In 1979, after a dispute over club owners refusing to pay comedians for their performances, teenage comedian Jamie Masada recognized the need for a new venue for comedians to perform and receive payment and opened up the Laugh Factory, making it the first comedy club to pay its performers. In a building formerly owned by Groucho Marx, Mr. Masada opened the Laugh Factory on the iconic world famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Tom Dreesen, and George Miller were the first comedians to grace the now legendary Laugh Factory stage. From that point on, the Laugh Factory has grown to be one of the most renowned comedy clubs in the world, cited in USA Today as the "#1 comedy club in the country." Mr. Masada still attends Tuesday night Open Mic to audition amateur comics from all over the country for a chance to perform on the Laugh Factory stage.
Richard Pryor filmed his famous stand-up comedy special from Long Beach and Jamie Masada always wanted to honor that historic performance by building a Laugh Factory to celebrate the great comedians in history. The $10 million, 650-seat, 12,500-square-foot venue is the largest comedy club in the world. Holding its grand opening in 2008, the Long Beach club is home to the official Laugh Factory Stand-Up Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum, which holds over 500 pieces of comedy memorabilia from comedians like Rodney Dangerfield and Groucho Marx and wax figures of comedians like Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.
Laugh Factory Chicago opened in 2012 after a $5 million renovation of the iconic Lakeshore Theater in the bustling East Lakeview neighborhood. Located minutes from downtown in the heart of the new Belmont Theater District, Laugh Factory is putting its mark on Chicago’s historic comedy scene. Through its colorful exterior and three gigantic digital marquees, there’s a lobby filled with famous comedy memorabilia, a full-service bar, a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and a spacious, elegant 311 seat theater. Upstairs the VIP lounge opens up to a 100-seat balcony overlooking the historic stage for intimate cocktail parties and special events. The club’s full kitchen serves Chicago-style sausages, pizzas, hot dogs and desserts from Chicago’s legendary restaurants.
The Laugh Factory opened in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2012 inside of the recent $200 million transformation of the New Tropicana Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. This Vegas version of LA's iconic world famous comedy club adds to the New Tropicana's first class entertainment, which boasts A-list performers as well as the newest rising stars of stand-up. The Vegas club lets funny run loose, with acts encouraging patrons to "laugh their rears off" on a nightly basis. With a no-drink minimum and two shows per evening, it’s a great place for friends and family to double their chances for some chuckles away from the casino floor.