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ComedySportz Los Angeles, LA's longest-running stage show, showcases sidesplitting talents in competitive team-based improv spats populated by Hollywood's up-and-coming comedians. Free-wheeling funnypeople forage for laughter every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.—with a 10:30 p.m. late show in some months—as well as a 7 p.m. Sunday show and a college team performance 8 p.m. each Thursday. In the signature ComedySportz Los Angeles shows, comedic squads square off against one another in a some-holds-barred refereed stage match that is surprisingly appropriate for all ages. In an effort to keep humor clean, referees and audience members can call for the brown-bag foul, which puts offensive performers into bagged timeouts to think about both what they've done and what it feels like to be a grocery item.
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.
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.
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.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."