Comedy, Stand-up
5 out of 5 stars
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Photograph: Zach Dobson

Downtown's plucky comedy festival is all grown up: RIOT LA has ditched its Skid Row-adjacent parking lots and bars for the bright lights of L.A. Live and Broadway theaters. The annual alt comedy will take over four venues—the Microsoft Theater, the Novo, the Orpheum Theatre and the Theatre at Ace Hotel—for three nights of performances. Individual show tickets are available as well as a weekend pass that adds free admission to "The Lot," a carnival-like area with arcade games and food trucks.

RECOMMENDED: Read more about RIOT LA, including who to see at the fest and where to eat and drink before and after.

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It’s funny how the rain in LA totally changes the experience of an event! There was a lot of rain this year during the Riot LA weekend, so that changed the line up of some of the smaller shows, and I don’t think the turn-out was as big as it could’ve been for those particular shows (the headliners were a different story - packed to the brim!) 

Buying passes is worth it if you plan to see 3 + headliners, if not, then it might be better to buy tickets for the specific headliner shows ala carte. The schedule makes it so that you really can’t see more than 2 good shows in one night, even though there are shows throughout any given night (they all just overlap).

The main alleyway campus was relatively small - ferris wheel, a few arcade games, one food truck, a photo booth, the check-in tent… none of that stuff was that memorable, but it added a bit of variety.

My favorite headliners this year was Ali Wong & Rachel Bloom. If I were to go again next year, I’d definitely just pay for the individual show tickets rather than any of the passes! The passes guarantee you admission to shows (the number depends on what level of pass you get), but as long as you’re checking the ticket sales early, you’ll probably get in to a show. 


This is by far the best comedy festival in Los Angeles! They always bring the best comedians and I love that it's held DTLA. There is always a party in the parking lot, filled with great food and drinks. Can't wait for next year!