At ACME Comedy Hollywood, professional funny folk bust through the spotlight of an intimate, 99-seat venue to bust audiences' guts during improv- and sketch-comedy performances. Often dubbed the "West Coast SNL," Hollywood Saturday Night broadcasts live as a celebrity host attempts to crack funny bones through new sketches from top comedy writers and ACME performers. Each show also includes a musical guest with the ability to make whoopee cushion sounds with their lips as they play. In Hollywood Dream Role, an improvised movie unfolds onstage as a celebrity guest is forced to act out the part of a lifetime with no script, set, or makeup artist to cover their vestigial tentacles. Audiences can also opt to ogle top comedians in the Hollywood Stands Up show or risk laughing themselves to death during the mystery improv Murder by ACME! As performers create and move the plot along, the audience follows, ready to correctly identify the killer or frame their date at the drop of the final curtain. Before the show begins, Groupon customers can venture over to neighboring Amalfi Restaurant for a $1 discount on beverages, which, unlike a clawfoot tub full of moonshine, can be taken inside the theater.
Hamburger Mary's cherry-red banquettes and chairs surround tables filled with classic American fare, including burgers with meats ranging from ground chuck to ahi tuna and ostrich. A sprawling list of cocktails fuels late-night revelry, whereas stuffed burgers and sandwiches treat taste buds to a medley of hearty flavors. A stage flanked by red curtains plays host to weekly events, such as karaoke nights, all-female burlesque shows, drag shows, and Micro Machine drag racing.
The Groundlings was founded in 1972, and in the nearly 40 years since, the improvisational comedy troupe has supplied audiences with laughs and the comedy world with some of its most beloved stars, including Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, and Jimmy Fallon. Each improvised show is entirely different, with the actors making up the material on the spot for a performance that's never been seen before and will never be seen again, like Bigfoot rodeo-riding Halley's Comet. The Groundlings troupe practices both long-form improv plays and shorter styles. Among the current shows is the long-running "Cookin' with Gas", in which a surprise guest joins the onstage onslaught of humor—past guests have included John Ritter, Quentin Tarantino, Sinbad, and Mike Myers. "The Completely Different Late Show" brings late-night laughs with its ever-changing cast and format, allowing vampire audience members to enjoy chuckles and chortles before the light of day dissolves their funnybones.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.