Reopening: GROUNDLINGS THEATRE (Sketch & Improv Comedy)

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by Tony Frankel on July 15, 2021

in Theater-Los Angeles


L.A.’s home-grown Groundlings in-person programming returns with all of the best they got beginning July 23, 2021. An evening at the Groundlings means a packed theater containing a community of folks whose only desire is to laugh — and laugh you will.
Friday, July 23
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
“Groundlings Light Up”
Tickets for Groundlings Lights Up ($20.00)
  • The Groundlings Main Company returns to the legendary stage on Melrose with a brand new improv show, Groundlings Lights Up! This limited-run show will be the first live event on our stage in 16 months and we can’t wait to laugh with you all IN-PERSON!
Wednesday, July 28
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST
“The Crazy Uncle Joe Show”
Tickets for The Crazy Uncle Joe Show ($16.00)
  • LIVE! The Groundlings Players begin with three suggestions from the crowd, and then proceed to weave the stories together, traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 40 minutes straight. AND, after a brief break, they come back and do it all over again with three new suggestions!
Friday, August 6
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST
  • Some of the best queer improvisers in the country return to our stage to sail the gay seas for an evening of long form improv. Though our steadfast crew may be LGBTQ, all are welcome to hop on board. Created by Chris Eckert.
Sunday, August 8
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST
Sundays Drive-Ins & Drives
  • The Sunday Company members write and perform a new sketch comedy show every Sunday night. Each member has completed the Core Track (improv training) and the Lab Track (sketch training) of The Groundlings School and, because of their amazing potential, was invited to join the Sunday Company
Thursday, August 12
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PST
Cookin’ With GAS
  • For over 20 years The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Company have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new special guest.
Friday, August 13
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST
Groundlings Bar Fight: Round 2
Tickets for Groundlings Bar Fight: Round Two ($25.00)
  • Extra rowdy all-new sketch comedy from the Main Company!
The Groundlings Theatre is an improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been entertaining LA audiences since 1974.  They are a non-profit organization founded by Gary Austin. The Groundlings School has been the foremost comedy training ground in Hollywood and the springboard for countless careers including comic geniuses from film and television such as Melissa McCarthy, Phil LaMarr, Jennifer Coolidge, Ben Falcone, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Kathy Griffin, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan, Taran Killam, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Paul Reubens, Maya Rudolph, Mindy Sterling and Kristen Wiig, among others.  You can see catch Groundlings and recent alumni on shows such as Saturday Night Live (Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman), The Righteous Gemstones (Edi Patterson & Tony Cavalero), Community (Jim Rash), Man with a Plan (Matt Cook), A.P. Bio (Lyric Lewis), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Andrew Leeds), Insecure (Leonard Robinson), Veep (Emily Pendergast), Call Me Kat (Julian Gant), and much more.

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