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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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It's an improv sort of week, with a few special other shows thrown into the mix. The Birthday Boys and A Kiss From Daddy have their monthly show at UCB, which is always a hit. There's a Haiti benefit show out in Venice that has a great line up, and the latest Moth GrandSLAM is out in Echo Park. The weather should be clearing up, so you can feel free to climb out from under your rock and get out to some awesome comedy. That is, if you're not lame. Lame people need not apply.

Also, if you're not lame then you probably know about some shows that I don't, so let me know here.

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Delicatessen / Bangarang!, 8p UCB. Two new(er) Harold teams take the stage in this great night of long form improv.

Mystic Mondays, 10:30p Andy Dick Black Box @ iO West. Yet another great new improv showcase, with some great teams this week.


Comedy Benefit for Haiti, 7:30p The Talking Stick. Greg Fitzsimmons, Greg Behrendt, Laura Kightlinger, Mary Lynn Rajskub and others raise some still-needed money for Doctors Without Borders.

Moth GrandSLAM V, 8p Echoplex. Another great night of true storytelling, like only The Moth knows how. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein.


The Birthday Boys / A Kiss From Daddy, 8p UCB. The first Wednesday of every month is dedicated to these two sketch comedy giants, and they do not disappoint.

The Crazy Uncle Joe Show, 8p Groundlings. The signature Groundlings long form improv show.


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Broad Comedy, 8p Acme. The girls are starting to wrap up their Acme residency, so be sure to check out their great variety comedy show before it’s gone.

Nick Thune CD Release Party, 10p Hollywood Improv. Nick’s new CD Thick Noon is out, and Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Kate Micucci, Tig Notaro and others are stepping out for it.


The Thrilling Adventure Hour, 8p Largo. Good ol’ timey radio comedy greatness. A well-produced, hilarious show.

Tom Arnold, 10p Irvine Improv. Holy crap, Tom Arnold is insane. Seriously. And he’s at the Irvine Improv all weekend, being crazy/hilarious.


Chris Hardwick, 9:30p Hollywood Improv. Nerdist is out and about at the Improv on Melrose this weekend, with an earlier stand up show at 7:30p.

TANG, 10p iO West. The amazing, award-winning sketch comedy girls are putting up another mainstage show at iO West, and it’s absolutely not to be missed.


Jennifer Coolidge, 7p Brea Improv. She may always be known as “Stifler’s Mom”, but Coolidge is trying to push beyond those limitations with some stand up.

Associates of Awesome, 8p iO West. These guys know how to craft quality sketch comedy, and for half an our at iO, they’re willing to show you exactly what I’m talking about.