Adam Gropman


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  • 2 months ago

    For L.A. stand-up comics, the Open Mic Ordinaire can be a happy revelation. When you arrive to a small rectangular room jammed with wines in a hip strip mall, you wouldn't be mistaken for thinking it's a wrong address. In the back of the store is ...

  • 2 months ago

    There are plenty of L.A. gyms where ripped folks can bro it hard (and whatever the female equivalent is) as they prepare for competitive beach volleyball and topless commercial auditions. By contrast, Everybody is a supremely welcoming gym, for an...

  • 2 months ago

    Please don't call lahmajune "Armenian pizza." Pizza is a fantastic food, but calling every savory snack on a flat, dough base an "[insert ethnicity] pizza" is lazy and inaccurate. Lahmajune feature a subtly piquant, herby orange-red sauce, slather...

  • 2 months ago | Books

    There's a strong case to be made that the modern stand-up comedy club, a staple of the nightlife landscape, was invented by Budd Friedman when he opened the Improv in Manhattan in 1963, followed by the L.A. outpost in 1975. And like many impo...

  • 1 year ago


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