|Address 8001 Sunset Boulevard|
Owner Jamie Masada
Type Comedy club
|Location Los Angeles, California|
Similar The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Tropicana Las Vegas, Just for Laughs Comedy, Zanies Comedy Night Club
The Laugh Factory is a chain of comedy clubs in the United States. The chain is owned by Laugh Factory Inc® and founder and current Chief Executive Jamie Masada.
Michael Richards incident
Michael Richards went into a racist outburst during a November 17, 2006 standup comedy routine at the venue. In response to that incident, The Laugh Factory banned comedians from using the word "nigger" in their acts. The first known incident involving this new rule involved Damon Wayans (himself an African-American), who used the word 16 times in a 20-minute show. He was fined $320 ($20 for each offense) and given a 3-month ban from the club. The ban actually lasted just a month as he was back performing in January.
Charity fundraisers have been held at the club, including benefit nights for the Red Cross, USO, Cops For Causes, Comics Without Borders, Wounded Warriors, Middle Eastern Comedy Fest, and Stand Up For Pakistan.
The Laugh Factory keeps track of an endurance record for the comedian who can deliver the longest single set at the club. The record-holding performances are listed below:
Guinness World Record
On December 8, 2010 at 4:38pm the Laugh Factory broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Stand Up Comedy Show (Multiple Comedians). The record was previously held by Comic Strip Live, who set the original record of 50 hours. The Laugh Factory surpassed 50 hours on Wednesday and continued non-stop until 10:38pm Thursday December 9 when they stopped and set a new record of 80 hours. Dom Irrera was on stage when the record was broken, and Deon Cole was on stage when the new record was set. The event, titled "Toy to the World," was paired with a Toy Drive for Children's Hospital. Over 130 different comedians performed and the event was live-streamed over the internet. The Laugh Factory held this record until April 15, 2015, when the record was broken by jokesters at The East Room in Nashville, Tennessee.
Adam DeVine, Adam Sandler, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Bill Farmer, BJ Novak, Bob Saget, Bobby Lee, Brad Garrett, Brody Stevens, Bryan Callen, Carlos Mencia, Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Peretti, Chris D'Elia, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Colin Kane, Craig Robinson, Dana Carvey, Dane Cook, Daniel Tosh, Dave Attell, Dave Chappelle, David Alan Grier, David Letterman, David Spade, Deon Cole, Dom Irrera, Dov Davidoff, Eddie Murphy, Eric Andre, Ellen DeGeneres, Garfunkel and Oates, George Carlin, Gerry Bednob, Godfrey, Harland Williams, Iliza Shlesinger, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Jason Mewes, Jay Leno, Jenn Colella, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Breuer, Jim Carrey, Jim Jefferies, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Rogan, John Mulaney, Jon Lovitz, Judah Friedlander, Kathy Griffin, Ken Jeong, Kevin Hart, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Smith, Kumail Nanjiani, Louie Anderson, Louis C.K., Martin Lawrence, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Michael Richards, Marc Maron, Max Amini, Maz Jobrani, Natasha Leggero, Neal Brennan, Nick Cannon, Nick Swardson, Nick Thune, Orlando Jones, Paul Mooney, Paul Rodriguez, Phyllis Diller, Rainn Wilson, Ralph Garman, Ralphie May, Ray Romano, Richard Pryor, Rob Schneider, Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, Roseanne Barr, Russell Peters, Sam Kinison, Steve Hofstetter, Steve-O, Steve Martin, T.J. Miller, Tim Allen, Tom Arnold, Tom Green, Tommy Chong, Tommy Davidson, Tony Rock, Vic Dibitetto and Whitney Cummings
Notable musical guests who have performed in the club include
Diane Neal, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Melissa Joan Hart, Mike O'Malley and Reza Farahan.
Other Laugh Factories
This Laugh Factory opened its doors on September 20, 2008, has a seating of 670 and houses the official Laugh Factory Stand-up Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum.