Jeff Garlin's monthly chat show at Largo, titled By the Way, is a roller coaster. Depending upon the guest, depending upon the night, depending upon the moment, you can find yourself crying from laughter or tearing up from hearing about a personal tragedy. Garlin's self-effacing brand of comedy is on pitch-perfect display with every interview, from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan to Amy Poehler. Garlin and guest segue seamlessly between topics of personal poignancy and professional acumen, all while keeping the large, lofty room in stitches. And the door price — $25 — pales in comparison to other, less tested shows around town. In By the Way, Garlin has found a formula that works for him as much as it does for the rest of us. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove, 90048. (310) 855-0350, —Farley Elliott

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