I grew up in a small South Carolina town, where I’m proud to say, folks had the sense to stay home on Thanksgiving day. Â We gave thanks, ate good, Â and rested up for Black Friday shopping. Â If you did any holiday house hopping you would find the streets empty and the stores abandoned. Â It was a ghost town. Imagine the shock, on my first Los Angeles Thanksgiving, to wake up to business as usual. Â Virtually all the stores were open, traffic was thick, Â and the streets were hopping with activity. Â I’m sure people were celebrating Thanksgiving somewhere in the city but to witness something so foreign from the traditions I held sacred was just sad.
Fast forward to 2010 and I’m over it. Â Any good country girl knows there ain’t no future in livin in the past. So this year I’m embracing a tradition, that while new to me, has been happening in L.A. for decades. Â The Free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Los Angeles Laugh Factory has been going strong for the past 31 years. Â Their annual holiday events have been host to over 150,000 persons over the years. Guests have enjoyed free Thanksgiving Dinners and were entertained by top comedians like Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tom Arnold, Jamie Kennedy, Bob Saggett, and Jamie Foxx to name a few.
The Laugh Factory serves over 2000 free Â Turkey Dinners to struggling actors, comics, writers, and anyone who doesn’t want to be alone on the holiday. Â The free Thanksgiving Dinner at The Laugh Factory is possibly slightly different from what many Los Angeles transplants are accustomed. Still, the idea of spending the day laughing with good people while giving thanks just seems right.
WHAT:Â Laugh Factory hostsÂ 31stÂ annual, freeThanksgiving FeastÂ with top comedians serving & entertaining.
WHEN:Â Thurs., Nov. 25 @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. A live comedy show will follow each meal service.
WHERE:Â Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (Between Laurel Canyon & Fairfax)