Sure, LA has one of the best comedy scenes in the country. But things are going to be just a bit funnier around town this week, thanks to a comedy festival headlined by Louis C.K., a lobster festival with dogs dressed as sea creatures, and a Neil Simon classic directed by Jason Alexander. As always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Los Angeles.
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
Irvine | Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14
Funny or Die's comedy festival is only in its second year, but it's already attracting some of the industry's best talent. Headlining this weekend's dates is Emmy-winner Louis C.K., with a supporting cast that includes Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Hannibal Buress. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; $40–$255; buy tickets here)
EAT. DRINK. ART.
Hollywood | Saturday, September 13
At this biannual fundraiser for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, you can bid on pieces from up-and-coming artists, sample food from celebrity chef Kris Morningstar, and make art of your own at sketching and ceramics demos. Admission includes three drink tickets. (4800 Hollywood Blvd.; $30–$40 for GA, $100–$110 for VIP; buy tickets here)
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Ports O' Call Village | Friday, September 12, to Sunday, September 14
If that dog-dressed-as-mutant-spider viral video made you laugh, you'll definitely want to check out this fest's LobsterDog parade with pups costumed as sea creatures. Plus, all the actual lobsters are flown in fresh from Maine each day. Oh, and did we mention pirates? (Berth 76; $9–$10, free for kids 12 and younger; buy tickets here)
The Coaster Show
Los Feliz | Through September 28
A tie-in to LA Beer Week (which starts on the 20th), this exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery puts a pop-surrealist spin on the ubiquitous bar accessory by having established artists paint, etch, or even sculpt upon 4-inch discs, all of which are being sold for $250 or less. And yes, there'll be craft beer on tap. (4633 Hollywood Blvd.; free)
Sawtelle | Through September 28
Nearly 30 years after starring in it himself, Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander is now directing a reboot of Neil Simon's classic autobiographical play. Try catching the show on Friday the 19th, when Odyssey Theatre is having free wine and pay-what-you-can tickets ($10 minimum). (2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.; $10–$30; buy tickets here)
Photos courtesy of Oddball Festival, Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival’s Facebook page, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble