The Golden Local: Battle for the Best Laughs

Comedy club kings “The Laugh Factory” and “The Comedy Store” faced off in the 2nd Golden Local debate on With clever wit and split second comedic timing “The Laugh Factory” out-laughed its rival to victory with 63% of the popular vote.

It was a brutal battle of banter between the ‘Best Laugh’ contestants. Die hard fans commented toe-to-toe in’s forums. “Laugh factory baby…celebs and good times,” said Laugh Factory fans. “… Always have a blast going to the Tuesday 10pm show at Laugh Factory. Its always star studded and hilarious!”

“The Store rocks the vote… I never laughed so hard in my life... No other club can touch the Store when it comes down to talent every night of the week,” commented Comedy Store fans.

Arri, the world’s first Human Trophy was on hand to be presented (ok, he presented himself actually) to winner and club owner Jamie Masada. The party included NBC4’s Weatherman Fritz Coleman who did the evening forecast live from the event. (I’ll spare you the “forecast was for laughs” pun). Comics Dane Cook and Tom Papa performed to a packed house of fans.

Both clubs proved worthy competitors. The Laugh Factory has a long comedy tradition. Since 1979 it has been poking LA's funny bone. Founder Jamie Masada opened The Laugh Factory in Groucho Marx's old building at the age of 16. Since then comedy legends from Richard Pryor to Jon Lovitz have graced the stage. Visitors can belly up to the full bar, grab a drink and enjoy theme nights like "Chocolate Sundaes" and Latino Mondays with some of the best comics in the business.

In 1972 Johnny Carson moved the Tonight Show permanently to California, and in the same year The Comedy Store was born putting Los Angeles on the map as the center of comedy. Alumni include Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Robin Williams, and Roseanne to name a few. Today the Comedy Store is the "three-room home away from home" for the next generation of comics, and a pit stop for today's hottest comics seven nights a week.

The Golden Local is presented by to the best-of-the best businesses and institutions who excel in their field and have become fixtures of the Los Angeles community. Be sure to check Laugh Factory’s website for special offers for the unemployed.

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