It's one thing to own and operate one of the most popular venues on the Sunset Strip. But when USA Today ranks your comedy club as "Best in the Country", well then, that's when you really know you've made it. Jaime Masada opened the Laugh Factory, located on the corner of Fairfax and Sunset in Hollywood, in 1979, and watched as it quickly grew to become a popular destination for comedy's greatest stand-ups to perform, including Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Pryor. So if you're thinking about seeing a show at the Laugh Factory this weekend, but still have a few questions about parking, tickets prices, nearby restaurants, etc., then let LA.com be your guide. Here's everything you'll need to know before visiting.
Where is the Laugh Factory located?
The Laugh Factory is located on the Sunset Strip, at the corner of Fairfax and Sunset. It's official address is 8001 Sunset Boulevard, 90046.
How do I purchase tickets?
The easiest way to purchase tickets for a show at the Laugh Factory is by visiting its website, which allows you to buy tickets well in advance. General admission tickets are $15, while VIP tickets will cost you $25. The club also has a two-drink minimum.
You can also purchase tickets by calling 323-656-1336 ext. 1, or by visiting the Laugh Factory box office, located in the front of the club, on the day of the event.
How do I get there by public transportation?
Given its location on the Strip, there are a number of buses that will take you directly to the Laugh Factory. The most common are Metro Local Line #'s 2 and 217, both of which make frequent stops every 15 to 30 minutes, and Metro Rapid Line # 780, which makes a stop every 15 minutes. You can also visit www.metro.net
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take Sunset Boulevard all the way there. But you're probably better off taking Fountain to Fairfax, especially during rush hour.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 North and get off at Exit 55A toward Santa Monica Boulevard. Turn right onto Santa Monica and drive for two miles until you reach North La Cienega Boulevard. Turn left on North La Cienega, drive for about a half a mile, then make another right when you hit Sunset Boulevard. The Laugh Factory will be on the left.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South to the 101 North, then get off at Exit 8A for Sunset Boulevard. Turn right on Sunset and drive for three miles. The Laugh Factory will be on your right.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South and get off at the Highland Avenue Exit. Continue onto Highland, then make a right at Sunset Boulevard. After two miles of driving the Laugh Factory will be on your right.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 101 North. From there you'll want to get off at the Sunset Boulevard Exit and make a right. Drive for a little over three miles and you'll be in front of the Laugh
What's the parking like if I drive?
The Laugh Factory has valet parking available for $7, which is not too bad when you consider that other clubs in the area charge double that. Metered street parking is also available, but it's usually difficult to find an available spot (especially in the evening). If you do plan on driving, your best bet is to park at any one of the parking structures in the area. There usually costs between $7 and $10 to park, and most of the structures are within walking distance. You can find a detailed map of all the parking structures in the area by visiting http://thesunsetstrip.com/info/parking.
The Laugh Factory is set up so that all seats have a close view of the stage. In fact, those in the first few rows are sitting only a few feet away from the performer, which can be both good and bad. Good because it gives you a rare opportunity to see your favorite comedian up-close and personal, but bad if you're the type of person that talks during performances. Remember, they can see you just as clearly as you can see them. So unless you want to be singled out by someone who makes strangers laugh for a living, you'll definitely want to refrain from chit chatting.
What kind of food do they serve inside?
The club does serve food but the menu is kind of limited. Still, you can order a thin crust 8" pizza for $10, a chips n' salsa appetizer for $5, and for dessert an old fashioned brownie will cost you $5.50. The two-drink minimum includes the purchase of any beer, wine, soda, water or juice. Drink prices vary but most of their beer and wine costs between $5 and $7.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
The Laugh Factory is located right next door to Greenblatt's, one of the oldest and most famous delicatessens in Los Angeles. So if you're in the mood for a pastrami sandwich after the show, you know where to go. Greenblatt's is open until 2 a.m. For a custom built burger, try The Counter located a block away at 7917 W. Sunset. Those in the mood for sushi will want to try Sushi Dan across the street. It's also open until 2 a.m. And if Mexican food is what you desire, than there's a brand new Pink Taco that just opened up on the Strip. It's located at 8225 W. Sunset.
Where can I learn more about the Laugh Factory?