Top Choice Comedy in Hollywood

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Founded in New York by SNL alums Amy Poehler and Ian Roberts along with Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, this sketch-comedy group cloned itself in Hollywood in 2005 and is arguably the best improv theater in town. Most s…
Comedy in North Beach & Chinatown

Cobb's Comedy Club

There's no room to be shy at Cobb's, where bumper-to-bumper shared tables make an intimate (and vulnerable) audience. The venue is known for launching local talent and giving big-name acts from Louis CK to Kevin Smi…
Comedy in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Punch Line

Known for launching big talent – including Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres and David Cross – this historic stand-up venue is small enough for you to hear sighs of relief backstage when jokes kill, and te…
Comedy in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Comedy Store

There’s no comedy club in the city with more street cred than Sammy and Mitzi Shore’s Comedy Store on the strip. Sammy launched the club, but Mitzi was the one who brought in hot young comics such as Richard Pryor, …
Comedy in Hollywood

Improv Olympic West

Second only to the Upright Citizens Brigade in the frequency and quality of shows. It has at least three daily, starting on the hour. The Armando Show ($5) on Monday nights is hosted by a celebrity guest (someone li…
Comedy in West Hollywood & Mid-City


This improv school and company launched Lisa Kudrow, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph and other top talent. Their sketch comedy and improv can be belly-achingly funny, especially on Thursdays when the main company, alumni…
Comedy in West Hollywood & Mid-City


The launch pad for countless stand-up comics from Richard Pryor to Jerry Seinfeld to Ellen DeGeneres to Dave Chapelle. Improv still gets the odd headliner, but it’s mostly up-and-comers these days. Tuesday evenings …
Comedy in La Jolla

Comedy Store

One of the area’s most established comedy venues, the Comedy Store also serves meals, drinks and barrels of laughs. Expect a cover charge ($15 to $20 on weekends with a two-drink minimum), and some of tomorrow’s big…
Comedy in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Acme Comedy Theatre

Not the most famous sketch-comedy theater, but big names such as Adam Corolla, Joel McHale and Russell Brand have appeared on stage.
Comedy in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline


Catch up-and-coming stand-up comedians doing their funny shtick at the intimate cabaret theater inside Harvey’s old-school casino.