10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Shows in Los Angeles
Though a comparative newbie at 2 years old, Super Serious is a prime example of what can happen when high production values and a little cash propel a live-comedy undertaking. The result is an artfully lit warehouse throwing a stand-up, sketch, music and video party every third Thursday of the month, complete with DJ, food truck, free beer from Eagle Rock Brewery and wine from Cube Café. Outside the local scene, editions recently popped up at this year's SXSW, Bridgetown, the debut Moontower Comedy Festival ... and a month's worth of shows are heading to this August's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 8 p.m., $13. 5257 W. Adams Blvd., L.A., (323) 931-4636, www.superseriousshow.com.
3. The Set List, multiple venues
Taglined "Comedy Without a Net," the innovative brainchild of Troy Conrad and Paul Provenza flips the typical stand-up script by providing its performer-victims, mere moments before they take the stage, with a random, cheeky list of topics they must riff on. Said topics are projected on the wall for all to see, while double entendres and audience suggestions heighten the stakes further. The Set List has already made the rounds at every major Stateside and international festival in the world (and then some) and soon will begin filming episodes for the U.K.'s Sky Atlantic HD channel; in addition to weekly early shows at Rafa's (Wednesdays) and Flappers Comedy Club (Fridays), it also pops up from time to time at the likes of UCB and Nerdist Theater. Multiple venues, www.setlistshow.com.
2. Comedy Bang! Bang!, UCB
Bear with us: Scott Aukerman's Comedy Death Ray evolved into the Earwolf podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!, the $5 live show of which occurs Tuesdays at 8:30 and spawned a televised version co-starring Reggie Watts (and bearing such dryly descriptive episode titles as "Amy Poehler Wears a Black Jacket & Gray Pants" and "Michael Cera Wears a Blue Denim Shirt & Red Pants") that debuted June 8 on IFC. In other words, an alt-comedy mainstay rightly gone mainstream. 5919 Franklin Ave., Hlywd., (323) 908-8702, www.comedybangbang.com.
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