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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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It's this LAist'ers birthday week! Want to help me celebrate? Then come on out to one of 14 shows that should be some combination of fantastic, weird, amazing, stunning, off-the-wall, or just plain fantastic. There's stand up by Dana Carvey, Dan Levy, Greg Proops and more. There's improv from some of LA's best at Room 101, and written stuff for a good cause at Largo Monday night. Do me a favor and enjoy my birthday on your own time, at a show of your choosing. It's the least you could do.

Drop me a birthday note or an upcoming show listing here, and we'll be best friends. FOREVER.

MONDAY 1/17

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Standing on Ceremony, 8p Largo. The Standing on Ceremony gay marriage plays are back at Largo, raising awareness and pushing the dialogue on marriage equality. Of course, Kathy Najimy, Steven Weber and a number of others are slated to participate.

Melgard Mondays, 9p Melgard Public House. TJ Miller, Brody Stevens, Sam Tripoli, Rob Delaney and more are slated to drop in on this free weekly stand up showcase show.

TUESDAY 1/18

Dana Carvey, 8p Ice House. Dana is still around town working out some great material, so make the drive out to Pasadena to catch him before he’s gone.

Chris Bliss, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. Bliss has been working for quite a while now, and with a well-tuned variety act it isn’t hard to see why.

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WEDNESDAY 1/19

Russell Brand, 7p Hollywood Improv. Brand is doing a show on Tuesday too, so get out tonight if you missed last night.

Room 101’s FORMATHON, 8p The Complex - Flight Theatre. Room 101 keeps upping the ante. This week is all about different improv forms, and Shakedown, Bangarang, The Smokes, Sentimental Lady are all on the bill doing some crazy shizz.

THURSDAY 1/20

The Super Serious Show, 7p Smashbox Studios. The Sklar Brothers, The New York Smiths, Andrea Savage and more will be making it out, alongside free Eagle Rock Brewery beer and noms from the India Jones Chow truck.

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Blind Date w/ Hugs & Puppies, 8p iO West. A series of sketches that all take place on blind dates. Should be awkwardly hilarious.

FRIDAY 1/21

Greg Proops, 8p Hollywood Improv. Proops continues to hammer stand up shows out in the new year, but he’s only at the Improv for one night so make this one count.

Risk!, 8p UCB. True stories from Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Jon Daly, Paul Scheer, Paul Provenza, Al Madrigal and more!

SATURDAY 1/22

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Dan Levy, 7:30p Hollywood Improv. Levy is only doing one show, but this great young stand up is absolutely deserving of any stage time given to him. PS LAist scooped him back in 2009.

Eddie Griffin, 9p Brea Improv. Griffin is in Brea all weekend, but the Saturday late show should get more out of hand than that time he crashed an Enzo. Ew.

SUNDAY 1/23

Steve-0, 7p Ontario Improv. Who even knows. Stephen is in Ontario all weekend, which is still close enough to catch something.

Charlie Murphy, 7p Irvine Improv. It’s the battle for weird Sunday night stand up shows, and Charlie just might pull it out. Barely.