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Flappers Comedy Club

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In Sept of 2008, Barbara Holliday & Dave Reinitz created Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant LLC with the intention of building a lasting and supportive comedy community, enriching live shows with an expansive and delicious restaurant and bar menu, and attracting the biggest names in the stand-up comedy business.  Since then, World-Class celebrity headliners, including Jay Leno, Maria Bamford, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias, Whitney Cummings, Dana Carvey, Jeff Garlin, Rob Schneider, Cedric The Entertainer, Iliza, Christina P, Tom Segura, Taylor Tomlinson, and many, many more have graced the 200-seat state-of-the-art Mainroom stage, as well as the intimate 50-seat Yoo Hoo room.  Holliday and Reinitz’s community provided opportunities for the next generation of comedy superstars, including Taylor Tomlinson, Jerrod Carmichael, Rami Youssef, and many more, to develop their craft and rise to the top of the comedy world both artistically and professionally.

Flappers remains one of Los Angeles’ most accessible clubs for young comedians to gain experience and actively seeks to support and nurture the next generation of talent, holding weekly auditions and daily open mics for the comedy stars of tomorrow.  Flappers presents The Uncle Clydes Comedy Contest, LA’s longest running comedy contest, every Wednesday, where the audience votes and there are prizes at the end of every round.

In partnership with Flappers University (where learning is a joke!), Flappers offers classes in stand-up, writing for late night, the business of comedy, and more for all ages and skill levels.  Corporate team building events, both at the club at any off-site location, are also available.

Flappers produces The Burbank Comedy Festival, an annual week-long event, sponsored by Downtown Burbank and Visit Burbank, wherein hundreds of comedians from all over the world gather to showcase in front of top industry executives, casting directors, agents, managers, and more.  The eight-day festivities include shows in multiple venues, afterparties, classes, industry panels, and celebrity one-offs.  Past celebrity guests have included Adam Carolla, Tom Segura, Christina P, Jeff Garlin, Jay Leno, Phil Rosenthal, Kevin Pollack, Carol Leifer, Jimmy Pardo, Jimmy Dore, and more!

Every Saturday at 4pm, Flappers presents Two Milk Minimum, a family-friendly comedy show featuring a rotating cast of comedy jugglers, magicians, acrobats, kid’s performers, and more!

Barbara Holliday

Barbara Holliday is the owner/operator of Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant, a 100% female owned business.  Born in Long Island, New York to computer programmer Paul Holliday and visual artist, Madeline Baker, she believes her multi-talented capacity for performance, and business is a result of being raised in a thoroughly “left brain/right brain” trailer park family. Experience probably has much to do with her flair as well. After graduating from San Diego State University with her Teaching certification and a degree in Theater Arts (Hon.) English minor in 1989, she was headed for a high school teaching stint but ended up getting cast instead as a Kid’s Club Host for Fox on the highly-rated television program Fox Kids Club. The show allowed Holliday to hone her performance & leadership skills on some of the toughest guests around-young children and animals-while simultaneously writing and producing her daily show.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 1993, Holliday has performed in National Television commercials for SBC Global, films such as (Naked Gun 33⅓) and television shows (Friends, The Dating Game, World’s Funniest), on stage (Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, West Side Story) and as a stand-up and sketch comedian (The Comedy Store,IGBY’s, Ha Ha Café, The Improv and various other Showcases throughout Los Angeles). She has also worked as a Clown, and balloon artist at local theme parks, as well as being the CO-Creator of Uncle Clydes Comedy Contest, and Survival of the Funniest and many other reality and comedy show pilots.