Comedy Gets New Life West of the 405
The outside of the new Westside Comedy theater, formerly Westside Eclectic. Photo courtesy M.i. Productions.
...Well, sort of. The new Westside Comedy theater, formerly the Westside Eclectic in Santa Monica, has undergone a renovation and (hopefully) a renaissance. A few months ago longtime touring improvisers Mission IMPROVable (M.i.) took a majority stake in the theater and have since decided to really revamp the look and feel of the place. Their mission? To be the premiere spot for comedy west of the 405.
Located just off the Third Street Promenade, in the alley between 3rd/4th and Arizona/Santa Monica, the former Westside Eclectic certainly had it's ups and downs over the past few years, as it tried to establish itself on the westside and in the larger Los Angeles comedy scene as a whole. Some shows were certainly better than others, and despite its central Santa Monica location it was often bypassed or simply forgotten about. But the ultimate question here is: what will this really mean for the future of westside comedy? There's no denying that the five million people along the coast deserve some good laughs now and again, but are they more likely to catch a show at Ultimate Improv near UCLA or the Comedy and Magic Club in the south bay? Maybe all the beachcombers are heading inland at night for the big laughs and lights of Hollywood? The new Westside Comedy theater certainly hopes not.
Keep reading after the jump to find out about the opening weekend party happening for the relaunch of the theater.