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.