Our Founder


Immigrating to the United States from Iran as a teenager, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada has always had a heart for comedy. Before testing the waters as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles, he grew up laughing at reruns of The Three Stooges, and from an early age his father reminded him that “making someone laugh is the greatest gift you can give.”

Masada has embodied this wisdom throughout his life, eventually making it his life’s work. Since opening the Laugh Factory in 1979, Masada has dedicated himself to the healing power of laughter. His wildly successful venue has been frequented by comedy legends such as Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and countless others.

His innovative and wide-spreading ventures within the comedy industry have garnered Masada a legendary business reputation. Masada has frequently been hired as a consultant on film and television projects, such as Fox’s In Living Color. Despite being hailed as the “Real King of Comedy,” by The New York Daily News, Masada has stayed humble, using his accumulated status to help launch and propel the careers of numerous comedians, providing guidance, wisdom and a stage to perform on.