesdays) is easily one of the top efforts not only between the 10, the 110 and the 101, but basinwide. In addition to stand-up, quality video sketches are a major draw (the key word there being quality), as are the cheap drink specials and ain't-it-cool ambiance of seeing a live comedy show inside the smartsy-futuristic architecture that is the Downtown Independent movie theater. 251 S. Main St., L.A., (213) 617-1033, www.holyfuckcomedy.com.
6. What's Up, Tiger Lily?, Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill
This October will mark the impressive sixth anniversary of the weekly stalwart booked by Jazz Ponce and founded and produced by comics Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill. Though the free 8 p.m. show can occasionally run a bit too long, it boasts an ample ocean of parking, large and boisterous crowds and an ad-hoc green room/kitchenful of top L.A. talent, visiting New York stars and surprise drop-ins. Comedywise, there's no better place to be on Monday nights. 6122 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd., (323) 466-9917, www.whatsuptigerlily.tumblr.com.
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5. The Paul F. Tompkins Show, Largo at the Coronet
Though his H.G. Wells-"starring" Dead Authors Podcast -- taped live at 826LA's Echo Park Time Travel Mart -- comes in a close (and brilliantly bizarre) second, it's retro-fetishist Tompkins' variety spectacular at the venerable Largo that draws huge comedy and music names most third Saturdays of the month. The $25 ticket may at first seem a bit steep, but when precisely zero other offerings showcase the likes of Andy Richter, Ed Helms, Fiona Apple, Jack Black, Fred Armisen, Neil Patrick Harris, Ted Leo, Maya Rudolph and Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard on such a semi-regular basis, the experience is actually priceless. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hlywd., (310) 855-0350, www.paulftompkins.com.
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