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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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To do list courtesy Dickie Copeland.

With the wrap up of the LA Improv Festival at iO West, you'd think that things would be all quiet on the comedy front this week. But thankfully that's just not the case, with the opening of this year's Secret Policeman's Ball / Film Festival showing us some of the great classics in UK comedy. There's also a ton of good improv and sketch all over town, including the start of Ultimate X-ecution and Comedy Death Ray having Bob Odenkirk. Get out, get laffy. As per usual, if you want to see yourself or someone you love on this list, give Farley a holler.

MONDAY 06/08

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Benson Interruption, 8p Largo. Doug does what it does, which is to make comics feel uncomfortable, make fun of them, and generally keep the audience rolling.

Ultimate X-ecution, 8p iO West. The search for ‘the best improviser in the city’ starts at iO West and Ultimate Improv on the Westside. If you’re into comedy, American Idol, and somewhat arbitrary challenges, this is the show for you.

TUESDAY 06/09

Local 132 / USS Rock N Roll, 9p iO West. Former Harold Team champs Local 132 now share the hour with current cutthroats USS Rock N Roll. Without a doubt, a great night of improv.

Comedy Death Ray, 8:30p UCB. Inexplicably, you may have a chance of getting into Death Ray this week, with Odenkirk and Nick Thune doing some great stuff.

WEDNESDAY 06/10

Pancake Towne, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Two man sketch from some veteran stage performers.

Mortified, 8p King King. A not to be missed essay show. This is seriously one of the best in the biz, and it rotates between major cities, so get involved NOW.

THURSDAY 06/11

Sit N’ Spin, 8p Comedy Central Stage. The essay show is back, and it’s always a good time.

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A Cause for Comedy, 8p The Improv. The monthly stand up for a charity show is back at The Improv, with Dan Levy and a bevy of others.

FRIDAY 06/12

Steve Agee, 8p The Improv. The Sarah Silverman funnyman has been all over lately, and is absolutely worth seeing. A very funny funnyman, indeed.

Let’s Do This!, 11p UCB. Amanda & Jennie continue to put up the experimental, the established, and the awesome for everything improv at UCB on Friday nights. This week’s lineup has faves Fiasco! and Amanda herself doing some two-person improv with Ryan Perez.

SATURDAY 06/13

Secret Policeman’s Film Festival, 7:30p The Egyptian. This festival is going on for weeks and weeks, with exclusive old films from some of the greatest UK comedy masters being shown in original (and often unaired) format. A absolute must.

The Seven Year Plan, 11p Westside Comedy. A week after their show at the LA Improv Festival at iO, The Seven Year Plan teams up with super sketchsters Hot N' Ready for some awesome comedy that will let you rich folks stick to the Westside for a change.

SUNDAY 06/14

The Greatest Concert Ever, 6p UCB. James Adomian, Matt Besser, and Horatio Sanz cover their favorite rock songs however the F they want. Should be amazing.

Aisha Tyler, 7:30p The ice House. The attractive and funny Aisha Tyler takes to the stage to try out some material. Should be great.