Stand Up or Storytelling? Here’s your guide to Eastside comedy

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From alt-comedy to traditional stand-up, there is something for everyone in search of a night of comedy and humor on the Eastside. The guide below will help you figure out what to expect.

Chisme Y Queso
Multiple Sundays through June | Boyle Heights

Center Theatre Group hosts a night of sketch comedy and improv inspired by anonymous chismes the audience shares on coasters —  only the chismosos to be outed and win a wheel of cheese and wine if their chisme is voted as funniest. The 6-part series will run through June at Eastside Luv on 1st Street.

Family Reunion: A Monthly Storytelling Show
Third Thursdays | Silver Lake

The people behind the Comedy Comedy Festival have organized this monthly storytelling show based on a theme.  Disoriented Comedy  co-hosts the show along with Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Mishthi Music, KAYA Press, and Kollaboration at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe.

Friendship Buddies Comedy Show
Sunday nights | Glassell Park

T.V. writer and comedian Luke Giordano hosts the weekly open mic on the back patio of the Verdugo Bar on Verdugo Road.

Monthly | Highland Park

The self-proclaimed, unapologetically feminist comedians of Thigh Gap Comedy host the monthly stand-up showcase that features a diverse roster of comedians at Avenue 50 Studio.

Hi! Highland Park
Thursday nights | Highland Park

A weekly stand-up comedy show at the Collective Arts Incubator off of York Boulevard.

Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristen
Monday nights | East Hollywood

Comedian Kurt Braunohler and comedian and actress Kristen Schaal host the weekly variety show featuring comedians, music artists and the “occasional oddity” at the Virgil on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Pointless Comedy
2nd & 4th Sundays | Los Feliz

Features comics who appear on late-night shows, perform at colleges and tour the country, as well as some of the best improv teams showcasing at top theaters like Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City.

Sleeping With Comedy
Multiple nights | El Sereno

Sleeping With Comedy hosts a number of shows — including SINprov: Improve Sketch Stand Up and the Sleeping with Mark and Albert Comedy Show — at Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea on Alhambra Avenue.

The Business
Monday nights | Echo Park

This weekly stand-up show became a hit in San Francisco before moving south to Los Angeles in 2014 to take up residence at Little Joy Cocktail Lounge every Monday night. Admission is free.

The Internet Read Aloud
1st Friday of the month | Los Feliz

A comedy/variety show where all the acts involve found material from the Internet. 1st Friday of the month at 8 pm at The Clubhouse in Los Feliz.

The Open Mic Ordinaire
Thursday nights | Atwater Village

Local comics, Keven Scotti and Robert Adam, host the weekly open mic in the basement of Oeno Wine Shop on Glendale Boulevard. The online open mic list fills up fast!

Very Forward
Monthly | Silver Lake

Comedians Claire Downs and Teresa Lee host the sex positive and female friendly stand-up comedy show that features progressive comedians from all over the country at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe.

Compiled by Lucy Guanuna

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