Laugh out loud in LA’s best comedy clubs
Just finished a long week in a hotel meeting room? Been busy presenting to clients? Time to take a seat in the audience for a change and kick back with a night of comedy. Home to a host of established stars and emerging talent, the entertainment capital of the world is bursting with laugh-a-minute venues.
From side-splitting stand-up to anything goes improvisation shows, Los Angeles’ comedy scene never sleeps. So while staying at Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, venture out of your hotel accommodation and enjoy a night of hilarity at some of the city’s most popular venues.
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood
This is the club that brought improvisation to the mainstream, launching the careers of Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler and many Saturday Night Live stars. It enjoyed so much success when it opened it New York that it soon broke into Hollywood, debuting to packed crowds at the Franklin Avenue venue more than 10 years ago. Book in advance if possible as the 92-seat theatre sells out fast.
The Comedy Store
8433 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
With an exterior decorated by celebrity scrawls and signatures, many of The Comedy Store’s alumni now boast star status. Situated on LA’s popular Sunset Strip, this multi-stage venue has been nurturing young talent for decades in both The Main Room and The Belly Room, while The Original Room profiles famous names with its Friday night ‘16 Headlining Comics’ show.
8162 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
You never quite know who you might see at this Melrose Avenue venue, where big names, including Louis C.K. and Chris Rock, have been known to wander in and grab some stage time to test out new material. With its iconic brick wall backdrop, it’s one of the most historic stages on the West Coast, while its sister venue next door, The Lab, features a boundary-breaking line-up of new and experimental shows.
251 South Main Street, Los Angeles
It’s not every day you can wander from your hotel to a comedy-filled film festival but, thanks to its downtown location on S. Grand Avenue, LA destination hotel Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles is within walking distance of this fun indie venue. In addition to a free weekly stand-up show, monthly ‘Channel 101’ evenings feature movies curated by Community creator Dan Harmon.
4519 Santa Monica Boulevard, Silver Lake
To get one step ahead of the comedy crowd, order a craft cocktail – the Cali Winter, a sunny combination of bourbon, lime juice, strawberries and ginger beer, is particularly tasty – and join LA’s hipsters at this up-and-coming venue. With an ever-changing schedule of shows, The Virgil is also the West Coast digs of New York’s hit variety show, Hot Tub. Once the stand-up routines and sketches have put a smile on your face, get your dancing shoes on as the stage transforms into an after-hours disco.
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