The Imaginary Radio Program Should Take Over the Actual Radio
Ever hate what’s broadcast on terrestrial radio these days?
Did you know that terrestrial radio even existed still?
Did you ever just enjoy switching between the radio stations on Grand Theft Auto?
Do you live anywhere near the LA area and need to see something both hilarious and groundbreaking?
Whatever your answers to these questions were, every single one of you reading this should just go and see Drennon Davis’ rehashing of what radio should be, the Imaginary Radio Program as quickly as you can touch the dial on your car radio, which you probably never use anymore.
The Imaginary Radio Program, as a live comedy show, not only lives up to its name, but exceeds expectation in what you could possibly think it is. Producer and host, Drennon Davis takes the audience on a journey through airwaves of his own brilliant comedic mind via innovative beatboxing/singing and a whole host of characters, voices, and impressions. At a given moment, one can be getting into heavy metal song that Drennon samples all from his own voice and efforts, then witness the channel “change” to talk radio of someone who just can’t stop talking about how much they love their cats to a channel that plays every Red Hot Chili Peppers song ever. Despite the interrupting various “radio programs”, Drennon’s highly seasoned skills as a performer both comedically and musically allow for the live show to appear seamless.
Here’s a solo version of the Imaginary Radio Program done at the Meltdown Show a few weeks ago.
As if Davis’ beatboxing a ZZ Top song then turning the dial to the Mexican Hat Dance to Aboriginal music wasn’t amazing enough, the Imaginary Radio Program also includes some of the best comedians, not only in LA, but some of the funniest people working today. Already, Brent Weinbach (Lopez Tonight), Moshe Kasher (John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show), and Aisha Tyler (Archer) have been worked into a few of the hilarious “stations” during the show. For the next edition of the program, Davis has enlisted the help of none other than the fantastic and amazing Maria Bamford, who has entire cadre of wildly original and hysterical characters to make for a whole separate edition of the Imaginary Radio.
With a stellar line-up of comedians as mentioned, the more amazing thing to watch is to see them in a whole different element outside of stand-up or sketch or anything that you’ve really seen before. Though having just started it’s run here in LA, it’s one of those comedy shows that push the art form of comedy to places where laughs happen at the most wonderfully unexpected times and places. That’s why we think it should take the place of what’s actually on the real airwaves.
Though Davis has performed around the country, his show, the Imaginary Radio Program takes place monthly at the Nerdist Theater in the back room of Meltdown Comics. For those that frequent the Nerdist Theater for their insanely popular Wednesday stand-up show Meltdown, be aware that other sensational shows like the Imaginary Radio happen on other days of the week. In fact, you can catch the Imaginary Radio tomorrow on July 21st at 8PM for $10 with Maria Bamford, DJ Douggpound, and more. If you can’t catch this one, check back at the Comedy Bureau for details on the next episode.
Morning Debriefing 6/30/11
1) Watch comedic brilliance by Jon Dore & Rory Scovel on Conan. Oh yeah, they might do the same thing at Meltdown Comics on August 11th.
2) Want to be on a “High School Talent Show”?
Hot House, which normally hosts a fantastic “secret” comedy show, is putting the 3rd Annual Hot House High School Talent Show. Already, it’s half booked, but if you’re interested, the show is on Thurs. July 21st 8PM and they’re looking to book all types of variety/comedy/character acts of varying lengths – but – no stand up (unless it is part of a larger character piece).
The basic theme of the night is the show takes place in a High School Auditorium hosted by the Vice Principal of Affairs. Talent must decide up front whether to play a Student or an Administrator. And all acts should be between thirty seconds to three minutes (five if there is a real need) And let us know the general concept beforehand.
Nothing is too small or too stupid. Please email email@example.com if interested.
3) So Café Muse, to those comedians that put up with its open mic or shows, is now gone. No more comedy will take place within its walls despite it being next door to the Comedy Central Stages. We’re frankly surprised that it lasted this long as every time we’ve been there something along the lines of a frustrated white kid in his late 20’s would ask anyone who was black to be his black friend 5 minutes over the light would happen.
4) Don’t follow @MitziShore. It’s not her. Besides, gaining favor with her and an audition to be passed at the Comedy Store is a whole lot harder than just getting a fake account of her to follow you on Twitter.
9) COMEDY CRAWL
The Conan O’Brien Writers Retrospective @ Cinefamily 7:45PM $12
Comedy 90210 @ Roxbury Cafe 8PM $5
1642 Comedy Social Club @ 1642 Beer & Wine 8:30PM FREE
The Josh & Josh Show @ Bar Lubitsch 8:30PM FREE
Mr. Napkins Big Show @ Westside Comedy Theater 9PM FREE
Loose Meat @ UCB Theatre 9:30PM $5
Persona! @ Hollywood Improv Lab 10PM $5
Love Machine Comedy Show @ M Bar 10PM $5
Paul Danke & Cornell Reid Live Tweet a Movie @PaulDanke & @Corneezy 10PM FREE
10) OPEN MIC RUN
SAL’S COMEDY HOLE 7356 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 6PM/$4 minimum/first come, first served
COFEE BEAN 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Suite 180/Starts 7PM/mixed mic/no purchase necessary
SANDWICH SPOT 3101 Ocean Park Ave., Santa Monica, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/first come, first served
CAFE ON 2ND 7 S. 2nd St., Alhambra, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/first come, first served/10 min.
CAFE UNURBAN 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 9PM/No purchase necessary
MARTY’S/THE OPEN MIC 7351 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (walk up Martel, past Big Mama’s and Papa’s)/5PM to 11PM/$5 min./multiple sets allowed/first come, first served/coffee and bottled water available
11) I tried defending Tree of Life to my sister and mother who sat through it with me and the best I could come up with was, “Well, it’s best if you don’t try to figure it out.” Now, if I only could write jokes that work like that.
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Morning Debriefing 6/6/11
1) Louis CK dropping in at the Frolic Show. You’ve got to wonder if he’ll come up with a bit about trendy Asian Restaurants after this.
2) The LA Improv Comedy Festival @ iO West starts today! (Yes, we reported yesterday that said festival would start today, but many people, when not reminded, think, “I remember that was supposed to start some time this month.” We’d like to try to avoid this for such events)
What Happens When You Lose at “Shoot Now, Ask Questions Later”
7) ON THE HORIZON: At the Nerdist Theater
Pop & Politics w/Jimmy Dore Sat. June 11th 8PM $10
A Night with Jeff Garlin Mon. June 13th 8PM $10
Carnyville w/Dana Gould & David Koechner Thurs. June 23rd 8PM $10
8) COMEDY CRAWL
The 4 & 20 @ All Star Lanes 8PM FREE
Celebrity w/Joel McHale @ iO West 8PM $25
What’s Up Tiger Lily @ Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill 8PM FREE
Keep It Clean @ 1739 Public House 10PM FREE
Crash Test @ UCB Theatre 11PM $5
9) OPEN MIC RUN
SAL’S COMEDY HOLE 7356 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA/Starts 6PM/$4 min./first come, first served
CLUB 705 705 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA/Starts 7PM-ish/no purchase necessary/first come, first served
RED ROCK 8782 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA/Starts 7PM/$5 min./multiple sets allowed/first come, first served
TRIBAL CAFE 1651 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA/Starts 8PM/no purchase necessary/first come, first served
MARTY’S/THE OPEN MIC 7351 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (walk up Martel past Big Mama’s and Papa’s)/5PM to 11PM/$5 min./multiple sets allowed/bottled water and coffee provided
10) A kid asked me yesterday, “Does being a comedian pay well?” Oh, the things that little one will have to learn…
THE COMEDY BUREAU/@thecomedybureau
Morning Debriefing 3/28/11
1) 150 Best Jests via NY Post/@manydstadt-LA’s well represented with Kyle Kinane, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, TJ Miller, Rob O’Reilly, Joselyn Hughes, Richard Lewis, Conan O’Brien, Morgan Murphy (whose coming back to LA), Andy Kindler, Jamie Lee (will hopefully come back to LA), Bil Dwyer, Alec Sulkin, Josh Comers, Dana Gould, Michelle Buteau, Kevin Nealon, Rob Gleeson, Jon Huck, Drew Droege, Jackie Kashian, Jen Murphy, Kyle Dunnigan, Jeff Ross, Whitney Cummings, Felipe Esparza, Doug Benson, Richard Lewis, and a few more I can’t remember off the top of my head.
3) The last chance to vote for the Scoomies-a comedy awards ceremony recognizing the best of people who were the best in the hometown and decided to come to LA to make it and are on their way up.
4) The beginnings/makings/refurbishings of the Nerdist Theatre, one of my favorite places to watch live comedy.
5) ON THE HORIZON
WTF! Podcast LIVE @ Steve Allen Theater Tues. Mar. 29th 8PM tickets now only available at door
John Oliver’s NY Stand Up Show Thurs. Mar. 31st 11:59PM on Comedy Central w/Maria Bamford and Moshe Kasher
6) Tonight’s COMEDY CRAWL
Cartoon Dump @ Steve Allen Theater 8PM $10
What’s Up Tiger Lily? @ Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill 8PM FREE
Safehouse @ Lot 1 Cafe 8:30PM FREE
Keep it Clean Comedy @ 1739 Public House 10PM FREE
7) OPEN MIC RUN
RED ROCK 8782 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA/Starts 7PM/multiple sets allowed/$5 min.
CLUB 705 705 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA/Starts 7PM-ish
JAKE’S 38 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 7:30PM/Starts 8PM
TRIBAL CAFE 1651 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA (Echo Park)/Starts 8PM/call (213) 483-4458
D’AMORE’S 8369 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 8PM/Purchase required
GROUND ZERO USC 615 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA/USC Campus/Nestled between 3 dormitories approximately a block away from the intersection of Figueroa and Exposition/USC student sign-up 9PM/non-USC-student sign-up 9:15/Starts 9:30PM
9) If you perform comedy, you can be very happy. EX. Paul Jay marrying Jen Goldberg
THE COMEDY BUREAU/@thecomedybureau
NOTE: Tip of the Hat Article coming today as last night the office wi-fi was down (i.e. Starbucks and any other coffee shop was closed)