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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

LE MOUSTACHE! Photo by kpe2 via LAist Flickr Photo Pool. Another great week of comedy is upon us, as winter fades out and summer starts to crawl on in. Festivals are just around the corner, Zach Galifianakis killed it on SNL, and there's even another benefit show this week. You simply won't find any other place where you can get this much good comedy all in the same week. And if you know of...

Tonight! TWENTYWONDER in Culver City

Now is that part of the day where you’re fully woken up, done lying to yourself about any work you’re “getting done”, and looking for something to get out and do with yourself tonight. Well, TWENTYWONDER has come along to fill that gap in amazing fashion, and for a good cause no less! TWENTYWONDER is part mind-bender, part charity, part science, part comedy... Well, to be fair, you should add a ‘y’ to the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

IS THAT SHEMAR MOORE?! Photo courtesy gerbug via LAist Flickr photo pool. It's an improv sort of week, with a few special other shows thrown into the mix. The Birthday Boys and A Kiss From Daddy have their monthly show at UCB, which is always a hit. There's a Haiti benefit show out in Venice that has a great line up, and the latest Moth GrandSLAM is out in Echo Park. The weather should...

Comedy Show Review: The Apple Sisters

Photo courtesy The Apple Sisters. The Apple Sisters is one of those shows that you could never accurately pitch to your friend to get them to go with you. It’s part variety, it’s part sketch, it’s music and comedy and satire and character and, well, funny. It’s really, really funny in fact. If you don’t know anything going into your first Apple Sisters show, that’s just fine (they do a superb job of clearing...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Well, hello there. Photo by ricardodiaz via LAist Flickr. There are a few benefit shows this week that seem like must-sees, from Breast Cancer Be Trippin' to Laugh Night to benefit Art Share LA. Both have fantastic line ups that are worthy of the crowds they're sure to bring. Probably the best show of the week, though, is CraigsLOST and the Apple Sisters at UCB. On any night, either one of these shows is...

Recession Obsession: Capitol Burgers

In this town, burgers are like agents: everybody’s got one. Wait, that’s not quite right. But at least you get the idea: there’s no shortage of burger opinions, as we’ve already seen plenty of on this site. But one thing we should all be able to get behind is simple, delicious, cheap food.

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Sterling Davis Photo grabbed this great shot of the sign in transition. This really is a great month for comedy. The Irvine Improv is hosting some great names for the next couple of week, there's fantastic indie shows like Joke Lab, and Funny or Die is over at Largo. Huzzah! Keep the love coming (aka email me) if you'd like to see a show make this list. Thanks! MONDAY 2/15 Tiger Lily, 8p Hollywood...

LAist Movie Review: The Art of the Steal

Photo courtesy IFC Films. Capers. Heists. Bank jobs. There’s no shortage of ways to communicate such a specific type of premeditated robbery of high-value items, and certainly no limit to the true tales that surround such terms. There are fantastic stories of burrowing, bribing, and even plain old brute force from France to Russia to Puerto Rico and back around. And what makes these stories so wonderful to hear is simple: they’re fun, fantastical,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

It's funnier if you pretend that blob is a fupa. Photo courtesy vintagesonfoto via LAist Flickr. This week has a bunch of good stand ups, including two special Bill Maher shows that are selling like things that sell well. Hotcakes? Not hardly. There's also a large amount of fantastic indie improv, be it at the iO West Loft, Room 101, Crashbar or out at Westside Comedy. Simply put, there's just no reason for you...

Dane Cook LIVE on Ustream Today

"Dane Cook: ISolated INcident" airs commercial-free at 10pm on Comedy Central There’s a decent chance that, instead of reading this, you’re hibernating until tomorrow’s Super Bowl. And you know what? You can’t be blamed for that. Contemporary news media makes it practically impossible to focus on anything else, and that’s just the way big advertisers would like to keep it. So, you could sit in front of your TV tonight and anxiously await the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

I like to think this says "Slay J", and is a reference to Jay Leno. Photo via LAist flickr by marinadelrey. Welcome back from a week of giving to the needy. Now it's time to give solely to yourself, and the greatest gift is the giggles! Get out and see some fantastic improv and sketch shows, even though stand up is ruling this week's calendar (in particular, the network of Improv comedy clubs is...

Make It Official: The Best Burger in LA

Not the best burger in LA. Sorry! Photo by ~db~ via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Before we really begin (but after you’ve already become enraged by the headline), let me say this: different people like different things. Toppings, bun, cooking method, texture, ingredients, ratios - all play a factor in determining the best burger in any given area. And to be sure, this single post won’t put the ‘Best Burger In Los...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Haiti Relief Comedy

This photo is so powerful. Courtesy UN Photo/Sophia Paris. This week we're doing something a little different. With the tragic events that have recently unfolded in Haiti, there's been an amazing outpouring from entertainers of all kinds, and comedians are certainly no exception. So, in the interest of mobilizing you folks out there who need a little motivation to donate, here's a list of shows that will benefit you and Haiti at the same...

Grammy Museum Elvis Exhibit Turns Back Time

The King swoons a young fan. Photo © Alfred Wertheimer. 21 can be a great year for just about anyone. Especially if that ‘anyone’ is Elvis. Through March 28th, the Grammy Museum is hosting a photography exhibit showcasing the works of Alfred Wertheimer, as he travelled with Elvis from Memphis to New York City and all over America; as he rode along with Elvis from regional celebrity to national superstar. Lest we forget, Elvis...

Album Review: Chaz Kangas' Knee Jerk Reaction

Chaz Kangas himself. Photo courtesy Chaz. It’s probably fitting that the place you’re most likely to find Chaz Kangas is online. After all, he got a pretty big boost by appearing on the freestyle-inspired Childish Gambino track My Hoodie off the Sick Boi drop a while back. After all, Childish himself is the online-only rap personification of Donald Glover, who himself got his start online with the sketch comedy group Derrick. But with an...

LAist Movie Review: Fish Tank

Katie Jarvis as Mia. Photo courtesy IFC Films. Andrea Arnold certainly knows how to speed things up. The British writer/director wasted no time in making the leap from critically acclaimed short film (the Oscar-winning Wasp) to freshman feature film (Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning Red Road). Yet, with her sophomore film Fish Tank, Arnold proves she’s definitely not moving too fast. Both in story and scope, Fish Tank is a slow-burning British feature that was...

DVD Review: Aziz Ansari's Intimate Moments...

Aziz Ansari (LAist interview here and here) is the sort of comedian you want to be like, if wanting to be like a comedian is your thing. He’s written for and starred in his own successful cable television show (Human Giant, review here), he currently shines on a major network sitcom (NBC’s Parks & Rec), and he’s got a new Comedy Central special out on DVD called Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening. Oh,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

RIP MLK JR 2K10. Photo via bridgesoflosangeles on the LAist Flickr page. It's MLK Jr. day, everyone. So I'm sure you're sitting back, enjoying the rain, and sipping something mocha. Well trust me, once you've gotten out of the matinee screening of The Lovely Bones you'll be ready for a laugh. And what better way to fend off the weather and the thought of an untimely 1968 assassination than with a good comedy show....

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Doi? Photo via LAist Flickr page, courtesy Lisa Newton. Well hello there, and welcome back to the world of the working. One would say 'living', but are you really living these days? Debatable. You've been looking for the next calendar holiday that your office actually observes, haven't you? Well unless you decide to call one in for MLK day, things are looking pretty bleak when it comes to time off. So why not maximize...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

UPS truck photobomb. Foto via goalbert via LAist Flickr. I'll be honest, it's a quiet week - what with the holidays and all. However, there's still some great shows to be had, so take all that extra 'there's-no-way-I'm-going-to-the-Grove' time and put it to good use. This is especially true at Largo, which is hosting two amazing charity-driven shows - check below for details. And, of course, if you're feeling hype-y, hit a guy up...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Thanks to SteeDoggyDogg in LAist Flickr photo pool for being so adoraballz. Well look at this. Here it is the holiday season, and I'm giving you all the hot tips on where to go for comedy this week. There's great shows at Largo, UCB, and -surprisingly- down at the Improv in Irvine. If your shopping isn't done already, you're a lost cause. So get out, see some shows, and laugh away your unsettled family...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

You gonna eat those Vanilla Creme Puffs? Photo courtesy reneerk via LAist Flickr pool. Man, Largo is outstanding this week, with totally amazing shows back to back to back to back. So many, in fact, they couldn't all be listed here. But that's OK, because there's a hefty helping of other great shows all over town that should fill in this lazy gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas / Hanukkah for you quite nicely. If...

World Child Project Launches Event to Sponsor Real Change

Courtesy of World Child Project. Try walking into any grocery store and you pretty quickly realize there’s no shortage of causes to donate money to. You could save some cats, for example, or help build a basketball court. You could donate directly to the homeless, or even think about the veterans. Simply put, the world doesn’t just need help - more often than not it needs YOUR help. So what’s the average compassionate human...

Comedy Show Review: Dasariski

No one likes the word ‘slow’, right? Put ‘slow’ in front of ‘drivers’ or ‘internet connection’ or ‘children’ and absolutely no good can come of it. And ‘slow improv’? If you’ve seen a handful of improvised comedy shows, you’ve probably fallen victim to a dullard that makes it feel like time has stopped. Slow improv isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. That is, unless you’re Dasariski. In fact, slow is just how iO West’s...

Review: Living In Emergency

Photo courtesy Medecins Sans Frontieres. There are entire populations in this world that you simply cannot imagine. Not because their culture is so different or their location so astounding; rather, just because they are alive. On CNN or MSNBC or the Drudge Report or the Huffington Post, numbers get thrown around about ‘displaced people’ or ‘war-torn populations’. Numbers that (objectively) are big, but also too unwieldy; they cease to have any real context at...

Review: Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts!

Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! Photo courtesy Process Media. Long after his death, Andy Kaufman remains a polarizing man. Some folks (either at the time or now, out of a sense of bereaved duty) love the antics of Andy, while others steadfastly maintain his unfunny arrogance. Probably larger than any of these opposing camps, however, is the mass of folks who were, well... more confused than anything. For a lot of people,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Happy Thanksgiving! Photo via Lord-Jim on LAist Photo Flickr. Gobble, gobble, mothereffers. If you ever wanted to feel lazy, fat, underworked and overfed, this is the week. And all of these things should lead you inevitably towards the dark confines of a comedy show. I've seen people in New York sleep in their seats instead of give up a spot for a show, and you don't want New York to be better than us...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

It's like a WTWTA thizz face up in here. Photo via ilovefred @LAist Flickr page. This seems to be the week of the essay show, with Mortified and Sit N' Spin both tackling the genre, albeit in different ways. There's a ton of smaller shows around town too, like Benderdangle at the iO West Andy Dick theater on Saturday at 8p. In short, there's no reason to not get out and see some great...

Interview: Tim Robbins Needs Your Help

Guys, Tim Robbins seriously needs your help; he's in trouble. Well, more accurately, his passionate outlet, The Actors' Gang, is in trouble. You see, the Gang spends so much time and money helping out everyone from schoolchildren to their Culver City community at large and in rehabilitating convicted felons, things are getting tight...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Herrooooo kitteh. Photo via spcaLA on LAist Flickr stream. Yet another week has come and gone. Luckily, this week offers an amazing array of comedy the likes of which we haven't seen in quite a while. Patton Oswalt is at Largo, the Comedy Store hosts Bootyoke, the best karaoke thigh-showing dance party jam in the game. There's also sketch comedy galore and enough other stand ups to keep you laughing. Seriously, go check out...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Mr. Monopoly is a wanted man. Photo via ~db~ on LAist Flickr page. This week there's some really great free shows going down at 8p at the Comedy Central stage, so you've really got no excuse to not get out there. Around town, you can also shake off the candy withdrawals and expensive bar tab by keeping it cheap at the usual haunts: UCB, iO West, Westside Comedy. If you've got a little more...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

So, Cinematic Titanic comes to Largo, and I can't believe you're reading this. You should be standing in line, peeing your pants because the ORIGINAL CAST of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K) is making fun of some of the worst movies of all time. Pencil me in for Tuesday's show. In other news, some big names with recent Comedy Central stand up specials under their belts (Jo Koy, Greg Giraldo) are offering their comedic services in the greater Los Angeles area, while right here in town Rooftop Standup offers the best backdrop in all of comedy and Lenny Bruce lovers have a chance to give to a good cause AND walk away with some of his stuff. Amazing.

DVD Review: Nick Swardson's 'Seriously, Who Farted?'

Nick Swardson. Photo courtesy Comedy Central. Nick Swardson, for those of you not familiar, is funnier than you. That’s pretty much all you need to know to enjoy his latest Comedy Central Special, Seriously, Who Farted?, as LAist was invited to do. Believe me when I say, if you have an even vague notion of who Swardson is before watching this special, you will be quite familiar with him once the hour is over....

Show Review: What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Monday nights have long been mentioned on LAist as, surprisingly, a great night for comedy. There’s Harold Night at UCB, the Armando Show at iO West, and plenty of other random shows around town to assuage your already work-weary brain. But there’s one show, in the heart of Los Angeles, that doesn’t really fit the Monday bill. It’s as established as the improv shows mentioned above, and has bigger names attached to it than...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

SLASH SIGHTING! Photo courtesy a shitty Blackberry / Farley Elliott / LAist. Stand up abounds this week in the comedy world, but there's also some great opportunities to check back in with the improv roots you know you have. Beer Shark Mice are only around for one more show (that we know of), TNT and Crashbar are doing their usual great stuff. As usual, if you're reading this you like comedy. And if you...

Sarah Silverman Tonight, Tenacious D Saturday @ WTF?! Festival

WTF?! Festival. Photo courtesy The Actors' Gang. As usual, things at the Ivy Substation in Culver City are not status quo. Then again, when you’re trying to keep theatre alive in an economy more suited for food stamps than Shakespeare, nothing is going to be easy. Enter The Actors’ Gang, who for years have been at the Los Angeles forefront of doing things the hard way, and with amazing results. Their productions, workshops, and...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Bus fail. Photo courtesy BeverlyHillsPorsche via LAist Flickr pool. Another week, another listing. This time there's some really choice shows all over town, and some other great ones that didn't make the list. Great stand up Larry Miller is going to be at the Comedy & Magic Club, and UCB keeps running with shows like Shitty Jobs and Friday night's WTF with Marc Maron. That being said, there's more than enough to keep you...

the lesson of The Moth

Katie Rinaldi/Used with permission Yes, technically the above title is grammatically incorrect. And, depending on your level of education and OCD, you might have a hard time getting past it and on to the rest of this piece. But that’s OK, we’re all a little different, and LA’s The Moth seeks to embrace that fact, while finding the linking commonalities in us all. For the record, the title is a reference to the 1927...

Comedy This Weekend: Ultimate Comedy Bash

It’s Friday, which in LA means you still have no idea what you’re going to do this weekend. Maybe you’ll catch a flick or go downtown or spend way too much money at a club that doesn’t give a shit about you. Or, you could get out of town for the weekend, and see some of the best comedy in the country in the process. Tonight kicks off the Ultimate Comedy Bash in Solvang...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

This week's absolute MUST SEE is The Moth GrandSLAM show @ Echoplex. Photo courtesy The Moth. If you're not familiar with The Moth, then shame on you. This long-running New York City / Los Angeles / touring show is an absolute fan favorite among comedians and writers and anyone who thinks they've got a good story to tell. Each month has a theme and if you want to try it out, you put your...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Yoshi needs all the help he can get. Photo via Scani on LAist Flickr. I'll say this, there was probably nothing funnier than last weekend's Red Bull Soapbox Derby. An afternoon spent watching people eat shit? It's like America's Funniest Home Videos on Ice. Or in this case, pavement. At any rate, this week has some pretty big standards to live up to, but I don't think you'll be hurting for great shows. DERRCK...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Why would you even be in this alley to take this photo? Via kpe2 on Flickr. This week is a stand up bonanza, with great shows all over town and even down in Irvine. There's also too much good improv to mention, with Boomtown doing stuff Tuesday and Thursday at TNT and Crashbar, respectively. Ladies & Gentlemen are at Let's Do This! on Friday at UCB. It's practically raining jokes out there folks, so...

Movie Review: White On Rice

Monkey business in White On Rice. Photo courtesy mPRm. When you hear the phrase “the Japanese Step Brothers” used to describe a movie, you’re probably a least a little interested. That is, if you’re anything like me, but you probably aren’t because my parents say I’m one in a million, so eat it. Not that the American version of Step Brothers is all that spectacular, it’s just that imagining the role of an inept,...

Album Review: Childish Gambino's Poindexter

Childish Gambino. Photo via ChildishGambino.com Whether or not you really ever believed Hip Hop was Dead, there’s no denying the changes it’s undergone in the past decade. Bass-y beats and mean muggin’ thug rhyme runners are so cliche they’ve become a caricature of themselves; how else can you explain 50 Cent having his own video game? So where does a real hip hop head turn? Like an ostrich: underground. There’s the nerdcore movement, with...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Dick joke or 'you shouldn't skimp on some stuff' joke? You decide. Photo by calott23 via Flickr After a week-long Labor Day hangover, LAst Laugh is back and funnier than ever. There's so much effing good stuff this week to share with you laugh-starved children, so suck in those bloated bellies and get ready to chuckle your way back to health. MONDAY 9/14 Benson Interruption, 9p Largo. Doug stomps on the throats of some...

Review: The Burning Plain

The Burning Plain. Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures. The opening shot of The Burning Plain is a stark one: a fully engulfed trailer in the middle of the desert, backed by rocky, dry mountains. The next scene is equally strong, as Charlize Theron awakes to gloomy surroundings, sporting a hangover and nothing else. There’s a moment where she makes it to a window, topless, in time to see a few school children notice her as...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Well isn't that just the WORST. Photo courtesy dugm2 via Flickr. Quiet week on the comedy front, with a few notable exceptions like Cagematch, Dragon Boy Suede, and Barats & Bereta. Get AT ME if you wanna. MONDAY 8/31 Ultimate X-Ecution, 8p iO West. This long-running competition is winding down. See who’s left and cast your vote for a winner. Faculty Show, 10p Westside Comedy. Come watch all the WC teachers get up and...

Bike MS in SM = Beer + Bikes for a Cause

Bike MS, courtesy the MS Society. As the summer winds down, it’s important to remember that there’s still a lot of good reasons -and even better causes - to get outside. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to kick back and just enjoy a beer either, does it? Well, if you’d like to give back, get out, and grab a drink while you’re at it, then consider Tuesday’s Bike MS at the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Everythinig is cooool. Photo via sadjeans on LAist Flickr Pool. Well, comedy never sleeps so why should you? After last week's stand up show at Hollywood Forever, brace yourselves for another rousing week of rambunctious laughter at the ends of some of LAs best and brightest. There's Mark Curry, Patton Oswalt, Tig Notaro. There's cagematches and sketch shows and everything under the sun, particularly at Largo and the Improv. You know the drill: hit...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

C-Monster has made themselves a pretty funny Art Taxonomy Venn Diagram. Photo via LAist Flickr page. Guys, this Wednesday is insane for comedy. From Mortified to Old Town to the Chelsea Lately show... and we're not even including the great sketch shows going on over at UCB, include the Apple Sisters. Well, no matter what day of the week you get out to peep some comedy, let this calendar be your guide to the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Get it figured out, kid. Photo courtesy Ca-los via LAist Flickr. Well, LAst Laugh is back with the weekly dish on comedy in and around LA. Pretty straightforward stuff this week, with a ton of sketch and stand up covering the land, with a slight chance of great improv too. Probably most notable is all of the great female stand ups out and about this week, from Mary Lynn to Sarah Silverman on down....

Show Review: Tuesday Nights at iO West

iO West in Hollywood. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons. Lately, at iO West on Tuesday nights, a strange thing has been happening: they’ve been stacking the deck. With Monday nights as their cream-of-the-crop Armando shows and Saturdays reserved for Beer Shark Mice or some other formidable team, it would be entirely possible for iO to experience a bit of the mid-week improv doldrums. But instead, with the last three Harold Competition champion teams running back-to-back-to-back,...

The Actors' Gang Continues to Bring Theatre to the Mini-Masses

Photo courtesy the Actors' Gang. For over twenty years, when Culver City-based theatre collective The Actors’ Gang has spoken, Los Angeles theatergoers have listened, and with good reason. The shows that are produced in the tiny Ivy Substation are often on par or well above the other high-gloss production shows you can pay twice as much money for around town. Not that their works are expansive (or expensive) shows with all sorts of modern...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

What a joke, indeed. A sad, sad joke. Photo courtesy rios-enriquez via Flickr. Stand up is the biggest draw this week, but as always improv is making a strong stand out at Westside and of course at UCB and iO West. In fact, Sentimental Lady and Flap Jackson are going to be breaking out of the Harold and into some new forms on Sunday evening at UCB, so that's worth a look too. Either...

DVD Review: Jim Breuer's Let's Clear The Air

Jim Breuer. Photo via ModestProposal. You know Jim Breuer, if not by name then at least by his perpetually stoned-looking mug or his outlandish Saturday Night Live characters, most notably Goat Boy. This is the Jim Breuer you recognize, from Half-Baked and Chappelle’s Show and even Clerks. But a lot of people don’t know that Breuer also has a long love affair with stand up, dating back many years and several TV specials. And...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

You're right, this shitty graffiti is not the government. Photo courtesy Lord Jim via LAist Flickr. There's a ton of great stuff this week and upcoming down in Irvine, which sort of sucks for anyone who doesn't love traffic. But not to worry, there's so many solid weekly shows around town that you might be neglecting, like Jay Leno or The Smokes or Local 132. Get out, or get AT me if you want...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Meow mix, bitches. Photo courtesy Lucyrk via LAist Flickr. This week's Last Laugh is a good mix of stand up, sketch, and improv. There's a couple not-very-often shows you should get involved with, as well as some stuff that just sounds great or is always worth it, like Benson Interruption. California is giving out IOUs because we can't pay our bills, but that shouldn't stop you from maxing out your credit cards with some...

Review: The Shaman Web Series

Jason Nash as The Shaman. Photo courtesy The Shaman. In general, a web series can be a hard thing to get into, even though its short, any time / anywhere format would seem conducive to today’s youth-driven media market. Maybe there’s something inherently sketchy about the sustainability of online sketch comedy, like the media moguls who control television are just finding new, more subversive ways to lure us in. Or, maybe a lot of...

Review: Dead Snow

What could have been. Photo courtesy IFC Films. There are plenty of movies out there that pay homage to their forefather films, those exceptionally well made pieces that stand the test of time and help to define a genre. However, this is perhaps seen nowhere more than in horror film vein, where hat-tips to the Evil Deads, the Braindeads, and even the Shaun of the Deads are practically mandatory. But these exist for a...

Review: An Unlikely Weapon

The image in question: Saigon Execution, by Eddie Adams. Most of the iconic images we see - the ones that define an era or change a social tide - come without much of a footnote at all. Unless it’s in your nature or your profession, there’s a good chance that Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz are about as deep as you’re willing to wade into the photo pool. But there’s also a good chance...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

This guy knows what he's doing. Photo by lucyrk via LAist Flickr page. It's a pretty quiet week, as Cinefamily wrapped up their monthlong association with Comedy Death Ray, and lots and lots of folks are going out of town for the weekend. Still some great improv, stand up, and sketch out there so get involved folks. If you want to hear from me, want links to the best cat-related blog sites, or want...

Review: The Cove

For the most part, eco-documentaries follow a pretty narrow pattern; either they’re well funded and a little boring or guerrilla style and probably a bit nauseating, but either way you’re supposed to be so outraged you get out of your seat and punch the richest asshole you can find. That’s the gist. But there’s often a disconnect between the images of the film and the actions of the audience because, ecologically, problems tend to be so big any given person feels powerless.

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Anime fox is not amused. Photo courtesy 77516834@N00 via Flickr. There's so much great 'found' stuff going on this week, from the Found Footage competition courtesy of Cinefamily to the Found Magazine show at Largo. Add in some Kevin Nealon and some great sketch, and this week is really starting to look better than some of the decisions you made last weekend. Get AT ME if you want your ish hyped. MONDAY 6/22 The...

Tonight! Fries On The Side Sketch Show

Photo courtesy Fries On The Side. A lot of what is often missing from sketch shows, as opposed to improv, is that organic moment of discovery. With lines, there’s security and safety... which explains why half the hosts of Saturday Night Live manage to make it through without looking like COMPLETE douches. If you want the dangerous side of scripted live comedy, you’re really going to have to look towards UCB’s show Sketch Cram,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

I will punch you. Photo via LAist Flickr pool courtesy acthamer. There's lots of outside-the-mainstream greatness going on this week, with Patton Oswalt and Bobcat Goldthwait both doing Cinefamily stuff, Fries On The Side closing out their great season up in North Hollywood, and the not to be missed Celebrity Autobiography show at Largo. Get out, laugh it up, and let Farley know what else is on the horizon. MONDAY 06/15
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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

To do list courtesy Dickie Copeland. With the wrap up of the LA Improv Festival at iO West, you'd think that things would be all quiet on the comedy front this week. But thankfully that's just not the case, with the opening of this year's Secret Policeman's Ball / Film Festival showing us some of the great classics in UK comedy. There's also a ton of good improv and sketch all over town, including...

Review: Under Our Skin

Photo courtesy Under Our Skin Of all the pressing medical issues in America today, Lyme disease doesn’t usually rank very high on the list of things to worry about. That is, unless you believe the startling new documentary by Andy Abrahams Wilson, Under Our Skin. In it, the filmmaker postulates that Lyme is not only more prevalent than most people realize, it is a rapidly growing problem across our nation that leaves behind it...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, here comes the cute patrol. Photo via acthamer on Flickr. Well, it's officially LA Improv Festival time at iO West, which naturally makes it the premiere spot for comedy this week. There's sketch and improv tournaments, big name shows with big name stars, and plenty of $5 shows to keep the masses happy. That being said, The Birthday Boys and A Kiss From Daddy...

Check It Out: Jon Lovitz Comedy Club

Following the fanfare of a star-studded Thursday red carpet opening, the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club is officially here. And while the Lovitz club likes to throw around the idea that Los Angeles hasn’t had a new comedy club in 30 years, that PR spin really discounts the amount of stand up that goes on at the less-than-5-year-old UCB, or the revamped and reopened Downtown Comedy Club. But be that as it may, it certainly is exciting to see new comedy come out of the woodwork, when places all around us are closing up shop.

Do This: LA Improv Festival @ iO West

Improv, along with sketch and stand up, comprises the three main pillars of comedy. Yet most people who go to comedy shows see stand up first, sketch second, and improv a distant third. Indeed, not a single Harold Night goes by at UCB without someone raising their hand at the question ‘who’s never seen improv before’. So, for those of you still living under joke rocks (or those hide-a-key rocks...how funny are THOSE?!), next...

Interview: Comedy Darlings Garfunkel & Oates

The lovely ladies, Garfunkel & Oates. Photo via G & O. It seems that in the past month, you can't throw a joke book without hitting Garfunkel & Oates at some show around town. Not that you'd want to; these lovely ladies are quickly mastering the craft of beautiful songs with enough comedic edge to keep you in your seats. Both Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are well known faces on television and film,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Money in the mail. Photo via kpe2 via LAist Flickr page. There's a lot of good stuff around town, as the comedy world gears up for next week's LA Improv Festival at iO West. Garfunkel and Oates are at UCB, Jo Koy is out and about, and Dave Attell is headlining with some hardcore hilarious folks. Not to mention Patton and his friends, and Maria Bamford at The Improv. It's stand up time! MONDAY...

Review: Dane Cook - ISolated INcident

Ah, Dane Cook. Regarded by some as the aggressive and rugged face of fun, energetic comedy. Sort of the anti-Mitch Hedberg. For others, Dane is a posterboy for an altogether different type of comic: the plagiarizer, the man without a punchline. Personally, I have long held that Dane Cook is a performer and not a stand up comedian, in the way that Bob Villa was a TV show host and not a licensed contractor....

Dodgers Introduce 'Blogger In The Box'

As the mainstream media continues to crumble around us, more and more remaining news sources are turning to the internet as a legitimate resource for information and mass appeal. You can’t watch an evening news segment without hearing the word ‘twitter’, and most every single site now has a blog associated with it. GM has a blog? Kodak? Boeing? While occasionally a corporate blog can be helpful (see also: the Google blog any time Gmail...

SuperEgo Interview: Inside the Mind of the Podcast

As podcasts go, more often than not there are the kings of the ring, and everyone else is sitting on the sidelines. It’s sort of like the presidency: technically anyone can run for office, but historically old white dudes have passed the torch from one wrinkly hand to another. But every once in a while, there are wonderful examples of podcasts, and presidents, rising from the ground up to really do something spectacular. Barack...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

The Smokes, 7p UCB. These improv veterans do two different long-form improv forms every single week, and every time they are fucking hilarious. An absolute can’t-miss for anyone seriously interested in long form improvisation. | You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Based on excerpts from the upcoming book of the same name, Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn tell tales of what it takes to be married. Apparently, it’s a lot.

Bo Burnham, YouTuber Turned Comedy Central Star

Bo Burnham's new CD/DVD combo. Photo courtesy The Syndicate. Hello, web readers. If you’ve managed to find this small bit of writing out there in the vast internet, then there’s a good chance you’ve also heard of YouTube. That is, unless you’re my grandmother, whom I send links to and she opens without questioning where she is being taken to, and couldn’t get to google if you spotted her the ‘-oogle.com’. And since you’re...

DVD Review: Don't Make Jo Koy Angry

Comedian Jo Koy has become an absolute staple in the mainstream stand up comedy circuit over the past five years. Fans really seem to appreciate Jo’s honesty and enthusiasm on stage; he’s like Dane Cook after you give him a horse tranquilizer and a joke book to calm him down. After touring with Carlos Mencia (for better or worse) on his Punisher Tour, Koy even got listed in Daily Variety as a top 10...

Comedy Gets New Life West of the 405

The outside of the new Westside Comedy theater, formerly Westside Eclectic. Photo courtesy M.i. Productions. ...Well, sort of. The new Westside Comedy theater, formerly the Westside Eclectic in Santa Monica, has undergone a renovation and (hopefully) a renaissance. A few months ago longtime touring improvisers Mission IMPROVable (M.i.) took a majority stake in the theater and have since decided to really revamp the look and feel of the place. Their mission? To be the...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio. But with considerably less bling. Photo by arte via Flickr. Man, this is like the week of two-person shows. Between the amazing Garfunkel and Oates, Frankenmatt, Triple S, and Teenager of the Year, the stages in and around LA just boiling over with great stuff this week. And we're not even talking about the mind-blowing two man improv happening at UCB cagematch on Wednesday nights at 11p....

DVD Review: Adam Ferrara is Funny As Hell

If you live in Los Angeles and you like to see cheap comedy, more than likely you’re spending your time and money in the ‘alternative comedy’ scene, for better or worse. Now, I’ll be the first to promote the benefits of lesser known comedians in more intimate venues, but every once in a while it’s nice to take a step back towards more mainstream comedy, just to retest the waters and see if you...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Back off kid, I'm not going to adopt your brown exploding face, thanks. Photo by byrneout via Flickr. There's a few big events going on this week, from the LA Comedy Festival continuing over at Acme on La Brea, to the start of the Harold Competition at iO West. There's a bunch of good sketch this week at Acme and UCB, and some solid stand up around town. Not to mention Aziz. Always Aziz....

FUNemployment: Free Laughs @ The Laugh Factory

Photo courtesy jcolton via Flickr. While LAist certainly doesn’t condone all you able-bodied folks out there mooching off the government in this age of budget shortfalls, we’re not one to lay down the law when it comes to having a little fun, either. And apparently we’re not alone. The Laugh Factory in Hollywood and Long Beach have recently begun to offer free shows for those of us who can prove that we’re unemployed. Sounds...

Dan Deacon @ Troubadour 4.22.09

Dan Deacon, the Baltimore whiz kid with the big glasses and even bigger soundtrack, managed to run his veggie-powered bus through Los Angeles last week, just in time to unload his monster ensemble on stage behind him and get the party movin'. Unless you live or die by the reviews on Pitchfork, it might be a bit of a stretch to say that Dan is a household name, which truly is unfortunate. His happy brand...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

A deer made out of grilled cheese. Finally, something worth hunting. Photo courtesy imjeffro via LAist Flickr Pool. This week is a great one for comedy, as a lot of heavy hitters are performing all over town. the Comedy Central Stage is getting a lot of love, as is Largo with back to back nights featuring Aziz Ansari and Sarah Silverman. Beer Shark Mice is back at iO, and Harold Night tonight at UCB...

Check It Out: The Garden Opens in Theaters

The once-thriving South Central collective garden. Photo courtesy Black Valley Films. Not too long ago, LAist tried to turn you on to an absolutely wonderful documentary that hits closer to home than it ever should. It is engaging, enraging and honest. And like all documentaries, it deals with the actions and responsibilities of those around us, for better or (often) worse. It is The Garden. When LAist last caught up with this film, it...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Truer words were never spoken, At least not by a t-shirt. Photo courtesy fotonomous via LAist Flickr page. It's 4.20! Smoke all your smokes and whatnot. You'd think I'd hype The Smokes show at UCB tonight at 7, or the 4.20 Crash Test show or SOMETHING, but nope. Smoke free since 1983, playas! Anywho, UCB has so much else going on this week you can't believe it. The great shows like CDR are killing...

Eddie Izzard Announces Surprise Show at Largo, Tix Almost Gone

As of yesterday, Eddie Izzard has made firm plans to drop in at the Largo tonight and tomorrow! Tickets are $28 and are available at the Largo website but there's only a few left, so get them now! Largo is just killing these great celeb-driven shows as of late, and this one is no exception. If you missed Mike Birbiglia's mind-blowing one man show this week, make the amazing Izzard a priority....

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Safety first, kids. Photo courtesy Brett Morris/LAist. The Mike Birbiglia one man show hits Largo on Tuesday and Wednesday, but UCB has CDR Sketch with Casey Wilson on Tuesday night too, so choose wisely. Help out the Midnight Mission on Sunday, see the USS Rock N' Roll at the Westside Eclectic, or spend tonight at UCB with Flap Jackson and Sentimental Lady, then stick around for the Dirty Laundry show at 11. As always...

Review: Who Does She Think She Is?

Photo courtesy Mystic Artists In 2004 the documentary buzz was all about Born Into Brothels, a stark look at the Calcutta prostitution ghettos that are a part of daily life for eight unassuming and wonderful children. The level of humanity, depth, and sorrow found in the crowded streets and scenes inside Born Into Brothels earned it the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in the year’s awards, not to mention global notoriety. Well, as...

Tom Morello at Grammy Museum 3/31

Man, downtown is kickass. Yeah, you've seen the great theatre and the wonderful eats and the art walk, but you've probably also thought about the homeless population, or the proclivity for violence in the face of an economic abyss. And while all of these things, in their own way, are true about downtown, things like the Grammy Museum are really helping to elevate the standard while keeping an eye on what’s important in their neighborhood....

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Headed for some railroad tracks with a bundle of rope. Photo via Flickr by 8968698@N07. MONDAY 4/06 The Smokes, 7p UCB. This new improv megateam tackles two crazy structures in one hour, right in front of your eyes. The Situation We’re In, 8p iO West. Andy Dick and Mo Collins probably have a lot to talk about. What with the drugs and the jail and all....

Review: Reno 911! Show at Largo

Photo courtesy Comedy Central Around Los Angeles, Largo has long been known as a solid comedy spot to see great people doing exactly what made you love them in the first place. Six months ago, you probably wouldn’t have found as much experimental comedy going on there as you do know, and that is certainly a good thing. Lately, it seems, Largo is undergoing another comedy renaissance; with the arrival of the Doug Benson...

Do This: Reno 911! Benefit Show! Tonight!

Ren 911! Benefit Show TONIGHT. Photo courtesy Comedy Central. You will be doing yourself a very large disservice if you don't get your ass over to Largo tonight to check out the Reno 911! Benefit Show, to raise money for Planting Peace, a charity that works to help children in impoverished nations. Every member of the show, including Tom Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio and Ian Roberts, will be sharing stage time with a roll...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Does Scientology honor this? SNAP! Photo by dopey Largo at the Coronet, on La Cienega, is absolutely killing it this week. The Reno 911! benefit show is an absolute must, and CDR at UCB should be it's usual long-as-hell-but-also-gut-busting self. Naked Babies on Thursday should prove to be a great improv show from a lot of top names, and The Improv has the Sklars on Saturday. Hot DAMN folks. This recession can go to...

Show Review: A Night at iO West

Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall at iO West. Photo courtesy iO West. iO West, formerly of the ‘ImprovOlympic’ namesake, has been a true comedy institution in Los Angeles for more than a decade, and it’s heritage with the original Chicago outlet goes back much further. From Chris Farley to Bill Murray and every Tim (Meadows), (Andy) Dick, and Del (Close) in between, iO has been an instructional springboard for many famous names...

Check It Out: F*ck! Marry! Kill! with Molly Prather

Molly Prather is in Fuck! Marry! Kill! on March 25th. Photo courtesy Molly Prather. There’s something about combining childhood games with sexual exploits, as told by an attractive woman, that is...well...awesome. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Franklin has noticed this anomaly as well, and has smartly chosen to re-up the wonderful Fuck! Marry! Kill! for a couple of upcoming nights that should not...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Yeah, it's a little early for weird marching Nazi Easter bunnies, but whatever. Photo courtesy Ropo via Flickr. There's good sketch all over the place this week, and some novelty comedy acts (hypnotism, juggling), but it seems like the Patton Oswalt / David Cross and Louis C.K. show will be dominating the landscape this week. Beyond that, the in-the-dark ASSSSCAT show should be legendary, so go take a look, and hit up Farley to...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

This place is a total hazard, because this guy is such a firecracker. Photo by jimsonweed via LAist Flickr Photo Pool. Great stand up around town this week, and even more to come next week. Those Convoy boys are all over the map this week, and it's SAINT PATTY'S DAY tomorrow! If you can't find something to laugh at when you're drunk, you're either one of those black and white mime clowns that just...

Review: Everlasting Moments

Everlasting Moments. Photo courtesy IFC Films. With each new large technological advancement, there’s got to be a real sense of wonder among the middle class when they finally get their hands on it. From vehicles to the internet to photographs, each new advancement shapes the world around them into new forms that were probably never thought possible before. But on the bright side, domestic violence never changes! Basically, these two themes sum up Jan...

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