17 places to see comedy that aren't comedy clubs

Skip the comedy clubs and instead see some of your favorite stand-ups at a taco stand and other unique locations
Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal at Hot Tub
Photograph: Mandee Johnson Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal.
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Between bachelorette parties, talkative drunks and two drink minimums, traditional comedy clubs can feel like the absolute worst place to see stand-up. We're not saying that all of LA's legendary comedy clubs are bad, just that sometimes we need a break from them. Some of LA's most exciting comedic talent has taken a break from club stages, too, and gravitated toward gastropubs, cafes and cocktail bar backrooms. If you're in the mood for a comedy show and looking for something a bit unconventional, consider these 17 comedy club alternatives.

Comedy Night at Best Fish Taco
Photograph: Courtesy Loud Village

Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

Every other Tuesday night, this hole-in-the-wall taco joint in Los Feliz hosts the likes of Brett Gelman, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford and more for Comedy Night at Best Fish Taco.

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Stories Books & Cafe

Dave Ross and Matt Ingebretson put on the more-wholesome-than-it-sounds Good Heroin show every Sunday night at this cozily cluttered Echo Park bookstore. Some past performers include Time Out favorites like Kate Berlant and Eliza Skinner.

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Crave
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A super secret location

Anything-goes comedy meets a late-night dance party at Crave, a secret, semi-regular show; the location is always kept under wraps until the night before.

The Nerdist Meltdown Theatre
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Meltdown Comics

NerdMelt Showroom, the Chris Hardwick-approved space in the back of this Hollywood comic book shop, has become a comedy destination thanks to a stellar lineup of sub-$10 shows, including the TV show-spawning the Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.
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Little Joy Bar
Photograph: Molly Cranna

Little Joy

Every Thursday night, the free Little Joy Show squeezes a surprisingly solid lineup into the backroom of this spruced up Echo Park dive bar.

Brew HaHa is more than a backyard comedy show. It's a patriotic celebration.
Photograph: Courtesy Brew HaHa

Some dude's East LA backyard

Whenever a comedian mentions the secret word, it's time to take a drink. That's the main gimmick of Brew HaHa, a backyard comedy show from producers Brad Silnutzer, Aaron Black and Marissa Gallant.

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Rockin' the burbs is Chatterbox Comedy Night in Covina
Photograph Courtesy of Marc Shur

Chatterbox

Every Sunday night, this Covina dive bar brings a mix of cheap beer, live music and comedy to the free Chatterbox Comedy Night.

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Angel City Heritage Festival.
Photograph: Courtesy Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery

The Arts District brewery offers more than just craft beer on Thursday nights. Come out for a duo of free comedy shows, Scratch Comedy Improv Night on the first Thursday of the month and 3rd Thursday Comedy Night on, well, we think you get the point.

Host/Producer Rachel Mac performs at endearing Bitchface Comedy Night
Photograph: Courtesy Rachel Mac

Jones Coffee Roasters

Pasadena's old school, industrial coffee shop is the home of Bitchface Comedy, a monthly night of alternative stand-up and music hosted by Rachel Mac and Amy Silverberg.

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We suppose comedy deserves its place among yoga and meditation at this Arts District collaborative space. Every last Tuesday of the month it hosts Good Looks, a consistently strong (and free) stand-up show put together by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan.

110 and Bellevue
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110 & Bellevue (Whole Foods in Pasadena)

Not only is there a gastropub on the second floor of the Whole Foods on Arroyo, but the bar hosts a free, squeaky clean comedy show the first Tuesday of each month.

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Riding with Nicol
Photograph: Courtesy Nicol Paone

A double-decker bus

A double-decker bus parked outside Pantages doesn't scream comedy, but nonetheless it's the home of comedian Nicol Paone's Riding with Nicol, a roving tour of all of her personal life mistakes in LA.

Comedy Palace
Photograph: Courtesy Comedy Palace

The Palace

This Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz hosts a free stand-up show, Comedy Palace, every Thursday night with a mix of big names, local up-and-comers and monthlong residencies.

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Otherwild Bizarre Bazaar
Photograph: Courtesy Laure Joliet

Otherwild

The eclectic Echo Park boutique is home to more than just jewelry and home goods; comedian Casey Jane Ellison hosts a monthly show, Other Comedy!

The Kibitz Room on Fairfax Avenue
Photograph: Riley Carithers

Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli

Comedians Ester and Jacklyn Steinberg have hosted the likes of Bill Burr and Ron Funches at the Kibitz Room Comedy Show, a free stand-up set on the last Monday of the month in Canter's agreeably worse-for-wear taproom.

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Spare Room
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Spare Room

From time to time, Loud Village puts on Comedy Bingo, a free game hosted by a talkative comedian. Show up to the Hollywood bowling alley bar for beer, brats and bingo.

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