LA comedy calendar
Oakland kid-made-good Moshe Kasher now lives that L.A. life, with appearances on the likes of Drunk History, Chelsea Lately and Another Period. His 2012 memoir, Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 candidly told tales of mental institutions and drug addiction. His onstage presence is, at turns, bawdy and dark, wily and confrontational.
Say hello to the first weekly stand-up comedy show in Highland Park. Every Thursday night from 8pm-10pm, the Collective Arts Incubator will be home to Hi! Highland Park, a free show that will bring great comics from around the country such as Laurie Kilmartin and Allen Strickland from Conan, Ron Babcock from Adam DeVine's House Party, and Matt Ingebretson, one of Time Out L.A.'s comedians to watch in 2017. Hi! Highland Park is based on donations, which can be made here. The show is produced by Paloonis Productions and is hosted by Colin Hughes and special guests. Check the Facebook for more details on upcoming shows.
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.
KROQ morning fixtures Kevin and Bean host this annual comedy blowout at the Shrine Auditorium. Like an LA counterpart to the UK's Red Nose Day, the show pulls in a "shut up and take my money" caliber of comedians, with proceeds from the event going to charity (Fisher House and Cedars-Sinai NICU). Be sure to snag a seat for the sure sell-out show, otherwise you'll be left begging for tickets on the KROQ request line. This year's performers include Bill Burr, Anjelah Johnson, David Koechner, Jimmy Pardo, Adam Ray, Jonah Ray and Taylor Williamson.
There's a clear soft streak hidden in Tig Notaro's deadpan delivery, enough that the acclaimed comedian is mounting an annual festival in the memory of late acress Suzanne Krull. Tig herself heads up a lineup with Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Amy Burkman and more. Proceeds benefit MOSTe, an L.A.-based program that empowers girls from underserved neighborhoods with leadership skills.
This San Francisco export delivers comedy to Echo Park's Little Joy every Monday night. Hosts Chris Garcia, Sean Keane, Caitlin Gill and Anna Seregina put together a lineup of stand-ups each week, though past shows have included some quirkier storytelling additions, everything from a gourmet sandwich maker to a former bank robber.
Former Portlanders Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan host this stand-up show the first Wednesday of the month. What started as a small but impeccably curated show in the Arts District has since settled into a groove at UCB Sunset (and dropped its free admission in the process). Make no mistake, though: this is still consistently one of the best stand-up lineups in the city.
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 acclaimed Comedy Central series, Kroll Show.
Oswalt, who starred as a nerdy tollbooth guy in Big Fan and a nerdy foodie rat in Ratatouille, is a dork-delighting stand-up. His carefully crafted turns of phrase have always revealed him to be as much a writer as a performer, but his blistering rants about food, film and the asshats of the world keep even the uninitiated in rapt attention.
Perform a regular stand-up set, then belt out an unrehearsed cover song with local rock duo Elemenopy—what could go wrong? Comedian Josh Adam Meyers has managed to recruit an impressive stable of headliners since this show started last summer at the Lyric Theatre.
Slur your way through tricky vocabulary words at this drunken spelling bee. Comedians Billy Parker and Mandy Levy host this boozed up competition; take a shot and attempt to spell out a word, and if you're successful you get a free shot and another word. The last person standing is crowned the winner and can claim half of the prize pot.
Often, the phrase “Back by popular demand” amounts to nothing more than hype, but in the case of The Book of Mormon, it fits like magic underwear. Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s nine-Tony-winning cultural phenomenon resurrects at the Pantages. Parker and Stone, of course, are best known for South Park and Lopez is a fairly newly minted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner. Mormon follows a group of idealistic missionaries as their beliefs run into the harsh realities of life for the African villagers they cheerfully hoped to convert. The tuneful megahit is not for kids, but if you happen to bring one, it’s earmuffs time when they start singing “Hasa Diga Eebowai.” And before that. And after that. Mormon is hilarious and offensive, and hilariously offensive, and the New York Times called it “the best musical of this century.”