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(credit: Credit: Janel G./Yelp)

If you need a good laugh and want to lighten the mood, these are the places that will put a smile on your face in Orange County. With famous comedians and local talent, you can leave your cares at the door and unwind.

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(credit: Gabe P./Yelp)

Improv Comedy Club Of Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Center
527 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-5455

Hosting shows about every night of the week, Improv Comedy Club of Irvine is a popular Orange County destination for live comedy. The venue has shows with famous performers such as Rob Schneider, Heather McDonald, Jay Mohr and Adam Carolla. See who’s taking the stage next here. If the list of esteemed comedians isn’t enough to entice you to check out the club, then perhaps the gourmet food served at the venue by Umami Burger will change your mind. Known for juicy, flavorful burgers and crispy fries paired with homemade dipping sauces, Umami Burger is a party in your mouth.
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The Coach House
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 496-8930

The Coach House is where to go for live comedy and music in Orange County. In addition to a lineup of accomplished comedians, the venue welcomes a variety of musical artists in the genres of blues, jazz, rock, country, hip-hop, pop and funk. The intimate club provides a chill atmosphere for entertainment and good times. A food menu with starters, entrees and desserts is available, and cocktails are also served to keep the party going. Explore the event calendar for upcoming shows here.

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Brea Improv
120 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 482-0700

Brea Improv hosts live comedy several nights each week. Bringing to the stage popular acts such as Iliza Shlesinger, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings and Arsenio Hall, there’s bound to be celebrity you want to see perform live. Check out the calendar of upcoming headliners on the website. Additionally, Brea Improv provides “priority seating” if you want to dine at the venue before the show. Take a look at more of the details here.

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3415 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(855) 624-6776

If you’re looking to get your laugh on, then a visit to ImprovCity in Irvine is in store for you. This Irvine establishment offers comedy shows many times during the month for you to experience. With shows that are 90 minutes long, they feature professional and improvisational comedians performing a wide variety of acts, including games, scenes and songs. And, since the entire show is improvised, no two shows are ever the same!

Paul Rodriguez attends appears at Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, California

Paul Rodriguez attends appears at Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, Calif. (photo credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Laugh Factory Long Beach
151 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 495-2844

With its first location opening in Hollywood more than 20 years ago, the Laugh Factory has become a famous spot to see live comedy. The numerous comedians featured on the roster speak for itself. Take a look at the impressive talent such as Adam Carolla, Fortune Feimster, Adam DeVine and Lance Bass on the website to find a comedian that fits your sense of humor.

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