People in the comedy world: please forgive this klutzy attempt to insert myself into your role in society.
I’ve had a peripheral role in the New York comedy universe for a little while, as a musical guest. I went to the old Luna shows on Ludlow Street in the 90s, and it just astonishes me how…
It’s almost a similar situation, as this post about poor coverage of NYC comedy suggests, in LA. The LA Times and other major LA news publications are starting to get the message, but a play at the Pantages will get more coverage than Doug Stanhope doing 2 nights at the Comedy Store or Patton Oswalt running through his hour before recording his album or the hilarious talents of Jay Larson, Baron Vaughn, or Andres Du Bouchet recording their albums in town (all of this happened/is happening with the span of month). Every night the top in stand-up, sketch, and improv are out there performing often for little cost and certainly less than $90 or so dollars you’d pay to see “God of Carnage”. You can see the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade do improv at the UCB Theatre in Hollywood, hilarious sketch shows that could give SNL a run for it’s money if it had a chance usually for less than $10.
Yet, dedicated comedy fans, for the most part, that are “in-the-know” are the people that go out to see shows. Just like in NYC, comedy in LA is a vibrant movement that with or without anyone saying anything about it that continues to evolve into a more sophisticated and diverse “art scene” every second. Those moments in history that people often wish that “they were there” is essentially happening right now for all the reasons I’ve listed above and more. A list of names of people coming up through the ranks, running through open mics, putting on and promoting their own shows would be endless, but that’s why more coverage is needed, certainly beyond the efforts of one incredibly understaffed comedy blog/site.
Here at the Comedy Bureau, we try to be a voice for the creative swell in comedy in LA more and more everyday, but, as of the current moment, we can only reach so many people. Hopefully (and I’m fully aware of how baseless a word that can be), through that will change soon.