1. 4.22.14 The Garlin and Schwartz Experiment As you may have noticed by now, I am an ardent fan of Ben Schwartz. I think he is one of the funniest improvisers I have ever seen perform, and I am hoping that he continues to get more work in TV and film as well. The same cannot be said for my feelings on Jeff Garlin. He can be funny at times, but I generally find him abrasive. I would have never predicted this pairing for an improv show, but it popped up on the schedule for April.

    So I bought tickets and hoped for the best. What resulted was a somewhat funny and interesting hour, though Garlin’s disregard for a lot of improv rules detracted from the experience. I am quite sure a lot of the audience really enjoyed it, and to be honest, I’d watch Ben improvise with nearly anyone. The Middleditch & Schwartz shows have been amazing, Hot Sauce is my favorite show at UCB, and Snowpants is always fantastic. But I’m hopeful he’ll pick someone other than Jeff Garlin for a two-man show next time.  

  2. 4.13.14 Hot Sauce at UCB. Due to some irregularities with the schedule in March, this was the second Hot Sauce in two weeks time, which I wish was always the case. Adam Pally was a no-show again, so Horatio Sanz stepped in with Gil Ozeri and Ben Schwartz.  The form for the second half of the show was hilarious, and is why you see a bunch of props all over the floor, and also how we found out Ben Schwartz can juggle.

    I love the dynamic between Adam, Ben and Gil more than most things in this world, but Horatio is always funny, and I will take a patched up Hot Sauce over no Hot Sauce any day. 

    They are taking May off; can’t wait to see them back in June. 

  3. 4.06.14 Gravid Water at UCBTLA, directed by Neil Ruddy, a man with an incredibly dry sense of humor. The actors this month were Michael McMillian, Renée Felice Smith, Ptolemy Slocum, Maria Thayer, and Timm Sharp. Improvisers were Becky Drysdale, Bob Dassie, Stephnie Weir, Sean Conroy and Brian Stack. While every scene was funny, it was hard to top the first scene of the night with two of my favorites, Becky Drysdale and Michael McMillian.

  4. 3.30.14 Hot Sauce at UCBTLA. Adam Pally was otherwise occupied Sunday evening, so Ben and Gil invited Horatio Sanz and Paul Scheer to fill in during Hot Sauce. Horatio is always fantastic, but this was my first time seeing Paul Scheer do improv, and I was impressed by him as well. The four of them were excellent together, and Paul does a mean Steve Harvey impression.

  5. 3.29.13 ASSSSCAT at UCB, with Marcelle Karp as the guest monologist and Horatio Sanz, Lauren Lapkus, Sean Conroy, Colton Dunn, Ben Schwartz, Katie Dippold, Danielle Schneider and Charlie Sanders improvising. My sister is in town, so we are going to a bunch of shows this weekend! Although ASSSSCAT is always a great time, we got lucky with an excellent cast. 

  6. 3.22.2014 Middleditch & Schwartz at UCBTLA. So glad these two funny fellows decided to do another show together, it was excellent.

  7. 3.18.2014 Parks & Recreation at Paleyfest. I went to the panel two years ago, and had a lot of fun at that one, so it was a no-brainer to return. Patton Oswalt moderated the panel, which consisted of the show’s creator, Mike Schur, and cast members Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Retta, Jim O’Heir, Ben Schwartz, and Billy Eichner. It’s so fun to see this amazing cast interact, and the reactions they had to the full Dolby Theater were priceless. 

  8. paleycenter:

    PHOTO: “PaleyFest Parks and Recreation” held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 18, 2014. More Info: http://www.paleyfest.org

    So good! I love living in LA and going to stuff like this. :)

  9. 8.31.2013 Snowpants at UCB with improvisers Ben Schwartz, Matt Walsh, Thomas Middleditch, Joe Wengert and special guests Paul F. Tompkins and Jane Fonda. Apologies for taking these with a potato.

  10. Matt Owen’s poster for the Jason Reitman Groundhog Day Live Read at LACMA this coming Thursday, March 20th. I’ve made to it 3/5 reads so far this year - Boogie Nights, Tootsie, and American Pie - and they were all fantastic. Can’t wait for this one. :)