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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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This is a really strong week for comedy, folks. Comedy is Dead is alive and kicking, Joke Lab is doing a best-of show, John Pinette is out at the beach, and HOLY EFF BULLETPROOF! An explosion-filled, action-packed sketch show for free at the Comedy Central stage (where all shows are free, assuming you call and make a reservation). And that's not even talking about Writers Bloc or The Apple Sisters and Zoe Jarmon's character-based sketch show, the absolute best double-billing UCB has had in a while.

You know the drill, email me here if you've got a show you'd like me to list for you.

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Oh, and Happy Easter everyone!


Speakeasy, Bungalow Club. Another Speakeasy show, with Shelagh Ratner and Liz Stewart corralling Todd Womack, Jenn Murphy, Jill Kushner and a host of others for this totally free night of stand up.

The Armando Show, 9p iO West. Drew Carey gives monologues for the audience to enjoy and the improvisers to get inspired by.


Bulletproof!, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Goddamn this shit is gonna be amazing. Josh Covitt, Ron Babcock, Casey Feigh, Chad Fogland, George Ouzounian, Steve Szlaga, Jim Woods.. they’re all going to be in this outrageous action packed show that’s gonna sear your eyeballs from all the heat. FOR FREE.

Kevin Nealon, 8p Laugh Factory. It’s new material every week with one of the driest funny men in stand up comedy today.


Writers Bloc, 7:30p Temple Emanuel. Ed Begly Jr. and Jeff Garlin show up for a night of talking about how they’re funnier than you. Not that it needed to be said. Writers Bloc is one of the cities best literary / lecture series, and the names they continue to pull is staggering.

Zoe Jarmon / The Apple Sisters, 8p UCB. Holy crap, this is the UCB show of the week, hands down. The Apple Sisters are deliciously tart, and this Zoe Jarmon show is one of the best written things to be put up at UCB in a long time. Get in line and get inside.

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Joke Lab, 9p Labcabin. It’s the 10th Joke Lab show, and Amanda Egge is hooking up (probably not the right way to say that) with Lizzy Cooperman, Josh Covitt, Lauren Rochelle and a bunch of other comedians for a wild night of material based on a topic the comics themselves have only had a week to marinate on. Awesome.

Comedy is Dead, 9p Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge. For pure location, big names, and price, it’s hard to argue against Comedy is Dead as the best stand up show in LA. This month has Sarah Silverman, Garfunkel & Oates, Steve Agee, Al Madrigal, Natasha Leggero, Duncan Trussell, and music by Dinosaur Jr.’s own Lou Barlow.


John Pinette, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. Holy F, John Pinette is funny. Please please go support one of the nicest, funnies comics working today.

Chelsea Lately’s Roundtable Regulars, 10p Irvine Improv. A great stand up comedy night, with a grip of the best that Chelsea Handler hand-picks getting behind the mic and giving you the giggles.


Thrilling Adventure Hour, 8:30p Largo. A staged reading of some seriously funny productions, done old-time radio style, with celebrities to boot (Busy Philips, David Berman, Tom Lenk).

Smug Rock Nation, 9:30p UCB. This monthly gem features 2/3rds of improv powerhouse Convoy (namely, the Alex’s) as pretentious radio hosts who eat too much and berate those around them just enough. This month’s guests are June Raphael and Ben Schwartz, with music from Hi Ho Silver Oh.


Mainstage Sketch, 10p iO West. Every two weeks, this sketch show pulls together based on a suggestion taken from the previous show. This time it's based on "roller coaster".