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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.

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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.


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Rob Delaney: Funny Women

I feel like responding to Adam Carolla at this point will take away time I could be spending on writing comedy projects I adore and have to work hard on, so instead I will leave you with what Rob Delaney thinks, which I happen to agree with 100% - the funniest shit is men and women together.

And here’s me putting my money where my mouth is: I produce my stand-up show Gonzo with Dave Rankin, a balls-haver. I produce my variety show SURPRISE! with nut-possessor Rob Buscemi. And my comedic reading show Book Klub, which starts in July, will be produced with delightful man-mango-haver Doug Mellard. I didn’t purposely look for a comic of a particular gender for any of them, nor did my partners - the ideas for the shows we wanted to have were born organically during friendship-making, and cracking each other up. Because unless their idea of the perfect woman is some big tittes on a trampoline, men think women are funny all the time. That’s how we all agree to make beautiful laughter together. So mostly, I just feel bad for you, Carolla. You could be having a lot more fun.


The New York Post published an interview with Adam Carolla on Sunday in which he said, among other things, “dudes are funnier than chicks,” and, regarding writing for television, “they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff.”

I disagree,…

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