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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Not gonna lie folks - it's been hot out there. Like 'I'm wearing a tin suit in the middle of the day in Hollywood' hot. If you haven't already noticed, we're in the absolute throes of summer, meaning we need all the excuses we can get to beat the heat. This week, it's comedy; with a stellar line-up of stand up shows happing from Fullerton to Pasadena and down past Hollywood, there's no better way to enjoy the scorching evening than to sit with some friends in in air-conditioned room and laugh it up. Check the listing below for just where to do that this week. And, as always, email me if you'd like to get a show considered here.


C-Word, 7p Comedy Store Belly Room. Iliza Shlesinger, Staci Lawrence, and Jodi Miller run this weekly stand up showcase show.

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Melgard Mondays, 8:30p Melgard Public House. This week the Elliot Steingart’s Melgard Mondays might have the upper hand when it comes to Monday night stand up in LA. TJ Miller, Kyle Kinane, Eddie Pepitone, and Nick Rutherford join others for a full night of comedy.


Cook County Social Club, 7p iO West. These longtime Chicago improvisers are doing three shows in three days at iO West, but this is the last one. So if you’re reading this today (Tuesday), you’d better build a time machine or make it out to iO West at 7pm. Those are your ONLY two options.

Cletus T. Judd, 8p Irvine Improv. Guys, Cletus T. Judd! The country version of Weird Al! From the '90's!


Mortified, 8p King King. The great Mortified is back in LA at King King. As always, expect this hilarious storytelling show to sell out. You’ve been warned.

Paul F. Tompkins & Friends, 8:30p Largo. PFT does some stand up at Largo with pals of his.


Larry Miller, 8p Irvine Improv. Larry Miller once again takes great storytelling to new heights down in Irvine.

Richmond’s House of Comedy, 10p Hollywood Improv. Chelsea Peretti teams up with some other stand ups for a classic night at the Hollywood Improv.

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Dead Authors, 7p UCB. LAist is only too happy to mention Dead Authors, the monthly Paul F. Tompkins character show that benefits 826LA. Awesome.

Hollywood Dream Role, 9p ACME. A guest celebrity is asked what their ‘dream role’ would be, and then is invited to play out said role in a fully improvised setting. Entirely different than Dead Authors, but also awesome.


You Should Use This!, 10p UCB. Matt Braunger, Neil Campbell, Kate Micucci, Andrew Daly, Paul Rust and a bunch of others all perform (probably) absurd comedy bits that, at one time or another, their parents thought would be absolutely hilarious.

Kevin Nealon, 11p Ice House. For those of you who are worried that Nealon will get too dirty at the 11p show (he won’t), there’s also a 9p show. So now you’ve got no excuse.


Skipper Stand Up, 7p Maverick Theater (Fullerton). Here’s the pitch: former Disneyland Jungle Cruise skippers (apparently forever tied together in some fraternal bond) join forcers to put on a stand up showcase show. Amazing.

Desk Piece Nation, 10p iO West. What a killer line-up for Desk Piece, the monthly talk show send up done by the very people responsible for the originals. Matt Manser, Kyle Kinane, Rj Desai, and Jimmy Pardo take the stage, along with a bunch of other great comics.