Comedian Paul Rodriguez Opens Scottsdale Laugh Factory This Weekend

Paul Rodriguez hams it up while he helps the staff prepare for opening night at Scottsdale Laugh Factory.
Paul Rodriguez hams it up while he helps the staff prepare for opening night at Scottsdale Laugh Factory.
Evie Carpenter

Scottsdale's about to get a whole lot funnier, as the newest location of the Laugh Factory opens in Scottsdale presented by the self-proclaimed "George Lopez of [his] day," Paul Rodriguez.

The 398-seat venue will be the largest comedy club in Scottsdale and Rodriguez says he plans to draw nationally recognized names as well as emerging talent to his stage.

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"We hope to leave you happier than you came," Rodriguez says while showing off the open, three-tiered showroom, featuring one stage with seating directly around it for bolder comedy fans and a handful of plush booths a little further away from the stage.

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This sixth Laugh Factory venue plans to keep the high standards and traditions the flagship club in Hollywood set back in 1979.

Rodriguez says he plans to focus as much on food and drink service as he does on the quality acts he puts on stage, ranging from household names like Dane Cook to amateurs up-and-coming in the Valley's comedy scene.

While Rodriguez says the Scottsdale location has been the most difficult to open yet, he believes the city is ready to embrace them.

Paul Rodriguez tries out the stage before opening night.
Paul Rodriguez tries out the stage before opening night.
Evie Carpenter

"We belong in Scottsdale," Rodriguez says. "They have a certain reputation, and we have a certain reputation."

Tickets will range from $20 to $25 dollars, depending on the acts, with a two-drink minimum, according to Rodriguez.

Scottsdale Laugh Factory is located at 7000 East Shea Boulevard, H-1990. For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit www.scottsdalelaughfactory.com or call 480-607-6878.

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