Posts tagged comedy
Posts tagged comedy
I love this video the LA Review Books made so much!! They did such a good job capturing what we’re all about. The footage is from the awesome SURPRISE! 2-year anniversary show, and features Ron Babcock and Kristen Studard being hilarious, plus some sweet shots of Johnny Pemberton, Cornell Reid and Identity Crush. Oh and the interview was really fun to do, watch all the way to the end because Rob does a great bit after the credits.
Comedy veterans Rob Buscemi and Sofiya Alexandra are the founders of a brave new comedy circuit in Los Angeles. They change venues each time, they keep their line-ups secret, and they lure their audiences in with booze, cookies and a promise that things will get weird. There may or may not be an orgy at the end of each show.
The show is called Surprise! Comedy and at its heart it’s about what Buscemi and Alexandra call taking the “scene-y-ness” out of L.A. comedy shows. They say the Surprise! format relieves pressure on both the comics, who don’t have to promote the show or feel the need to impress to earn a spot back (they might be invited again, but not for a while) as well as the audience, which doesn’t pin its hopes on a headliner and meanwhile gets to kick back and enjoy a party.
I only comedy it up with butches like man comedian @dougmellard #comedy #wood #gruffmenwhiskey
Oh just a reg day shooting a sketch with @dougmellard #gruffmenwhiskey #comedy #pie
Hey look it’s @DemetriMartin MURDERING at tonight’s #surprise! @robertbuscemi #standup #comedy #awesome #murder
This is going to be an AMAZING show tomorrow AND YOU SHOULD COME AND GET KISSED ON THE HEAD BY ME LIKE A PRECIOUS BABY
Here’s what’s up: as comedians, we are often self-centered. It’s part of thinking by yourself and talking about yourself so much. A lot of us also grew up missing love or a steady home life. So my friend and fellow comedian, a giant of heart and actually physically a giant, Brock Wilbur and I made a book to benefit a local underfunded kids’ charity called KidSave.
It’s called Exquisite Corpse, and it features 31 LA comedians (including the director of Airplane!) each writing a chapter having only read the last paragraph of the previous chapter. Each chapter is in the voice of one comedian, and continues the same story… more or less. It’s weird, funny, sweet, gross, dark, hopeful, and vulnerable, a truly one-of-a-kind literary experiment made by some incredibly talented people, and edited by me and Brock. The amazing Brandon Vaughn did the art.
It’s only available until October 31st, and it only costs $9.99 (or just $5 for a Kindle version!) and all the money goes to helping kids grow up in loving families instead of in orphanages or in the foster care system.
If you need more reasons to buy one, here are 31 of them:
Allen Strickland Williams, Amber Kenny, Amber Tozer, Andy Sell, Aparna Nancherla, Barbara Gray, Beth Stelling, Brandon Vaughn, Brock Wilbur, Claudia Cogan, Dave Ross, David Schilling, DC Pierson, Ed Galvez, Eric Toms, Evan Gaustad, Galloway Allbright, Grant Pardee, Jerry Zucker, Josh Androsky, Klee Wiggins, Lauren Flans, Lisa Beth Johnson, Matt Ingebretson, Megan Koester, Nicholas Clark, Ron Babcock, Sofiya Alexandra, Sophie Kipner, Todd Masterson, Yassir Lester
Thank you for supporting and reblogging!
Exquisite Corpse on Amazon - Kindle version
Exquisite Corpse on Amazon - paperback version
@brockwilbur reading Easton Ellis but mostly scaring everyone with his size #BookKlub (Taken with Instagram)
@brandazzle sharing IMDB trivia about herself that a stranger named Chris wrote! #BookKlub (Taken with Instagram)
@shawnPearlman reading his favorite spam! #BookKlub (Taken with Instagram)
THIS IS TOMORROW NIGHT BOY OH BOY OH BOY!! The line-up is great, Doug and I are great, and special guest Ryan Singer will blow your goddamn mind. FREE!
COME PLAY, LOS ANGELES!
I was a guest on the very cool Me Three Podcast last week. The hosts are Lisa Beth Johnson and Darci Ratliff, two of my favorite funny people with whom I did Camp Kittenpants: http://kampkittenpants.wordpress.com/about/ It was such a blast to goof around with these girls, they’re both incredibly quick and also incredibly silly, a winning combination. We discuss what it was like to move here from the Ukraine, friendship, how to be happy while pursuing comedy, kegels, Wonder Woman, and of course, all-in-one-printers. Check out their other guests, too, great comics and musicians.
THIS AMAZING SHOW IS AT MY HOUSE TOMORROW NIGHT AND I’M SO EXCITED!!! Unbelievable lineup, cozy backyard, unlimited beer, s’mores, and hugs. AND ROB BUSCEMI. ONLY $5 CAN YOU BELIEVE IT COME OVERRRR
@RobertBuscemi @dougmellard and I making magic #surprise #comedy #magic (Taken with Instagram)
GUYS I LEARNED PHOTOSHOP (ELEMENTS) FOR THIS FLIER
Seriously, come to this show Saturday, it’s a brand-new comedy reading show Doug Mellard and I are starting. It features LA’s best comics reading and riffing on unintentionally funny things - anything from bad books, ads, and song lyrics to diaries, love letters, eviction notices, etc.
I CAN’T WAIT SOMEONE PHYSICALLY RESTRAIN ME
This is the best video I have ever made. Huge thank you to Brandon Burkhart who shot and edited the whole thing, Rob Buscemi for being my idiot-comrade, Janet the Planet for Rob’s amazing hat and for the butterfly, and silent movies for being such an awesome inspiration. Love u, Louise Brooks, you is my boo.
Oh yeah, COME TO SURPRISE! THIS SATURDAY!!!