Do This Today: What’s Up Tiger Lily

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Tonight’s What’s Up Tiger Lily is gonna be hilarious. Check out Mary Lynn Rajskub, Laura Kightlinger, Andy Dick, Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Kilgariff, Barry Rothbart, Matt Kirshen, Andy Haynes, and Josh Rencher.

Event: What’s Up Tiger Lily (event)
Location: Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6211 Sunset (and Gower), Hollywood
Time: Monday June 17, 2013, 8pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: What’s Up Tiger Lily

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Tonight’s What’s Up Tiger Lily features Bredon Small, Andrew Donnelly, Sean Patton, Barry Rothbart, Greg Barris, Doug Mellard, Andrew Solmssen with Annie Lederman in residence and hosted by Blaine Capatch.

Event: What’s Up Tiger Lily (event)
Location: Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6211 Sunset (and Gower), Hollywood
Time: Monday May 20, 2013, 8pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die

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Tonight Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die  is performing at Largo! This comedy band is made up of Paul Rust, Harris Wittels and Michael Cassady. Check out a full write up about them HERE.  Tonight’s tickets are two for one with the code “dontstop”. Other performers include Doug Benson, Chelsea Peretti, the band FMLY, and I think Nick from Islands.

Event: Don’t Stop Or We’l Die at Largo (event link)
Location: The Largo, 366 North La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday March 14, 7:30pm doors, 9pm show
Cost: $25 (but 2 for 1 tickets with code “dontstop”)

Do This Today: What’s Up Tiger Lily

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Tonight’s What’s Up Tiger Lily features Pete Holmes, Morgan Murphy, Rory Scovel, Barry Rothbart, Julian McCullough, Erik Charles Nielsen, Karl Hess, Raj Desai, Rye Silverman, Greg Baris and Anne Lederman in residency. That’s an awesome lineup and it’s free!

Event: What’s Up Tiger Lily (event)
Location: Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6211 Sunset (and Gower), Hollywood
Time: Monday March 13 2013, 8pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: What’s Up Tiger Lily

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Tonight’s What’s Up Tiger Lily features Chelsea Peretti, Rory Scovel, James Adomian, Annie Lederman, Mike Lawrence, Chris Thayer, Aparna Nancherla, Emily Maya Mills, and Matt Peters. Hosted by Paul Danke with Chris Garcia and Greg Barris in residency. That’s an awesome lineup and it’s free!

Event: What’s Up Tiger Lily (event)
Location: Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6211 Sunset (and Gower), Hollywood
Time: March 4 2013, 8pm
Cost: Free!

Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant 2012

Last week on December 4th it was the 500th live show of Comedy Bang Bang, as well as the last. Of course this was a funeral of sorts for the best comedy show in Los Angeles, but it was also a celebration of the last 500 weeks of shows. Comedy Wednesday here at Life Absorbed is based on this show, and it will be sadly missed. In a few weeks a new stand up comedy show will take its place at UCB, which Im sure will be hilarious and equally as fun, but I’m so sad to see it ending. When tickets went on sale for this event, there was no way I was going to miss it. I even bought the floor tickets to be as close to the comedians as possible. Here’s the tale of this epic comedy adventure.

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The usual venue for this event is the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, but since this was not only the last show but also the special Christmas Nativity Pageant (where proceeds go to the LA Food Bank), it was held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. They had food trucks out front, free drinks and the place was crawling with comedians. Not just the ones performing, but other local comedians that came to see their friends (and heros) perform. While I was waiting for the show to start (and buying the limited edition event print), I saw Jake Fogelnest running around, Jason Woliner taking his seat, and Myq Kaplan when the show was letting out. I’m sure there were tons more that I didn’t even catch.

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I took this photo in the lobby of the theater, looking through the glass at the press line. After I took this photo I realized Kulap (comedian and wife of Scott Aukerman-pictured above), was taking a photo next to me. She seemed so proud of her husband and it was really sweet to see. She recently was on Parks and Recreation playing Adam Scott’s step mother. Scott is the host of Comedy Bang Bang (the podcast, tv show on IFC, and the live show in Los Angeles ending this night). I consider Scott to be the Ben Franklin of comedy. He’s done SO much for the comedy community starting with this stand up show, then growing the empire into a podcasting station (Earwolf) filled with hilarious comedy shows. He’s taken initiative and created an outlet for comedians to reach listeners all over the world. Comedy Bang Bang is a $5 ticket every week and the podcast is by donation, which makes the comedy affordable and accessible to everyone. As a comedy fan, I’m extremely grateful for all of his hard work as I have certainly reaped the benefits. Now, on to the show!

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Here is Scott Aukerman opening the show. Isn’t he handsome?

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Patton Oswalt was first up. I’ve gotten to meet him at his book signing (which you can buy here) and I’m lucky enough to see him occasionally at work (he’s on The Newsroom this season!).

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Scott came back out to introduce the next guest with the help of Weird Al. Check out his website link for his new music.

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Jimmy Pardo came out next. He’s the host of Never Not Funny, his comedy podcast and if your lucky enough to catch a live Conan taping, you’ll get to see Jimmy prepping the crowd. He’s thinks on his toes and is amazing at crowd work. I’ve seen him perform easily 25 times, and I’ve never seen him have a rough night. 

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Scott came back out and invited Andy Richter to come help him introduce the next comedian.

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Next up, the Nerdist‘s Chris Hardwick. You might know him from when he hosted Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy. Or maybe you know him as half of Hard N’ Phirm? Or maybe from his Web Soup (the Soup but all about web content for G4tv)?

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Scott came back out with Steve Agee carrying the sexy Jon Hamm. This comedic sequence was hilarious and ended with Jon carrying Steve off stage. See more pics below:

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Jenny Slate came out next. You probably know her from SNL or Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (check out the animation on youtube).

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Scott came back out and was joined by The Cake Boss (Paul F. Tompkins), a Comedy Bang Bang podcast favorite.

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Right when Scott came out and started to say “I often get asked why the name changed from Comedy Death Ray to Comedy Bang Bang, and it’s a funny story. It all started when…” and he gets cut off by Matt Besser as The Upstager. He was out in the audience causing a stir and interrupting Scott. Yes, he’s wearing an Osama Bin Laden tee shirt.

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Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric) came out next and did his whole set as if it was a stock holder speech and he was just made the chief editor of Rolling Stone Magazine. The photo above was taken when Tim presented Scott with one free online subscription to be donated to the LA Food Bank.

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Zach Galifinakis came out next. I felt like the crowd was most excited to see Zach perform, and although I’ve seen him perform at comedy shows all over LA I haven’t ever seen him do his tradition Purple-Onion one liners, until now. Although he came out telling the crowd not to expect much, he didn’t disappoint. Zach’s a very low-energy guy, but his set was fantastic.

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Kurt Braunohler (host of IFC’s Bunk) and Kristen Schall (30 Rock) came out to perform together next. They have a comedy show together called “Hot Tub“. The started the bit in the photo above, where they introduced their charity for polio where the go to schools performing to raise awareness for the disease. Then the hit the lights and perform a glow in the dark dance that ends when the lights come up and they are in a sexual position. Then they try to slowly sneak off stage (see below).

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David Cross came out next! I must say, he was who I was most excited to see. I’ve never seen him in person and yet I spent my childhood watching Mr. Show, then as an adult seeing Arrested Development and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and I own his comedy cds. He was number 1 on my “to see” list for the last 10 years, so this was big for me. And he was so funny- he lived up to the hype.

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Todd Glass came out next. You can’t not love Todd. He’s awesome and you should check out his podcast, The Todd Glass Show.

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Next up was Neil Hamburger. He dedicated his set to the late Whitney Houston. He performs a lot at the Satellite in Silver Lake, so check back and I’ll keep you posted on when he’s performing next.

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The lovely ladies of Garfunkel and Oates were up next. They sang the Fade Away song, about the crewl way girls break up with guys by just slowly disappearing. Then they sang The College Try, about a college bisexual experience that didn’t go well. The last song they sang was Loophole about anal sex.

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Doug Benson came out next. I see Doug Loves Movies all the time, but it was nice getting to see him do stand up. If you’re in Los Angeles you have to catch Doug Loves Movies or the Benson Interruption at the Silent Movie Theater.

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Up next was Chelsea Peretti. She’s a writer for Parks and Recreation and you may remember her from the Louie pilot where she and Louie CK go on the most painful date ever.

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Nick Kroll is probably most well known from the FX show The League. He does excellent character work on the CBB podcast. My favorite character Nick does is Fabrice Fabrice.

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Next up was “The Queen of Mean” as Scott introduced him. No, not Lisa Lampanelli, but Anthony Jeselnik. His comedy is really mean… but also really funny.

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Paul Scheer did a gift giving bit with help from the audience. He suggested movie screeners as gifts and then said he would give them to audience members at least until…

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Rob Huebel came out from the audience with a gun and saying he was with the FBI’s anti-screener division and what Paul was doing was illegal. This became a heated stand off… even audience members weren’t safe:

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It was later revealed that Paul was from Interpol, and was actually a reverse sting operation. Then it was revealed that they were both just acting out a scene. It was a roller coaster of emotion.

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Brian Posehn came out next and did a set. Brian also got his start on the Mr. Show with Bob and David. Did I mention that Scott was one of their writers? Or that Paul F. Tompkins also starred on the show? If Bob Odenkirk had come out this would have been a full fledged Mr. Show reunion.

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Last up for the night was Thomas Lennon. He donned his PSY suit and got the audience singing “bing-bong” to his Christmas song. This song was pretty dark and he went out into the audience having people sing “bing-bong” into the mic while he sang his lyrics.

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Not long after I took this photo (note Todd Glass standing in the background), Thomas Lennon came up to me and made me sing into the mic. It was awesome/terrifying. I’m terrible at keeping a beat (I’m the type to clap one off from everyone) so this was quite scary. Plus I could hear my out-of-tune voice from the sound system, which meant I must have been blaring. I kept moving my head back away from the mic but he kept shoving it closer and closer to my lips.

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Thomas Lennon finished his song on stage and Scott joined him for the final good bye. As heart breaking as this was, it meant the show had to end.

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Todd Glass jumped on stage after the show ended and continued “bing-bonging” for several mintues as the theater cleared out. Comedians came out from back stage to take pictures of him. I am crazy impressed that Todd was able to “bing-bong” to the beat, in key, for at least 5 solid minutes.

Well that concludes the final Comedy Bang Bang show. To see photos from previous years, check out THIS post and THIS post. To listen to the bag stage fun check out Scott and Kulap’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast.

Do This Today: How To Live With Chelsea Peretti (comedy!)

It’s technically sold out already, but if you put your name on the waiting list at the door, UCB always finds a way to squeeze everyone in. Today’s event is How To Live With Chelsea Peretti at the UCB theater on Franklin. Tickets are $5, and for that you get to hear the hilarious Chelsea and her special guests Joe Mande, John Mulaney, and Kumail Nanjiani. These are all big names in comedy, so you better get your name on that waiting list! Get there early, put your name on the list at the office and then wait to be let in (don’t wait in the regular line).

Event: How To Live With Chelsea Peretti (event website)
Location: The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA 90028
Time: 9:30p
Cost: $5

Weekend Guide Feb 17 + 18 + 19

Again, I’m off to a late Weekend Guide post. I’m starting to think that until I’m back on funemployment, the Weekend Guide is going to be mostly about Saturday and Sunday nights. Lets face it, everyone’s so tired after a crazy work week, who has the energy to go bananas on a Friday? I save banana-time for my Saturdays! So here it is, well into the evening on a Friday night and I’ve already got my walk-on and I’m sipping an Old Rasputin. We are about to embark on a three-day weekend and I’m stoked. Are you ready for your weekend? Let’s get right into it!

FRIDAY February 17th:

Since it’s getting late, I’ll include the only activity that hasn’t already started. Children of the Corn III is playing at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater at 12am (later tonight). Director James D.R. Hickox , Cinematographer Gerry Lively, writer Dode Levenson, Daniel Cerny, and Jim Metzler will be there for the start of the film. Learn more about the event on their official website HERE.

SATURDAY February 18th:

I don’t have anything fabulous or even note worthy to talk about for midday tomorrow, but if the weather is great you better be outside on a walk or on a hike. I garunte that’s what I’ll be doing. Secret Stair book? Don’t mind if I do! But at night it’s another story…

Start your night by seeing Anna David’s “True Tales of Lust and Love from Writers and Comedians 2“. Get tickets online HERE for $11.58. This show features 10 minutes from each of the following: Anna David, Amy Dresner, Vanessa Marshall, Christie Nittrouer, Melinda Hill, and Claire Titelman. Now I’ve never seen the show nor do I know any of these women, but I like comedy and cheap entertainment and this show could be awesome. Give it a shot.

After an hour of laughs, hit up the Ansel Adams show opening reception at the Drkrm Gallery. These photos are from the archives of the LA Library. It’ll be a very LA event.

As of this afternoon, Iron Comic has sold out which is a bummer. Thankfully it’s happening at 10pm at UCB and if you get there early you can add your name to the standby list, then wait with your fingers crossed for a seat. Iron Comic is a live gameshow where 5 comedians rush to write a routine on the spot based on topics selected by the audience. Think Iron Chef, just more comedy and less meat. This weeks guests are Greg Behrendt, Morgan Murphy, Chelsea Peretti, Louis Katz, and Alex Koll.

SUNDAY February 19th:

All weekend is the 23rd Annual Mardi Gras celebration at the LA Farmers Market. There will even be a Mutti Gras pet costume contest! HERE is a link to the full schedule of events happening all weekend. There will be New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead throwing, arts and crafts and authentic Cajun food.

At 2pm on Sunday, Meltdown Comics is hosting “Rascal Raccoon in Reading, Writing, and Revenge”. Selected readings from the graphic novel will be read by Seth Green, Zeb Wells, Dan Milano, and Heidi Gardner.

Sushi Taiyo, The InstaGrammys and The Dresden

Can you tell by the title that my Friday night was pretty sweet? In fact, my whole weekend was pretty amazing, but you’ll hear more about that later. Baby steps. Lets start with Friday.

I had a crazy busy day at work, as you know, but was releaved to get out of work and head just a few blocks north to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to see their InstaGrammys show. I met my sister early to grab a bite of sushi at Sushi Taiyo, which is right next the the theater.

We ended up ordering two premium rolls and one salmon roll, which was a great amount for 2. The food was yummy and quickly prepared which meant we didn’t need to rush to eat (as we had to get in line for our UCB show by 7:30). It’s a tad pricier than our usual sushi joint (Octopus), but the food was good and it was the first time my sister has ever been. The ambiance is cool, and they have some booths that have doors that slide shut for the ultimate in private dining.

After dinner we jumped into line and got great seats at UCB for their 8pm show, the InstaGrammys. One thing about the line at UCB is that you get to see all the comedians showing up for the show, since they all enter the same door the guests do. We stood there for about 30 minutes and I saw a ton of comedians, some of which were apart of the show and others who came just to hang out with their friends. As a comedy nerd, I thoroughly enjoy people/comedian watching along the sidewalk while waiting. Derek Waters hosted the hour long event, which featured many special guests, live music, tons of funny videos, awards and even a lifetime achievement award all centered around the photo-sharing site, Instagram.

John Daly and Brett Gelman gave out the first award, to photographer Robin Van Swank (who is living my dream life by the way). She is a photographer who is in on the indie comedy scene and often does photography for all their parties, events, TV Shows, book covers, posters, cd covers, etc. Basically, if a comedian wants a photo they come to her and therefore she hangs out with some seriously funny people.

After the first award, Martin Starr and Kulap Vilaysack came out to introduce an award that would be given to an audience member. The challenge was that the audience needed to take a cell photo of the band Islands (which performed live on stage, see pic) and post it to Instagram. The person with the most “likes” after 20 minutes won the award. The comedians all came out and took pictures too.

Between all the awards were these awesome clips by “normies” (as I call them), comedians playing normal people. They were all hilarious and people talking about why they posted certain photos to Instragram. For example, “why I think the public wants to see the piece of pie I just ate.. because Im so amazing”. The whole event was mocking the narcissism of Instragram.

Natasha Leggero gave an award to Morgan Murphy (MadTV). Unfortunately my cell phone was having serious issues so I don’t have too many pictures from the night but here is the best I can offer.

Nick Thune came out and did a serious (yet hysterical) “In Memory” bit off all the Instagrammers we lost in the past year.

Chelsea Peretti gave out the Ansel Adams award (to a person who Im forgetting).

The night ended with Stephen Merchant coming out to announce the Lifetime Achievemnent Award which was given to Mike Rosenstein. For those of you who don’t know who he is, click the link on his name. He is a British comedian who collaborates with Ricky Gervais a lot and co-created the British Office, as well as starred in as the “Dwight” character as Americans would know him. He is a legend and this was my first time seeing him in person. He was a surprise guest and everyone was in awe.

After the amazing show at UCB, my sister and I headed over to The Dresden to have a farwell gathering for our friend Karen. As I’ve talked about before, she is leaving LA soon and has been completing her LA bucket list before she moves away for good. Friday was “Los Feliz bar night”. This was my first time at the Dreden and I can’t wait to go back. If I wasn’t having phone issues, I could’ve gotten some great shots, but I know Ill be back. They had an older couple playing music in the bar. We got to see the dining area as well as the bar and I was super impressed. From the outside it looks like a windowless dive bar and inside it’s super classy with a speakeasy vibe.

The bar was packed, as it was 10pm on a Friday night. I need to go back for a quiet happy hour, where I could sit on the bar side noshing on food in the round booths while listening to the musical stylings of Marty and Elayne. Since we had such a large group, we took over the front private room of the bar which worked well for us, although we missed out on the ambiance of the main bar. Either way, I had a great night and I also intend to go back to The Dresden.

Nick Offerman’s “American Ham”

This past Friday night I went back to Largo to see Nick Offerman‘s “American Ham” show. Once again, no photos were allowed so Im going to have to create word photos for you. I got there by 7p on Friday, and as I went alone I got a pretty good seat. Largo makes you buy tickets ahead of time, but the seat assignments aren’t given out until the night of the show. Since most people come in groups of 2 or 4, it makes it easy for a single person to fill out an odd numbered row. This is the reason that in all of the times I’ve been to Largo, Ive never had a seat further back than the second row. This past description of seats makes me sound really pathetic, but I’m okay with it. Hey, I had a great seat so who cares.

So the show didn’t start until 8:30p, which means I had an hour and a half to kill so I went over to the Beverly Center mall, where I got in my workout. Yes, I’m now officially a “mall-walker”.

Around 8:10p I headed back over to Largo while I waited for the show to start. It began with the musical stylings of Stephanie Hunt. Now I had never heard of her, but IMDB tells me she is an actress on Californiacation and Friday Night Lights. She plays the ukulele and has a fantastic voice.

She was a great performer and Megan Mullally came out to join her for a few songs. It was really delightful and the audience loved it (as did I). I got tickets to the show not knowing what the show was about and I’m glad music was a big part of the event. Since I can’t show/play her singing at Largo, I’m posting a video of her from youtube:

After the music sets, Chelsea Peretti came out and did a great stand-up comedy set. She was hilarious per usual. She writes on Parks and Recreation, where Nick Offerman stars as Ron Swanson.

After Chelsea, Nick Offerman came out to instill his 10 tips for life, which was the basis for his show. Since I had such a front row seat, I could see Meagan Mullally backstage sitting on the floor watching Nick perform and it was really sweet to see. Infact a big part of his show was talking about his relationship with Megan and they sound like a very sweet, fun couple. He told the story of how he wanted to get her a great 50th birthday present, and how do you get a gift for someone who could have anything she wanted. She asked him for a rainbow on her birthday, and as a musician, he provided that rainbow through song. I was unable to find the song online, but he played it for us and it was very funny.

Nick Offerman is just like Ron Swanson. They both are true Americans that LOVE woodworking. As Nick said, “would you rather have a girl who bought a pair of cute boots, or a woman that made her own sweater with her hands. That answer is obvious.” I love that quote. I need a good man like Nick. Here is a video I found online of Nick Offerman “planking”:

He said that when Parks and Recreation goes on hiatus shortly, he plans on spending his vacation time in his wood shop making a canoe and a table for his buddy. I love it. The entire show was fabulous with funny personal stories, words of wisdom, and great music. The announcer said that this show would be returning, so you should keep an ear out for when tickets go on sale as this show sold out fast. It made for an entertaining Friday night. Check out Nick’s website to see some of his great woodworking skills.

I will leave you with Nick + Megan’s first music video of the song “Wings of a Dragon”. They performed this song live and it was great (and I’m not a country fan). Check it out!