Tao Comedy Studio

Tao Comedy Studio Intersectional Feminist Comedy Space

StandUp Comedy, Open Mics, Shows, Festival, and Studio Rental. A safe space for marginalized voices Follow us on Twitter
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FRIDAY LIVE MIC! SHOW UP/SIGNUP!Friday OUTDOOR Mic @8pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Chris Oliver$5 = 5 min...
08/13/2021

FRIDAY LIVE MIC! SHOW UP/SIGNUP!
Friday OUTDOOR Mic @8pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Chris Oliver

$5 = 5 min + free drink
Signups start @7:30. Comics Only.
Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street

FRIDAY LIVE MIC! SHOW UP/SIGNUP!
Friday OUTDOOR Mic @8pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Chris Oliver

$5 = 5 min + free drink
Signups start @7:30. Comics Only.
Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street

LA AREA COMICS: HIT US UP ASAP IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS TELETHON FUNDRAISER AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO HELP US PROMO...
08/10/2021

LA AREA COMICS: HIT US UP ASAP IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS TELETHON FUNDRAISER AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO HELP US PROMOTE THE F**K OUT OF THIS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE TAO COMEDY STUDIO EXPANSION! YAY!!

It’s a Tao-a-Thon!!
Sunday, August 29 NOON to 10pm Pacific. Comics will be LIVE at Tao Comedy Studio. Audience on Zoom from anywhere in the world!

Comics email [email protected]

LA AREA COMICS: HIT US UP ASAP IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS TELETHON FUNDRAISER AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO HELP US PROMOTE THE F**K OUT OF THIS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE TAO COMEDY STUDIO EXPANSION! YAY!!

It’s a Tao-a-Thon!!
Sunday, August 29 NOON to 10pm Pacific. Comics will be LIVE at Tao Comedy Studio. Audience on Zoom from anywhere in the world!

Comics email [email protected]

TUESDAY! WE ARE  LIVE on the Tao Comedy Studio PATIO*!  LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! Q***r Open Mic! Hosted by Ka...
08/10/2021

TUESDAY! WE ARE LIVE on the Tao Comedy Studio PATIO*! LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! Q***r Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter!

Tuesdays @8pm!
$5 = 5 min + free drink
Signups start @7:30. Show up/sign up. Comics Only. Masks required to go in to use the bathroom.

Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street. There is limited parking in back and free street parking after 6pm.

*We also have a zoom mic at the same time

TUESDAY! WE ARE LIVE on the Tao Comedy Studio PATIO*! LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! Q***r Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter!

Tuesdays @8pm!
$5 = 5 min + free drink
Signups start @7:30. Show up/sign up. Comics Only. Masks required to go in to use the bathroom.

Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street. There is limited parking in back and free street parking after 6pm.

*We also have a zoom mic at the same time

TUESDAY! WE ARE  LIVE on the Tao PATIO*!  LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! Q***r Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! T...
08/10/2021

TUESDAY! WE ARE LIVE on the Tao PATIO*! LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! Q***r Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter!
Tuesdays @8pm!
$5 = 5 min + drink
Signups start @7:30. Show up/sign up. Comics Only. Masks required to go in to use the bathroom.
Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street. There is limited parking in back and free street parking after 6pm.
*We also have a zoom mic at the same time

TUESDAY! WE ARE LIVE on the Tao PATIO*! LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! Q***r Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter!
Tuesdays @8pm!
$5 = 5 min + drink
Signups start @7:30. Show up/sign up. Comics Only. Masks required to go in to use the bathroom.
Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street. There is limited parking in back and free street parking after 6pm.
*We also have a zoom mic at the same time

08/09/2021

Tao Comedy Studio is still committed to keeping comics and audience safe from Covid and the new variants. All of our open mics, shows, classes, etc are outside except one indoor comedy class where everyone is vaccinated and required to wear a mask (except when on stage).

We don’t use a microphone at our outdoor open mics because we can clearly hear each other. When our shows and classes use microphones, we provide mic covers and hand sanitizer. You can’t even use our bathroom inside without a mask.

We offer audiences the choice of outdoor seating or watching the show via Zoom.

Is this as easy on us as just going back to normal as if everything is over? Of course not. It’s a lot of work. But we are not risking the health of our community just to make it easy on us.

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the ...
08/09/2021

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $15/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-814-tickets-163209888169

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $15/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-814-tickets-163209888169

Can’t come to our outdoor mic today? Might as well Zoom! Sunday Afternoon Zoom Mic @5pm Pacific. $5 for 5 minutes. Hoste...
08/08/2021

Can’t come to our outdoor mic today? Might as well Zoom!
Sunday Afternoon Zoom Mic @5pm Pacific. $5 for 5 minutes. Hosted by Arvin Clay

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/n1be4efd

*PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR BE REMOVED FROM LIST*
After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link [email protected]

Can’t come to our outdoor mic today? Might as well Zoom!
Sunday Afternoon Zoom Mic @5pm Pacific. $5 for 5 minutes. Hosted by Arvin Clay

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/n1be4efd

*PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR BE REMOVED FROM LIST*
After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link [email protected]

Great show last Saturday on our lovely Zen patio!
08/08/2021

Great show last Saturday on our lovely Zen patio!

LIVE SUNDAY MIC !! SHOW UP/SIGNUP! Comes with a FREE DRINK plus a PUNCHCARD to get free mics.Sunday afternoon OUTDOOR Mi...
08/07/2021

LIVE SUNDAY MIC !!

SHOW UP/SIGNUP! Comes with a FREE DRINK plus a PUNCHCARD to get free mics.

Sunday afternoon OUTDOOR Mic @5pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Bobbie Oliver. $5 = 5 min + free drink

Signups start @4:30. Comics Only.
Enter from front door

LIVE SUNDAY MIC !!

SHOW UP/SIGNUP! Comes with a FREE DRINK plus a PUNCHCARD to get free mics.

Sunday afternoon OUTDOOR Mic @5pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Bobbie Oliver. $5 = 5 min + free drink

Signups start @4:30. Comics Only.
Enter from front door

ICYMI we leased the business next to Tao! Now we have the entire patio and parking lot and double the usable indoor spac...
08/06/2021

ICYMI we leased the business next to Tao! Now we have the entire patio and parking lot and double the usable indoor space!! We’re gonna operate it as two rooms until we can afford to knock down the (load bearing) wall.

We’re having a telethon on Sunday, August 29 @Noon-10pm to raise money to put in a wheelchair accessible bathroom next door. To find out how to participate, email [email protected]

4 ways to donate:

(NOTE THE SPELLING OF BOBBIE)
Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver

Or
PayPal: [email protected]

Or
CashApp: $BobbieOliverTao


OR JUST BUY A TICKET TO THE TELETHON WHEN WE POST THE EVENTBRITE LINK!

Merch for donation tiers will be posted. It’s all happening!!

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the ...
08/06/2021

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $10/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-87-tickets-163115317305

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $10/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-87-tickets-163115317305

**FUNDRAISER INFO** PLEASE READ AND SHARE!As you may or may not know, for the entire time Tao Comedy Studio has been at ...
08/05/2021
Standup Comedy Class Los Angeles Bobbie Oliver Tao Comedy Studio

**FUNDRAISER INFO** PLEASE READ AND SHARE!
As you may or may not know, for the entire time Tao Comedy Studio has been at its current location, we have shared the patio and the parking lot with our next door neighbor. For the first few years, it was not that bad. But, for the past year and a half, we have been open exclusively outside. We put a lot of time and money into transforming the back lot into a beautiful spot and made the patio even more of a lovely peaceful oasis in the middle of LA.

That is when the conflict began. We had to get permission from the neighbors to do anything outside because we needed the entire patio or the entire back lot, depending on the event. That's why we were only able to be open a couple of times a week when the restrictions were first lifted. We lost tons of money and sleep over it. So when our neighbors moved out last month, we were faced with an important decision: risk getting new neighbors who would be uncooperative (the people who were interested in the space wanted to turn the patio into storage!) or take a chance and rent the business next to Tao and secure full control over the patio and parking lot and double the usable indoor space (and double our rent, insurance, utilities, etc). Since the minimum amount of time my landlord will lease it was 3-5 years, we could be stuck in a bad neighbor situation for a long long time.

So, we took the plunge and rented the business next to Tao!! We rented it "as is," and as it is was pretty bad. We need to do some things and we want to do others. We have to replace the old dropped ceiling that is riddled with previous (now resolved) water damage and replace the fluorescent lights with more stage friendly lighting.. We have to remove a lot of plumbing sticking out everywhere (the old space was a hair salon and they had a lot of sinks). There is some work on the floor that must be done. I REALLY REALLY WANT to put in a wheelchair accessible bathroom which is VERY expensive. I plan to operate it as two rooms until I have enough money to remove the wall in between the spaces. OF COURSE it is a load bearing wall, because of course it freaking is! If you've ever seen a single episode of HGTV, you know that costs in the 10s of thousands of dollars for a wall that size.

I can wait on the wall, if need be. But, I can't wait on the musts and all I want out of life is for Tao to be more wheelchair accessible. That's one of the main reasons I moved locations in the first place to get on the ground floor. So, I am humbly asking for your help (again). We try to be good to the community because our niche of the comedy community has been great to us. It is because of you even survived the pandemic and because of you the landlord trusted me with this opportunity.

I could tell you that Tao Comedy Studio won LA Weekly's Best of LA: Best Place for Women Comics. I can tell you that we won Open Mic Reviews' Best Place to Do Your First Set and Best Safe Space Mic (for our women's mic and LGBT+ mic)... that we do regular benefits for the Downtown Women's Center and the LA LGBT Center and gave private donations to struggling comics who asked us for help this past year. We give a free drink with our open mics and have punch cards to get free mics. I could even tell you that literally thousands of comics have studied with me over the past 18 years and that my book has helped even more and that we prioritize marginalized voices in comedy. We have prioritized your safety throughout this shared trauma of Covid. We have primarily been open outside, used mic covers when we use a mic (don't use a mic when it's not necessary) and always worn masks when having to be indoors.

But you know what Tao Comedy Studio means to you beyond anything I could tell you. We are a beacon of support in a notoriously rough business. If you can help us achieve even some of our goals, you would be helping to create an even better space, an even better home to so many.

**HOW YOU CAN HELP**: TIME AND MONEY
TIME: We are having a Tao-a-thon on Sunday, August 29 Noon-10pm Pacific. Comics will be LIVE-STREAMED from Tao Comedy Studio to Zoom (all audience is on zoom). If you want to be a part of the telethon and are willing to PROMOTE THE S**T OUT OF IT, email us at [email protected] (if you already emailed, someone will get back with you soon)
MONEY: We are taking donations starting NOW, which will get you a ticket to the telethon and Tao Merch/Services like t –shirts, pens, my book The Tao of Comedy, private sessions with me and even classes (see tiers below)!

4 ways to donate:

(NOTE THE SPELLING OF BOBBIE)

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver

Or
PayPal: [email protected]

Or
CashApp: $BobbieOliverTao
OR
JUST BUY A TICKET TO THE TELETHON WHEN WE POST THE EVENTBRITE LINK!

*Donation tiers for cool Tao merch:

$25 gets you a choice of two: Tao Comedy Studio “Church” Fan, our killer Pen or a Tao Sticker!

$50 gets you a choice of a Tao t-shirt OR Bobbie Oliver’s book The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause PLUS a killer Tao pen!

$100 gets you a Tao t-shirt AND Bobbie Oliver’s book The Tao of Comedy PLUS a Tao pen!

$200 gets you a Tao t-shirt AND Bobbie Oliver’s book The Tao of Comedy AND a Tao pen AND a Tao church fan AND a sticker!

$500 gets you a PRIVATE SESSION with Bobbie AND a Tao t-shirt AND Bobbie Oliver’s book The Tao of Comedy AND a Tao pen AND a Tao church fan AND a sticker!

$750 gets you an 8-week COMEDY CLASS at Tao (on Zoom or in person) AND a Tao t-shirt AND Bobbie Oliver’s book The Tao of Comedy AND a Tao pen AND a Tao church fan AND a sticker!

$1,000 gets you an 8-week COMEDY CLASS at Tao (on Zoom or in person) AND a PRIVATE SESSION AND a Tao t-shirt AND Bobbie Oliver’s book The Tao of Comedy AND a Tao pen AND a Tao church fan AND a sticker AND s*x (jk)!

IF YOU CAN’T DONATE YOUR COMEDY OR YOUR MONEY, PLEASE HELP US PROMOTE THIS FUNDRAISER!!

Thanks for reading this whole thing and for helping us with this big scary project!

www.TaoComedyStudio.com
[email protected]

Best Standup comedy class in Los Angeles taught by Bobbie Oliver. Write jokes, stage presence, live performance techniques. Many performance opportunities inside and outside of class with our weekly open mics, comedy shows, festivals and showcases in Los Angeles

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the ...
08/02/2021

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $10/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-87-tickets-163115317305

SATURDAY NIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $10/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-87-tickets-163115317305

You have 7 more chances to sit in on my Tao of Comedy workshop at Tao Comedy Studio for FREE to see if you want to sign ...
08/02/2021

You have 7 more chances to sit in on my Tao of Comedy workshop at Tao Comedy Studio for FREE to see if you want to sign up. Thursdays at 7:30pm outside at Tao , Saturdays at 2pm Pacific on Zoom (no zoom classes next session) and Sundays at 1pm outside at Tao.

NOW ENROLLING!! Our next round of Tao of Comedy standup workshops with Bobbie Oliver start back Thursday, September 9 @7:30pm Saturday, September 11 @2pm and Sunday, September 12 @1pm).

Payment plans available.
www.TaoComedyStudio.com

Come have fun with us!! Questions? Email [email protected]

Payment plans available.

Check out all the beautiful new pics we just added to our site of our two outdoor spaces.

https://taocomedystudio.com/tao-comedy-studio/photos/

You have 7 more chances to sit in on my Tao of Comedy workshop at Tao Comedy Studio for FREE to see if you want to sign up. Thursdays at 7:30pm outside at Tao , Saturdays at 2pm Pacific on Zoom (no zoom classes next session) and Sundays at 1pm outside at Tao.

NOW ENROLLING!! Our next round of Tao of Comedy standup workshops with Bobbie Oliver start back Thursday, September 9 @7:30pm Saturday, September 11 @2pm and Sunday, September 12 @1pm).

Payment plans available.
www.TaoComedyStudio.com

Come have fun with us!! Questions? Email [email protected]

Payment plans available.

Check out all the beautiful new pics we just added to our site of our two outdoor spaces.

https://taocomedystudio.com/tao-comedy-studio/photos/

MONDAY! WE ARE LIVE ON THE TAO COMEDY STUDIO PATIO!! LA’s Longest Running Women’s Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Mic! Mondays @8...
08/02/2021

MONDAY! WE ARE LIVE ON THE TAO COMEDY STUDIO PATIO!! LA’s Longest Running Women’s Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Mic! Mondays @8pm!
$5 = 5 min + free drink

Signups start @7:30. Comics Only.

Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street or text me to unlock front door

MONDAY! WE ARE LIVE ON THE TAO COMEDY STUDIO PATIO!! LA’s Longest Running Women’s Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Mic! Mondays @8pm!
$5 = 5 min + free drink

Signups start @7:30. Comics Only.

Enter from alley behind Tao between 1st and 2nd Street or text me to unlock front door

SUNDAY!! SHOW UP/SIGNUP!Sunday afternoon OUTDOOR Mic @5pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Bobbie Oliver. $5 = ...
08/01/2021

SUNDAY!! SHOW UP/SIGNUP!

Sunday afternoon OUTDOOR Mic @5pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Bobbie Oliver. $5 = 5 min + free drink

Signups start @4:30. Comics Only.
Enter from front door

SUNDAY!! SHOW UP/SIGNUP!

Sunday afternoon OUTDOOR Mic @5pm on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio! Hosted by Bobbie Oliver. $5 = 5 min + free drink

Signups start @4:30. Comics Only.
Enter from front door

TONIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. ...
07/31/2021

TONIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $10/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-731-tickets-162996265217

TONIGHT! You Had To Be There! Outdoor comedy show. Limited in-person seating, or watch LIVE from anywhere in the world. Tickets are $10/person, or $10 per Zoom household.
Order tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-had-to-be-there-731-tickets-162996265217

We have FOUR LIVE OUTDOOR Open Mics each week on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio Live Mics: Signups start 30 MINUTES BEFORE ...
07/29/2021

We have FOUR LIVE OUTDOOR Open Mics each week on the Tao Comedy Studio Patio

Live Mics: Signups start 30 MINUTES BEFORE each mic. Show up/sign up.

$5 = 5 minutes + Free non-alcoholic drink

Comics Only. Enter from the Alley behind Tao (between 1st and 2nd Street).

Address

131 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA
90004

Opening Hours

Monday 7:30pm - 10pm
Tuesday 7:30pm - 10pm
Wednesday 7:30pm - 10pm
Thursday 7pm - 10pm
Friday 7:30pm - 10pm
Saturday 7:30pm - 10pm
Sunday 1pm - 6:30pm

Telephone

(323) 552-6929

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I’m looking for new (mostly female) comics I haven’t booked before, but also ones I have booked. I am one of Bobbie Oliver s comedy babies. Who wants to do a #CannabisLoving comedy show where the theme is RELATIONSHIPS AND DATING!? 😉🥰😀💕🌱
To the cast of Crazy Woke Asians 5/20, Tao Comedy Studio and So Cal Asian Artists Ensemble: Great job with last night's Crazy Woke Asians 5/20 show guys. I'd never been to an Asian comedy show where all the stand up comics as well as the improv comedians are this funny. Way to go! With that said, I almost walked out of that show because I find some of the jokes from the stand up comics unnecessarily homophobic and distasteful, especially when the male host screamed out "No Homo," to one of the comics. Now, as a gay Asian man I was offended, humiliated and shamed. FYI...saying "No Homo," is akin to saying "That's so gay," and the implication is that there is something wrong with being gay. There were at least two gay men sitting in the audience at your show last night. I was thinking to myself, "Wow, I just paid $20 of my hard-earned money to come support my fellow Asian actors and artists only to be clubbed over the head with homophobic slurs." Don't get me wrong, you can and should make gay jokes and there were several comics who made gay jokes that were funny that was not degrading to gay people so for future reference (if you want gay audience members to come support Asian comedy shows), please be mindful and run your jokes through one of your gay friends, and, if you don't have any gay friends that might be the problem. With that said, I'm so glad that I pushed through and stayed until the end because I would've missed Jason's phenomenal performance as well as an altogether well rounded show. But it was incredibly distracting as I was troubled with said slurs and it diminishes my ability to be present and enjoy the show. Plus, I was there to see someone specifically and I didn't want to leave without seeing someone whom I support shine on that stage and as far as I'm concerned you all shined last night and I'm very proud of you. Ok, I'm getting off my soapbox now. Please know, I'm not posting this to debate but I see this as a teachable moment. Saying anti-gay slurs is not very woke. To a gay audience member, it’s in the same territory as sitting in the audience at a movie theater, play or musical when there is an anti-Asian joke being said on screen/stage except it’s worst because the performer saying you’re wrong (anti-gay slur) is worst than them saying you’re less than (anti-Asian slur).
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