Do This Today: The End of the World Show (comedy!)

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Typically I would post a Weekend Guide on Fridays, but if you’ve been following for the last couple months, you know I haven’t been able to do it since starting back at my work. It pains me not to do that posting every week, and until I can give you a full Weekend Guide again, I’m going to give you a “Do This Today” on Fridays.

On that note, today’s “Do This Today” is a comedy show featuring Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Jarrod Carmicheal and more. Tickets are $8 online ($12 at the door or $10 with a donation) and you get a night of comedy at the Lyric Hyperion Theater. Plus this is a benefit so you can feel good about your donation. Click HERE to learn more about the event.

Event: End of the World (event link)
Location: Lyric Hyperion Theater, 2106 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: $8 (get tickets here) or $12 at the door or $10 with a donation

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Comedy Bang Bang (August 14, 2012)

Comedy Wednesday has spread into Thursday! I’ve told you about Tuesdays live recording of Doug Love Movies, so now it’s time for the show that follows it: Comedy Bang Bang at UCB. If you want to go, 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.

Shawn Pearlman (his website) was this weeks host. This was my first time seeing him perform. His jokes were funny and dark. He played a game of darker/lighter, where after eaach joke the audience yelled out whether he should tell a darker joke or lighter. He was an excellent start to the night. Follow him on twitter @shawnpearlman.

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Myq Kaplan (his website) was up next. I’ve seen him here before, and he’s always fun to watch. He’s so fast with his words/jokes. One joke runs into the next and he’s just so impressively fast. You have to work to keep up with him, and it’s worth the effort. Follow him on twitter @myqkaplan.

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Henry Phillips (his website) was next on the line-up. He is a new comedian for me. He told some awesome stories and sang a comedic song. He has a movie out which he wrote and stars in called, Punching the Clown. It’s won awards at film festivals and worth a watch… and it’s on Netflix instant (I know what I’ll be watching tonight). Follow him on twitter @henlips.

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Jay Larson (his website) was another comedian who I’d never seen before (I love being introduced to new-to-me comedians). He was my favorite performer of the night. I love his energy and his east coast accent. He did a bit involving handshakes (with an audience member) and told the story of getting a wrong number call but just going along with it. I love story-telling stand-up, which is what he did. He has a podcast called The Crabfeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson. Follow him on twitter @JayLarsonComedy.

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Jamie Lee (her website) followed up next. She was the only female of the night and definitely told raunchy jokes (that were very funny) and were not sex-specific. I always pay attention to the way females craft their comedic voice, specifically when playing a crowd mostly made up of men. In her case, there was nothing in her joke telling that was specific to being told by a woman. Like if she and Myq Kaplan traded sets (word for word), the jokes would have been equally as funny and made the same sense. She was really excellent, and this was a new type of voice I haven’t heard before. Follow her on twitter @TheJamieLee.

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Dana Gould (his website) came out next. Sorry this photo is so shaky. I didn’t want to use a flash and Dana was moving all over the stage, so this was the less blurry of all my shots. I’ve seen him at CBB before many times, and this time he had a lot of energy which was good. It’s always best if the last couple comedians have a lot of energy because the audience has been sitting for a while and those seats start to take a toll on your back. For me, it was a mix of old and new material. I like that you can see Dana working out his jokes in his mind as he goes. Some jokes landed better than others, but all around it was a good set. Follow him on twitter @DanaJGould.

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Greg Fitzsimmons (his website) was the last comedian of the night. This was my first time seeing him in person, although I’ve seen him on tv/heard him before. He was also full of energy and had a story telling approach to comedy (which I love). He was very funny and you should follow him on twitter @gregfitzshow.

Weekend Guide July 13 + 14 + 15

I’m sorry I’m so lacking today. I even have the day off from work, but I’ve been scrambling to get ready for a big camping weekend (as well as still doing work from home). That’s right folks, I’ll be out in the wilderness for the next 2 nights, so there won’t be any updates.

As for the weekend guide, here’s all I’ve got because I have to leave shortly.

FRIDAY July 13th:
Check out Shakespeare in the Park! It’s in Griffith and it’s free. Tonight they’re doing The Winter’s Tale. Grand Performances is doing a show called Mexico: Unexpected (MMM) which could be fun. If you like comedy, Set List is on at UCB tonight and tickets are still available. Dana Gould, Jackie Kashian, Rory Scovel, and Moshe Kasher will be there. Get tickets here.

SATURDAY July 14th:
On Saturday Silver Lake Craft and Vintage is back, and this time with free coffee. It runs from 10am to 4p so you should stop by and then explore the Silver Lake hills. It’s very fun. Later that night Church and State Bistro as well as Cliff’s are offering Bastille Day deals. So if you want to celebrate, hit them both up. Also, Eat See Hear is showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure down in San Pedro if you’re south and want a night under the stars. At 10pm, Cinefamily is showing Party Girl starring Parker Posey and the director will be there in person (Daisy von Scherler Mayer). Tickets are $12 and you can get them here.

SUNDAY July 15th:
I’m having a hard time finding new unique events happening this Sunday. I blame comicon. Just because there aren’t new events doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do in Los Angeles on Sunday. Why not try a museum: Moca, LACMA, The Hammer, or even The Museum of Death (if you’re feeling brave). Have you seen Gallery 1988‘s Arrested Development exhibit? Go because it’s awesome and it closes after July 21st. On Sunday night UCB does their free Asssscat show, so get in line early to secure a spot and enjoy a free night of comedy.

I sincerely apologize to you for this lack-luster imageless update, but it’s all I can do. Just know that you are most important to me. Now go off and have a fabulous weekend!

Comedy Bang Bang: May 29, 2012

I’m taking a break from Hawaii posts to tell you about Comedy Bang Bang‘s live show last night at UCB in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to get tickets last Friday (since they go on sale every Friday at noon) and see the show at 8:30p, as well as Doug Loves Movies free live podcast taping at 7:30p. You know my usual cell phone photo-taking issues, so only 4 of the 12 that I took actually stayed in the camera. I wonder where all those other pictures go? Hopefully Ill have a new phone within the next few months, which will greatly improve all my comedy posts. Oh well. So no photos of DLM. But Greg Proops was the guest with three other people (I’m so bad, I can’t remember their names). The podcast episode will be out soon, and I’ll have to update you.

Comedy Bang Bang was really awesome this week. The host was Chris Gethard (yup.. get hard) who is about to embark on a journey to Bonnaroo.

His goal is to get to Bonnaroo by using Americas help. With just a change of clothes, his cell phone and solar charger (and a camera crew following behind) Chris needs to get across the country. While his crew will be in hotels, Chris has zero money and is relying on twitter followers to help put him up. The crew following him is constantly editing the footage so that when he arrives at the show next weekend, he’ll have a video in his hand of his whole trip. He was nervous about it, but I think it’s genius. Watch this video made last night at UCB:

If you want to help Chris Gethard, tweet him #BonnarooGethard

The first guest was Dana Gould, always a classic. My cell phone failed me, so the photo of him didn’t save. But I did find this clip online of Dana doing part of a set that he did last night (about his father).

Next up was Gabe Liedman, who I’ve seen perform with Jenny Slate at Largo in the past. He’s hilarious and doing his cd taping at UCB tomorrow night! I’m SHOCKED that there are still tickets left. It’s only $5 and he’s awesome.. and your laughs will forever be memorialized on a cd. Plus Jenny Slate is opening for him. That’s pretty cool. Get tickets HERE. Here’s a video (I found on the internet and did not film myself) that you should watch. He did this bit last night and it rocked.

Here’s the crappy cell photo I took:

After Gabe, Brent Weinbach came up and did a set. I saw him this past Sunday at the Silver Lake Jubilee, and I wondered if I’d see him at UCB… sure enough I did! He did a very similar set to Sunday’s show. I actually enjoy seeing comedians do the same bits twice because you can see what parts they are reworking to get more laughs. It lets you look into how they’re bettering their craft. Here’s the crappy cell photo of him:

Here’s a video I found of him online (doing a bit that I saw him do last night):

After Brent, Jay Chandraskhar took the stage. He’s directed a bunch of big projects like Super Troopers, Beerfest and Arrested Development. He’s actually directed a show I worked on, Friends With Benefits. I had no clue he did standup, so it was fun seeing him perform. My phone wasn’t able to keep the photos I took of him.. grrr.

Here’s a video of him I found online (that I didn’t record):

 

Next up, Harris Wittels. He’s commented on this blog before (yes, that was my favorite day too) and I was lucky enough to get a ticket coincidentally the night he did a set at CBB. He basically did his foam-corner. Fans of the Comedy Bang Bang podcast know what I’m talking about. He read tweets and did some material that was new to me. Pretty great and always a crowd favorite. You can’t help but have a crush on this guy.

Okay, moving along… Rory Scovel was the closer. I’ve heard his name before but I don’t think I’ve seen him in person before. He was really funny and now on my radar to see again. Here’s another video I found online to give you a taste of what he’s like:

For those of you wanting more comedy this week, there are two very cool shows tomorrow night. The first is Eric Andre’s show at The Satellite in Silver Lake. Tickets are $12, doors open at 7 and the show’s at 8p. Brent Weinbach will be there, so if you missed CBB this week you can catch him there.

The second show tomorrow night is Maria Bamford (So funny!) at an event called Gallows Humor. Show starts at 8p and tickets are $5. The venue is Vlad the Retailer (new to me) at 4270 Melrose Ave in Los Feliz. Free wine and beer and a dj plus a line-up of comedians. You can bet money I’ll be there.

Weekend Guide Jan 13 + 14 + 15

Alright, the Weekend Guide is back! I’ve gone through a zillion emails to find you the best cheap/free stuff happening this weekend. Lets just dive right in!

FRIDAY Jan 13th

On this unlucky day, why not check out some free live music? At 1717 Silverlake Blvd aka The Satellite they’ve doing free shows all week culminating in Friday nights show featuring Cinderella Motel, Coco Morier, Mad Planet, and Roman Candle Wars. The doors open at 8:30p, and show starts at 9p. Since tickets are FREE, get their early before they fill up.

If youre not into music but want to try a new cool bar there are 2 bar openings this Friday night (and a brewery opening this Sunday.. but more on that later). At sunset Venice Ale House is cracking into their first official keg and you should be there for the celebration at this Gastropub! If you’re less into beer and more into cocktails, come to the opening of Oldfields Liquor Room, a cocktail lounge with an apothecary vibe. It’s from the same people who brought us Bigfoot Lodge, so you know the decor will be cool.

So if music and booze aren’t your thing (because you’re crazy), the Cinefamily is hosting a an awesome comedy film event this week and weekend called The 1st Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival. Tonight at 7:30p Jeff Garlin presents “Topsy-Turvy” and at 11pm Doug Benson hosts Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption: Cocktail! Both of these shows will be awesome and the theater is so reasonably priced so there is no reason not to pull a double feature.

SATURDAY Jan 14th

Keeping in tune with Cinefamily’s 1st Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival, on Saturday at 7:30p Kevin Pollak is screening “The In-Laws” and at 10:30 Andy Kindler is screening “Modern Romance”.


The Long Beach Travel + Adventure Expo is happening this weekend in the Long Beach Convention Center. This is the expo’s 7th year and is your chance to win trips and giveaways as well as learn about new adventure opportunities like ziplining, diving in their scuba pool and other cultural events. The event is happening Saturday and Sunday this weekend and $9 tickets get you a pass to one of the days. It’s 10am to 5pm and you can get tickets HERE.

After you check out the expo and make adventure plans, head to Bock Fest 2012! The event is from 1-5p and tickets are $25 and the money goes to support local charities. Mark your calendar because they also have a St. Patrick’s Day event!

The LACMA has a new exhibit opening this weekend called Metropolis II. This larger than life sculpture is a fun edition to their already great collection. Mini cars speed through the sculpture which is dense with buildings. Check it out.

SUNDAY Jan 15th
The Nerdist Writers Panel is back. Dana Gould, Liz Tigelaar, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe are on the panel this Sunday. Tickets are $15 and go to a good cause (826LA). As usual, the event as at Meltdown Comics at 5pm.

And now, for the event I am most excited for this weekend… the piece de resistance… Golden Road Brewing is having their grand opening event from 11am to 11pm. Friend them on facebook HERE and then sign-up for the event HERE! I’ll be there!