"By any chance, are there a couple of boxes out there on stage?" Such was comedienne Emily Maya Mills's query to a fellow performer in the dressing room at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Mills needed a nook or two to stash a slew of props -- in the Lady Gaga number range -- for her 35-minut ... More >>
5. Kathleen Madigan Classic sample Madigan: "My parents never noticed anything, ever. I could have been paralyzed from the waist down, and my father would have said, 'That's our lazy kid.'" Comedy & Magic Club; Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 19, 6:45 & 9:30 p.m.
Maria Bamford's star is rising (again). After elevating a string of Target commercials to comic fine art, she's now all over the place with a recent primo guest spot on Louie, an upcoming role on Arrested Development, a new CD Ask Me About My New God coming out in January, plus a direct-to-fans spec ... More >>
The leaves are turning, the pumpkin lattes are over-caffeinating and the comedy calendar is packing in shows and releases like snot-nosed children onto the back of a hayride wagon. Here are a few of the upcoming highlights.
The only thing funnier than an L.A. comedian on shrooms has to be an L.A. bank executive on bath salts -- and, unfortunately, we don't have video of the latter. So we'll have to settle for this retarded-hilarious clip from an early May episode of The Price Is Right, which makes a lot more sense now ... More >>
Live comedy is once again enjoying a boom period, even if some of the bigger clubs and bloated chains around the country are going bust. Thanks to the internet's generous enabling of DIY promotion, production, talent booking and ticketing, who needs a humorless industry gatekeeper when one can simpl ... More >>
It's just after 10 p.m. and already five comedians have done their thing when comic Eddie Pepitone strides up to start his set. Short, bald and decidedly unhinged, Pepitone gives the air of a blue-collar Buddha: a wizened, workaday sage who happens to be slightly crazy-eyed. Getting right to the po ... More >>
It's an unusual but exciting time for the L.A. comedy scene. For the most part the Big Three Hollywood clubs (The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Improv) continue chugging along with more traditional shows and mainstream audiences, while younger, subjectively hipper, and more "alternative" t ... More >>
Barbara Holliday"In a city that is mostly 'showcase' clubs, it's a nice change of pace to be able to do a full hour-long headline set in front of good, appreciative crowds." So says comedian and podcaster Jimmy Pardo. He was talking to us about Flappers, a nightclub that opened in September ... More >>
Doug SadlerHost Howard Kremer, guest Zach Galifianakis and co-host Kulap Vilaysack fart up, err chart up the room on the podcast Who Charted? As the Buggles once forecasted in their 1980s pop single: "Video Killed the Radio Star." Today, it's more accurate to say that the podcast resurrecte ... More >>
What to do in L.A., May 29-June 4
I am a nerd. I am also a stand-up comic. With this information it should be no surprise that one of my favorite comedy venues in town is not actually a comedy venue, but rather a comic book store. Once a month, the legendary Meltdown Comics shines like a nerdly beacon in a sea of hesher-filled guita ... More >>
A funny fund-raiser and other things to do this week
What to do in L.A., May 30-June 5
Comedy Meltdown 2: Electric Boogaloo Meltdown Comics, January 25th Who needs too-tightly packed tables and a two drink minimum, especially if there’s an option to pick up a Buffy The Vampire Slayer omnibus and a maquette of Sub-Mariner before the show? Arguably LA’s best recurring comedy show ... More >>
What to do in Los Angeles this week
A few laughs with a standup soldier
What to do in Los Angeles this week
What to do in Los Angeles this week.
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