At the monthly Tournament of Nerds!, the pop culture–obsessed test their oratory skills in front of the Upright Citizens Brigade audience, with celebrity guest judges contributing to the discourse. Hosted by Justin Donaldson and Hal Rudnick, competitors debate the merits of film and TV characters, historical figures, maybe even the Kool-Aid Man. The battles are unexpected — this isn't your normal Star Wars vs. Star Trek squabble — and the arguments will make you laugh out loud, scratch your head or, possibly, both. This Saturday is the “Tournament of Champions!,” a best-of-the-best battle featuring eight performers you may have seen around UCB in recent months, competing to win the ultimate crown. Past judging panels have featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Paul Scheer, Chris Hardwick and Paul F. Tompkins — so you just might recognize somebody there, too. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hlywd.; Sat., Sept. 20, 11:59 p.m.; $5 (advance purchase only). (323) 908-8702,

Sat., Sept. 20, 11:59 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/20/14)

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