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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Welcome back from a week of giving to the needy. Now it's time to give solely to yourself, and the greatest gift is the giggles! Get out and see some fantastic improv and sketch shows, even though stand up is ruling this week's calendar (in particular, the network of Improv comedy clubs is just going bonkers - Brea, Irvine, Ontario, and Hollywood all have great line-ups). As always, if you've got a hot tip on a great show, let us know.


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Haiti Benefit for UNICEF, 7p Comedy Store. A bunch of great stand ups, including Sam Tripoli, Tom Arnold and Jeff Garlin get together to pull money in for UNICEF in Haiti.

Cherry Crush, 10:30p iO West. Go sit in on all the hardcore crushing at iO West, and you’ll get to pick the improv team you want to wear your letterman jacket the following week.


Local 132, 9p iO West. Check back in with a night of iO West Harolds, including the Local boys who always bring a silly energy you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Fresh Faces Graduation, 7:30p Hollywood Improv. Jason Nash joins a bunch of other comics for a great night of stand up.


Bill Burr, Irvine 8p Irvine Improv. Bill is a familiar face, if only because he’s been working successfully for so long. If you’re down to drive to Irvine, this is the show to see.

Adam Carolla Podcast, 9p Brea Improv. It may seem like LAst Laugh is promoting the hell out of Carolla these days, but you can’t deny the popularity of his podcast, and the names he brings with him when he does these live shows. They’re always funny.


Broad Comedy, 8p Acme. Coming off of a big win at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and plenty of sold out shows, six wonderful ladies do a wild mix of music and sketch comedy.

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Chelsea Handler, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. Chelsea Lately herself is doing a big-ticket show out by the beach as a part of the “Friends of Big Joe” fundraising effort.


Jon Lajoie, 8p Hollywood Improv. Jon is a former internet comedy sensation turned television star (The League), and is an absolute must-see.

Let’s Do This!, 11p UCB. This outstanding improv showcase show has a killer line up this week, including recent UCB 3-on-3 Tourney standouts D’Artagnan.


Mike Birbiglia, 9p Brea Improv. Birbigs is a fantastic stand up comic and an even better storyteller. Undoubtedly he’ll be rehashing some of his sleepwalking anecdotes, which is out of this world amazing.

Patrice O’Neal, 9p Ontario Improv. The behemoth that is Patrice O’Neal tries not to tear the doors off the Ontario Improv when he walks through it for a night of stand up.


Live Green or Die!, 9:30p UCB. Seth Morris and Matt Walsh debate the ins and outs of what it means to truly be ‘green’. But much more hilariously than you’re thinking.

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