Many say laughter is the best medicine. For once, an old saying is actually spot on. Studies show that laughter has numerous benefits for both body and mind. Physically, laughter boosts immunity, reduces pain, and prevents heart disease. Psychologically, a fit of the giggles provides powerful stress relief, minimizes anxiety, and builds emotional resilience. Another major perk? Laughing together strengthens relationships, encourages bonding, and cuts down on conflict. A little laughing can go a long way, too! Just 10-15 extra minutes of mirth each day equates to a better mood and increased longevity. For South Bay residents, good comedy is never far away. From smaller improv groups to well-known comedy clubs, these South Bay comedy events and classes are sure to get the laughs rollin’.
5. Crafts N’ Laughs
Pro comics fill the room with laughs every Tuesday at 9:15 pm at Flights Beer Bar in Hawthorne (5119 W. El Segundo BLVD Hawthorne, CA 90250). Enjoy 40 fresh craft beers, delicious food and lots of laughs!
4. Comedy and Magic Club
Without contest, Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach is the most well-known and well-loved comedy club in the South Bay. Read on for highlights from this month’s lineup.
With appearances on Late Night with Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, and almost every major television network, Greg Hahn is a comedy favorite. His style is described as energetic, all out, and wild. Shows will be June 12-13 at 8 pm. 18+ only
Both an Emmy nominated actor and comedian, Gardell is known for his starring role in the CBS hit “Mike and Molly”. This special event will be held on June 16th at 8 pm. $20 per person, 18+ only
Co-creator, co-executive producer, and leading lady of the ABC sitcom “Cristela”, Cristela Alonzo has risen to standup comedy fame. See her live on June 19-20 at 8 pm. 18+ only
A popular 70s era comedian, he is most well-known for replacing Johnny Carson as the host of the Tonight Show. Shows take place on Sundays at 7 pm all summer. This special event does not accept passes and has a 10 guest maximum per party, 18+ only
Relatable humor is the name of the game when John Heffron is in the house. He appeals to audiences of all ages with his light humor and hard-earned wisdom. Shows will be held 6/26-6/27 at 8 pm.
Comedy Showcase and 10 Comedians!
At Comedy and Magic Club, there are several Comedy Showcases available each month featuring renowned comedians from all walks of life. Additionally, comedy features of 10 big name performers happen frequently. Check the calendar at http://comedyandmagicclub.com/shows.cfm for more details.
3. April’s Fools
A local comedy improv troupe, April’s Fools tours around the South Bay and offers fun classes for those who want to test out their improv chops. The Beach Reporter called them “fools for comedy”, with Easy Reader commenting, “They made magic”. Performances are currently held on the second Saturday of every month at 2nd Story Theatre in Hermosa. Performances include audience participation, with the actors and audience working together to create funny scenes and hilarious characters. Annual passes to their Hermosa Beach performances are available for $60. More info at http://www.aprilsfoolsimprov.com/
2. Westside Comedy
Located in Santa Monica, Westside Comedy offers a multitude of hilarious shows every evening. Some of this month’s titles include “The Best and Worst of the Internet”, “Youth and Teen Comedy Improv Show”, and “Mission Improvable”. Open mic nights are also available.
If you’re looking for more varied comedy classes, this is the place to go. They offer classes on improv, sketch humor, stand up, voice over artistry, and more. Check out their website at http://www.westsidecomedy.com/ to see a full event calendar and read on about available classes.
1. The Really Awesome Improv Show
Comedy shows don’t have to be adults-only. For family fun, try out the Really Awesome Improv Show. Voted “Best Kids’ Comedy Show” by LA magazine, the show is funny and appropriate for all ages. The cast rotates and includes different games each week. Shows are hosted every Saturday at noon and include lots of laughs and audience participation. It’s all the way out in Hollywood, but for a family, comedy treat the drive is worth it. View more details at https://www.secondcity.com/shows/hollywood/the-really-awesome-improv-show/
Regardless of which show you try out, leave your worries at home. Put your cares aside and laugh a little. It’ll do you (and everyone around you!) a world of good.