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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Welcome back folks! This week has a lot of podcast action going on all over town, but the big news has to be the 8th Annual LA Improv Comedy Festival taking place at iO West. Some of the best in the city will be on hand to receive their respective accolades and take some stage time for themselves. Don't let that stop you from catching the great shows that LA has to offer on a weekly basis, though. There's lots of year-round comedy to be had.

As always, hit me up if you'd like to see a show get listed here.


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Crash Test, 11p UCB. Chelsea Peretti guests hosts, and Hannibal Burress, Sean Conroy, Brett Gelman and Pete Holmes all drop in to be funny.

Sketch Cagematch, 11p iO West. The festival isn’t all improv, despite the name. Sketch teams also compete, cagematch style, for comedy supremacy. This outing pits Top Story Weekly v. Moon County.


The Moth, 7:30p Busby’s East. More great true storytelling from the minds that make up The Moth. This time on Mid-Wilshire!

Comedy Death Ray, 8:30p UCB. Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, and Rich Fulcher are all slated to get out and do some stand up. Stay for CDR sketch as David Koechner continues his residency at the show.


Todd Glass, 8p Irvine Improv. Glass is down in the OC doing a single mid-week set, so get out while you can.

A Chat Roulette Wedding, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Every form of social media under the sun collides in this sketch comedy show.


Crashbar, 8p WHERE Venue. Another stellar line-up of indie improv teams as Cream, Benderdangle, and others mix with the stand up of Max Zarou for a full night of great comedy.

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Nerdist Podcast, 8p Largo. Craig Ferguson is the main guest for the upcoming podcast taping for Chris Hardwick.


Tom Green, 8p Hollywood Improv. It’s Tom Green, guys. Rest assured, SOMETHING will happen.

All Cake, No File, 9p Actors’ Gang. This great comedy / music / baking show (inspired by Johnny Cash of course) comes back to the always incredible Actors’ Gang in Culver City.


Kevin Smith’s Smodcast, 8p Hollywood Improv. In the vein of Adam Carolla, lots of people are taking their podcasts on the road these days, including Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier.

Armando Show, 10p iO West. Jimmy Kimmel shares stories that inspire long form improv, as part of the 8th annual LA Improv Comedy Festival.


Funny in 60 Seconds, 8p The Improv Lab. Six comics have 60 seconds to come up with the best joke in this pseudo- game show.

Drunk Talk, 8p The Dragonfly. In a follow-up (or companion to) Point Break LIVE!, Drunk Talk immerses the audience in a world where The Dragonfly becomes McSwiggin’s, and a cast of characters have to interact with the audience while keeping their local watering hole from closing down forever. Madness.