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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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This week's absolute MUST SEE is The Moth GrandSLAM show @ Echoplex. Photo courtesy The Moth.

If you're not familiar with The Moth, then shame on you. This long-running New York City / Los Angeles / touring show is an absolute fan favorite among comedians and writers and anyone who thinks they've got a good story to tell. Each month has a theme and if you want to try it out, you put your name in the hat. If you're chosen, you've got 5 minutes to tell a story, no notes or anything of the sort. Just tell a story, it's that simple. And yet, so much more complex.

This month's GrandSLAM is the culmination of many other storySLAM shows, and will ultimately decide the best storyteller in Los Angeles. If you're still unsure, get a sneak preview of their work on The Moth's podcast or on their website. This is, hands down, the show of the week to see. Tickets are only $15, which is roughly one movie ticket. Trust me, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs isn't going anywhere, but The Moth never stops.

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As always, hit me up to promote your show. Big, small, involving an insect. Whatever. Full schedule after the jump...


Armando Show10p iO West. This week’s Armandos are presided over by Janet Varney from Entourage. Kickass.

Crash Test11p UCB. This twice-monthly show hosted by Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer of Human Giant usually has some awesome stand up / sketch and great guests. This week, look for Donald Glover of Community, Brett Gelman, and Sean Conroy.


Kevin Pollack, 9p Largo. Kevin has been really getting back into the game lately, with some great sets at UCB and Largo. Come see him hang out with some other funny folks.

The Moth GrandSLAM, 8p Echoplex. This is one of those ‘not totally a comedy show’ shows, but you can’t deny the humor in this award-winning storytelling showcase. Come see the finals as storytellers collide to determine who is the best out West.


ComedyJuice, 10p Hollywood Improv. This is the stand up show that always has a great line up (even though it’s not up as of yet).

Laughing With The Stars, 8p Laugh Factory. This showcase show is really starting to pick up steam. Tom Arnold hosts, Jen Kirkman, Eddie Pepitone, and Natasha Leggero come along for the ride.

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Kevin Jordan, 8p Ice House. This former LA cop turned comedian is headlining all the way out in ol’ Pasadena.

Tim Allen, 8p Laugh Factory. Come on, it’s Tim Allen. Once upon a time, this guy could light up a room. Find out if he’s still got it.


Greg Fitzsimmons, 8p Hollywood Improv. Consummate funny man and great guest of the Carolla Podcast, Fitz is doing his thing at the Improv.

Tom Wilson, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. Tom is a longtime stand up, and he’ll be here all weekend, so tip your waitress and try the veal.


Beer Shark Mice, 9p iO West. The best in business are back! Don’t miss these few shows in October. Then be sure to stick around for the Lampshades, featuring The Office’s Kate Flannery.

Sketch Cram, Midnight UCB. Write and perform an entire sketch show in one day, with a brand new video included. Seems easy enough….. Come watch the fruits of some very hard labor.

SUNDAY 10/11

Ralphie May, 7p Irvine Improv. Leave it to Orange County to have a 7p Sunday stand up show because the old folks need their rest. Be that as it may, Ralphie has been a hit since season 1 of Last Comic Standing. Give him some love, OC.

Robert Schimmel, 7p Brea Improv. It’s the battle of the Improvs as Schimmel heads to Brea. If he sounds familiar, think back like a decade when he was really hot shit. Then, it turns out he got cancer. So, you know, I’m sure he’s got some shit to talk about.