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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Gobble, gobble, mothereffers. If you ever wanted to feel lazy, fat, underworked and overfed, this is the week. And all of these things should lead you inevitably towards the dark confines of a comedy show. I've seen people in New York sleep in their seats instead of give up a spot for a show, and you don't want New York to be better than us at ANYTHING, DO YOU?!

Also, Twilight is showing on every screen in America so you don't have an option to skip into a movie instead. The Grove just exploded over Los Angeles and lit their Christmas tree about 8 1/2 months early. In short, if you have to leave your house, do so only for comedy. The rest of the world is just too bleak. Then, when you've found the good comedy shows I don't know about, email me here and we can go together and snicker about how stupid teenagers with disposable income are. It's love, you guys.

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MONDAY 11/23

The Jon and Eddie Show, 8p iO West. These lovely ladies have garnered more than enough praise from some pretty noble sources for their comedy prowess. But are you going to let THE MAN tell you what’s funny?! Why not find out for yourself.

Panama / Lincoln’s Bedroom, 9:30p UCB. Start this relaxed week off right with some great Harolds courtesy of some of the best that UCB has to offer.


Gabriel Iglesias, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. You probably won’t find a harder working stand up comic based in LA. This guy does it any time and anywhere you’ll let him, and he keeps getting booked for a reason.

Frankenmatt, 10p Second City. Man these guys are funny, I just don’t know how else to say it. Check out the previous review here.


Thanksgiving Feast Show, 8p UCB. A bevy of great UCB improvisers get together to recreate one fucked up holiday season. And in case you thought you were going to miss out, they’ll be feeding the audience as well. Enjoy!

Punk House, 9p Westside Comedy. Usually a decent mix of headlining comics, newer guys trying to cut their teeth, and some form of musical jam session.


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Oakland vs. Dallas, 1:15p CBS. It’s not quite the laffer that Detroit vs. Oakland would be, but you have to admit a healthy dose of JaMarcus Russell breaking every bench he tries to ride and Tony Romo finding ways to throw picks in the red zone is going to be hilarious. Happy Turkey day everyone.

FRIDAY 11/27

Greg Proops, 8p Improv. You know him from Whose Line and maybe from his chat show at Largo. Come see what the man can do on his own up there. He’s headlining the weekend for a reason, after all.

Loni Love, 10p Brea Improv. Loni has been around a long time, and she keeps getting work, from a Comedy Central special to CNN Correspondent for D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.


Lawrence of Arkansas / Robert Downey Jr. Jr., 9p iO West AD Black Box. Two great improv teams for free on a Saturday night. I’m not sure you’ll do better than that.

Michael Loftus, 10p Ice House. A long time Bob & Tom contributer and road comic extraordinaire, Loftus knows how to successfully work a room.

SUNDAY 11/29

The Merry Wives of Comedy, 7:30p Improv. The only reason not be sleeping on your couch at this point in your life is if you’re watching comedy, and Roz Browne, Sunda Croonquist, Debi Gutierrez and some other ladies are doing some stand up to give you that option.

Sunday of the Dead, 7:30p Groundings. It’s a mix of improv and sketch comedy by some of the brightest members of the Groundlings. I mean, it’s the Groundlings, they don’t let just anyone up there.

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