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Inside the LA comedy scene with the Comedy Store's Alf LaMont

Bobby Lee Performs At The Comedy Store

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Comedian Bobby Lee of Mad TV performs a set at the Comedy Store August 30, 2003 in Hollywood.

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The Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.

Martin Lawrence at The Comedy Store

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Comedian Martin Lawrence performs live at The Comedy Store on October 17, 2003 in West Hollywood.

Bill Maher Stand Up Show At the Comedy Store

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TV Host and comedian Bill Maher performs on stage at the Comedy Store for a stand up show on April 23, 2003 in Hollywood.


The comedy world has been in a transition period as it attempts to grapple with the Internet, the alternative comedy scene and more emphasis on the personalities rather than the platform.

"It's kind of change or die," says Alf LaMont, VP of marketing and development at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. "We've been doing it within the context of an old school comedy club, and that model is broken."

"The world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, in a way that was so fast that it was difficult for businesses who had been doing really well for 20 years to acknowledge," LaMont says. "The bottom got taken out of things and people didn't know what to do, and they still don't know what do."


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It wasn't always this way. In the early 1970s, Johnny Carson moved "the Tonight Show" from New York to L.A. "Back in those days, the only way to be seen was to be on Carson," LaMont says. "Carson scouts only go to comedy clubs to see prospective talent, there's only one comedy club in L.A., and that was, at the time, the Comedy Store."

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