Top 10 lists are designed to piss off nerds. No matter what criteria are used, for every pick that validates the reader’s great taste, there are 2-9 picks that will send them fuming to comment sections, message boards and Twitter to vent their disgust. These lists are exclusive by nature. But when your Top 10 list subject is something like stand-up comedy, it can get even more contentious.
In the face of all those concerns, LA Weekly’s 10 Best Standup Comedy Shows in Los Angeles managed to do a pretty good job of choosing shows that have been established for at least a couple of years, consistently have great lineups and have a turnout that’s strong and growing.
Including Meltdown Show, Comedy Bang Bang and the Super Serious Show in the Top 5 is a no-brainer. But where’s Comedy Juice? While Juice has become almost indelibly linked with the Hollywood Improv, it’s still independently produced, just like Ari Shaffir’s This Is Not Happening, a show I believe to be worthy of a higher rating.
I’m not sure how anyone could whittle the next tier of great shows down besides throwing them all in a hat and drawing at random to fill out the rest of the list. I like to think that The Naughty Show, Deathsquad at the Icehouse, Comedy at The Parlor, The Walsh Brothers Show, Venice Underground and Performance Anxiety are all on the pieces of paper left behind in that imaginary hat.
You can catch hosts of the number one show The Meltdown Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani below on The Nerdist YouTube channel.
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About the Author: Amy Hawthorne is an LA-based stand-up and writer and the founder of ComedyGroupie.com. She is convinced that the food industry is being unduly influenced by Big Avocado.