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July is America's birthday and there's no way to celebrate living in the land of the free than by going to the 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 Tuesday
Monster Party Rises #Hard
Champions of the 1st Annual Scripted Cage Match competition at iO West. They bring you a sketch comedy show that answers all the questions you’ve never wondered about. With Candida Rodriguez, Allison Ramirez, Candice Goodman, Corey Kruger, Nikki McKenzie, Brandon Bell, Josh Hoover and Sarah French.

10 Wednesday
Laura Baggett
Written and performed by Laura Baggett, Cosmic Connection takes you on a “comedic journey.” Playing all different characters, Laura explores the idea that maybe we have more in common than we think. Directed by Annie McVey.

16 Tuesday
Chris McGowan
To err is to be human. But what if we could fix all those mistakes from the past? With the help of “Back to the Future” and hours of watching the Science Channel, Chris McGowan may have the answers to his life’s problems—by building a time machine!

18 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
People telling the truth about their lives – even when it makes them look shitty. Always the 3rd Thursday of every month. With Andersen Gabrych, Carlos Kotkin, Loretta Fox, Susan Tierny and Penny Orloff. Presented by Jill Soloway and Maggie Rowe.

24 Wednesday
Meghan Gambling & Jason Carmody
Once described as Sonny & Cher meets Tenacious D, IDENTITY CRUSH is known for their enthusiastic lyrics and aggressive performance style. With hits like “Man Feet,” and “Kitty Apocalypse,” this intense music duo is 1 part couples therapy, 2 parts rock n’ roll, and 10 parts indecent! Do the math!

25 Thursday
Hosted by Laura Crawford
The Studious Smackdown, The Brainy Brawl, NERD FIGHT is a stand-up, game show with a wrestling match attitude. Four of L.A.’s finest comic personas go head-to-head in a trivia battle for the right to lay down stand-up sets. With Laura Crawford, Pat Reilly, Adam Murray, Matt McCarthy, Ahmed Bharoocha, and David Venhuizen.

31 Wednesday
Written by Kara Lee Burk
Beau and Dottie are the perfect 1950’s sitcom couple, other than the fact Beau is gay, Dottie is his beard and they’re constantly having to hide the truth from their nosy neighbors. Cast: Fiona Gubelmann, Alex Staggs, Jackie Tohn, Marc Evan Jackson, Beth Crosby, Jamison Scala, Brandon Econ, and Jessica Sattelberger. Directed by Marc Warzecha.

Thursday, August 1st
It Could Be Worse: Everything’s Great and I Can’t Stop Crying
Written and Performed by Kristen Studard
Kristen Studard recently moved to L.A. and is telling her mom it’s going well. And it is. Right?…Kristen has performed at Just For Laughs Chicago, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Fest, Chicago Sketchfest, and countless theaters, bars, bookstores and backyards. Oh, and the Chicago Tribune once called her “rubberfaced”, which she’s pretty sure is a compliment.

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Summer is upon us, and with it comes bathing-suit season. Fortunately, all nine of this month's free comedy shows at Comedy Central stage are 100% fat, carb, sugar and calorie-free.

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

4 Tuesday
Sketch Comedy
Sketch team Bonafide is named for a race horse and performed by humans. Humans are welcome. No horses allowed. Performed by Lilan Bowden, Drew DiFonzo Marks, Ryan Meharry, Pam Murphy, Dave Theune and Madeline Walter. Written by Patrick Baker, Codi Fischer, Skander Halim, Ally Hord, Matt Manser and Johnny Svarzbein.

5 Wednesday
Written by Stephanie Streisand, Music by Rocco Privetera
From Off-Broadway comes a sketch show that presents your favorite Broadway awards show in 2017. Starring Ryan Karels, Tony Rodriguez, Rachel Bloom, Richard Armstead, Adam Bozarth, Douglas Widick & Stephanie Streisand.

6 Thursday
KINKY BANGS: From Here to Here
Written by and Starring Susan-Kate Heaney & Allison Schultz
Susan-Kate and Allison attempt to overcome the trauma of growing up with curly hair AND BANGS as they try to convince the world (themselves) that they can make it in Hollywood. Comedy really does heal everything. Directed by Jamie Moyer.

11 Tuesday
Sketch Comedy
Winner of iO West’s 24-Hour Sketch Competition, Sketchy @ Best brings you good old fashioned comedy, but always with an ulterior motive. Written and performed by Adam Blanchard, Joe DeBolt, Ron Harner, Heather Horton, Eden McFadden & Lenny Wanser. Directed by Frank Caeti.

19 Wednesday
Written by Tricia McAlpin
Susan is having a couple of girlfriends over for a book club. It’s not a big deal. Everything’s gonna be fine. She bought tapenade. But, why won’t those helicopters stop circling her apartment. A sketch play in one act featuring Jessica Jardine, Marcy Jarreau, Ann Maddox, Tricia McAlpin and Eugene Cordero. Directed by Neil Campbell.

20 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
L.A.’s longest running spoken word show. It’s deeply funny. With Craig Anton, Courtney Kocak, Catheryn Brockett, Natalie Gergely and Michael Rachlis with music by David Zasloff. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

25 Tuesday
Sketch Comedy
Brute Squad is a fast-paced, high energy sketch group who won the 2012 L.A. Improv Comedy Festival’s Sketch Competition. Their original videos have been featured on Funny or Die! and The Huffington Post.

26 Wednesday
Emily Maya Mills
Emily Maya Mills’ (Key and Peele, Comedy Bang Bang) solo sketch show, God Hates Figs, skews past, present and future in an anthropological museum tour full of clowns and creeps. Lauded by the LA Weekly, and hailed by many as “Mental!” Additional voices by Barak Hardley. Directed by Julie Brister.

27 Thursday
Sketch Comedy
Private Street takes you to the world of Yorkville Public Access Television. Join them, see the crazy shows they have to offer, and find out if Yorkville Public Access can raise enough money to stay on the air! With David Brown, Charlene deGuzman, Anais Fairweather, Yak Manrique, Mark Schroeder and Dylan Booth Vigus.

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It's May, and if you think Comedy Central Stage is taking the month off, you must be some kind of a damn fool. They've got a whopping eight shows this month, all free and all hilarious.

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

7 Tuesday
CHARLES Presents:
A Cavalcade of Talk Noises
Critically acclaimed Seattle sketch duo Charles showcases their highly intelligent and subversive brand of sketch comedy in a new show. Come see the group Center Stage Chicago called “absolute brilliant,” and which The Stranger heralded as “one of the most inspiring chucks of comedy produced all year.”

9 Thursday
Matt Price and Ilyse Mimoun
Matt and Ilyse debate one of the most important questions of our time by delving deep into emoticons, twin threesomes, and the rationale for calling someone ‘blubberbutt.’ Mr. Price recurred on TNT’s Men of a Certain Age and won a writing Emmy for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Ms. Mimoun appeared on many TV shows including Hart of Dixie and 90210.

14 Tuesday
Lindsey Fisher and Patrick Babbitt
Hot Butt is a sketch comedy team based in L.A. and created by comedians Lindsey Fisher and Patrick Babbitt. Both performers came out of the Chicago comedy scene having studied at IO and Second City. Their humor comes from a wonderful chemistry on stage and painfully awkward situations.

15 Wednesday
Written by Ben Siemon, music by Ben Siemon & Scott Passarella
It’s time L.A. got its own puppet musical comedy. Follow Joe Green and his friends as they combat jealousy, commercial auditions, terrible jobs, and worst of all: living in the Valley. “I love this show. It’s really smart, very true, and a lot of fun.” – Jeff Marx, co-creator of Avenue Q.

16 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Come here funny stories about people’s pain (the 3rd Thursday of each month). With Kathleen Dennehy, Spencer Greene, Leigh Koechner, Jeff Kahn, Terri Mintz, and music by David Zasloff. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

20 Monday
Sketch Variety Show
After their sitcom is cancelled, “America’s Favorite TV Family”, decides to produce their own variety show. The Kuntzes are a Hollywood mess; and their dysfunction is on full display, along with sketches, videos, special guests and a big musical number.

21 Tuesday
Heather Anne Campbell and Miles Stroth
All-time UCB Cagematch Champions (49-0); LA Weekly calls Heather & Miles, “intellectually nimble, character driven…beautiful chaos.” Performing their signature long-form improv set, the pair weaves characters and stories together into a single narrative piece.

30 Thursday
JURASSIC PARK: The Musical & THE SHINING! The Musical!
A Double Feature from Davis & Sons
Davis & Sons is Matthew Patrick Davis and Joe Chandler & Zach Paez, presenting two of their half-hour musicals back-to-back. Jurassic Park, featuring the songs “Clever Girl” and “Vision’s Based on Movement,” and The Shining, featuring the hit single “I’m Gonna Bash Your F*cking Brains In.”

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One week from Friday, the brand new season of The Half Hour kicks off with Dan Soder at 12am/11c and Nikki Glaser at 12:30am/11:30c. But right now you can get an advanced look at these season with a 20-minute highlight collection that just dropped. Click the image to watch!

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It's a new month, which means there's a whole new slew of free comedy shows at Comedy Central Stage! All shows start at 8am with limited seating at The Hudson in Hollywood. Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.

April Fools! All shows start at 8pm! You really ought to be ashamed of yourself for falling for that.

2 Tuesday
Family Sandwich
Sketch group Family Sandwich lampoons the wide world of podcasting the only way podcasters can’t – with live sketch. Featuring Brad Gage, Heidi Gardner, Melissa Hunter, Kirstin Keagy, and Eric Lombart.

3 Wednesday
Brian McElhaney & Nick Kocher
BriTANick (rhymes with Titanic) is the two part comedy explosion of Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney. They have performed sketch, improv and standup all over the country and put out a series of internet videos that have amassed over 25 million views worldwide.

11 Thursday
Sketch Comedy
Whit, Clay, Budd and Rod are a comedy collective living in L.A. Their live show is a chaotic blend of musical and interactive bits that often involve audience plants, games, characters, stage tackling, and EXTREME friendship.

17 Wednesday
DAMN, GIRL: A Two Lady Show
Written by and starring Liz Bolton and Beth Crosby
From the off-kilter minds of Liz Bolton (Boom Chicago, Groundlings Sunday Co) and Beth Crosby (Second City Theatricals, Jessica and Hunter web series) comes a multimedia extravaganza featuring hot lesbians detectives, Hancock Park socialites, and a couple of girls who’d give it all up to get pregnant. Original music by Dan Wessels.

18 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Totally true tales from totally real people (the 3rd Thursday of each month). With Jessica Williamson, Stirling Gardner, Tamar Halpern, and Tom O’Connor with music by Gary Stockdale. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

24 Wednesday
Solo Performers That Don’t Suck
Performing individually, producing great work collectively. An evening of comedic storytelling, characters and standup featuring Carla Cackowski, Drew Droege, Brendan Hunt, Molly Prather, and Antonio Sacre.

25 Thursday
Monster Party Rises #Hard
Featuring a motley crew of actors that go the distance for comedy, Monster Party are the champions for the 1st Annual Scripted Cage Match competition at IO West.

29 Monday
Sketch Comedy written by Christopher Duva
What is Duva? Where can I find Duva? How do I Duva? Find out the answers to these questions and more with sketches, songs and video in ¡DUVA! With Christopher Duva, Tom Fonss (Groundlings Sunday Co), Crissy Guerrero (The Paul F. Tompkins Show), Courtney Pauroso (Big Boss Comedy) and Joel Spence (Don’t Trust the B…).

30 Tuesday
All-Female Sketch Comedy
There Will Be Snacks features eight talented female writer-performers engaging in some serious girl-on-girl comedy action. With Sara Amini, Alicia Bien, Alexis Notabartolo, Diona Reasonover, Licia Shearer, Alison Tafel, Lynn Trickey and Carolyn Marie Wright.

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Scientists have often disagreed on the most conducive climate for stand-up comedy. In my opinion, subtropic is the only choice because the South Beach Comedy Festival is coming, April 17 – 21. This year's festival features Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Pete Holmes, Bill Burr, Michael Che and more, performing at stages all over Miami plus the free outdoor comedy stage on Lincoln Road.

Get ready with some of the featured stand-ups below and buy your tickets HERE.


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Did you know Bruce Willis was born in March? I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by checking out some great 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.

6 Wednesday
Black Pedro and Johnny Walker
Comedians Black Pedro (BET, Comics Unleashed) and Johnny Walker (TBS’ Comedy
Festival Vegas, The Tonight Show) present a night of topical standup comedy, short

7 Thursday
Lindsey Fisher and Patrick Babbitt
Lindsey and Patrick dive into the weird and awkward in this sketch show. You’ll meet some interesting characters along the way and watch them weave in and out of each other’s lives.

12 Tuesday
Comedic Talk Show
A late-night talk show from Chicago with a bizarrely silly sensibility cultivated by a writing staff whose credits include The Onion News Network and Funny or Die! Featuring Joe Kwaczala, Joe McAdam, Christina Boucher, Cullen Crawford, Megan Green, Dan Ronan and Chris Stephens.

13 Wednesday
Maribeth Monroe
Maribeth Monroe, best known for her role as ‘Alice Murphy’ in Workaholics, brings you a collection of monologues that highlight the dark, destructive, and deplorable side of all things female. Meant to offend, provoke, and (hopefully) disturb, this is not a show you’d want to bring your mother to. Unless you hate your mother.

19 Tuesday
Written by Camille Solari
Camille and Marie are two dreamers who’ve just made the big move to L.A. But will the East Coast let them go? Based on their true misadventures starring Camille Solari and Marie Del Prete. Featuring Mhairi Morrison, Paul C. Morrissey, Allan Murray, Nick Leidl and Tara Hunnewell.

21 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
Real funny stories from real funny people (Now the 3rd Thursday of every month). With Jill Demby, Xaque Gruber, Amanda Marks, Wendy Wilkins, Kemp Powers and a special musical guest. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Anderson Gabrych.

25 Monday
A Time to Remember
We live in a very scary world: the war on drugs, overcrowding of preschools, and the constant threat of Andy Dick showing up on your front stoop again, fill our seemingly never-ending days. Lost Friends (Lauren Benz Phillips, Donald Ian Black, Guerrin Gardner, Michael James Nelson) doesn’t have the answers or cure to any of these problems, what they do DO is sketch comedy.

Wednesday, March 27
Hosted by Bil Dwyer
Fresh from a sellout at San Francisco Sketchfest, TV’s Bil Dwyer brings his star-studded mash up of game and talk to the Comedy Central Stage. Inappropriately probing into the most private career histories of comic panelists: Samm Levine, Jon Dore, Baron Vaughn and Karen Kilgariff. Co-hosted by web starlet Erica Rhodes.

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There are two types of people in this world — those who live in Boston and those who don't. If you are one of the former, then you have no excuse to miss free tapings of the second season of The Half Hour from Tuesday, February 26 - Friday, March 1. Fill out a free ticket form HERE. Do it now before you forget.

This season features: Andy HaynesBaron VaughnBen KronbergCristela AlonzoDan SoderDan St. GermainErik GriffinGabe LiedmanJared LoganJoe DeRosaJonah RayLil RelMike Lawrence, Nikki Glaser, Sean O'Connor, Brody Stevens and Sean Patton.

In the meantime, watch some of the stand-ups' former work below. See you in Boston.

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Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, one thing you can definitely predict about February is another month full of great, 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.

6 Wednesday
Comedy Troupe
Bold, fearless and off the cuff, LA's hottest comedy troupe Duchess Riot is all-female and all-funny. Featuring Lauren Howard Brown, Suzanne Cotsakos, Chelsey Crisp, Katie Elsaesser, Dione Hardin, Debbie Lockhart, Jen McGlone and Erin Muroski.

7 Thursday
The Speakerboxx/Love Below Show
After 8 years of performing sketch comedy together, Marques and Randall are calling it quits. Come discover why they're parting ways and if there's any hope for their future. Written and performed by Randall Park and Marques Ray.

13 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.

20 Wednesday
That’s Show Bizzus
A journey through Hollywood and satire and political and love and relationships and parody and social hot button issues. And fun and laughs and buh buh buh…zzzzzzzzz. Delicious Moments is Brian Shortall and Ithamar Enriquez.

21 Thursday
Writers' Reading Series
True stories from real people. (Now the 3rd Thursday of every month). With Ron Zimmerman, Rick Overton, Tom Saunders, Fia Perera, Katya Lidsky and special musical guest. Presented by Jill Soloway, Maggie Rowe and Andersen Gabrych.

25 Monday
Seen any personal essay shows? This is worse. Shlomique Bloomingdale and her “writing students” improvise personal essays and hold a Q & A with the audience. Featuring Sara Cravens, Drew Droege, Phyllis Katz, Mike Rose and Chase Winton. Directed by Phyllis Katz.

26 Tuesday
MANEATER: The True Story of the Champawat Tigress
Written by and Starring Matt Dennie and Josh Sharp
Witness the true story of a menacing tigress that killed 436 people before being gunned down by a legendary hunter. Through song, dance and some stage magic, Matt Dennie and Josh Sharp will show you that no one is safe from the tiger's claws. These events are 100% insanely true.

27 Wednesday
Jon Monastero and Stephen Simon
L.A.’s premiere physical comedy duo returns with INEFFABLE their hit show all about death. "Breathtakingly hilarious and infinitely theatrical…these top notch farceurs have achieved poignancy, laughs, pathos, charm, and more." Directed by Bryan Coffee.

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Start getting excited…now. Everyone's favorite stand-up show designated into 30 minute increments is back. The Half Hour returns this spring with 16 comedians who you might recognize from Mash Up, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution and more.

This year features Andy Haynes, Baron Vaughn, Ben Kronberg, Cristela Alonzo, Dan Soder, Dan St. Germain, Erik Griffin, Gabe Liedman, Jared Logan, Joe DeRosa, Jonah Ray, Lil Rel, Mike Lawrence, Nikki Glaser, Sean O'Connor and Sean Patton.

There's no premiere date set, so stay posted. While you're waiting, familiarize yourself with the stand-ups former work. You may now go about your business.