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Picture This! Combines Comedy And Animation (And Free Beer)

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Picture This! combines comedy and animation to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the audience and performers alike. And there's free beer. Comedians perform their set in front of a screen, which fills with illustrations from their artist partner. Often, the drawings are just as funny as the standup, enhancing and occasionally stealing the show. Often, the pictures are genitals.

The event created Brandie Posey and Sam Varelaby takes place in East Hollywood's Trepany House (which is in residence at the Steve Allen Theatre, which is in Center for Inquiry West). What I enjoyed about the event is that it adds an element of surprise to stand up. A comedian might have a prepared set that gets thrown totally into a tangent when the illustrator adds their own input or sketches a crude figure that takes the joke to the next level. There's also a high potential for verbal vs. visual banter. Several of the comedians present also took the opportunity to try out some new material.

Last month's installment featured Emo Phillips and David Koechner (Anchorman), among other stand-ups. The free beer courtesy of sponsor Angel City Brewing was flowing, and the intimacy of the theatre allowed for the kind of shared experience that makes live comedy worthwhile.

Picture This! will be back tonight with comedians Guy Branum (Totally Biased, Chelsea Lately), Alison Stevenson (VICE), Jeff Wattenofer (Holy Fuck), Jay Weingarten (Sleepaway Camp), Tess Barker (Lady 2 Lady), Jade Catta-Preta (Californication, Manhattan Love Story); and artists Mike Hollingsworth (Netflix, BoJack Horseman) Mike Mayfield (Adult Swim, Mr. Pickles), among others. 21+, $10, Doors at 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets here.