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Well, for those of you in the know, this week is the beginning of the Del Close Marathon in New York City. For LA, that means the sketch and improv community usually thins out a bit, and shows are certainly easier to get into. Luckily, this year doesn't seem to be taking a back seat to those crappy right-coasters, with a ton of great stuff lined up all weekend. Comedy is Dead is back, Tiger Lily sports a huge line up, Patton Oswalt is at Largo, and UCB is pulling together a Reno 911! show. Man, what a great week to be a comedy fan.

If you'd like to get a show listed, email me and we can talk. Until then, get out and see some shows!

MONDAY 7/26

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Tiger Lily, 8p Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill. Seriously, this show should be on this list just about every week. TJ Miller, Jen Kirkman, Kumail Nanjiani, Whitney Cummings, David Koechner and many more. It’s madness.

Reno 911!: A XXX Parody, Midnight UCB. Yes, there really is a Reno 911! parody porn. yes, the real Reno folks have seen it. And yes, it’s all going down at UCB, with the complete cast!

TUESDAY 7/27

Harold Night, 8p iO West. Tuesdays are for Harolds at iO West, so drop in any time between 8 - 11p for some of the best in structured long form improvisation, given to us by Del Close himself.

Brian Haner, 8p Ontario Improv. Haner is out in Ontario, continuing to show off his considerable comedy and guitar skills.

WEDNESDAY 7/28

Smooth Laughs, 8p Theatre Asylum. Head down to Theater Row for a chance to see some up and coming sketch comedy.

Nerdist Podcast, 8:30p Largo. Nerdist himself Chris Hardwick is doing a live taping of his podcast with Fred Willard (who is timelessly funny) and some other fine folks.

THURSDAY 7/29

Comedy Zen, 8p Japanese American National Museum. For those downtowners looking to stay local, Comedy Zen should be a fantastic night of stand up in Little Tokyo. Use prepay code LAIST to save a couple bucks, too!

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Comedy is Dead, 9p Hollywood Forever. Seriously, this is the best recurring stand up show in LA, everything else be damned. The space, the line-up, it’s all top notch. This time around, Duncan Trussell brings us Tig Notaro, Tim Heidecker, Natasha Leggero, Kumail Nanjiani, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer and more names than can be mentioned here.

FRIDAY 7/30

Up Close & Prestidigitational, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. Crazy up close magic and whatever the hell ‘psychic comedy’ is.

Damon Wayans, 10p Irvine Improv. D. Wayans is deep in the OC all weekend.

SATURDAY 7/31

Patton Oswalt, 9p Largo. Patton is back at Largo, doing that wonderfully funny stand up you know he does so well.

Dead Honkey, 10p iO West. Great sketch comedy from iO regulars.

SUNDAY 8/1

Robot Christmas Special, 6p UCB. Billy Merritt pulls up some of his best improv pals to jam out at UCB.

Greg Proops, 7p Ice House. Proops is dong stand up out in Pasadena for on show only.