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   Comedy Underground
   320 Wilshire Blvd
   Santa Monica, CA 90401-1315
   (310) 451-1800
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   Pricing: Free-$10
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From its alleyway entrance between Third and Fourth streets to the lone bathroom (on another floor), a low-budget ethos reigns supreme. The "Underground" in the moniker refers to the club's basement-level space, which is modest at best, not to mention the bare-bones stage. Throw in mostly empty walls and stark metal ceiling beams, and the atmosphere feels more like a creative lair than a comedy club.

While the surroundings are humble, the shows have bragging rights. The diverse bills, including standup, sketch and improv, deliver the goods. The Underground attracts even established talent who are used to performing in bigger venues. With Comedy Store/Improv regulars like Craig Coleman, Peter Spruyt and Mike Black in the house, "I know that guy" reactions are common. And low overhead translates to low cost--there's no drink minimum and covers are cheap, with $10 on the high side.

Arrive early to snag a seat in the front row of couches. Unlike most comedy clubs, you won't be subject to more teasing from comics. Bring Quarters - The concession stand consists of one vending machine with soda and bottled water. But bring the exact 75-cents--there's no change machine. No Alcohol - In no way does it endorse alcohol consumption, but the Underground doesn't exactly crack down on smuggled liquor
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