Frequently Asked Questions

General

Do you have food and beverages?

Yes, we have a beer and wine bar, including 30 different beers available in the bottle or on tap. We do sell candy and chips as well. We also have non-alcoholic beverages like soda, water and tea available.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, most shows are 21 and over. Check the website for more details. Our open mics and some special shows are 18+
Valid ID required at all shows.

Where are you located?

1323 – A Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401 You can find us at the back of the Parking Garage #3 (Structure Three, whose entrance is on 4th Street just north of Santa Monica Blvd). We are the only awesome theater in the alley that has painted brick, and laughter being heard.

Do you offer Gift Certificates?

Yes we do – Click HERE to order one online!

Where should I park?

The easiest place to park is in Parking Garage #3 (Structure Three, whose entrance is on 4th Street just north of Santa Monica Blvd across from Chase Bank.) It’s free for the first 90 minutes and only $1 for the first hour after that. That means 2 1/2 hours for $1 any time you park! It’s a $1.50 every half hour after that. Cheap and easy parking FTW!

There is also some surrounding street parking that is free after 6PM on 5th street and east.

When should I arrive?

We recommend you arrive 15 minutes before a show.

If a show is sold out how does your waitlist work?

Our waitlist is first come first serve. You will line up outside the theater in our designated waitlist line. If someone doesn’t show up to claim their ticket it will be released 15 minutes into the show and you will be able to purchase a ticket.

What does Special Event mean?

If you see a show that says “Special Event” it means discounts and promotions are not accepted and there may be restrictions on purchases.

Are you handicap accessible?

Yes. For both audience and performers.

I want to do a show there. How do I do it?

Please fill out this FORM to pitch us an idea. No guarantees, but a great pitch goes a long way.

I want to do Stand Up there. How do I get onstage?

The best way to get a gig at the theater is to take classes here, attend our open mics, or come see the shows at the theater and meet the producers. Most of our shows are produced by outside Producers. You can send us tape and we can forward it on to the Producers, but the best way is the above mentioned.

Is there a drink minimum?

NO DRINK MINIMUM. But we do have a great wine and beer bar that you won’t be able to resist. We also sell sodas, non-alcoholic beer and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Should we make reservations?

This is not required, but highly recommended. You can buy tickets on our website or give us a call at (310) 451-0850. If you buy online, you do not have to call. Online is the best way to purchase.

What payment methods do you accept?

Visa, Mastercard, Cash.

What is seating like?

We have cabaret style seating, so small tables with chairs around them. Our tables sit about two to three people. All of our seating is done first come first serve, from the front to the back of the room. We can accommodate large groups to sit together. Please contact us if you’re a large party.

Are you available for private events?

Yes we are. We can set up a comedy show for your event, or rent you the space. We have improv, stand up and sketch and we have other corporate entertainment options as well. Call us at (310) 451-0850 with any questions or e-mail to chris@westsidecomedy.com.

When are your open mics?

Every Tuesday at 10PM and Saturday at 6PM is our open mics.

Do you have classes? **

We do have a training center where you can take improv, sketch and stand up classes. Check HERE for more details.

What is your refund policy?

All sales are final for tickets. There are absolutely no refunds or exchanges. For classes, you will get a credit and have up to one year to use it.

Can we take pictures or film?

You are not allowed to film or take pictures of the performers or performances.


Training Center

When do your classes meet?

The vast majority of our classes are held on weeknights, beginning at 7 PM. Select classes are also available on weekends.

Where are your classes held?

Because we are a working comedy theater with shows every night, most of our classes are not held on our stage. We use a handful of nearby rental spaces, all of which are just a short walk away. Class shows usually take place at our theater.

Why should I study improvisational, sketch, or stand up comedy?

• To improve your confidence with public speaking
• To reconnect with your creative, spontaneous side
• If you’re a performer, to increase your skill set and your marketability
• To be a part of great community
• To have fun!

Why should I take classes at your theater?

• Quality: Our theater is steeped in the traditions of Chicago, the mecca for longform improvisation. The instructors we work with have been performing and teaching for many years, and are committed to creating a home for individuals and ensembles to flourish.
• Class Size: Classes at the Westside have (depending on the course) a maximum of 12-16 students. This is the lowest in the business.
• Performances: Almost all of our 6-8 week classes end with a graduation showcase, giving you stage time in our theater.
• Value: We offer some of the most affordable training in comedy in the Los Angeles area. We invite you to compare.

Can I audit a class?

Sorry, we don’t allow outside visitors in class. Class is a space for people to push their boundaries, experiment, and sometimes fail. Having outside observers in class works against the safe creative atmosphere that we have worked hard to cultivate.

Can I just pay for the first meeting of class and see if I like it?

No. Our classes are six-eight weeks long and are packaged as a unit. We do not sell individual class sessions.

What is your philosophy of improv?

We believe that at its core, good improvisation is a series of choices and discoveries made by an ensemble of committed, emotional players all supporting one another. We seek to create great improv by realizing the potential of the group.

Where can I get a sample of your style of comedy?

Feel free to check out some shows at our theater. We recommend the Grind on Thursday nights at 10 PM (which features the owners and management of the Westside), and our House Team shows Monday nights starting at 8 PM (which are made up of graduates and faculty of our Training Center).

If you’re interested in stand up, check out the Neal Brennan & Friends show every Tuesday at 8 PM. If you want to try getting up on stage, we offer two open mics, on Tuesday nights and Saturday evenings

Our house sketch teams currently perform on the second and fourth Wednesdays starting at 8 PM.

What is your policy on refunds?

We do NOT offer refunds for purchased classes (unless the class is cancelled by the theater). Students who drop out before the class begins are entitled to a credit for a future class, pending availability.

Do you offer any internship programs?

We do offer some internships, in the form of volunteering at the theater as daytime or nighttime staff. At the moment, we do have a waitlist for internship positions. If you’re interested in interviewing for a spot, please use our Contact page to drop a line to our House Manager Byron Kennerly.