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Comedy Store

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Photograph: Mike Dillon
The Comedy Store
West Hollywood

The site that once held the notorious club Ciro morphed into the Comedy Store in 1972. It's a must-visit just for the history alone. Three separate stages host a monstrous array of stand-ups more or less every night of the week. (Check the website for precise times.) Sometimes the acts reek of comedic desperation, but that smell is never sweeter than in the place where it belongs. It's the heart of Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, and where many comedians launched their careers. The show rooms are haunted by the ghosts of Sam Kinison, Richard Pryor and Andy Kaufman. Marc Maron was the door man here. 'Nuff said.

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Venue name: Comedy Store
Address: 8433 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 323-650-6268
Website: http://www.thecomedystore.com
Price: free-$20; 2-drink min.
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