The Groundlings is an improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been entertaining LA audiences for over 40 years. We're a non-profit organization founded by Gary Austin in 1974.Make The Groundlings Theatre a part of your Los Angeles vacation plans using our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.
A "Groundling" is one of the 30 company members who write and perform in the theatre's shows and teach classes at The Groundlings School. Our school has been the foremost comedy training ground in Hollywood and the springboard for countless careers.
The Groundlings Theatre reviews
Several times I've been to a show at The Groundlings Theatre. I'm always amazed at the talent of the improv actors. Very impressive and loads of fun. more »
I visited the Groundlings Theater on a short visit to LA. I have been to improv comedy shows before, one other time in LA as well, so I knew what to expect going in. The theater is a great intimate.... more »
Incredible place for a comedy show. The drinks are good, the comedy is good, and tickets are cheap. Good for a large group, a fun date, or a solo night out.
If you are planning on your making your evening plans around coming to a show at this theater, this is a cautionary story. My BF and I are from out of town and had 2 evenings in LA and decided to spend one of of those evenings seeing the 8pm show at the Groundlings on 10/11. We were beyond disappointed with how the evening turned out. Because of the traffic in LA we arrived with only 20mins before the show and had not had dinner. We decide to grab a quick bite at a place across the street because the theater only had chips and candy bars for food. As 8pm approached my BF went to the theater to grab us seats. I was only 10 mins behind him, I arrived at the threater at 8:05pm for the 8pm show to locked doors. Staff refused to allow me to go inside even though my BF had an aisle seat saved for me inside the theater. Can I get a refund since I won't be able to see the show and you insist that every seat in the theater was filled? No. Can I go in between scenes when they black out the theater? No. Mind you my boyfriend was inside with a seat for me, and it was only 5 minutes pass the 8pm ticket time. There was absolutely no language on the ticket or in the online ticket confirmation email that said we would be completely shutout if we were only 5 minutes late. I insisted that my BF stayed inside since we had paid for the show and had driven through 50mins of traffic to get there. I ended up joined him at intermission. In the end, it was difficult to enjoy the show because of how things played out. I felt bitter, and franky rather embarrassed that I was left standing outside. There was no language on the ticket or in their email that warned us about this policy, so you can decide for yourself if it's worth the risk of running 5 mins late with the way traffic is in LA. For us, how the staff handled the situation ruined our evening, and we felt like it was a wasted our time and money.
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