Located on Sunset Blvd and straddling the Hollywood/West Hollywood Blvd where the Sunset Strip begins is the iconic Laugh Factory. With a history that spans over 30 years, the Laugh Factory has hosted almost every major comedian and has been the source of countless new talent discoveries. Open to the public, the Laugh Factory has been a consistent source of entertainment for both the locals of Los Angeles and visitors alike. If you are looking for a true LA experience, book an evening at the Laugh Factory, there is a good chance you’ll be entertained by a famous comedian. However all things considered seeing the prestige and legendary name of the venue, anyone who takes the stage will make you laugh.
Attending the Laugh Factory is fairly easy and straight up process. You can buy tickets online (tickets prices range from $17-$40) and can be bought online. The roster offers a combination of both known names (Kevin Nealon and Bob Saget ) and comedians you may not be so familiar. One of the best things about going to the Laugh Factory is that you never know what famous person may randomly show up to perform. Jay Leno has been known to hide out in the audience only to make an impromptu appearance on stage to “test” the crowd on his latest jokes. Back in the day Rodney Dangerfield would also make random unannounced visits.
Although the Laugh Factory markets itself as a comedy club as is located along the Sunset Strip with other bars, restaurants and night clubs, the venue itself is run more like a movie theatre. Shows start at one or two hour intervals where you enter the club, find a seat, order your two drink minimum, lights go down, a set of 2 to 4 comedians take the stage and then when its over they promptly have you exit as they prepare for the next show. So in short-don’t plan to make a long evening out of it. However it’s a great starting off point for a night on the strip or a place to head over to after some cocktails at The Standard or Saddle Ranch.
History of Laugh Factory
The history of the Laugh Factory dates back to 1979. The building the Laugh Factory is housed was originally owned by Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor was the first comedian to perform at the Laugh Factory and the roster of comedians who have performed at the club are the who who’s of comedians. Some notable alumni include Jaimie Foxx, Robin Williams, Jim Carey, Chris Tucker, Adam Sandler, Roseanne Barr, Will Ferrell, Tim Allen and Brad Garrett (to name a few).
In addition to the admission price customers are required to order a minimum of two drinks (although they can be non-alcoholic) . Minimum age for admission is 18 so those traveling to Los Angeles with families may not find this to be ideal. There is valet parking, those staying on the Sunset Strip can walk to the Laugh Factory, those coming from Hollywood and Highland area may have to take two different buses. Those on the beach will definitely need a car (or else it’s a 90 minute minimum bus ride with a transfer).