A Sad Day

As long-time readers of my blog know, I’m a big fan of Harris Wittels. He played the drums in the comedy band “Don’t Stop or We’ll Die”, did stand up around Los Angeles, has written for many comedy tv shows and even invented the Humblebrag, all before 30. He was the “Flight of the Concords”, to my “Mel”. He even once commented on this very blog (check it out HERE). Getting that notification email “Harris Wittels has left a comment for you” was the best day (I still have the email saved). He was the type of guy that cared enough to find his fans and talk to them, which is incredibly rare.

He was always open about his drug use, as he talked about it candidly in different podcasts. Back in November he was a guest on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” (find that HERE), where he talks about when recreational drug use shifted to addiction and then took over his life. He was working on recovery and died too soon. This is such a loss for the comedy world, as Harris had so much comedy left in him. It’s a sad day.

imag1109 Harris doing stand up at UCB’s Comedy Bang Bang Wednesday show in Los Angeles.

imag1074 Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Meltdown Theater in Los Angeles.

adamscott Harris Wittels (right) with Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman at the Comedy Bang Bang LA event as part of the IFC Tour (Aug 2012).

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226283_504893182859027_1782309762_n Above is the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Comedy Bang Bang 2011 Nativity Pageant at UCB in LA (Harris is in the center on drums).

Comedy Wednesday: David Cross

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Last night I attended the LAST Comedy Bang Bang ever. I know, I’m also really torn up about it. I took about 1000 photos (from the third row!), so I’ve got plenty to edit before I’ll be ready to share them all. Expect it in the next week, but know that it’s coming 🙂 In the meantime you’ll have to enjoy this teaser photo of David Cross!

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

Comedy Wednesday, Oct 17

It’s Comedy Wednesday here at Life Absorbed, and last night my comedy plans were foiled. This unfortunately leaves me with not much to report on this week. When I was wallowing in my comedy failures late last night, I saw that Sarah Silverman posted this picture (clearly taken in UCB’s green room), from Comedy Bang Bang last night.

I’ll make it all up to you, I swear. Next week I have at least two shows I’m seeing and check back later today for some goodies.

Comedy Bang Bang (October 9, 2012)

It’s Comedy Wednesday! If you want to go to Comedy Bang Bang, check out THIS website on Friday at noon when tickets go on sale. They sell out almost instantly so get’em if you can, and at $5 a ticket, it’s the best price in town.

Grant Lyon (his website) was this weeks host and I thought he was excellent. Sometimes the hosts seem under prepared or low energy (which could easily be nerves) but he was very prepared and a great start to the night. Check him out and follow him on twitter @grantlyon1.

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Natasha Leggero (her website) came out next looking lovely as usual. She’s such a fancy comedian. She did a mix of old and new (to me) material. She was also in high spirits, which was nice. I love her on Burning Love, and if you haven’t seen it, click that link! Follow her on twitter @natashaleggero.

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Andy Ritchie (his website) was up next and was also a “barrel of laughs”. The energy was really high last night and the crowd was loving the show. And as Andy pointed out, it was abortion night at UCB since most of the comedians talked about it. Follow him on twitter @_AndyRitchie.

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Kumail Nanjiani (his regular show website) was up next. His wife was in the audience, which was fun for me since he’s talked about her before. They look like an adorable, fun couple. Kumail had a cold but was a trooper and did a hilarious set. I would bet that Kumail has never had an “off night”. I’ve seen him perform maybe 30+ times in the last several years and he’s always been hilarious. Follow him on twitter @kumailn.

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Greg Behrendt  (his website) followed up next. He talked a lot about his family (specifically his daughters) and his dog Waffles. I love when comedians tell true family stories because it helps you get to know them, it makes them more human, and true stories are always the funniest. You can’t make this stuff up!

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Jay Chandrasekhar (his imdb) came out next. You probably know him best from acting in and directing Super Troopers and Beerfest. I’ve gotten to work with him before on Friends With Benefits (he directed an episode) and I love that he’s a successful director that still loves doing standup. Follow him on twitter @jaychandrasekha.

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Jenny Slate (her imdb) was last up. You probably know her from SNL (she infamously dropped the f-bomb during her first sketch). She looked adorable last night and revealed she recently got married. She’s so unique and tells incredible childhood stories. She’s very vulgar and not afraid to tell say what she’s thinking. Follow her on twitter @jennyslate25.

Doug Loves Movies (October 2, 2012)

It’s Comedy Wednesday, so it’s time for last nights wrap-up of Doug Loves Movies and Comedy Bang Bang which I saw last night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Let’s begin with DLM:

Doug Loves Movies:

This weeks guests are Zach Galifinakis, Anthony Jeselnik (although he couldn’t make it), and Kyle Kinane. To hear who won the Leonard Maltin game, you’ll have to listen to it on Friday HERE.

Just incase you’ve never heard of these guys…
Zach Galifinakis is a stand-up (check out Netflix for the Purple Onion) who has since become a movie star. With all his success, I think my frorite project of his is Between Two Ferns.

Anthony Jeselnik is a well known stand-up comedian. I’ve seen him perform at the Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Show, this past year. He was pumped to do the show, but then got tied up at the doctors and was unable to show up.

Kyle Kinane is very funny and about to tour, so check out his dates HERE. He also has a cd out called Death of the Party that is worth a listen.

UPDATE:

I want to share the above photo taken last night by excellent comedy photographer Liezl Estipona. That would probably be my dream job- watching comedians all night and taking awesome photos of them. She took this photo of me, my friend Gabe, and Zach G and the comedy nerd inside me HAD to share. Thank you Liezl for sharing!

Comedy Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

I’m mixing it up this week and instead of my usual Comedy Bang Bang, I ventured to a new venue on Melrose for Melgard Mondays. This was a totally new venue for me. There were maybe 20 people in the audience? This is a challenge for any comedian. Even if we were all laughing very hard, it still sounded empty. The show started a little behind schedule (around 8:30p). They had the headliners go first (as I imagine they had other shows to get to afterword).

First up: Maria Bamford.

Rory Scovel came up next.

And then this happened… as Rory wooed the 65+ year old couple in the front seats.

Jake Weisman was up next.

Ahmed Weinberg, who co-organizes the show every Monday, was up next. I really enjoyed him, and he was new to me.

Thai Rivera came out next. He reminded me so much of the character Scott Thompson does on Kids In The Hall, Buddy Cole. Click here to see the skits Im talking about.

Joe Dosch came out next. Funny stuff!

Ali Wong did a set, and she’s just so unexpected, in a fun way. When she talks, her voice and character are so different from the way she looks, it makes her set really unique.

Raj Desai was the last comedian of the night. I’ve heard his name around town, and it was great seeing him in person. As he was the last of the night he had to deal with 2 woman on their second pitcher of beer. They were supportive and not heckling, but they kept inserting themselves into his act. It had funny moments, but it was distracting as Im sure the rest of the audience felt the second-hand embarrassment that is normally reserved for watching Michael Scott on the Office.

It was a fun night of free comedy in a tiny venue. Some of my favorite shows have been in hole-in-the-wall joints with 20 audience members, so you should definitely give it a chance.