Laugh Factory

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Coordinates: 34°5′52.8″N 118°21′52.1″W / 34.098000°N 118.364472°W / 34.098000; -118.364472

The Laugh Factory
Laugh Factory at Night.jpg
The Original Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA
Address 8001 Sunset Boulevard
Location Los Angeles, California
Owner Jamie Masada [1]
Type comedy club
Capacity Hollywood: 300
Opened 1979 [2]
Website
www.laughfactory.com

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.[3]

Michael Richards incident[edit]

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.[4] The ban actually lasted just a month as he was back performing in January.[5]

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.[6]

Endurance record[edit]

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:[7][8][9]

Date Duration (hr:min) Performer
January 2, 2008 7:34 Dane Cook
December 3, 2007 6:12 Dave Chappelle
April 15, 2007 6:07 Dave Chappelle
April 10, 2007 3:50 Dane Cook
1980 2:41 Richard Pryor

Guinness World Record[edit]

On December 8, 2010 at 4:38pm the Laugh Factory broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Stand Up Comedy Show (Multiple Comedians).[10] 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.[11]

Notable performers[edit]

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, Damon Wayans, 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, Tommy Chong, Tommy Davidson, Tony Rock, Vic Dibitetto and Whitney Cummings

Notable musical guests who have performed in the club include[edit]

Diane Neal, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Melissa Joan Hart, Mike O'Malley and Reza Farahan.

Other Laugh Factories[edit]

  • The Laugh Factory in Long Beach is part of the comedy club chain owned by Laugh Factory Inc.®
    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.[12]
  • The Laugh Factory in Chicago opened its doors in January 2012 and has a seating capacity of 375. Its Open Mic Night is on Wednesdays[13]
  • The Laugh Factory in the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas has a seating of 270 and opened in 2012.[14]
  • The Laugh Factory in the Silver Legacy Casino opened its doors on July 24, 2015 and has a seating of 220.[15]
  • The Laugh Factory in the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino is a provisionally club.[16]
  • The Laugh Factory in Scottsdale has a seating of 400.[17]
  • The Laugh Factory in Hotel del Coronado. It opened on June 26, 2014 and has a seating capacity of 250.[18]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Comedian Dave Chappelle and Laugh Factory Charged With Murder?". The Huffington Post. 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Laugh Factory owner is serious about comedy". latimes. 
  3. ^ "Jamie Masada of The Laugh Factory is Today’s Honoree". Today's Honoree is The #1 Blog For Recognizing The Works of Others. 
  4. ^ TMZ Staff. "Wayans Drops N-Bomb, Faces Fallout looks like they need to give the Freedom of Speech Award back". TMZ. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  5. ^ TMZ Staff. "Laugh Factory "Ban" a Joke, Wayans to Perform". TMZ. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Stand-Up Comedy Bridges Boundaries Between Pakistan And India — By Crossing The Line : NPR". NPR.org. 20 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Josef Adalian (2007-04-16). "Chappelle pulls all-nighter at Factory". Variety. 
  8. ^ "Dave Chappelle Breaks Own Standup Endurance Record". The Huffington Post. 21 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Dane Cook Breaks Dave Chappelle's Laugh Factory Endurance Record". Fox News. 
  10. ^ "Culture Monster". Los Angeles Times. 
  11. ^ Conzett, Lance (16 April 2015). "Local Comics Set the World Record for Longest Comedy Show and Aren't Stopping". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  12. ^ https://www.funex.com/Catalog/tabid/81/CategoryID/112/Default.aspx
  13. ^ "Comedy Of Chicago: Open Mics". 
  14. ^ "Las Vegas Comedy Shows - Laugh Factory at Tropicana Las Vegas". 
  15. ^ "Laugh Factory - Silver Legacy’s Comedy Club". 
  16. ^ "Free Comedy Wed.". 
  17. ^ "Scottsdale Comedy Club". 
  18. ^ "Laugh Factory Visits The Hotel Del Coronado For The Summer". Coronado Eagle & Journal - Coronado News - Coronado Island News.