The Ice House Comedy Club hosts professional laugh makers in a casual, intimate setting. Dozens of famous funny people have cultivated chuckles on the club's stage—including David Letterman, George Carlin, and Ellen DeGeneres—throughout its half-century history. Upcoming entertainers include voice actor Scott Henry, television veteran Ralph Harris, and Mind of Mencia star Brad Williams. The small, personal atmosphere allows all viewers to be within seven rows of giggle gatherers, although Ice House recommends arriving 45 minutes early to prevent the first-come, first-served seats from developing abandonment issues. Although not included in this Groupon, Ice House also boasts a menu loaded with creative drinks, tasty snacks, and funnybone-repair kits.
Vancouver hometown heroes Theory of a Deadman return to their roost in an exertive panorama of stadium-sized riffs and hard-rocking party anthems. Like the letter E at an optometrist’s office, the band has grown accustomed to the top of the charts, with mainstream rock hits such as “Lowlife” and “Bad Girlfriend” and the life-affirming sing-along “Hate My Life.” Stuffing kevlar crunch, post-grunge, and rockabilly into its sonic calzone, Theory of a Deadman dethaws January fans with seasoned classics and newborn cuts from its latest smash The Truth Is…. Locally acclaimed indie rockers Louder Than Love whet aural appetites in their opening performance as they juggle genres without falling off their tandem unicycle.
Dave Reinitz packed up all his belongings into a motor home, left New York, and began driving across the country because he was bored. When the engine finally blew, he was in Los Angeles, and decided that was where he would stay. As if by providence, Dave immediately took to his newfound city's comedy scene. Eventually, he partnered up with comedian Barbara Holliday for his life's next great adventure—Flappers Comedy Club.
Today, Barbara, whose credits include Naked Gun 33 1/3 and Friends, co-manages the multipurpose club she owns with Dave. A breeding ground for new talent, the venue plays host to standup comics and variety acts, and gives up-and-comers a hand with comedy classes called Flappers University. Many local and rising comedians have tested their standup material at Flappers, and the stage has supported the seasoned weight of stars such as Dave Attell and Jason Alexander. Before, during, or after shows, patrons can fuel their giggle fits with grub from the club's onsite restaurant, including Cajun-spiced burgers, seared ahi, and brick-oven pizzas.
The more you laugh, the longer you live, according to one Norwegian study and Terry Bannon of Red Falls, Missouri. Today’s Groupon lets you live long enough to see the Minority Report future come true with a $10 two-hour improv class at The Second City Training Center, 80% off the normal $50 price. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
During each beginner improv class, students learn the basic skills of improvisational success, honing in on focus, concentration, teamwork, trust, stagework, and scenework skills. Classes meet for 3.5 hours and take place once a week at ComedySportz' theater at 733 Seward Street. Under the tutelage of experienced funnypersons, students quickly become comfortable and poised to unleash quick-thinking, off-the-cuff remarks.
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.
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.