Comedy Bang Bang- July 10, 2012

Last night I got my comedy on after a two week break. Oh how I missed thy comedy. Doug Loves Movies was not playing before hand, so it was just the regular Comedy Bang Bang show for me. I lucked out getting tickets too, since I was busy in Cape Cod on Friday I missed the Friday at noon ticket frenzy. I coincidentally looked at UCB’s website on Saturday and noticed it didn’t say “sold out” like it normally does, and bam! I got a ticket! Score!

Let’s get right into it, because it was really an all star line-up. Really an awesome show. The host of the night was Hampton who I’ve seen perform at Comedy Bang Bang before, and yet I can’t figure out his last name (it wasn’t annunciated when he was introduced). He was a very good host and got the crowd laughing right from the beginning.

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Next up, Tom Papa. You probably know him best as the host of the Marriage Ref. I’ve seen him perform here before and he’s had plenty of success as a stand-up and actor. Are you ready for my crappy cell phone picture? I was right in the comedians eye-line all night, so my photos are crappy and taken as stealthy as possible. Also below is a clip from The Marriage Ref, enjoy!

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Maria Bamford came out next. I saw her outside the theater while I was waiting in line, so I knew she was coming. She does so many different voices and characters which is a completely unique style that only Maria Bamford does. Some people aren’t into that, but I certainly am. She likes to convince her audience that she’s the equivalent of a crazy cat lady so you have to be onboard for that, but it’s her subtle nuances within the larger bits that get me. I can totally understand a first time comedy viewer being intimidated by her, but listen to her cd and try to see her several times live and you will love her. I promise you. She is a great representation of women in comedy.

I haven’t seen her in a while so all of her bits were new to me. Her running theme was suicide, which was a tad dark, but when a comedian can turn a dark subject into hilarity, they’re pretty dang good. And of course, my cell phone decided to freeze for her whole set, so I have no photos to show for it.  Maria will be on Louie this season, so dvr it. I found this clip on youtube of Maria doing a similar bit she did last night, watch it!

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After Maria came Marc Maron. He’s probably most known for his podcast WTF with Marc Maron, although he’s been in the stand-up world for a long time. Last night Marc talked about his Hawaiian vacation and even prepared material the gig. He’s great at off-the-cuff and his prepared stuff, so you can imagine a combo of the two is the sweet spot. Can you believe all they heavy hitters up first and in a row. Below is my bad photo and then below that is a clip of Marc recording his podcast live with special guest Amy Sedaris (who I would love to see!). Marc has live shows coming up in Los Angeles, check out tickets HERE.

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Usually if Marc’s around, Eddie Pepitone isn’t too far behind and sure enough he was up next! He’s sometimes known as the Bitter Buddha and he’s been trying out new material all over LA. Remember when I saw him perform at the Super Serious Show just a couple weeks ago? Eddie was excellent and he did a lot of different material from that last show. I’ve actually seen Eddie at my gym and I must say he looks like his thinner and healthier in general. He also seems much more positive. Eddie, I like it a lot keep it up!

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After 4 of my favorites, I’m actually glad the next comedian up was new to me because it’s fun learning about new (to me) comedians. Steele Saunders came out next. This Australian comic was very funny, although sometimes his accent made it tricky to catch every word, he still held his own. I can’t imagine having to follow those first four comedians and I think Steele Saunders was successful. He told a story about a mirrored wall at a concert venue where lots of the attendees were wasted, you can imagine the chaos that followed.

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Next up, DAVE CHAPPELLE… I mean Jon Dore. Yup, he did that joke too. He was introduced as Dave Chappelle and then he came out from behind the curtain and you could hear the audience deflate. It was funny to see Jon enjoy the joke so much, as we were all the butt of it. Although, having to do a set after you got everyone hopes so high is quite a challenge. Of couse my cell phone failed again, so no image, but here’s a video of Jon Dore at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival 2010.

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Last of the night was Pete Holmes. He’s great to go out on because he’s so high energy and by this time of night everyone was exhausted. Laughing really takes it out of you! Pete Holmes was great per usual. He was very interactive with the crowd and did material that was all new to me. Pete is so great and it’s worth giving his podcast, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, a listen. He’s also a cutie who has a quality which reminds me of John Ritter. He too has lost weight since I first started seeing him perform. Keep it up, it’s paying off! Alright, this is probably the worst of all the photos and Im embarrassed that this was the clearest photo I got of Pete. Also here’s a very funny batman video of Pete, which I was trying to act out for my friend the other day. It’s worth watching.

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