Irvine is just far enough out of Los Angeles to have its own identity, but still close enough to be a part of the Entertainment Capital of the World. One of the benefits of that is the thriving comedy scene right here in Irvine! When you’re looking for a fun night out, a comedy show is the perfect idea. Whether it is a bachelorette party, a birthday, graduation, or just a random Tuesday, going out and having a laugh is almost always just what is needed. Here are the best comedy clubs in Irvine for your night on the town.
The Irvine Improv
Part of the family of the world famous Improv comedy clubs, the Irvine Improv is your chance to see the biggest names in comedy, as well as some up and comers on their way to becoming household names. The Improv was originally started by the legendary Bud Friedman in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City in the 60’s. It has since become synonymous with stand up comedy all over the country. Past acts at the Irvine Improv include Norm Macdonald, Dana Carvey, and Joan Rivers. In the next few months, you’ll be able to catch Arsenio Hall, Jeff Garlin, Anjelah Johnson, and Maz Jobrani.
ImprovCity may share part of its name with the Irvine Improv, but this place actually is about improvisational comedy. Every scene, sketch, and song is based on audience suggestions, so no two shows will ever be the same. You never know what you will get with a show at ImprovCity. If you are looking for a perfect date night, this is it! OC Native and CBS Los Angeles both listed it as one of the best date night activities in Orange County. If you have always wanted to try out your own comedy chops, ImprovCity also offers improv classes.
Yep… another comedy club with Improv in the name. It’s almost like Irvine can’t escape improv. But we’re not complaining! The Improv Collective is a kind of one-stop-shopping for all things comedy. They feature local artists in improv comedy, host open mic nights, art shows, poetry nights, and other events for Irvine talents to show their stuff.
Check out the comedy talent at one of these Irvine clubs and be sure to let us know what you thought on Facebook or Instagram! And be sure to follow our blog here for more Irvine events and other fun stuff.