Every Thursday, Comedy Hideaway ushers in a lineup of HBO- and Comedy Central-anointed performers, its stage still echoing with the bygone riffs of such national acts as Zach Galifianakis and Whitney Cummings. The club's founder, Andrey Belikov, often hosts and performs at the evening's revues, spinning impressions of his Ukrainian father and detailing his foibles in American society. Between sets, guests avail themselves of a menu of Italian fare, sip laugh-loosening drinks, and stand in line for autographs from nationally touring microphone stands.
The promoters behind Valley Comedy draw from a rib-tickling lineup of local comedians and touring funny folk to host monthly shows at Shamrock's Irish Pub in Bakersfield and the venerable Western-themed Old Town Saloon in Clovis. Valley Comedy also works with the community to arrange public and private events, dispatching standup comedians to fundraisers, corporate events, parties, and glum parent-teacher conferences throughout the Central Valley.
Irascible comedian Adam Carolla pulls no punches as he singes The Fox Theater in an evening of fiery standup. From foiling Dr. Drew on Loveline, antagonizing livers on The Man Show, and brazenly tricycling on Dancing with the Stars, Adam’s affable mug is instantly familiar to television viewers. Now host of The Adam Carolla Show, which made the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Downloaded Podcast in the World, his gruff voice and gift of guff take antic, in-the-flesh form in a standup act that swings between crafty storytelling and gleefully unhinged rants. The 1,500-seat Fox Theater's towering art deco marquee beams Old Hollywood glitz into the surrounding cultural district, and inside the auditorium, star lights set into the ceiling twinkle more brightly with every punch line.
A frequent finalist for Best Comedy Club according to Ventura County Reporter's readers, Ventura Improv Company offers the only improv comedy in Ventura and has been eliciting chortles and guffaws with family-friendly farce for the past 21 years. The VIC's veteran comedic combatants perform unscripted comedy through scenes, games, and music created on the spot. The VIC performs shows such as Spontaneous Broadway, a full-length musical whose plot is conceived through audience suggestions, and TheatreSports Team Match, a two-team battle where competitors perform a challenge set by the host.