|by Julie Seabaugh||Nightlife, Pop Culture and Travel, Theater, Los Angeles||0|
No big Hollywood-star budgets and pricey nightclub bottle service here! Yes, you can experience the talent and cuisine the City of Angels offers (hello, Mexican food) for cheap. Follow the calendar below for seven days' worth of dining and live-comedy options in Los Angeles—all within walking distance of each other. Reserve your tickets ahead of time, and consider your funny bone tickled.
Eat: Swing by The Black Cat from 4 to 6 p.m. to find upscale-comfort appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates, smoked mussels, blistered shishito peppers, and pork rillettes at decidedly non-upscale prices (apps $4 to $8; beer and wine from $5).
Who to bring: Your art-school cousin.
What to expect: This in-demand variety show consistently highlights the best in experimental sketch, music, and stand-up.
Eat: Not only are the rollicking Cabo Cantina's 2-for-1 happy hour drinks available 4 to 8 p.m. seven days a week, but on All You Can Eat Tuesdays, unlimited steak, chicken, shrimp, grilled fish, and sautéed vegetables wrapped in corn tortillas are a cool $5.
Who to bring: The foulest-mouthed friend you know.
What to expect: With Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross at the helm, this late-night brawl of words is as filthy as it gets.
Eat: On an airy perch overlooking Sunset Boulevard, Aroma Bakery Café offers drinks and Middle Eastern appetizers including avocado rolls, feta with grape leaves, and labane dip with toasted flatbread for $5 each between 3 and 7 p.m.
Who to bring: Your 20-something younger brother who lives for superheroes, videogames, and Comedy Central.
What to expect: A packed art gallery in the back of a comic-book store geeking out over drop-ins from the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K., and Aziz Ansari.
Eat: Hang out on the outdoor patio at The French Quarter after 9 p.m. to score a serious spread of late-night happy hour specials. Craving breakfast food in the evening? You're in luck: Fried chicken and waffles, DIY omelets, banana-nut pancakes, and strawberry crepes are all on the menu, along with the usual pub food suspects (food $4 to $14, drinks $4 and $5).
Who to bring: The sorority sister who's eager for a night on the town.
What to expect: Mixing and mingling are highly encouraged both at dinner and at the show, where local and visiting talent often tape polished sets in the speakeasy-style back room of West Hollywood's most popular vodka bar.
Eat: The $30 all-you-can-eat buffet at Picanha Churrascaria specializes in unlimited portions of skewer-barbecued beef, pork, and chicken, but that's not all you get: The Brazilian rotisserie's buffet is heaped with salads and exotic sides of Brazilian rice, plantains, toasted-flour forofa, pao de queijo cheese buns, and the bean stew feijoada.
Who to bring: Your smarty-pants alt friend who loves watching other geniuses at work.
What to expect: The much-lauded open mic eschews prepared material in favor of unleashing the creative process.
Eat: Locali Deli and Market prides itself on a vast array of healthy paninis, salads, smoothies, and all-day breakfast fare; grab goodies to go for picnic fun in nearby Griffith Park (entrees $4.50 to $12).
Who to bring: A date you're hoping to impress.
What to expect: The long-running improvisation show stars Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and the funniest (and most top-secret) celebrity guests around—in shows past, David Cross, Sarah Silverman, and Conan O'Brien have turned up to contribute their material.
Eat: For a unique pub experience, The Redwood Bar's pirate theme extends to such whimsical cocktails as the Bowline Knot, the Treasure Island, and the Moby Dick. Seafaring house specials include beer-battered fish and chips, New England clam chowder, fish tacos with black beans and homemade salsa, and a spicy blackened-catfish salad (cocktails $8.50 to $12, entrees $8 to $14).
Who to bring: Your junior-high bestie.
What to expect: The original "alternative" show where Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, and Margaret Cho discovered their voices is all grown up at 25 years and counting.