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Free Comedy Shows and Workshops in Los Angeles


Miss Coco Peru performs at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Benefit for Lifeworks Mentoring at the Laugh Factory on March 24, 2009 in West Hollywood, California.
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Whether you're looking for a laugh or to give someone one, LA is full of little comedic gems: free comedy nights and workshops. They usually require a two drink minimum, or come with the purchase of dinner. Others just offer free late night comedy shows. And then there are, of course, those complimentary workshops. After all, this is a show business town, and everyone has a hidden talent.

Acme Comedy Theater

135 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

A sketch and improv comedy spot that features celebrity guests and its own 'Comedy All Stars.' Of course, if you're a social couch potato, invite a few friends over. Shows can be viewed live online for free.

Berubians Theatre Company/Next Stage Theatre Company

1523 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Beyond its thespian performances, this theater company has been known to throw a free weeknight improv workshop. Check their website for updates, availability and details.

The Comedy Store

8433 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Founded by Pauly Shore's mom--a.k.a. Mitzi Shore--this is one of LA's legendary comedy spots. It has hosted the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chevy Chase, Jim Carey, Redd Foxx, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Hicks and Andy Kaufman. The midnight show on Fridays is free with the purchase of two drinks (it's also 21 and over).

The Comedy Union

5040 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

The folks at the Comedy Union know that women love to laugh...and men love women who love to laugh. So, every Thursday they host a special Ladies' Night, Thursdays during which women enter free before 9 p.m. Men pay $5 before 9 p.m., which isn't too bad either. There is however a two drink minimum.

BruHaus Pub Comedy Night

BruHaus Pub
11831 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Each Monday night, local comedians get together for a two-hour laugh-a-thon at this West Side pub. The evening is not only free but excludes the usual 'drink minimum' that most comedy clubs require.

Improv Olympic West Theater

6366 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA

The Improv Olympic West presents nightly improv and sketch comedy shows. It also hosts improv training classes. It is the LA branch of the Improv Olympic in Chicago. They stage free comedy every week, usually on weeknights. Check their website for schedule updates.

Laugh Factory

8001 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

151 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA

This staple of the Los Angeles comedy scene has showcased established comedians from Bob Saget to Dane Cook, as well as fresh new comedians. It was unfortunately, the site of Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards' hateful impromptu rant. They often host free comedy nights (with a two drink minimum), usually on Thursdays, featuring a host of up-and-coming comedians opening for a surprise big name talent.

Sportsmen's Lodge

12833 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA

Housed in a hotel that represents a little piece of San Fernando Valley history, this venue has also been known to host free stand-up comedy nights on its front patio. Parking is complimentary in its own lot too.

Upright Citizens Brigade

5919 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

This bicoastal comedy outfit (New York/Los Angeles) is home to comedy shows seven nights a week. They also feature sketch and stand-up comedy classes that are quite respected in the industry. 'Not Too Shabby,' their free Friday midnight comedy show features talent from the Upright Citizens Brigade community trying out their latest antics in front of a live audience.

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