Do This Today: Pete Holmes Living at Largo

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(Image taken from Largo’s website)

This event is happening tomorrow… but make your “Do This Today” buying tickets to Pete Holmes Living show at Largo happening on Tuesday August 27. They are offering a 2-for 1 ticket deal today. When you order it and “checkout”, click add coupon and use the code “largo” for the discount. Now $25 just became $12.50 – sweet savings! Guests include Jenny Slate, Sara Watkins (musical guest), and an extra special surprise guest. Stop in for a pre-drink at the Roger Room next door.

Event: Pete Holmes Living at Largo (event link)
Location: Largo, 366 N La Cienega Blvd , Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday August 27, 7:00pm doors (but get tickets today)
Cost: $25 (get tickets) use promo code “largo”!

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes 7/8/13

I hit up the Troubadour this past Monday to see Pete Holmes’ live podcast taping of “You Made It Weird”. This is all great practice for his up and coming show following Conan on TBS, The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes, where he interviews celebrities.

I’m excited to share these photos with you, but I’m going to leave off the show jokes/details so you check out the podcast when it airs 😉

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This was my first time checking out the Troubadour, which is normally a music venue. Parking was tricky (I found street parking, but was technically not in West Hollywood).

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My friends and I had a decent spot in line, so we were able to snag seating on the first level (they brought in folding chairs for the show). Pete Holmes came out to introduce the podcast.

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First he brought out his sidekick, Chris Thayer, who I unfortunately didn’t have a great view of. He’s a comedian who often tours with Pete.

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The first guest was the one I was most excited about seeing, John Mulaney (SNL). He was recently picked as the #1 sexiest comedian and I must agree he’s easy on the eyes. He recently got engaged and we get to hear the funny stories about buying the ring and how they got engagement. We also heard some potential exciting news about his pilot/tv show (you’ll have to check the podcast to hear the details!).

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Up next was Jason Mantzoukas (The League) where I learned that he wears the same outfit every day. There’s even a twitter account for it.

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Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman Show, duh) came out next and got an awesome shot of a woman sitting front row who was napping… repeatedly.

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This was a VERY large show (lots of guests) so the stage was filling up as Kurt Braunohler (Bunk) took the stage. We got to hear a ‘shrooms story. He’s got a new cd out folks: How Do I Land?

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After Kurt, Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital) came out. He talked a lot about his family and with so many comedians on stage, every one chimed in which was fun.

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Last on the filled stage was Anthony Jeselnik. Season 2 of his show (the Jeselnik Offensive) airs Tuesdays at 10:30 on Comedy Central.

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What a packed stage! So many headlining comedians in one place! Be sure to check out the podcast when it airs HERE at Earwolf and you can subscribe FREE on itunes HERE.

Hot Tub Comedy (April 29, 2013)

This past week I hit up my favorite comedy show, Hot Tub, at the Virgil. It’s such a great time, every time I go. This weeks show did not disappoint. And the Virgil offers sweet $6 cocktails for happy hour.

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I met a couple friends there and snagged a sweet table, sipped a $6 After Sunset before the show started. Anticipation!

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And then out came Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal! They host Hot Tub every Monday night at the Virgil (get tickets here) for $5 (pre-sale).

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Up first was the very funny Aussie, Celia Pacquola. She has a great analogy comparing body hair to roommates who grow hair plants. You had to be there, but definitely go see her if you can.

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Kumail Nanjiani was up next. If you haven’t seen him in Burning Love: Burning Down The House, go watch it! He’s excellent in it.

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Here’s Kristen Schaal being hilarious.

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Pete Holmes came up next. He’s currently doing a May residency at Largo while he’s perfecting his interview skills for this Fall, when he begins shooting The Midnight Show With Pete Holmes airing on TBS after Conan.

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Emily Maya Mills was next. I remember her from back when she was the gate keeper to UCB, and now she’s a full fledged performer. She’s often around town, so check her out.

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Here’s Kurt Braunholer being all suave.

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Jesse Elias was up next. He kept his head low and jittery, so that was the best shot I got. He definitely was a different style of humor. One of my friends loved him and my other didn’t get it, so it’s a toss up. His totally unique comedic style mixed with the fact that he’s young makes me think we will be seeing a lot more of him.

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Simon Amstell was added to the line-up on Monday. He’s a british comedian currently doing shows at Largo during May.

Do This Today: Risk! Storytelling Show (comedy!)

I’ve been to this show once before when it was held at UCB (years ago), and it was excellent. The show is hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. Its where guests are given a topic/theme and they tell bizzare true stories from their lives. It’s a lot of fun and tonights guests are Mo Fathelbab, Helen Hong, Taylor Orci, and Robert Ben Garant. It’s gonna be a fun night!

Event: Risk! LA
Location: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Clvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
Time: 8-10p
Cost: $8 in advance (get tickets here), $10 at the door

Comedy Bang Bang (August 22, 2012)

It’s Comedy Wednesday! This week Doug Love Movies didn’t happen before Comedy Bang Bang, which was prefect because I got to see the Pete Holmes pilot taping without missing anything. If you want to go to Comedy Bang Bang, 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.

John Chavo?? was this weeks host. I can not for the life of me find his name on the internet, which means I’m spelling it probably way wrong. I don’t feel too bad, as he wasn’t my favorite comedian. If anyone knows his name, please let me know!

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Sean O’Connor (his website) was up next. He was new to me and very funny. He’s currently working on Shaq’s new show and told the hilarious story of him getting suspended for 1 month from his Catholic high school for shooting “gay porn” in order to pick up chicks. Yeah see, hilarious. Follow him on twitter @seanoconnz.

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Brent Weinbach (his website) was next on the line-up. I’ve seen him several times and tonight he did all new material (to me). He also showed this NSFW video.. it’s super NSFW even the censored version. Follow him on twitter @BrentWeinbach.

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Baron Vaughn (his website) was my favorite comedian of the night. I’ve seen him many times and his show is always different. He’s so natural on stage, his comedy style makes you feel like he’s a friend telling you a story. I saw him walk past me outside UCB, so I knew he’d be performing and right then I knew it was going to be a great night. Follow him on twitter @barvonblaq.

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Dave Anthony (his website) followed up next. He was very funny and told a story about his son and an unfortunate babysitting scenario involving his 3 year old son, his neighbors 3 year old daughter, and “big penis!”. Good stuff! Follow him on twitter @daveanthony.

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Chris Fairbanks (his website) came out next. This was my first time seeing him perform. I thought he was excellent. You could tell all the comedians were trying out material and a little jittery, and I think that had to do with the audience having low energy. That being said, everyone was still so fun to watch and Chris was great. Follow him on twitter @chrisfairbanks.

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Andy Kindler (his website) was the last comedian of the night. He had a lot of energy, which is always good for the last comedian of the night. He was great and will be performing with Marc Maron, Todd Glass, Neil Hamburger, and Nick Kroll at the Improv on Saturday. Get tickets HERE (use coupon code KIND, although they might be out)  Follow him on twitter @andykindler.

The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes

It’s about time Pete Holmes got his own show! Well, he’s got a pilot (for TBS) which is step one to getting your own show, and considering Conan is backing him, that must feel pretty amazing.

Yesterday, I attended the live taping of The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes in Conan’s Studio at Warner Brothers. Since I’m funemployed, I thought this would be a fun FREE thing to get me out of the house and it was an excellent decision. I went alone (because everyone I know is at work at 4pm on a Tuesday) and did my fair share of people watching. Pete definitely attracts a male audience with the average age of 23 (I would guess). Since everyone goes to these things with friends (and I mean that- everyone), and me being a single ticket, it meant I got pushed up to the front to fill a prime single seat. I was sitting high enough to see over the cameras, but on the first row of the section (along the aisle), so plenty of leg room. I was sitting in the friends and family section and even recognized last week’s host of Comedy Bang Bang (Shawn Pearlman) sitting 5 seats down from me.

Get excited for this show! I’m not going to give away details, but expect stand-up, video sketches, and celebrity interviews. My favorite sketch of the night was a video of Pete doing a James Bond themed commercial for Smirnoff Vodka… very Vitameatavegamin (I Love Lucy). I was choking, I was laughing so hard.

There’s still a chance for you to attend the live taping! Click HERE to reserve FREE tickets to another taping (there are 2 more!). And Pete, if you are reading this: I’m 26, single and I love a funny man.

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.