Posts Tagged ‘The Comedy Store’

It has been a crazy couple of months.  Between work being out of control and my extracurricular activities I haven’t had a chance to write much.

Sorry.  Let’s break the last couple few weeks into categories.


Starting with some fun!  I played with IN RARE FORM a couple of Wednesdays ago at The Comedy Store and we had a BLAST!

Backstage - waiting to go on at The Comedy Store

We had a twenty minute slot and it just FLEW by.  Genuinely funny stuff coming from my colleagues combined with the hot crowd made it my favorite night at The Store yet.  And then to make that week even better, Julia and I were officially offered the positions in the group.  We had been tested and approved!  We got added to the cast page and everything (click on the headshots for bios):

AND I finally got to put my headshot up on the wall at the LA Connection Theater.  I’m pretty happy with it (by the way, Lander looks like he’s twelve years old.  Twelve.)

We go on 10:30pm every Friday at the LA Connection Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Drop me a line and I can likely get you in free!

13442 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Apart from every Friday night we do special shows across town including a show in Santa Monica on the 24th.  Keep checking for details, and you can also check us out on Facebook at: !

All right, enough whoring.


The Doctor Who convention was WEEKS ago!

I met Frazier Hines (who played Jamie McCrimmon):

I also met John Levene (who played Sgt. Benton – and who I hope to have a bigger and better story of in the future):

I got a classic Doctor/Companion shot in front of the TARDIS with Ms. Athena Stamos:

I got a great Eleven/Ten shot with Mr. Kevin Coppa:

And finally, I found out that Cybermen REALLY just need a hug:


So… I’ve seen the first episode of the Eleventh Doctor, appropriately titled “The Eleventh Hour”.

First things first:  Matt Smith totally gets it.  I remember when he was first cast as my hero and was pretty pissed off.  Now, while I’d still prefer to see somebody older in the role, I feel the character is totally safe in his hands.  There’s something about his nervous energy. 

Now the show itself:  It is skewing very young.  It is becoming clearer and clearer that Doctor Who will never be the badass “Battlestar Galactica” that I want it to be.  It is proving to be a show for young adults with maybe a few references to keep the adults awake.  So taking it for what it IS, and after watching it three times, it definitely has that magical feel. 

But I don’t WANNA’ take it for what it is!  I want it to be more grown up.  I watched five minutes of The Beast Below and it seems centered around some damn seven year old kids again.  Come on, Moffat!

I understand that the first episode of the new era needed to be “safe”.  Introducing a new Doctor needs to be done carefully.  Now let’s turn up the heat.


It’s ridiculous and pathetic.  We’re not even going to talk about it.


I went on a hike with some friends to the Hollywood sign.  It was fun, but when you are SO close to the sign itself and the only thing separating you from it is a fence, steep decline, and a sign telling me to be good… could I really help myself?


It was my birthday Saturday!  How did I spend it?  Well, I spent NINE HOURS at work (9am-6pm).  It was so much busier than it was supposed to be.  Pretty lousy, to be honest.  But then my friend Vita swooped in and saved me!  As a birthday treat she brought me to a private screening of Kick Ass, which opens on Friday.  The movie was fun enough, but just being at a screening like that seems like you are “in” on something and makes you feel pretty cool.  Afterwards we went to the Veggie Grill on Sunset and I got my FREE birthday entree (went with the Cajun “chicken” – sooo goooooood).

And that’s where we stand.  Saturday night we’re throwing a birthday party at the house for Rick and I.  It should be a blast!

Who Da Man?  (never saying that again),



Good thing for me I don’t get nervous anymore…

Last night I performed at The Comedy Store on Sunset with my improv group The LA Connection.  I’d been looking forward to this for several weeks, and only found out for sure about two weeks ago that I was definitely in the show.  This place is one of the most historic venues for comedy ever.  From Letterman, to Andy Kaufman, Chevy Chase, Garry Shandling, Sam Kinison, John Belushi, Richard Pryor, and so many other careers were launched from this stage and that sense of history was not lost on me.

Stepping back a bit, last Friday I finally performed for the first time in roughly a year at the LA Connection Theater in Sherman Oaks.  It was like riding a bike, in that it was so easy to step right back into and you really should wear a helmet.  After Friday’s performance I was more excited and confident than ever to rock The Comedy Store.

Then yesterday afternoon I was at work making and printing work orders and labels for Cold Case when I started feeling really low… I had a serious lack of energy.  I found it a little amusing, because I recognized this feeling.  Whenever I’m really excited about something that’s about to happen – usually a performance – that feeling shows up.  I really think it’s my body’s way of trying to counteract my natural excitement and balance myself out.  Instead of freaking out with excitement, my body is saying, “gosh I’m bored.  Just bored to all heck”.  When I realized this was happening I had my coworker David take a picture of me.  I think it’s fun to see myself emotionally unbalanced as I clearly was.


But then something new happened.  I actually started to freak out.  I panicked (breaking rule number one of this blog, for Pete’s sake!).  But I got up and walked around a bit.  Stepped outside on the patio and got some fresh air.  Everything was back to normal.

Cut to 6pm.  I’m driving down Ventura Boulevard towards Hollywood, and everytime I take that route I pass by Miceli’s restaurant.  I should have taken the freeway.  Miceli’s is where my soon to be ex-wife and I had our big “both sides of the family finally meet” dinner two nights before our wedding.  It was an incredibly wonderful night.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that Laura and I shouldn’t be together.  It’s for the best and I’m darned ready to move on with my life, but driving past that place… I remembered us getting our picture taken with our families outside on the corner, and it put me back in a low mood.  A different kind of low mood than the one earlier.  This wasn’t my body trying to trick me into being bored, this was a low mood with a real punch.

I continue driving onto Highland and am just about to turn onto Sunset, still kind of thinking about Laura, when it hits me that the LAST time I was at the Comedy Store it was with Laura for our one year wedding anniversary.

This was not a good time for that revelation. 

I’m driving, feeling low, and suddenly realize… Am I about to friggin’ CRY?!  I haven’t cried about her (or anything) in many weeks!  But I let it happen.  Only a dry heave.  One syllable’s worth of a cry and no tears.  I really would have preferred to get it all out, but I don’t like to force those things and I WAS driving, for Pete’s sake.

Taking it all in - getting a feel for the place

Taking it all in - getting a feel for the place

Got to the shop about an hour early and checked out the backstage.  Rumor has it that the dressing room we used was built specifically for Richard Pryor.  In the middle of the room was a mirrored coffee table shaped like a piano that was clearly used for doing cocaine.  The whole room definitely screamed “1970’s showbiz”.

Where's that kid with my latte?

Where's that kid with my latte?

So, sitting in the dressing room with the rest of the cast and just feeling depressed as hell.  Kip comes up to me.  Kip knows.  We talked a bit and I just told him.  When I said the words out loud, “The last time I was here I was with my wife on our one year wedding anniversary” there was about one second of deep sadness, then it lifted.  Just saying the words out loud helped release that negative energy.  Within literally a minute I was ready to rock!

The actual show?  I did OK.  I didn’t knock it out of the park, but went out and had fun and the audience had fun, too.  I got to introduce the first improvisation and had direct interaction with the crowd (the place was about 4/5 full I’d say) which I really enjoyed.  20 minutes just flew by, and I was on stage for half the scenes.  I was lucky to be with other actors who were GREAT!  Thanks Brian, Jamira, Jake, Laurie, Dorrie, Brianne, and of course Kip for making the event so special.  And BART!  Thanks for guiding me through the night!  Again, it really flew by. 

I'm introducing our first Improv: The Do Run DIE!

I'm introducing our first Improv: The Do Run DIE!

Brian and I stumbling though the alphabet in London

Brian and I stumbling though the alphabet in London

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

Afterwards I took a seat with my friend Dave, my sister Meagan, and brother in law Rick who showed up for me.  Later on, both Meagan and Rick (in seperate scenes) were audience volunteers!  Meagan didn’t really have an opportunity to showcase any skills except for being angry on cue – which she did very well in – but Rick got to provide sound effects for a scene and was pretty spectacular at it.

So that’s a hurdle cleared.  I’ve done The Comedy Store.  And the NEXT time I do the Comedy Store, I can remember the LAST time as an event that will likely remain unsoured.

Why did the paranoid chicken cross the road?




…relax, no chickens are crossing the road.  It’s all in your head.