Everything L.A. Comedians Need to Know for April 2018

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Comedians of L.A.! Don’t sleep on this month’s offerings. Get out and perform, take in, or audition.

Like many comedians in L.A., we were sad to hear about the closing of iOWest, but founder Paul Vaillancourt is planning to open a new space with Revolution Theater. The first show will be held on April 6 at 8 p.m. at The Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood. It will include three of the biggest shows that ran at iOWest: The Armando Show, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical, and The Resistance. (Tickets: $10)

Looking for an interactive comedy show? Check out this show at UCB Franklin on April 6 at 9:30 p.m. where performers do an entirely improvised show to music they’ve never heard before by having an audience member play music from their phone. (Tickets: $12)

The Inner Sanctum at UCB Sunset hosts a variety of teams and performers. Check out the show on April 9 at 10:30 p.m. as they take over the main stage to feature their favorite acts. (Tickets: $7)

Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth is holding Shrimp Show, a comedy and music show called, on Friday, April 13 at 10 p.m., featuring Sarah Silverman, Todd Glass, Kate Berlant, and more. (Tickets: $10)

Standup comedian Andy Erikson is best known for being a finalist on “Last Comic Standing” and her role on “Scream Queens,” while Amber Preston was recently named one of five comedians to watch by New York Magazine. The duo will be performing at the Hollywood Improv on April 21 at 7 p.m. (Tickets: $8)

El Cid is holding the Need a Night Out Comedy Festival, from April 9–12. Standup comedians are invited to compete for $1,000 by performing a three-minute late-night TV set. Each night is geared toward a different set of performers: men, women, and parents. Check out Eventbrite for more details.

Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz is casting for their next Unauthorized Musical Parody, which will take on “Clueless.” Auditions will be held on April 4 and each role pays $12/hr for rehearsals and $102/performance.

ABC is looking for performers to show off their skills in a new variety show. Auditions are open to anyone 18+. Selected participants will be compensated.

A short film titled “Sparks” is casting for a lead and supporting role (both male parts). The film is about a happy, code-typing worker android who falls in love with a human girl “co-worker.” Both roles are paid. Apply now on Backstage!

The “School of Rock” musical is searching for replacements for its Broadway and touring companies. The musical needs two leads (one adult and one child), with auditions held April 14 in North Hollywood.

Casting is currently underway for a new Snapchat show, “Reunite With Your Ex-BFF.” The show will shoot this summer in Southern California and the role pays $300/day. Find out more details on Backstage.

If you live in West L.A., check out classes at The Improv Space in Westwood. Enrollment is open for Improv Level 1 (there’s a Sunday and Monday option), which is great for absolute beginners. The class ends with a show seven weeks later and costs $199.

Do you want to start auditioning for commercials? Check out an intro level commercial level auditioning class at Carolyne Barry acting academy. Classes start on both April 15 and 18, and cost $350 for six weeks.

Have you ever wanted to try musical improv? Well, you’re in luck! UCB is offering Musical Improv 101 beginning April 2. In this eight-week class, you’ll learn how to improvise songs with an accompanist. The class costs $500.

Check out Backstage’s Los Angeles audition listings!