Since it’s Comedy Wednesday, I’d be a terrible friend and comedy connoisseur if I didn’t mention that my friends Alison and Mark were mentioned in the newest podcast by my two favorite Jewish mothers, Ronna and Beverly. Check out their podcast HERE to learn more about them and PLEASE listen to the episode “Hometown Hero” to hear the awesome shout out to these awesome people (@ the 59 min mark). Remember Ronna and Beverly from THIS post? Remember Mark and Alison from THIS post?
On Tuesday, in place of Comedy Bang Bang, Ronna and Beverly did their monthly performance at UCB. You can see above, the stage was set with a special Hanukkah graphic and pig pinata. This show happens monthly, but this was extra special because it was holiday themed. Every show has different guests, and I’ve gone to probably 15 and they’ve all been hilarious.
If you are new to Ronna and Beverly, you should know that these woman are playing their Jewish mothers and do the whole show as these characters.
This night they lit the menorah.
Paul F. Tompkins was guest number one. They let him take a swing at the pinata. I love the photo above, not just for Paul’s awesome expression, but also for the “Happy Hanukkah” written on the pig.
You can see when they interview guests, it’s only the guests the get the chairs and Ronna and Beverly stand behind them asking questions as if it’s an interrogation. This setup means that when the guests are asked questions, they are forced to turn and face each host, forcing them to look back and forth the entire show.
Paul clearly knew what he was getting into and took it all really well.
Beverly brought out a surprise guest! Her daughter (not the skinny one in Arizona
auditing taking classes at their University, but the heavier twin living in Israel).
Next came out Paget Brewster who got sucked into the interrogation. They kept all the guests on stage for each interview, which was just for this holiday event. I must say, it was really fun having Paul F. Tompkins on stage for the whole show. His reaction to Ronna and Beverly was so funny.
The last guest was Angela Kinsey from The Office.
After the interview time ended, they did a Hanukkah swap (aka, secret santa). Beverly coordinated the secret santa and there was a “mix-up” and somehow all the guests brought gifts for Beverly and Ronna got nothing.
Beverly pulled Paul F. Tompkins name for the gift trade. She got him a journal she had left over from a Beverly and Ronna event. Such a fun night, and it was only $5. Check out their podcast HERE to learn more about them, and check the UCB schedule in January for their next show.
I know I’m going out of order here, but I have to tell you about my Friday night. My sister and I went to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre to see Ronna & Beverly (formally called the All Jew Review). They do this show in LA once a month and occasionally in London.
This show is played by Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, two 30 year olds playing their 50 year old Jewish mothers. They start by talking about current events and discussing chapters from their book “You’ll Do A Little Better Next Time”. Then they bring out a celebrity guest who sits on a chair in the center of the stage while Ronna and Beverly interview the guest. The two ladies stand on either side of the guests chair throwing out questions in a spitfire fashion. It closely resembles the way suspects get interrogated by the police and the celebrities act accordingly. It’s hilarious, and I try to see it every month in LA. There are often celebrity guests in the audience too. They also have a podcast too. You should check it out HERE.
They discussed their book, before they brought out their first guest, Marissa Jaret Winokur.
You can see from their interview style, the guest is clearly in the hot seat (and the only seat). It’s so great to see the guests squirm. Jeff Garlin came out after Marissa.
Jeff Garlin has some history with these girls and you can hear all about their chemistry on their podcast. He has a thing for Ronna (on the right side of the screen) and he chased her around the stage hoping for a kiss. He’s the only guest I’ve seen ever turn the tables on Ronna and Beverly. In fact Jeff barely sat down, which totally changes the dynamic of the interview.
P.S. Here’s a video of them I found online. Enjoy!
The past 2 weeks I’ve been slacking on the Weekend Guide, posting it late on Friday night. I’m trying to get back on track and stay focused one what’s really important, you my dear blog. Alrighty, lots of good stuff happening this weekend so lets get right into it!
Friday Feb 24th
At 8pm on Friday night I will be watching Ronna and Beverly at the UCB Theatre. Tickets are $10, and the show will be amazing because it always is. I wait for this show every month and this months Guests are Jeff Garlin and Marissa Jaret Winkor. Check out the video to get a feel for this “All Jew Review”:
Saturday Feb 25th
If you aren’t up for a walk or hike, check out The Carnival of Magic Medicine downtown from 1-9p. Advance tickets are $20 and the event includes kids yoga, visits with Tarot Readers and Shamans, a great auction including services and art from well-known people/places around LA. Check out the schedule HERE. The event sounds pretty cool, so if you have an open mind about this lifestyle, hop on the metro and head downtown to the event.
Chevy Metal is playing on Saturday at Rock & Roll Pizza in Topanga Canyon at the Rack. I know I don’t seem very “rock and roll” so why am I telling you about this? Because Chevy Metal is a 70′s cover-band with the drummer and guitarist from the Foo Fighters. Awesome, right?
Photo taken from THIS website.
Finish out your fun-filled Saturday with an 8pm visit to Meltdown Comics for their Spidey and Friends show. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.
Sunday Feb 26th
On Sunday you will find me at CoLAboration‘s craft beer event downtown at The Belasco. $25 gets you a glass (which is your entry into future CoLAboration events) and 3 beer tokens (good for 3 fills). Come check out the scene and try some new brews. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll have a full report next week.
For people boycotting the Oscars, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade 7:30p FREE Asssscat Show. Because it’s free, they don’t take reservations which means you need to get there early to claim your spot in line. But the waiting pays off by getting to see some of the best improvers in the biz. Many of them haven’t achieved stardom, although they should. Chad Carter and Sean Conroy are 2 of the greatest improvisors who frequent this show. You need to see them in person, in addition to Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts (3 of the 4 UCB founders) who also often frequent this show. They never give the line-up in advance but it’s always good. They do this free show every Sunday and you should check out a video I found of a prior show on youtube:
It’s Wednesday and boy is this week going by slowly! Last night I got my exercise on, so I don’t have any new tales to tell (gotta detox-to-retox). But tonight I’m attending 2 bars around town and seeing some live music, so expect a more thorough update tomorrow.
Seeing as this week is building in anticipation for Halloween weekend, I thought I’d advertise some fun events happening around town this week. Of course I can’t hit them all, so you’ll have to tell me what was fun and what was a time waster. Input is greatly appreciated!
On Thursday, Echo Park Jazz is doing another session in their 826LA benefit series. It all goes down at 9pm tomorrow at Lot 1 Cafe (on Sunset). Find the event on their facebook page for details.
To get your fright on, check out Delusion. It’s an interactive guided story that is more like a play than a haunted house. Tickets are $40 on their website (which is pricy for me) but if you love a good scare and you’re sick of the Knottsberry/Universal Horror scene, it could be worth a visit. I have a friend going tonight and Ill have to relay her experience.
Goldstar is offering a deal on Queen Mary ‘s Halloween Tour with Haunted Mazes. $17 and it’s from 7p-midnight with Thursday, Sunday and Monday tickets still available.
While we are on the subject of this Halloween, I need to bring it up again because it sounds awesome: Drink + Hunt LA. $25 to participate if you join through Thrillist. It’s happening on Saturday in Santa Monica and includes 3 beers and specials as well as an after-party. Start assembling your team now and get your costumes ready!
If you hate all things Halloween and are looking for a good laugh instead of a scare, I have to recommend the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre this weekend. On Friday one of my favorite comedy duos is performing: Ronna & Beverly. Ronna & Beverly are two female comedians portraying their Jewish mothers and it is always a good show. They usually have 2 celebrity guests and this month it’s Ken Marino (The State, Party Down) and Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings). They interview the guests about their love life and make them squirm, which is amazing to see. For $10, it’s totally worth it. Get tickets HERE before they run out!