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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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It's the first full week in March, which means the comedy competition shows are beginning in earnest. From weekly improv tournaments to a month-long stand up challenge at The Comedy Store, this is the month for comedy to start getting real.

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The BEATdown, 8p Nerdist Theater. Eliza Skinner returns to bring battle to the hidden rap wannabe in every comic.

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Natasha Leggero & Friends, 8:30p UCB. Leggero is at Largo with Zach Galifianakis, Reggie Watts and so many other great people you can’t imagine.


The Groundlings Benefit, 8p Groundlings. It’s a night of high-profile improv from the likes of Joel McHale, Chip Esten, Jim Rash and more. An open bar helps to take the sting out of the $100 ticket price, with all proceeds going to update the ol’ gal of a theater.

Holy F*ck!, 9p Downtown Independent. Andy Kindler! Hannibal Buress! TJ Miller! Others!


Dymock Watson, Nazi Smasher!, 6:45p UCB. Humphrey Ker is a member of the highly successful British comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls, and now he’s taking his Edinburgh Fringe Fest-winning show to UCB. It’s amazing.

Jason Nash, 8:30p Bar Lubitsch. Nash is doing 45 minutes down on Santa Monica Blvd.


Louis Katz, 8p M Bar. Katz is headlining at M Bar, with Ali Wong and Hannibal Buress supporting in a big way.

Nick’s Big Talk Show, 9:30p UCB. Nick Thune and Nic Wegener welcome Aubrey Plaza, Jon Dore, Kyle Mooney and more.

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Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die, 8:30p Largo. Harris Wittles of #HumbleBrag / Parks & Rec / Sarah Silverman Show has a comedy band with Michael Cassady and Paul Rust of everything-else fame. They’re funny.

March Comedy Madness, 10p The Comedy Store. It’s comedy tournament time all over town, with 64 stand ups opening up the first week of competition doing exactly one minute of material . Jeebus.


3-on-3 Tournament, 8p The Improv Space. It’s 3-man improv tournament time, and The Improv Space in Westwood kicks things off with a big one that runs through the whole month.

Comedy Extravaganza, 8p The Improv Lab. Matt Portman’s monthly comedy show celebrates Halloween in March, and has Josh Simpson, The Birthday Boys, Thunderpunch and more out to enjoy the festivities.


Nerdist Writers Panel, 5p Nerdist Theater. Ben Blacker of Thrilling Adventure Hour moderates a discussion with Winnie Holzman, Paul Grellong and The Simpsons’ Matt Selman. Proceeds are, in part, going to help 826LA.

I Didn’t Mean to Be a Virgin in the 80’s, 7p Neon Venus Theater. Laura Hayden’s got a one-woman show about getting left at the altar, leading to a depressingly comical 80’s decade.

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