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The Groundlings Theatre

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Address: 7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7512
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+1 323-934-4747
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 15:00 - 19:30
Mon - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat 15:00 - 22:00

Melrose Avenue's Groundlings have been practicing their high-octane brand...

Melrose Avenue's Groundlings have been practicing their high-octane brand of anything-goes improvisation for nearly three decades. Audiences know the group for their wacky sketch comedy and lightning audience participation rounds, but for aspiring comedians and writers it's the Groundlings School that's the real draw. With courses in beginning and advanced improv, sketch and monologue comedy, the school has trained several generations of young wits. Its alumni includes a laundry list of "SNL"-ers (Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney, Will Ferrell, Laraine Newman), Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson and Emmy-winning "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow. The theatre was also the home of Paul Reubens' early, raunchier version of "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." With pristine standards and a pool of hundreds of talented newcomers to draw from, the troupe offers some of the quickest, cleverest improv in town, cozily presented in their own 100-seat theater.

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Hilarious, Smart, Silly-- a Classic LA Comedy Experience

Seeing a show at The Groundlings makes you part of a great history of comedy tradition. This place has long been a farm team for "Saturday Night Live", TV and movies (much like... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
Clarkdale, Arizona
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Clarkdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Seeing a show at The Groundlings makes you part of a great history of comedy tradition. This place has long been a farm team for "Saturday Night Live", TV and movies (much like its counterpart in Chicago, The Second City) and its roster of famous alumni over the past 40 years will blow your socks off. I was visiting LA... More 

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Really nice to have done this as only the locals would do. Loved their sketches especially the one on Melanie Trump. Talented up and coming comedians and improv masters who might end up in SNL. Buy your tickets online. $20 is so worth the intimate stage experience!

Thank shaofalcis
Torrance, California
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

I attended the groundlings in the early 90s and a client recommended that we go again. We had a blast. The skits were funny and the actors were hilarious. They had a live 3 piece band that was very god and they played between sketches. This is a cheap night out full of laughs. Highly recommended. ENJOY!!! Note: first come... More 

Thank Deana S
New City, New York
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Took my husband and three kids (16, 19, 22) to see the Crazy Uncle Joe Show. We were all hysterically laughing the entire time. The performers were brilliant. The kids recognized a few from television shows that they watch. The cast isn't always the same each week, but we had a very solid group. It's amazing to see how quickly... More 

Thank Shari M
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We had the most wonderful evening real entertainment well worth going. We will go again. It's a small venue and seating is first come first served but one should book in advance. We laughed the whole time. Brilliant well done guys.

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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

This was so bad we left at intermission. I expect improv to be a little hit or miss but every skit was a miss. I hate to post a negative review ever but it was just not funny. The theater is nice and the musicians playing between sets were good.

Thank Heather S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

As an improviser, i love all kinds of improv. Yes, I even love bad improv but I prefer to love good improv. When I have the opportunity, I like to treat myself to VERY GOOD improv and the show we saw at the Groundlings Theatre certainly qualifies as "very good improv." We caught "Cooking With Gas," their "short form" show... More 

Thank dknight818
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Such a great experience coming to the Groundlings Theatre on Melrose Avenue with its interesting shops. The theatre is casual and the tickets are way cheap. That being said, it is a fun time and well worth it! They were so funny the entire time I find it unbelievable how they think up new material constantly. Definitely worth doing.

Thank Mary Jane D
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Went to the late 10pm show and laughed from start to finish. Great improv, quick on their feet, and funny as hell. Really enjoyed the show.

Thank irishgirl8253
san francisco
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Wonderful evening watching the cast of the Groundlings. Each skit was funny and they even did a little bit of improv. Many members of Saturday Night Live got there start here. Our 19 year old son was brought on stage to participate in a skit. It was a lot of fun. Seating is not assigned, so get in line early.

Thank SanFranciscoMom

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