Location Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood CA 90046 Contact (323)
651-2583 Extra Info Monday - 8:30pm; Tuesday-Thursday
Sunday – 8pm; Friday-Saturday - 8:30 &
10:30pm. The bar/restaurant opens at 6 p.m.
Pricing: $10-$15 Map and Direction Click
Stand-up comedy's first brick wall now
houses a pizza oven on New York's West Side, so the fabricated one
at this Melrose location will have to serve as the cornerstone for
the chain most responsible for that and other '80s stand-up cliches.
And yes, occasionally the club will feature a few of those blazer-
and sneaker-clad holdovers attempting to breathe new life into their
old routines. Use their sets as an opportunity to explore the always-hopping
bar and lobby where crowds of suits pat prospects on the back and
promise things they can't deliver. Everyone without a souvenir glass
is in the business, making this the best place in town to have your
sitcom idea stolen.
That man with the monocle telling you to stay out of the aisle is
owner Budd Friedman, who wisely turned over the helm to managers
from his more successful locations. The lineups are now diverse
and interesting, and most are pros that you can catch on television--if
you look hard enough.