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Jim Gaffigan at The Wiltern Tickets On Sale


Jim Gaffigan hits The Wiltern on Saturday, November 8th. Tickets officially go on sale tomorrow according to Live Nation. However, Ticketmaster already has tickets on sale right now as part of an “internet pre-sale”. No code necessary. Gaffigan is a spectacular comedian and 100% clean so you can take the entire family. He tours so much that it is tough to see him do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles. The link to Ticketmaster is below.



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Dave Attell in Los Angeles This Week


The GREAT Dave Attell is in L.A. this week. Normally a New York guy…Attell gets out to L.A. a few times a year to do stand-up comedy in the our clubs. You can catch him:

Tuesday – “Life of the Party with Jay Davis” at 10pm at the Laugh Factory

Wednesday – “Comedy Juice” at 10pm at the Hollywood Improv

Thursday – 10pm at Hollywood Improv

Friday – 8pm at Hollywood Improv

Saturday – 10pm at Hollywood Improv

That means he MAY be at the Laugh Factory at 8pm on Saturday…but I will have to check on that. If you have never seen Attell…he is arguably the best club comedian in the country. Meaning…if you are going to experience live comedy at a club…and you have one comedian to go watch…it’s Dave Attell. Two of my favorite comedians…Artie Lange and Greg Fitzsimmons both said the same thing last year on the Howard Stern Show…and I have to agree. He’s the man. Make the calls…book the tickets…and go see Attell this weekend.

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No Name Comics at Room 5 is Packed for a Terrific Show


We hit up No Name Comics on Sunday at Room 5. Host Brad Stewart puts on the show every Sunday and usually gets a decent crowd from what I hear…but always a very solid line-up of funny comedians, including the likes of Aisha Tyler and Brody Stevens on a regular basis. No difference last night as far as comedians are concerned, but the room was absolutely packed – which was terrific to see. I really hope we can help keep this room full every Sunday night. Last night featured 4 of my favorite comedians in Los Angeles – scratch that – in the country and the discovery of 3 more terrific talents.

Favorites: Andrew Norelli, Iliza Shlesinger, Christina Pazsitzky, Ryan Sickler
New Discoveries: Carlos Kotkin, Andrew Orvedahl, Alex Nussbaum

You’ve heard me talk about the favorites over and over again. But I’d like to make something clear…great comedians are like fine wine – you can experience them many times but enjoy them just as much as you did the first time…and notice new things every time you see them…and appreciate the nuances that you never recognized previously. It’s really incredible. I’ve seen Ryan Sickler do the same set at least 10 times…to the point where he apologized to me before going on stage. But the reality is you will never see a comedian do the same set, the same way…ever. And last night, Sickler performed his set better than I’ve ever seen it. He truly has evolved as a comedian in terms of his delivery and pacing. His material has always been amazing but watching him last night was just awesome. The same is true for Norelli and CP (CP is how we will refer to Christina Pazsitzky from now on). I love watching them because they are on-point every single time. I am so happy that Norelli is filming for the Late, Late Show tonight and CP is going full steam with stand-up. Please do yourself a favor and get out and see them at your earliest convenience. I will pay you money if you do not enjoy their performance.

Carlos Kotkin was an interesting change-up as far as stand-up comedy is concerned. He is more of a story teller. I dug it…and so did the rest of the crowd. He had a bit about herpes and HIV that was off the charts. Andrew Orvedahl and Alex Nussbaum were great surprises as well. Nussbaum’s jokes about his Russian mother were killer and Overdahl’s Riverside jokes were great. I’ll definitely get out to see these guys again.

Good night of stand-up comedy on a Sunday night. Now it’s time to pick my brackets.

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Does Largo Move Mean Stand-Up Comedy Gets a Boost in Los Angeles?

Largo is moving to the Coronet Theater in a few months according to Soundboard at the L.A. Times. The new theater includes a 280 seat theater and a smaller 90 seat theater located on La Cienega. The question remains, what portion of the programming will be dedicated to live comedy? However, it’s quite possible that a bigger Largo with two rooms will put more pressure on the other major clubs in the city – Laugh Factory, Improv, and Comedy Store – to step-up their game in the form of promotion, quality of product, and innovation i.e. getting on the Web 2.0 bandwagon. Additionally, the right amount of crossover promotion by Largo between its music shows and comedy shows will no doubt drive more fans to live comedy – at least from an awareness perspective. If I’m a stand-up comedian, I’m contacting owner Mark Flanagan right now about helping him promote his comedy shows. Have to imagine that if you put the foot work in, you’ll get the time. Take advantage of the cross-promotional opportunities that Largo offers.

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Andrew Norelli Taping for the Late, Late Show – See His Set at No Name Comics on Sunday


Comedian Andrew Norelli will be filming for the Late, Late Show on Monday. Norelli is of the country’s best comedians and his appearance is well deserved. On Tuesday, I appeared on Stuart Paap’s internet show “Live From the Future” and gave a list of comedians that I thought were going to be big in the very near future. I was remiss in leaving Norelli off this list. It was a huge oversight. If you read this page, you are aware that I think Norelli is just as good as bigger name comedians like the great Daniel Tosh. Norelli is professional and will be big time. It’ll be great to see him on the Late, Late Show.

If you are interested in seeing the set live before he performs it on the Late, Late Show, Andrew will be doing a run through on Sunday at No Name Comics. We gave you all the details here. Hope to see you there.

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Lewis Black hits SoCal in May: Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, and Long Beach


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Lewis Black is live in Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, and Long Beach this May. The string of great stand-up comedy concerts in the Los Angeles-area keeps going. I saw Black two years ago at Comedy Central’s Last Laugh. He’s great. I like those angry comedians though. It’s cathartic. Here’s the info:

On Sale Sat, Mar 15 at 10:00 am:
Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara
Thursday, May 1 – BUY TICKETS

On Sale Sat, Mar 15 at 12:00 pm:
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Friday, May 2 – BUY TICKETS

On Sale Sun, Mar 16 at 10:00 am:
Long Beach Terrace Theater
Saturday, May 3 – BUY TICKETS

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For Your Comedy Pleasure: Stand-Up Comedy in L.A. March 11 – 15

Here is your schedule of stand-up comedy for the week in the city of Los Angeles – plenty of chances to see Joe Rogan and Jamie Kennedy…so get to it:

Tuesday, March 11th:

  • 10pm – Valley Nights – Hollywood Improv – Joe Rogan headlines this show brought to you by local promoter Tim Mars. $13 online or at the door.
  • 10pm – Life of the Party with Jay Davis – Laugh Factory – Looks like Jamie Kennedy will be there…and more than likely you will see Dane Cook. $10 if you get on Jay’s List.
  • 10pm – Comedy Juice – Irvine Improv – Brian Scolaro, Ben Gleib, Nick Thune, Chris Porter. Stellar line-up in the O.C. Free.

Wednesday, March 12th:

  • 8pm – Snuggle Time – Westside Ecclectic – Rob Delaney hosts a great line-up led by the unbelievable Tig Notaro and the incredible Natasha Leggero. I think it’s $5…but don’t quote me.
  • 10pm – Comedy Juice – Hollywood Improv – Jamie Kennedy and Doug Benson. Hit up guestlist@comedjuice.com for $7 tickets.
  • Check Time – Ontario Improv – Rice and Beans of Comedy – Bobby Lee and Johnny Sanchez.

Friday, March 14th:

  • 8pm – Hollywood Improv – Chris Porter headlines. Use PROMO CODE: PORT for FREE tickets
  • 10pm – Downtown Comedy Club – Jamie Kennedy
  • 10:30pm – Ice House Pasadena – Joe Rogan

Saturday, March 15th:

  • 8pm – Downtown Comedy Club – Jamie Kennedy
  • 9pm – Ice House Pasadena – Joe Rogan
  • 10pm – Downtown Comedy Club – Jamie Kennedy
  • 10pm – Hollywood Improv – Chris Porter headlines. Use PROMO CODE: PORT for FREE tickets
  • 11pm – Ice House Pasadena – Joe Rogan

Tons of options for some really good stand-up comedy in Los Angeles this week. From Free to not that expensive. If you are looking for plans this weekend, look no further. Go Laugh.

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