Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009, the ACME Comedy Theatre was the brainchild of M.D. Sweeney. It ranks among America's top venues for laughter, featuring a classic, small performance space with 99 seats and modern multimedia production facilities. Entertainers who have appeared here over the years include Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles of "Who's Line?" fame, Adam Carolla, Fred Goss, Joel McHale, Sean Hayes, Debra Wilson Skelton, Charlene Tilton, Wil Wheaton, and many more.
Using the theater as their base are six sketch and improv performance companies. The Zebra Company performs on Friday nights at 9:00 pm, followed by the Yankee Company at 10pm and X-Ray Company at 11pm. All three offer long-form narrative improv.
ACME Company performs a fresh sketch show weekly, with different celebrity guest stars on Saturdays at 8 pm. Bravo Company takes the stage every Friday at 8 pm, and company Charlie performs at 10 pm on Saturdays. The other days of the week are filled with rehearsals, one-person shows, presentations, screenings, and outside groups renting the theater for showcases.
Instruction in comic performance is offered here through the ACME Comedy School, including the basics of improvisation, sketch comedy writing, and stand-up. The ACME Comedy Theatre is located in the Hollywood area at 135 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036-2911.