Any successful comedian knows that humor is a skill to be exercised every day. The owners of Ha Ha Café Comedy Club agree: hosting laugh riots seven days a week. Of course, the stage has plenty of room for established talent, too. During New York Comedy Hour, host Mike Citera introduces a slew of up-and-coming comedians culled from New York City and Los Angeles. Held on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., All Star Comedy combines such headlining comedians as Jeff Garcia (from "Mr. Box Office" and "Happy Feet"), Adam Hunter ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Chelsea Lately"), and Erik Griffin ("Arrested Development" and "Workaholics"), with appearances from such humor royalty as Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler. Other regular events include "Tickle my Belly" hosted by Robert Zapata.
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Founded by Jamie Masada when he was just sixteen, The Laugh Factory has become an internationally-known comedy club with locations in three states. This original Sunset Strip venue continues to be a favorite of fledgling and world-famous comics alike, with familiar faces from Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Richard Pryor and Chelsea Handler all gracing the stage in years past. The surprisingly intimate space seats only a few hundred people, mostly at café tables and banquettes surrounding the stage, and with the usual two-drink minimum there’s always plenty to eat and drink while you’re being entertained. A nearby VIP lounge offers more discreet access to shows, or (depending on which side of the velvet rope you’re on) for peeking in on the latest celebrity out to catch a laugh. Parking in the neighborhood is almost exclusively restricted, so stick with the valet out front.
Founded by comedian Sammy Shore in 1972 and built into a comic empire by his erstwhile wife Mitzi, The Comedy Store has nourished some of the country's greatest comedic talent. With an alumni list that includes such greats as George Carlin, Jim Carrey, and Dave Chappelle, the club has been at the epicenter of comedy innovation for four decades, giving chucklesmiths the opportunity to devise ever more ingenious ways of eliciting laughs from patrons and laugh approximations from cyborg patrons
Tiny combustions and the smell of butter emanate from Goodnight's Comedy Club's vintage popcorn maker as nationally touring standups such as Marc Maron and Ralphie May step up to the mic. With a brick wall behind them and a checkered floor below, these headliners spin their comic yarns as popcorn, Buffalo wings, and cocktails deftly land on tables. In addition to its cabaret menu of apps and drinks, the club is connected to two restaurants. Every month, the mostly private Grille at Goodnight's unveils a new menu of upscale American fare, from prime rib to lobster mac n cheese and pumpkin ravioli that turns into carriage ravioli at midnight. The Old Bar Restaurant and Bar resides underneath Goodnight's, treating diners to more casual fare in the form of burgers and Tex-Mex platters.