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Show Review: What's Up, Tiger Lily?

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Monday nights have long been mentioned on LAist as, surprisingly, a great night for comedy. There’s Harold Night at UCB, the Armando Show at iO West, and plenty of other random shows around town to assuage your already work-weary brain. But there’s one show, in the heart of Los Angeles, that doesn’t really fit the Monday bill. It’s as established as the improv shows mentioned above, and has bigger names attached to it than any random show you’re likely to find. And yet, it still flies under the radar. Or, rather, it’s tucked away, both figuratively and inside the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill at the Gower Gulch on Sunset / Gower. Hell, even the stage is tucked not-so-neatly into a corner, right by the entrance. But you’re not coming for the ambiance or even the food; you’re coming for the world class stand up. This is Tiger Lily.

What’s Up, Tiger Lily? is the official name of this long-running weekly stand up show, hosted by Melinda Hill, and Maria Bamford. And while the venue has changed over the years, the high level of comedy being performed every Monday night has not. Famous drop ins abound, and even on a ‘normal’ night, the line up is -to borrow a phrase- straight out of the funny pages. Guys like Paul F. Tompkins, Greg Proops, Chris Hardwick, JIm Gaffigan, and Patton Oswalt have all blessed the Tiger Lily stage at one time or another, giving this underground and underrated show some serious street-level credibility. Now, to be fair, the show isn’t exactly unknown to the larger comedy community, but it’s still a little too hip for the regular folks who shell out $25 a pop at some chuckle hut in West Hollywood. In fact, there’s no cover at Tiger Lily, just a bar for stiff drinks and a menu for mediocre meals. I guess as a comedian, you shouldn’t ask for much more.