September Entertainment On Melrose

September Entertainment On Melrose

The entertainment options on Melrose Avenue in September are all must-sees. There’s so much comedy, you’ll be smiling all month. There are one-person shows that are so timely and revelatory, you’ll be talking about them all month. And, of course, there are show that are so awesome, they are performed every month.

Come early to do some shopping at the world-class shops, then find a restaurant or bar for a pre-show meal and beverage (that won’t be hard – Melrose has the best around). But do purchase tickets in advance; these shows are unlike anything you can see anywhere else, and they sell out quickly.

Here is what’s on stage in September:

DA POETRY LOUNGE @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE

There’s nothing like Da Poetry Lounge anywhere. For real. It’s the country’s largest weekly open mic night and has been running for TWENTY(!) years. Every Tuesday at 9p, Greenway Court Theatre is filled with the most exciting poets from L.A. and around the world. Every show is different, but every show is powerful. Prepare to run through all your feelings in one unforgettable night.

GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
323.673.0544
www.greenwaycourttheatre.org

FAMILY ROAD TRIP @ THE GROUNDLINGS

Weekends are a good time to catch the freshest talent of the legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe in its latest and greatest main stage show. A little sketch, a little improv – it’s the best of everything these performers are learning at the school, and always a hilarious way to spend a night. Groundlings Family Road Trip runs every Friday at 8p and every Saturday at 8p and 10p through September 29.

THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.934.4747
http://www.groundlings.com/

JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND SCREWING STALIN @ MATRIX

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photo credit Ed Krieger

The world premiere of Jews, Christians, and Screwing Stalin is running at Matrix Theatre. Produced by Took a Cab Production and the world-famous Improv, it naturally features some of the best comedic actors around, including John Pleshette and Cathy Ladman. Inspired by a true story, this is an outrageous comedy about family dysfunction, atonement, and matzo balls. It runs Saturdays at 8p, Sundays at 3p, and Mondays at 8p through September 23.

MATRIX THEATRE
7657 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.852.1445
http://www.matrixtheatre.com/

STAND-UP COMEDY @ SAL’S

Sal’s makes a night out pretty dang easy. With a restaurant in the front that offers yummy east coast Italian fare and an intimate stage in the back that offers excellent comedy, it’s a one-stop night out shop. Four nights each week, the line-up at Sal’s includes relentlessly hilarious headliners and up-and-comers. The diversity of voices and styles makes this comedy club a stand-out in stand-up in L.A.

SAL’S RESTAURANT AND COMEDY CLUB
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90048
323.651.3822
http://salslosangeles.com/

 “BLACK!” @ ZEPHYR THEATRE

What does it mean to be black in the U.S.? In England? In Jamaica? In Africa? Michael Washington Brown explores those questions in his critically-acclaimed one-man show, “Black!” This wide-lens view of race as interpreted by four distinct characters illuminates what stereotypes and divides as well (and importantly) what empowers and unites. ”Black!” opens September 9 and performs every Sunday at 7p through October 14.

ZEPHYR THEATRE
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
blackonemanshow.brownpapertickets.com/

UK UNDERDOG @ ZEPHYR THEATRE

Another timely and timeless topic is tackled in Steve Spiro’s one-man show, UK Underdog. Based on his life as a bullied Jewish boy in London, Spiro recounts – with humor and chutzpah – what it took to find the strength to get through. Ticket proceeds go to anti-bullying and animal rescue organizations. UK Underdog opens September 20 and performs every Friday and Saturday at 8p and Sunday at 2p through October 28.

ZEPHYR THEATRE
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
http://www.plays411.com/ukunderdog

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.