Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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Comedy Palace is the place to be tonight. Come see Karl Hess, Emily Maya Mills, Aparna Nancherla, Erik Charles Neilsen, Mike Burns, MArk Little, Chris Fairbanks, Ari Shaffir, Ian Edwards and Joe Mande. Hosted by the very funny Shawn Pearlman. Be there.

Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday March 6, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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Comedy Palace is the place to be tonight. Come see Maria Bamford, Stephanie Hasz, Joe Kwaczala, Seaton Smith, Ian Karmel, Cameron Esposito, Guy Branum, Duncan Trussell, and Joey Coco Diaz, hosted by the very funny Andy Wood. Be there.

Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday February 13, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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Comedy Palace is the place to be tonight. Come see Jeff Ahern, Matt O’Brian Michelle Biloon, Danny Solomon, Michelle Buteau, Nick Thune, Andy Kindler, Andy Daly, Maria Bamford, Natasha LEggero, and Duncan Trussell hosted by Shawn Pearlman. That’s a lot of hilarious people in one room.

Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday February 6, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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Comedy Palace has a great show tonight! Come see Alexandra Howell, David Gborie, Jared Logan, Howard Kremer, Duncan Trussell, Ron Fuches, TJ Miller, Maria Bamford and Demetri Martin! Hosted by Shawn Pearlman. It’s an all-star lineup! It’s FREE and the party starts at 9:30.

Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday December 12, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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Comedy Palace has a great show tonight! Come see Tom Sibley, Alison Steveson, Jada Catte-Preta, Shawn Pearlman, James Fritz, Bil Dwyer, Iliza Shlesinger, Hariis Wittels and Steve Agee! Pretty great lineup, am I right? Hosted by Joe Starr. It’s FREE and the party starts at 9:30.

Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday December 12, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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Comedy Palace has a great show tonight! Come see Susan Burke, Doug Freedman, Sean O’Connor, Kristine Levine, Andres DuBouchet, Sean Patton, ana Gould and more. Hosted by Ed Salazar. It’s FREE and the party starts at 9:30.

Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday November 14, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: CD Release @Satellite

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Tonight the The Satellite is hosting The Happy Hollows release show for “Amethyst” with Nightmare Air, George Glass, Son of Stan, and DJ Michael Feerick.

Event: Music at Satellite (event link)
Location: 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Wednesday July 24, 2013, 9p-2am
Cost: $10 tickets (get them here)

The Business @ Lyric Hyperion Theatre (7/11/13)

This past week I checked out The Business at Lyric Cafe on Hyperion. The San Fran based show has branched out and started an LA chapter. I’ve been to the venue for a snack while Secret Stair walking, but never to the theater portion. I arrived extra early and had a snack at the cafe before the show.

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You can see by the fliers above, Lyric Cafe is very pro indie comedy.

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Beth Stelling hosted for the night. She’s a regular at The Business and I often see her name on comedy rosters around LA. She was an excellent host and very funny.

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Mo Welch was up next. She has some awesome clips over on The Mo Show website. The Serial Optimist also did a nice spread on her.

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My Hot Tub favorite Kristen Schaal was up next. She had an amazing bathing suit bit that hopefully she’ll do at Hot Tub because more people need to hear it. Check her out at the Virgil (Hot Tub Show) on Monday nights.

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John Mulaney was up next. We west coasters were lucky to have him in town this week and I certainly took advantage and saw him 2 times. The last time was for a live podcast taping of You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. This time it was all standup. He did a hilarious bit where he discussed his recent engagement and really broke down the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free”. Genius.

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Ben Lerman came up next and sang three comedic songs. The last song he sang took a horrific real story and he created a song with three points of view from the same story. Good stuff.

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Chris Garcia was up next. He’s one of The Business LA creators. Check out his website here and you can even hear him on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.

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Emily Heller was last up. I saw her do an excellent set at Hot Tub a few months ago and you should check out her twitter.

TONIGHT (and every Thursday) The Business will be happening at Lyric, so come check it out.

Do This Today: Free Monday @Satellite

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Tonight the The Satellite has it’s free Monday night! Come see Last American Buffalo, The Vim Dicta, COLOR, and Trevor Menear. Go have a fun night of free live music!

Event: Free Monday at Satellite (event link)
Location: 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Monday July 15, 2013, 8:30pm doors, 9p-2am event
Cost: FREE

Secret Stair Walk #23: Astro Loop (Silver Lake)

This weekend I took advantage of Saturday’s crazy beautiful weather and decided to do 2 Secret Stair walks form my book. The first walk I went on is called the Astro Loop because of the Astro Family Restaurant you pass at the start of this walk.

Per usual, this is a photo essay of my experiences on the walk. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the the book and I strongly suggest buying the Secret Stair book so you can have your own adventures. Okay, back to the walk.

It was such a beautiful day out, I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a secret stair walk. I chose Silver Lake for the challenge of the hills (as they are steep and rolling) as well as the view of the lake (glistening on Saturday).

Most of these stairways were well maintained and smelled of freesia. You can tell the neighborhood takes pride in their secret stairs.

The guide book said the house above used to belong to Judy Garland and now Eric Roberts (although I can’t confirm either of those claims, I have to trust the book). As you do the stair walk, you can see into the cascading backyard and begin to feel for how this house would’ve looked in its heyday. There are stone remnants of landscaping from long ago.

Graphics fun with house numbers.

Artsy fun, on this delightfully smelling walk.

Eventually, the walk loops up with the new Silver Lake Library and to quote Richard Neutra “Our environment is a form of education.”

It was around when I took this photo when a neighbor saw me and said I was the 2nd person within the hour that he’s seen walk by with the walk book. It made me happy, and curious to see who the other walker was. I added some speed to my step, and took off to find my mystery walking companion.

Street art. I love the cleverness of the stickers people post along these walks. I see all sorts of stickers everywhere and yet in all my walks I’ve never seen anyone with stickers tagging signs. The sticker people must come out at night.

This photo above was taken along the dirt road where the old Pacific Electric Railway used to operate its “red cars” that ran from downtown to Edendale. The line no longer exists, but there is a great dirt walk hidden amongst the homes in this neighborhood. Even some locals don’t know about it.

The colors were so beautiful and plants thriving. It’s hard to believe it’s winter. The above photo shows concrete remains of where the train would have stopped. Now it’s covered in graffiti with plant life surrounding it. A modern day ruins. It was just past this spot where a stranger walking along the street smiled at me and said, “Welcome to LA!” I said thank you and continued on my walk.

The last part of the loop led me into a neighborhood where the first house I saw had this giant sign, “Eat the 1%”, which I think has to do with the zombie craze happening right now? Correct me if I’m wrong, I only gleaned that from some quick googling. A little down the road I saw a small sign that said “99%”, it made me laugh.

At this time, I finished walk #23, ordered a Starbucks passion ice tea and continued on to begin walk #26. Walk #26 coming up later this week!