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:

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.

Ronna and Beverly (Formally the All Jew Review)

I know I’m going out of order here, but I have to tell you about my Friday night. My sister and I went to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre to see Ronna & Beverly (formally called the All Jew Review). They do this show in LA once a month and occasionally in London.

This show is played by Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, two 30 year olds playing their 50 year old Jewish mothers. They start by talking about current events and discussing chapters from their book “You’ll Do A Little Better Next Time”. Then they bring out a celebrity guest who sits on a chair in the center of the stage while Ronna and Beverly interview the guest. The two ladies stand on either side of the guests chair throwing out questions in a spitfire fashion. It closely resembles the way suspects get interrogated by the police and the celebrities act accordingly. It’s hilarious, and I try to see it every month in LA. There are often celebrity guests in the audience too. They also have a podcast too. You should check it out HERE.

Taken from their facebook page.

They discussed their book, before they brought out their first guest, Marissa Jaret Winokur.

You can see from their interview style, the guest is clearly in the hot seat (and the only seat). It’s so great to see the guests squirm. Jeff Garlin came out after Marissa.

Jeff Garlin has some history with these girls and you can hear all about their chemistry on their podcast. He has a thing for Ronna (on the right side of the screen) and he chased her around the stage hoping for a kiss. He’s the only guest I’ve seen ever turn the tables on Ronna and Beverly. In fact Jeff barely sat down, which totally changes the dynamic of the interview.

It was such a great show. Friend them on facebook HERE, and come check them out at UCB in March. You’ll love them, I swear.

 

P.S. Here’s a video of them I found online. Enjoy!

 

Weekend Guide Feb. 24 + 25 + 26

The past 2 weeks I’ve been slacking on the Weekend Guide, posting it late on Friday night. I’m trying to get back on track and stay focused one what’s really important, you my dear blog. Alrighty, lots of good stuff happening this weekend so lets get right into it!

Friday Feb 24th

Start your Friday at OhWow in West hollywood seeing Terry Richardson‘s Terrywood Hollywood themed art opening from 6-9pm.

At 8pm on Friday night I will be watching Ronna and Beverly at the UCB Theatre. Tickets are $10, and the show will be amazing because it always is. I wait for this show every month and this months Guests are Jeff Garlin and Marissa Jaret Winkor. Check out the video to get a feel for this “All Jew Review”:

Saturday Feb 25th

If you aren’t up for a walk or hike, check out The Carnival of Magic Medicine downtown from 1-9p. Advance tickets are $20 and the event includes kids yoga, visits with Tarot Readers and Shamans, a great auction including services and art from well-known people/places around LA. Check out the schedule HERE. The event sounds pretty cool, so if you have an open mind about this lifestyle, hop on the metro and head downtown to the event.

Chevy Metal is playing on Saturday at Rock & Roll Pizza in Topanga Canyon at the Rack. I know I don’t seem very “rock and roll” so why am I telling you about this? Because Chevy Metal is a 70’s cover-band with the drummer and guitarist from the Foo Fighters. Awesome, right?


Photo taken from THIS website.

Hadley Holliday has an art opening displaying her abstract series Warp and Weft, from 6-8pm in Culver City at Taylor de Cordoba.

Finish out your fun-filled Saturday with an 8pm visit to Meltdown Comics for their Spidey and Friends show. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.

Sunday Feb 26th

On Sunday you will find me at CoLAboration‘s craft beer event downtown at The Belasco. $25 gets you a glass (which is your entry into future CoLAboration events) and 3 beer tokens (good for 3 fills). Come check out the scene and try some new brews. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll have a full report next week.

For people boycotting the Oscars, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade 7:30p FREE Asssscat Show. Because it’s free, they don’t take reservations which means you need to get there early to claim your spot in line. But the waiting pays off by getting to see some of the best improvers in the biz. Many of them haven’t achieved stardom, although they should. Chad Carter and Sean Conroy are 2 of the greatest improvisors who frequent this show. You need to see them in person, in addition to Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts (3 of the 4 UCB founders) who also often frequent this show. They never give the line-up in advance but it’s always good. They do this free show every Sunday and you should check out a video I found of a prior show on youtube:

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!