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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

Photograph: Mandee Johnson
Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal.

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.

Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

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.

Stories Books & Cafe

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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A super secret location

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.

Meltdown Comics

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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Some dude's East LA backyard

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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Chatterbox

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 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.

Jones Coffee Roasters

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 & Bellevue (Whole Foods in Pasadena)

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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A double-decker bus

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.

The 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

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!

Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli

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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The Spare Room

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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Nikol H

Spare Room is not a comedy show. It's an event FOR comedians to play Bingo and bowl against each other. And Jeremy is the organizer/producer, and not a comedian himself. He happens to also put together the Best Fish Tacos show.