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Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown
Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown

Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the city didn't have a comedy festival quite like Riot LA. Riot LA is the alternative comedy festival presented by the public radio station KCRW, created and executive produced by Abbey Londer. After a Kickstarter campaign to help with funding, the first Riot LA hit the streets of downtown in September 2012, showcasing the work of underground comedy. "Kickstarter was a test," explains Londer. "If we could raise the...