LA comedy calendar
Kristen Schaal and 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.
If not for her explosively popular 2010 song/short, “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury,” about a sexy sci-fi nerd, Rachel Bloom might not have shaped a career around singing. Bloom created and starred in the Golden Globe-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which followed the misadventures of a woman who drops her life to stalk an ex. One never feels as if Bloom is capitalizing on sex, or pandering with it. It’s simply a topic she enjoys and isn’t afraid to tackle.
Partake in an evening that’s party comedy show and part live dating experience during All My Single Friends. Here’s the gist: All attendees wear a sticker that says whether they’re taken or up for grabs while comedians Avra Friedman and Daliya Karnofsky host interviews with singles and comedians. After the show—and a couple of tequila shots—single attendees jot down who they’re interested in and the hosts reach out on their behalf. Use the promo code HOT for $5 off tickets.
Booster is the sort of comic who gives the impression he was destined for the stage. Here from Chicago, by way of New York, he is winning over the indie scene with a skeptical point of view, tight jokes and a quiet charisma.
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.
Forget about those surface-level observations that out-of-towners lob at L.A., these born or raised Angelenos are tapped into the deep cuts that make this city tick. Laugh along with a made-in-L.A. lineup of comedians that includes James Adomian, Chris Estrada, Felicia Folkes, Shawn Pearlman, Danielle Perez and Jesus Trejo. Jane Borden, who’s behind our annual comedians to watch feature and live show, hosts this first edition of Time Out L.A. Staged, a new quarterly comedy series at Dynasty Typewriter that celebrates L.A.’s amazing pool of local talent and culture.
See comedian Jon Daly tear it up on sax during Jon Daly Kills It. The show at the Satellite also includes absurdist sets from Andy Kindler, Kurt Braunohler, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Blaine Capatch and Ayo Edebiri.
With the verbal fury of Nicki Minaj and the fearless attitude of Joan Rivers, Wong made her name with her 2016 Netflix special Baby Cobra, which she performed seven months pregnant, taking on menstruation, Sheryl Sandberg and sex with Asian men. Now, the Fresh Off the Boat scribe and American Housewife co-star attacks the Wiltern for eight nights of stand-up.