Sure, the Fourth of July is this week, but you’ve got tip your caps to Canada, which seems like they’re doing much better than us Americans right now.
So, for Canada Day, why not go see some of the funniest Canadians that thankfully are residing in LA (that includes Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson).
Tickets are $5 and you can (and should) go get them right now right her
The rest of our listings for comedy shows, events, screenings, open mics, maps, and more can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
Please Get Debra DiGiovanni’s Album “Lady Jazz”Out Today
Ever since Debra DiGiovanni arrived in LA, she has destroyed stage after stage often prompting many other comedians on the line-up to not want to follow her. Debra’s undeniable charm and rapid fire cadence pretty much has every watching her busting up from the get go. She’s absolutely one of the best folks to come down from Canada
Lady Jazz, her latest release fresh off the presses from AST Records, showcases these abilities and more in a big theater and definitely is worth a listen (probably more than a few actually).
Get Lady Jazz from AST here.
Please Enjoy Debra DiGiovanni’s First American Late Night Set on Conan
One of Canadian’s best exports to the United States, in our humble opinion, is, without a doubt, Debra DiGiovanni. While she wildly popular in Canada, she is now making headway stateside having made her way through a few rounds of Last Comic Standing and, as of last night, had her American late night debut on Conan.
Please watch and enjoy Debra like we’ve had the pleasure of doing so over the last couple of years.
John Mulaney Announces His Gigantic North American “Kid Gorgeous” Tour
Coast to coast, top to bottom, John Mulaney is going on a, as of right now, 27 city tour from May 10th-July 29th.
Tickets are on sale now for this Kid Gorgeous tour and more cities/dates are to come. You can get more details and tickets here.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to you, but if you want to see Mulaney on this tour, you ought to get these tickets sooner rather than later, maybe even as soon as you can.
Happy Canada Time has a set of very polite Canadians (Norm Sousa, Brendon Halloran, Stacey McGunnigle) are set to judge a “comedy contest” with the likes of Matt Kirshen, David Gborie, Chris Estrada, Lindsay Adams, and Aiko Tanaka in the line-up.
Ever Mainard and Deborah Etta Robinson (pictured above) host this giddy evening that will have Americans trying to please Canadians.
Happy Canada Time will happen this Tuesday, January 31st, at the Hollywood Improv at 10PM. Tickets are $5 and you can (and should) get them here.
The rest of our listings for comedy shows, events, open mics, and maps can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
JFL Northwest 2017 Announces Line-Up with Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Tom Segura, My Favorite Murder, Jon Dore, Barry Crimmins
If you’re in Vancouver in February, you would be doing yourself a big favor by going to JFL Northwest.
Just look at that line-up stacked with some of the best from around the country as well as local to Vancouver.
Tickets go on sale at 10AM PST this Friday, December 2nd right here.
2016 Oddblock Festival Is Bringing a Hell of a Line-up to Winnipeg This Weekend
As you can see from the flyer, if you’re up in Canada in Winnipeg, going to The Oddblock Block Party Comedy Festival is what you should be doing this weekend.
Please Read Mark McConville’s Top 50 Lists
These are the sort of lists that the Internet should be getting into.
When you get a chance, check out:
Also, you should be following Mark McConville on his Tumblr for more of these nuggets.
The Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia To Be Latest Big Music Festival That Has Comedy
It’s a trend now that big music and arts festival have a solid comedy line-up and we’re definitely on board for that.
The Pemberton Music Festival that’s set to take place in Pemberton, British Columbia from Jul. 16th-19th is taking cues from SXSW, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Sasquatch, and more to have comedy alongside their massive music line-up.
So, next to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and The Black Keys, The Pemberton Music Festival line-up also has:
Cheech & Chong
Air Sex Championships
That’s right your favorite blue demon talk show host Gorburger is on the bill.
Now that we’ve peaked your interest, you can get your tickets right here.
Just For Laughs Going on Tour Across Canada This November
No longer will it just be Montreal and Toronto that get the upside of having a Just For Laughs Comedy Festival every year. From Nov. 5th-16th three separate comedy tours across Atlantic, Central, and Western Canada will be running all under JFL’s banner.
The Western Canada JFL tour will be particularly great with Demetri Martin, Jon Dore, Levi MacDougall, and Todd Glass.
Get your tickets here.
Jon Dore Made a Mockumentary About Winnipeg That’s Appropriately Title “A Dore to Winnipeg”
The result is Jon’s “A Dore to Winnipeg” that will premiere on CBC this Fri. at 9PM EST. While many of us here in LA don’t have CBC, you can get a glimpse of what will hopefully come stateside with this clip of Dore visiting the childhood home of Neil Young.
Perhaps, there could be a DVD box set of this and the other experimental documentary set in Winnipeg, Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg.
So, Hardball Canada Would Look Like This…
With the one and only James Adomian playing Chris Matthews, a franchised version of MSNBC’s Hardball in Canada would most certainly have an Ann Coulter played by Drew Droege, a Tegan and Sara played by Rhea Buthcer and Cameron Esposito, a Rob Ford played by Steve Agee, and a William Shatner played by Joe Roche.
See what could be very well be the future of Hardball on Funny or Die here.
Katie Crown-Tip of the Hat-6/4
The Comedy Bureau “Tips Its Hat” this week to KATIE CROWN.
Not to be presumptuous, but it’s almost near impossible to not laugh, smile, and end up adoring Katie Crown if you catch her performing. Instantly likeable from her first laugh at herself when she takes the stage, Crown is an original and endearing type of hilarious that’s so rare and refreshing to see, especially amongst a predominating trend of comedy that’s dark, personal, and/or visceral.
Katie owns up to her “prankster” label, though she makes sure her performances are absolutely all in good spirits. She doesn’t go out into the audience, pick on people in the front row, but does take everyone on a wonderfully absurd ride through her observations of a world that she’s made up. Her bits touch upon such things like Scooby Doo in OB/GYN check ups and imagining that people are singing in conversation like a real life musical. Yes, there is plenty of goofy singing in Katie’s act, but it’s all mixed together in such a way that’s hysterical with no regard to age.
Having earned some comedy stripes from appearing at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and opening for the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Hamburger, Crown has made her way to Los Angeles, delighting people one room at a time. I caught her at the always superb Josh & Josh Show wandering through her delightfully bizarre material. Throughout her set, as mentioned before, Katie has such an immediate affinity with the crowd that she could be silly as she wanted and the crowd literally loved it.
I remember one guy (and though everything written her might suggest otherwise, it’s not me) wandering around after the show looking for Crown so he could say that he had fell in love with her.
If you’ve never seen Katie Crown before on account of her only recently transplanting to Los Angeles from Canada, please check her calendar frequently at KatieCrown.com. In fact, you can start to tomorrow night at Powerviolence at the Complex in Hollywood 8:30PM for completely free.
Montreal Just For Laughs Character Audition Showcase.
WED. April 5th 9:30pm
Improv Comedy Lab – Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA
Come check out the Just For Laughs audition showcase at the Improv lab, I will be in the house (Jesse Miller Style),along with a bunch of other great comics TBA.
Or RSVP to BlondChiliProductions@Hotmail and get in for FREE!!!
or message me on Facebook
You should really go to any Just for Laughs audition, but if Jesse Miller is going to be a part of it, “hells yeah” you should go.
The Battle of 1739 (Public House)
Amidst almost every monday night in Los Angeles where any expectations have faded under the muted rumblings of never-ending traffic, I wondered to myself, “It’s 10:17. Should I go to Public House yet?”
For as long as I can remember since going up to Los Angeles proper for comedy, I tended to end my Monday nights late at a comfy little hipster bar known as 1739 Public House for JC Coccoli’s wonderful stand up comedy showcase Keep it Clean Comedy, affectionally abbreviated by those in-the-LA-comedy-know as just “Public House”. It’s a place where some of Los Angeles’ best, both of the established and up n’ coming variety, go up and perform to varying crowds of hipsters, struggling artists of various media, some celebrities and industry members of varying stature, and a significant and consistent showing of the LA comedy community. If there were to be a Frommer’s guide to live comedy in LA, they would have to feature Public House as the “secret” late night spot tucked away in the hippest parts of town on Monday nights where comedy really happens.
On the late night of March 7th, 2011, Public House transcended its reputation as it was more than just a night of comedy, but a night that will live on as one of those “were you there…?”, “did you hear…?”, “remember that one night at…?” types of nights. It was not only the most hilarious and tense experiences of comedy I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of, but it was a rare night where by the end, you can legitimately say, “Comedy was victorious.”
After a quick great 5 minutes from Eric Andre preparing for Lopez Tonight, a fun poking at a group of Green Peace promoters by Dave Hanson, and a lovely and always hilarious delving into the relationship exploits of Abbey Londer, one Sean Green took the stage to a relatively attentive, but packed crowd at Public House.
As it is a bar comedy show, there is some of amount of talking that happens, which JC does a great job of trying to “shush” as much as possible, but about 2 minutes into Sean’s set, a drunk typical of the Los Feliz neighborhood Public House is located in with his wrinkled plaid collared shirt and jeans, jeered randomly at one of Sean’s jokes. Rolling with wherever the moment takes him, Sean went over to high five him only to, moments later, engage in an unwanted conversation with him, then, shockingly getting dry-humped by the heckler on stage. After a good 20 seconds that felt like 10 minutes, this heckler stopped the sexually over-suggestive motions, but then resumed the conversation about a book of Russian Tattoos that the heckler just had at his disposal in his pocket. Despite Sean repeatedly asking the guy to cease talking to which the heckler resumed the dryhumping until Sean forcibly pushed him away to his where his original position.
Despite the behavior on display just a few seconds earlier by the heckler, the crowd found out that he actually had a girlfriend that equally “gave two shits” about the show taking place as she yelled out something along the lines of “You suck!” to Sean. The manager of 1739 Public House stepped in at this point and only a few seconds later, a rally of “Get Out!” was being chanted by the wholly attentive room. The heckler responded with a flurry of “fuck you” and stiffly raised middle fingers to anyone in his immediate vicinity including the manager. He was finally to the delight of everyone in this establishment kicked out. There was some muffled back-and-forth during this portion of the show, but, for whatever reason, there was a distinct shift in chants from “Get Out!” to “Change your hair!” before the tossing of the heckler.
Seeing what just happened, any sensible person could see what would happen if they took on the comedian, which is still Sean Green, on stage. Any sensible person could see that they would promptly be met with the disgust of at room full of people intoxicated enough to take drastic action if necessary.
Yet, a 50 year-old looking man wearing cargo shorts, a yellow hoodie, and a craggy face that seemed worn of any sort of compassion for humanity opted to not observe the situation as a sensible person. As Sean was still trying to set up a bit about Charlie Sheen that has been applauded at other venues, this second heckler shouted, “When are you going to start being funny?”.
The crowd, as a unit now, collectively groaned as we had chanced upon the one-in-a-million chance where a horribly drunk heckler would be followed by yet another horribly drunk even worst heckler while the same comedian was on stage. Wanting merely to just go through his material, Sean tried to take the high road by relating to the second heckler through asking, “What’s wrong, man?”
This second heckler who appeared so faded that it was honestly surprising that he was as vehement in his protest of Sean’s comedy would have none of Sean’s reaching out, responding, “I don’t hear any laughs. I’ve been listening and I don’t hear any laughs. I’m not the one trying to be a comedian over here. I just want to know when you’re going to do something funny.”
Through the boos and barbs thrown the second heckler’s way, Sean still try to probe as to why this man took a personal offense to Sean merely setting up material, “What’s the problem, man?”
The second heckler finally responding by demanding, “Why don’t you do something funny?”
In a move of chivalry, Sean obliged with a worked out joke about Obama that got a big room laugh at the punchline, but was met with a sarcastic gasp of a laugh by the second heckler in the middle of the joke.
Sean snapped, “Hey, see that? They’re laughing. They’re all laughing. You can’t say anything about that. Hey, we get it. You’ve been stuck being a grip for most of your life and things aren’t working out. Well, join the club!”
Uproarious applause and cheers flooded the whole room between every sentence that Sean yelled at the second heckler, “I don’t give a fuck about you. I’m a man. I have a podcast that gets over 8,000 downloads a month. We can take this outside. I don’t give a fuck. I was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where we made steel that killed the Nazis (Sean proudly pumped his chest at this appropriate opportunity). This is a man unraveling right before your eyes. I don’t give a fuck. You want to take this outside?"
Lauding Sean as a hero just fresh off a duel as he got off stage, Sean went straight to the second heckler still offering to "take it outside” at which point they both had to be separated by respective parties. Still within the premises, the second heckler was then given the same treatment as the first heckler by the crowd and was kicked out.
The bizarre events that just filled the last 20 minutes I just described might encourage some people to think negatively of the evening, despite everything before the two hecklers being pretty funny. March 7th at Public House still had more in store for the crowd at hand.
Taking advantage of the moment and the situation present, comedian Davey Johnson of the Doorknockers duo improvised a sketch with host JC Coccoli’s permission in which he played a drunker brother of the first heckler that fell all over the stage, incidentally breaking the mic for a few minutes. Comedian Kyle Kinane, fresh off the road and the premiere of his Comedy Central Special, hid amidst the crowd at the table where the second heckler was standing, taking the cue to stall for time while JC fixed the mix, started yelling at Davey as the brother of the second heckler, “You’re brother’s funnier. Bring him back.”
You almost couldn’t understand what either of them were saying as there was so much laughter. With Kyle egging him on, Davey took off his shirt and went off just like Sean, “You wanna take this outside?”, when JC had just fixed the mic and promptly ended the sketch as Davey, by this time, had his pants off. Taking the cue from his “brother”, the first heckler, he started dry humping JC, which made nearly the entire audience doubled over in laughter.
Davey left the stage and Kyle resumed his position as an intently listening audience member while JC took her time in settling the show down as best she could claiming, “I don’t know how we can top this,” before she brought up the next comic, in town from Canada, Simon King. Simon did his best to stick to his guns and got some good laughs throughout his set, especially when a cleaning lady walked right behind him during his set to clean a corner, but everyone at Public House got caught up in verbally processing the events that just occurred.
With the post-fight excitement still very much palpable in the loud whispers throughout the room, JC actually restarted the show with the same routine she always does at the top of Keep It Clean Comedy with greeting the audience then taking the wireless microphone to see who else is talking while she breaks the crowd in for a show. From this point on, the night resumed relatively according to plan with Lauren Ashley Bishop, Shawn Pearlman, Julia Lillis, and Josh Adam Meyers, pretty much doing their act (save for Chris Gordon who opened up some party poppers) and faring well. We were well into 3 hour territory when JC finally ended the show, but, for me, it was glaring exception in regards to duration of live comedy shows.
In short, the night was won and the answer to the question posed at the beginning, “Should I go to Public House yet?” should always be a resounding yes.
Something that can never be and will never be replicated had taken place at Public House. Even as I’ve taken on the task on trying to provide a reliable picture as to what happened, there is so many tiny quips and nuances that I’m surely missed, but would ultimately be out of context like how amazing it was that a single audience member, Michael Stuart, sat front and center for the entire show, hecklers, poppers, random improv sketches, and all.
No matter how fantastical and incredible I made any of this sound, I guarantee you it was exponentially better in person. This is why you go see live comedy instead of seeing someone vastly edited and filtered set on TV even if gas is $4 a gallon because you just might get to be a part of a night like the Battle of 1739 (Public House).