The holiday season casts a Yuletide spell over all the goings-on in town, from the concert halls to the shopping malls, and your monthly dose of L.A.’s stellar comedy is no exception. Fa-la-la-la-laugh your way all through the season at these five holiday-themed comedy nights.
Christmas Vacation and an Evening With Chevy Chase
The towering comedy legend of film, television, and the “You Can Call Me Al” music video drops in for a night of telling tales about his career—of which he has many—following a screening of the Griswold family high jinks in Christmas Vacation. Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court
Christmas With a Z!
Renowned comedian-writer Dana Gould is once again donning a Planet of the Apes character, reprising his impression of Dr. Zaius to host one humdinger of a holiday comedy-variety show, featuring stand-up from Natasha Leggero; the enrapturing presence and songs of Puddles Pity Party; something wild from the Poubelle Twins; unbelievable beatboxing from Track IX; and so much more. This is also a Swing Left fundraiser. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard
Doug Loves Movies: 12 Guests of Xmas
Doug Benson already has a cult following with Doug Loves Movies (just one of his many podcasts), making every live taping a special affair. Annually, Benson hosts an even more special episode around the holidays called 12 Guests of Xmas, which boasts a supersize lineup of guests as a present to all listeners and, for those in attendance at Largo, lucky audience members. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard
Jane Lynch’s A Swingin’ Little Christmas!
Deep into the holiday season, Lynch is reprising her wonderful evening of holiday songs and mirth. She joins special guests Kate Flannery and Tim Davis as the trio performs songs from their album, A Swingin’ Little Christmas, live in one of L.A.’s best venues to see a holiday show (in all its rustic Hollywood beauty). Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard
I’ll Be Broken Home for Christmas: Jeffrey Baldinger & Jessica Michelle Singleton
Nationally touring comedians Baldinger and Singleton have made up a whole musical about getting through this time of year, often fraught with familial obligations, hellish traveling conditions, and what for some can seem like a general overwhelming feeling of forced joy. Hollywood Improv-The Lab, 8162 Melrose Avenue