Downtown Los Angeles may be exploding with bars, restaurants and art happenings, but it hasn't typically been a hub for live comedy -- until recently. A vibrant, tight-knit, upstart comedy scene -- largely catering to emerging comics but also featuring big names from the alt-comedy world -- is not-so-quietly kicking up dust in downtown's Old Bank District and just beyond. With established, pre-booked sketch and stand-up shows, looser, rollicking open-mike nights and one literally underground show in a loft basement, there are plenty of places to head for laughs. Here's a guide.
1 Swanky Comedy Swanky Comedy
What: Stand-up comedy showcase featuring a mix of emerging and well-known comics
When: First and third Fridays of the month
Where: First & Hope Downtown Supper Club, 710 W. 1st St.
Price: $10 for show and one hors d'oeuvre
Info: (213) 617-8555; www.firstandhope.com
Next show: Friday, 10 p.m.
2 Big Trouble Big Trouble in Little Tokyo
What: Stand-up comedy open-mike night
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Senor Fish, 422 E. 1st St.
Info: (213) 625-0566; www.senorfish.net
Next show: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
3 Holy ... Holy ...
What: Stand-up comedy showcase that draws both up-and-comers and big names from the alt-comedy world
When: First and third Tuesdays of the month
Where: Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St.
Info: (213) 617-1033; holyfreecomedy.com
Next show: Tuesday, 9 p.m.
4 If This Doesn't Work If This Doesn't Work I'm Moving Home
What: Variety comedy show
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Harlem Place Cafe, 124 W. 4th St.
Info: (213) 617-7006; www.harlemplacecafe.com
Next show: Wednesday, 8 p.m.
5 Downtown Downtown Comedy Club
What: Stand-up comedy show, with occasional improv, hosted by Garrett Morris
When: Every Friday and Saturday
Where: 114 W. 5th St.
Info: (213) 841-3940; www.downtowncomedyclub.com
Next show: Friday, 8 p.m.
6 Hamclown Hamclown
What: Stand-up comedy show with sketch elements featuring both established and emerging comedians
When: Fourth Thursday of every month
Where: Alexandria Hotel's the Mezz bar, 501 S. Spring St.
Info: (213) 626-7484; facebook.com/hamclown
Next show: April 28, 8:30 p.m.
7 Comedy Brewery Comedy Brewery
What: Roving stand-up comedy show featuring both new and well-known comics
When: Second Thursday of the month, to kick off Downtown Art Walk
Where: 215 W. 6th St. (Location may change, so email for info each month.)
Price: $5 (suggested donation)
Next show: April 14, 8 p.m.
8 Trophallaxis Trophallaxis
What: Comedy and performance art open-mike night
When: Second Thursday of the month, during art walk
Where: The Hive Gallery and Studios, 729 S. Spring St.
Next show: April 14, 8:00 p.m.