Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica will present a battle of funny artists and artistic comics Monday, August 17th with Comedy Vs. Art Smackdown, featuring some of Los Angeles’ most peculiar and adventurous comedians.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.

Comedy Vs. Art Smackdown features Lizzy Cooperman, Billy the Mime and Linda Albertano, along with Monrok, Holly Mills and Elisha Shapiro.

Shapiro, who curated the show, says, “I am an artist who has been doing stand-up for the past few years, and I’ve noticed certain comics whose work is not that different from performance art.

“Some comedians expand the form and are really smart, addressing bigger issues while being very funny. So I thought people who are interested in different kinds of art should get a chance to see this stuff,” he said.

Shapiro’s past work includes his Nihilist Party candidacies for president and governor, the Nihilist Olympics and his Lunatic Fringe cable TV show.

Highways Performance Space is in its 21st year as a center for new performance, promoting the development of contemporary, socially involved artists and art forms from diverse local, national and international communities.

Tickets are $7. Tickets can be purchased online at www.highwaysperformance.org/. For show information and to reserve, (310) 315-1459.