Do This Today: Doug Loves Movies / Put Your Hands Together

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As it’s Tuesday, this would normally be Doug Loves Movies/ Comedy Bang Bang night at UCB. Doug Loves Movies is still happening at 7pm tonight (always free, so get in line early to get a seat) but Comedy Bang Bang has retired. In it’s place is “Put Your Hands Together” produced by A Special Records and hosted by Cameron Esposito. This is sold out, but they are good about fitting people in who are on the waiting list. Get there for DLM and get your name on the standby list for this show. Why not also put your name on the standby list for Before You Were Funny with Rob Delaney, Matt Walsh, and Casey Wilson. To see these three shows it’ll only cost you $10! Do it!

Event: The UCB Line-up (event link)
Location: The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Time: 7:00p
Cost: $5 each show (DLM is free)

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Doug Loves Movies (September 11, 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 David Huntsberger, Brendon Walsh, and Rory Scovel. It was especially fun seeing Brendon Walsh (it was my first time seeing him in person) and hearing his Price Is Right “You won a NEW CAR!” impression. 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…
David Huntsberger is a podcasting personality and stand-up comedian. I’ve seen him perform at Comedy Bang Bang in the past, and I’ve listened to his podcast with Tig Notaro, Professor Blast Off. He’s adorable.

Brendon Walsh is a well known stand-up comedian. He’s recording his newest album October 12th in San Francisco. He also has a podcast called Bone Zone.

Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian who performs all over. I first got to watch him at Comedy Bang Bang a few months ago, then a few weeks ago for DLM, and now he’s back again! He’s hilarious and worth seeing live, if you can. You can get his new comedy cd Dilation, HERE.

Doug Loves Movies (August 14, 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 Alison Rosen, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel and Brian Bishop. It was a blast! I haven’t seen Todd Glass in person in a while, and he’s just so great. Rory Scovel, I first saw at Comedy Bang Bang several months ago and he and Todd have great charisma together. 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…
Alison Rosen is a radio personality who does the news on The Adam Carolla Show, and also has her own podcast called Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend. She’s also a journalist who’s been writing for years and probably contributed to every magazine/newspaper you’ve ever heard of (the list is very long).

Todd Glass has a podcast called The Todd Glass Show by Nerdist Industries. He’s a famous stand-up comedian who has two comedy albums: Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap (2001) and Thin Pig (2009). If you haven’t seen him perform in person, do yourself a favor and add it to your to-do list.

Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian who performs on Conan, Jimmy Fallon, and in other comedy specials. I first got to watch him at Comedy Bang Bang a few months ago, and haven’t stopped hearing his name since. You can get his new comedy cd Dilation, HERE.

Brian Bishop is most known in the radio/podcast world as Bald Bryan and makes appearances on The Adam Carolla Show podcast. He also runs The Film Vault. He’s also won money on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and won on Comedy Central’s Beat the Geeks.

This last photo was taken when the guests were picking who they were going to represent in the Leonard Maltin Game. Check out the podcast to find out the winner!

Comedy Wednesday: Doug Benson Loves Moves (July 24, 2012)

It’s Comedy Wednesday! Are you ready for your comedy post? Last night I was back to my usual tricks, hitting up Doug Benson Loves Movies at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. Doug Benson’s podcast taping is free and it’s first come-first serve, so get there early.

As usual, it started with Doug coming out and describing the gift bag and doing his rundown. And of course I took crappy cell photos.

This weeks guests are Rob Huebel, Kumail Nanjiani, and Thomas Lenon. These guys are the best and to have them all together in one room was a really fun time. Just incase you’ve never heard of these guys (because you’ve been living under a rock?)….

Rob Huebel you probably know best from his many movies. He started in comedy but probably his biggest “break” was in television with Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer on Human Giant, and has since gone on to have some pretty meaty roles like in I Love You, Man, Children’s Hospital, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and a zillion more. I’m sure you’ve seen/heard him a ton of times even without realizing it, be it in movies, tv, or commercials/voiceovers. Here’s a clip of him from a Children’s Hospital promo clip:


Kumail Nanjiani is probably the funniest person you might not know. I feel like he hasn’t had any lead/giant roles in projects but even with his small roles he steals the show. Kumail is such a relaxed comedian, who never seems nervous on stage whether he’s telling a story off the cuff, or doing standup. My favorite role of his, which I’ve talked about on the blog before, is his reoccurring bit on Portlandia. He hinted in the podcast that he’s going to have more fun with it in the upcoming season. Here’s a clip from season 1:


Thomas Lennon is a genius. He acts, writes and directs. He’s a triple threat. He got his big comedy start on The State and has since done a zillion projects (he’s Dangle on Reno 911!). He’s even in the new Dark Knight Rises as the doctor. He’s a very funny, talented man, who seems like a really nice guy even outside of all the “hollywood glamour”. When TMZ harasses him, he takes the time to be hilarious and do a bit, instead of getting annoyed. The clip I’ve attached here is him doing an interview for a local access show out of Chicago. Despite all of his success, he makes time for everyone. You can’t not love this guy.


Per usual, I’m not going to spoil last nights show for you, as you should listen to the podcast when it’s posted this Friday HERE.

Doug Loves Movies/ Comedy Bang Bang: June 19, 2012

It’s 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.

Doug Loves Movies:

This weeks guests are TJ Miller, Pete Holmes, and Jeff Garlin. Jeff Garlin is known on the podcast for being a side-tracker, who talks about everything other than what Doug wants to talk about: movies. Now take him and add in Pete and TJ who are hilarious and full of energy. Basically it was three people talking about anything other than movies and Doug banging a head against the table. It was hilarious (and bizarre) and you’ll have to listen to it on Friday HERE. I’ve never seen a DLM like it.

Just incase you’ve never heard of these guys…
TJ Miller (who I think is so funny and recently saw perform at the Silver Lake Jubilee) has a tiny but very funny role in the new movie Rock of Ages. Here’s a video of him performing just a week ago at Conan’s Chicago event, Just for Laughs:

 

Pete Holmes has a podcast called You Made It Weird. He’s very animated and full of energy. For some reason he reminds me of a young John Ritter. He often performs with TJ Miller or Kumail Nanjiani. I’m a fan of Pete’s and his podcast is worth a listen. Here’s a video of Pete also on Conan:

 

Lastly, Jeff Garlin was on. I feel like I see him all the time so you’ve probably read about him on here before. He’s on Curbed Your Enthusiasm and has performed comedy for 30 years. He was not in a great mood last night, and set a weird vibe for the podcast. Right out of the gate he was kinda rude to Pete Holmes, who did a great job trying to alleviate the tension. I just felt like Jeff had a negative attitude going into the show. He had just gotten a flat tire and probably had a shitty day but it was bringing down the podcast. He lightened up a little throughout the show but toward the end he said he was hungry and just sort of walked out. You’ll have to give the show a listen on Friday. It was definitely one of a kind. Oh, and Samm Levine came out to say hi.

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Next up, Comedy Bang Bang!

Adam Cozen‘s was the host of the nights events. First up was Alex Koll. He did a great set and this was the first I’ve heard of him. I really enjoyed him. Here’s my crappy cell phone picture:

Here’s a video of Alex doing standup, which I found online:

 

Next up, Baron Vaughn. I’m actually going to see him perform this Thursday at the Super Serious Show. This was also my first time seeing him perform and I loved it. He was my favorite of the night and I can’t wait to see him again on Thursday. And of course my cell phone didn’t save the photo I took of him, but I did find this video of him doing Conan (found on youtube):

 

Jenny Slate came out next. She one of my favorite female performers and I saw her perform at Largo this past March. She is newly engaged and talked about that as well as her childhood. She was very funny. This is my crappy cell photo of her from last night:

Here’s a video of her, also on Conan (so many Conan videos today!):

 

Nick Thune, who is also performing at the Super Serious Show on Thursday, came out next. He did his usual guitaring with one-liners, with all new material. He also did a little crowd work, which I’ve never seen him do. Nick Thune is always great. I’ve seen him many times and never a rough set. Here’s my photo of him from last night:

Here’s a video of Nick:

 

Eric Andre came out knocking down everything onstage. He was sick of all his material and trying some new bits.

He was pretty funny and I’ve been meaning to catch him at the Satellite, where he normally does his monthly show. He also has a show for Adult Swim. Here’s an ad for it:

 

Last up was Andy Kindler. He was classic… Andy Kindler. He’s hit or miss to me, and last night I thought he was on his game.

And to mix it up, here’s a clip of Andy on David Letterman:

Ted & Gracie

I’m working on the Doug Loves Movies/Comedy Bang Bang post as we speak, but you know how I get distracted… I was reading a blog I love (The Comedy Bureau) and saw there is a web series called “Ted + Gracie” (a play on the 90’s sitcom “Ned + Stacey”, I’m sure).

You know I’m really into Yahoo’s web series “Burning Love” (which you need to watch), and this web series, “Ted + Gracie” is also really good. I only watched one episode so far, but it has Jena Friedman, who I saw do a great set at Comedy Bang Bang a while ago (check that post HERE), and she’s hilarious.

Their youtube channel has a bunch of episodes. Check it out and then check back here for my recap of last night’s Doug Loves Movies/Comedy Bang Bang. Coming shortly!

Doug Loves Movies/ Comedy Bang Bang: June 5, 2012

As I promised, here’s a wrap up of last nights Doug Loves Movies and Comedy Bang Bang. As you also probably guessed, my phone’s a piece of crapola. In the middle of Doug Loves Movies the screen decided to go black and not let me take anymore photos. I’m trying to fix it, but Ive been unsuccessful so far. This also meant I didn’t get ANY photos last night. Yes, I’m SUPER bummed. But both shows were great and I’ll do my best with online content.

This weeks guests are:

Photo taken by Doug Benson

1) Scott Aukerman (Comedian and host of Comedy Bang! Bang! airing this Friday on IFC). Did you know you can watch episode 2 of Comedy Bang Bang online already? Here’s a preview with Zach Galifinakis.

2) Jake Johannsen (stand-up comedian).
Here’s a video of him doing stand-up on The Late Show, which I took from his website jakethis.com

3) Tony Thaxton (Drummer in Motion City Sound Track). Here’s a video of him drumming I found on his youtube channel:

4) Sean Cullen (Comedian and his son Hamish joined on stage as well).

The show was a lot of fun, and the podcast should go up on Friday. Check it out to find out who won the Leonard Maltin Game! I can’t give away all the surprises 🙂 If you’re in LA and like Doug Benson, he’ll be doing a taping at NerdMelt Theater (aka Meltdown Comics on Sunset) on June 14. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE!

After a short break it was time for…

I was lucky enough to get tickets last Friday (you can get them HERE when they go on sale). The show as a whole was great and the audience was loving the comedians. Here’s the line-up!

The host was Pat Thornton. As he put’s it, he’s “sort-of a medium deal in Canada”. Here’s some of his stand-up:

After Pat did an opener, Andrew Orvedahl came out and killed it. He was hilarious. This was the first time I’d ever heard of him and I’m glad I got to see him perform. His comedy style is where he finds the funny in everyday things, which makes it super relatable and clever.

Next up, was a character named “Paulie Brimleotti” (I’m sure I spelled that wrong). I have zero clue who the comedian playing the character was, but the character was a take on Andrew Dice Clay and someone with a severe disorder. It was very topical. And unfortunately, because I don’t know the real comedians name and Im sure the character name is spelled wrong, I can’t find any videos on this guy.

After Paulie, Jeff Garlin came out! I’ve seen him a bunch of times, in fact he used to have a show on Sundays at UCB, which he talked about on stage last night. I guess when his Dad passed away on Halloween he had to miss a Sunday and UCB took away his Sunday time slot. It’s a sad story but Jeff made it so funny, and he still plays at Largo so you can catch him there once a month. Last night happened to be Jeff’s 50th birthday. I knew it was coming because his last LArgo show was his “50th Birthday Special” but last night was his real birthday. He came up with a bag full of dvd’s that he’d been given over the years and did his whole set handing out gifts to people in the audience. It was AWESOME, not just for the free stuff but he was so funny while he was handing the gifts out. I especially loved it because I’ve been re-watching all my Curb Your Enthusiasm dvds, and to see him right after watching that was cool.

This was a hard act to follow, but Adam Cayton-Holland came out and did an awesome set. HERE’s an interview he did with the AV Club. Here’s him performing at the Laugh Track Comedy Festival in Denver:

Natasha Leggero came out after Adam. She’s in the new web series Burning Love, which I LOVE. I just saw her perform at Il Cid during the Silver Lake Jubilee, and she did almost an identical set last night, but she changed it just a little in such a way that made it crazy funnier. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love seeing comedians perform the same set twice to see how they improve the jokes. Here’s the trailer for Burning Love. Watch the webisodes to see Natasha pantless through the series.

Brett Gelman came out next, and he had a whole devil act prepared but the mic didn’t work and I actually think seeing the act have issues was funnier than the act. Midway through the technical difficulties I wondered if it was part of the act because he was hilarious. It was one of those unscripted moments that’s funnier than what’s scripted. You can see Gelman in Eagleheart on Adult Swim, and listen to his podcast Gelmania.

Last up was Garfunkel and Oates! They sang three songs, all of which were new to me and I think 2 had never been performed in front of an audience before. One song was about how highschool Christian girls in the south found a loophole in the “staying a virgin until you’re married” rule… I’ll let you figure that one out. Another song was were one girl sang as someone who’s 29, and the other sang as the same girl only 2 years later called 29/31. So good. They performed a song called The Fade Away, about how women dump men by just slowly disappearing as if it’s a nice way to dump a guy. This was my sisters first time seeing them perform, and she loved them! Here’s Garfunkel + Oates singing 29/31: