Standup comedy and public speaking share many of the same tactics, which is why so many eulogies open with a joke and so many presidential inaugurations involve smashing a watermelon. See a master orator in action with this GrouponLive deal to see a comedy showcase at Hollywood Improv. For $25, you get a comedy-show package (up to a $129.75 total value), which includes:
- Two tickets to a comedy show, not including special events (up to a $40 value). All seating is first come, first served. Shows require a two-item minimum per person (not included in this deal).
- One appetizer (up to a $9.75 value)
- Four vouchers for tickets to future shows, not including special events (up to an $80 value)
At the Hollywood Improv, comics lure laughs from deep within bellies as they follow in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The club's calendar schedules comedians as often as seven nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-coming funsters who tickle funny bones with fresh material, abundant energy, and feathered reflex hammers. Though special shows are excluded, Groupon holders may attend sets from a diverse lineup of certified funnymen, including Theo Von (October 12) who vacillates between brash confidence and charming befuddlement. Actress and comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub (October 19), best known for her role as computer genius Chloe O'Brian on 24, takes on an anxious, lilting tone during her set, lending poignancy to stories about personal-space invasions by Rush Limbaugh and what she really types when using a computer on TV. Richard Villa regularly caps off the week by hosting Refried Fridays beginning at 10 p.m. Between introducing the evening's comedians, Villa dips into the autobiographical, satirical humor that has landed him onstage with the likes of Mike Epps and has awarded him stints on projects like MTV's animated series The Adventures of Chico and Guapo. While watching shows, audience members munch on their choice of a savory appetizer, such as spinach-and-artichoke dip or fried calamari, and sip a cocktail to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table (drinks not included with this Groupon).