Comedy Bang Bang (July 24, 2012)

In continuation of Comedy Wednesday, after I went to Doug Loves Movies at UCB, that meant I got a great seat at Comedy Bang Bang. I’ve been really lucky getting tickets. 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.

We had the great honor of being audience members on a night when the host wasn’t your average host. Instead of a comedy newcomer, we had comedy legend Steve Agee! How cool is that?! You probably know Steve Agee from The Sarah Silverman Program or as a comedy writer writing for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Even if you’ve never heard of him, he’s awesome and you should look him up. I haven’t seen him perform stand up in probably over a year, so this was a treat.

My cell phone camera actually sorta worked that night. Score! Here’s a clip of Steve acting on The Sarah Silverman Program.


The next comedian you might know from the podcasting realm since he’s on Professor Blastoff with Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. Did you guess him? It’s David Huntsberger. I must say he was very adorable. It was my first time seeing him in person, so as a comedy enthusiast I was very excited. 

Here’s a video of David doing a bit similar to what he did at CBB on Tuesday about your brain and dreams. Very funny, and worth a listen.


This was an AWESOME night of comedy because next up was the lovely Mary Lynn Rajskub. The last time I saw her perform she was just about 9 months pregnant. I will never forget the bits she did that night, as they really stick with me. When she came out on stage on Tuesday, I was trying to figure out how long it’s been since I’ve seen her. My guess was 1 maybe 2 years? In her act she said her son is 4! 4 years since I’ve last seen her?! Insanity. She was fantastic and I hope she does more shows around LA.


Up next? Morgan Murphy! She’s written a ton of shows you probably watch (2 Broke Girls, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! to name a few). She was excellent. My favorite bit she did involved pulling an audience member on stage.

His name is Damian and he’s 12. Why is he at a comedy club at 10:30p on a Tuesday? I have no clue. But the Dad got quite a ribbing from the comedians. He was sitting in the front row so it was hard to miss and all the comedians made not of it. Morgan Murphy set-up the bit to be like a “celebrity interview”, having Damian read from the cards. Basically he just repeatedly asks her out and says how great she is. It was an awesome bit that really worked because Damian was 12. It’s hard to imagine how she would have don’t that without him there. I loved it! And Damian was really sweet and a team player. He didn’t cower away in fear or become aggressive when the comedians talked to him. I find many adults don’t even act that level headed in a comedy club. 


Next up was Kumail Nanjiani, who is awesome. He was also the guest on Doug Loves Movies so we just got to see him before the show started. Click HERE to hear about that and to learn more about Kumail.


Last night was also my first time getting to see Jim Hamilton perform. He has a “kooky” way about him. He has a one-eye-bigger-than-the-other look on his face when he does his act, which is mainly one-liners. He has a comedy album coming out on July 31, called Poems About The Ocean. His Album release party is tomorrow at R Bar in Koreatown. Should be a fun time!


     Matt Braunger was the closer for the night. I have to say, he was looking very trim. I’ve actually run into him around LA and he looked so trim and put-together at CBB. I’m mighty impressed. He’s definitely becoming more “tv friendly”, which hopefully means we will get to see more of him on tv! He currently has a reoccurring role on Up All Night. Just to show you just how good he looks, for his video I’m going to include one from four years ago. Damn, right?! I’m so impressed. 

Largo: March 9, 2012

Did everyone have a fabulous weekend? I had to get outside of LA to enjoy the last remnants of winter, although our cross country skiing weekend turned into a snowless hiking weekend. It was still so much fun to go up into the mountains, breathe fresh air and see stars. It’s hard to believe you’re and hour and a half away from 80 degree heat and you’re looking down on the clouds from so high. More on that coming throughout the week, but I want to catch you up on my Friday night.

I didn’t head into the mountains until early Saturday morning, which means Friday night needed to be mostly about packing and getting to bed early. Oh yeah, and comedy.

I went to Largo (the photo-phobic theatre) to see Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die headline their own show. It’s about time. Although I was disappointed in the low crowd turn out. The theater was probably half-full (not half-empty like some Negative Nancy’s would say). Come on DSOWD fans! It was a great show, and if you missed it, well boy did you miss it.

Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die performed a ton of songs. They even brought out Sarah Silverman who sang a beautiful (serious) song with the band. She has a lovely singing voice and even played gutar to the song “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. She sang this song at her friend Rob Schrab‘s wedding. Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die was the band for Rob’s wedding. I’ve searched on youtube but can’t find a version of her singing it. Here’s a video of the real version. It’s a beautiful song.

Gabe Lieman and Jenny Slate (SNL) had a funny comedy set, which was a little different from the music and was a nice way to breakup the night. Since they don’t allow recording/photos in Largo, I found this video (not taken by me) online of a bit similar to what they did on Friday. It’s a really funny schtick they have. It’s rare to see 2 comedians working together on an act and I enjoyed the combo as they compliment each other well. Check out the video:

Next up was Emerson Alum, Jim Hanft who performed two songs with his real-life girlfriend and singing partner Samantha Yonack. They have such beautiful gentle soulful voices. Here is a video I found online of them singing “Lazy Love”, which is one song they performed on Friday. Buy their music!

Here is another video of them singing I found on youtube:

After this music set, Kyle Dunnigan came out and performed comedy. You probably know him best as serial killer Craig Pullin in Reno 911. I’ve seen him do whole sets in the Craig character and it was great to see him mix in some of himself into this set. I’d never heard his real voice before Friday. He was hilarious and did off-the-cuff musical jokes as he sat at a piano and played really well. It was so great to see the real Kyle.

After Kyle Dunningan, Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die was back on stage for a few more songs. They added in a one song encore, and then Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die night came to a close. It was a fun night, and I even grabbed a drink (alone) at the Roger Bar before the show. Does that make me sad? Or awesome? I’m going to go with awesome. If you’re waiting for a Largo show to start, check out the Roger Room next door.