Venice Underground Comedy will mark its one-year anniversary at Townhouse with two free shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.

In its first year, Venice Underground has become one of the most popular weekly stand-up comedy shows outside L.A.’s major clubs, says show producer Bronston Jones. The show is followed by burlesque as part of Townhouse’s Red Light Wednesdays.

Each week, many top comics have been descending the stairs into the beachside basement to perform for consistently standing-room-only crowds. The free comedy show has hosted such top and diverse talent as Kyle Kinane, Jim Jeffries, Hannibal Buress, Bret Ernst, Eddie Ifft, Lisa Landry, Jason Rouse, Amy Dresner, Eddie Pepitone, The Walsh Brothers, Big Jay Oakerson, Theo Von, Jerrod Carmichael, Jen Murphy, Sam Tripoli, Ian Edwards, Rick Shapiro and more.

The anniversary lineups won’t be announced until a few days prior to the show, Jones noted.

The special anniversary shows will include dancers from the Hells Belles, which is the burlesque troupe that follows the regular weekly comedy show.

Jones and fellow comedian and producer Matt Devlin started Venice Underground last July at Townhouse at 52 Windward Ave. The shows take place in the bar’s basement, a former speakeasy, known as the Del Monte.

Townhouse is considered Los Angeles’ oldest continually operating watering hole. It originally opened in 1915 as Menotti’s in the “Venice of America” amusement area on the main strip leading from the Grand Canal to Abbot Kinney Pier.

Five years ago, the new owners of Townhouse remodeled the Del Monte to reflect its 1920s history. Six nights a week, the Del Monte continues the live entertainment tradition.

“I love Venice. And I love comedy. So bringing them together so successfully feels amazing,” said Jones. “The locals love the show. And the comics love Venice.”

Regular Venice Underground events will return to the normal show time of 9 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by burlesque at 11 p.m.

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