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Editor's Picks from the Hollywood Fringe Festival: The Packer, Lost Moon Radio, British Invasion

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Lost Moon Radio | Photo via their Facebook page

Lost Moon Radio | Photo via their Facebook page
The theatre to be seen in Hollywood this week is not to be missed. The Hollywood Fringe Festival has brought together local, national and international artists of all calibers for some of the most exciting shows you're going to see this year. On Friday night, without any specific plans, a walk into Fringe Central behind the Egyptian Theatre to pick up a schedule opened up a night of amazement.

First was the New Zealand-based solo show The Packer at the always dependable Theater of NOTE on Cahuenga. LAist's Lyle Zimskind said it "feels something like a live stage version of Trainspotting resituated in New Zealand—with a single actor pulling off the impossible trick of playing all the parts by himself." Actor Jay Ryan transformation between a handful of characters is spookily good, making the show a must see ($15).

Up next was a later night show featuring Lost Moon Radio. The band of local musicians and actors is a kitschy 1950s-esque variety radio show anachronistically played out with a DJ from outer space. It sounds campsy -- and is!! -- but the end result is a hilarious hour of sketch, music and a over arching story that plays through out. If you miss them during the festival, the group is local (keep tabs with them on Facebook), so make sure you get a chance to see this must-see show ($12).

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And even later at night was the nightly Fringe Jam, where artists can do just about anything. On Friday, The British Invasion took the stage for killer laughter into the wee hours. While the group of 10 or so hilarious UK comedians won't be at the jam, they are doing about eight shows nightly -- plenty of opportunity to catch them -- at IDA Hollywood (where Dancing with the Stars does those rehearsal scenes) near Hollywood and Highland ($15).

To find out what's happening on any given day, check out their daily listings.