September 18, 2012 |
You may have seen the two-minute PSA parody on YouTube. In the somber, black-and-white mash-up, dozens of well known Los Angeles comedians - Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and Jimmy Pardo among them - stare the camera down, addressing the urgent question of why Los Angeles needs (needs!) an alternative comedy festival. "No one is laughing at all," says Rory Scovel. "The problem is ginormous," warns Kyle Kinane. "Every day Americans are fake laughing," grimaces Maron. The suggested directive?
July 5, 2012
COMEDY Having built an reputation early in his career as one of comedy's finest Angry Young Men, the sharp, self-analyzing stand-up work of Marc Maron has finally reached the level of appreciation it long deserved as a result of his DIY podcast "WTF," where the raw-nerved comic hosts probing conversations with fellow comics, artists and musicians about their craft. Though his skills as an interviewer are surprisingly sharp, his comedy remains even sharper on his most recent live CD, "This Has to Be Funny.
June 3, 2012
Scott Aukerman's popular podcast, "Comedy Bang! Bang!," has turned the traditional celebrity interview on its head, with zany musical numbers and improv-style games. Aukerman, who also wrote for the cult comedy show "Mr. Show With Bob and David" and co-created the Web series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," talks about the future of comedy and the TV version of "Comedy Bang! Bang!," premiering on IFC at 10 p.m. Friday. "Comedy Bang! Bang!" is part of a new wave of podcasts-turned-TV shows, including Chris Hardwick's "Nerdist" on BBC America and Marc Maron's new show inspired by his "WTF" podcast, that's been green-lit by IFC. Is this the future of comedy development?
October 25, 2011
BOOKS Norman Rush As part of the Hammer series Some Favorite Writers, author Norman Rush, who has been a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a National Book Award recipient, will read from his work, which includes the story collection "Whites" and the novel "Mating. " A discussion with novelist Mona Simpson will follow. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu Nicholas D. Kristof The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist will discuss the themes and expand on the stories in the bestselling book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
October 4, 2011
EVENTS Marc Maron The sardonic comedian and host of the popular podcast "WTF" visits UCB for a live show and a screening of "The Voice of Something. " The documentary short follows a day in his life as a comedian — one that takes place in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702. http://www.ucbtheatre.com. Evaluating Stories of Witchcraft in 17th-Century England Just in time for Halloween, UC Davis English professor Frances E. Dolan sets the record straight about witches.
August 11, 2011
COMEDY Jade Catta Preta hosts a Comedy Juice spectacular featuring "WTF With Marc Maron" host Marc Maron, former "Saturday Night Live" head writer Hugh Fink, "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila" host Ryan Stout, Adam Richmond, Adam Ray, Mark Serritella and Lucas Dick. The Ice House Comedy Club, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 10 p.m. Thu. $10. (626) 577-1894. http://www.icehousecomedy.com.