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.

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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!