Posts tagged as los angeles

The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in Los Angeles

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established stand-ups in the country – ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter — but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?

Today we’re taking a look at the biggest, fastest growing comedy scene in the country: Los Angeles. Land of endless summer, countless TV writing gigs, and hundreds of amazing comedy shows every week, LA’s the best place to discover your next [...]

CollegeHumor Moves from NY to LA, Starts New Production Company

Comedy website CollegeHumor announced today that they have moved their production team from New York to Los Angeles and that they're forming a new production company called Big Breakfast. Big Breakfast will focus on developing movies, TV shows, and web projects, in addition to continuing to produce original videos for CollegeHumor. CollegeHumor's editorial department will remain in New York. Sam Reich, who has been CollegeHumor's president of original content since 2006, will head up Big Breakfast. The company's first project is developing the hit CollegeHumor web series Jake & Amir, starring Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, into a TV show for TBS. CollegeHumor Productions' move from the East Coast to [...]

You Can Now Pre-Order the Stand-Up Album 'Holy Fuck' Featuring Rory Scovel, James Adomian, and Tons More

Since it was founded in 2009, the live comedy show Holy Fuck has become a staple of LA's stand-up scene, and now, the show is being immortalized with a new two-disc album that you can pre-order from Rooftop Comedy. The Holy Fuck album, set for a May 29th release, features some of the best comedians going doing five minutes of their best material. A nice mix of established stand-ups and up-and-comers, the album features sets from James Adomian, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero, Jackie Kashian, Eric Andre, T.J. Miller, and tons more. The only reason to skip this one would be if you hate comedy and/or profanity.


With Comedy Bang Bang Gone, What's L.A.'s Next Big Stand-up Show?

2012 was the end of an era for the Los Angeles comedy scene, as Comedy Bang Bang, the influential weekly stand-up showcase co-created by Scott Aukerman, ended its ten year run earlier this month. Comedy Bang Bang (originally titled Comedy Death-Ray) will live in on in the form of the popular podcast and IFC show of the same name, but the live show's impact upon the L.A. comedy scene (and the comedy world at large) is endless. Comedy Bang Bang first started in 2002 when the term "alternative comedy" actually meant something, years before Zach Galifianakis was a major movie star or Louis C.K. was the country's leading [...]

Splitsider's Guide to LA's Comedy Scene

The City of Angels. La-la Land. Lipstick City. Tinsel Town. Hollyweird. I could list hokey nicknames for LA all day long, but maybe it’s just best to describe the town as an overcrowded mess of traffic, pollution, street gangs, broken dreams, and one of the most vibrant and active live comedy scenes in human history.

Because Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, most of your favorite comedians from movies and TV live here, and a lot of them make it a habit to, despite their busy day jobs, continue to perform live stand-up or improv to keep their chops up. Celebrities aren’t the only ones taking [...]

'Vanity Fair' Talks to Groundlings Alums to Celebrate the Theatre's 40th Anniversary

Vanity Fair has a new oral history out today of The Groundlings, LA's legendary improv theatre that has spawned countless comedic talents on SNL, movies, and beyond like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, and Melissa McCarthy. Here's Reubens recalling the first time he tried performing as Pee-wee onstage:

I probably had eight or 10 pretty solid characters and maybe four or five of those were very popular and featured in the show. But when I [debuted Pee-wee Herman onstage], that got a completely different reaction. This was a reaction that made me think, Wow, this means something. And very quickly, I decided, "Yeah I [...]

Here Are Your New 'SNL' Featured Players

Deadline is reporting that SNL has four top candidates to add to the cast as featured players for the fall. While NBC has yet to announce the news, the report says that Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, and Noël Wells are "heavily rumored to land the coveted SNL spots." All four are performers from Los Angeles's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and each one has a series of popular web videos to his or her name. Milhiser is a member of the video sketch group Serious Lunch, Wells is known for her solo videos, and Mooney and Bennett both come from the sketch group Good Neighbor, which also [...]

Watch the Web Debut of the Improvised Stand-Up Show 'Set List' with Bob Odenkirk and T.J. Miller

Set List is an improvised stand-up show that originated in LA before touring the world and becoming an upcoming TV show in the UK and Australia, and now the show is premiering in the US as a web series on the Nerdist YouTube channel. Basically, each comedian comes out with no planned material and is given topics they must discuss as the show goes on. The first three episodes of the Set List web series debuted this week with Bob Odenkirk (above), T.J. Miller, and Glenn Wool (below) rising to the challenge. It's a unique concept for a stand-up show that often yields interesting results, and you no longer [...]

Scott Aukerman Is Ending the 'Comedy Bang Bang' Live Show in December

After ten years, Scott Aukerman announced via Twitter he's ending his influential Los Angeles standup show Comedy Bang! Bang! next month. Aukerman started the standup showcase under the name Comedy Death-Ray at M Bar in Hollywood in 2002 before moving it to the then-new Los Angeles branch of the UCB Theatre in 2005. The Tuesday night show has been a linchpin of the local standup scene since it began and helped define "alternative comedy" in an era in which that term actually meant something, giving an early boost to a whole generation of now-famous standups. The live show spawned a popular podcast and IFC TV series of the name [...]

Check Out This Comedian-Inspired Art, Art Appreciators

"This sculpture of Louis C.K.'s head as a melting scoop of ice cream will pair beautifully with the de Kooning in my collection," muses a small goateed private art curator in my imagination, as he walks around the second annual "Is This Thing On?" exhibit in LA this Friday. "And this ink and watercolor painting of Whitney Cummings, a clear descendent of Cézanne's Bathers, to be sure, but with its own charms-" He stops in his tracks, almost spilling his tiny clear plastic cup of wine on his many pewter rings. "Why, look at the clarity of the birds' wings, the vibrancy, the immediacy of their flight, as [...]

Watch Tony Hale Give LA Traffic Tours

Here's a new Funny Or Die video starring Veep and Arrested Development's Tony Hale as a tour guide for "LA Traffic Tours," driving a bus around to show off Los Angeles's amazing traffic situation. There's even an accidental Colin Hanks cameo!

Popular LA Stand-Up Show 'Holy Fuck' Is Ending Its Run

LA's stand-up scene is changing fast. In the past year alone, Scott Aukerman's live show Comedy Bang Bang wrapped up its ten-year run and popular NYC shows like Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's Hot Tub and Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K moved to town. Now, another seismic shift in the LA comedy plates is on the way as the producers of the popular stand-up show Holy Fuck announced this week that it's ending too. The free weekly show, which has been running since 2009 and is held in an old movie theater downtown, has become a pillar of the local comedy scene over the last few [...]

LA Stand-up Show "Holy Fuck" Is Recording a Live Album with TJ Miller, Kyle Kinane, Eric Andre, and More

The popular, excellent Los Angeles stand-up show Holy Fuck just celebrated its third anniversary last year, and now they're releasing a live album that'll give non-L.A. residents a sense of what the show is. Over the next month, Holy Fuck will be recording four live shows entirely composed of comedians doing five minutes of their best material, with 42 comedians including Dana Gould, TJ Miller, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Kinane, and Eric Andre set to be recorded. The performances will then be edited into a 2 or 3-CD set released by Rooftop Comedy. Visit Holy Fuck's Tumblr for info on attending one of these amazing-sounding shows. Other influential stand-up [...]

The Complete Guide to Everything: Los Angeles

This week Tim and Tom discuss whether old nerds will be able to keep up with 15 year old girls in the future and Tim recalls his first experience podcasting at 7 years old. There's also a heated debate about the moral implications of putting your seat back on an airplane, a few ideas about starting a cult and the truth about Disneyland that is hidden from all children raised on the East Coast is uncovered.