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Giggle and hum at Largo, an intimate L.A. space where music and comedy thrive

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Largo, 2016. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Largo, 2016. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Why: Largo (formally, Largo at the Coronet) is a rare venue where music and comedy rub elbows, where performers take chances, where big names turn up on stage and in the crowd, where audiences really concentrate. So don't show up late; once the show starts (usually 8:30 p.m.), the doors close and that's that.

What: Largo began in 1989 as Cafe Largo on Fairfax Avenue. Over time it changed owners, shortened its name and changed addresses (in 2008), but held its reputation. The main performance space is the 280-seat Coronet Theater, but just off the entry courtyard you'll find the 65-seat Little Room (Guinness on tap).

 (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Recent performers include Jon Brion, the Watkins Family Hour, Grant Lee Phillips, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, Harry Shearer and Judith Owen. On Sept, 19, I caught Sammy Miller and the Congregation, a young, six-man lineup that specializes in joyful jazz with lots of laughs and theatricality.

Where: 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., 8.5 miles west of downtown L.A.

How much: Most shows are $30-$40 plus a $2.50 service charge. Parking is $10 in the building next door. A Guinness in the Little Room is $8.

Info: Largo

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