Hot Tub Comedy (July 1, 2013)

This past Monday I hit up Hot Tub, at The Virgil. It’s such a great time, every time I go. And the Virgil offers sweet $6 cocktails for happy hour (my favorite is the After Sunset). Doors open at 7 (show starts at 8pm) and tickets are $5 presale or $8 cash at the door. Go to this show.

I met up with some friends and arrived a little after 7pm. Seating is limited, but we arrived early enough to get seats in the second row.

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Anticipation! See, great seats. I’m really happy with how the photos came out. I hope you enjoy them.

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Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, being hilarious, hosted the show as they do every week.

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Kurt immediately started sweating. He “sprinkler’ed” all over Kristen.

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Given that Kurt’s family was in the audience, they did a bit about when they were child actors they looked so alike they were casted like the Olsen’s (where they were used interchangeably). They showed a clip from an old Law and Order stint, where Kurt was the closeup shot and Kristen was wide shot (they cut into her old SVU episode). Given that they obviously look nothing alike, it was very funny.

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First up, New York comedian Mike Lawrence took the stage. Check out his website here and his Comedy Central stand up here.

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Kevin Biggins came out next. “I love that Domino’s has gift cards, It’s like ‘Hey, we didn’t know what to get you, but we did know that you’re a gross fat pig” – KB.

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Kurt did a set of his own, which had us choking we were laughing so hard. He also threw ideas out for joke billboards he’s hoping to get made around the country. Kurt recently did the Cloud Project where he had a kick starter to raise money to have a sky writer write, “How do I land” in the sky over LA. Kurt’s like the Christo of the comedy world.

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He also sweats a lot.

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Next up, one of the sexiest stand-ups and happily married Nick Thune. Check out his new video here.

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Kristen did her own set as well. She was very funny as usual.

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Rory Scovel was last up! In anticipation of writing this post today, I listened to his cd, Dilation, on my commute in to work (love it!). He’s so full of energy and expression.

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I had to include this extra photo of him, because you can tell from his face that he’s doing a character.

Excellent show! Be sure to hit up the Virgil on Monday nights to see this weekly show.

The Super Serious Show (June 21, 2012)

Greetings from Chicago! Get ready for the fastest comedy update ever. Last week I went to the Super Serious Show in LA with my friend Jamie. IT’s located at the Cafe Club Fais Do-Do in a Culver City adjacent neighborhood. Aka, it’s in the ghetto. Go with a friend, but be show to go because it’s an awesome venue for comedy. They offered half price tickets, so I got 2 tickets for $15 which includes free beer and wine.

The comedians were excellent, but due to time restraints I can’t go into details. They were all excellent. Baron Vaughn was a hilarious host and I’ve been quoting the bits from the night ever since.

The show happens once a month, with different comedians all the time. Look how artistic the stage looks (below). They also had the Border Grill food truck there, and I had lovely veggie tacos for dinner. It was a fun cheap night in LA!

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:

Weekend Find

Is everyone having a nice weekend? I had to share an awesome weekend find. While walking with my friend in Toluca Lake, we came across a box of free records. I glanced through not expecting to want any and stumbled upon 2 really cool covers. They were free so I thought, why not. I took them both and stopped at Urban Outfitters on the way home and got two 12″X12″ frames for $20. Now for $20 I have two new pieces of art. How cool is that? The photo above is over my favorite one. Moral of the story is get outside, go for a walk and only good things will come of it.

ALSO, tonight Neil Hamburger and guests Nick Thune, Body Stevens, and Kenny Strasser are playing at The Satellite in Silver Lake. Tickets are only $8 and this is a very cool venue. If I didn’t already have plans I would 100% be there. Get your tickets HERE.

Sushi Taiyo, The InstaGrammys and The Dresden

Can you tell by the title that my Friday night was pretty sweet? In fact, my whole weekend was pretty amazing, but you’ll hear more about that later. Baby steps. Lets start with Friday.

I had a crazy busy day at work, as you know, but was releaved to get out of work and head just a few blocks north to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to see their InstaGrammys show. I met my sister early to grab a bite of sushi at Sushi Taiyo, which is right next the the theater.

We ended up ordering two premium rolls and one salmon roll, which was a great amount for 2. The food was yummy and quickly prepared which meant we didn’t need to rush to eat (as we had to get in line for our UCB show by 7:30). It’s a tad pricier than our usual sushi joint (Octopus), but the food was good and it was the first time my sister has ever been. The ambiance is cool, and they have some booths that have doors that slide shut for the ultimate in private dining.

After dinner we jumped into line and got great seats at UCB for their 8pm show, the InstaGrammys. One thing about the line at UCB is that you get to see all the comedians showing up for the show, since they all enter the same door the guests do. We stood there for about 30 minutes and I saw a ton of comedians, some of which were apart of the show and others who came just to hang out with their friends. As a comedy nerd, I thoroughly enjoy people/comedian watching along the sidewalk while waiting. Derek Waters hosted the hour long event, which featured many special guests, live music, tons of funny videos, awards and even a lifetime achievement award all centered around the photo-sharing site, Instagram.

John Daly and Brett Gelman gave out the first award, to photographer Robin Van Swank (who is living my dream life by the way). She is a photographer who is in on the indie comedy scene and often does photography for all their parties, events, TV Shows, book covers, posters, cd covers, etc. Basically, if a comedian wants a photo they come to her and therefore she hangs out with some seriously funny people.

After the first award, Martin Starr and Kulap Vilaysack came out to introduce an award that would be given to an audience member. The challenge was that the audience needed to take a cell photo of the band Islands (which performed live on stage, see pic) and post it to Instagram. The person with the most “likes” after 20 minutes won the award. The comedians all came out and took pictures too.

Between all the awards were these awesome clips by “normies” (as I call them), comedians playing normal people. They were all hilarious and people talking about why they posted certain photos to Instragram. For example, “why I think the public wants to see the piece of pie I just ate.. because Im so amazing”. The whole event was mocking the narcissism of Instragram.

Natasha Leggero gave an award to Morgan Murphy (MadTV). Unfortunately my cell phone was having serious issues so I don’t have too many pictures from the night but here is the best I can offer.

Nick Thune came out and did a serious (yet hysterical) “In Memory” bit off all the Instagrammers we lost in the past year.

Chelsea Peretti gave out the Ansel Adams award (to a person who Im forgetting).

The night ended with Stephen Merchant coming out to announce the Lifetime Achievemnent Award which was given to Mike Rosenstein. For those of you who don’t know who he is, click the link on his name. He is a British comedian who collaborates with Ricky Gervais a lot and co-created the British Office, as well as starred in as the “Dwight” character as Americans would know him. He is a legend and this was my first time seeing him in person. He was a surprise guest and everyone was in awe.

After the amazing show at UCB, my sister and I headed over to The Dresden to have a farwell gathering for our friend Karen. As I’ve talked about before, she is leaving LA soon and has been completing her LA bucket list before she moves away for good. Friday was “Los Feliz bar night”. This was my first time at the Dreden and I can’t wait to go back. If I wasn’t having phone issues, I could’ve gotten some great shots, but I know Ill be back. They had an older couple playing music in the bar. We got to see the dining area as well as the bar and I was super impressed. From the outside it looks like a windowless dive bar and inside it’s super classy with a speakeasy vibe.

The bar was packed, as it was 10pm on a Friday night. I need to go back for a quiet happy hour, where I could sit on the bar side noshing on food in the round booths while listening to the musical stylings of Marty and Elayne. Since we had such a large group, we took over the front private room of the bar which worked well for us, although we missed out on the ambiance of the main bar. Either way, I had a great night and I also intend to go back to The Dresden.

Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant

Today (exactly 20 min ago) 2011 Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Show tickets went on sale (get them HERE). I have gone 2 other years when it was held at the UCB Theatre in LA. The money goes to the LA Food Bank and they often do an Ebay auction to raise funds. This year they moved out of the UCB Theater to a much larger venue in Hollywood, so tickets are much easier to get and a lot more money can be raised in ticket sales to go toward the LA Food Bank. GO TO THIS EVENT! $30 is NOTHING to see this many comedians in one place. At UCB it was awesome being in a theater packed with comedians. Really something special. Im interested to see how this works in a larger theater. Below are photos from previous years:

Nick Thune

Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die with Scott Aukerman

Paul Scheer and Bret Gelman (as the dudes from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and Jon Daly as Santa

Paul Rust and Martin Starr

Weird Al saving Christmas

Sarah Silverman

Tom Lennon

Adam Scott in his Party Down attire

Nick Kroll and Paul F. Tompkins

Aziz Ansari

Harris Wittels as “The Butler”

These were maybe half of the amount of comedians that performed at the 2010 Comedy Death Ray Christmas Show. I had to end these pics on my comedian crush, Harris Wittels. Swoon.