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The King of the Universe is tackling His greatest challenge yet: Live-Theatre in Los Angeles. God takes the form of Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes in An Act of God, a 90-minute comedy where the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He's finally arrived to set the record straight … and He's not holding back!
Everyone is tired of talking about race and the police, we are too, so we decided to sing about it instead! This original musical comedy is the story of a son who is at odds with his father's old-world views. Cop sticks, and afro picks, come get your ass whooped!
It's the timeless Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy All About Santa. Santa has disappeared! Can Mrs. Claus keep the home fires burning and the toy shop churning until he can be found? And how can the inhabitants of the North Pole save the spirit of the holidays from the diabolical machinations of an all-too-commercial world? Complete with perky elves, zany inventors, toy soldiers and porcelain dolls, audiences boo the villain, cheer the heroine, and help to save the day in this delightful holiday event, perfect for the whole family! "Laughter is nearly continuous and certainly is contagious!" exclaims The Outlook. Birthday and tea parties available in conjunction with every performance. Great for family gatherings and holiday parties, too!
Gay marriage is here - get scared, straights! Gay marriage just passed in the U.S. and when a straight couple runs to escape the gay's "evil agenda" they find out who the real sinners are!
"And I do believe Jim cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their'n. It didn't seem natural, but I reckon it's so." -Huckleberry Finn
Knapsack stories and songs for our service men and women, including...
The Duke and the Dauphin by Mark Twain
Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
The Declaration of Independence
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Dana
The Skylight Room by O.Henry
I Hear America Singing!
The evidence is indisputable, we're thirsty for laughs. No conservation necessary!
Tony Award winning director and Geffen Playhouse alumni John Rando helms this brilliant new family comedy from Pulitzer nominee Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that was created and performed to all sold out houses at The Groundlings Theatre starting in 2010. Rolling Stone Magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast "A Comedic A Team", LA Weekly says it's " Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of Belly Laughs" and the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
The show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film.
The story of a researcher who believes he has the cure for cancer, a rival pharmaceutical exec who wants to steal it, and a surgeon who needs it to save the woman he loves. Cancer! is the brainchild of Tom Donnellon, MD, a cancer survivor and surgeon with HOPE Surgical, who co-wrote the script with his brother and Second City Detroit alum, Shawn Handlon, and Second City Detroit Musical Director John Edwartowski. Second City Hollywood is very excited to bring you this west coast premiere, Directed by Nancy Hayden. Assistant Director, Chris Garnant. Arrangements and additional music by Hughie Stone Fish. Cast: Rachna Khatau, Jason McNichols, Todd Risenmay, Nicole Roberts, Casey Schuckett, Kevin Stafford and Rama Vallury. Curing the big C is a real D.
Count on one thing this election year—a zillion fresh zingers of up-to-the-minute musical parodies that skewer both sides of the aisle, while leaving the audience rolling in it, laughing!
Eric Swan (aided by his Uncle George and unbeknown to his wife, Linda) has pocketed thousands of pounds through fraudulent DSS claims. When Norman Bassett (the lodger) opens the door to Mr Jenkins, the DSS Inspector, deceptive mayhem follows - as do the undertaker, bereavement counsellor, psychiatrist, Norman's fiancée, a corpse, the ominous Ms Cowper and a rather rebellious washing machine!
Michael Cooney's riotous British farce has all the ingredients for rib-tickling hilarity. Eric Swan (aided by his Uncle George and unbeknown to his wife, Linda) has pocketed thousands of pounds through fraudulent DSS claims. When Norman Bassett (the lodger) opens the door to Mr Jenkins, the DSS Inspector, deceptive mayhem follows - as do the undertaker, bereavement counsellor, psychiatrist, Norman's fiancée, a corpse, the ominous Ms Cowper and a rather rebellious washing machine!
Double your pleasure with this musical comedy that sports two scores, two plots, and if you're lucky ("Do you feel lucky, punk?" Oh wait, wrong plot.), you might even get two happy endings. Take a trip to the '40s when Film Noir ruled the silver screen, and delight as the tales of a struggling Hollywood writer and the filming of his latest noir oeuvre unspool. Where his leading character keeps speaking back to him and the femme fatales won't stay on the screen!
Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new surprise guest.
Come and see one of L.A.'s longest running long-form improvisation shows! Watch as the Groundlings Players begin with three suggestions from the crowd, and then proceed to weave the stories together, travelling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 40 minutes straight. AND, after a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new suggestions!
NY Newsday hails it as "a sardonic, merrily subversive tale—just the antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed!" NY Times raves "A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle." When it was first broadcast, it generated more requests for tapes than any story in NPR Morning Edition's history except the death of Red Barber. It was brought to life on stage off-Broadway, and now Matthew Wrather dons the candy-cane tights in this acerbically funny one-man play about the author's experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy's department store in New York City. Helmed by acclaimed director Chris DeCarlo, and adapted by Joe Montello from renowned author David Sedaris's story, The SantaLand Diaries takes a wry look at how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all. Not suitable for under 15s.
Wild! Witty! Wonder-filled! Terrifying! Internationally acclaimed Actors' Repertory Theatre dives into the theatrical tomfoolery with glee, breathing life into dozens of characters, creatures and curiosities as they take you on an awe-inspiring journey rooted in old-world European story-telling and physical theatre peppered with sharp contemporary satire. Conjuring up a dark miniature world laced with biting comedy, Drempels is a tale of remembrance and renewal, but also a tale of warning. Look beneath the "cute" and you will see an alarming amalgam of past, present and future atrocities, set in a microcosmic society that frighteningly mirrors the macrocosm of our own foundering world.
Meet Pepe Hernandez, over-ambitious patriarch of the world's most dubious family of entertainers, whose unflagging confidence cobbled from decades spent touring the bottom-rung nightclub circuit south-of-the-border, has inspired him to ascend into big-top territory and head north to…Burbank, legendary home of Walt Disney, IKEA, and now Pepe Hernandez! Nothing – not even the labyrinthine layout of IKEA - will hinder this fearless, feckless familia in their determined quest for international stardom. Welcome to El Grande Circus de Coca-Cola!
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity.
Armed with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann—the incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to provide comical insights and wildly witty observations about the human condition while taking her audience on what The Washington Post calls a "wise and howlingly funny" trip. As one of the most celebrated comedians in American comedy, Tomlin is an entertainer of the highest caliber!
Undateable, an online experiment. An original sketch show comprised of REAL online interactions that shows you the science behind dating.
Los Angeles Favorite Weatherman Fritz Coleman puts on his holiday hat to share the funniest show ever—He makes baby boomers "LOL" Laugh out Loud with this charming, warm and wild tale of how to defy the odds and gravity on getting older.
What happens when parts of your body begin having their own midlife crisis? Why do all your daily conversations include a medical update? Where are we going? Who knows, but if you are old, you made it!
Don't miss Fritz' hilarious insight into our BOOMER generation!
Gentleman's Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
The legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show. It's an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious.
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary 'inspiration' keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.
Expect to laugh yourself silly when this late-night talk show circuit veteran and star of multiple HBO and Comedy Central specials takes the Carpenter Center stage! Hailed by Jay Leno as "one of America's funniest female comics," Kathleen Madigan uncovers the humor in everyday life—with musings on everything from Christmas letters and being single, to her chain-smoking parents and her hometown in rural Missouri.
Join us for what will be the funniest night you'll ever have at the ballet, as the Trocks return to Carpenter Center after four sold out appearances! The "ballerinas" of this all-male company bring hilarity and awe with a unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy—along with pieces that show off the performers' impressive dance abilities. "A guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals!" - The Sydney Star Observer
Blending poetry, song and humor, Ella Turenne unlocks the history of "locs" experienced by Black women, revealing mishaps and triumphs. Through the eyes of 21 different characters, including a 5th grade bully and Madam CJ Walker, she exposes the hair connection - to politics, identity and culture, illustrating why hair is an intimate and essential part of Black life. Ella Turenne's World Premiere production weaves together stories of struggles with identity and beauty. From rituals that Black women hold in relation with their hair, to Ella's experience as an American woman with strong ties to her Haitian culture.
Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin's surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.
Supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies) gives us this uproarious new "translaptation" of a classic French farce. In 18th-century Paris, young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Indeed, Damis has fallen in love with a mysterious poetess sight unseen, charmed by her verse alone. But unbeknownst to him, his beloved is actually a middle-aged gentleman named Francalou! This mistaken identity sets in motion a comedy of pseudonyms, plot twists, and plenty of playful poetry. The Washington Post called Ives's play "almost criminally enjoyable, a marvel of old and new, with punch lines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy." Legendary American stage director Michael Kahn makes his Globe debut.
A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside mega-architect Gregor Zumbrowski's post-modern steel and glass structures. His commanding celebrity and curious creative process titillates both design professionals and laypeople alike. It is only after he cruelly steals a career-making project that two fledgling architects finally dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game. Expect the unexpected from this absurdly funny, viciously smart new comedy by nationally renowned Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Freed, whose work has been seen locally at Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, and A.C.T.
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirates Christmas is the latest Holiday Spectacular presented by Lythgoe Family Productions in the style of the traditional British Panto. Tinkerbell, Wendy and Peter Pan embark on a wild quest to foil the pirates' plot to kidnap Peter for Captain Hook's Christmas present in this flying, singing, swashbuckling adventure. Featuring comedy, magic, dancers from "So You Think You Can Dance," and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, a Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages. "Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the form.
"I must find out from Agnes what I want to know about him, without her knowing that I'm trying to find out from her what she knows about him, and of course, without him knowing what I know about her. Here she comes..."
Old Monsieur Arnolphe is determined to create "the perfect wife", uneducated and devoted. He keeps his orphaned ward, Agnes, completely isolated and uneducated until their marriage. Agnes, however, now of age, has other plans.
MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient and Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl's new comedy follows former spouses and actors on and off-stage (and script) - helmed by Ovation Award winner and Geffen alumni Bart DeLorenzo.
Southern hospitality, free workout tips from your favorite Youtube gym rats, tween rappers, '90's lesbians and so much more awaits when you venture into Titicaca, a Two-Woman comedy show written by and starring LA comedians Hayley Terris and Mav Viola. Directed by Misha Krepon.
The Twylight Zone is back for an all new evening of spine-tingling, bladder-tickling tales. In To Serve the Eye of the Beholder, aliens have come to Earth for reasons unknown and Mrs. Stuart is determined to find out – that is, after she finally gets her bandages removed. In It's a Good Life, Dummy, a town lives in fear of an 8 year-old boy with special powers and the only citizen who can stop him might just be a ventriloquists dummy. In A Nice Place for an Escape Clause, career criminal Rocky finds himself in a place where he gets everything he wants – for better or worse. But like the TV show itself…each of these pieces is not what it seems.
Rockwell puts its own LIVE spin on the wildly successful Home Alone franchise, giving the holiday movie hijinks an extra -dash of campiness and side-splitting craziness. Memorable songs of the 80's add to the hilarity, along with your favorite classic holiday music.
Sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords and hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, New Zealand's Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is in hot demand for its winning combination of charming Kiwi humour, disarmingly small instruments and sublime musicality. The band's number one rule is: "If you know the words, sing along. If you don't know the words, sing along!"
Emily Churchill brings to you a love story, 20 years in the making, from falling in love with Jon Bon Jovi at first glance on MTV, to falling in love with her best GIRL friend and then deciding to look for love with men again," all because Madame Zoltar said so."
Warning: This story includes near death experiences with, a crazy night of passion between two lustful gingers, lesbian boxing matches, and Star Search performances on demand.