Cheap laughs: How to spend lower than $20 watching L.A. comedy


That’s the baseline ticket value to go to most reveals at Largo on the Coronet, certainly one of L.A. comedy’s crown jewels. That covers the precise ticket value of $35 plus $11 of these eternally pesky “service fees.” Whereas the duvet cost on the Comedy Retailer or the Hollywood Improv is decrease, usually round $20 to $25, there’s nonetheless a two-item or two-drink minimal at practically each comedy membership that may at all times kick your finances for the night again up north of $40 per particular person.

The prospect of watching dwell comedy has subsequently change into extra wishful considering than an accessible actuality to many Angelenos because of the virtually surreal value of gasoline plus the elevated value of dwelling as a consequence of supply-chain points from each COVID-19 and the warfare in Ukraine. However, the L.A. comedy scene, like the town itself, is huge and has so many interconnecting factors that, if you already know the place to look, you possibly can have the right hacks that may can help you watch most of the greatest and soon-to-be-best comedians on this planet free of charge (or fairly rattling near it).

Personally sourced from greater than a decade of going out to dwell comedy each night time, the next is a information to what one would possibly suppose is not possible: watching nice, dwell comedy Monday by means of Sunday all for lower than $20 whole all through the Larger L.A. space.

Go to a work-in-progress rehearsal
In anticipation of a solo present, performers typically do “work-in-progress” reveals which are usually free or low cost it doesn’t matter what theater they’re at. Additionally, you get to be a particular a part of what the present in the end finally ends up changing into.

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Cease driving all over the place
Gasoline continues to be costly regardless of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “efforts.” Uber and Lyft are consequently costlier. Thus, contemplate these transportation ideas when hopping round from present to point out:

  • Metro Rail (there are stops which are a hop, skip and a leap from the Crow, Dynasty Typewriter, the Yard Theater and Westside Comedy Theater).
  • As really helpful in a brand new bit by Adam Conover of “Adam Ruins Everything,” take the bus.
  • Take a Lime or Chicken scooter and possibly spend 20 to half-hour or much less hopping between comedy venues.
  • Journey a motorcycle, whether or not an e-bike (even quicker than a scooter) or one depending on old school pedal energy. Google Maps has an excellent bike map perform to point out a variety of bike lanes that you simply in all probability take with no consideration out of your automobile.
  • The yellow and inexperienced loading zones are free to park in after 6 p.m. until in any other case famous.

The facility of the standby line
Most reveals that promote out have a standby line. Name or e mail the venue to verify, however typically you possibly can join a sold-out present and infrequently get in.

Go to free dwell TV tapings
Virtually each dwell TV taping is free in L.A., together with “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” Verify for tickets. Every now and then, could have tickets for dwell particular tapings in L.A. as properly.

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Go to open mics
You possibly can virtually at all times watch up-and-coming and veteran comedians alike dare themselves with new materials at open mics free of charge. You possibly can verify for up to date L.A. open mics listings.

Attempt taking part in the comedian card on the door
In the event you’re a comic, you possibly can strive mentioning you’re a comic book on the door and also you would possibly get to look at the present freed from cost.

Volunteer at a membership you want
Some venues, just like the Elysian, tackle volunteers, which does can help you watch their reveals free of charge (whenever you’re not checking folks in or seating them).

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Maintain a watch out for ticket giveaways
Comply with all of the social media of each comedy venue and your favourite comedians for potential ticket giveaways and off-the-beaten-path free/low cost reveals. Additionally be a part of mailing lists for a similar motive.

Is there a two-item minimal?
If a present is at a membership that’s free or $5, you should definitely verify whether or not they nonetheless implement two-item or two-drink minimal.

Nonetheless help these venues — don’t be too low cost!
Please contemplate giving cash, when you can spare it, to any of those reveals that go the hat or have a QR code for Venmo that both covers the price of the present or instantly goes to the performers.

To wrap issues up, right here’s a listing of 15 low cost or free reveals taking place in L.A. each week


“Loose,” Little Pleasure, stand-up, free, 8 p.m. (Echo Park): The primary cease of the week at a number of Echo Park comedy havens. @loosecomedyla on Instagram.

“Holy S— Improv,” Silverlake Lounge, improv, free, 8 p.m. (Silverlake) $5 (Free livestream on Twitch): In the event you surprise the place all the good improv at Upright Residents Brigade went, it’s largely right here each Monday. Search for it on IG and Twitter.


“Drunk on Stage,” Akbar, stand-up, free, 8 p.m. (Los Feliz): Bruce Daniels’ stand-up showcase has weathered extra than simply COVID-19 and continues to be going sturdy after a number of years. Comply with @brucedaniels on Twitter.

“Loud Village Comedy Night,” Greatest Fish Taco in Ensenada, stand-up on first and third Tuesdays, free, 8 p.m.-ish (Los Feliz): Yow will discover out why the venue lives as much as its identify on prime of seeing lots of L.A.’s favourite stand-ups. Get there early if you wish to sit, in any other case you’ll be on the sidewalk, peering by means of a fence. @loudvillage on IG.

“Blam! Blam! Blam!” R Bar, selection, free, 9 p.m. month-to-month (Koreatown): If there ever was a comic book’s comedian showcase, that is it.

“Bear City,” Que Sera, stand-up, free, 8 p.m.: Lengthy Seaside’s premier indie stand-up showcase. @bearcitycomedy on IG.

“Totally!” Bar Lubitsch, stand-up, $5, 8:30 p.m. (West Hollywood): 5 {dollars} is the early-bird value that ends on the Mondays earlier than the present. Lubitsch’s red-drenched backroom is a near-perfect setup for stand-up comedy. @totallycomedyshow on IG.

“The Breaux Show,” The Good friend, stand-up, free 8 p.m. (Wednesdays, typically) (Silver Lake): The bar and lineup are so hip, you’ll surprise the way you didn’t pay a canopy. @cecilybreaux on IG.


“Peacock,” Membership Tee Gee, stand-up, free, 8 p.m. (Atwater Village): A tightly curated lineup of comedians from Los Angeles and elsewhere in certainly one of L.A. comedy’s prettiest rooms. @peacockshowla on Twitter and IG.

“The Comedy Patio,” Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market, stand-up, free, 7 p.m. (Thursdays, typically) (downtown): Born out of the need to do outside reveals throughout shutdown, the Comedy Patio endures as certainly one of DTLA’s few recurring free reveals. @thecomedypatio on IG.


“Cult Comedy,” Cafe Tropical, stand-up, $5, 9 p.m., (Silver Lake): Get tickets early as area could be very restricted within the backroom of this mainstay Cuban bakery. @cultcomedyshow on IG and Twitter.


“Good Heroin,” Tales, stand-up, free, 8 p.m. (Echo Park): Most likely the most effective weekly, free comedy present in all of L.A. @goodheroinshow on IG and Twitter.

“The Frogtown Show,” Spoke Bicycle Cafe, stand-up, $5, 7:30 p.m. month-to-month (Frogtown) : In the event you wanted a motive to see the great a part of the L.A. River and/or dwell for comedy, that is for you. @thefrogtownshowla on IG.


“Big League Comedy,” Bigfoot Lodge East, stand-up, free, 8 p.m. month-to-month (Atwater Village): The kitsch of Bigfoot Lodge units a reasonably nice vibe for this new showcase from current L.A. transplants that has a lot of different nice transplant comedians. Comply with @ashley_brooke_roberts on IG for updates.

“Permanent Vacation,” Everlasting Data Roadhouse, stand-up, free, 8 p.m., month-to-month (Cypress Park): Sammy Mowrey, Bailey Norton, and Tyler Jackson collect for a enjoyable, loving, inclusive comedy showcase within the again patio of certainly one of L.A.’s coolest file retailer/dive bar/underground venues. @permanentvacaycomedy on IG.