Archive for October, 2008
Make your reservations now!
If you’ve been to the M Bar before, you know what a great spot this supper club is for live entertainment. This night will be the best Strings of Comedy event yet. The M Bar is a Vegas style dinner theater. Come have a great meal, a glass of wine or a martini, and see “one of the best musical comedy shows LA has to offer.”
This line up will be terrific – Oded Gross, Michael Goldstrom, Phil Johnson, and me – check www.StringsOfComedy.com for videos of each of the performers. Plus we’re having a surprise guest performer (Alright… the surprise has been leaked – it’s Last Comic Standing’s Mary Mack!). This series we’ve created is really gaining traction.
We’ve got the cover down to $6 online, $10 at the door. There is also a ten-dollar food/drink minimum. M Bar is located at 1253 N Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90038. The show is this Thursday, Oct 23rd. Get there for dinner at 7. Show starts at 8.
Call for your reservation as soon as you can. This place is not that big. Hope you can join us for this one.
Eben Brooks VBlog
An interview I did at the Temecula Film Festival. Eben Brooks did a great job with it. It’s a very nice ego-aggrandizing Q&A on what the hell I’ve been doing with my life the past decade or so. Thanks for the vlog post, Eben – I think all 55 hits on YouTube are from me watching it!
Rocking with laughter.
Friends come together to create songs with humorous lyrics for a Halloween-themed fundraising show.
By Joyce Rudolph
A comedy rock show that began as a fundraiser to pay for the producers’ wedding is celebrating its third year and is open to the public for the first time.
The Comedy + Rock Spooktacular on Sunday will feature soloists and groups who sing comical songs that are a tad racy and irreverent, but very funny, said co-producer Erica Meadows, of Burbank.
The first show was performed on the anniversary of when she and her husband, Raymond Meadows, met. It drew 150 people. The couple put on last year’s show as a thank you to their friends for helping them pay for their wedding, she said. About 250 people attended.
“It’s been so popular, we’re going to make it an annual thing,” she said. “Proceeds go to advertising, theater rental and paying the musicians/ comedians.”
It’s an introduction to a new genre combining songwriting with music, which is more popular at the clubs in Hollywood, Raymond Meadows said.
“It’s parody, writing words to a song,” he said. “A lot of people make up words to a familiar song, and they don’t even know they’re doing it.”
The couple’s friend, Robert Kyle, technical director at the Colony Theatre, runs the lights for the show, and another buddy, Mike Cisneros, is the talent coordinator.
Combining rock music and comedy is not seen very often, Kyle said.
“The groups that Erica gets are a lot of fun,” he said. “In the previous years there has been a lot of local talent, so it’s a great opportunity for them to perform.”
Cisneros, who is also one of the performers, goes by the name Dino-Mike. He’s been doing comedy music shows for 10 years at the Cat Club and Knitting Factory in Hollywood and the Ice House in Pasadena.
“Our audience ranges from high school and college age to people in their 60s,” he said. “The comedy music genre is a subculture that is along the lines of Weird Al and Dr. Demento.”
Cisneros defined the genre as alternative rock with comedy undertones.
“The lyrics are quirky and make you smile a little bit,” he said.
One of the groups performing is Vomit, made up of two women, Moone (Tara Jean O’Brien) and Skye (Analisa Brouet).
Their story line is they are identical twins, but they don’t look anything alike, and all their songs are only two chords.
“We both play guitar, and our songs are meaningful, but some people think they’re funny,” O’Brien said with a straight face.
Comedian Chris Valenti is returning for a third year. His theme is dysfunctional relationships.
One of his songs is called “Please Don’t Text Someone While I’m Making Love to You.”
“I love this show,” he said. “It’s fun. It’s playful. You get to do comedy with a mask on and wear costumes. You can really let loose.”