April 1, 2014

Did you know that April is National Humor Month? When you think about it, it's actually quite fitting. Not only does the month start of with jokes thanks to April Fool's Day, but with taxes being due on the 15th, it's one of the bleakest months of the year - and a little laughter is a good idea! Laughter can improve your health, boost your morale and relieve your stress.

So in honor of National Humor Month, why not visit some of Orange County's best comedy clubs where laughter abounds? With locations from Anaheim to Long Beach to Brea, you'll easily find a comedy club near you. Here are some of the best to visit:

The Improv

Locations: Irvine, Brea

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With locations all over the United States, the Improv continues to be the most important live venue for new comedians and a favorite spot for veterans. These Southern California locations pull in huge names like Joel McHale, Carlos Mencia and Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Each show has a two item minimum (food or drink) and most shows are 18 and over. Ticket prices can range from $10-30. There's also the option to have dinner before the show, which has huge benefits since diners don't wait in line and receive priority seating!" 

The Irvine Improv is located at" The Irvine Spectrum," 71 Fortune Drive # 841 Irvine, CA 92618; and the Brea Improv is located at 120 South Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 92821.


Location: Irvine

ImprovCity is the perfect place to take the whole family (13 and over), since its 90-minute shows feature clean comedy. Comedians perform games and make up songs and scenes on the spot based on the audience's suggestions, so no two shows are ever the same! Food and drink are available for purchase. Tickets are $10 each." 

ImprovCity is located at The Back Bay Conference Center (above Irvine Lanes), 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 Friday and Saturday night shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m." 

Surf City Comedy Club

Location: Huntington Beach

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Surf City Comedy Club is owned and operated by comedians Bob Perkell and Jeff Capri. They host affordable stand-up comedy shows that get rave reviews on There is a two item minimum per show and tickets are $18, but there are lots of great deals to take advantage of, like Two-4-One Thursdays, and a VIP list with discounts and special offers.

Surf City Comedy Club is located at 7227 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Shows are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:05 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner.

City National Grove of Anaheim

Location: Anaheim

This indoor venue hosts more than 250 events annually, ranging from concerts to comedy to private events. Check their calendar of events for upcoming comedy shows. Ticket prices range.

City National Grove of Anaheim" is located at 2200 East Katella Avenue in Anaheim, CA 92806

Laugh Factory

Location: Long Beach

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A staple in the world of comedy since 1979, The Laugh Factory is often recognized as the #1 comedy club in the nation. Located just outside the Orange County line, their Long Beach location is part of the multimillion-dollar retail and entertainment development known as The Pike at Rainbow Harbor in downtown Long Beach. The $10-million, 670-seat, 12,000 square-foot venue is the largest comedy club in the country. The Laugh Factory draws in well-known talent like Tim Allen, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld. There's a 21 and over age limit and a two drink minimum. General admission at the door is $20, but prices are cheaper if you purchase ahead of time online." 

The Laugh Factory is located at 151 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. " Shows happen throughout the week beginning at 8 p.m.

The Maverick

Location: Fullerton

The Maverick theater hosts Improv Shmimprov every Friday and Saturday night at 11 p.m. The OC Register said "Improv Shmimprov players show Los Angeles how it's done." The best part? Tickets are only $5! There is no age requirement, but shows range from PG-13 to R. Show up early to wait in line, because shows often sell out - or, better yet, purchase tickets online for $10 and there's no need to wait in line!" 

The Maverick Theater is located at 110 E. Walnut Avenue, Fullerton CA 92832. Shows are Friday and Saturday night at 11 p.m.