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.


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


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?


Jackie Kashian came to the stage next.


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.


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


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.


Legendary Ritch Shydner came out next.


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.


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.

Superego Live


As it’s Comedy Wednesday today, it’s only fitting that I share this VERY long overdue post about a podcast called Superego. They perform their improv podcast live at UCB and I was lucky enough to attend.


When I agreed to go to this live show I had never heard the podcast before and didn’t do any research. I really came to this with a clean slate. When I took my seat I was seeing what’s in the photo above. So mysterious.

(Left-right: Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville and Matt Gourley)

I quickly learned that while the podcast is improvised, there is a clear outline and prerecorded sound cues that makes this improv feel organized and professional. They did an excellent job coordinating the prerecorded sounds within the unpredictable improv.


The special guests for this episode are Paul F Tompkins and Brian Stack (centered) who are both excellent improvisors.


They are very smart fast improvisors and I highly recommend seeing them live at UCB if you can snag a ticket.

Do This Today: Brendon Walsh Album Recording (comedy!)

(I apologize for misspelling his name in the file above.. e not a)

Happy Comedy Wednesday! Your “Do This Today” assignment is to go to the Hollywood Improv lab and watch Brendon Walsh record his live comedy album. Here’s hilarious and it’s only $5! So cheap to have your laughs forever recorded on a soundtrack.

Event: Brendon Walsh CD Recording
Location: Hollywood Improv Lab, 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: 8:30-10p
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)