Best-casescenario:Famous comic actor gets loose, sometimes nasty. And he still has that way of looking at you like you’re the crazy one.
Worst-casescenario:He doesn’t show up. He sometimes has to leave town to shoot a movie — he’s out this Wednesday, for instance (but he’s back on the 22nd). Other than that? None. He’s Jon Lovitz, and you’re going to laugh.
Theshow:Largo’s MondayNightComedyNightrotates standup (with people like Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Mary Lynn Rajskub); GregProops’ChatShow;ThePaulF.TompkinsShow.
Where/when:Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave. (323) 852-1073; every Mon., 9 p.m.
SezAndrew:“Monday is my Mediumnight, so it’s nothing but me, the cats and Patricia Arquette.
Parkingstressfactor:High. You can usually park in the city lot off Fairfax and Willoughby.
Best-casescenario:You won’t go away disappointed. Largo deserves its reputation for high-quality comedy that forgets to insult the audience.
Worst-casescenario:Getting stuck in front of the kitchen entrance with lousy view of the stage while harried waitresses push past you.
TheShow:TheJustSlightlyBetterThanaGuninYourMouthShowopen-mike comedy. Comedy open mikes are only for fans who like to live on the comedy edge; recommending a comedy open mike is like recommending the surprise platter at IHOP — chances are you’ll be sorry. But Andrew swears that the caliber of talent does not disappoint. Open-mike nights usually mean a roomful of performers waiting for their spot onstage, so why would we send you to one? Because Andrew says it’s the best, and he’s logged more hours on wooden chairs in comedy clubs, coffeehouses and backrooms than any other human ever. You won’t see any “road acts,” the tight five or 10 minutes a comic performs on Leno, but there is a chance to hear some established names work out edgy new material, and to get a look at talented newcomers.
Cost:Free; buy some Middle Eastern food if you want.
SezAndrew:“I’ve seen more great sets here by people I’ve never seen before than I thought possible. It’s a comic’s-eye view of comedy; the angels of our better nature duking it out with the devils of cheap, easy laughs. A small, intimate room creates a generally supportive vibe that will turn frosty in a heartbeat if you cross the line into hack. Host Dan Bialek keeps the fun moving and sets a nice tone for the show up front with his fast-talking self-deprecation.”
Parkingstressfactor:Low; street parking always available on Melrose or La Cienega if you don’t mind walking a block or two.
Best-casescenario:Chip Pope, Laura Kilmartin, Natasha Leggero. Also, it’s early, so you still have plenty of time to party with Ashton and Paris at the clubs afterward.
Worst-casescenario:“A wide assortment of definitely unstable and possibly clinically diagnosed behavior. It’s an open mike, remember?” reminds Andrew.
SezAndrew:TheOpenMikeofLoveis a Los Angeles institution, half standup, half group therapy, and the place I think of as my comedy birthplace.
Parkingstressfactor:Low; lots of pay lots.
Best-casescenario:“If we had an actual audience member, first we’d make them uncomfortable by asking them why they were there, make fun of their answer and then try really hard to make them love us with our humorous insights into life and failure,” says host Vance Sanders. Adds Andrew, “Vance Sanders, Carol Ann Leif, Lesley Tsina and Manuel Gallegos making you laugh.”
Worst-casescenario:“It’s an open mike, remember?” warns Andrew.
Worst-casescenario:Remember, it’s zany improv; you won’t get the same show twice.
Theshow:J. Keith van Straaten’s What’sMyLine?Mr. van Straaten, in his crisp suit, hosts this respectful restaging of the popular ’60s game show. A celebrity panel — recently Marty Ingels, April Winchell, Jack Riley, Debra Wilson — tries to guess the occupation of regular folks.
Where/when:ACME Comedy Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd. No booze. All ages. (323) 525-0202; every Wed., 8 p.m.
Parkingstressfactor:High — fork over the $5 for the valet.