LA comedy calendar: Upcoming stand-up and comedy shows in LA

Explore our LA comedy calendar to find out which of your favorite stand-up comedians as well as sketch and improv groups have upcoming shows in Los Angeles

There's no shortage of cutting-edge comedy throughout LA's famous clubs, from live podcasts at Largo to improv teams at UCB. Keep tabs on your favorite stand-ups or up-and-coming comedians to watch with our up-to-date LA comedy calendar.

LA comedy calendar

Laugh Factory's Annual Free Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway

'Tis the season of giving and that is exactly what Laugh Factory plans on doing, come Christmas day. The comedy club will open its doors to the underprivileged, homeless and anyone alone on the holiday for four free meals and shows, every two hours, starting at 1pm. Past performers include Arsenio Hall, Dane Cook, Dom Irrera, Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, Paul Mooney, Paul Rodriguez and Tom Dreesen, who have been on-hand to greet and help serve guests as well as take the stage and perform live stand-up shows following each meal. To top it all off, owner Jamie Masada has been known to give each child that walks in a toy as a Christmas gift.

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Laugh Factory, West Hollywood Thursday December 25 2014 Free

Cookin' With Gas

Critics' pick

LA's longest-running improv show is also its best short-form show. "Short-form" means that instead of a nonstop 25-minute one-act, the show is a dozen or more short, disconnected scenes, each of which involves input from the audience and a director. Frequently that director is the incredible Mindy Sterling (Frau Farbissina in Austin Powers). And every week the cast is a collection of alumni and members of the storied theater's current companies, along with special guests (including Ana Gasteyer and Mo Collins). You'll get the opportunity to watch them all blow off steam in playful scenes and songs.

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Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles Until Thursday December 17 2015

Comedy Palace

Critics' pick

This weekly comedy showcase in Los Feliz hosts one of the most stacked lineups of stand-ups this side of the 101. Located above a Chinese restaurant, the free Comedy Palace attracts a steady stable of late night show regulars every Thursday as well as surprise guests—you never know when Patton Oswalt will drop in or Maria Bamford will mount a month-long residency. It's worth every penny... if it actually cost you any to begin with.

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Thursday December 25 2014 Free

Quartet

Craig Cackowski, Bob Dassie, Tami Sagher, Jean Villepique and Stephnie Weir were around at the original iO in Chicago, way back when improv was first developed. So they're ludicrously funny, yes, but they're also sophisticated: They present the kind of nuanced play wherein the smallest gestures regularly bring down the house. The team is called Quartet because (usually) four participate in each show. FYI: Sagher is moving soon, so stay tuned for her replacement… Jack McBrayer has been spotted sitting in.

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IO West, Hollywood Until Thursday December 17 2015

Last Day of School + Convoy

Critics' pick

The members of Last Day of School and Convoy, two teams that always play back-to-back, have won their manic following with dedication and unadulterated talent. Last Day of School was formed as one of the theater's house teams, but then graduated to a marquee slot for being so consistently awesome; they also own the title of longest-running UCB LA team. And Convoy—a rare three-member troupe in a sea of eights—proves what can happen when a few players know each other's brains so well that they function as a very funny one. This is possibly the best two-for-one deal in town.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Until Thursday December 17 2015

Opening Night Musical

Critics' pick

Like Broadway stars, the performers in this show spontaneously break into songs that you'll continue singing all the way home. Unlike in musical theatre, however, they're making it all up on the spot: The characters, storylines, choreography, lyrics and tunes. And they've done it on the iO stage more than 600 times. Opening Night Musical Has broad appeal among audiences (you'll see fans of several generations) and also performers (the creator of Glee recently dropped in to join the cast). Reserve and arrive early.

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IO West, Hollywood Friday December 26 2014 - Friday December 18 2015

Diamond Lion

Critics' pick

For anyone wishing musical theater wouldn't take itself so seriously, there's Diamond Lion. A simple set up—the cast performs a series of improvised scenes that eventually break into off-the-cuff songs—belies the athleticism required of it players. Just ask any of the guest stars. Each week, the pride invites a different performer to join, on one condition: that he or she has no musical-improv experience. It's a joy to watch this newbie be carried to lyrical greatness by the rest of the players.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Friday December 26 2014 - Friday December 18 2015

Asssscat

Critics' pick

Every Saturday and Sunday, the UCB franchise's longest-running, most beloved showcase starts when a base cast of the theater's current top-brass—including founding UCB members Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts—takes the stage. Then they introduce the surprise celebrity alumnae and friends who will be joining them (think Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally). And finally, another special guest takes the stage, a non-improviser (think Flea, Cat Power, Rebel Wilson, Lena Dunham) who opens the show with a personal story, that's deftly mined for laughs by the players. But you have to go to find out who's there—that's part of the fun. Looking for a cheap night out? Sunday shows are free, but seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Saturday December 27 2014 - Sunday December 20 2015

The Armando Show

Critics' pick

Chicago's longest-running improv show finds its LA home at iO West. Each week, a different guest monologuist begins the show with a true, personal story. Then a rotating cast of iO's best players uses that story to inspire scenes and characters. It's a simple format with a lot of staying power, as Los Angeles has no dearth of guest-star greats: Fred Willard, Harry Shearer, Drew Carey and Alanis Morissette have each shared tales before. The players are great, but much of this night's joy comes from watching the visitor laugh or cringe as his or her life is spun into side-splitting improv.

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IO West, Hollywood Saturday December 27 2014 - Saturday December 19 2015

Last Year's New Year's Eve Comedy Celebration

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2013—yup, that's last year—with a lineup of UCB stand-ups. The show includes party favors, various 2013 ball drops and a "live" feed of the celebrations from around the country. Troy Conrad hosts.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Sunday December 28 2014

Neil Hamburger

"America's Funnyman," Neil Hamburger, is not just a hack who slings some of the worst jokes imaginable, he's a character—literally. Prankster Gregg Turkington has been playing the drunken, bitter, morose Tony Clifton type for years. Nowadays, hipster audiences can't stop congratulating themselves for getting the joke, but underneath the artifice, Turkington is a strangely good writer and compelling performer. Catch him the last Sunday of each month at the Satellite.

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The Satellite, Silver Lake Sunday December 28 2014

Shitty Jobs

Critics' pick

This is one of the most buzzed about improv teams in town: A month's run of weekly performances sells out after each calendar is posted. The structure is basic—sets are inspired by cast interviews with audience members about their worst jobs—but the execution is anything but. Shitty Jobs is a collection of ebullient, personality-driven performers (and recognizable TV faces), who somehow come together to form a cohesive unit that is the opposite of shitty.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Sunday December 28 2014 - Sunday December 20 2015

The Smokes

Critics' pick

Hyper-intelligent, seasoned, and the perfect combination of silly and grounded, the Smokes have long reigned as one of LA's most iconic ensembles—and the members all hail from New York. They trained and played at UCB's original theater before heading west, which means they've been getting their peanut butter in each other's chocolate for more than a decade—part of the recipe for improvisational genius.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Monday December 29 2014 - Monday December 21 2015

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen

Critics' pick

The adorably cracked Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) and puppy-hugger Kurt Braunohler host their variety show, Hot Tub, every Monday night at the Virgil. Expect a fresh, oddball lineup each week of stand-up comics, sketch performances and new music.

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Monday December 29 2014

The 2014 IT SUCKED! Awards

Honor 2014's low points, from ebola to "The Fappening," at UCB's dubious awards show. Drew Spears hosts; performers include James Adomian, Big Grande, Betsy Sodaro, Joe Wengert, Nicole Byer, Alana Johnston, Nick Wiger and a song from Ariana Lenarsky.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Tuesday December 30 2014

Good Looks

Former Portlanders Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan host this free stand-up show the last Tuesday of the month. Though still in its infancy, we can't argue with the impeccably produced lineups—or the homemade ice cream from Cream Dream. The show goes down each month at the yoga-meets-performance space play; if you can spot the 10, a railyard and the LA River, you know you're in the right place.

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Tuesday December 30 2014 Free

The Groundlings New Year's Eve Celebration

Laugh your way into 2015 with this celebration at the renowned career-launching comedy theater, where the Groundlings family will be performing a night full of sketches and improv. Add a gourmet taco bar, an open bar with mojitos, and a traditional Champagne toast with desserts at midnight, and you've got everything you need for the perfect New Year's Eve. And who knows? You might even catch a glimpse of the next Will Ferrell or Lisa Kudrow while you're at it.

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Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles Wednesday December 31 2014

The Crazy Uncle Joe Show

Critics' pick

Get on the Groundlings' email list: Each week this improv show sells out the day its cast is announced. Current regulars include the hilarious Jordan Black, Stephanie Courtney (aka Flo, the Progressive girl), and Oscar-winner Jim Rash. Jonathan Kite (Two Broke Girls) and Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) are semi-regular favorites. And Will Ferrell, Hillary Swank and Kristen Wiig have all dropped in before. Even if it is sold out, Groundlings has a no-late-entry policy, so wait-listers frequently get to fill the seats of those suckers stuck in traffic.

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Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles Wednesday December 31 2014 - Wednesday December 23 2015

Two-Headed Beast

On the first Saturday of every month at the back patio of Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park, several seasoned stand-up comics (think Sean O,Connor, Eric Andre, Beth Stelling) put down the microphone and tackle traditional storytelling instead. Although most of these performers are used to working the road, the vibe is nothing like a club. Dave Ross, who produces and hosts the night with fellow stand-up Jake Weisman, says attending the show is like hanging out with family for an hour and a half. He's also quick to say that he and Weisman have darker sensibilities and tend to book those with the same. Or maybe comics just feel comfortable enough on the patio to show their underbellies—which are usually worth checking out.

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Stories Books and Cafe, Echo Park Saturday January 3 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015 Free

Marc Maron

Critics' pick

The irreverent ranter Maron, who has hosted programs on Air America, performed his own one-man shows and written a book, is one of the reasons for the recent alt-comedy (and podcast) boom. These days, he's swapping time between the stand-up stage, his eponymous IFC show and his WTF podcast with comedy luminaries.

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Largo at the Coronet, West Hollywood Thursday January 8 2015

Nick Kroll

Kroll, recently seen on FX's The League, is a ridiculous and ridiculously funny character actor. If you've ever seen him as Bobby Bottleservice or on The Oh, Hello Show with John Mulaney, you know how his mind works when he's making comedy on his own terms. In 2013, he unveiled his new Comedy Central series, Kroll Show.

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Largo at the Coronet, West Hollywood Friday January 9 2015

Louis C.K.

Critics' pick

C.K. is frustrated, candid, relentless and profoundly funny. His FX series, Louie—a dark, cracked look at C.K.'s life as a dad and stand-up in New York—is currently one of the funniest, and most strangely affecting, shows on TV. Having made millions distributing his last stand-up special through his website, he's begun selling tickets for this tours the same way, without the additional ticket fees.

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The Forum Sunday January 11 2015

Public School

While working as a union organizer, Natasha Vargas-Cooper discovered the power of personal stories and their ability to bond people. In 2010, with that in mind, she and fellow producers Joey Slamon, Stephen Falk and Dave Holmes launched this storytelling show. Each event features a different theme, but all performers are asked to share a tale about something that helped make them who they are. Stories run the gamut from serious to hilarious—the producers don't put a lot of restrictions on the kind of stories told but rather on booking intelligent, big-hearted and open storytellers who can be vulnerable and present onstage. Public School happens the second Tuesday of every month at M Bar; previous guests include Judith Shelton, Lorraine Newman, and writers from Conan, The Office, This American Life, and Weeds. 

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M Bar, Hollywood Tuesday January 13 2015 - Tuesday December 8 2015

RIOT LA

Critics' pick

Pluck the best comedy sets from NerdMelt, UCB and Largo and drop them into one block of Downtown over a single weekend—that's RIOT LA. The third annual alt comedy block party takes over seven venues along Main Street between Second and Third (Downtown Independent, the Lexington, Five Star Bar, the Smell, the Jalisco, the Regent and the outdoor Lot Tent) for 35 shows in just three days. Look forward to appearances from Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford and Andy Kindler; live tapings of The Indoor Kids and With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus and KCRW-sponsored storytelling set. Individual show tickets are available as well as a weekend pass that adds free admission to "The Lot," a weekend, afternoon party next to the Downtown Independent with beer, arcade games and food trucks. Check out the website for the full schedule. We spoke with festival founder Abbey Londer about the event last year; see what she had to say about 2014's fest. Time Out Los Angeles: There’s certainly comedy Downtown, but most people don’t think of it as the comedy hub in LA. So why there? Abbey Londer: I live in Echo Park, so I’m super fascinated by the Eastside and Downtown. I think Downtown LA is really up-and-coming, and, in particular, there are comedy shows that happen at the Downtown Independent—Sleepaway Camp, before that Holy Fuck. I want to draw more business to Downtown LA because I do think that it’s a place that deserves more attention than it gets. Time Out Los Angeles: What’s something that p

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles Friday January 16 2015 - Sunday January 18 2015

Jenny Slate

With her Brooklyn days and "fucking" short SNL run behind her, Slate's weird stoner whimsy has become a fixture in LA. She's known for her contributions to the short film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and Parks and Recreation, but as a stand-up, she's cheerfully filthy, abstract and very, very silly.

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Largo at the Coronet, West Hollywood Friday January 16 2015

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For all you comedy aficionados:

 April 28, 2014 Free comedy show at the Kibitz room in Canter's Deli
It's an Amazing Line Up!


Natasha Leggero
Mo Mandel
Jake Weissman 
Hampton Yount
Josh Macuga
+Special guests

Hosted by Ester Steinberg

The atmosphere at the the monthly Kibitz Room Comedy Show is perfect for all you displaced east coasters and those nostalgic for NYC’s Lower East Side. The Bookers and Producers, Ester and Jacklyn Steinberg, know how to put together a solid lineup, often getting famous pals to do a spot and showcasing some of the city’s most talented unknowns. If you stop by this iconic Los Angeles deli, join us in the Kibitz room, grab a cocktail, sit back and enjoy the show.

+Special drop in

Past guests included: Bill Burr, Ron Funches, Avi Liberman Aristotle Athiras Eric Andre, Thomas Dale, Joe Kardon, Matt Portman, Ari Shaffir, Baron Vaughn, Andy Haynes (Conan, Jimmy Fallon) Fahim Anwar (Comedy Central, Goatface Comedy) Ben Bizuneh (Dat Shit Show) Adam Lustick , Moshe Kasher, Moe Mandel, and Big Jay Oakerson

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If you say this we page is a comedy calendar, don't you think there should BE a comedy calendar on it?

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If you say this we page is a comedy calendar, don't you think there should BE a comedy calendar on it?

Nikole Larson
Nikole Larson

Certainly there are more women headliners in Los Angeles, and I happen to familiar with many of them. I am surprised at few shows are promoted on this site that are not straight white men. I think this is a great resource, but would like to see more diversity in what shows or which comics are promoted.