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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Schmoop! Photo courtesy whoshotya via LAist Flickr pool. Well, a new week is upon us - and with it, a whole new opportunity to get out and laugh. iO West is in the middle of a series of improv competition as they gear up for the LA Improv Comedy Festival. Meanwhile, there's a bunch of great stand indie stand up all over town, and both UCB and the Comedy Central Stage are supporting live...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Incoming! Photo courtesy c-130 via LAist Flickr pool. What a big week for Pete Holmes - dude is everywhere! Not to mention the shows you're going to see him on are all LAist favorites, from the star-packed Super Serious Show to the charity-driven Indiglo, and every stand up, improv and sketch show in between. It's a great week for comedy, folks. So get out, enjoy, and email me if you've got a show coming...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Uh oh. Photo courtesy lord-jim via LAist Flickr. Hannibal Buress continues to crush stages across the Southland, with more shows this week than we can list here. One of them, though, is Sunday night at the Improv in Irvine, which is putting on an absolute clinic on how to book shows. Gas being what it is, better grab some friends to make the ride to Irvine. If you think you can do better than...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Despite all the good stuff happening this week, you just can't overlook the juggernaut that is Laugh Your @$$ Off, this Saturday at the Alex Theatre. Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, Christopher Titus and Billy Gardell?! To benefit kids?! With tickets starting at $35 (and taxx deductible), there's no reason not to get involved. If you think you've got a show this good coming up, let me know and I'll try to list it! MONDAY...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy erzendesign in LAist Flickr pool. Don't freak out, folks... Hannibal Buress is in town. Perhaps the most hyped young comic of the past year, Buress is an absolute force, and he's doing the Meltdown show on Wednesday. You know where I'll be! Elsewhere, Tiger Lily is looking as good as ever, while a bunch of UCBNY shows are taking over the west coast for a week. If you'd like to get a...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

One half of a racecar bed? Photo courtesy dopey via LAist Flickr group. This week is absolutely buried under a mountain of great indie shows. From the first ever Brunch through Dave Foley stepping in at the Also-Ran Comedy Hour, there is an absolute plethora of great (and cheap) shows to see around town. If you'd like to see a show listed here in the future, email me and I'LL DECIDE YOUR FATE. MONDAY...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy ihatemyscreenname via LAist flickr. Well, Brent Weinbach sure is the star of the week. He's all over town, prepping for the upcoming Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Elsewhere, yours truly has a show, Benson is at Largo, and there's more than enough improv to go around. Let me know if you'd like me to list a future show, and I'll try to make it happen. MONDAY 4/11 Mystic Mondays, 10:30p Del Close Theater at...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Derp. Photo courtesy fotonomous via LAist Flickr pool. It's comedy time at LAist, and this week is looking particularly great. As always, a slew of great indie shows play nice alongside the established shows at the big boy theaters around town. Can't we all just get along? When comedy is involved, we sure can. If you've got an upcoming show you'd like to see listed, email me. MONDAY 4/4 Harold Night, 9:30p UCB. The...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy jakerome via LAist Flickr pool. With the weather changing back into reasonable, it's the perfect week to get out and...stand in line to get back inside a building... At any rate, you can make laughter your sunshine, or just spend your day looking out your office window, so by the time these shows start you're so sick of the sun you can't stand it. If you've got an upcoming show you think...

Radiolab Trades Airwaves for Stage Time at UCLA

Photo courtesy Radiolab. Oh look, another New York transplant is heading out west - at least for a night or two. WNYC’s Radiolab, the popular public radio / podcast storytelling show with a scientific bent, will be at Royce Hall on Wednesday (sold out) and Thursday evening as part of a three-city tour, eventually culminating in Seattle at the end of the month. For those of you not familiar with Radiolab, it is consistently...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy theuglyyou via LAist Flickr pool. This week, LAst Laugh is keeping things close to home (with the exception of Bert Kreischer down in Irvine all weekend). You can run over to the Melgard Public house or Largo on Monday, then move east for shows at UCB, iO West, or The Complex on Santa Monica. A week of great shows, and you don't even have to get on the freeway! If you think...

'Breast Picture' Rewards Your Laziness

Imagine, if you will, a down-and-out porn director, desperate to make a legitimate film. Naturally, his reputation precedes him, and the only people willing to make his dream come true are the ragtag crew members from his porno sets. So, armed with skeezy studio money earmarked for a particularly boorish production, the director finds himself secretly filming legitimate cinema…with porn stars. Not exactly ‘high brow’, but then again neither is spending an afternoon in a papasan chair eating Cool Ranch Doritos and nursing a headache.

Bera's Custom Cheese Steaks Give You Something To Talk About

Photo courtesy Bera's. You can’t shake a hoagie roll in this town without hitting a non-native in their blabbering maw as they crow on about the magnificent tastes they can only get back East. In fact, this writer is one of those very same folks. So what does it take to get us all to close our traps? Put something delicious in it, and give it the flavor of home. For Bera’s Custom Cheese...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Got him! Photo via cultureshlock via LAist Flickr photo pool. This week's comedy scene is a combination of shows for a cause (well, one show is specifically WITHOUT a cause), indie improv tournaments, and national headliners. In other words, it's one of the best line ups we've seen in a while, so you should be out enjoying yourself. If you think you know better, email me and we'll work it out, Mr. Smartypants. MONDAY...

The 3rd Stop Burger Deal is First-in-Class

Photo by Farley Elliott/LAist.com. You know you’re in Los Angeles when Saturday is the ‘slow night’. At least that was the problem at Mid-City West watering hole The 3rd Stop. With a great patio, room to move between tables and a commendable beer list, most nights were kept buzzing by foot traffic and locals, but Saturday would slow down as the clientele were skimmed off in favor of more well-heeled locations around the city....

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Woof. Photo courtesy 28500561@N03 via LAist Flickr. It's a dog-eat-dog week in comedy, but the Doberman's share has to be going to the Hollywood Improv. Their Improv Lab continues to book talent at a high level, and the unique shows they churn out are an absolute model for how to do comedy right in Los Angeles. In other news, the amazing One-Two Punch show returns, Broken Lizard is around, and don't miss the Wayans...

An Early Morning Look at LA's Wholesale Produce Market

You’d be hard-pressed to argue against New York being ‘the city that never sleeps’. Just don’t bring that attitude to downtown Los Angeles at 4:30am. Here, at the LA wholesale produce market, deals are struck and days are made well before that notorious Southern California sun has had a chance to rise. Like every other community in Los Angeles county, the LA wholesale produce market seems content to grow out and not up. What began...

Michael Showalter Wears His 'Funny Pants'

Photo courtesy Michael Showalter. Odds are, if you've gotten this far (that is, ten words under the headline and photo), you know who Michael Showalter is. If not, here's a the CliffsNotes: wrote and starred in cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, as well as The Baxter, Michael and Michael Have Issues, and the webseries The Michael Showalter Showalter. Of course, there's also Stella and The State. Of course. If you've made it THIS...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Harumph. Photo courtesy lord-jim via LAist Flickr pool. Sometimes the stars align, and all of the great indie stand up shows fall on the same week. Thankfully, this is that week. Frolic! is back, Red Velvet Comedy is at the Improv Lab, Holy F*ck! is delightful and downtown, and Comedy is Dead takes over the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Jeez. If you'd like to get a show listed, email me. Simple enough. MONDAY 2/28 The...

The 10 Best Burgers in Los Angeles: 2011 Edition

Go Burger. Photo by Farley Elliott / LAist. Last year, LAist did it. We took a stand. When other sites were making ‘feel good lists’ that gave everybody gold stars just for entering the race, we stood up and said, ‘No’. HERE are the best burgers in Los Angeles. And now, we’re about to do it again. See, 2010 was a great year for burgers in Los Angeles. GQ named local talent Umami Burger...

Amy Poehler's Parents Tell All - In a Good Way

Photo via WSJ, courtesy the Poehlers. Amy Poehler has been a recognizable face in American comedy for years, with a successful stint on Saturday Night Live and her current role as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks & Rec. She’s also a founding member of LA’s own Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as well as real-life wife to everyone’s favorite Will Arnett. But what was Amy like as a kid, or growing up and going to...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

WHAT?! Photo courtesy pfau via LAist Flirck pool. Largo is sure to be pulling in the comedy crowds this week, with Paul F. Tompkins and Sarah Silverman each doing their shows, plus a West Memphis Three benefit show that should be amazing - assuming you can get in. Elsewhere, the Hollywood Improv is stacked from the front to back, while the weekend is dedicated to stand up in the LA environs. If you'd like...

John Waters Dirties Up Royce Hall Tomorrow

Photo courtesy UCLA Live. In the mood for something subversive? You're in luck. The ever-peculiar John Waters will be taking the Royce Hall stage on February 23rd as part of the ongoing UCLA Live season. Parents: you've been warned. Waters is best known as a charming (if eccentric) countercultural icon, having helmed such cult films as 1972's Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented and the original Hairspray (which was turned into a hit Broadway show,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Dear dreamers, Don't worry. Another week of comedy is here. From Charlie Murphy to Dana Gould, Scott Thompson to Laura Kightlinger, this week is sure to bring you more joy than those dreams of yours can handle. So stop looking off into the middle distance, and start enjoying the week in comedy that's right in front of your eyes. You deserve it, dreamers. You really do.

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo by reneerk via LAist Flickr pool. Yet another great week of comedy is upon us, with stand up shows, improv extravaganzas, and more to fill your precious free time. As always, if you've got a show in mind for the future, email me here and we'll work it out. MONDAY 2/7 Harold Night, 8p UCB. The new Harold teams continue to kill at UCB. Get in the stand by line early to make...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

LOOK OUT! Photo by markluethi via LAist Flickr photo pool. What a stellar week of comedy we've got in store for ourselves, folks. Lily Tomlin is doing a show at the Comedy & Magic Club, The Meltdown Show is amazing as always, and there are even a few killer possibilities to compete with your Sunday timeline, if the Super Bowl isn't exactly your thing. Check it! If you'd like to get a show listed...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo by lord-jim via LAist Flickr pool. It's another wild comedy week here in LA, and there are quite a few charity shows to throw into the mix. Alison Becker's monthly INDIGLO show is happening this week at MBar, the Chris Gethard Show is rolling into UCB, and Tiger Lily looks to kill with an amazing line-up. If you've got an upcoming show you'd like to see listed, email us and we'll see what...

Film Review: Way of the Puck

Photo courtesy Way of the Puck. All of the ingredients are there: the doughy white guys, the semi-obscure passion, the earnest effort at legitimization, and the occasional shrug to the camera by every bit player that just says ‘oh, those boys’. Yet Way of the Puck somehow fails to hold the same charm, humor, and audience as contemporaries like King of Kong. Those fans of the nerd-obsessive smirky documentary genre may already be familiar...

Interview: Wallace Shawn's Real World

Wallace Shawn, courtesy Katie Sokoler / Gothamist. Wallace Shawn has the face of an aging angel, which has borne itself onto screen in well-remembered roles in The Princess Bride, Manhattan, and Clueless. Yet, on stage, Shawn is a sharp-witted maestro of the theatrical arena, having collected an Obie award and many adoring fans for his thought-provoking, politically-driven pieces. In some cases, such as his one-man monologue The Fever, Shawn strips down the essence of...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Blam. Photo courtesy ihatemyscreenname via LAist Flickr photo pool. It's this LAist'ers birthday week! Want to help me celebrate? Then come on out to one of 14 shows that should be some combination of fantastic, weird, amazing, stunning, off-the-wall, or just plain fantastic. There's stand up by Dana Carvey, Dan Levy, Greg Proops and more. There's improv from some of LA's best at Room 101, and written stuff for a good cause at Largo...

Grindhaus Gourmet Sausages Cranks Out A Winner

That lonesome stretch between the 101 and Thai Town is not a particularly pretty slice of Hollywood Boulevard. Traveling east, the sidewalk stars (both living and marbled) have long since dissipated, and the lights and smells of a cultural identity are still on the horizon. Not much in the way of palm trees, and a desperate Pier 1 Imports hides behind a cement half-wall. But then again, there’s nothing particularly pretty about sausages, either. Which...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Okay. Photo courtesy lord-jim via LAist flickr photo pool. One week removed from the hangover that is New Years, and the calendar is once again brimming with talent all across the LA area. From Ontario to Irvine, NoHo to downtown, there is great comedy all over this wonderful land of ours, and you've got the opportunity to check it all out. Don't f*ck it up. As always, be sure to shoot off an email...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Poor sign placement. Photo by lord-jim via LAist Flickr pool. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaack. What a crazy lazy week it was between Christmas and New Years. Now that you're all swelled up on good food and great times, get back to the wonderful reality that is the LA comedy scene. There's a ton of great shows this week, but none as epic as Fifty First Jokes, where some of LA's best get...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Red Dawn! Photo by 27ray via LAist Flickr pool. Welp, it's that weird week between Christmas and New Years. Thankfully we live in LA, so there's always something going on, but to be honest the scene is pretty quiet this week. As a result, we're only recommending one show a night, instead of the usual two. Hope you fine folks survive, and if you've got a show coming up you're looking to get some...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Holiday Comedy

Floating trees! Photo via jamesacero via LAist Flickr photo pool. If you thought comedy was going to be slowing down this week, boy were you wrong. LAist favorite Holy F*ck is still going strong, UCB is putting up some great holiday-themed shows, and Sarah Silverman brings some friends out to Largo on Monday. Don't miss a minute of the yuletide fun. If you know of any shows for New Years and beyond, feel free...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Comedy Death Ray gives back to the LA Food Bank on 12.11.10. Photo by Farley Elliott/LAist. The season for giving continues, and Comedy Death Ray continues to step up big. After last weekend's charity event at the LA Regional Foodbank, CDR will be donating the proceeds of their Tuesday UCB show to the cause. Meanwhile, Kevin Nealon will be at the Long Beach Laugh Factory raising some holiday charity funds, while the Super Serious...

Interview: Ricky Gervais Gets Animated

Photo courtesy HBO. Ricky Gervais is such a comedy icon, there's no sense listing his accolades or previous works here. Suffice it to say, Gervais has a penchant for creating whip-smart comedy shows that push boundaries and exceed expectations. Now in it's second year, HBO's The Ricky Gervais Show keeps the same momentum going, with new animations to go along with years worth of amazing podcasts, heavily starring sound-guy-turned-cohost Karl Pilkington, and his inane...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Nice try. Photo via markluethi via LAist Flickr pool. It's almost Christmas time, which means any comedy show worth its salt has started pushing in a more charitable direction, and this week is no exception. Comicthon kicks off tonight at the Laugh Factory, with proceeds benefitting the Children's Hospital of LA, while Room 101 is helping fight autism. Know of any other upcoming benefit shows? Send 'em my way! UPDATE: Don't forget to check...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy Lord-Jim via LAist Flickr pool. The kid is back! After a few harrowing weeks in India, LAst Laugh is back and once again under the tutelage of its master. Expect the usual listings, middling commentary, and push for shows that highlight charity - tis the season, tis it not? This week has a toy drive at the Improv in Hollywood, and a few doppleganger shows (UCB and iO's weekly respective Harold Nights,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

It's an untamed land out there. Photo by archiet via LAist Flickr pool. Hey kid-o's! What a great week in comedy LA has lined up for us, including Holy F*ck, Meltdown, Nick Thune, and Eddie Izzard! Be sure to check out the full calendar so you don't miss anything great. In other news, LAst Laugh is going to be on hiatus for a week or so, as your intrepid comedy reporter will be out...

Show Review: Meltdown Blends Comics and ... Comics

Donald Glover. Photo by Farley Elliott for LAist. OK, follow me. Yup, right in through here, and straight to the counter. No, we’re not stopping to look at the Walking Dead comics. ID, cash, hand stamp, and on through the nondescript double doors in the back. Yeah, it’s dark, and the ceiling’s a little low, just trust me. It’s a lot less ‘Deer Hunter Russian roulette’ scene than you’re thinking. See? Listen to all...

Midnight Movie: Belding is Back!

Photo courtesy Deviate Pictures. It's official: Belding is back, and more principal-ier than ever! Neighborhood Watch is a new webseries by writer/director Noam Bleiweiss that premiered today on Blip.tv, the web2.0 online channel for all sorts of great creative content. Dennis Haskins (Belding himself) stars in the new series about a couple of small-town USA guys who start up a Neighborhood Watch program as a front to spend some time away from their wives....

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Still spooky. Photo by jimsonweed via LAist Flickr pool. Welcome to November! The nights are a little cooler, and the jackets are getting a little heavier, so why not snuggle up some great laughs this week? There's plenty to be had, from Largo to the Lost Studio. In fact, this week there's a bunch of shows you're not likely to see ever again, so make sure to prioritize your life accordingly. As always, hit...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Halloween Comedy

A little early, bro. Photo by 47266767@N00 via LAist Flickr pool. It's Halloween week! I don't know about you guys, but the party invites seem a little sparse this year. Oh well, more time for great comedy! This week is absolutely bananas, with the CDR Halloween show, the I Found This Funny book launch, the rise of The Meltdown, and Benson continues taping at the Music Box. Oh, and if you haven't heard, there's...

Film Review: The Two Escobars Scores at Both Ends

Co-director Michael Zimbalist. Courtesy of ESPN Films 30 for 30. Rarely, if ever, do stories exist in a vacuum. Instead, they are mere moments that capture a feeling, a scene, but never the whole scope of the issue. And oftentimes, in the shadowy bits curled up at the edge of a good tale, the most interesting, well-connected bits are waiting to be discovered. But even that part is just part of the story. The...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Gah! Photo via jtstrathdee via LAist Flickr pool. This weather is downright dangerous folks, but don't let the spookiness of the season dissuade you from entering many a comedy dungeon this week. OK, that's a bit much. But seriously, there's so much great stuff happening all week long, there's no reason to sit at home, regardless of the weather. Doug Benson is taping a Benson Interruption at Music Box tonight (courtesy of Comedy Central),...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

I said KEEP IT LOW KEY, Ronnie! Photo via rinkrat or LAist Flickr pool. This week is all about the one man stand up sets, and not much else. That is, unless you count the internet's preeminent sketch kingpins Harvard Sailing Team at UCB, or the new This Is Awkward storytelling show, or any one of a million other great and hilarious things to do this week. Don't be fooled by your Netflix queue...

Movie Review: Gerrymandering

Photo courtesy Green Film Company. In American politics, it may well be that the thinnest of lines truly divide us the most. Beyond race, wealth, or denomination (although certainly encompassing all of these), political voting districts hold an absolutely distinct and direct power in being able to outline and define our governmental landscape. Districts, and the highly debated practice of redistricting, have for years been largely responsible for the election of officials that, frankly,...

Punchline Magazine Hits Largo in the Funny Bone

Marc Maron. Photo courtesy Punchline Magazine. Just when you thought Largo, the hip comedy and music venue on La Cienega, couldn’t get any cooler - they go and do something like this. On Monday, October 11th, they’ll be hosting the West Coast rendition of Punchline Magazine’s Five Year celebration, and essentially all bets are off. So far Greg Proops, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Whitney Cummings and Chris Hardwick are all slated to slay the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Hey everyone! Look at my turdmobile! Photo by 20990388@N04 via LAist Flickr page. It's a stand up splosion! this week, with tons of shows going on all over town. From Los Feliz to Downtown to deep in Silverlake, independent shows are cropping up everywhere, and each with their own bombtastic lineups. Be sure to get out this week, if only to keep on beating the heat. And if stand up's not your thing, remember...

The Second City Hollywood Gives Itself a Second Chance

After years of languishing primarily as a training center, it seems that the west coast outpost of the immensely popular Chicago comedy hotspot The Second City is finally revving up their push for a slice of the LA comedy scene. Now, the same ol’ space at 6560 Hollywood Blvd. has been completely revamped and is ready to party. Not to be outdone by the live venue, the burgeoning online presence of the SecondCityNetwork.com (please...

Interview: Zack Pearlman Goes All The Way

Photo courtesy Anderson Group PR. For anyone questioning those 'Are you still a virgin' billboards around town, seek your answers no further than Zack Pearlman, charismatic co-star of the new Gary Sanchez-produced flick The Virginity Hit. If you haven't already seen the trailer, suffice it to say The Virginity Hit takes a very viral look at one teen's attempt to make his first time...ahem... memorable. LAist recently spent some time with Pearlman as he...

Show Review: Minnesota Muslim is Devoutly Funny

Spend some time with Charlie Sanders, and you start to get this sneaking suspicion that maybe you’re the boring guy that everyone hates at work, and no one bothered to tell you. Now, unless you’re constantly comparing the merits of various CW shows, there’s a good chance it’s not you - Sanders is just that interesting...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Let's get serious for a second. Photo by lucyrk via LAist Flickr pool. What a week for comedy we can all expect this week. iO West is finishing up their Bobby Hot Stuff Slacker tournament, Patton Oswalt is down in the OC, Pasadena's Ice House prepares itself for a celebration 50 years in the making, and the Air Conditioned Supper Club makes a push for comedy west of the 405. Don't be a horrible...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

You know, this means the girl in the middle is Slimer. Photo by trustcandy23 via LAist Flickr pool. You know it's going to be a good week for comedy when Bob Dassie is running all over town, doing shows left and right. And you know it's going to be a GREAT week for comedy when comedy heartthrob Alison Becker hits up the MBar to put up a free show with donations going to the...

SModCastle: LA's New Podcast Citadel

SModCastle. Photo by Matt Cohen. Anyone who routinely drives along the battered Santa Monica Blvd. blocks known as ‘Theatre Row’ has undoubtedly noticed there’s a new kid in town: SModCastle. Located in a downstairs corner theater of the always-bustling Complex (a series of small black box theaters squished together just west of Vine), the ‘castle is the new de facto home for all things podcast and Kevin Smith. After the successful 2007 launch of...

Free Stand Up Comedy Downtown?! Holy F*ck!

Not the Downtown Independent, but you get the idea. Photo by nevercoolinschool via LAist Flickr pool. ‘Free’ is a much heavier word than it sounds. Free as a bird, you say, or free thinker. But there is another side to free, filled with warnings and buyers doing their best to beware. When it comes to free, you get what you pay for, they say, and usually that’s true. But every once in a while,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Ah-wink! Photo via juliewolfson306 via LAist Flickr. You don't have to be that guy to scrounge together a few bucks for comedy this week. In fact, a lot of these great shows are completely free! And as for shows like Dead Authors at UCB or the Stand Up for Pakistan show at the Laugh Factory, any money you are giving is for a supremely worthy cause. So don't be afraid to get out, get...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

It probably says Paper Trail, but what if there was an R in front?! By polaroidgirl via LAist Flickr. Of all weeks, this one can be a tough one to get out and see shows. There are *ahem* important issues at hand over the weekend, and lots of kids are getting back into the swing of school and all that jazz. Luckily, there's so many good shows happening all around down you don't need...

LA's ComedySportz May Close By October

Photo via comedysportzla.com Usually, the faces change but the places stay the same. At least that’s the idea when it comes to the myriad of comedy houses peppered throughout Los Angeles. The names come and go (some bigger than others), but the brand and the comedy philosophy stay with the space. Groundlings, ACME,  iO West, and UCB (a relative newcomer, but still not-so-quietly celebrating their 5th anniversary this month) all preach a very specific...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Somehow, I'm not that afraid. Photo by dopey via LAist Flickr. There's a lot to get out and do as the summah winds down this week, but don't sleep on a few of these fantastic shows. On the sketch front, Cream is doing a show at the Comedy Central Stage and The Birthday Boys are back up at UCB in their monthly slot. Louis CK is at the Improv in Hollywood Friday night, and...

Interview: Stand Up Comic Matt Braunger

Photo courtesy Matt Braunger. At well over six feet tall, it would be hard to miss longtime stand up comedian Matt Braunger in a crowd. The good news is, he's not trying to blend into the crowd anyway. After all, this is that one stand up who admits to having normal parents. You know, the one who goes on Letterman and spends half of his set talking about owls, then releases his stand up...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Flugtag! Photo courtesy socialretard via LAist Flickr pool. As always, there's some great stand up this week, but perhaps the most intriguing show has to be Vicarious. Sean Conroy and Bob Dassie, both comedy greats in their own right, combine forces for a sketch / improv show at the Comedy Central Stage that should blow off more than a few toupees. Otherwise, be sure to check out This is Our Chance at iO West,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

My chin doesn't look nearly as sophisticated. Photo via marctonysmith via LAist Flickr page. This week, both Mortified and Sit N' Spin are playing, while Rob Delaney invites the crowd to get inside his past with Naked & Bloody at the Comedy Central Stage. However, the crown jewel for this week has to be the Super Serious Show in Culver City, where Matt Braunger, Kumail Nanjiani and a slew of others are sure to...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy jasmith31 via LAist Flickr poo. Man, is it shaping up to be quite a summah or what? The comedy shows aren’t slowing down one bit (we’ve got even more great stuff coming up next week), and the weather is finally starting to cooperate. Since there’s so much to do, you should be fully prepped on the upcoming week of comedy, and plan your time accordingly. None of this ‘didn’t hear about it...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy robertvega via LAist Flickr pool. Well, for those of you in the know, this week is the beginning of the Del Close Marathon in New York City. For LA, that means the sketch and improv community usually thins out a bit, and shows are certainly easier to get into. Luckily, this year doesn't seem to be taking a back seat to those crappy right-coasters, with a ton of great stuff lined up...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy discarted via LAist Flickr page. Not gonna lie folks - it's been hot out there. Like 'I'm wearing a tin suit in the middle of the day in Hollywood' hot. If you haven't already noticed, we're in the absolute throes of summer, meaning we need all the excuses we can get to beat the heat. This week, it's comedy; with a stellar line-up of stand up shows happing from Fullerton to Pasadena...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Photo courtesy melissssaf, courtesy LAist Flickr pool. Hey folks! We're in the thick of the summer, so there shouldn't be any excuse to not get out and experience some live shows in the flesh. This week alone, there are fantastic shows featuring Louis C.K., Larry Miller, Bob Saget, Fred Armisen, and Craig Robinson. Don't front, you like at least two of those dudes. And for those purists at heart, there are the usual improv...

New Summer Fest Combos Outdoor Movies & Food Trucks

At the Grilled Cheese Truck (more photos here) | Danielle Directo/LAist Sick of eating from delicious food trucks? Hate great films shown on large outdoor screens in public parks under the night sky? Can’t stand good deals? If so, it’s safe to say you’d better pack this summer in already, because the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest has just arrived. LAist has always had love for the food truck scene, and is simply a drop...

LAist Movie Review: Winnebago Man

Photo courtesy Kino International. The clip itself is infamous, even if the man behind the grainy footage is a mystery - he is only Jack Rebney, Winnebago Man. Perhaps more formally, he has the dubious internet distinction as ‘The Angriest Man In The World’ for his expletive-laced tirades on the set of a Winnebago commercial shoot. Now over twenty years old, the hilarious snippets have moved from hand-passed VHS copies to late night cable...

LAist Movie Review: Restrepo

For a war that is nearing the decade mark, Afghanistan sure does fly under the radar. Lindsay Lohan’s SCRAM or the follies of modern athletes are likely to receive as much or more air time than armed conflicts involving our own neighbors, friends, and family members taking place in some hard-to-fathom hovel. In fact, compiled television news data from 2008 shows us that the Afghanistan campaign netted just over 1% of total airtime. Not...

Show Review: Rant & Rave

The evening's host. Photo courtesy LA Stage. The Pico Corridor, that unofficial strip of street past Beverwil but before Koreatown, surely has a story to tell. There are the ubiquitous taco spots, auto mechanics, bodegas and crumbling city blocks, the pitted indentations of weather or street warfare, some washed over with waves of spray paint. There are also lots of little gems, like La Maison du Pain, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, Local’s bar, The Comedy...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Cat fart? Photo by 51221241@N02 via LAist Flickr pool. It's a bit of a mixed blessing week, folks. The US Mens National Team is no longer in the World Cup hunt, but we can still get as drunk and meat-crazy as we want this weekend. That's what makes this country great - we get drunk in the face of adversity. And there's no better place to get drunk this week than at one of...

LAist Interview: Donald Glover is Childish (Gambino)

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Photo courtesy DG. Last year, LAist got an early leak of the Poindexter album by rapper Childish Gambino. Or, as he's more universally known, actor / writer / comedian Donald Glover. Since then, his show Community has been picked up for a second season on NBC, he's had a stand up special on Comedy Central, the film he co-wrote, stars in, and scored - Mystery Team - has moved...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

MONDAY 6/21 Neutrino Video Projects, 8p iO West. This highly successful show, originally from NYC, the Neutrino Projects bring long-form, character-based improv to the silver screen - live. It’s shot, edited, mixed and scored in real time, presenting the audience with a finished product in no time flat.

Show Review: Drunk Talk Loses Focus

Theatre Row in Hollywood is, more often than not, a grab bag of possible shows. There’s the longstanding stalwarts like Horrible Movie Night, ComedySportz, and even the improv showcase show Room 101 in the Flight Theatre at The Complex. These, of course, are mixed with a rotating blend of fresh ideas and old implementations, deliriously wonderful runs and excruciatingly overdrawn flops. But one thing Theatre Row always seems to have in it’s favor is...

LA Lands Two Friars Club Comedy Competition Finalists

A while back, LAist tipped off the local comedy scene about the upcoming Friars Club Improv & Sketch Competition being held June 25th and 26th at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in New York City. Well folks, we weren’t joking, and the $10,000 grand prize certainly isn’t anything to laugh at. Apparently a few hundred sketch and improv teams didn’t think so either, forcing the Friars to separate out the comedy gold from...

Show Review: Adam Carolla Podcast Live

It hasn’t taken long for well-known curmudgeon Adam Carolla to embrace his role has the new podcast king. Within months of losing his cushy CBS Radio job, Carolla had the most-downloaded podcast on iTunes, and vowed to keep content flowing fast and free. And while that model has continued to exist in some form, the year anniversary of the Adam Carolla Podcast brought with it a few changes, including the always popular ‘freemium’ option...

What's Going On? With Mike Mitchell

In the entertainment industry, everything is about ‘being prepared’. People have to look the part, know their lines, keep a script in their back pocket, and produce business cards like ninja stars with a flick of the wrist. Indeed, that great scientific milkman Louis Pasteur himself is quoted as saying “chance favors the prepared mind”. So then what exactly is going on with Mike Mitchell? “Nothing much”, if you ask him. But that doesn’t...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

I particularly like the unintended photobomb. Via drtran in LAist flickr pool. This week is a nice mix of old school and new school. Dasariski is up and running again after being bumped in favor or the LA Improv Comedy Festival, David Alan Grier is out on the West Coast again, and doing stand up down in Irvine. Meanwhile, Hot Pants, Cold Feet are doing their great sketch show at the Comedy Central Stage,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Oh noes! Photo by whoshotya via LAist Flickr. Welcome back folks! This week has a lot of podcast action going on all over town, but the big news has to be the 8th Annual LA Improv Comedy Festival taking place at iO West. Some of the best in the city will be on hand to receive their respective accolades and take some stage time for themselves. Don't let that stop you from catching the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Waddup bird?! Photo by hercwad via LAist Flickr photo pool. There's plenty of great comedy to get out and see this week, especially at Largo. They've got The Mighty Boosh's Rich Fulcher and Paul F. Tompkins on back to back nights. Otherwise, there are a few benefit shows (which always get love here), the iO West Harold Competition winds down, and the big MaxFunDrive bash at Meltdown Comics (which is secretly killing comedy lately),...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

What a hipster mime. Photo of via trustcandy on LAist Flickr pool. Largo is simply a juggernaut this week with comedy (not to mention their Chuck Pahlaniuk speaking engagement on Tuesday). They've got some of the best stand up you'll find this week, and that includes Comedy is Dead being back at Hollywood Forever. Let's keep it short & sweet this week: hit me up to get listed, and get out to see shows!...

LAist Show Review: Tremendosaur

Sitting knee to knee in the hot, dark, rectangular back room of a coffee shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, it’s easy to think you’ve been lied to. Hoodwinked. This comedy thing, it’s nothing but blank, bleak spaces with one brick wall and a silent cry for touch up paint. Bamboozled. But then you look around, and realize the only reason your knee is getting cozy with its neighbor in the first place is because...

End Times Coming to L.A.

Well, sort of. The End Times Opry, a popular New York City genre-fusion show, will be making its West Coast debut at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock on May 21st at 8pm. With live music, street poetry, stand up and sketch comedy all on the evening’s docket, End Times feels more like a celebration of life than a nod towards darker days ahead. Originally started as a creative collective in North...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

He sure is thirsty! Photo by victoriabernal via LAist Flickr pool. The Hollywood Improv isn't going to have trouble pulling in spectators and celebrities alike, as David Spade and Jim Breuer all drop in for sets throughout the week. Over at UCB, two epic shows (Prison Freaks and The S.W.A.) are taking place, ensuring grumbling diners at Birds and happy fans waiting in line. As always, feel free to email me if you've got...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

There's a bunch of great benefit shows all over the land this week, so now's your chance to be philanthropical and giggly at the same time. There's also some big names on the horizon, with Russell Brand, Janeane Garofalo, and Elephant Larry all putting up some limited engagements around town. Combine that with regular show stalwarts like Harold Night at UCB, Worst Laid Plans, and the opening of the LA Comedy Festival AND the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

This cat hates comedy. Photo by lucyrk via LAist Flickr. Guys, I'm not joking around when I say this may be the best week of comedy we've had so far this year. Carol Burnett and Tim Conway are at Writer's Bloc, the Sarah Silverman cast is at Largo, the writers of Conan O'Brien are all doing stand up, Jon Dore is doing a show, Tang is at iO West, UCB has The Apple Sisters...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Rawr! Photo via eviloars on LAist flickr. This must be storytelling week, because The Moth, Mortified, Dirty Laundry and Sit N' Spin are all taking place within a few days of each other. You can at least make one of those, right? Thankfully, there's also a heaping helping of improv and stand up to round out the days and make this a fantastic week of comedy. If you're interested in trying to get listed...

This Weekend: LA Comedy Shorts Film Fest

Bobcat Goldthwait at last year's LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. Photo courtesy LA Comedy Shorts Film Fest. Downtown has been working awful hard lately on putting together some great independent comedy events. Most notably this year has to be the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, a five-day event dedicated to short comedic films, from newcomers and big names alike. Patrick Warburton, Brian Cranston, Jane Lynch, the Funny or Die crew, and a bunch of...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Big Dog star Charlie Sanders is all over town this week. Photo courtest FunnyOrDie. This week is extra-special, because the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival kicks off on Thursday at the Downtown Independent. In addition, there's some great storytelling shows, and iO West is dedicating Sunday to the absolute madness that is sure to be the Wicked Awesome Show night. If you're interested in getting in touch with this writer about listings, please shoot...

Interview: Hot Tub Time Machine's Josh Heald

Photo courtesy MGM. If you're not familiar with Josh Heald, you've at least no doubt heard those four little words he made so famous: Hot Tub Time Machine. As the writer of the film, the idea for such a wacky, hilarious, throwback ski comedy is all his. LAist was fortunate enough to sit down over some (spilled) coffee with Heald as he talked about getting his project off the ground, working with such a...

LA's Broken All-Night Coffee Shop Scene

Never there when you need it. Photo by martinca via Flickr. Los Angeles, for all that it has to offer the late night set in the way of tacos, deli meats, dancing, and beautifully vacant streets, can’t seem to find it in its heart to make a goddamn chai latte past 11pm. Why? There are more than enough night-owl neurotics with script deadlines (or even term papers due) that you’d think every third Starbucks...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Big yet small yet big. Photo by casualtimetravel via LAist Flickr photo pool. The Ice House is hosting the finals of Uncle Clyde's stand up competition, UCB's Let's Do This! has March Madness winner Small Town Sheriff and UCBTNY performer Chris Gethard doing his one man show on Thursday, while The Moth meets up in Mid-City and TigerLily keeps the comedy coming in Hollywood. No matter where you turn or what night you're interested,...

More Than Roast: Friars Club Improv & Sketch Competition

The Friars Club of New York has long been known as a hallowed hall for laughs. Their roasts, televised on Comedy Central in the early 2000’s, have often become the stuff of legend, for better (Gilbert Gottfried’s post-9/11 telling of The Aristocrats joke (NSFW)) or worse (Chevy Chase getting “blindsided”). But one thing is undeniable: from its founding fathers to today’s Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, comedy is in the bloodline of The Friars. Last...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Try as you might, you can't outrun being a douchebag. Photo by LAist's own Julie Wolfson. This is a really strong week for comedy, folks. Comedy is Dead is alive and kicking, Joke Lab is doing a best-of show, John Pinette is out at the beach, and HOLY EFF BULLETPROOF! An explosion-filled, action-packed sketch show for free at the Comedy Central stage (where all shows are free, assuming you call and make a reservation)....

Show Review: Horrible Movie Night

Sick and tired of fearing for your life in normal movie theaters? Want to be able to freely shout at the screen but don't want to watch a movie in Lawndale? Then may we suggest Horrible Movie Night, a monthly screening of the worst this town has ever had to offer the silver screen. The brainchild of comedian (and longtime Simpsons animator) John Mathot, Horrible Movie Night (HMN) is a great way to spend...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

The marathon: you're doing it wrong. Sort of. Photo via veggieannabanana on Flickr. There's a bunch of great shows this week, but I've only got time to list one for each night. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?! As always, you can really be a part of something special at one of those Andy Dick Black Box shows at iO West, or feel like you're part of the 'in' crowd over at UCB....

DVD Review: Nick Thune's Thick Noon

Nick Thune isn't necessarily a man of few words. Maybe, instead, he’s just a man that always seems comfortable. Comedian, actor, musician, writer - Nick has fallen easily into every title bestowed on him, even acting as a short-lived correspondent on the only slightly-longer-lived Jay Leno Show. So when you get yourself a copy of his debut comedy album Thick Noon (and you should), don’t be surprised if there’s a little less Sam Kinison...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Hey You Millionaires are in LA this week, at the Improv and iO West. There's a ton out-of-town talent putting up stuff this week, from Jon Dore at Tiger Lily to Hey You Millionaires doing sketch comedy at The Improv. Plus it's St. Patty time, so The Irish Peddlers are on point at iO West. Also, the UCB March Madness tournament kicks into high gear, with the 24-team gauntlet at TNT on Tuesday night....

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