If laughter is the best medicine, then comedians are unaware doctors and comedy clubs the finest hospitals. There is nothing like reacting to a clever observation or a witty remark to take away the tensions of the day and alleviate the stress of serious life. In Los Angeles, plenty of locations are dedicated to amuse you, where experienced as well as up-and-coming story tellers are eager to entertain you. Below are a few of the options around town where you can get the best of the cures in the world – a bit of laughter.
San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd.
Highland, CA 92346
Feb. 28, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The San Manuel Casino has often added renowned comedians to its special event schedule. This Thursday, the very funny Dennis Miller, with whom you may be acquainted for his participation in Saturday Night Live” or for his own “Dennis Miller Live” radio show, will certainly fill up the hall with people attracted by his sarcastic remarks and witty rants. This show is for a 21 and over crowd.
24 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Feb. 27, doors open at 7 p.m.
Dedicated to comedy, The Ice House can put you to laugh any Wednesday through Sunday evening. On Wednesdays, Rudy Moreno leads the Latino Comedy Showcase at 8:00 p.m.; an event that highlights the idiosyncrasies-turned-funny of the Latino community. Thursday evenings are inexpensive with a $7 show that features seven stand-up comics doing their best to make you laugh. The Ice House also schedules special events with famous comedians, like Jim Belushi, who people recognize from the television show According to Jim. Belushi will perform two shows with his Chicago Board of Comedy on March 30.
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Rob Marrocco Jr.
6366 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Feb. 27, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
You may know this location by its former name – “Improv Olympic West.” Now known as the IO West, this is an important location for comedy enthusiasts because it is not only a theater with nightly comedy shows, but also a location where those who have the knack for comedy can get professional training. Rob Marrocco Jr., one of the many talented comedians that performs at the venue, proves to be a witty and well-rounded comic. With various surprises during his show, it’s no wonder why people keep going to see his performances. While only 21 and over can attend the shows on the main stage, people of all ages are welcomed into the shows in another two halls known as the Del Close Theater and The Loft Theater. Beer and bourbon lovers will likewise be taken by the options offered at IO West’s bar.
David Dean Bottrell
Acme Comedy Theater
135 N La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Feb. 27, doors open at 7 p.m.
No stranger to the stage, Bottrell delivers a hilarious and insightful show about how one man must face all the horrors (though often times funny) bouts of employment, from one job to the other. His new show “David Dean Bottrell is Working” encompasses all those things that we try to not remember when it comes to past jobs that we didn’t necessarily enjoy. His earlier shows have gotten him quite a bit of attention, and his efforts have gotten him smaller roles on television shows like “Criminial Minds” and “Castle”. Attendees can catch his show on February 27 and enjoy a night out on the town.
The Bare Bones Show
The Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Third Thursday of each month at 10 p.m.
Every third Thursday of the month, the Laugh Factory in Hollywood presents The Bare Bones Show, a revue of comics, musicians, magicians, storytellers and more. Check the website above for the list of artists participating. As usual, Joe Sib, who you may know as the voice in the 98.7 FM radio show “Complete Control,” will host the show.
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Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.