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You do not want to miss this month at Comedy Central Stage, featuring eight great totally free comedy shows at The Hudson in Hollywood.

All shows start at 8pm with limited seating. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

3 Thursday
Hosted by Ed Galvez
T + T Stories: Time + Tragedy, is a show where comedians tell stories that were horrifying at the time but are somehow funny now. Featuring Buck Ball, Renee Gauthier, Sean Green and Whitmer Thomas.

15 Tuesday
Kate Hess and Marie Lively
Kate Hess mashes up Downtown Abbey, Agatha Christie mysteries and a dash of syphilis to form a silly, irreverent and charming parody called Murder Abbey directed by Andrew Secunda. Called “edgy and uncompromising”, Marie Lively’s True Hustle was an L.A. 2013 “Best of Fringe” winner. Directed by Annie Mebane.

16 Wednesday
Robert Selander, Sean Hart, Robot
Tartar Control is a comedic punk rock band consisting of two Mormon Missionaries and a Robot. A musical experience that can only be described as a "loud hug."

17 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Dirty, sad, funny, true stories from dirty, sad, funny, true people (always the 3rd Thursday of every month). With Claudia Lonow. Ron Zimmerman, Jill Morley, Taylor Negron and Jeff Kahn. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

22 Tuesday
Sketch Comedy Group
As a sketch group, they’ve won a Nobel Peace Prize, opened a groundbreaking center for the blind, and performed open heart surgery. Now, the Bath Boys are putting on their comedy hats to present a variety show to stun the galaxy. With Roger Garcia III, Jacob Wysocki, Brock McKenzie, Peter Gilroy, Kurt Maloney and Tyler Phillips.

24 Thursday
Hosted by Kristen Studard and Ed Salazar
Seems Legit is truly an outrageous storytelling show. Most comedic performers will be telling seemingly true tales but one of them is lying to you. However, unlike your past relationships, you’ll get to call this person a big fat liar right to their face (and all of the twittersphere). Join us and find out if you can really tell if someone is faking it.

29 Tuesday
Improv groups
Friends first, improvisers second, these two groups will make you laugh and forget all about that pesky IRS audit. OM & OR are two long-form improv teams that have played together at iO West, UCB, The Second City and all over L.A. They have also appeared at the Austin Improv Festival and The Del Close Festival in NYC.

30 Wednesday
Sketch Comedy Group
Absurd, energetic, and dark, DJ Faucet pulls from clowning, dance and good old dumb jokes to make big, physical sketch comedy. DJ Faucet recently won iO West’s 2nd Annual L.A. Scripted Comedy Festival’s Sketch Cage Match. Their videos have been seen on The Huffington Post and Funny or Die!

Thursday, May 1st
Sergio Chili and H. Michael Croner
Sensitive Guys is a one act about two guys who like each other and have a lot of feelings about moving out of their apartment and getting on with their lives. Written and performed by Sergio Chili (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, New Girl) and H. Michael Croner (Review, Workaholics).

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Beware the ides of March. Those things are everywhere. All the more reason to spend the month taking in a bunch of ide-proof comedy shows at Comedy Central Stage.

All shows are free of charge and start at 8pm with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

5 Wednesday
Kaitlin Loftus and Laura Danowski
Originally hailing from Toronto, Kaitlin and Laura have been corrupting audiences for years with their over the top, outrageous, and energetic comedy! Described as being a “party on stage”, Cheap Smokes never fails to shock the crowd with their fearless act.

6 Thursday
Stand-up Comedy
One of Los Angeles’ longest running comedy show is celebrating a night of diverse stand up by Hannah Gansen, Ed Greer, Cornell Reid, Tartar Control and hosted by Ed Galvez (The Fort Podcast).

13 Thursday
Variety Comedy Stunt Spectacular
The people’s Joe Hartzler (Key & Peele, Community, Conan) hosts an action packed night of entertainment unlike any other, featuring real stories, comedy sketches, live music and dangerous stunts. With sketch comedy supergroup, Crud 2 (Jack Allison, Alana Johnston, Mike Mitchell, Matty Smith & Evan Susser), and appearances by Scott Bell, Casey Feigh, Scott Rodgers, Josh Simpson, and more.

18 Tuesday
Stand-up Comedy
From Steven Wright & Dennis Leary to David Cross & Jay Leno, Emerson College has produced some of the funniest names in comedy over the last 4 decades. To celebrate the opening of Emerson's new LA campus, CC Stage hosts an evening with six comics who are carrying on this tradition: Harris Wittels (Parks &Recreation), Iliza Shlesinger (Last Comic Standing), Dan Levy (Chelsea Lately), Tess Rafferty (@Midnight), Noah Garfinkel (Workaholics) and Blake Wexler (The Todd Glass Show.)

20 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Funny people telling their weird little truths (always the 3rd Thursday of every month). With Davis McHenry, John Levenstein, Ben Wexler and Suzanne Whang. Music by Gary Shapiro. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

24 Monday
Hosted by Sara Cravens and Dominic Burgess
Comedians gather to tell past stories and jokes about their made adult decisions, while other comedians make fun of those decisions. This month’s topic: Spring Cleaning! AKA: Awful roommates and horrible living situations.

25 Tuesday
Sketch Comedy Group
An offensively diverse group of experience comedians and improvisers present sketches with their satirical view on social norms. In their show, no one is safe, especially people with feelings. Hey Neighbor is: Sean Michael Boozer, Jim O’Brien, Tara Jean O’Brien, Michael Silva, Adam Slemon and Jess Weber. Live music by Hughie Stone Fish. Directed by Bridget Kloss.

26 Wednesday
VENT N’ RAGE… a love story
Jimmy Guidish & Molly Durand
Two-person sketch show combusting with pent up rage, miscommunication and daily grind folks who feel like suckers and have had it! These Second City based actors provide a show with truth, heart and laughter…depending on your past frustrations. Directed by Matt Craig.

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow over the weekend, which of course means we're in for another month of top-notch free comedy shows at Comedy Central Stage.

All shows start at 8pm with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

4 Tuesday
Steph Tolev and Allison Hogg
Ladystache is a sketch duo from Toronto, Canada consisting of Steph Tolev and Allison Hogg. This riotous pair of ladies brings a level wit and physicality to sketches that will twist, turn, offend and delight.

6 Thursday
SHOWGIRLS: The Best Movie Ever Made Ever
Written and Directed by Jackie Clarke & John Flynn
An evening with screenwriter, Mr. Joe Eszterhas (or an actor playing the esteemed scribe) as he is interviewed by noted film historian, Jackie Clarke. Starring Julie Brister, Jackie Clark, Jeff Hiller, John Flynn, Seth Morris and Lennon Parham. “…raucously hilarious…has to be seen to be disbelieved!” ~ The Village Voice

12 Wednesday
Ryan Hughes and Brett Maline
A fast-paced live and video sketch show featuring Ryan Hughes and Brett Maline. With special guests Emily Pendergast, Laura Keller, Lucas Hill and Frank Banz. With live musical guest, Ron Jon and the Wreck, OC Music Awards “Best Live Band of 2013.”

18 Tuesday
Improv Comedy
Wheelhouse has been described as a perfect blend of theatrics and silliness with their unique take on long-form improv. A collective of some of Chicago’s and L.A.’s sharpest improvisers, members of this troupe have appeared on Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, MadTV, Key and Peele, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and more!

19 Wednesday
Late-night talk show
A joke-heavy, sincere-yet-bizarre late-night talk show that was a cult hit in Chicago for years before moving to L.A. Led by host Joe Kwaczala, the show is lovingly crafted by a dedicated team of writers whose credits include The Onion News Network and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

20 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Funny, sad, dirty stories from funny, sad, dirty people (always the 3rd Thursday of every month). With Spencer Green, C. Brian Smith, Andy Corren, Jill Demby and Teri Mintz. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

25 Tuesday
Adam Chambers and Sean Durrie
“The Show”: The Greatest Musical Comedy Band on Freakin’ Plant Earth. Two best friends set out to make the world laugh, fart, and lighten up. A musical comedy duo featuring Adam Chambers and Sean Durrie. Inappropriate for all shapes and sizes.

26 Wednesday
Chris Garcia and Friends
Comedian Chris Garcia (NPR’s This American Life and WTF with Marc Maron) draws you into his world through a variety of characters and recollections that are both outrageously absurd and sincerely heartfelt. Joining Chris will be Kristen Studdard (TBS’s Just for Laughs Festival), Kevin Camia (Comedy Central) and special guests.

27 Thursday
Hamilton 100 & Lilan and Wilder
Watch comedy groups Hamilton 100 (Robert Stephens, Marry Sasson & Ben Greene) and Lilan and Wilder (Lilan Bowden and Wilder Smith) get it together as they fall apart in a series of sketches filled with delight, mischief and mayhem. and

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It's a new year and a new month, which means there's a new batch of awesome free comedy shows at Comedy Central Stage.

All shows start at 8pm with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

9 Thursday
Ellie Kemper and Christina Gausas
Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) and Christina Gausas (Mike Birbiglia’s Dream, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) do the best two-person improv you’ve ever seen in your entire life.

14 Tuesday
Teenage Mountain Lion
The Wait List has been creating internet sketches, award-winning shorts, live shows and precious friendships for over 5 years. Join them for a live performance and clips from their upcoming web series “Teenage Mountain Lion.” Featuring John Davies, Jordan Dunn, Ali Ghandour, Anne Lane, and Chris Reinacher with special guest Jerrod Carmichael.

16 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Sad, dirty, funny stories from sad, dirty funny people (always the 3rd Thursday of every month). With Xaque Gruber, Liesel Euler, Bill Vallely, and Patte and Ronda Starr. Music by Clinton Pickins. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

21 Tuesday
Sketch Comedy group
Goatface Comedy brings their viral sketches to life! Sketches. Dancing. Furry friends. Be there. Performers are: Hasan Minhaj, Asif Ali, Aristotle Athiras and Fahim Anwar.

23 Thursday
Katie Crown
Can you believe that this is Katie’s first solo show? It’s true! For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the “comedic genius” who’s been on Conan, The Nerdist, HBO, and listed in L.A. Weekly’s “10 Comics To Watch”, will tell a joke! Come and see what everyone is reading this about!

28 Tuesday
Erica Watson
Through personal vignettes, anecdotes and video clips, “Fat Bitch!” offers a humorous and honest glimpse at the American “fat and sassy” black woman stereotype that we have all grown to accept.

29 Wednesday
An Evening of Stand-up Comedy
Steve’s standup has been featured on several shows including NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, and TBS’s Conan. He has also appeared in the hit comedies The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, and Four Christmases. His most recent hour special, The Byrne Identity, premiered last year on Comedy Central to rave reviews.

30 Thursday
Created by Chris Fleming
Gayle Waters-Waters and her daughter Terry Gross Waters-Waters, from the hit web series GAYLE, bring you a night of mother-daughter debauchery set in a suburban wasteland. It has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, and Forbes boasts, “No major studio has created a stranger, more adeptly archetypal, and consistently funnier character than Gayle Waters-Waters.”

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Even if you have nothing left and your life is but a shell, you can still be thankful for something this Thanksgiving: a whole month of great free comedy from Comedy Central Stage.

6 Wednesday
Annabelle Gurwitch
Actress / Writer Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie) and author of Fired! and You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, adapts her forth-coming memoir, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT (Blue Rider Press, March 2014) into a wickedly funny new one-woman show. “I so relate to the brilliant and wildly hilarious latest work.” ~ Richard Lewis. Directed by Darren Katz.

7 Thursday
Ben Seeder
In this critically absurd solo performance, Ben Seeder (We Bought a Zoo, i.O. Chicago) presents a series of solo sketches and monologues. Playing a variety of characters he focuses on the awkward tension and emotions that drive families, friends, teachers, co-workers and lovers. Things get really, really weird and really, really funny!

14 Thursday
Written by Anthony Gioe, Richie Root & Zach Reino
Bombs Away! is a musical comedy following the exploits of the brave men of Honeytown Bomb Squad as they race to disarm a bomb on the top of the National Bank. Will the captain, the veteran, and the engineer muster up their collective courage to save Honeytown? Featuring Matt Newell, Katie Smith, Chris Teregis, Jessica McKenna, Jessica Spaw, Dan Foster, Nadia Osman and Nico Erb. Music by Zach Reino.

19 Tuesday
Stand-up Comedy
A stellar lineup of up-and-comers and headliners from the east coast. Featuring stand ups from Boston: Ryan O'Flanagan (Dead Kevin) and Jen Kirkman (Conan), New York: TK Kelly (Tosh.0) and Julian McCullough (Chelsea Lately), and Philadelphia: Blake Wexler (SF Sketchfest), Todd Glass (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon).

20 Wednesday
Hans Holsen
Recently moved from Chicago to L.A., Hans toured the country for two years with The Second City National Touring Company, and played for two years with Boom Chicago. He has improvised for many years with many teams, most recently with The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and did a lot of strange stuff at The Annoyance theater. Last year, Hans was a featured solo performer at JFL Chicago.

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Summer is officially over, but there are at least a few things to look forward to in October, like pumpkin-spice lattes, pumpkin-spice donuts, pumpkin-spice hotdogs and a whole bunch of great free comedy at Comedy Central Stage.

All shows start at 8pm with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

1 Tuesday
Dominic Burgess & Sara Cravens
Dom & Sara present PG-30: a collection of scenes, stories, and multimedia bits about how the normal, everyday things in adult life…are so much more uncomfortable when parents are around.

8 Tuesday
Lauren Frost, Angela Rysk and Erin Miller Williams
Named Best Scripted Show at the 2013 Del Close Awards, and Sketch Cage Match Champions at the LA Improv Festival. Cake Batter is written by and stars Lauren Frost, Angela Rysk and Erin Miller Williams.

15 Tuesday
Kevin Anderson, Daniel Landroche, and Katie Nathan
Welcome aboard the HMS Encounter – a cruise liner only slightly past her prime. She’s pushing the definition of the term “seaworthy”. Hit the high seas with The Divorcees for a night of fast-paced, character driven sketch comedy and long form improv.

16 Wednesday
Pat Thornton & Alana Johnston, and Mo Welch
The List, starring Canadian cuties Pat Thornton & Alana Johnston, is a live sketch show that is broken up into smaller, more ADHD friendly segments for today’s “gal/guy on the go.” The The Show is a fast paced multimedia sketch show written by and starring Mo Welch and featuring Christina Anthony, Ben Bizuneh, Aggie Hewitt and Jet Eveleth.

17 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Funny stories about making it through life (now 3rd Thursday of each month.) With Jill Demby, Molly Prather, Shaz Bennett, Jeff Kahn, Will Lenk and a special musical guest. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

21 Monday
Rafe Chase, Stephen Kearin and Tim Orr
San Francisco’s hottest, critically acclaimed improv trio, 3 For All, creates a unique blend of intensely funny and sometimes dramatic, completely improvised scenes. “DON’T MISS!” ~ Time Out New York. “KILLER!” ~ SF Weekly

22 Tuesday
Jon Barinholtz and Rob Belushi
Jon and Rob met in ’05 on the night staff at Second City Chicago, shushing drunk tourists, and have been improvising together ever since. ‘Sheldon’ is theatrically grounded long-form improv with new-school Chicago speed. You can view their past credits at this website: (put their names in search field and hit ‘enter’).

24 Thursday
Craig Cackowski, Robert Dassie, Rich Talarico
Dasariski combines the names and talents of Dassie (Funny or Die’s Carpet Brothers), Talarico (writer on Key & Peele, SNL) and Cackowski (Community, Drunk History). They perform a ‘slow play’ style of long form improv by taking a single audience suggestion and creating a half-hour plus piece of theater.

29 Tuesday
Iris Bahr
In Macha My Picchu –Searching for Sex, Sanity and a Soul Mate through South America, Iris takes us through her failed attempts trying to fit in at college, to a crazy journey through Columbia, Ecuador and Peru that involved numerous sexcapades with locals, death on a rafting trip and her first true love.

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In honor of the ninth month of the year, Comedy Central Stage has a whopping nine free comedy shows for you in September. Herman Cain would be proud.

All shows start at 8pm with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

10 Tuesday
Stand-up Comedy
One of Los Angeles’ longest running comedy show is celebrating a night of diverse stand up by Lizzy Cooperman (The Late Late Show), Asterios Kokkinos (Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit), Alex Mesrobian (Klasky Csupo Writer), and host Ed Galvez (The Fort Podcast).

12 Thursday
Steven Sears, David Alfano and Josh Callahan
Fortune and Glory (Steven “Fortune” Sears, David “Glory” Alfano and Josh “and” Callahan) is an L.A. based improv troupe who take a single suggestion, and audience, on a 30 minute expedition through the important and far-less important themes of life.

18 Wednesday
Amber Ruffin and Lauren Van Kurin
This 2 person satirical musical comedy is inspired by the hit documentary “King of Kong”, which follows 2 men on their quest to hold the classic video game high score. Ruffin and Van Kurin play all the roles themselves. A laugh-out-loud night of music, comedy and choreography inspired by Donkey Kong!

19 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
People dissecting themselves and their lives for your amusement (now 3rd Thursday of each month.) With David Zasloff, Annabelle Gurwitch, Annie Girard, Camille Solari and Spencer Green. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

24 Tuesday
Improv Comedy
It’s improvmania as these indie improv heart-throbs win over prepubescent girls with grounded acting, patient scenework, and huge group scene OMGs! Celebrity-It Boys: Don Colliver, Chase Fein, Bob Ladewig, Timm Sharp, Tyler Watson, and Dream Girls: Kate Huffman, Heather Woodward.

25 Wednesday
Written and Performed by John Hartman
John Hartman is an actor and writer based in Chicago. He has written and performed two solo shows, both of which received TimeOut Chicago Critic’s Picks, and he has also performed at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. See and watch more at:

Isaac Kessler and Ken Hall
Currently one of the hottest Canadian acts around, the absurd and unpredictable tag-team sketch/improv duo of Isaac Kessler and Ken Hall take you on a quest of surmountable odds and indefinably funny comedy!

30 Monday

Written and Directed by Cat Rhinehart
“My S-O Imagination” is a hilarious new web series lampooning the single-girl psyche from the inside out. Come see a screening of the latest episodes intermixed with stand-up comedy. With Cat Rhinehart, Maria Shehata, Dwayne Perkins, Andrew Sleighter, Brian Moote and Rye Silverman.

Tuesday, October 1st
Dominic Burgess & Sara Cravens
Dom & Sara present PG-30: a collection of scenes, stories, and multimedia bits about how the normal, everyday things in adult life…are so much more uncomfortable when parents are around. We may be 30, but in our parent’s eyes, we’ll always be the babies who need their guidance.

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The New York Comedy Festival will return to the Big Apple, November 6 through 10, for what will mark the fest's landmark tenth outing. And this year's lineup looks like one of the best yet:

Bill Burr

Whitney Cummings

Kathy Griffin

Jim Jefferies

Anthony Jeselnik

Bill Maher

John Mulaney

Nick Swardson

Wanda Sykes

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, with dozens more of comedy's best performers appearing in over 50 shows throughout the five-day event.

Click here for more information and to get your tickets now.

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August is the last month of summer. Come September, you'll have to go back to school. Or, if you're an adult, continue working every day for the rest of your life with no seasons off. Fortunately, there's a whole month of amazing free Comedy Central Stage shows to make it all better.

All shows start at 8pm with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

13 Tuesday
Hosted by Melia Mills
Come be intrigued by dazzling tales of whimsy. Hilarious stories ranging from mind blowing to utterly embarrassing. Featuring Kurt Braunohler (Chelsea Lately), Brian Finkelstein (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Charlie Sanders (Key & Peele), and Melia Mills (Comics Unleashed).

14 Wednesday
Improv Comedy
Nice People would like to invite you over for a friendly evening of improv. Feeling crabby? Let some Nice People turn that frown upside down. Nice People are: Darrin Bragg, Chris Corbin, Amy Kiser, Jill Klopp, Katya Lidsky, Matt Longwell, Rose Marziale, Matt McConkey, Maria Ochoa, Alexandra Ruddy, Ricky Sans, Jake Thomas and Jacquelyn Zook.

15 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
The longest running spoken word show in Los Angeles. Come laugh at people’s internal worlds! With Suzanne Whang, Carlos Kotkin, B. Mark Seabrooks, Annie Korzen and Eric Kaplan. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

20 Tuesday
Antonio Sacre
Come watch comedic writer and storyteller Antonio Sacre play out the crazy Miami club scene, tell you about so-called organized crime and share stories of brotherly love. LAist raved it’s “hilariously crude… endearing as it is entertaining.”

22 Thursday
Craig Cackowski, Robert Dassie, Rich Talarico
Dasariski combines the names and talents of Dassie, Talarico and Cackowski, who are known for their “slow play” style of longform improv, taking a single audience suggestion and creating a half-hour plus piece of theater, focusing on believable characters and relationships, eschewing the cheap joke for the long-term payoff.

27 Tuesday
Comedic Talk Show
Comedians Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey, and Tess Barker welcome a special guest and variety of characters onto their bizarro talk show to discuss ‘hot topics’, showcase unusual talents and revel in forty-five minutes of shenanigans.

28 Wednesday
Improv Comedy
Long-Form Improv that exposes a little too much. The LA Examiner calls them “a tight-knit, tightly-wound group of improv titans…one of the most consistent on-the-spot groups.” Featuring Christopher Duva, Jeff Grimm, David Jacks, Patrick McGrath and Samantha Roy.

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A brand new season of John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show premieres July 26, and you can see a gallery of all this season's comics–including Paul F. Tompkins, Jessi Klein, Pete Holmes and many others–right here!

Meanwhile, click this image to watch some highlights from Season 3: