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Arts and Entertainment

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Well look at this. Here it is the holiday season, and I'm giving you all the hot tips on where to go for comedy this week. There's great shows at Largo, UCB, and -surprisingly- down at the Improv in Irvine. If your shopping isn't done already, you're a lost cause. So get out, see some shows, and laugh away your unsettled family anguish.

As always, hit a guy up if you'd like to promote a show of your own, or one you just really really love that I don't know about.

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MONDAY 12/14

The 1988 Nakatomi Co. Xmas Party, 11p UCB. This is the improvised story of all those people in the background of the movie Die Hard. Amazing. Look for some of the Convoy guys, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Jon Daly, Paul Rust, and so many more you can’t believe it.

Cagematch: Omega, 11:30p iO West. A great improv comedy never-ending tournament, where the winners get to come back every week to defend their title. TO THE DEATH.


Rooftop Stand Up, 7p LoftSEVEN Penthouse @ Haas Building. Downtown is really coming along, guys! I hear they’ve even got a grocery store! Actually, what they’ve got is a badass comedy show that shouldn’t be missed.

The Comedy Hookup, 10p Improv Comedy Lab. This should be a great show, with Brody Stevens, Marc Maron and Jimmy Dore, among others.


Adam Carollla Christmas Podcast, 8p Irvine Improv. It’s not exactly close, but Irvine should be jumping when Carolla takes his #1 podcast live to the Improv stage.

Benson Holiday Interruption, 9p Largo Little Room. Don’t forget the Little Room at Largo for drinks and, tonight, Benson doing his best to fuck over his favorite comedians. It really is a great show.


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Horrible Movie Night, 8p The Complex. This month’s awful movie is Santa with Muscles, starring Hulk Hogan. Did I mention you’re ENCOURAGED to shout out nasty things at the screen?!

Sarah Silverman & Friends, 8:30p Largo. The time has come, as it does every month, for Sarah to let some of her friends share the stage and the always great crowds with her. How in line with the holiday spirit.

FRIDAY 12/18

Ryan Hamilton, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. This guy has more hadware on his trophy shelf just for telling jokes than you do for anything you’ve ever done in your pathetic life. Loser.

Don McMillan, 8:30p Ice House. Former computer geek (self-admitted) and all-around funny man McMillan is out in Pasadena making transistor jokes (probably not).


Paul F. Tompkins Show, 9p Largo. PFT is doing his monthly thing at the comfortable Largo digs.

Bryan Callen, 10p Improv. Former MadTV standout Callen is over at the Improv after a recent Live at Gotham appearance.

SUNDAY 12/20

Jeff Garlin’s Combo Platter, 6p UCB. It doesn’t get any better than a $1 show with amazing headlining comics telling stories. This show is seriously phenomenal, and should become a weekly staple.

Tom Wilson, 7p Irvine Improv. Wilson is absolutely legendary, and absolutely hilarious. Worth every minute you spend in the car.

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