For L.A. stand-up comics, the Open Mic Ordinaire can be a happy revelation. When you arrive to a small rectangular room jammed with wines in a hip strip mall, you wouldn't be mistaken for thinking it's a wrong address. In the back of the store is a semi-hidden staircase. Descend these stairs and you'll arrive at a clean, Euro-modernist wine cavern, part of which is glassed off into a snug, well-lit performance space. That's where Robert Adam and Keven Scotti have run their now twice-weekly stand-up night since October 2016, and where they foster a supportive vibe. On a good night you'd think you were catching up-and-coming comedians in Portland or Providence, but here in Atwater Village it's underground comedy of the literal sense.
Credit: Adam Gropman