Do This Today: Facebook at UCB

This improv show is amazing. I went back when it was the Myspace show and loved it. Now it’s the Facebook show and stars Rob Hubel, Seth Morris, Chad Carter, Paul Scheer, and Own Burke. These guys are hilarious and such great improvisers. They bring an audience member on stage and look at their facebook page on a big screen. Then they do a series of improvs based on the information and stories that the person shares on their facebook page. It’s always a different show so you can go every week and expect all new comedy.

Event: Facebook at UCB (event website)
Location: UCB, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: Wednesday March 5, 2014, 9:30 – 11pm
Cost: $5
FYI: This show is technically sold out for tonight, but UCB packs people in and has a waiting list. If you show up and put your name on the list, they will find a way to get you in.

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Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant 2012

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.

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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.

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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!

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Here is Scott Aukerman opening the show. Isn’t he handsome?

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Patton Oswalt was first up. I’ve gotten to meet him at his book signing (which you can buy here) and I’m lucky enough to see him occasionally at work (he’s on The Newsroom this season!).

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Scott came back out to introduce the next guest with the help of Weird Al. Check out his website link for his new music.

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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. 

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Scott came back out and invited Andy Richter to come help him introduce the next comedian.

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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)?

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Scott came back out with Steve Agee carrying the sexy Jon Hamm. This comedic sequence was hilarious and ended with Jon carrying Steve off stage. See more pics below:

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Jenny Slate came out next. You probably know her from SNL or Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (check out the animation on youtube).

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Scott came back out and was joined by The Cake Boss (Paul F. Tompkins), a Comedy Bang Bang podcast favorite.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Todd Glass came out next. You can’t not love Todd. He’s awesome and you should check out his podcast, The Todd Glass Show.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Up next was Chelsea Peretti. She’s a writer for Parks and Recreation and you may remember her from the Louie pilot where she and Louie CK go on the most painful date ever.

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Nick Kroll is probably most well known from the FX show The League. He does excellent character work on the CBB podcast. My favorite character Nick does is Fabrice Fabrice.

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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.

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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…

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Do This Today: The Fogelnest Files @ UCB

Get $5 tickets to UCB tonight to see the Fogelnest Files live podcast taping with special guests Paul Scheer and Colin Hanks. Jake Fogelnest searches the internet and tv for the clips that make you say WTF. Think of it as a public service, saving you time by pulling the craziest stuff of the month into one podcast. Go to Earwolf to listen to the podcast.

Event: The Fogelnest Files live podcast taping (event link)
Location: UCB, 5915 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: 9:30pm
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)

Do This Today: Facebook (comedy!)

This improv show is amazing. I went back when it was the Myspace show and loved it. Now it’s the Facebook show and stars Rob Hubel, Seth Morris, Chad Carter, Paul Scheer, and Own Burke. These guys are hilarious and such great improvisers. They bring an audience member on stage and look at their facebook page on a big screen. Then they do a series of improvs based on the information and stories that the person shares on their facebook page. It’s always a different show so you can go every week and expect all new comedy.

Event: Facebook (event website)
Location: UCB, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: 9:30 – 11pm
Cost: $5
FYI: This show is technically sold out for tonight, but UCB packs people in and has a waiting list. If you show up and put your name on the list, they will find a way to get you in.

Do This Today: Children’s Hospital + NTSF:SD:SUV Sneak Peak (comedy!)

 

This is going to be a crazy fun event. Adult Swim is showing four new never-before-seen episodes of Children’s Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV. Not only that, but there will be a panel with the stars of both shows: Rob Corrdry, Jon Stern, Paul Scheer, Megan Mullally, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Brandon Johnson and June Raphael! That’s an AWESOME list of comedians. You’ll have a blast, I promise you.

Event: Children’s Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV: A Mid-Season Sneck Peak! (website)
Location: Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater, 611, N Fairfax Ave, LA, CA 90036
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $12

Weekend Guide August 17 + 18 +19

I’ve been running around all day, and even had a morning photo-shoot (more on that to come!) but you know what it’s finally time for? THE WEEKEND (Guide)!! Are you ready? Here’s a list of awesome stuff (all cheap or free of course) to keep your weekend filled. And this weekend happens to be my birthday! I’ll have plenty to report about next week. Stay cool!

FRIDAY August 17:

What: Golden Road Brewing Los Feliz Pub Crawl (facebook event)
Where: Tam O’Shanter, 55 Degrees + Link n Hops, Bigfoot Lodge, and The Griffin
When: 6p -11:30p
Cost: Free to follow them, but the beer will cost ya’
FYI: If you can’t make this event, they are doing a pricier crawl Saturday downtown @ LA Craft Beer Crawl
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What: Jim Hanft + Samantha Yonack @ Hotel Cafe (facebook event)
Where: Hotel Cafe, 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd, LA CA 90028
When: 9:30p
Cost: $10 at the door
FYI: Parking will be tricky (it is Hollywood and all) so allow time to circle or expect to cough up some dough.
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What: Heavy Hitter Midnights @ Cinefamily: Road House  (facebook event)
Where: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 North Fairfax Ave, LA CA
When: 11:55p
Cost: $12 (Get tickets HERE)
FYI: This theater is haunted OooohooOOoohhh 🙂
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SATURDAY August 18:

What: Hester Indie Design Market  (facebook event)
Where: 6200 Hollywood Bvd, LA CA 90028
When: 11a -7p
Cost: FREE
FYI: Parking onsite!

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What: Wicked Lit  (event website)
Where: Mountain View Mausoleum, 2300 N. Marengo Ave, Altadena CA 91001
When: 6pm
Cost: General Admission $20, $40 for poker tournament players
FYI: This event sounds weird/awesome/fun and it’s in a graveyard?! If this doesn’t get you ready for fall/Halloween, what will? It also goes to support local theater.

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What: LA Mobile Arts Festival Opening Ceremony (event website)
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 7p -10p
Cost: FREE?
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What: Steven Harrington “Insideout” Opening Reception (facebook event)
Where: Known Gallery, 411 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: 8p-11p
Cost: FREE
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SUNDAY August 19: 

What: 826LA Writers Panel: Key & Peele (event website)
Where: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 5pm
Cost: $15 (get tickets here)
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What: Stardumb! (event website)
Where: Flappers in Burbank, 102 East Magnolia St, Burbank, CA 91502
When: 7p-8:30p
Cost: $15 and 2 drink min. (get tickets here)
FYI: These comedians are all awesome (as you know I’ve written about Baron Vaughn and Andy Kindler recently) and Oscar from The Office! _________________________________________________________________________

What: Shut Up! I Hate You! (event website)
Where: UCB, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA
When: 9:30 pm
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)
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Paul Scheer’s Sexy Christmas Show

Paul Scheer’s Sexy Christmas Show was this past Sunday and it was my first time attending Largo. They don’t allow photography in the theater, so this courtyard shot is all I could get. Their ticket/seating system is where you purchase a ticket online and then arrive at 6pm to get your assigned seat. Then come back around 8pm for the show. I find this to be a silly system, as I was attending the show by myself and didn’t know how to kill 2 hours in that neighborhood. They have a bar that opened at 7:00 (?) but I didn’t want to drink alone, so I walked down to the Beverly Center mall where like an old  lady, I did laps around the mall judging people who were buying overpriced gifts at all the high-end shops. After about 50 laps, I headed back to Largo to  attend the show.

Because I attended the show alone (aka party of one) I got a front row seat, as they had a single seat free. It was great being so close. The show was hilarious and Christmas-filled. Paul Scheer plays the host role in character as an older guy (who’s name I can’t remember). He hosts this “tv special” with special guests joining him for different segments. Ed Helms came out to teach everyone how to create a homemade ipad (imagine lots of ducktape and rope). “Herman Cain” visited to sing a holiday song about his indiscretions. There was a choir doing readings from “The Real Housewives” series. John C. Reilly (and Tom Brosseau) came out to sing songs off his new album (which is being released tonight at Largo). They create such a great melodic blues sound and I highly recommend checking them out HERE.

There was a very entertaining magician Rudy Coby. Check out his website HERE and video below.

I loved the show and look forward to next years Christmas show! Now I have two, annual Christmas comedy shows to see.