Results tagged “Farley Elliott”

Review: The Great Buck Howard

How GOOD is Steve Zahn?! LET'S TALK ABOUT IT. Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures. Showmanship in the long-held traditional sense just keeps getting moved more and more to the fringes of contemporary entertainment. Circuses, for all of the revelry and majestical wonder they inspired only a decade ago, are in serious decline. David Blaine and Criss Angel are the magicians and mentalists of our day. Indeed the horizon looks bleak. That is, unless you ask the Great Buck Howard. Or, rather, see the film.

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Epic enforcement fail. Photo courtesy Lord-Jim via LAist Flickr page. Wowzers. Patton n' friends at Hollywood Forever, Beer Shark Mice at iO West, a Neil Simon play, Zach Galifianakis, and (gulp) Dane Cook. What a week ahead! Email Farley if you're interested in getting love here for an upcoming show of yours. MONDAY 3/9 The Matts, 6-8p LittleRadio.com. If you’re around a computer, check out littleradio.com for the new The Matts show, which is...

DVD Review: Kosher Stand Up With Robert Cait

When deciding to take on a career in the arts, the one thing that will separate you from a herd of like-minded cattle is ‘finding your voice’. This, simply, means getting comfortable with yourself, your medium, and your material. Once you reach that easygoing level, you can maneuver within it to truly discover the reasons you were drawn towards your creative craft in the first place. For comedian Robert Cait, his career has come...

Review: Blessed Is The Match

Blessed Is The Match: The Life and Times of Hannah Senesh. Photo courtesy Katahdin Foundation. With the heightened sense of urgency that exists throughout the world today, it is easy to be uncertain or afraid. There is a gimme gimme attitude, built partly out of necessity in today’s climate, but also out of generations of relaxed approaches to consumption and spending. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see true stories of unbelievably strong people...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Oooh la la. Photo courtesy Lord-Jim via LAist Flickr Photo Pool. UCB is blowing it UP this week, with Billy the Mime, new Harold improv teams, and some lovely lady stand ups to close out the weekend. Also, the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival starts on Thursday and runs the weekend, so head downtown for 30 mins. or less of laughing. And in keeping with my journalistic integrity, my sketch group The Seven Year...

TwiistUp 5: More Than Just Sexy Tech Stuff

Some TwiistUp 5 goodness. Photo courtesy the great Emily Lerman/LAist. For a guy as lazy as I am, there’s only a certain number of phrases that will really get me off the couch. I mean, I can get a cheeseburger delivered to my apartment if I really want, and anything not in arm’s reach can either be gotten by stick, or isn’t worth your trouble in the first place. I’m not exactly what you’d...

Play Review: Trial of the Catonsville Nine

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. Photo credit Kim Zsebe, courtesy The Actor's Gang. Many of us would like to count ourselves as 'politically active'. We are an intelligent country, made up of many of the same demographics as seen in other Western countries. We have the students, the high prices, the motivations, and the anger. We just don't have the riots. Excluding recent racial developments in Oakland and the occasional big sports victory,...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

What an idiot. GET BETTER ARMS, SNOW CHUMP. Photo by Never Cool In School, courtesy LAist Flickr page. The Largo at Coronet is holding it down this weekend with great comedy, Seth & Ed is back at UCB, Bill Maher is around town, and Steve Agee is 40. Fuck the Oscars and all your water-cooler banter, this week in comedy is what you should be talking about around the office. If not, email me...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Caution, the craziest shit you ever saw ahead. Photo by Michael Camacho via LAist Flickr Photo Pool. Don't let the rain get you down this week. Get out there and enjoy yourself some comedy! There's Sarah Silverman, Andy Daly, Brendon Burns, Maya Rudolph, Jon Lajoie, John Pinette, just to name a few. Hit me up here to promote your own show. MONDAY 2/16 Frankenmatt: Pilgrimage, 11p Second City. The guys I loved so much...

Midnight Movie: Always OnStar

It’s a wet and rainy one out there this week, so be sure to buckle up safely and take it easy to avoid any mishaps. And you’ll want to be especially careful if you’ve got a hooker in the car. AM I RIGHT, EDDIE MURPHY?! AM I RIGHT, 12 YEAR OLD CELEBRITY REFERENCE?! At any rate, we’ve all wondered how the availability of OnStar in many cars these days might lead to a loss...

Show Some Love: Last Week's Writers Guild Awards

Hollywood can have problems giving credit where credit is due. Ideas get stolen, supporting actors go unnoticed, and many times the writers who make up the foundation of the entertainment industry never get the limelight in the way that they should. That is, until they decide to go on strike, or a blonde bombshell declares them unfit for accolades. So it should be a source of honor and pride for these men and women when,...

Check It Out: Eastbound & Down TONIGHT on HBO

One of a handful of baseball cards you can download from the HBO site. Photo courtesy HBO. Let’s assume you’re a reasonably intelligent person who also has HBO. It would be easy to assume, then (since you are reasonably intelligent) that at 10 o’clock tonight you will be watching Flight of the Conchords on your HBO-enabled viewing box of choice. Again, seems reasonable enough. Why, then, in your reasonably-sized brain, would you ever have...

Interview: Friendly comedy from Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor guys, as you may find them walking on your block. Photo courtesy the guys themselves. Do you ever think to yourself: "man, I could really go for some good, wholesome sketch comedy". You know, sketches about imagination, pranking your gay (?) roommate, being retarded-but-not, celebrity babies having...babies... If so, look no further than right next door, because Good Neighbor has what you're begging for. You might recognize these hilarious LA-based sketch...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

I Hollywould. Courtesy albertocueto via LAist Flickr page. It's been a dark and cloudy weekend. Let's try to warm things up with some comedy this week, including the always-awesome Daniel Tosh. There's some good improv this week and some really stellar sketch, as well as some untested but possibly-awesome stand up. Good luck out there, comedy comrades. And as always, email Farley to hype your own stuff. MONDAY 2/9 Crackin’ Up Comedy Hour, 8p...

Movie Review: Gomorrah

Photo courtesy IFC Films. It's a reasonable assumption that a film chronicling the inner workings of an actual mob syndicate would be interesting, engaging even. You would assume, as you saunter in with your too-large Coke and your caution-orange butter popcorn that, "hey, some of this is probably going to end up on the floor, because I'm going to get startled or have to turn myself away quickly from the bloodshed and gunplay". "Hey,"...

Interview: Stand Up Comic Dan Levy

Dan Levy is quickly becoming a known face around the comedy circuit, due in no small part to his success with the website CollegeHumor, which is an online showcase for funny videos, articles, and photographs, with a heavy bent towards (you guessed it) the college demographic. Dan has been an integral part of the multifaceted expansion of the site beyond the small corner of the web they currently occupy, and into very real comedy...

Review: Chocolate

Please do this to anyone with that haircut and shirt, any time, any place. Photo courtesy Magnet. More than likely, it's been a while since you've seen a kung fu movie. There were the Jackie Chan years, the Crouching Tiger times, but those are largely gone, and true martial arts ass-kickery is for the most part missing from American cinema houses. Why is this? Has the general skill level gone down? Is Parkour, the...

Dane Cook at The Laugh Factory THIS WEEKEND! OMG!

Photo courtesy jcolton via Flickr. For all of you Dane Cook fans out there, it's time to put down your retainers and ask mom and dad if it's OK to stay out late this weekend, as Dane himself will be filming a new Comedy Central piece at the Laugh Factory. This is great news for all four people who watched every episode of Tourgasm (you know who you are). Dane will be taking over...

Show Review: Roberto Alomar @ iO West

Roberto Alomar doing what they do at iO West. Improv, if you're not familiar, is a pretty scary thing; both for the audience and the improvisors. It's sort of an agreement between the two groups who fully acknowledge that SOMETHING is going to happen, but nobody's quite sure what, and in this regard it is unique to other forms of conventional comedy. And even within improv, short-form (a series of small games - think...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

I barely know 'er! LOLOLOLOLOLOL. Photo via LAist Flickr Pool, by ciana13. Great stuff this week, including a 2nd Aziz Ansari show (Aziz interview here), The Lampshades in limited engagement at iO West, and the Birthday Boys at UCB. Don't miss out, and email Farley your next show! MONDAY 2/02 Garage Comedy, 9p El Cid. A crazy mix of stand up and sketch and wackiness in Silver Lake. Crash Test, 11p UCB. Huebel and...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

NOM NOM NOM. Photo from LAist Flickr Pool, courtesy of ~db~. A lot of the usual comedy venues are shut down for at least the first part of Sunday because of the Super Bowl, so be sure to keep that in mind if you're looking for chuckles on Sunday. If you're looking for something special during the rest of the week, though, the Comedy Central Stage is doing it up hard this week, and...

Interview: Comedy Roommates Amanda & Jennie

Sunglasses, sunshine, and some hilarious girls. Photo courtesy Amanda & Jennie. Amanda and Jennie are best friends. Best friends who live together and do comedy together and, judging by their photo, friends who lay in the grass and stare at the sky with their sunglasses on. America needs more of this, but until the word gets out about these two lovely comediennes, we must content ourselves that Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre LA is their...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

What are you hiding behind those shades, dog?! Photo by Joits via Laist Flickr pool. Be sure to check out some of the great shows around LA this weekend, including Nick Swardson, Drew Carey, and Andy Daly. Definitely email Farley if you’d like to recommend any shows to get some love on LAist, and keep on tagging those Flickr photos in our pool with ‘lastlaugh’ to make sure it gets seen. Thanks! Monday 1/19...

Interview: Cult Comedy Heroes 'Convoy'

The boys are hard at work. Photo courtesy of Convoy themselves. How classy. While Alex Berg, Todd Fasen, and Alex Fernie would probably hesitate to call themselves heroes in any capacity (that is, unless they somehow saved a baby riding a puppy from getting run over by a truck full of hate and fireworks), the moniker does have a certain amount of applicability. In a staggeringly short amount of time, the three-man improv juggernaut...

Interview: 'Giant' Comedian Aziz Ansari

It sure seems like Aziz Ansari is doing all of the right things at the right times these days, and he’s definitely getting noticed for it. For a few years now, he’s been steadily climbing the comedy ladder, doing stand up and stage work both here in Los Angeles and New York City. After Aziz paired with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer to form the wildly popular Human Giant on MTV, he really began...

Interview: Luke Barats, YouTube Comedy Star

Luke Barats just wants a drink and to show off his knees. Is that so wrong?! Photo courtesy Luke Barats. In Los Angeles, A-list celebrities wait in line in front of you at Caffe Primo, while B-list celebrities make your nonfat mocha. That is to say, there’s ‘stars’ everywhere, and it’s easy (even in fashion, perhaps) to be unimpressed. In Spokane, Washington, however, celebrities are a bit harder to come by. Strange, since this...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Where's he Russian off to? HEY OH! Courtesy Nuno_Oliveira via LAist Flickr Photo Pool. The comedy is back in full swing this week around LA, with an incredible show to see every night (if you're so inclined). From sketch to stand up to improv to theatre, it's all represented and it's all great this week. Thanks to everyone tagging their Flickr photos with 'lastlaugh', you're really helping to make this comedy round-up great! And...

I.O.U.S.A. on CNN Right N-O-W!

Photo by JROK via LAist Featured Photo pool RIght NOW on CNN (11a PST), you can check out a condensed version of the hit documentary I.O.U.S.A., about the growing national debt crisis that we all face. In these tough economic times, one way to stay on top is to stay informed, and I.O.U.S.A. is a great way to do just that. The film has already been making the rounds at several film festivals, including...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

It's best if you imagine these ornaments are secret robots, prepared to kill children. Photo courtesy BenjaminPage via LAist Flickr photo pool. Monday 12/29 Open Mic, 6p Ha Ha Cafe. Who knows, you might see someone you like. ReGifted!, 11p UCB. Bring in your unwanted gifts and the stories behind them, and leave with some great improv. http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/shows/987 Tuesday 12/30 USS Rock & Roll, 9p iO. Great Harold-style improv from some of the best...

Home Alone for the Holidays

The evidence. Photo by Emily Lerman / LAist. The holiday season is a time for reflection. We've all been fortunate enough to make it through another year relatively unscathed; sometimes we stick out our hands to help those around us, and sometimes the hands reach out for us, but any way you look at it, there's a lot that we've all done for each other, and ourselves. so when you finally sit down to...

Movie Review: Good

Viggo....DON'T TURN AROUND!!! Photo courtesy Th!nkFilm. Hindsight, as we all know, is 20/20; the clarity of succeeding events allows us a sharper and more focused analysis of inciting incidents. But is it possible for the incident itself to have a level of focus all its own, without the benefit of future knowledge? Maybe that first decision can really be seen with 20/10 clarity; not in the sense that all known variables and outcomes will...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Must be this tall to ride. Photo by GarySeven via LAist Flickr photo pool. Happy Hanukkah everyone! And Christmas is on its way, too! You're probably getting enough awkward laughter mileage out of your families this time of year, but if not, take a look below for some interesting tidbits that could keep you rolling through this most festive of weeks. And since things are slowing down for the holidays, be sure to let...

Movie Review: Seven Pounds

Rosario Dawson and Will Smith and a big-ass dog. Photo Courtesy Sony Pictures. The holiday box office season is generally a time for light-hearted, star-driven films that keep audiences engaged. After all, it is tough in this economic climate and with so few days before Christmas to take two hours out of your day to sit in a theater and really become involved in the characters on screen, even if the dialogue is upbeat...

Check It Out: FrankenMatt at Second City

FrankenMatt. Photo courtesy the guys themselves. Second City is a name synonymous with theatre and comedy. From early roots in Chicago and Toronto, Second Citizens have gone on to become some of the most recognized and revered comedy faces to dot the landscape of the past few decades. Perhaps no other improv / sketch comedy theatre has been as nationally influential in bringing about the current comedy scene we have today. And with outposts...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

The holidays are almost upon us. In the interest of equality, be sure to check out the Heeb show this week. Or for nondenominational comedy, try the Bob's Holiday Office Party show on Sunday. Anything else? Send Farley an email and let him know. Monday 12/15 Funny Or Die: Super Secret Show, 8p Largo. If this show is anything like other FoD engagements, expect some high-profile celebs (most likely a John C. Reilly appearance) to...

WTF of the Day: WonderGlen

WonderGlen Productions. Any ideas? Screenshot of the site courtesy LAist/Farley Elliott. So-called 'viral marketing' has become such a pervasive element of the media landscape that it's almost become a parody of itself. It is being utilized, to varying degrees of success, on almost all levels; the broke artists love being able to throw up a couple of websites and cryptic messages to start a movement, while the studio bigwigs can't argue with the bottom...

The LAist Comedy Gift Guide

The holidays are here. Don't f*cking remind me. Photo courtesy borrowed via LAist Featured Photo pool on flickr. So much of this holiday season is about giving 'gifts'. It's all so commercialized, bro. You've got gifts for kids, gifts for drinkers. You've even got gift ideas for people who sure as hell can't afford to buy you a gift in return. Thanks but no thanks, douchetards. This year, it's all about getting people shit...

Interview: Jason Nash, a Guy with Feelings

Los Angeles is filled with hardworking comedians; they're practically bussed in from Milwaukee or St. Louis or Tampa or wherever funny comes from. For long-time writer/actor/comedian Jason Nash, it took years to discover that maybe the comedy can come from your own basement. With the continued success of his long-running podcast Guys With Feelings, Nash uses his own basement to talk about familial frustrations, life in (and outside of) 'the biz', and any interesting tidbits...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Why do both girls on the ends have the weirdest legs in the world? Photo by mmewuji via LAist Flicker photo pool. Gear up for a series of holiday-themed comedy shows and benefit events in the coming weeks. Luckily, there are also plenty of heathen shows for us ne'er-do-wells to give our money to for no good cause. And if you've got one you'd like to see here, email Farley or leave it in...

Review: A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour

You hear phrases like 'fact is stranger than fiction' all the time. People constantly share heartfelt and truly miraculous real life stories; then they get in their Aerostar vans and drive over to the cineplex to watch Twilight for the umpteenth time. Meanwhile, if you're a documentary filmmaker and your name isn't Michael Moore, you've got a better chance of becoming the Vice President than seeing any substantial commercial success from a film that captures...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

lulz. photo by mondolind via LAist Flickr Photo pool. MONDAY 12/1 Latino Night, 8p Laugh Factory. Spice up your stand up. tml Long Form 1, 10p Second City. Come see the latest batch of improv grads try to hone their newfound skills. TUESDAY 12/2 Gary Austin's Improv, 8p Groundlings. Founding father Gary Austin directs the best improvisors from The Groundlings school. Comedy Death Ray, 8:30p UCB. Stand in line to try to see Garofalo,...

Movie Review: The Collective

Shots like these help to keep The Collective afloat. Photo courtesy The Collective Film Group. How come people in movies don't just call the police? Seriously. The police exist in this world specifically for occasions when bad people are trying to do bad stuff to you. CALL THEM. What if a character in a movie needed a pizza? NEEDED it. Like, if they didn't get this fucking pizza, they were going to die. Would...

DVD Review: George Carlin's It's Bad For Ya

Don't mind the visage, the eyes behind hold it all. RIP George Carlin. We are now deeply entrenched in that most wonderful time of year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we are thankful for so much of our past, and eagerly awaiting the presents of the future. But when it comes to gift-giving, there are desperately few options that celebrate a look back and step forward for ourselves. You can buy the LCD TV...

I'm Thankful: Farley Elliott

I'm thankful this picture of me wording up some bitches in the pool exists, even if the quality sucks. There's so much to be thankful for this year, as I celebrate my first anniversary of being in Los Angeles. I'm thankful my house got robbed. Now my Luddite existence enables me to understand the joys of pen and paper, and what it means to have to get your porn from a liquor store and...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

ARF. HEIDI MONTAG LOVE BRAN. Photo courtesy Pink_Fish13 via the LAist Featured Photo pool on Flickr. It's turkey week, so make sure you work off some of those cranberry sauce pounds by laughing extra hard. If you need help getting started, try checking this out. And don't forget to add to Flickr's LAist Featured Photo pool with any pics you want to run for the weekly LAst Laugh segment. Just tag it with 'lastlaugh'...

WGA Stories Behind the Stories

Stuart Beattie | Australia. Photo courtesy Dexter Kim/WGAW It is a rare treat to see masters at work in any medium, which is why you may walk the streets of New York City and encounter countless tourists taking pictures of overweight men behind counters flicking thin sheets of pizza dough. A luxurious craft, or particularly lucrative? No. But these men are good at what they do, plain and simple, and there is a sense...

LAist DVD Review: Garden Party

Los Angeles survives on its image, be it through tourism or the entertainment industry or the weather. Lots of people come here for lots of reasons; some stay, others move on. But the truth is, for anyone with family in a small town somewhere else, the reality of Los Angeles, day in and day out, is usually much more mundane. We all have to go to work, or to eat, or to pick up the...

LAist Movie Review: The Black Balloon

The Black Balloon. Photo courtesy Platform Media Group. If there is ever a time to get people out of their house and into movie theaters, it is now. The weather is turning colder, Oscar season is fast approaching, and a large amount of turkey makes it hard to want to do anything besides sit in plush chairs with 40 oz. of liquid crack within easy reach. The problem, though, is that everyone knows this,...

LA Comedy Festival Ends This Weekend

Business card? No. Way to contact you? No. Statment about what you're promoting? No. Photo courtesy C-Monster via LAist Photo Pool. Sure, it's the weekend before Thanksgiving. And yeah, you could spend it holed up in your apartment with a gallon jug of hair gel, clipping coupons for the early-bird Best Buy sale that's finally going to net you that sweet new cellular phone. Or maybe capitalizing random words and adding unnecessary quotes to...

The Monkees @ The Egyptian, 11/12

The Monkees backstage with Jack. Photo courtesy Henry Diltz. There's something undeniably cheeky and charming about The Monkees, even after all these years. Well, 40 years to be exact. In November of 1968, America's fun-loving answer to The Beatles teamed up with Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson to make Head, the only feature film to The Monkees' credit. And, forty years later (almost to the day), Head returned to Hollywood for a rare 35mm...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

There's nothing funny about illiteracy. Except everything. Photo courtesy baadumching via the LAist Featured Photo pool. Another stellar week of comedy in the Los Angeles area. If you know of / are in a comedy show you think we should be covering, leave it in the comments section. Tuesday 11/18 Who's Available, 10p Westside Eclectic. A mix of stand up, video, sketch, and wacky characters. Billy Gardell, 8p Comedy & Magic Club. Great stand...

Movie Review: Pray The Devil Back To Hell

A bunch of ladies looking to get a peace. Photo by Pewee Flomoku. The Republic of Liberia, tucked warmly between Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast on the African-Atlantic seaboard, is supposed to be a success story. Loosely founded in 1822 by freed American slaves in search of hope, homogeny, and a life of freedom, Liberia immediately became a West African beacon of choice and political change. By 1847 they had established independence, relying...

LAist Interview: The Sklar Brothers

The Sklar Brothers star in the hilarious web series Back On Topps. Photo courtesy The Tornante Company. Randy and Jason Sklar are two faces that you probably recognize; and not just because they share the same face. Born as identical twins, the pair have decided to stick with it, and have achieved a surprising level of comedic success, without having a 'good-looking one' to fall back on. They have since gone on to appear...

LAist Movie Review: Moscow, Belgium

It always comes as a breath of fresh air when a film and it's filmmakers don't just give us what they think we want to see, or what they think we deserve; instead, they give us the truth. There are many different genres, styles, techniques and schools of thought that surround the entertainment industry as a whole, and more than a few of those will push for beauty and strength and morality above honesty. Sometimes...

Meet Two of the Original Monkees Tomorrow

The Monkees' film Head at the Egyptian in Hollywood. Photo courtesy Henry Diltz. Is the onslaught of the holiday season making you a bit nostalgic? Then head down to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday the 12th for a 40th anniversary commemorative screening of the The Monkees' feature film, Head. It may not be hot cider and snowball fights, but original Monkees Davy Jones and Peter Tork will be there! In addition to...

Now Bel Air Has a Film Festival

Imagine trying to walk back to your car at night in this neighborhood. Shudder. Photo courtesy Atwater Village Newbie. via the LAist Featured Photo Pool. With the AFI Festival recently over, and the holiday media blitz still a few weeks away, you may be looking for some under-the-radar films to fend off your all-too-inevitable turkey-induced football coma. At least, the hard-working, agrarian folks from Bel Air certainly hope so. Somewhere between standing in line...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Did you ever see anything so funny? Try this week's comedy picks! | Photo by dogseat via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Monday 11/10 Pop-Ins, 9p Comedy Store. Good chance you'll see someone you recognize trying out their newest material. The Armando Show, 9p iO. Funny man Dave Razowsky hosts this hilarious improv show. Tuesday 11/11 See You Next Tuesday, 10:30p UCB. Didn't make Comedy Death Ray? Stick around for the next...

LAist Movie Review: Before The Fall

Woke up this morning, got myself a gun. Photo courtesy the great people behind Before The Fall. When the sign reads 'Alt Cinema', you have to step into the theatre knowing that whatever you're about to see is gonna be a real crapshoot. Often times without the shooting. But every once in a while, mixed in with the kabuki juggling animated dragon silent films and anything by Uwe Bolle, you start to realize that...

LAist Movie Review: Doubt

Doubt. Photo Courtesy Miramax. In the entertainment world, the leap from stage to screen can often be a tumultuous one. There are tantalizingly few Dustin Hoffman-Willie Lowman shining stars to help playwrights navigate the dark and treacherous cinema seas. There are no Angels in America lighthouses with which to shore up for a time. Which is why, sad to say, many a play-to-film adaptation simply s(t)inks. Luckily, playwright John Patrick Shanley has anchored his...

LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

Don't worry, she's laughing at her own teal bathrobe. Photo by premasagar via Flickr. This week, as always, there's lots to see and do in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Be sure to check out some of the great happenings throughout the week. There's no better way to fight off those post-Halloween and pre-Thanksgiving blues. And don't forget that November is George Carlin month, and in honor of our fallen comedy comrade, there will...

Election Opinion: Vote No On Prop Comedy

That's a pimp hand on the left, ready to make people ackrite. Photo courtesy Revolute via Flicker. This Tuesday, there are a number of important issues facing you at your local polling station. As an informed California voter, you will be directly involved in some of the most historic and challenging decisions determining the make-up of our state and nation for the future generations. And nowhere is this more prevalent than in the California...

LAist Movie Review: Saving Marriage

Sorry, lady in the red hat. You've got two dudes on your poster and you're still outmanned. | Photo courtesy Regent Releasing. As the November polls creep ever closer, it's easy to feel bombarded by the expanse of propositions and measures that extend well beyond the campaigns for the presidency. Transit measures and traffic congestion and veterans' rights all get equal space on the ballot. There is one proposition, however, that stands out as...

LAist Movie Review: The Garden

The once-thriving South Central collective garden. Photo courtesy Black Valley Films. Tucked secretly away amongst residential condos and too-snug street parking sits The Schindler House, a small artistic enclave that is part of the larger Mak Center. The unobtrusive works of modern beauty blend seamlessly with the grass and garden that occupy a worthy portion of the smallish plot. And perhaps it is here, on the oblong lawn as the sun sets over consistently...

LAist Movie Review: Breakfast With Scot

Tom Cavanagh sure is thirsty. Photo courtesy Regent Releasing. This fall, what with the elections and Prop 8 on the ballot and Anze Kopitar's seven year deal, it seems like all of the stars are aligning for a movie like Breakfast With Scot. Stars such as Tom Cavanagh and ... that guy from Angels In America ... Besides, Cavanagh's NBC series Ed wrapped in 2004, which is perfect because the show sucked AND Cavanagh...

LAist Movie Review: Able Danger

Nowhere to run. Noir to hide. Photo courtesy Brian Geldin. "Dude. Have you seen the internet? Seriously, it is BLOWING UP right now. Word is, 9/11 was a conspiracy. Yeah, dude. I know. Inside job. Watch that Spare Coins documentary. Your brain will thank me, dude." If you've ever had this conversation (and you probably have), or if you've ever stopped at one of roughly a billion stop signs in America, you've probably heard...

Why My Father Hated LA: A Love Story

Traffic in Upstate New York. Also, my parents' favorite restaurant. ALSO, Amish people think getting their picture taken is a sin. Whoops. When you live in Los Angeles for too long, your mind starts getting clogged with the smoggy air and fake conversations that surround you, and you lose the ability to make reasonable assertions about the rest of America. I've been here for a year and I'm already forgetting the small stuff. Is...

LAist Movie Review: What Just Happened

Did you just fart? Yeah, Robert. I did. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. There are delicately few films that choose to tackle the other side of the silver screen. There's something strangely cannibalistic about the whole process, as behemoth studios coil inside themselves to capture the blood and guts that go into any motion picture. Perhaps it's cathartic, and allows the greater movie industry to shed it's old cinematic skin and move forward, off...

LAist Movie Review: 1,000 Years of Good Prayers

Look at this photo for two hours and you start to get the idea. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. People must think it's really hard to lead a cult. Navigating those large crowds into giving you their money, spending sleepless nights convincing the weak-minded to do your most obscure bidding, only to have them all kill themselves at a moment's notice. Actually, most of that does sound pretty hard; except the suicide bit. Here's the...

LAist DVD Review: Bigger Stronger Faster*

Director Chris Bell bulks up...thanks to steroids and Photoshop. Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures. The Governator. Gubenador. Ahhnold. The Schwarz. If you ask some Democrats in Sacramento, I'm sure our Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger could be called a lot worse, too. There is one little bit of nomenclature, however, that I am sure our state's man in charge would rather not hear: steroid user. The truth, however, is that Conan himself, the former chairman of the...

LAist Movie Review: Deathbowl to Downtown

Deathbowl To Downtown. Photo courtesy of ncpfilms. Los Angeles, as a culture, lives by it's own standards and plays by as many (or as few) rules as money can buy. But with that is the tacit understanding that, on many occasions, it will also die by it's own shortcomings. As a result, Southern California is and will be the birthplace of many things, but those things will often leave their home to experience greater...

Check It Out: LA BBQ Fest

Photo by Farley Elliott/LAist While not generally synonymous, Los Angeles and barbeque food have a lot in common. Both seem to attract the eccentrics, the slightly misguided. Both have a worldwide appreciation, but not many people talk about the greasy, slimy mess that gets left behind when all else is gone. And both are responsible for a lot of bad gas issues, and a sizable hole in the ozone layer. One of the best...

Check It Out: LA Greek Fest

LA Greek Festival, Sept. 6-7. Photo by pink_fish13 via Flickr Looking for something to do this weekend that is the exact opposite of the LA Triathlon? Then head over to Saint Sophia's Cathedral at Pico / Normandie for this weekend's LA Greek Festival, a face-stuffing celebration of the heritage (and culinary prowess) of all things Hellenic. While last night was the free admission night, the greasy, delicious meat of the festival is still to...

LAist Movie Review: Man On Wire

Everybody wants to be the first to do something spectacular; it's all wrapped up in glory and vanity and ego. Sort of like every thirteen year old you see. And, to be fair, the main character in Man On Wire (Philippe Petit) is much the same way. His burning desire, overactive hormones, and lanky body would quickly carry him to heights never before walked by man. As a documentary, Man on Wire is really...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

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