Do This Today: What’s Up Tiger Lily? (comedy!)

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Tonight check out the last “What’s Up Tiger Lily?” of the year. It’s free and this shows guests are Kumail Nanjiani, Rory Scovel, Ron Lynch, Jonah Ray, JC Coccoli, Sean Conroy, Karl Hess, Brooks Wheelan, and Tony Sam. Did I mention it’s FREE?!

Event: Last “What’s Up Tiger Lily” of 2012! (event link)
Location: Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6122 Sunset and Gower, In Gower Gulch, Hollywood
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: Free!

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Comedy Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

I’m mixing it up this week and instead of my usual Comedy Bang Bang, I ventured to a new venue on Melrose for Melgard Mondays. This was a totally new venue for me. There were maybe 20 people in the audience? This is a challenge for any comedian. Even if we were all laughing very hard, it still sounded empty. The show started a little behind schedule (around 8:30p). They had the headliners go first (as I imagine they had other shows to get to afterword).

First up: Maria Bamford.

Rory Scovel came up next.

And then this happened… as Rory wooed the 65+ year old couple in the front seats.

Jake Weisman was up next.

Ahmed Weinberg, who co-organizes the show every Monday, was up next. I really enjoyed him, and he was new to me.

Thai Rivera came out next. He reminded me so much of the character Scott Thompson does on Kids In The Hall, Buddy Cole. Click here to see the skits Im talking about.

Joe Dosch came out next. Funny stuff!

Ali Wong did a set, and she’s just so unexpected, in a fun way. When she talks, her voice and character are so different from the way she looks, it makes her set really unique.

Raj Desai was the last comedian of the night. I’ve heard his name around town, and it was great seeing him in person. As he was the last of the night he had to deal with 2 woman on their second pitcher of beer. They were supportive and not heckling, but they kept inserting themselves into his act. It had funny moments, but it was distracting as Im sure the rest of the audience felt the second-hand embarrassment that is normally reserved for watching Michael Scott on the Office.

It was a fun night of free comedy in a tiny venue. Some of my favorite shows have been in hole-in-the-wall joints with 20 audience members, so you should definitely give it a chance.

Do This Today: Melgard Mondays (comedy!)

Are you like me, and too poor for LA’s Riot Comedy Festival this past weekend? Well, no worries because now that it’s over those same ocmedians are back to their more affordable shows all around Los Angeles. Tonight Maria Bamford and Rory Scovel are headlining a free show at Melgard Public House. Now that’s a price I like! Other comedians performing Ali Wong, Jake Weisman, Raj Desai, Thai Rivera, and Josh Dosch. It’ll be a night of fun.

Event: Melgard Mondays
Location: Melgard Public House, 7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free!
FIY: They have sweet happy hour deals and $10 Stella pitchers!

Doug Loves Movies (September 11, 2012)

It’s Comedy 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. Let’s begin with DLM:

Doug Loves Movies:

This weeks guests are David Huntsberger, Brendon Walsh, and Rory Scovel. It was especially fun seeing Brendon Walsh (it was my first time seeing him in person) and hearing his Price Is Right “You won a NEW CAR!” impression. To hear who won the Leonard Maltin game, you’ll have to listen to it on Friday HERE.

Just incase you’ve never heard of these guys…
David Huntsberger is a podcasting personality and stand-up comedian. I’ve seen him perform at Comedy Bang Bang in the past, and I’ve listened to his podcast with Tig Notaro, Professor Blast Off. He’s adorable.

Brendon Walsh is a well known stand-up comedian. He’s recording his newest album October 12th in San Francisco. He also has a podcast called Bone Zone.

Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian who performs all over. I first got to watch him at Comedy Bang Bang a few months ago, then a few weeks ago for DLM, and now he’s back again! He’s hilarious and worth seeing live, if you can. You can get his new comedy cd Dilation, HERE.

Doug Loves Movies (August 14, 2012)

It’s Comedy 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. Let’s begin with DLM:

Doug Loves Movies:

This weeks guests are Alison Rosen, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel and Brian Bishop. It was a blast! I haven’t seen Todd Glass in person in a while, and he’s just so great. Rory Scovel, I first saw at Comedy Bang Bang several months ago and he and Todd have great charisma together. To hear who won the Leonard Maltin game, you’ll have to listen to it on Friday HERE.

Just incase you’ve never heard of these guys…
Alison Rosen is a radio personality who does the news on The Adam Carolla Show, and also has her own podcast called Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend. She’s also a journalist who’s been writing for years and probably contributed to every magazine/newspaper you’ve ever heard of (the list is very long).

Todd Glass has a podcast called The Todd Glass Show by Nerdist Industries. He’s a famous stand-up comedian who has two comedy albums: Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap (2001) and Thin Pig (2009). If you haven’t seen him perform in person, do yourself a favor and add it to your to-do list.

Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian who performs on Conan, Jimmy Fallon, and in other comedy specials. I first got to watch him at Comedy Bang Bang a few months ago, and haven’t stopped hearing his name since. You can get his new comedy cd Dilation, HERE.

Brian Bishop is most known in the radio/podcast world as Bald Bryan and makes appearances on The Adam Carolla Show podcast. He also runs The Film Vault. He’s also won money on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and won on Comedy Central’s Beat the Geeks.

This last photo was taken when the guests were picking who they were going to represent in the Leonard Maltin Game. Check out the podcast to find out the winner!

Comedy Bang Bang: May 29, 2012

I’m taking a break from Hawaii posts to tell you about Comedy Bang Bang‘s live show last night at UCB in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to get tickets last Friday (since they go on sale every Friday at noon) and see the show at 8:30p, as well as Doug Loves Movies free live podcast taping at 7:30p. You know my usual cell phone photo-taking issues, so only 4 of the 12 that I took actually stayed in the camera. I wonder where all those other pictures go? Hopefully Ill have a new phone within the next few months, which will greatly improve all my comedy posts. Oh well. So no photos of DLM. But Greg Proops was the guest with three other people (I’m so bad, I can’t remember their names). The podcast episode will be out soon, and I’ll have to update you.

Comedy Bang Bang was really awesome this week. The host was Chris Gethard (yup.. get hard) who is about to embark on a journey to Bonnaroo.

His goal is to get to Bonnaroo by using Americas help. With just a change of clothes, his cell phone and solar charger (and a camera crew following behind) Chris needs to get across the country. While his crew will be in hotels, Chris has zero money and is relying on twitter followers to help put him up. The crew following him is constantly editing the footage so that when he arrives at the show next weekend, he’ll have a video in his hand of his whole trip. He was nervous about it, but I think it’s genius. Watch this video made last night at UCB:

If you want to help Chris Gethard, tweet him #BonnarooGethard

The first guest was Dana Gould, always a classic. My cell phone failed me, so the photo of him didn’t save. But I did find this clip online of Dana doing part of a set that he did last night (about his father).

Next up was Gabe Liedman, who I’ve seen perform with Jenny Slate at Largo in the past. He’s hilarious and doing his cd taping at UCB tomorrow night! I’m SHOCKED that there are still tickets left. It’s only $5 and he’s awesome.. and your laughs will forever be memorialized on a cd. Plus Jenny Slate is opening for him. That’s pretty cool. Get tickets HERE. Here’s a video (I found on the internet and did not film myself) that you should watch. He did this bit last night and it rocked.

Here’s the crappy cell photo I took:

After Gabe, Brent Weinbach came up and did a set. I saw him this past Sunday at the Silver Lake Jubilee, and I wondered if I’d see him at UCB… sure enough I did! He did a very similar set to Sunday’s show. I actually enjoy seeing comedians do the same bits twice because you can see what parts they are reworking to get more laughs. It lets you look into how they’re bettering their craft. Here’s the crappy cell photo of him:

Here’s a video I found of him online (doing a bit that I saw him do last night):

After Brent, Jay Chandraskhar took the stage. He’s directed a bunch of big projects like Super Troopers, Beerfest and Arrested Development. He’s actually directed a show I worked on, Friends With Benefits. I had no clue he did standup, so it was fun seeing him perform. My phone wasn’t able to keep the photos I took of him.. grrr.

Here’s a video of him I found online (that I didn’t record):

 

Next up, Harris Wittels. He’s commented on this blog before (yes, that was my favorite day too) and I was lucky enough to get a ticket coincidentally the night he did a set at CBB. He basically did his foam-corner. Fans of the Comedy Bang Bang podcast know what I’m talking about. He read tweets and did some material that was new to me. Pretty great and always a crowd favorite. You can’t help but have a crush on this guy.

Okay, moving along… Rory Scovel was the closer. I’ve heard his name before but I don’t think I’ve seen him in person before. He was really funny and now on my radar to see again. Here’s another video I found online to give you a taste of what he’s like:

For those of you wanting more comedy this week, there are two very cool shows tomorrow night. The first is Eric Andre’s show at The Satellite in Silver Lake. Tickets are $12, doors open at 7 and the show’s at 8p. Brent Weinbach will be there, so if you missed CBB this week you can catch him there.

The second show tomorrow night is Maria Bamford (So funny!) at an event called Gallows Humor. Show starts at 8p and tickets are $5. The venue is Vlad the Retailer (new to me) at 4270 Melrose Ave in Los Feliz. Free wine and beer and a dj plus a line-up of comedians. You can bet money I’ll be there.