Good Heroin is a refreshing oasis for Angelenos accustomed to comedy shows with two-drink minimums at crowded venues that look like nightclubs. The BYOB gathering occurs on Saturday nights on the back patio of Stories, a bookstore and coffee shop in Echo Park with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. The coffee bar remains open during the show, so you can spike your whiskey with a latte. Organizers, hosts and longtime L.A. comics Dave Ross and Matt Ingebretson mandate a decidedly chilled-out vibe. “It's more like a group of friends hanging out,” Ingebretson says. It's also short, only 8 to 9:30 p.m., so you still have plenty of time to hang out with the comedians afterward (they're known to go out for drinks with attendees post-set). Nick Kroll and Kumail Nanjiani have both recently performed.
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