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There's a ton of great stuff this week and upcoming down in Irvine, which sort of sucks for anyone who doesn't love traffic. But not to worry, there's so many solid weekly shows around town that you might be neglecting, like Jay Leno or The Smokes or Local 132. Get out, or get AT me if you want to be considered for a hype session from yours truly.

MONDAY 7/20

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The Smokes, 7p UCB. These long time long form improvisers have been absolutely killing it the past few weeks. Come see what the line is getting longer for.

What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, 7p Studio Bar & Grill. The Monday show has moved down the street to the Studio Bar & Grill on Sunset. Go check out the new space and the same great stand up.

TUESDAY 7/21

Local 132 / USS Rock N Roll, 9p iO West. Check back in with some of the best Harolds that LA has to offer, as this year's (and 2007's) iO Harold champions share an hour of stage time.

Who’s Available? , 10p Westside Comedy. A weekly mix up of stand up, sketch, videos, and characters. It can be hit or miss, to be sure, but that’s what seeing comedy is all about, right?

WEDNESDAY 7/22

Chris Leavins Story Hour, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Great tales on a free stage from a man with a gift for storytelling.

Patton Oswalt, 8p Irvine Improv. Not in LA technically, but you know you’re willing to make the drive for ultimate funny man Oswalt.

Fred Armisen, 9p Largo. The longtime SNL comedian brings the funny to LA, and some friends to fill out his posse.

THURSDAY 7/23

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Jimmy Dore, 8p Ice House. The fast-paced funny man can be found around town doing some really popular stand up.

Nitrous, 8p Improv Lab. Next to the Improv, check out this stand up show that makes it a point to go so high brow that particle physics is considered base humor.

FRIDAY 7/24

Wanda Sykes, 10p Irvine Improv. Head south of the LA border to see the longtime funnywoman Sykes. There’s an 8p show, but come on.

Let’s Do This!, 11p UCB. It’s a night of two person improv, headlined by Julie Brister and Amanda Tate as My Old Lady.

SATURDAY 7/25

Dirtiest Sketch Show, Midnight UCB. The monthly slopfest is back and nastier than ever; hosted by Amanda Egge and Hal Rudnick.

We Are Planets, 11p Westside Comedy. OC-based sketch comedians bring their stuff to the revamped Westside, where the drinkables are free.

SUNDAY 7/26

Jay Leno, 7p Comedy & Magic Club. Get out and see what Leno thinks of the late night TV landscape, and probably like two hours of material on his cars or something.

The Seven Year Plan, 11p iO West. The LA sketch stars are up to their monthly tricks., pumping out new videos and sketches to amuse your soul.