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Everybody deserves a good belly laugh without the hassle or cost of driving to Hollywood. The all-new Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank solves your laughter and dining needs with a unique menu and a spectacular setting where people can witness top-rated comics pushing the envelope for hard-earned chuckles.

The night my friends and I went, the featured comic was the star of TV and film, Tom Green. Since Green is in the middle of his World Comedy Tour, he was able to weave in humorous stories about his travels while also poking fun at his current career path of hosting an online talk show.

The best part of a Tom Green stand-up routine is his ability to keep things topical and fresh. He’s one of only two men on the planet who could make fun of Anderson Cooper getting punched by Egyptian protesters without having paying customers stone him onstage. With rapid-fire precision, Green kept the mostly Canadian-loving audience rolling in their seats for close to an hour and a half without missing a beat or insult.

I’ve seen hundreds of comedy shows, and Green treated the 225-plus people at my show with the same respect you’d get from an arena performance but for the cost of a club date. The owner told me Green would return to Flappers for shows in April. If you’re a fan of intellectual and offbeat comedy, buy your tickets early.

It’s impossible to laugh on an empty stomach, so my crew dined on multiple items including grilled shrimp cocktail, mini-burgers and fries. My favorite was the grilled shrimp cocktail with Cajun seasoning. I haven’t had anything this tasty since my days working in Louisiana.

Our group also dined on their famous wood-fired pizzas. Flappers has nine specialty pies, and those were the most popular item in the house. People on my row were actual comedy fans and not just out-of-work comics. Therefore, we shared different types of pizza, and I met some very cool people. The five-cheese pepperoni was by far our favorite and cost only 10 bucks.

I’m sure most of you have driven by Flappers a thousand times on your way downtown and probably didn’t notice the location. Unlike a trip over the hill, parking is a breeze if you leave your car in the Sears or Ashley Furniture lot. By doing this, you can avoid the Ross or AMC Theater crowds and have a stress-free return trip home.

Matt Bellner is an actor and writer from Burbank.

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What: Flappers Comedy Club

Where: 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

When: Bar and patio open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; headliner shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday; Happy Hour and Open Mic Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday

Food costs: Appetizers: $5 to $11, Meals $10 to $22; full bar

Contact: (818) 845-9721 or visit www.FlappersComedy.com

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