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The World Famous Laugh Factory opened its doors in 1979. Currently the comedy brand has two southern California locations, one in Hollywood (its original Sunset Boulevard locale) and the other in Long Beach (opened in 2008); come 2012 you can add a Chicago location to that list. Comedy's top stars, as well as today's brightest emerging talent, shine on its legendary stages seven nights a week.
Among the comedians who have performed at the club are Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Roseanne Barr, David Brenner, Nick Cannon, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Rodney Dangerfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, Redd Foxx, Eddie Griffin, Kathy Griffin, Andy Kaufman, Sam Kinison, Martin Lawrence, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, Goerge Lopez, Bernie Mac, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Carlos Mencia, Larry Miller, Mo'Nique, Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Pollack, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Robin Williams, Steven Wright and many, many more.
Laugh Factory owner, Jamie Masada, created and is the executive producer of The Supreme Court of Comedy, a half-hour, unscripted series which can currently be seen on DirecTV. Filmed at the Hollywood Club, real-life complaints are heard before comedian and “Chief Justice” Dom Irrera, who hands out hilarious (and surprisingly just) rulings. Laugh Factory comedians guest star as “Court Counselors” representing each party.
Masada was also a casting consultant for Fox’s In Living Color, a ground-breaking and sometimes controversial series which showcased black comedians, humor, music, and culture. Masada was instrumental in championing the casting of both Jim Carrey (one of the few white cast members) and Jamie Foxx, not only helping to ensure the success of the show, but fast-tracking the two aspiring, young comedians’ careers.
A true comedy renaissance man,
Masada also enjoyed a successful run as a magazine publisher, launching the Laugh Factory Magazine in 1983. Self-published for the first two years, Warner Publishing then began distributing the magazine nationally until 1996.
The Laugh Factory was the first business cited in America to provide condoms to its customers. Further innovations included inaugurating Latino, Black, Female and Asian themed club night.
Among events currently hosted by the Laugh Factory is the annual Laugh Bowl search for young talent, a competition held each November on the campuses of southern California’s UCLA and USC. The Laugh Factory’s in house production team captures students’ comedy routines, posts the footage online and opens several rounds of voting. The top five finalists from each school compete onstage at the club before a panel of comedy professionals, with the winner receiving a gig at the Laugh Factory, their name and school up on the Sunset Boulevard marquee, and $5,000 in Laugh Factory gift certificates. The winner’s school receives the Laugh Bowl trophy and bragging rights for the year as the college with the best sense of humor.
Laugh Factory’s in house production team lead by Head of Production, Paul Fiore, has also seen much success with its online presence. Rebooted in ’09, the production team has managed to make the Laugh Factory one of youtube’s most visited channels. Their videos received over 3 millions views a month and consists of a subscriber base of over 52 thousand people worldwide and counting.
For more information please visit: www.laughfactory.com