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Address: 7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone Number: 323-934-4747
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3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Sun 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Melrose Avenue's Groundlings have been practicing their high-octane...

Melrose Avenue's Groundlings have been practicing their high-octane brand of anything-goes improvisation for nearly three decades. Audiences know the group for their wacky sketch comedy and lightning audience participation rounds, but for aspiring comedians and writers it's the Groundlings School that's the real draw. With courses in beginning and advanced improv, sketch and monologue comedy, the school has trained several generations of young wits. Its alumni includes a laundry list of "SNL"-ers (Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney, Will Ferrell, Laraine Newman), Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson and Emmy-winning "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow. The theatre was also the home of Paul Reubens' early, raunchier version of "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." With pristine standards and a pool of hundreds of talented newcomers to draw from, the troupe offers some of the quickest, cleverest improv in town, cozily presented in their own 100-seat theater.

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FUNNY - Fast paced and excellent value

Bought tickets on a whim after our initial evening plans didn't work out. WONDERFUL change of plans. The live comedy acts we saw were great....fast-paced, wide variety of skits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
San Marcos, Texas

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Bought tickets on a whim after our initial evening plans didn't work out. WONDERFUL change of plans. The live comedy acts we saw were great....fast-paced, wide variety of skits, and excellent delivery by the actor comedians. At $20 per ticket, this was an excellent value. If you don't like the skit you're watching, give it a minute and you'll get... More 

Westernport, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I was visiting LA and saw "Cooking With Gas" with special guests Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell. Also included Michael McDonald, Mindy Sterling, Jim Rash, Tim Bagley, Ariane Price, and Ryan Gaul. Directed by Mitch Silpa. Great show. It was hilarious and the environment is very intimate - very small venue and you're right next to the stage, no matter... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Went and saw the late show on a Friday night, and this was honestly the funniest improv I have ever seen, live or on TV. It fills up quick, so would recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, but so worth it if you enjoy laughing your head off!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Awesome theatre dedicated to Phil Hartman. Young comedians with much talent and unique skits. Small lobby with many pictures of many comedians from their much younger past and I heard when many got their start including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wigg, Kathy Griffith, Phil Hartman, Will Farrell, Chris Katan and so any other stars of past Saturday Night Live. No alcohol... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

we took a two week action packed vacation. we saw and did a great many things but when it comes to telling friends about our vacation, seeing the Groundlings perform improve was such an overwhelmingly positive experience that it is usually the lead vacation story. we laughed during the entire performance. the theatre is very small and intimate with no... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Been there several times. Always a good show. You sit 20 feet from the stage and feel like you are part of the show. Reservations recommender as it can be busy. Reasonable $$....

Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I was checking out Tripadvisor for something to do for a last minute trip to LA and saw "Groundlings". I knew I had heard of that name and was delighted to discover what it was. Somehow it had never occured to me to check out a comedy show during our visits but I'm glad we did. The performances were hilarious... More 

Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Enjoyable evening. The improv is not crazy and you can bring a 16-year old to the performance. Highly recommended.

Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I had never seen improve or sketch comedy before and really enjoyed it. It was a great show and the members are really pros . Most of the acts were incredible.

Alta Loma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

One of the best shows we have seen. This is sketch and improv and will have you laughing till you cry. Small theater with no bad seats. We sat so close, the actors looked like giants. Get your tickets early because they sell out on weekends.


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