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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Stand up abounds this week in the comedy world, but there's also some great opportunities to check back in with the improv roots you know you have. Beer Shark Mice are only around for one more show (that we know of), TNT and Crashbar are doing their usual great stuff.

As usual, if you're reading this you like comedy. And if you like comedy your friends are already bugging you to get out and see shows, so why not email me too, so you can do your part and still sit home in your boxers?! It's perfect, loser.

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MONDAY 10/19

The Seven Year Plan / Bosma & DeWalt. Local sketch comedy guys keep their iO shows alive with a Monday night 30 minute barn burner, alongside Chicagoans Bosma & DeWalt.

Benson Interruption, 9p Largo. The monthly Benson show is here, with Adam Carolla and Paul F. Tompkins a guaranteed show.


The Moth StorySLAM, 7p El Cid. The Moth is back after their amazing GrandSLAM at the Echoplex. Go see what all the fuss is about, because trust us: the fuss is true.

TNT Improv, 8p Sierra Stage. Give real down and dirty improv a chance with TNT, the weekly spot for teams from all over to give their shit a try. It’s free, too.


Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy, 8p UCB. Gil Ozeri is out from NY, and the fame he found at UCBTNY on such seminal teams as Hot Sauce (with LAist favorite Ben Schwartz) and the unstoppable Death By Roo Roo. Ozeri plays Shore, the Catskills hack who teaches you all you need to know about comedy. This is showing with the amazing Super Fun Time Learning Zone show, so: BONUS!

FTWednesday, 8p Ultimate Improv. This new Westside showcase show is starting to heat up, with special host Tremendosaur, a live podcast, some Boomtown improv, and an Asterios Kokkinos show.

Collehumor ComedyJuice, 10p Hollywood Improv. This line up is fantastic: Rob Riggle, Dan Levy, Jimmy Dore, Will Franken. Get out to see some great, great stand up.

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DJ Cooch, 8p Brea Improv. I’ll say straight up, I know nothing about DJ Cooch. But come on, you’re telling me you won’t drive to Brea to see a guy named Cooch do a stand up set that may or may not include the wheels of steel? I’ll see you there, then.

Crashbar Improv, 8p 1523 La Brea Ave @ Sunset. This weekly improv showcase is home to anyone (mostly iO and UCB) looking for more stage time. The shows, while intimate, do not disappoint.

FRIDAY 10/23

Little Fish, Strange Pond. 7p Arclight Hollywood. The Hollywood Film Festival is screening some great comedies this weekend. Little Fish stars Zach Galifianakis and is perhaps the most promising of the bunch.

Wild Girls Gone, 9p Arclight Hollywood. The original Upright Citizens Brigade crew, including Amy Poehler, take on beach debauchery.

Joe Rogan, 10p Hollywood Improv. Long time stand up and guy in college I vowed I would fight if I saw in the street, Joe Rogan does two shows. Stay for the late one.


Sarah Silverman & Friends, 9p Largo. No word on the line up yet, but Sarah will be there. She just killed it last Saturday at the Tenacious D show, so I imagine her at the Largo will be red hot comedy fire.

Beer Shark Mice, 9p iO West. Because these shows are so infrequent and so amazing, you’re going to keep hearing about it. In fact, this is the last show on the horizon for the BSM boys.

SUNDAY 10/25

Margaret Cho, 9p Irvine Improv. Cho’s been doing more music lately, so don’t be surprised if she brings out an instrument or a friend or two. God, that makes it sound like a porno shoot, which it’s not.

The Badger’s Promise, 9:30p UCB. Ron Perlman and Steven Weber headline this Harris Wittels variety / interview / talk show. Should be great.