May 15, 1997
Friday: There are two Meccas in Hollywood, each a triumvirate: 1. Virgin Megastore/Sunset 5 Theatres/Wolfgang Puck or 2. Tower Records/Tower Classical/Book Soup. It's always a tossup, the deciding factor being whether you want to see a movie or buy some books. Saturday: I can't miss "Car Talk" on 89.3 KPCC at 9 a.m. Then spinning class at Todd Tramps or yoga at the Yoga Center in Larchmont. I love to shop along Larchmont and eat at Prado.
August 30, 2009 |
The comedy nerds arrived first, confident that they'd have first choice of the 92 seats in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. They would wait over an hour to get in. And that in itself is a status thing, because this tiny black-box theater houses the nucleus of the nation's alternative comedy scene, a place where Dane Cook is always a punch line. "The style of comedy just appeals to our sensibility," waiting fan Eric Wickersham, 25, said recently.
September 6, 2012 |
Comedian Beth Lapides is stretching herself these days - both literally and creatively. The longtime yogi and co-host of the weekly variety show at 1st and Hope, “ UnCabaret ,” will teach a class at Silverlake Yoga for the next seven weeks. “It's serious; you don't want students to feel they have to laugh,” Lapides says. “But I do bring my quirky comedy sensibility to it. I think sense of humor is our seventh sense - and hopefully you're more open to it after you leave.” Lapides, who used to write a monthly column for LA Yoga Magazine called “ My Other Car Is a Yoga Mat ,” has been a staple of the L.A. comedy scene for more than two decades.
August 12, 2013 |
If you're looking for an offbeat film festival, head down to Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Monday evening through Aug. 21 for "Everything Is Festival IV: The Dreamquest. " The festival describes itself as 10 days of celebrating found footage, forgotten films, fringe music, alternative comedy, art installation and "cult ephemera. " "Community" creator Dan Harmon will be on hand Saturday to host a fantasy role-playing game; Mike Judge will do a "Show and Tell" of his collection of found footage on Friday; and Chris Elliott will present his personal video archive, also on Friday.
April 20, 2013 |
Marc Maron slips into a chair and plunks a tattered, spiral-bound notebook onto the table. The cover, folded back, reveals dense, tight scribbling on ruled paper. Pen in hand, Maron hunches over the notes, looks up for a second to lock eyes by way of greeting, then drops his head back down. "This bit," he says, "I'm struggling with the ending. " He runs a finger over a line from his latest stand-up routine, then pops a guacamole-tipped chip in his mouth. "Anyway, hi," he says at last.
September 1, 2012 |
It was less than one week until the FYF Fest, the two-day celebration of underground music that starts Saturday for which he is the architect, and Sean Carlson was bummed that the phone company had thwarted his plans for a caller ID prank. The 27-year-old concert promoter hasn't even bothered to learn the number for his land line. What's the point, he says, if the Man is just going to force him to be identified as a private caller? “They asked what I wanted my name to be,” Carlson said, remembering when he was giving the telecom rep his account information.
September 10, 2012 |
The fact that “No Love,” now in its world premiere at the Eclectic Company Theatre, went up 25 minutes late with absolutely no explanation as to why, was undeniably irritating. And a lengthy opening monologue delivered in almost total darkness by an actor who couldn't find her light (granted, in John Dickey's lighting design there was precious little of it to be found), proved almost insurmountably annoying. Yet those glitches faded into insignificance given the accumulated problems of Andrew Osborne's play - a sort of latter-day “La Ronde” in which various loosely connected characters hook up, act out and get kinky, frequently sans clothing.
April 24, 2013 |
Watch your back, Netflix. Splitsider.com, widely considered to be the bible of comedy geek news, has become the latest entity to dive into the increasingly crowded pool of original online feature film distributors. Inspired by the success of comedians Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan -- who both sold live stand-up specials on their own websites in late 2011 and early 2012 respectively -- the site has launched a platform called “ Splitsider Presents ,” which will make original 60-minute-plus films, documentaries and stand-up specials available for streaming and download, targeting Splitsider's alternative comedy fan base.
August 2, 2009 |
You should be talking about: "Flight of the Conchords" Yeah, yeah, "Family Guy" got the comedy series Emmy nomination Seth MacFarlane has long campaigned for. But you know what? So did "Flight of the Conchords," a truly alternative comedy centered on the New Zealand folk music-comedy duo. Get the complete Emmy-nominated second season on DVD this week. (Tuesday) I've been obsessively talking about: BBC America's "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"
April 25, 2004 |
Stella, a New York-based alternative comedy trio, has a few dirty little secrets on its website (www.stellacomedy.com) that are too good to keep under wraps. Look closely in the "Video" section, and you'll find the familiar faces of Sam Rockwell, Julie Bowen, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo and Paul Rudd, who probably keep these credits on the down low.