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“Comedic Gold: The Groundlings excel at sketch and improvisational comedy. Five stars!”

The Groundlings Theatre
Ranked #5 of 342 Nightlife in Los Angeles
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 May 2017

If you enjoy comedy, The Groundlings are well worth a visit. The show we attended consisted of approximately 10 skits, with roughly 10 actors participating in a few skits each, with a 10 minute intermission somewhere in the middle. The show is intelligent, clever, and just plain funny. It's socially relevant as it shines a light on how absurd some of society has become. It's adult humor that made me belly laugh. Seven of us attended the early show on a Saturday night. Show started at 8:00pm and we were out a little before 10:00pm. The Groundlings probably hate this comparison, but this is the same type of sketch comedy as you would see on Saturday Night Live. I will definitely visit again. The theater is located on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and I did not see a lot of off street parking. We used Uber to get to the theater. I would not take someone under 18 years of age to the show.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

In L.A.? Go to Groundlings. No matter what night of the week and who's on stage you will laugh. A lot. And you may even see someone "famous" up there. Intimate theatre means you're up close to the performers. Been here heaps of time and always had fun.

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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 for a work event and a buddy of mine who lives there got us tickets for the 10pm 'Wolfgang Amadeus Groundling" show on a Saturday night. One accidental highlight was getting to meet Bob Odenkirk in the lobby at random! He'd attended the previous showing and was lingering to chat with the cast.

The cast members are golden. These people are aces at sketch comedy. I laughed the entire show. In between sketches they had some improv exercises, taking suggestions from the audience. Improv is not for the chicken-hearted. It requires a quick wit, childlike imagination and a sense of teamwork. It's fascinating and inspiring to witness.

The sketches were all sensational. I cannot pick a favorite. These people have serious talent, timing and all around skills to command the stage and our attention. Great singing--even some dancing (in the hilariously saucy "Starving", at the finale). Also, I loved the house band, a three piece combo. Man, they jammed. They played great bold interludes in between sketches that really added an amazing energy to the show.

The Groundlings was a joy and left me buzzing long afterwards.

If you're in Los Angeles, make time to see The Groundlings. Who knows?-- you may see the next box office star on the stage!

Thank GhiaGirl
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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!

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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.

Note: first come first seated. Small theater is intimate and up close!!

Thank Deana S
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