Before laughter, diaphragms got their exercise by initiating hiccups or by bench-pressing nearby lungs. Stretch your mirth-making muscles with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two VIP admission tickets to any regular show Wednesday–Sunday at The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena (up to a $49 value). The club has a two-drink minimum not included within the price of this Groupon.
The Ice House 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 more than half-century history. Upcoming entertainers include South African newcomer Trevor Noah (July 14), television veteran Eddie Ifft (August 12–13), and Franklyn Ajaye (July 21), who recently appeared in Bridesmaids. VIP admission allows guests to mingle in the lounge forty-five minutes prior to the show's start before taking seat in the first three rows of giggle gatherers. The closed-off section is complete with modern tables, complimentary snack foods, and a special-section cocktail waitress to take drink orders (for additional purchase), food orders, and accurate blood pressure readings.
Although not included in this Groupon, The Ice House also boasts a menu loaded with creative drinks, tasty snacks, and funny-bone-repair kits. Drinks include nonalcoholic beverages such as the strawberry-banana boat, which mixes strawberry purée with flavors of banana and cream ($6.50) and the L.A. shake, available in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana, or banana peel ($6.50). The comedy cave also features a collection of domestic beers ($6), imported beers ($7+), and soft drinks ($4.75 for a large).