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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Well, it's officially LA Improv Festival time at iO West, which naturally makes it the premiere spot for comedy this week. There's sketch and improv tournaments, big name shows with big name stars, and plenty of $5 shows to keep the masses happy. That being said, The Birthday Boys and A Kiss From Daddy are extending their residency at UCB, Comedy Death Ray is extending it's stranglehold across all of LA, and Jay Leno is around for the first time since giving up his seat to Conan tonight.


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Cowgirl & Indian, 8p Groundlings. Two girls find commonality in being awkward for most, if not all, of their lives.

Team X, 10:30p Westside Comedy. Well, the new M.i. Westside Comedy Theater (formerly Westside Eclectic) is up and running, so it’s time to find out just what’s under the hood out in Santa Monica. Take these development teams for a spin.


Ben Gleib @ Comedy Juice, 10p Irvine Improv. I don’t give a lot of love to the Irvine Improv, because it’s not really LA, but Ben Gleib deserves it.

Laugh Links, 7:30p Hollywood Improv. Headlining comics get together for a full night to help raise money for inner city at-risk youth. Support.


The Birthday Boys / A Kiss From Daddy, 8p UCB. Well it’s the first Wednesday of the month, so you know it’s time for great new sketch from some of the best sketch guys around.

Purple Stuff TV, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Topical sketch comedy combined with live musical performance? Sign me the eff up.


Cast of Sarah Silverman @ Armando Show, 8p iO West. The hilarious cast of the Sarah Silverman show step out to help out some improvisors gather the ideas needed to rock the stage.

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Smiles, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Marques Ray and Randall Park show off some of their latest sketches.


Drew Carey @ Armando Show, 8p iO West. The second day in a row for this show at iO? You bet your ass. Carey is going to be there, and the show is fantastic even without him as an impetus. That’s what happens when you host the LA Improv Festival.

Where’s Poppa? w/ Sarah Silverman, 8p Cinefamily. All month long, Comedy Death Ray is branching out to spread the funny over to Fairfax, with great comedy hosts guiding you through some of their favorite old film gems. Tonight is the black comedy Where’s Poppa? of the 70’s, with Silverman giving the flick it’s due.


Beer Shark Mice, 8p iO West. I know it’s $25, it’s also probably the last time to see BSM for a long time, and as an anchor to the iO West LA Improv Festival, you have to believe the whole team is going to be there. Plus, stick around for Reno 911! and Broken Lizard.

The Midnight Show, Midnight UCB. Another variety show, but this one’s got James Adomian, Josh Fadem, Abby Elliott, and is hosted by Fred Willard. DO IT.


Jay Leno, 7p Comedy & Magic Club. Your first chance to see Leno’s “hey I don’t do the Tonight Show anymore” material. I recommend it.

Bobbie Oliver Show, 8p Ice House. A recurring Ice House stand up show, perfect for a Sunday evening spent chuckling, without throwing your money away at some other spot around town.