One of the most popular, influential comedy clubs in L.A., the Laugh Factory bills itself as being in Hollywood – but is actually a few blocks shy of that neighborhood. First opened in 1979, the club was a then 16-year-old’s enterprising answer to a comedian’s strike just up the street at the Comedy Store; young Jamie Masada got a loan from a family friend, bought a building, and started the city’s first comedy club that paid all of its performing comics for their work.
Masada would go on to become a comedian, manager and producer, helping the cast of 1990s TV comedy “In Living Color” achieve fame, and continuing to support minority comics via the Laugh Factory. The club is an ideal place to see emerging acts, watch showcases headlined by Kevin Nealon, Tim Allen and Tom Arnold, and witness comedy stars like Dane Cook and Dave Chappelle test their endurance by vying for the title of longest one-person comedic performance – presently longer than seven hours.
There is plenty of lot parking around the club, but street parking is
scarce and generally via local permit only. There are several
restaurants within walking distance of the Laugh Factory, making it easy
to combine dinner and an evening of comedy; a two-drink minimum is
observed at the club. Online-pre-sale tickets average $17-27, while
tickets at the door tend to range from $20-30.
The best route to take by transit: Bus: 2/302, 217, 780, 218.