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Meltdown Comics' SUMMAH! Comedy Fest: Slathering BBQ Sauce On Your Funny Bone

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Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 7:57 AM
click to enlarge NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos

Summer! What does it mean to you? Sun in your eyes? Sand in your crack? Comedian Howard Kremer has a few ideas, which he's been trumpeting since right around the time spring petered out if you follow him on Twitter or caught his "Have A Summah!" short (co-starring a game Zooey Deschanel) on Funny Or Die:

It seems only fitting that Kremer would take over the reigns of this month's Meltdown Comics' comedy showcase from regular emcee Jonah Ray - oh, but the sultan of SUMMAH! wasn't the only special feature of Saturday's stand-up shindig. Free barbecue and brew w/ admission? Oh, yes please.

click to enlarge Loading up on the 'cue - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • Loading up on the 'cue
click to enlarge That's the best SUMMAH head on a beer we've ever seen! - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • That's the best SUMMAH head on a beer we've ever seen!
click to enlarge Eli Braden gets a harmony assist from Ed Salazar - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • Eli Braden gets a harmony assist from Ed Salazar

Kicking off an hour before the usual start time, the crowd gathered in Meltdown's back parking lot to grub on chicken and ribs while comedy singer/songwriter Eli Braden serenaded them with a setlist of songs with 'Summer' in the title... or songs that were played non-stop during summer. (Which explains "Wonderwall," we guess, though it's hard to top "Boys of Summer." Oh, po-faced Don Henley. You were on top of the world for three months in 1985.) Some folks enjoyed the bean-bag toss while attempting not to spill their beers, and a well-placed neighbor having a smoke on his balcony nearby occasionally belted out a chorus or two in time (and in tune!) with the music. (If you're reading this and were there, did that dude ever come down and attempt to crash? We were kind of hoping he would.)

click to enlarge Heads up!  Beanbag incomiiiinnngggg!! - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • Heads up! Beanbag incomiiiinnngggg!!

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