Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Meet Alan Olifson: Wordplay's Playboy

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

All stand-up comedians are comedy writers (so long as their material is original,) but not all comedy writers are stand-ups. A few shows around town spotlight the gap between the two. On such stages, comedy writers read their works and the result a laughing audience. You might've caught such a show at iO West, UCB, or Pinata (at the Bang Comedy Theatre.)

Out of this growing literary comedy community, there's one show that'll make you both laugh and bop your head. That's Alan Olifson's Wordplay, a couple-times-per-year show where a DJ selects the tunes that make each performer's personal essay really pop.

The next Wordplay is this Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the The Fake Gallery on Melrose in East Hollywood. Reduced-price advanced tickets are available through Wordplay's website. Performers include: Dylan Brody, Moira McMahon, Kirk Pynchon, Brett Paesel, and, of course, Wordplay's playboy, Alan Olifson.

LAist had a chance to talk to Olifson about music complimenting the written word, his show, and '70's porno music (2,500 words on the topic were cut from this piece.)