iO West Theater 6366 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA90028 iO West is the Los Angeles branch of iO Chicago, the famous comedy theatre that opened in 1980 and was originally named…More Improv Olympics. iO acted as a starting point for more than 5,000 actors and comedians, with an alumni list that includes Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and the late Chris Farley. Founders Charna Halpern and the late Del Close are considered pioneers in modern improvisation, an art form that is absolutely pivotal in today's comedy. This theater in the heart of Hollywood opened in 1997. In addition to having shows and serving drinks from a full bar in this theater, it offers a swath of classes on improvisation and comedy.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA90028 Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is located in the commercial district on Franklin Avenue. Founded by Chicago comedians…More Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts, this location is a shoebox theater offering improv classes and shows, sketch comedy groups and stand-up comedy performances. Regular shows include Asssscat, Jeff Garland's Combo Platter and Comedy Death-Ray. Those interested in taking classes can call the theater or go <a href="http://www.losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/">online</a> to register.
The Second City 6560 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA90028 The Second City is an amazing leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. It also has theatres located in Chicago and…More Toronto. The Second City does not only provide hilarious shows, but it also offers classes with training centers in Chicago and Toronto, as well as Hollywood. It has been called "A Comedy Empire" by <em>The New York Times,</em> and it is the perfect place for a laugh while visiting Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Comedy Festival is an annual exhibition of comedic films and live performance. It also has a…More screenplay competition.</p>
<p>Through eight events, the festival claims to have showcased "1,700 performers and 300 films from Los Angeles and around the world" with an emphasis on "'discovering' great comedic talent and promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the Los Angeles public."</p>
<p>Performer applications, available online via the above weblink, are accepted throughout the year.</p>
<p>The festival runs for two weeks in May and periodically sponsors special events around the country. Mainstay venues are Theatre Asylum and the ACME Comedy Theatre.</p>
The Laugh Factory 8001 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA90046 Open since 1979, the world-famous Laugh Factoryhas been recognized as "the #1 comedy club in the…More country" by such high-profile media as <i>USA Today</i>. It has Southern California locations in Hollywood (its original Sunset Boulevard locale) and Long Beach (opened in 2008), and comedy's top stars – as well as today's brightest emerging talent – shine on its legendary stage.