Do This Today: Picture This

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Stand up meets animation in the Picture This show at the Trepany House. The comedians are Dave Shilling, Grant Cotter, Joselyn Hughes, Johnny Pemberton, Allen Strickland Williams, Harris Wittels, Mike Mayfield, Sam Varela and more. See the comedians stories come to life as they are animated live. It’ll be a hoot!

Event: Picture This
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: Friday April 25, 2014, 9pm show
Cost: $10 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

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Marc Maron is playing the Trepany House in Hollywood/Los Feliz tonight. Come see him do standup. Tickets are $8, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $8 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

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Do you love Marc Maron and his podcast WTF with Marc Maron? Tonight at 8pm Marc Maron and guests Jason Nash, Matt Kirshen, Christina Pazsitzky, Jeff Richards, and Jim Earl will be doing a live taping at the Trepany House (formally the steve Allen Theater). Tickets are $10, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $10 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Do This Today: Eddie Izzard (comedy!)

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Tonight is your last chance to see comedian Eddie Izzard at Trepany House. He’s preparing for his upcoming tour Force Majeure. Enjoy!

Event: Eddie Izzard
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8pm and 10:30p show
Cost: $20 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

 

Remember when I went to see what I thought was a taping of WTF with Marc Maron, and instead it turned out to be an awesome night of stand-up? Well, now is your chance to experience it. Tonight at 8pm Marc Maron and a couple guests will be testing out new material in a full night of comedy at the Trepany House (formally the steve Allen Theater). Tickets are $10, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $10 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Comedy Wednesday: Marc Maron

Comedy Wednesday: Marc Maron @ Trepany House (formally the Steve Allen Theater)(7/17/12)

I always get so frustrated with my cell phone photos failing me, so for last nights comedy show I thought I’d try an experiment. I think you can tell from the photos below, it failed miserably. If there’s something I’m good at, it’s admitting defeat. I brought my fancy camera to the show. I turned off the volume and flipped the screen inside out so no light or sound was emanating from the camera. There’s nothing worse than being called out in a comedy show so I try to do whatever I can to blend in. The unfortunate part is that I couldn’t tell how my photos were coming out and without a flash I risked them all being blurry. So it was all a guess to me if any of the photos I took actually came out. When I uploaded them blurriness was a problem but mostly the comedians were blocked by heads and the bright lights completely washed them out. I couldn’t zoom, since I could see how the photos looked. It failed, although I’m still working hard to get you the best images and so I’ll keep experimenting. Here’s how the show went.

Last nights show was not Comedy Bang Bang. I decided to take a week off to go see Marc Maron now that he’s back in LA performing at the Steve Allen Theater. I thought I was getting tickets to a live taping of his podcast, but when I arrived and saw the stage and it was not set up for podcasting (no table, chairs or mics).

Marc Maron came out with a stool and told us he deceived us. He decided not to do a podcast taping (of WTF) and instead try out new material. First he brought up Jonah Ray, who was also trying new material. I’ve seen him perform at Comedy Bang Bang before and he was very funny. Tonight was no exception, although you could tell he was visably nervous trying out his new material. Comedians take such a risk getting out on stage and I can’t imagine trying out new material that’s only ever been practiced in front of a mirror. What if it completely fails is it often can? Comedians have to be so fearless and I admire that.

See my crappy photo? What a failure. The sad part is I was thinking “Pat yourself on the back, Bethany, for you have probably found a great solution to a challenging problem,” while I was taking these awful photos.

Next up, Ryan Singer. His name is familiar, but I didn’t recognize his comedy style or apperance. Maybe I’ve seen him at Comedy Bang Bang? I’m not sure. He had some great bits, although his stuff flowed so well together you could tell he’d memorized his routine and wasn’t working off-the-cuff. It’s funny that I respect off-the-cuff humor more than pre-planned humor, which seems counterintuitive. I should probably respect the prepared comedian more than the “winging-it” comedian, but there’s something I appreciate about a comedian effortlessly making jokes on the spot.

After Ryan, MArc came out to do his set. The timing was about 10 minutes for Jonah and Ryan and then an hour and 45 minutes (?) for Marc. I point this out because he did the type of long-form set that you would pay a high-price ticket to see. Why he felt like he had to trick the audience into coming, is confusing to me because he performed a great show. I saw him perform at Comedy Bang Bang last week, so I got to see him take those jokes and really work them out on stage and develop them further. No joke was retold the same way so it felt like all of it was new, despite being some of the same topics.

Marc is another stand-up (like Maria Bamford) where it can take seeing him perform several times to really begin to understand his dark comedy. There are comedians like Tommy Papa, who can do a delightful, very funny, clean set and it only takes seeing them once to get what they’re about. Marc has such a history that you can slowly learn about in each set, and knowing that history adds so much to his jokes. His comedy feels like Marc’s in therapy working out his issues with the audience and there’s something very familiar about his tone. Like you’re the only person he’s talking to and he’s just shooting-the-shit about what has been on his mind.

I highly recommend giving Marc’s podcast a listen. It’s called WTF and he interviews comedians and celebrities about real topics. It’s serious and it’s funny. He’ll be performing more at the Trepany House in the next couple months. Get tickets HERE!

The Weekend Guide Jan 27 + 28 + 29

Work has been crazy and I’m so behind the times today. I’m going to have to make this quick! I completely apologize and I swear next week I will be more thorough. Let’s get a move on,

FRIDAY Jan. 27:

If you checked out my last “Weekend Guide”, then you know that the Pacific Standard Time Festival is still happening and continuing through this weekend. If you didn’t go last weekend, you get one extra chance- don’t waste it! HERE is the festival calendar. Such good stuff going on all over the city tonight you have to check it out. Tonight Liz Glynn is hosting an event at the Black Box from 8pm-2am. This event is free and no reservations are required (check out the MAP). DJ OJO is doing an interactive set, Lucky Dragons is doing something with a ouiji board, Mecca Andrews is performing as well as a Walead Beshty’s films banned by China. Like them on facebook for more info, HERE.

Saturday Jan 28:

Two weeks ago I told you about Long Beach’s Adventure Expo and this weekend (starting tonight), is the 14th Annual LA Times Travel Show. Lisa Ling, Rick Steves and Arthur Frommer are three of many special guests attending this event. It’s taking place at the L.A. Convention Center, so you have no excuse not to hop on the metro and stop in to the show. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.

As I posted about this past week (HERE), it’s year of the Dragon and as part of the celebration there will be a Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday from 1-4pm. Cupcake Wars will be providing a 1000 cupcakes to people attending the event. So if you are interested in going, or just curious which streets to avoid, check out the map HERE.

At 8pm, for $12 the Steve Allen Theater (which is now calling itself the Trepany House?), is hosting An Evening With Rob Zabrecky. They only have standing room only tkts available, but this sounds like a cool show. This weeks show has musical guests Goodnight Ladies (Liberty Larson + Shayne Eastin).

Sunday Jan 29:

On Sunday check out the LACMA’s new show “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States”. It opens Jan 29th (Sunday) through May 6th, so you have some time to check it out.

I’m sorry this is so abbreviated, as Im sure there are so many more free cool events happening this weekend. You’ll have to do awesome things and tell me about them. This weekend I’m hoping to use my groupon (as well as cross things off my resolution list) and go rock climbing!

Weekend Guide Nov. 17+ 18+ 19

Yesterday was really rough, but today will be better…. because it’s FRIDAY! Yup, it’s already time for the WEEKEND GUIDE! Just a heads up, I will be in Boston this weekend for a wedding so you need to do ALL the things I post about and tell me how they are. Also, this means I won’t be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday (but you should be out enjoying the weekend anyway, right?). Also, I must note that I finished writing this post and then my browser crapped out and now Im rewriting this to you all. That’s how much I love you, that I am willing to rewrite ALL of it.

Friday Nov. 18

Lets begin with some corporate deals for the day. Starbucks is offering a 2 for 1 deal on all their holiday drinks (from 2-5pm Nov 17-20) and if you are anything like my sister, this deal is like Christmas morning. See the dets on the deal HERE. Groupon is also doing something called $1 lunch. Check THIS link for places near you participating.

Okay, now on to the really good stuff. Tonight Jason Brockert has an art opening at Iam8but gallery. His work explores pop culture (think Star Wars and Tranformers) through paintings. The opening reception is tonight 7pm-11p at iambit with drinks and a live dj.  You can’t miss this free event, and you can RSVP through facebook HERE.

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If you don’t like free booze, art gazing and DJ’s (because you’re crazy), then you should check out some cheap comedy at UCB tonight which is offering a double show, Soundtrack (Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas and more) and Death By Roo Roo (with Jackie Clarke, Brett Gelman, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally and more). Get tickets HERE.

The King King on Hollywood Blvd is hosting Christian Martin, Worthy and Joplin tonight at 9pm and if you get tickets HERE in advance they are $15, or at the door for $20.

Saturday Nov. 19

At noon on Saturday, check out the Food Fashion Trucks at The Shop Lot LA in Silver Lake. Look for some fashion treasures and then stroll around the neighborhood because it’s awesome. Check the poster to the right for all the dets.

Kate Micucci is hilarious. Check out her video below. She is putting on a one woman show at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday which is directed by Ron Lynch. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10… get them HERE!

LA Venice Cocktail Invitational is happening this weekend ($10 suggested donation). Amatuer mixologists will battle it out to create the perfect cocktail and you get to vote. The winner is announced at midnight and the proceeds go to support the 826LA writing program. You get a fun night, and the money goes to a good cause. Win win!

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday nights show at UCB, alas there are 2 more great shows on Saturday night. The Shit Show (with guest David Wain!) is happening at 10pm and you must go get tickets HERE. Directly after this show is a sold out show called Tournament of Nerds (with guest Pauly Shore). I suggest you put your name on the waiting list, go to The Shit Show, and when you get out hopefully your name will be called and youll get to see both shows for $15. A night of big comedians for $15? Score!

Sunday Nov. 20

The Nerdest panel is back this weekend with very cool people attending. Marti Noxon (Buffy, Glee, Mad Men), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), and Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will be in the discussion. The event starts at 5pm (doors open at 4:30) and it’s held at Meltdown Comics on Sunset.  Get tickets HERE!