Set List @ Meltdown (Feb 23, 2013)

Happy Comedy Wednesday! I went to Set List at Meltdown this past Saturday February 23, 2013. It was my first time checking out this up and coming show (which will soon be a web series on the Nerdist website.

This show is a combination of stand-up and improv. Standup comedians take the stage one at a time and phrases are posted on a screen behind them. They then have to improvise a comedy set based on these hilarious/random phrases. Just because comedians are great at standup, doesn’t mean they are good at improv so it’s fun to watch the comedians work through the task.

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Paul Provenza hosted the show, which cost $8 (advance) and happens Saturdays at 8pm at Meltdown Comics.

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Byron Bowers came up to the stage first. Here’s an example of one of the set list items they are supposed to improvise standup about: “I’m not racist, but my thoughts are”. See how challenging?

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Jackie Kashian came to the stage next.

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Bob Odenkirk (of Mr.Show/How I met your Mother/Dexter/and a zillion other projects) came out next. This was his first time doing Set List and he was really good.

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Fellow Mr. Show alum (and “24” regular), Mary Lynn Rajskub came to the stage next.

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Matt Kirshen (Last Comic Standing) came out next. I feel like he had the most challenging set list phrases of the night. I mean his were really difficult to create a set based off of.

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Legendary Ritch Shydner came out next.

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Saleem came out next. He has a great memory as he was able to incorporate many of the other comedians “set lists” into his set as well.

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The last comedian was my favorite. Daniel Van Kirk does an AMAZING Mark Wahlberg impersonation. It was so good. To me, Mark Wahlberg is an unintentionally hilarious human being and seeing Daniel totally nail all his funny mannerisms while following the Set List rules of riffing off specific topics, it was incredible. This was the highlight of the night for me.

Come enjoy the fun! They announced the next Set List’s guests and it’s a ton of headliners like Rory Scovel and Reggie Watts. Unfortunately, I can’t find the dates anywhere on their website here, but you can facebook friend them and get updates.

Do This Today: Set List

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Today was one of those none stop days. Like can’t think fast-enough days. I’m only now getting around to the Do This Today. Since it’s after 8pm, I’m gonna suggest laying low and taking one of those glorious cry-baths (at least that’s my plan for tonight). BUT since I owe you a Do This Today, I’m going to give you tomorrow’s post a day early! Woo Hoo!

Tomorrow night check out Set List at Meltdown Comics (the Nerdist Theater). So many awesome comedians and it’s only $8! Get tickets because it will sell out. Tomorrows comedians are Byron Bowers, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jackie Kashian, Bob Odenkirk, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ritch Shydner and hosted by Paul Provenza.

Event: Set List (event link)
Location: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Clvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
Time: Saturday February 23, 8pm
Cost: $8 (get tickets here)

Do This Today: Buy Comedy Bang Bang Tickets

Today is a big day for comedy fans! Your “Do This Today” is to buy Comedy Bang Bang Christmas Pageant tickets (here). While Im SO excited for this years pageant, I’m sad to announce that Scott Aukerman tweeted that he is no longer producing Comedy Bang Bang’s live show (which happens every Tuesday at UCB). Such a sad announcement, but I’m so grateful that he’s continued the show for as long as he has. Come to this last live show and celebrate with a crazy long list of comedians: Zach Galifinakis, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Kristen Schaal, Chris Hardwick, Thomas Lenon, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Tim Heidecker, Doug Benson, Paul F Tompkins, Anthony Jeselnik, Chelsea Peretti, Neil Hamburger, Garfunkel & Oates, Matt Besser, Todd Glass, Jimmy Pardo, Kurt Braunohler, and TONS more! Hosted by Scott Aukerman, A World Dodgeball Society & ASpecialThing Records Production.

It takes place December 4th, 2012
Doors 6:30pm/Show 8pm
The Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Hollywood CA
$45- $75, get tickets HERE

Want to read about Comedy Bang Bang Christmas Pageant 2011 (and see TONS of photos)? What about Comedy Death Ray 2010?


Todd Glass, Jon Hamm, and Matt Bruanger @ CBB Christmas Pageant 2011


Scott Aukerman and Nick Thune @ Comedy Death Ray Christmas Show 2010

Weekend Guide April 6 + 7 + 8

Easter Weekend! Time for the Weekend Guide! Are you ready for a weekend of fun? Assuming you’re not getting out of town for the long weekend, there’s some fun stuff going on in town you should check out. Let’s get to it!

FRIDAY April 6th:

If you have today off, why not check out the Echo Park Farmers Market from 3-7p.

From 7-10 tonight I will be at Gallery 1988 on Melrose for the opening exhibit of Mike Mitchell’s “Just Like Us” exhibit.

Friend Gallery 1988 on facebook to learn more about Mike’s artwork and come visit the exhibit tonight.

While you’re on Melrose, why not mosey down to Pour Vous, a hip new bar that just opened that is just over a mile away. It’s upscale and classy, so dress to impress. They just opened tonight (I think), so it’s be shiny and new.

SATURDAY April 7th:

On Saturday Bob Odenkirk (Mr.Show) is hosting the Amoeba Music Auction to support 826LA. It’s happening at 4pm in Hollywood. It’s be hilarious and charitable. Feel awesome and go to this event.

Later that day you should head downtown and visit the Moca Geffen to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s opening of Sky Ladder from 7-10p.

The Sunset Beer Company is hosting the Bughouse Design Art and Beer Opening from 6-9. Check out art and try some rare brews. RSVP HERE!

This is a tad pricey at $40 a ticket, but this Saturday is the 4th Annual Beer Festival at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. There will be food trucks and music and of course, beer. Check out the event map:

Check out their website to see an awesome video advertisement. Unfortunately it wont let me post it on this page, but check it out HERE to see what you’re in for.

SUNDAY April 8th:

I mentioned the opening above, but on Sunday at 3pm, Jeffrey Deitch (Director of the Moca Geffen) is interviewing Cai Guo-Qiang in a discussion about his new exhibit opening this weekend at the museum and his use of gun powder in art.

The Getty has a Herb Ritts exhibit happening in the West Pavilion right now. Herb Ritts photography is all about L.A. Style. Check out the link to this exhibit.

I don’t have too much else going on this weekend, but seeing as it’s Easter on Sunday I figure I should list some awesome brunch spots that you will love:

Cafe Stella (Silver Lake)
Sweetsalt (Toluca Lake)
BLD (Near the Grove)
Aroma Cafe (Studio City)
Figaro (Los Feliz)
Little Doms (Los Feliz)
Bottega Louie (Downtown)

Recap: Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant 2011

The Comedy Bang Bang Christmas Show 2011, was amazing per usual. It was in a larger venue this year, the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Thankfully the theater was pretty intimate dispite being 20 time the size of UCB. I purchased a $30 General admission ticket, and got a pretty good seat with my group of 5 friends along the left side of the theater. Scott Aukerman hosted the show, of course, and began by encouraging people to move around during the show and take advantage of the giveaways in the lobby and the food trucks outside. This part was a great improvement from UCB, because at UCB there was never a food option and only 2 bathrooms. Inevdiably, patrons would need to sneak out at the start of a comedians set and be called out for “leaving”. Thankfully, at this large venue with people going in and out you felt less self conscious about that.

I need to apologize to you and to myself, because my camera is in the shop and I was forced to take cell phone pictures of the event. Lately my cell phone has been acting funny, and nearly half the photos I took (aka, the in-focus pics) didn’t save to the camera for some reason. So you are about to see the best of the worst. Good luck.

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Here is Scott Aukerman introducing the show. How hot did he look last night!? He was so handsome in his suit and his hair so perfectly quaffed. Serious stud-muffin… that Kulap is one lucky lady. For those of you who don’t know who he is, Scott started out writing for The Mr. Show and is who I would call, the George Washington of Comedy. He’s not old, and this is purely meant as a compliment. Scott has done so much for the comedy community. He and BJ Porter started Comedy Death Ray, which is now Comedy Bang Bang back in 2002 and it’s been such a great way to expose great stand up comedians to and audience that can’t afford to go to large expensive venues every week. Scott and Jeff Ulrich started Earwolf, which is a comedy podcasting channel. Through this channel many indie comedians can post podcasts every week from LA, that people all over the world can listen to. Throughout his career he’s been trying to make indie comedians more accessible to the public and he’s taken a leadership role in trying to organize the comedy community. The most impressive part is that he’s done a lot of these things without a lot of recognition, he does it because he cares about indie comedy. Thank you Scott Aukerman.

Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins (as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber) sang their own version of Father Christmas Is Coming To Town. Sir Webber is a frequent visitor on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast.

Nick Kroll started off the night as the first stand up comic to take the mic. You might know him from The League or as one of his many characters (my favorite is Fabrice, Fabrice).

Jen Kirkman was up next.

Scott lowered the mic for the next comedian, Jimmy Pardo. Jimmy killed it as usual. Jimmy has the podcast “Never Not Funny” which sponsored the event. He works on the Conan O’brian Show as the crowd emcee. On tv shows made in front of a live audience (specifically where they record the laugh track) they need a live emcee to keep the crowd pumped up and energized between takes. This is the PERFECT job for Jimmy Pardo because he is great with an audience. He doesn’t even need to prepare bits because all he has to do is talk with an audience member and it’s always hilarious.

Adam Scott (Party Down, Parks and Recreation, Step Brothers) came on stage where he pretended to be a presenter at the SAG Awards. Scott and Adam are good friends and podcast together often, so I’m not surprised he attended. Considering Adam Scott is not a stand-up, this was the perfect skit for him to be apart of on stage.

Marc Maron came up next, where he did what he does best and “got real”. Marc is great storyteller and has a way about talking to the audience as if you’re a small group of friends at a party. He even took out an email and read it, very much like he does on his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.

Bob Odenkirk was a great follow up to Marc Maron, because they couldn’t be further apart on the comedy scale. Bob was very funny with light puns and more “jokie” jokes. Much lighter than Marc’s story telling. Both so funny and yet so different. By the way, Bob is from the Mr. Show with Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross).

Next up, Kumail Nanjiani.

Scott broke up the stand-up comedy routine by having his friend Weird Al perform. Weird Al literally made love to the audience and it was fantastic.

Sarah Silverman did her set next.

After Sarah, Todd Glass took the stage which was followed by…

JON HAMM! YUM!

Andy Daly came out as one of his characters who is a children’s theater director (think creepy old guy with authority around kids).

Brian Posehn came out next. He’s the first of three members of the Comedians of Comedy that came out that night. I apologize for this terrible photo.

Andy Kinder was up next.

Anthony Jeselnik was the only comedian of the night I’d never seen perform live before, and he was really funny too.

Neil Hamburger even came out for the night.

TIG! She’s always great. I’m going to see her on Friday night at Largo as part of Sarah Silverman’s Show.

Patton Oswalt! He’s one of my favorite comedians. He was clearly exhausted but did a solid set.

David Kochner (The Office, Anchorman) came out as a character making topical jokes.

Garfunkle and Oates sand their gocart song and then rapped about handjobs. They do regular performances at UCB, where they perform a bunch of songs and it’s an awesome show to see. They are a little timid on stage when they speak and it’s fun to see them be so lively when they sing.

Next up, Matt Braunger.

Maria Bamford hit the stage after Matt, and it’s unfortunately at this point that I had to leave (12:15?). I get up so early for work and when I left the theater I still had to walk back to my car. My goal was to stay and see Maria (because she’s awesome) and the last 4 performers I’d seen perform a bunch of times at UCB.

So alas, my CBB Christmas event is over until 2012. Thankfully I have Largo on friday (Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die is performing! Paul Rust, Harris Wittels, Michael Cassady). 3 giant comedy events in one week, isn’t life great?