Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

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Marc Maron is playing the Trepany House in Hollywood/Los Feliz tonight. Come see him do standup. Tickets are $8, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $8 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Heads-Up: Marc Maron with Judd Apatow

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This is a heads-up post: Marc Maron is participating in a Writers Bloc event with Judd Apatow on May 15th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and bound to sell out, so get them now if you are interested. This is all happening at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Event: Marc Maron with Judd Apatow (event)
Location: Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
Time: Wednesday May 15, 2013, 7:30pm
Cost: $25 (get tickets HERE)

Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

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Do you love Marc Maron and his podcast WTF with Marc Maron? Tonight at 8pm Marc Maron and guests Jason Nash, Matt Kirshen, Christina Pazsitzky, Jeff Richards, and Jim Earl will be doing a live taping at the Trepany House (formally the steve Allen Theater). Tickets are $10, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $10 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Do This Today: Marc Maron Interviews Tim Robbins

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The Aero Theater is hosting a Live Talks LA event tonight with an evening with Tim Robbins in Conversation with Marc Maron. You know Marc from his podcast WTF where he interviews comedians and celebrities in a funny but serious look at life. Tim Robbins you should already know, but he’s famous for Mystic River, Bull Durham, The Player, Bob Roberts, and Shawshank Redemption. This event supports the Actors Gang Theatre, which was founded by Robbins. Feel good about your $20 going toward a good cause.

Event: Live Talks LA: An Evening with Tim Robbins in Conversation with Marc Maron (event)
Location: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Time: 8pm
Cost: $20 (get tickets HERE)

Do This Today: Comedy Night at Fish Taco

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Seeing as 2012 is finishing in a couple weeks, all the “last of 2012” shows are in full force. Tonight Loud Village is hosting a night of free comedy at the Best Fish Taco in Ensenada. Tonight Marc Maron, Julian McCullough, Nick Rutherford, Emily Maya Mills, Will Weldon, Tony Sam, Pat Regan, Sarah Morisano and more will be performing. $2 beers!

Event: Comedy Night at Fish Taco- Last of 2012! (event link)
Location: 1650 N. Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: The End of the World Show (comedy!)

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Typically I would post a Weekend Guide on Fridays, but if you’ve been following for the last couple months, you know I haven’t been able to do it since starting back at my work. It pains me not to do that posting every week, and until I can give you a full Weekend Guide again, I’m going to give you a “Do This Today” on Fridays.

On that note, today’s “Do This Today” is a comedy show featuring Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Jarrod Carmicheal and more. Tickets are $8 online ($12 at the door or $10 with a donation) and you get a night of comedy at the Lyric Hyperion Theater. Plus this is a benefit so you can feel good about your donation. Click HERE to learn more about the event.

Event: End of the World (event link)
Location: Lyric Hyperion Theater, 2106 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: $8 (get tickets here) or $12 at the door or $10 with a donation

Do This Today: Les Femmes (art!)

The A+D Museum invited in a large group of female designers, artists and architects to take over the space with their work (no rules). Come check out this exhibit before it ends Sept. 8.

Event: A+D Architecture and Design Museum “Come In! Les Femmes”
Location: A+D Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90036
Time: 11a-5pm
Cost: $10
FIY: Parking is tricky. The museum recommends taking the Purple Line and getting off at Wilshire/Western.

BONUS: Marc Maron is back at the Trepany House tonight, click HERE for details.

Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

 

Remember when I went to see what I thought was a taping of WTF with Marc Maron, and instead it turned out to be an awesome night of stand-up? Well, now is your chance to experience it. Tonight at 8pm Marc Maron and a couple guests will be testing out new material in a full night of comedy at the Trepany House (formally the steve Allen Theater). Tickets are $10, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $10 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Comedy Wednesday: Marc Maron

Comedy Wednesday: Marc Maron @ Trepany House (formally the Steve Allen Theater)(7/17/12)

I always get so frustrated with my cell phone photos failing me, so for last nights comedy show I thought I’d try an experiment. I think you can tell from the photos below, it failed miserably. If there’s something I’m good at, it’s admitting defeat. I brought my fancy camera to the show. I turned off the volume and flipped the screen inside out so no light or sound was emanating from the camera. There’s nothing worse than being called out in a comedy show so I try to do whatever I can to blend in. The unfortunate part is that I couldn’t tell how my photos were coming out and without a flash I risked them all being blurry. So it was all a guess to me if any of the photos I took actually came out. When I uploaded them blurriness was a problem but mostly the comedians were blocked by heads and the bright lights completely washed them out. I couldn’t zoom, since I could see how the photos looked. It failed, although I’m still working hard to get you the best images and so I’ll keep experimenting. Here’s how the show went.

Last nights show was not Comedy Bang Bang. I decided to take a week off to go see Marc Maron now that he’s back in LA performing at the Steve Allen Theater. I thought I was getting tickets to a live taping of his podcast, but when I arrived and saw the stage and it was not set up for podcasting (no table, chairs or mics).

Marc Maron came out with a stool and told us he deceived us. He decided not to do a podcast taping (of WTF) and instead try out new material. First he brought up Jonah Ray, who was also trying new material. I’ve seen him perform at Comedy Bang Bang before and he was very funny. Tonight was no exception, although you could tell he was visably nervous trying out his new material. Comedians take such a risk getting out on stage and I can’t imagine trying out new material that’s only ever been practiced in front of a mirror. What if it completely fails is it often can? Comedians have to be so fearless and I admire that.

See my crappy photo? What a failure. The sad part is I was thinking “Pat yourself on the back, Bethany, for you have probably found a great solution to a challenging problem,” while I was taking these awful photos.

Next up, Ryan Singer. His name is familiar, but I didn’t recognize his comedy style or apperance. Maybe I’ve seen him at Comedy Bang Bang? I’m not sure. He had some great bits, although his stuff flowed so well together you could tell he’d memorized his routine and wasn’t working off-the-cuff. It’s funny that I respect off-the-cuff humor more than pre-planned humor, which seems counterintuitive. I should probably respect the prepared comedian more than the “winging-it” comedian, but there’s something I appreciate about a comedian effortlessly making jokes on the spot.

After Ryan, MArc came out to do his set. The timing was about 10 minutes for Jonah and Ryan and then an hour and 45 minutes (?) for Marc. I point this out because he did the type of long-form set that you would pay a high-price ticket to see. Why he felt like he had to trick the audience into coming, is confusing to me because he performed a great show. I saw him perform at Comedy Bang Bang last week, so I got to see him take those jokes and really work them out on stage and develop them further. No joke was retold the same way so it felt like all of it was new, despite being some of the same topics.

Marc is another stand-up (like Maria Bamford) where it can take seeing him perform several times to really begin to understand his dark comedy. There are comedians like Tommy Papa, who can do a delightful, very funny, clean set and it only takes seeing them once to get what they’re about. Marc has such a history that you can slowly learn about in each set, and knowing that history adds so much to his jokes. His comedy feels like Marc’s in therapy working out his issues with the audience and there’s something very familiar about his tone. Like you’re the only person he’s talking to and he’s just shooting-the-shit about what has been on his mind.

I highly recommend giving Marc’s podcast a listen. It’s called WTF and he interviews comedians and celebrities about real topics. It’s serious and it’s funny. He’ll be performing more at the Trepany House in the next couple months. Get tickets HERE!

Comedy Bang Bang- July 10, 2012

Last night I got my comedy on after a two week break. Oh how I missed thy comedy. Doug Loves Movies was not playing before hand, so it was just the regular Comedy Bang Bang show for me. I lucked out getting tickets too, since I was busy in Cape Cod on Friday I missed the Friday at noon ticket frenzy. I coincidentally looked at UCB’s website on Saturday and noticed it didn’t say “sold out” like it normally does, and bam! I got a ticket! Score!

Let’s get right into it, because it was really an all star line-up. Really an awesome show. The host of the night was Hampton who I’ve seen perform at Comedy Bang Bang before, and yet I can’t figure out his last name (it wasn’t annunciated when he was introduced). He was a very good host and got the crowd laughing right from the beginning.

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Next up, Tom Papa. You probably know him best as the host of the Marriage Ref. I’ve seen him perform here before and he’s had plenty of success as a stand-up and actor. Are you ready for my crappy cell phone picture? I was right in the comedians eye-line all night, so my photos are crappy and taken as stealthy as possible. Also below is a clip from The Marriage Ref, enjoy!

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Maria Bamford came out next. I saw her outside the theater while I was waiting in line, so I knew she was coming. She does so many different voices and characters which is a completely unique style that only Maria Bamford does. Some people aren’t into that, but I certainly am. She likes to convince her audience that she’s the equivalent of a crazy cat lady so you have to be onboard for that, but it’s her subtle nuances within the larger bits that get me. I can totally understand a first time comedy viewer being intimidated by her, but listen to her cd and try to see her several times live and you will love her. I promise you. She is a great representation of women in comedy.

I haven’t seen her in a while so all of her bits were new to me. Her running theme was suicide, which was a tad dark, but when a comedian can turn a dark subject into hilarity, they’re pretty dang good. And of course, my cell phone decided to freeze for her whole set, so I have no photos to show for it.  Maria will be on Louie this season, so dvr it. I found this clip on youtube of Maria doing a similar bit she did last night, watch it!

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After Maria came Marc Maron. He’s probably most known for his podcast WTF with Marc Maron, although he’s been in the stand-up world for a long time. Last night Marc talked about his Hawaiian vacation and even prepared material the gig. He’s great at off-the-cuff and his prepared stuff, so you can imagine a combo of the two is the sweet spot. Can you believe all they heavy hitters up first and in a row. Below is my bad photo and then below that is a clip of Marc recording his podcast live with special guest Amy Sedaris (who I would love to see!). Marc has live shows coming up in Los Angeles, check out tickets HERE.

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Usually if Marc’s around, Eddie Pepitone isn’t too far behind and sure enough he was up next! He’s sometimes known as the Bitter Buddha and he’s been trying out new material all over LA. Remember when I saw him perform at the Super Serious Show just a couple weeks ago? Eddie was excellent and he did a lot of different material from that last show. I’ve actually seen Eddie at my gym and I must say he looks like his thinner and healthier in general. He also seems much more positive. Eddie, I like it a lot keep it up!

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After 4 of my favorites, I’m actually glad the next comedian up was new to me because it’s fun learning about new (to me) comedians. Steele Saunders came out next. This Australian comic was very funny, although sometimes his accent made it tricky to catch every word, he still held his own. I can’t imagine having to follow those first four comedians and I think Steele Saunders was successful. He told a story about a mirrored wall at a concert venue where lots of the attendees were wasted, you can imagine the chaos that followed.

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Next up, DAVE CHAPPELLE… I mean Jon Dore. Yup, he did that joke too. He was introduced as Dave Chappelle and then he came out from behind the curtain and you could hear the audience deflate. It was funny to see Jon enjoy the joke so much, as we were all the butt of it. Although, having to do a set after you got everyone hopes so high is quite a challenge. Of couse my cell phone failed again, so no image, but here’s a video of Jon Dore at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival 2010.

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Last of the night was Pete Holmes. He’s great to go out on because he’s so high energy and by this time of night everyone was exhausted. Laughing really takes it out of you! Pete Holmes was great per usual. He was very interactive with the crowd and did material that was all new to me. Pete is so great and it’s worth giving his podcast, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, a listen. He’s also a cutie who has a quality which reminds me of John Ritter. He too has lost weight since I first started seeing him perform. Keep it up, it’s paying off! Alright, this is probably the worst of all the photos and Im embarrassed that this was the clearest photo I got of Pete. Also here’s a very funny batman video of Pete, which I was trying to act out for my friend the other day. It’s worth watching.