The comedy club, which is co-owned by popular comedian Paul Rodriguez, is expected to give a big boost to the Valley's comedy scene by drawing top talent to Scottsdale.
Laugh Factory Scottsdale brings the funny to the Scottsdale nightlife scene — Photo courtesy of Laugh Factory Scottsdale
Comedy fans will no doubt be familiar with the Laugh Factory brand. Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, George Carlin and Dave Chappelle are just a few of the comedy luminaries to grace the stage at the original Laugh Factory, the legendary Southern California comedy club that first opened its doors back in 1979 on Hollywood's storied Sunset Strip.
Over the years, the club has expanded beyond its flagship Los Angeles location to a handful of other cities, with locations in Long Beach, Las Vegas, Chicago and now Scottsdale.
Laugh Factory Scottsdale is the chain's sixth location, and the club says it plans to maintain the high standards established by the original venue. Club owners promise restaurant-quality food and drink, great service and top-quality acts every weekend.
Located near busy Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road near downtown Scottsdale, the club seats about 400 guests, making it the biggest comedy club in the city. The venue, formerly home to a ballroom dance studio, went through a $2 million renovation.
Laugh Factory Scottsdale features an open showroom with three tiers and seating close to the stage (for brave comedy fans who like to be near the action). For guests who prefer a slightly more relaxed show experience, there are also plush booths further away from the stage.
The club runs shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sundays, with encore presentations on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m.
The venue also hopes to nurture amateur up-and-coming Arizona talent. To that end, the club hosts a weekly Wednesday night open mic night, where newer talent can work out routines in front of an audience.
The Scottsdale location will also carry on the club's tradition of community outreach.
For decades, the Laugh Factory has offered free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for underprivileged families, homeless residents and anyone feeling lonely over the holidays. The club is also known for a popular annual Christmas drive for children. The Scottsdale club plans to bring similar charity events to Arizona.
Tickets for most shows range from $20 to $25. Like most comedy clubs, Laugh Factory Scottsdale has a two-drink minimum.
Tickets to shows can be purchased in advance on Laugh Factory Scottsdale's website or at the club's on-site box office.