A Sad Day

As long-time readers of my blog know, I’m a big fan of Harris Wittels. He played the drums in the comedy band “Don’t Stop or We’ll Die”, did stand up around Los Angeles, has written for many comedy tv shows and even invented the Humblebrag, all before 30. He was the “Flight of the Concords”, to my “Mel”. He even once commented on this very blog (check it out HERE). Getting that notification email “Harris Wittels has left a comment for you” was the best day (I still have the email saved). He was the type of guy that cared enough to find his fans and talk to them, which is incredibly rare.

He was always open about his drug use, as he talked about it candidly in different podcasts. Back in November he was a guest on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” (find that HERE), where he talks about when recreational drug use shifted to addiction and then took over his life. He was working on recovery and died too soon. This is such a loss for the comedy world, as Harris had so much comedy left in him. It’s a sad day.

imag1109 Harris doing stand up at UCB’s Comedy Bang Bang Wednesday show in Los Angeles.

imag1074 Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Meltdown Theater in Los Angeles.

adamscott Harris Wittels (right) with Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman at the Comedy Bang Bang LA event as part of the IFC Tour (Aug 2012).

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226283_504893182859027_1782309762_n Above is the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Comedy Bang Bang 2011 Nativity Pageant at UCB in LA (Harris is in the center on drums).

Do This Today: The Super Serious Show

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Come check out The Super Serious Show tonight! Tickets are $10 and include free wine from Cube Cafe, free beer from Eagle Rock Brewery and free drinks from Aqua Hydrate. The Urban Overn food truck will be parked out back, so come early to get some food free beer and a great seat. Tonight It’ll be featuring Paul F. Tompkins with Andy Haynes, Bobcat Goldthwait (legend!), Dave Anthony, Dr. Brown, Little Esther, Red Bastard and videos by Britanick. I’ve been to this show and it’s a very fun night.

Event: The Super Serious Show (event link)
Location: Cafe Club Fais Do-Do, 5253 W. Adams Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016
Time: Thursday Feb 21, 7pm
Cost: $10 presale (get tickets here!) includes free beer and wine
FYI: This neighborhood is sketchy, but the event is awesome. Bring a friend and check it out.

Do This Today: Comedy Bender

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If you’re new to this blog, I love comedy. I love the Pub at Golden Road. What happens when those two things come together? It’s called Comedy Bender and it’s happening tonight at 9pm. Tonights comedians include Rick Shapiro, Heather Turman, Jake Weisman, Asterios Kokkinos, Sofiya Alexandra, Lizzy Cooperman, Sam Obied, and Dave Sirus. Goldens beer selection is massive and their menu is super delicious, so come ready to eat and laugh.

Event: Comedy Bender (event link)
Location: Golden Road Brewing Co., 5430 San Fernando Rd. West, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 9pm
Cost: Free
FYI: Golden has a free parking lot and tons of close parking!

Do This Today: The Super Serious Show

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Come check out The Super Serious Show tonight! Tickets are $10 and include free wine from Cube Cafe, free beer from Eagle Rock Brewery and free drinks from Aqua Hydrate. The Mandoline Grill food truck will be parked out back, so come early to get some food free beer and a great seat. Tonight It’ll be featuring Jimmy Pardo with Andres du Bouchet, Beth Stelling, Jon Dore, Levi Macdougall, Ron Fuches, and videos by Jonah Ray. I’ve been to this show and it’s a very fun night.

Event: The Super Serious Show (event link)
Location: Cafe Club Fais Do-Do, 5253 W. Adams Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016
Time: Thursday Jan 17, 7pm
Cost: $10 presale (get tickets here!) includes free beer and wine
FYI: This neighborhood is sketchy, but the event is awesome. Bring a friend and check it out.

Comedy Bang Bang (October 9, 2012)

It’s Comedy Wednesday! 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.

Grant Lyon (his website) was this weeks host and I thought he was excellent. Sometimes the hosts seem under prepared or low energy (which could easily be nerves) but he was very prepared and a great start to the night. Check him out and follow him on twitter @grantlyon1.

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Natasha Leggero (her website) came out next looking lovely as usual. She’s such a fancy comedian. She did a mix of old and new (to me) material. She was also in high spirits, which was nice. I love her on Burning Love, and if you haven’t seen it, click that link! Follow her on twitter @natashaleggero.

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Andy Ritchie (his website) was up next and was also a “barrel of laughs”. The energy was really high last night and the crowd was loving the show. And as Andy pointed out, it was abortion night at UCB since most of the comedians talked about it. Follow him on twitter @_AndyRitchie.

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Kumail Nanjiani (his regular show website) was up next. His wife was in the audience, which was fun for me since he’s talked about her before. They look like an adorable, fun couple. Kumail had a cold but was a trooper and did a hilarious set. I would bet that Kumail has never had an “off night”. I’ve seen him perform maybe 30+ times in the last several years and he’s always been hilarious. Follow him on twitter @kumailn.

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Greg Behrendt  (his website) followed up next. He talked a lot about his family (specifically his daughters) and his dog Waffles. I love when comedians tell true family stories because it helps you get to know them, it makes them more human, and true stories are always the funniest. You can’t make this stuff up!

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Jay Chandrasekhar (his imdb) came out next. You probably know him best from acting in and directing Super Troopers and Beerfest. I’ve gotten to work with him before on Friends With Benefits (he directed an episode) and I love that he’s a successful director that still loves doing standup. Follow him on twitter @jaychandrasekha.

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Jenny Slate (her imdb) was last up. You probably know her from SNL (she infamously dropped the f-bomb during her first sketch). She looked adorable last night and revealed she recently got married. She’s so unique and tells incredible childhood stories. She’s very vulgar and not afraid to tell say what she’s thinking. Follow her on twitter @jennyslate25.

Do This Today: Brendon Walsh Album Recording (comedy!)


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Happy Comedy Wednesday! Your “Do This Today” assignment is to go to the Hollywood Improv lab and watch Brendon Walsh record his live comedy album. Here’s hilarious and it’s only $5! So cheap to have your laughs forever recorded on a soundtrack.

Event: Brendon Walsh CD Recording
Location: Hollywood Improv Lab, 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: 8:30-10p
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)

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.

Comedy Bang Bang (September 11, 2012)

It’s Comedy Wednesday! 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.

Dave Stone (his website) was this weeks host. He was very funny and probably my favorite CBB host since Steve Agee. It was self deprecating comedy, which I normally don’t enjoy (I feel weird laughing at someone who’s calling himself fat) but he was so clever about it that I really appreciated the jokes. Check him out and follow him on twitter @davestonecomedy.

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Brendon Walsh (his website) was up next. It was so great seeing him, considering I read about him all the time but have never seen him in person. He read some letters he wrote to various companies about their products (for example Garden Burgers and Magic Scotch Tape). Genius. Especially funny where the responses to his letters from the companies themselves. Follow him on twitter @brandonwalsh.

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Nikki Glaser (her website) was the only female of the night and she rocked it. She broke all the rules by talking about periods and losing her virginity and other female-centered topics, and she was raunchy and hilarious. These are all typically taboo topics for female comedians but she rocked it. She wasn’t timid about it and was unapologetically gross about it. I loved it. Follow her on twitter @NikkiGlaser .

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Jim Hamilton (his website) was up next. I saw him not too long ago, so a lot of this was a repeat for me, but since Jim does a lot of one-liners they are easy to listen to again. Follow him on twitter @jim_hamilton .

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Hugh Moore (his website) followed up next. Having Jim go right before Hugh probably wasn’t the best idea, because Jim’s comedy is so fast (one-liners aren’t very long) and Hughs jokes involved longer set-ups which felt long compared to Jim. He had some great gems in there. Good stuff! Follow him on twitter @hugh_moore.

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Jay Larson (his website) came out next. I love Jay Larson. I saw him at CBB a few weeks ago and thought he was so funny and last night he did it again. He kept talking like he thought the crowd wasn’t into him, but I was dying laughing so hard. I could listen to him talk all day, and the Boston accent rocks. Follow him on twitter @jaylarson.

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Rory Scovel (his website) was the headliner of the night. He killed it. He started by doing his bits while dancing to the music on stage and then got political. It was all so funny. Rory makes it look so effortless. Follow him on twitter @roryscovel.

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.

Comedy Bang Bang (August 14, 2012)

Comedy Wednesday has spread into Thursday! I’ve told you about Tuesdays live recording of Doug Love Movies, so now it’s time for the show that follows it: Comedy Bang Bang at UCB. If you want to go, 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.

Shawn Pearlman (his website) was this weeks host. This was my first time seeing him perform. His jokes were funny and dark. He played a game of darker/lighter, where after eaach joke the audience yelled out whether he should tell a darker joke or lighter. He was an excellent start to the night. Follow him on twitter @shawnpearlman.

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Myq Kaplan (his website) was up next. I’ve seen him here before, and he’s always fun to watch. He’s so fast with his words/jokes. One joke runs into the next and he’s just so impressively fast. You have to work to keep up with him, and it’s worth the effort. Follow him on twitter @myqkaplan.

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Henry Phillips (his website) was next on the line-up. He is a new comedian for me. He told some awesome stories and sang a comedic song. He has a movie out which he wrote and stars in called, Punching the Clown. It’s won awards at film festivals and worth a watch… and it’s on Netflix instant (I know what I’ll be watching tonight). Follow him on twitter @henlips.

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Jay Larson (his website) was another comedian who I’d never seen before (I love being introduced to new-to-me comedians). He was my favorite performer of the night. I love his energy and his east coast accent. He did a bit involving handshakes (with an audience member) and told the story of getting a wrong number call but just going along with it. I love story-telling stand-up, which is what he did. He has a podcast called The Crabfeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson. Follow him on twitter @JayLarsonComedy.

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Jamie Lee (her website) followed up next. She was the only female of the night and definitely told raunchy jokes (that were very funny) and were not sex-specific. I always pay attention to the way females craft their comedic voice, specifically when playing a crowd mostly made up of men. In her case, there was nothing in her joke telling that was specific to being told by a woman. Like if she and Myq Kaplan traded sets (word for word), the jokes would have been equally as funny and made the same sense. She was really excellent, and this was a new type of voice I haven’t heard before. Follow her on twitter @TheJamieLee.

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Dana Gould (his website) came out next. Sorry this photo is so shaky. I didn’t want to use a flash and Dana was moving all over the stage, so this was the less blurry of all my shots. I’ve seen him at CBB before many times, and this time he had a lot of energy which was good. It’s always best if the last couple comedians have a lot of energy because the audience has been sitting for a while and those seats start to take a toll on your back. For me, it was a mix of old and new material. I like that you can see Dana working out his jokes in his mind as he goes. Some jokes landed better than others, but all around it was a good set. Follow him on twitter @DanaJGould.

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Greg Fitzsimmons (his website) was the last comedian of the night. This was my first time seeing him in person, although I’ve seen him on tv/heard him before. He was also full of energy and had a story telling approach to comedy (which I love). He was very funny and you should follow him on twitter @gregfitzshow.