Weekend Guide September 28 + 29 + 30

This is painful to do… especially because there are some fun activities going on this weekend… but since I will be without internet all day, I have no choice. Your weekend Guide is going to be abbreviated and pitiful. I’m sorry. It’s painful to do this, but I don’t have a choice. Here’s what I’ve got:

Eat See Hear is hosting an outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz tonight at the Santa Monica Pier. This series will continue all month and it’s called Front Porch Cinema at the Pier.

This weekend is the Italian Feast of San Gennaro. It’s an Italian food festival happening all weekend. Single-day passes are only $5! There are all sorts of events like bocce and bingo! There are some celebrity guests too. See if you can stop in any day this weekend.

If you need more comedy in your life, the Meltdown Theater is hosting Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman’s album release. Starts at 8pm and tickets are $8 in advance HERE. These guys are awesome, so Im sure this will be a good time.

Carmageddon Saturday!!! Ahhhhh!

The Chinese Moon Festival is this weekend and Chinatown is celebrating! Check out the link for all the details.

The Warehouse in Echo Park has a re-opening celebration happening on Saturday at 7pm. Why not hit the store and check out other neighborhood favorites like Mohawk Bend? Maybe catch a show at the Echo?

I was going to tell you about a Beer Week Festival at Union Station, but I’m told tickets are no longer available. So scratch that… or see if you can talk your way in. IT’s a little pricy ($50), but if you love beer, it’s a don’t-miss.

My last Weekend Guide Event is sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine and it’s Museum Day Live! Go to that link, and search for local museums that are participating. Get your ticket from the website, print, and off to the museum you go. It’s FREE! Museums can be expensive, so take advantage of this Sunday!

Comedy Bang Bang (August 14, 2012)

Comedy Wednesday has spread into Thursday! I’ve told you about Tuesdays live recording of Doug Love Movies, so now it’s time for the show that follows it: Comedy Bang Bang at UCB. 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, and at $5 a ticket, it’s the best price in town.

Shawn Pearlman (his website) was this weeks host. This was my first time seeing him perform. His jokes were funny and dark. He played a game of darker/lighter, where after eaach joke the audience yelled out whether he should tell a darker joke or lighter. He was an excellent start to the night. Follow him on twitter @shawnpearlman.

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Myq Kaplan (his website) was up next. I’ve seen him here before, and he’s always fun to watch. He’s so fast with his words/jokes. One joke runs into the next and he’s just so impressively fast. You have to work to keep up with him, and it’s worth the effort. Follow him on twitter @myqkaplan.

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Henry Phillips (his website) was next on the line-up. He is a new comedian for me. He told some awesome stories and sang a comedic song. He has a movie out which he wrote and stars in called, Punching the Clown. It’s won awards at film festivals and worth a watch… and it’s on Netflix instant (I know what I’ll be watching tonight). Follow him on twitter @henlips.

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Jay Larson (his website) was another comedian who I’d never seen before (I love being introduced to new-to-me comedians). He was my favorite performer of the night. I love his energy and his east coast accent. He did a bit involving handshakes (with an audience member) and told the story of getting a wrong number call but just going along with it. I love story-telling stand-up, which is what he did. He has a podcast called The Crabfeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson. Follow him on twitter @JayLarsonComedy.

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Jamie Lee (her website) followed up next. She was the only female of the night and definitely told raunchy jokes (that were very funny) and were not sex-specific. I always pay attention to the way females craft their comedic voice, specifically when playing a crowd mostly made up of men. In her case, there was nothing in her joke telling that was specific to being told by a woman. Like if she and Myq Kaplan traded sets (word for word), the jokes would have been equally as funny and made the same sense. She was really excellent, and this was a new type of voice I haven’t heard before. Follow her on twitter @TheJamieLee.

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Dana Gould (his website) came out next. Sorry this photo is so shaky. I didn’t want to use a flash and Dana was moving all over the stage, so this was the less blurry of all my shots. I’ve seen him at CBB before many times, and this time he had a lot of energy which was good. It’s always best if the last couple comedians have a lot of energy because the audience has been sitting for a while and those seats start to take a toll on your back. For me, it was a mix of old and new material. I like that you can see Dana working out his jokes in his mind as he goes. Some jokes landed better than others, but all around it was a good set. Follow him on twitter @DanaJGould.

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Greg Fitzsimmons (his website) was the last comedian of the night. This was my first time seeing him in person, although I’ve seen him on tv/heard him before. He was also full of energy and had a story telling approach to comedy (which I love). He was very funny and you should follow him on twitter @gregfitzshow.