Free comedy is just like anything else – ‘You get what you pay for’. The LA comedy scene has tons of talented stand up comedians who are constantly looking for an audience to perform in front of. While there are plenty of funny video clips of stand up comedy online, nothing beats watching funny shows in person.
When searching for free stand up comedy in Los Angeles you’ll have the best results if you stay away from the traditional comedy clubs. Locating free stand up comedy at the major clubs like the Improv, the Laugh Factory or the Comedy Store isn’t easy. Stand up comedians frequently perform comedy shows in LA at bars, restaurants, theaters, backyards and other unlikely venues. Casey’s Bar & Grill, Westwood Brewing Company, Independent Theater, Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill and 3 Clubs are all places where you’ll find Los Angeles comedians performing free comedy on a weekly basis. These locations feature free stand up comedy and no drink minimums which add up to an affordable night out. In these non-traditional locations you’ll find intimate environments where the comedians interact with the audience more.
There is no shortage of Los Angeles comedians and finding ones that make you laugh is the key to your free comedy experience. Kyle Kinane is a well known stand up comedian who is well respected in the LA comedy scene and delivers funny shows on a regular basis. Kyle has opened up for Patton Oswalt across the USA and he recently introduced a comedy cd out ‘Death of the party’. You can find him at one of the many free comedy shows in LA. Kyle Kinane is one of the top names when it comes to Los Angeles comedy. Johnny Pemberton, another rising celebrity in the LA comedy scene, is definitely someone you should see when he’s not hosting his show MEGADRIVE on MTV. Johnny Pemberton is one of the Los Angeles comedians doing free stand up comedy on a regular basis. Even established, successful stand up comedians like David Koechner, can found performing free comedy shows in LA. David Koechner often appears in Will Ferrell films and is best known for his role as Champ Kind in Anchorman. Part of watching comedy in Los Angeles includes having an opportunity to watch David Koechner perform new characters at one of the many free stand up comedy shows in LA.
Not all free comedy shows in LA are worth seeing. Avoid open mics, unless you know that one of your favorite stand up comedians is performing. Open mics are an example of free stand up comedy that can be disappointing because of some of the less experienced stand up comedians use them to work on new material. Tuesday night is a great opportunity to find free stand up comedy at the Westwood Brewing Company. The show features some of the funniest comedians in Los Angeles. The Independent Theater downtown also has a Tuesday night show with some nationally known stand up comedians performing free stand up comedy in the unique setting of a movie theater. While Monday night is known for football, in the LA comedy scene it is also the same night where you can see the popular free comedy show ‘Tiger Lilly’ at the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill. A show that has great free comedy, combined with a personal fun environment is ‘The Comedy Garage’. Stand up comedians living together as roommates starting hosting a monthly free comedy show in their garage in Burbank. Half house party, half comedy club, ‘The Comedy Garage’ is a great place to see free stand up comedy and meet some of the best comedians Los Angeles has to offer.
Whether it is garage, movie theater or bar & grill, there are tons of places where you can see free comedy in LA. Free comedy have frequent changes to their dates and times, so be sure to confirm with the location that the comedy show is still on for the night before heading that way.