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Upright Citizen’s Brigade has the hipster comedy scene cornered in a way that could make Wes Anderson weep. The lines to get into their shows look like Urban Outfitters threw up on them, past performers have included the likes of Sarah Silverman and Janeane Garofalo, and one of the founders is uber-hip comedienne Amy Poehler. Their dominance of alt-funny Los Angeles is pretty much undisputed.

So, it seemed a little odd for them to put up a show called “420 Funny: A Very Pot Friendly Variety Show” during “drug month,” which seems like a ploy that a theater less widely beloved by the mustached masses might need to create to convince young audiences that they’re cool. Nevertheless, I was optimistic that if anyone could pull off stoner comedy, it would be them.

I was wrong. Turns out that no one, not even underground comedy royalty like UCB, should do a show about how funny shit is when you’re stoned, because it’s not original, it’s not creative, and most of all, it’s not funny.