You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes 7/8/13

I hit up the Troubadour this past Monday to see Pete Holmes’ live podcast taping of “You Made It Weird”. This is all great practice for his up and coming show following Conan on TBS, The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes, where he interviews celebrities.

I’m excited to share these photos with you, but I’m going to leave off the show jokes/details so you check out the podcast when it airs 😉

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This was my first time checking out the Troubadour, which is normally a music venue. Parking was tricky (I found street parking, but was technically not in West Hollywood).

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My friends and I had a decent spot in line, so we were able to snag seating on the first level (they brought in folding chairs for the show). Pete Holmes came out to introduce the podcast.

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First he brought out his sidekick, Chris Thayer, who I unfortunately didn’t have a great view of. He’s a comedian who often tours with Pete.

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The first guest was the one I was most excited about seeing, John Mulaney (SNL). He was recently picked as the #1 sexiest comedian and I must agree he’s easy on the eyes. He recently got engaged and we get to hear the funny stories about buying the ring and how they got engagement. We also heard some potential exciting news about his pilot/tv show (you’ll have to check the podcast to hear the details!).

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Up next was Jason Mantzoukas (The League) where I learned that he wears the same outfit every day. There’s even a twitter account for it.

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Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman Show, duh) came out next and got an awesome shot of a woman sitting front row who was napping… repeatedly.

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This was a VERY large show (lots of guests) so the stage was filling up as Kurt Braunohler (Bunk) took the stage. We got to hear a ‘shrooms story. He’s got a new cd out folks: How Do I Land?

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After Kurt, Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital) came out. He talked a lot about his family and with so many comedians on stage, every one chimed in which was fun.

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Last on the filled stage was Anthony Jeselnik. Season 2 of his show (the Jeselnik Offensive) airs Tuesdays at 10:30 on Comedy Central.

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What a packed stage! So many headlining comedians in one place! Be sure to check out the podcast when it airs HERE at Earwolf and you can subscribe FREE on itunes HERE.

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Do This Today: You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

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Did everyone have a nice long weekend? I’m very excited to share today’s Do This Today. Pete Holmes, of the soon to be Midnight Show with Pete Holmes (on TBS after Conan), is doing a live podcast taping in Los Angeles at the Troubadour tonight. Tickets are $15 (plus service fee) but check out this line-up: Anthony Jeselnik, Jason Mantzoukas, Kurt Braunohler, and newly added Sarah Silverman and John Mulaney! Stellar line-up! Ever since seeing David Cross live, John Mulaney has taken his place as #1 on my list of comedians I’ve never seen in person, and that’s about to change tonight. Do yourself a favor and come to this show. Happy Monday everybody!

Event: You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes (event link)
Location: The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Time: Monday July 8, 2013, 8pm
Cost: $15 (plus service charge)

Comedy Bang Bang: Tuesday March 6, 2012

Last night I got to attend Comedy Bang Bang at the UCB Theater in LA. I like to go a lot, but it’s popularity has grown the last 2 years and tickets are harder to get. Set your alarms for every Friday at noon (PST) and click on THIS website to get tickets, but know they sell out really fast. CBB is also a weekly podcast and now they are also developing it into a television show for IFC. They are currently filming and you can check out Scott Aukerman’s (Host) twitter feed for photos from the set.

This past Friday I was crazy-lucky and got ahold of two tickets to this weeks Comedy Bang Bang, which starts at 8:30p on Tuesday. Often times Doug Benson does a free live taping of his podcast in the hour before CBB. If you can make it through the long line to get in to the podcast show, this gives you priority seating for the CBB show later that night. My sister and I were lucky enough to make it in to the Doug Loves Movies Podcast at 7:30p. Doug always has cool guests, and I highly recommend seeing a live taping of the podcast as well as listening to it on itunes (or through his website).

Can you tell who the guests were, from my grainy cell phone pics? From left to right, it’s the host Doug Benson, Zach Galifianakis, Rachael Harris, the director of Rachael’s new film Robbie Pickering, and Jeff Garlin. What a hilarious group of guests.

You can check out the podcast when Doug posts it on his website. After Doug Loves Movies, we had to step out in the lobby to confirm our tickets for Comedy Bang Bang, where Bob Odenkirk walked past us. We could tell this show was going to be awesome. Once again, I apologize for the blurriness/graininess of these cell phone photos. I had an great seat in the second row center, which meant for great viewing, but made taking photos especially difficult. With such a small theater, the comedians often comment on audience members, so I do what I can to not to draw attention to myself.

Seth Herzog was the host for the night, so he does the opening act and then comes out between each comic to do little bits and introduce the next stand-up comedian. Most shows at UCB are improv shows and some skits, but Comedy Bang Bang is all stand-up. I didn’t record any of the nights show, but I did find this clip of Seth on youtube doing the same skit he opened with last night, but at a different event. It was hilarious. Also, I caught his pants.. or I should say, I got slapped by his pants when he ripped them off.

Jeff Garlin was up next.

A bearded Leo Allen hit the stage after him. Each comedian really killed it. Some weeks there are a few duds, but the audience was really feeling each comedian.

Next up, was Jena Friedman. She’s one of the few female writers that has been on staff on the Letterman Show (pretty impressive). I’ve never seen her perform before, and I’m glad I have now because she was excellent.

Jon Daly came out and did his set in character as a smoooooth jazz musician (who’s big in Japan). He actually played the saxophone really well. He invited 3 women on stage so he could “play their vibe”. And of course he picked one obnoxious girl who’d been talking to the comedians mid-act on stage all night. She was a terrible audience member. The best part was when she had no clue who Rick Santorum is. She made me embarrassed for women not just in her not knowing who Rick is, but because of her attitude and need for attention. Thankfully Jon Daly was so funny, that it was all worth it.

It was getting late and we still had three comedians to go. Kumail Nanjiani came out next. You might remember him from my post about Portlandia, where he performed with them at the Echo. Check out that post HERE.

Eddie Pepitone was up next. I’ve seen him perform many times (as he often does at set as part of Marc Maron’s live podcast taping of WTF). I’ve never seen him as funny as he was last night. He was on his game and the crowd was loving it.

Last up was Reggie Watts. He’s a comedy musician and also co-hosting the tv show Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman. Think of him at the Roots to Jimmy Fallon. He kept moving and putting his head down so images were hard to get.

He performed music that he was generating on the spot, with that green instrument/equipment of his. He’s so talented and getting to see him perform live was very cool treat. I’m eagerly anticipating the premiere of the Comedy Bang Bang show on IFC.

The show finished just at 11p, where my sister and I walked outside the theater and commented that we never saw Bob Odenkirk perform. The CBB live show not only brings famous/hilarious comedians to the stage, but it also brings their friends out to come “chill” in the green room. Throughout the show we could see comedians watching from the sidelines and see guests headed backstage. Just outside the theater we passed Rob Huebel and Jason Mantzoukas where talking with friends and probably just left the theater’s green room.

With all those comedians, I would call last night a giant success. My next comedy adventure is Largo this Friday night. Tickets are still available and you can get them HERE.

Weekend Guide Nov. 17+ 18+ 19

Yesterday was really rough, but today will be better…. because it’s FRIDAY! Yup, it’s already time for the WEEKEND GUIDE! Just a heads up, I will be in Boston this weekend for a wedding so you need to do ALL the things I post about and tell me how they are. Also, this means I won’t be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday (but you should be out enjoying the weekend anyway, right?). Also, I must note that I finished writing this post and then my browser crapped out and now Im rewriting this to you all. That’s how much I love you, that I am willing to rewrite ALL of it.

Friday Nov. 18

Lets begin with some corporate deals for the day. Starbucks is offering a 2 for 1 deal on all their holiday drinks (from 2-5pm Nov 17-20) and if you are anything like my sister, this deal is like Christmas morning. See the dets on the deal HERE. Groupon is also doing something called $1 lunch. Check THIS link for places near you participating.

Okay, now on to the really good stuff. Tonight Jason Brockert has an art opening at Iam8but gallery. His work explores pop culture (think Star Wars and Tranformers) through paintings. The opening reception is tonight 7pm-11p at iambit with drinks and a live dj.  You can’t miss this free event, and you can RSVP through facebook HERE.

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If you don’t like free booze, art gazing and DJ’s (because you’re crazy), then you should check out some cheap comedy at UCB tonight which is offering a double show, Soundtrack (Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas and more) and Death By Roo Roo (with Jackie Clarke, Brett Gelman, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally and more). Get tickets HERE.

The King King on Hollywood Blvd is hosting Christian Martin, Worthy and Joplin tonight at 9pm and if you get tickets HERE in advance they are $15, or at the door for $20.

Saturday Nov. 19

At noon on Saturday, check out the Food Fashion Trucks at The Shop Lot LA in Silver Lake. Look for some fashion treasures and then stroll around the neighborhood because it’s awesome. Check the poster to the right for all the dets.

Kate Micucci is hilarious. Check out her video below. She is putting on a one woman show at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday which is directed by Ron Lynch. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10… get them HERE!

LA Venice Cocktail Invitational is happening this weekend ($10 suggested donation). Amatuer mixologists will battle it out to create the perfect cocktail and you get to vote. The winner is announced at midnight and the proceeds go to support the 826LA writing program. You get a fun night, and the money goes to a good cause. Win win!

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday nights show at UCB, alas there are 2 more great shows on Saturday night. The Shit Show (with guest David Wain!) is happening at 10pm and you must go get tickets HERE. Directly after this show is a sold out show called Tournament of Nerds (with guest Pauly Shore). I suggest you put your name on the waiting list, go to The Shit Show, and when you get out hopefully your name will be called and youll get to see both shows for $15. A night of big comedians for $15? Score!

Sunday Nov. 20

The Nerdest panel is back this weekend with very cool people attending. Marti Noxon (Buffy, Glee, Mad Men), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), and Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will be in the discussion. The event starts at 5pm (doors open at 4:30) and it’s held at Meltdown Comics on Sunset.  Get tickets HERE!