List of indie improv shows in Los Angeles

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This is a list of shows in Los Angeles that accept submissions from indie improv teams in Los Angeles. Typically they offer between 15-20 minutes of stage time. Most shows are free and ask only for a donation to help them pay rent on the room, usually in exchange for free beer. The list is arranged by venue.

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The Clubhouse

The following shows are at The Clubhouse, an indie improv and comedy venue founded and run by Rebecca Drysdale, with help from Suzi Barrett and Jesse Glasgow. It features a theater upstairs, with a lounge and a classroom space downstairs. It's quickly established itself as one of the main indie improv hubs in L.A. In addition to shows, several independently-run comedy workshops and classes call the Clubhouse home, including Boot Camp, Tara Copeland's musical improv class, Sketch Guild, Sergio Cilli's video sketch comedy class, and of course Drysdale's own improv classes. In 2013, LAist.com named The Clubhouse one of the nine best comedy clubs in Los Angeles. It's located in Hollywood at 1107-A N El Centro Ave.

Website: http://theclubhouseimprov.com/

The Clubhouse
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
Sketchbar Sundays, 6pm Indie sketch/stand-up/variety show. Jessica Jardine, Adam McCabe, Ryan Meharry, & Yamara Taylor [1] [2]
Crashbar (RETIRED) Sundays, 7pm Indie improv/stand-up show TAB [3] [4] Includes a jam and a lottery. If your improv team has a coach, they ask that you cc them on the submission email.
The Wrangle Sundays, 11pm Three-way improv cagematch Ryan Hitchcock [5] [6] Three-way improv cagematch.
Icky Pep Mondays Wednesdays, 7:30pm Indie improv/sketch/stand-up show. Luke Klompien, Brady Morphy, Matt Cordova, & Thomas Ouellette [7] [8]
Monday Night Improv Mondays, 8pm Indie improv show. Josh Kaplan [9] [10]
One Love Improv Mondays, 11pm Indie improv show. Mike Callaghan [11] [12] Includes a jam.
Tuesday Night Thunder (TNT) Tuesdays, 8pm Indie improv show. Thunderstruck [13] [14] Includes a jam.
Room 101 (RETIRED) Wednesdays, 8pm Indie improv show. Shakedown [15] [16] Includes a jam. If your improv team has a coach, they ask that you cc them on the submission email.
Where Eagles Dare 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 8pm Indie improv/sketch show. Joseph Clift & Ryan Hitchcock [17] [18] Includes a mash-up team (email for a spot on it).
Shapeshift Improv 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 8pm Indie improv show. Werner Hotdog [19] [20] Books improv teams that do unique and uncommon forms.
The Lady Jam 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 10pm Indie improv show/improv jam. The Lady Jammers [21] [22] An improv jam exclusively for ladies. Also books one special guest all-woman improv group for each show.
Tiny Marbles' Giant Hour 4th Thursday of the month, 10pm Indie improv show. Tiny Marbles [23] [24]
The Manifesto Show Fridays, 8pm Indie improv show. Comrades [25] [26] Includes a jam and a team lottery slot.
CAMP Fridays, 11:30pm Indie improv/sketch/stand-up/whatever variety show. The CAMP Counselors [27] [28]
Minor League Harold Night 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 7:00pm Indie improv show. Matt Figuera, Manny Hagopian, & Thomas Ochoa [29] [30] Books improv teams that do the Harold. Includes mash-up teams.
The Hate Mail Show 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 7pm Indie sketch/stand-up/improv variety show. Hate Mail [31] [32] Books improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, video sketches, and webseries.
The Local Saturdays, 10pm Indie improv show. The Local [33] [34] Includes a jam.

The Miles Stroth Workshop

Shows at The Miles Stroth Workshop are run by past students of the program. The Miles Stroth Workshop is a collection of teachers who are all exceptional at what they teach. Teachers of the program are chosen based on their diversity, each uniquely representing different approaches to the work. The idea of the workshop is not to create or perpetuate a single style, but to offer a one stop shop for the best of all styles and work toward their synthesis rather than their separation. The goal of the workshop is not only to educate, but to provide the opportunity for students to perform, create and produce their own shows. The following shows are at The Miles Stroth Workshop: Black Mondays, Long Hard Tuesdays, and Wednesday Night Riot! It's located in the "Straitjacket Theater" in Hollywood at 6470 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038.

Website: http://milesimprov.com/

The Miles Stroth Workshop
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
Black Mondays Mondays, 8pm That's My Mom! performs "The Dating Game" & Dusty performs "You're Dead!" That's My Mom! & Dusty [35] [36] Books Improv. Four Indie Guest Teams per night and a special performance from Second City, IO, UCB Alumni teams!
Long Hard Tuesdays Tuesdays, 8pm Come see "The Work" we produce for FREE. Pew Pew Pachoo! Family Van! Big Yellow Taxi! HMS Death! Long Shot! [37] [38] Pew Pew Pachoo! Family Van! Big Yellow Taxi! HMS Death! Long Shot!
Wednesday Night Riot Wednesdays, 8pm The Reddit WTF Show, One Night Stand w/Miles Stroth, Special guests, free drinks and more! [39] [40] Every show is headlined by Miles Stroth's ONE NIGHT STAND, where Miles improvises with different guest improvisers.

iO West

IO WEST is, of course, the Los Angeles branch of the ImprovOlympic in Chicago. They've been putting up indie improv teams since time immemorial, or at least since before the term "indie improv" came into use. There are three stages at iO: the Main Stage (through the front entrance and bar on Hollywood Blvd), the Del Close Theatre, and The Loft (both through the side entrance on Cosmo street). In addition to the shows listed below, you can also book an hour or half-hour Main Stage slot for your team or show by emailing iO West Artistic Director James Grace at [54]. It's located in Hollywood at 6366 Hollywood Blvd.

Website: http://ioimprov.com/west/

Main Stage
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
The Consistent Monday Improv Jam Mondays, 6:30pm Short-form & long-form improv jam. Comrade! and Adults [41]
One With Everything 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, 9pm Half-hour guest slot. Less Hot Dog [42] [43] Books improv teams that do unique and uncommon forms.
Cherry Crush Mondays, 10pm Improv cagematch. Cherry [44] [45] Includes a lottery team at around 11.
iO Student Cagematch Mondays, 11:30pm Improv cagematch. Joscar Joseph Herrera & Josh Tariff [46] [47] All members of each team must be current iO students to be eligible.
Harold Jam Tuesdays, 11:30pm Improv jam, Harold-style. [48]
Musical Improv Jam Wednesdays, 11:30pm Improv jam, focusing on musical improv. [49]
iO Cagematch Thursdays, 11:30pm Improv cagematch. Joscar Joseph Herrera & Josh Tariff [50] [51]
Improv Hangover Saturdays, 10am (monthly-ish) Improv jam/Indie improv show. Cake Batter [52] [53] Free breakfast provided, specials on mimosas & bloody marys at iO bar.
Del Close Theatre (Formerly Andy Dick Black Box Theatre, aka The Dick Box)
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
3, 2, 1, Cagematch! Sundays, 10:30pm Three-way improv cagematch featuring only two-person teams. One Man Show [55] [56] Only books two-person improv teams.
Mystic Mondays Mondays, 10:30pm Indie improv/sketch show. Tarotdactyl [57] [58]
Comrade!'s Improv Tiki Bar 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 7:30pm Indie improv show. Comrade! [59] [60]
Saturday Night Formal 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month, 7:30pm Indie improv show. Tricycle [61] [62] Books improv teams that do unique and uncommon forms.
Ruffneck Improv 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 8:30pm Indie improv show. Ruffneck [63] [64]
Value Menu Presents 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month, 8:30pm Indie improv show. Value Menu [65] [66]
The Loft
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
Supernova Sunday 1st Sunday of the month, 10pm Indie improv show. Mercury 12 [67] [68]
The Weekender 2nd Sunday of the month, 10pm Indie improv/sketch show. Kyle and Corte Do Sketch [69] [70]
theElainehour 3rd Sunday of the month, 10pm Indie improv show. Elaine [71] [72]
Danger Snack Does... 1st Monday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Danger Snack [73] [74]
Buckaroo Presents 3rd Monday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Buckaroo [75] [76]
Key Party 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Key Party [77] [78]
Mr. Body 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Mr. Body [79] [80] Books improv teams that do genre forms.
Black Hot Fridays Fridays, 8pm Indie improv show. Bobby Hot Stuff [81] [82]
Top Shelf Fridays, 11pm Indie improv show. Top Shelf [83] [84]
Saturday Night Block Party Saturdays, 8:00pm Indie improv show. Howie Kremer & Tracy Meyer [85] [86]
Fusion Saturday Saturdays, 11:00pm Indie improv/stand-up show. Justin Alexio & Jeremiah Watkins [87] [88]

The Neon Venus Art Theatre

The Neon Venus Art Theatre has pretty much everything you can think of that falls under the umbrella of "art", and that includes a pretty extensive indie improv/comedy schedule. It's located in Hollywood at 7023 Melrose Ave.

Website: http://www.neonvenustheatre.com/

Direct Email: [107]

The Neon Venus Art Theatre
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
Trick Chair 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, 10pm Indie improv show. Flash Garden [89] [90]
Hornet Sketch Hour Mondays, 10:30pm Indie sketch show. BION [91] [92]
Frenemies and Friends! And Enemies! 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Frenemies [93] [94]
Kill Bot 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. False Restart [95] [96]
Thrashtown! Improv Night 2nd Friday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Thrashtown [97] [98]
Fifty a Page and Friends 4th Friday of the month, 9:30pm Indie improv show. Fifty a Page [99] [100]
Coco Van's Monthly Improv Extravaganza 4th Saturday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Coco Van [101] [102]
Space Face 1st Thursday of the month, 10:30pm Indie improv show. Space Dangerous [103] [104]
Saturday Night Social 4th Saturday of every month, 8:00-9:15 pm Indie improv show. Socially Attractive [105] [106]

The Complex

The Complex is probably best known to improvisers as the current home of The Miles Stroth Workshop, and the former home of The Little Modern Theater and Room 101. There are approximately seventy-eight theaters inside this building. It's located in Hollywood at 6476 Santa Monica Blvd.

Website: you weren't actually going to look at The Complex's website, were you? Here's Miles's instead: http://milesimprov.com/

The Complex
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
The Sunday Bash Sundays, 8pm Indie improv show, in the Flight Theatre. The Splash [108] [109] Pay-to-play show. $20 for a slot. Includes a jam.
I Scream Sundays Sundays, 9pm Indie improv/variety show. Sweet Dalai Lama [110] [111]
The Lockdown Wednesdays, 9:30pm Indie improv show, in the Flight Theatre. Sketch and stand-up submissions also welcome. Johnny Law [112] [113] Includes a jam!
Cryclips! 1st and 3rd Sundays, 10:00pm Indie Improv show that uses B movie clips for openings, in the Flight Theatre. Cryclops [114] [115] Includes a b movie based jam!

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles

Indie slots at UCB are pretty sparse, but there are a few. It's located in Hollywood at 5919 Franklin Ave.

Website: http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/

UCBTLA
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
The Cagematch All but the last Wednesdays of the month, 11pm Improv cagematch. Harrison Brown [116] [117] All members of each team must have completed at least one level of improv classes at UCB to be eligible.
Sketch Showdown Last Wednesday of the month, 11pm Three-way sketch cagematch. Sergio Cilli & Casey Feigh [118] [119] 80% of your team must have completed either Sketch 101 or Improv 401 at UCB to be eligible.
Long Hard Improv Jam Fridays, 5:30pm Improv jam. Jacob Reed [120] UCB-student focused, but anyone has a shot at playing. Frequently features UCB performers as guests.
Not Too Shabby Fridays, 11:59pm Indie sketch show. Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, & Mike Mitchell [121] [122]

The Cupcake Theater

The Cupcake has quite a bit of improv during the week. Located in Hollywood at 6520 Hollywood Blvd.

Website: http://www.cupcaketheater.com/

The Cupcake Theater
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
FrankenYeti Presents... Fridays, 10:00pm Indie Improv where at any show, a Second City Alumni Team may come and close the show. FrankenYeti [123] [124]

Second City Hollywood

Second City has been opening its doors to more indie teams lately. Located in Hollywood at 6560 Hollywood Blvd.

Website: http://www.secondcity.com/

The Improv Space
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
Improv Roulette Mondays, 10pm 20-minute guest slot, opening for an established Second City team. Rotating host team, currently Pool Party [125] [126]
The Real Fake Cagematch 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 9pm Mock improv cagematch. Fortune & Glory [127] [128]
Thunderdome! Tuesdays, 10pm Improv cagematch. Carrie Weisberg [129] [130]
Delicious Moments 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 8pm 20-minute guest slot, opening for an established Second City team. Delicious Moments [131] [132]
Explo-Jam Fridays, 11:30pm Improv jam featuring a set by at least one guest improv team. The Gunfordmay [133] [134] Get there on time, because Second City closes its front doors at 11:45.
Saturdays, 9:30pm Indie improv show. Bro Squad 5 [135] [136] Saturday Night's Main Event

The Improv Space

Want a change of scenery or a Diddy Reese ice cream sandwich after your improv show? Good news! The Improv Space is located in a different part of town entirely. Located in Westwood at 954 Gayley Ave.

Website: http://theimprovspace.com/

The Improv Space
Name Day/Time Type of Show Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
Space Wars Tuesdays, 10pm Improv cagematch. Adam Macy [137] [138]
Gangbusters! Tuesdays, 11pm Indie improv/stand-up show. Jason Van Glass [139]
The Improv Sessions Wednesdays, 9pm Improv jam. Ben 'Gomez' Crutcher [140]

Ronin Shows

These shows belong to no clan. They're either the only indie improv show renting out a particular black box theatre, or are the only indie show at an already-established comedy/improv theatre.

Ronin Shows
Name Day/Time Location Hosts Website/Page Contact Email Notes
The Green Room Sundays, 7pm Impro Theatre, 1727 North Vermont Ave #208 Lush Green [141] [142]
Catsby Sundays, 8pm Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Boulevard CAT BATH! [143] [144] Features themed mash-up teams.
Palapalooza Sundays, 9pm Impro Theatre, 1727 North Vermont Ave #211 Hey Pal [145] [146] Improv teams base their sets off the monologues of a guest stand-up comedian.
Mix Mondays, 9pm ComedySportz Los Angeles, 733 Seward St Eddie Quintana [147] [148] Books improv, sketch, and stand-up.
Sweet Valley Improv Thursdays, 7pm The Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Blvd Rinse & Repeat [149] [150] Books Improv Teams
Hot Improv Nights Third Thursday of the month, 9pm Copper Still Bar @ Jaragua Restaurant, 4493 Beverly Blvd Joseph Cabello & Fred Le [151] [152] Includes a jam and mash-up teams
Mach Improv Thursdays, 11pm The Tre Stage, 1523 N La Brea Ave Jake Regal [153] [154] Weekly improv mash-up. Email to be put on the list!
Dark & Stormy Improv Fridays, 8pm The LOFT Ensemble, 929 E 2nd St, #105 Love, HARVEY [155] [156]
Danger Room Fridays, 8pm The Michael Woolson Studio, 8801 Cashio St Harvey Rocketship [157] [158] Books both improv & sketch. Includes a jam.
Jackpot Improv Saturdays, 8:30pm The Underground Annex, 1308 N Wilton Pl The Weather With Chip Van Der Dyke [159] [160] Books both improv & sketch. Includes a jam.
FrankenYeti Presents... Fridays, 10:00pm Indie Improv where at any show, a Second City Alumni Team may come and close the show. 6520 Hollywood Blvd. FrankenYeti [161] [162]
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