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8.22.14 Casey & Woods at UCB. On a very dramatically lit (and as always, badly in need of a paint job) UCB stage, Zach Woods and Neil Casey did some two-man improv. They are having their next show in a couple weeks, so if you are in LA, check out the UCB schedule! We’ll be there.

rejectedjokes:

THE SIMPSONS MARATHON LIVE VIDEO FEED IS UP AND RUNNING! WATCH ABOVE! SIMPSONS WRITERS! COMEDIANS! GUESTS GALORE! TALKING SIMPSONS WHILE THE EPISODES AIR ON FXX! WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE ARE DOING! THIS WILL LAST ALL DAY! #EverySimpsonsEver

This has been so fun to watch so far! Sad that I actually have things to do later today. 

I Will Be Co-Hosting a Simpsons Marathon Live Video Stream this Saturday! →

rejectedjokes:

This Saturday, August 23rd at 9:30AM (Pacific time), I will be co-hosting a live video stream with Simpsons writer Matt Selman to be watched hand and hand (eye and eye?) with the Simpsons marathon happening right now over at FXX. We will start at 9:30am and keep going till viewers get bored. This…

Such a cool idea! 

8.16.14 Snowpants at UCB. It was the first Snowpants since February! And at the top of the show, Ben Schwartz announced that it’d be the last one for a few months, inciting a collective groan from the audience. But we were happy that he and fellow busy humans Jack McBrayer, Horatio Sanz, Thomas Middleditch, Joe Wengert and second time Snowpants guest Blake Griffin (of the Los Angeles Clippers) took the time to entertain us this month. 

I was psyched to see Blake Griffin do the show again, as he has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to get involved in scenes and be silly. And Jack McBrayer is someone I wish did more shows at UCB LA - his facial expressions alone kill me every single time I see him on stage.

8.12.14 The Improvised Shakespeare Company at the Lillian Theater. The main cast was the same as it’s been the past two times we’ve seen them: Blaine Swen, Greg Hess, Ross Bryant, Joey Bland & Thomas Middleditch. But they had a very special guest star this time… Sir Patrick Stewart! I had seen that he played with them at Outside Lands, but I never imagined that he would join the cast in LA. And as you would expect, he was amazing. 

They requested that we hold pictures until the end, so I did, but I had to get at least one so I know I didn’t dream the whole thing.

8.10.14 Hot Sauce at UCB LA. This was the first Hot Sauce with Ben, Adam and Gil since February! It’s been way too long, especially since this is my absolute favorite UCB show. And this month’s edition reaffirmed that notion.

For the second half, they brought up their audience “twins” to do improv with them, and this experiment yielded excellent results.

8.8.14 Brand New Ball at UCB. Haven’t seen this show in a while, but I wanted to de-stress a bit after a job interview, and there is no better place to do that than UCB. Tonight’s cast: Thomas Middleditch, Becky Drysdale, Betsy Sodaro, Pam Murphy, Mary Holland, Laura Krafft, Kay Cannon, Drew Tarver and Cissy Fenwick.

paulftompkins:

OH OKAY WELL here are some more portraits from last month’s VARIETOPIA, courtesy of the talented Roman Cho.

Top: Ben Schwartz and Your Host

Center: Musical Director Eban Schletter and The Varietorchestra

Bottom: Musical Director Eban Schletter

Tickets are on sale now for the next Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkins on Saturday, August 23rd.  

This show will be our most amazing yet. Don’t live a life of regret starting in late August. Get your seat now!

Thanks for posting more pics, PFT! Loved this show. 

8.4.14 Gravid Water at UCB LA. Gravid Water is always a great show, but it has been absolutely amazing the past few months. For the August edition, Tara Copeland’s baby surprised Thomas Middleditch by making her Gravid Water debut in their scene, and we all awwwwwwwwwww’d.

The actors were the aforementioned Copeland, as well as Tony Hale, Robyn S. Clark, Maria Thayer, Tom Lenk & Shelly Slocum. 

The improvisers from last night were Middleditch, Brian Stack, Sean Conroy, (the aggressively hysterical) Becky Drysdale, and Copeland, who did one scene as an actor and the other as an improviser. 

liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Diamond Lion | 08.01.14
Tonight was the last Diamond Lion. If you weren’t there you missed out on Thomas Middleditch teaching us all about vaginas and penises in a sing-songy voice like he was in The Music Man.

Ahhhh, I had no idea they were ending this! I only got to see Diamond Lion a few times, but it was always hilarious and the last time it made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe. I am truly bummed out. :’(

liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Diamond Lion | 08.01.14

Tonight was the last Diamond Lion. If you weren’t there you missed out on Thomas Middleditch teaching us all about vaginas and penises in a sing-songy voice like he was in The Music Man.

Ahhhh, I had no idea they were ending this! I only got to see Diamond Lion a few times, but it was always hilarious and the last time it made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe. I am truly bummed out. :’(