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“Lots of laughter and history in one place”

The Groundlings Theatre
Ranked #4 of 341 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 19 August 2017

My wife and I went to the Garbage Pail Groundlings show here last weekend. Non-stop laughter. Every time a sketch ended, we couldn't wait to see what was next. Excellent value.

If you're an SNL fan, you gotta come see where these people get their start at the Groundlings. It was extra special for me knowing this is where Phil Hartman, one of my favs, spent the early part of his performing career. They even named the theater in his honor.

Thank Doug D
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent show! This was our first time, but we thoroughly enjoyed the show. The cast and crew put on 20 different skits in rapid form succession. The improv session was nothing short of masterful! Groundlings is in a small, intimate theater, but the performers were world-class!! If you are in LA and want a fun night, check out the Groundlings! I also think the band was solid and added to the enjoyment!! Each. Igor has a different show so I can't wait to come back and go on a different night!

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

What a fun night out! Went to Seven Deadly Sundays show with teen son. We both laughed out loud! Tix were available on Gold Star and Groupon at a discount but were sold out by the time we decided to go (about 3pm). Bought tix easily online. Found parking on side street off of Melrose. It is general seating and they open the door about 5 minutes before it begins. Comfortable seating where you can see all action easily. Watched 15-20 skits about a few minutes each. Great topics from yoga class to cooking for one (still laughing at that one!). Especially loved the improv skit. Fabulous actors! No intermission. Moved quickly and wanted more!

1  Thank Donna D
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We're lucky enough to get tickets through our friends for an improv night show. Hilarious and a lot of fun. Very talented group. Unique LA experience

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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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