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A couple strolling down Copenhagen Drive in Solvang. This could be you.; Credit: Photo by Martin Good

Holiday Getaways Within Driving Distance of L.A.

So you've got two consecutive three-day weekends and nothing to do? Get the hell out of Los Angeles! In spite of SoCal's abundant sunshine, our small(er)-town neighbors celebrate the holidays with the best of 'em. Whether you're looking for Santa, snow, romance, debauchery or all of the above, here are......
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Best Comedy Rap Battle 

The setup is simple — six comedians rhyme over a beat, competing with one another for audience votes — but the results are endlessly varied. Every second Tuesday of the month, stand-up and improv comic Eliza Skinner, with the beatboxing assistance of Joshua Silverstein, hosts Turnt Up!, a rap battle that features your favorite local stand-ups......
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Best Live Fan Fiction 

What started as a Valentine's Day stunt in 2012 is now a recurring show whose uniqueness is proven by the three adjectives in its title. Every third Sunday of the month, Bryan Cook's Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction asks comedians to write and perform a piece of sexy, and usually filthy, fan fiction, based on whatever books,......
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How Smosh's Doofy YouTube Videos Got 7.4 Billion Views

Supposedly Anthony is the heartthrob and Ian is adorkable. That’s exactly how they come across on a Friday evening at their Beverly Hills studio, Ian in his quirky sneakers and Anthony exposing the waistband of his Calvin Klein briefs. Anthony occasionally dons man jewelry; Ian doesn’t really work out. They’ve......
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A Google Map of Tig Notaro's Road Trip to DIY House Shows

Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, which premieres April 17 at 9 p.m. on Showtime, is not a concert film of the comedian's stand-up. Technically, it's a tour documentary of Notaro at a series of DIY house shows, except there is little stage time featured. The film instead focuses on the......
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Dare Comedy: Shows That Put Stand-Ups in Uncomfortable Situations

"Oh God, I hope that got a laugh, but I'll never know," Ian Abramson said, after telling a joke at the first L.A. installment of his new show, Seven Minutes in Purgatory, in January. He can't be sure because he delivered the joke from a room backstage, while wearing noise-canceling......
T.J. Miller cohosts (with Eli Olsberg) the stand-up show Performance Anxiety inside the Pleasure Chest sex shop.; Credit: Megan Baker

14 Oddball Places We Wish Would Host Comedy in 2015

Hotel lobby, pet store, sex shop, hat store, record store, Chinese restaurant, boutique, barber shop, tattoo parlor, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery: as indie-comedy shows come and go, the venues grow more bizarre. Where should they go next? Several local comics and show producers joined us in creating the following prediction-slash-wishlist......
Aziz Ansari played the Wiltern last night and performs at the Orpheum Oct. 2 and 3.; Credit: Lucas Michael

Aziz Ansari Isn't So Angry Anymore

What's Aziz Ansari angry about on this tour? The answer is "not much." On his latest tour, Aziz Ansari Live! — at the Wiltern last night, and at the Orpheum October 2 and 3 — the prolific comedian and actor seemed far more patient and tolerant than in his previous......
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