Archive for September, 2009
Thursday – Sit N Spin – This is an amazing evening of personal monologues from some of LA’s best writers. It’s held at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson Theater and is filmed for Comedy Central. The show is always packed and there are usually very recognizable people participating in the evening. I will simply be the musical guest, playing a song before and after the stories. This show is completely free, but you will have to rsvp by calling 323 960-5519 to reserve a seat. 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood 90038.
Friday – House Of Blues – I was invited back to perform in the Voodoo Lounge at 8:00. I’ll do a half hour of mostly music. They have a nice happy hour back there between 5-7 with half price parking and appetizers, as well as $1 drafts and $3 wine and drink specials. Meet me there at six! The show is $10 – but it’s the House of Blues! 8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069
Saturday – Gemini Manor – Honestly, I don’t know what the hell this is. The website looks cool though. It’s a Hollywood landmark, apparently. It does sound like a fun night. It’s a private party, but open to you – for the $5 donation. There will be food and drink. There’s only six comics doing 10 minutes each. I’ll probably leave the guitar at home and just tell some jokes. 1341 N Mariposa Ave, half block south of Sunset.
So come out and have some fun with me. I never get out and I rarely play. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Encounter-Culture.com asked me to put together a little Strings of Comedy night for their pre-launch event. This is a lifestyle events website designed for 20s and 30s. Should be a fun night. Entertainment, food, & drink all provided at 9pm tonight at 3450 Cahuenga Blvd, C203, LA, 90068. Come on – what could be better? How about:
Alison Block (AlisonBlock.com) is a stand-up comic with a guitar or a musician with a sense of humor. Her “sophisticatedly raunchy” songs mix the wild and witty with the feminine tenderness found in themes about gay ex-boyfriends and male gynecologists.
Eric Schwartz (EricSchwartz.com) tours the country regularly and is a favorite at folk music festivals everywhere because he is an amazing musician with a killer wit and stunning sense of humor. You will be pleasantly surprised, shocked, and dazzled. His song “Clinton Got A Blowjob” just won the International Songwriting Competition’s Comedy/Novelty category.
And me – Chris Valenti – His songs, films, and jokes about foiled romantic opportunities and neurotic misadventures, vent the painfully funny universal suffering we all endure. His live show is part music, part comedy, and part cinema. (He shows a new film at every M Bar show.) A hopeful romantic with a twisted sense of humor, Chris uses blunt honesty, vulnerability, and self-deprecation to write comedy about the frustrations of life and attempted relationships.
This month we’re trying something completely different. We have four musical comics and one dating guru, Dr. Alex Benzer, author of The Tau of Dating series.
Dr. Benzer is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. His lectures include topics such as Why The Smartest People Have The Toughest Time Dating and How To Feel Good About Disappointing Friends. We are extremely happy to have Dr. Benzer blast us with 10 minutes of relationship advice and whatever else he has in store. This will be a serious treat. In fact the raffle prize for this show will be a signed copy of his new book, The Tau of Dating for Women. (TauOfDating.com)
Oh, and we have comics too!
Dava Krause – Dava is one of the youngest comedians to have her jokes published in “She’s So Funny” by Judy Brown. She has written the web series, “My Roommate’s Boyfriend”, produced by Comedytime.tv. Her self-deprecating and authentic style takes many exposing risks and can be heard on National Lampoon Radio. (DavaKrause.com)
Oded Gross – generally speaking, is a pretty open guy. Except when it comes to people who are different than him. Then his tolerance wanes. His videos “It’s All Because (the gays are getting married)” and “Just Found a Red Sock (in the laundry while washing my KKK sheet)” are both huge internet sensations. (myspace.com/odedgross)
Phil Johnson – isn’t angry. Even when he’s crooning horrible thoughts about an ex-girlfriend or calling out your co-workers for what they really are, it’s done with warmth and a knowing glance that it’s all in good fun. He’s neither an insider, nor an outsider, but the guy standing in the doorway watching both groups and laughing at everyone’s foibles, including his own. (RoadsideAttraction.com)
Chris Valenti – His songs, films, and jokes about foiled romantic opportunities and neurotic misadventures, vent the painfully funny universal suffering we all endure. His live show is part music, part comedy, and part cinema. (He shows a new film at every M Bar show.) A hopeful romantic with a twisted sense of humor, Chris uses blunt honesty, vulnerability, and self-deprecation to write comedy about the frustrations of life and attempted relationships. (ChrisValentiMusic.com)
The cover charge at the door is $10, but you can buy half price tickets here – http://www.goldstar.com/events/hollywood-ca/the-strings-of-comedy-1.html
Videos from each of the performers can be viewed at StringsOfComedy.com.