If you’re a fan of comedy even in the slightest then you know The Comedy Store is an institution; it is the mecca for standup comics. Walking in under those red lights and passing all the framed pictures in the hallway immortalizing dozens of Hall of Fame comedians that have performed there, it’s unlike any other club in the country.
The first time I visited LA a few years ago The Comedy Store was the No. 1 place I had to check out. Well that and In N’ Out.
But seriously this spot on Sunset Boulevard has been a launching pad for some of the funniest people to ever walk the planet. Name any famous comedian and it’s pretty much guaranteed they performed at The Comedy Store at some point. Just look at this murderer’s row of alumni:
This place is revered by comics to this day and is still frequented by huge names who do shows routinely just to work on material. Joe Rogan performs there pretty much every weekend and he just signed a $100 million contract with Spotify so it’s not like he needs the work.
I went to a show on a Saturday night that was stacked with huge names like Joe Rogan, Tom Green, Iliza Shlesinger, and Michael Rosenbaum. All that for a $20 ticket. So if you lived in the area you could go see some of the best comedians in the country every weekend for less than what I spend on a GrubHub order.
Now the first time I actually went to The Comedy Store was when I literally just stumbled in at like 1 AM on a weeknight. Whats great about this place is if theres not a big headline event, you can just walk in whenever, pay a small cover, and theres just comics working on material at all hours of the night. So we dropped in and just sat in the back with a couple of beers and laughed our asses off watching some guy I’d never even heard of. The talent there is just on another level.
So I am going to have to actually buy Showtime for the first time ever because this doc series is going to be must see TV.
David Letterman recalls his first appearance at the iconic Comedy Store in a new Showtime docuseries about the club. pic.twitter.com/rcHzmAc1dw— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 1, 2020
Robin Williams, in front of the Comedy Store which opened in April 1972 by comedians Sammy Shore (1927–2019), and Rudy De Luca.— RealJesusChrysler aka Captain Clorox (@ChryslerReal) September 24, 2020
The building was formerly the home of Ciro's, a popular Hollywood nightclub owned by William Wilkerson, where The Byrds were discovered in 1964. pic.twitter.com/MCOtZ0OApU