Is this the week for comedy or what?! Last nights show was awesome and you should expect a full recap on Comedy Wednesday. Tonight hit up The Satellite for a night of comedy! @Dadboner by Karl Welzein & Friends will be filled with guests (specifically Patton Oswalt, Rob Delaney, Matt Braunger, Kyle Kinane, Jenny Johnson and more) for only $10! What a deal! It looks like the ticket site is having issues, but I imagine you can pay at the door and get in.
Today was a bad day to say the least. My heart goes out to Boston right now. I’m not good at being sentimental (and I’m not eloquent in such moments), so I need to share Patton Oswalt’s words with you:
Boston. Fucking horrible.
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
– Patton Oswalt
It’s time to celebrate LA comedy community! Patton Oswalt has announced that he will be doing shows around Los Angeles ALL SUMMER! He’ll be performing at a few venues around town but one in particular is The Fake Gallery on Melrose. It’s FREE (donate pleeeease) on most Thursdays at 8pm. Patton’s goal is to do 45 minutes of new material each week, so you can go every week and it’ll always be a new show. Click HERE to read about Patton’s summer plans.
Last week on December 4th it was the 500th live show of Comedy Bang Bang, as well as the last. Of course this was a funeral of sorts for the best comedy show in Los Angeles, but it was also a celebration of the last 500 weeks of shows. Comedy Wednesday here at Life Absorbed is based on this show, and it will be sadly missed. In a few weeks a new stand up comedy show will take its place at UCB, which Im sure will be hilarious and equally as fun, but I’m so sad to see it ending. When tickets went on sale for this event, there was no way I was going to miss it. I even bought the floor tickets to be as close to the comedians as possible. Here’s the tale of this epic comedy adventure.
The usual venue for this event is the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, but since this was not only the last show but also the special Christmas Nativity Pageant (where proceeds go to the LA Food Bank), it was held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. They had food trucks out front, free drinks and the place was crawling with comedians. Not just the ones performing, but other local comedians that came to see their friends (and heros) perform. While I was waiting for the show to start (and buying the limited edition event print), I saw Jake Fogelnest running around, Jason Woliner taking his seat, and Myq Kaplan when the show was letting out. I’m sure there were tons more that I didn’t even catch.
I took this photo in the lobby of the theater, looking through the glass at the press line. After I took this photo I realized Kulap (comedian and wife of Scott Aukerman-pictured above), was taking a photo next to me. She seemed so proud of her husband and it was really sweet to see. She recently was on Parks and Recreation playing Adam Scott’s step mother. Scott is the host of Comedy Bang Bang (the podcast, tv show on IFC, and the live show in Los Angeles ending this night). I consider Scott to be the Ben Franklin of comedy. He’s done SO much for the comedy community starting with this stand up show, then growing the empire into a podcasting station (Earwolf) filled with hilarious comedy shows. He’s taken initiative and created an outlet for comedians to reach listeners all over the world. Comedy Bang Bang is a $5 ticket every week and the podcast is by donation, which makes the comedy affordable and accessible to everyone. As a comedy fan, I’m extremely grateful for all of his hard work as I have certainly reaped the benefits. Now, on to the show!
Here is Scott Aukerman opening the show. Isn’t he handsome?
Scott came back out to introduce the next guest with the help of Weird Al. Check out his website link for his new music.
Jimmy Pardo came out next. He’s the host of Never Not Funny, his comedy podcast and if your lucky enough to catch a live Conan taping, you’ll get to see Jimmy prepping the crowd. He’s thinks on his toes and is amazing at crowd work. I’ve seen him perform easily 25 times, and I’ve never seen him have a rough night.
Scott came back out and invited Andy Richter to come help him introduce the next comedian.
Next up, the Nerdist‘s Chris Hardwick. You might know him from when he hosted Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy. Or maybe you know him as half of Hard N’ Phirm? Or maybe from his Web Soup (the Soup but all about web content for G4tv)?
Scott came back out and was joined by The Cake Boss (Paul F. Tompkins), a Comedy Bang Bang podcast favorite.
Right when Scott came out and started to say “I often get asked why the name changed from Comedy Death Ray to Comedy Bang Bang, and it’s a funny story. It all started when…” and he gets cut off by Matt Besser as The Upstager. He was out in the audience causing a stir and interrupting Scott. Yes, he’s wearing an Osama Bin Laden tee shirt.
Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric) came out next and did his whole set as if it was a stock holder speech and he was just made the chief editor of Rolling Stone Magazine. The photo above was taken when Tim presented Scott with one free online subscription to be donated to the LA Food Bank.
Zach Galifinakis came out next. I felt like the crowd was most excited to see Zach perform, and although I’ve seen him perform at comedy shows all over LA I haven’t ever seen him do his tradition Purple-Onion one liners, until now. Although he came out telling the crowd not to expect much, he didn’t disappoint. Zach’s a very low-energy guy, but his set was fantastic.
Kurt Braunohler (host of IFC’s Bunk) and Kristen Schall (30 Rock) came out to perform together next. They have a comedy show together called “Hot Tub“. The started the bit in the photo above, where they introduced their charity for polio where the go to schools performing to raise awareness for the disease. Then the hit the lights and perform a glow in the dark dance that ends when the lights come up and they are in a sexual position. Then they try to slowly sneak off stage (see below).
David Cross came out next! I must say, he was who I was most excited to see. I’ve never seen him in person and yet I spent my childhood watching Mr. Show, then as an adult seeing Arrested Development and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and I own his comedy cds. He was number 1 on my “to see” list for the last 10 years, so this was big for me. And he was so funny- he lived up to the hype.
Next up was Neil Hamburger. He dedicated his set to the late Whitney Houston. He performs a lot at the Satellite in Silver Lake, so check back and I’ll keep you posted on when he’s performing next.
The lovely ladies of Garfunkel and Oates were up next. They sang the Fade Away song, about the crewl way girls break up with guys by just slowly disappearing. Then they sang The College Try, about a college bisexual experience that didn’t go well. The last song they sang was Loophole about anal sex.
Doug Benson came out next. I see Doug Loves Movies all the time, but it was nice getting to see him do stand up. If you’re in Los Angeles you have to catch Doug Loves Movies or the Benson Interruption at the Silent Movie Theater.
Next up was “The Queen of Mean” as Scott introduced him. No, not Lisa Lampanelli, but Anthony Jeselnik. His comedy is really mean… but also really funny.
Paul Scheer did a gift giving bit with help from the audience. He suggested movie screeners as gifts and then said he would give them to audience members at least until…
Rob Huebel came out from the audience with a gun and saying he was with the FBI’s anti-screener division and what Paul was doing was illegal. This became a heated stand off… even audience members weren’t safe:
It was later revealed that Paul was from Interpol, and was actually a reverse sting operation. Then it was revealed that they were both just acting out a scene. It was a roller coaster of emotion.
Brian Posehn came out next and did a set. Brian also got his start on the Mr. Show with Bob and David. Did I mention that Scott was one of their writers? Or that Paul F. Tompkins also starred on the show? If Bob Odenkirk had come out this would have been a full fledged Mr. Show reunion.
Last up for the night was Thomas Lennon. He donned his PSY suit and got the audience singing “bing-bong” to his Christmas song. This song was pretty dark and he went out into the audience having people sing “bing-bong” into the mic while he sang his lyrics.
Not long after I took this photo (note Todd Glass standing in the background), Thomas Lennon came up to me and made me sing into the mic. It was awesome/terrifying. I’m terrible at keeping a beat (I’m the type to clap one off from everyone) so this was quite scary. Plus I could hear my out-of-tune voice from the sound system, which meant I must have been blaring. I kept moving my head back away from the mic but he kept shoving it closer and closer to my lips.
Thomas Lennon finished his song on stage and Scott joined him for the final good bye. As heart breaking as this was, it meant the show had to end.
Todd Glass jumped on stage after the show ended and continued “bing-bonging” for several mintues as the theater cleared out. Comedians came out from back stage to take pictures of him. I am crazy impressed that Todd was able to “bing-bong” to the beat, in key, for at least 5 solid minutes.
Well that concludes the final Comedy Bang Bang show. To see photos from previous years, check out THIS post and THIS post. To listen to the bag stage fun check out Scott and Kulap’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast.
Today is a big day for comedy fans! Your “Do This Today” is to buy Comedy Bang Bang Christmas Pageant tickets (here). While Im SO excited for this years pageant, I’m sad to announce that Scott Aukerman tweeted that he is no longer producing Comedy Bang Bang’s live show (which happens every Tuesday at UCB). Such a sad announcement, but I’m so grateful that he’s continued the show for as long as he has. Come to this last live show and celebrate with a crazy long list of comedians: Zach Galifinakis, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Kristen Schaal, Chris Hardwick, Thomas Lenon, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Tim Heidecker, Doug Benson, Paul F Tompkins, Anthony Jeselnik, Chelsea Peretti, Neil Hamburger, Garfunkel & Oates, Matt Besser, Todd Glass, Jimmy Pardo, Kurt Braunohler, and TONS more! Hosted by Scott Aukerman, A World Dodgeball Society & ASpecialThing Records Production.
It takes place December 4th, 2012
Doors 6:30pm/Show 8pm
The Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Hollywood CA
$45- $75, get tickets HERE
Todd Glass, Jon Hamm, and Matt Bruanger @ CBB Christmas Pageant 2011
Scott Aukerman and Nick Thune @ Comedy Death Ray Christmas Show 2010
Starting tonight is a week long celebration to celebrate Tiger Lily’s 6 year anniversary. That’s huge in tinseltown. This Monday night comedy show will be extra special (along with next weeks show) with top comedians performing… like:
Patton Oswalt, Sklar Brothers, Greg Proops, Greg Behrendt, Garfunkle+Oates, Kumail Nanjiani, Brandon Small, Ron Lynch, Nick Kroll, Matt Braunger, Natasha Leggero, Melinda Hill, Maria Bamford, Jarrod Harris, Matt Dwyer, Mo Mandel, Karl Hess, Walsh Brothers, JC Coccoli, Eddie Pepitone and more. Aka, comedy gold.
And it’s FREE! Crazy right? Check it out!
Event: What’s Up Tiger Lily? (facebook invite)
Location: Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill, 6122 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Time: 8:05pm (tonight and next Monday too)
FIY: Free parking too!
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:
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.
Sometimes working in Hollywood isn’t so bad. Yesterday there was a tiger on our lot shooting some scenes and it drew many people away from their desks. There was a buzz around the lot, “did you see the tigers?!” and I finally got my peek. It was awesome and adorable. Two pigeons landed near the cage and the tiger went into pounce mode with her front low to the ground and her butt in the air. Pepper (my roommates cat) usually does that right before she bites me. This tiger looked pretty thin but then again this is Hollywood and there is pressure to stay skinny 🙂
Did you go to the Bill Murray art opening at Gallery 1988? How was it? I didn’t get to go because I was at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax for Patton Oswalt‘s presentation of The Heart, She Hollar which will air as a miniseries on Adult Swim. The miniseries/potentially reoccurring show, stars Patton Oswalt as an almost mute inbred character that has been trapped in a cave since birth only to be let out as he inherits a town. This Southern soap opera spoof also stars Kristin Schaal and Heather Lawless as Patton’s jealous sisters, who felt cheated when their deceased father didn’t leave them the town. The dead father actually plays a big role in show, as he left millions of tapes of himself for his family, each tape labeled for super specific events. For example, Patton’s character has a surprise for the dead dad, so he puts in a tape labeled “I have a surprise”. This show is very “Adult Swim”, so if you are a fan of the network you’ll enjoy it. It’s funny to me that they have Patton, a great comedian who is extremely eloquent with his jokes, and gave him limited dialog forcing him to really rely on his physical comedy. The Q+A/interview portion of last nights event was really fun. Patton really knows how to speak to crowds and also creator Vernon Chatman was part of the dialog.
Check out clips HERE.
Are you looking for something to do this Thursday?
Gallery 1988 Melrose: Gallery 1988 is having an opening at their Melrose location on Thursday night to celebrate the “Please Post Bills” exhibit featuring work about Bill Murray. You heard me right, an entire gallery filled with images of Bill Murray. It’s going to be epic.
The Heart, She Holler @ the Silent Movie Theater: Do you love Patton Oswalt as much as I do? He’s going to be screening his new live action soap opera (airing on Adult Swim). The screening is Thursday and starts at 9p, $10 for non-Cinafamily Members. Patton will be in attendance as well as director Vernon Chatman. I’ve got my ticket and you should go and get tickets HERE! If it sell out, at least check out the trailer below.
AFI Fest: AFI is throwing their free festival from Nov. 3-10 and the full list of films being previewed can be found HERE. In attendance will be Leo DiCaprio for a screening of J.Edgar at Grauman’s Theater.