Location Comedy Store
8433 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069-1909 Contact (323)
656-6225 Extra Info Hours: Open
daily - 8pm-2am
Pricing: $5-$20 (plus a two-drink minimum). Map and Direction Click
Founded in 1972, the Comedy Store was the
original comedy stop in L.A. Jim Carrey got his start here. So did
Michael Keaton. David Letterman was the emcee here for three years,
after starting out on Amateur Night. Richard Pryor staged his '72
"comeback" on this stage, and recorded three live albums
at the Comedy Store.
The Comedy Store is known not only for quality stand-up acts but
for being located on the grounds of the legendary Ciros nightclub,
where alleged mob "hits" took place in the back rooms.
So don't be surprised to hear ghostly reminders. On any given night,
visitors are also treated to ghosts of comedy's past such as Paul
Mooney and Andrew "Dice" Clay. Even Mitzi Shore gets on
stage from time to time--the colorful owner who once told Garry
Shandling he'd never make it on stage, and still insists that David
Letterman could have used more time as her emcee.
Long gone are the times when all three stages were jumping seven
nights a week. These days, the smaller Belly Room is rarely used
and the more expensive Main Room features pretty much the same shows
as the Original Room. Shore's picks tend to be a little offbeat,
which is not always a good thing, but the line-ups are large and
varied enough that you're bound to enjoy a few.