October is Groundlings month, as the esteemed comedy troupe and school celebrates its 45th anniversary and launches a new show (see review) and two anniversary special celebrations. Even the City is giving Groundlings its due: On Oct. 11, City Council Member Paul Koretz will host a special presentation at Los Angeles City Hall.
With LA roots dating back to the early 1970s, the Groundlings are an important part of our comedy history, up there with the Improv and the Comedy Store. This month, two 45th anniversary shows are scheduled that promise to showcase the troupe’s decades of impressive comedy contributions. Among the stars who got their start at Groundlings are Phil Hartman and more than a dozen other Saturday Night Live players, Paul Rubens (Pee Wee Herman) and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira). From the talent onstage at All the Leaves Are Groundlings, the run won’t be stopping any time soon.
Friday, Oct. 11 at 10:00 am City Hall Presentation, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 340
Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 pm Best of Groundlings 1974-1999 reception and show
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 pm Best of Groundlings 2000-2019 reception and show
There’s also a full array of free panels.
Shows and panels take place at the Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave.
For more information, see the Anniversary link above.