Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Things to do in LA

Last night The Beefcake and I went to see a taping of Web Soup, so if you watch tonight you can catch a brief glimpse of us in the audience. Chris Hardwick is adorable and always excited and I want to put him in my pocket and carry him around.

This is one of the major benefits of living in LA. You deal with the traffic and the violence and the smog and the loud noise and the tourists and the movies that close down busy streets and the high cost of everything, and as a reward you get to do cool stuff. I can go to a drive-in movie or a movie in the Hollywood Cemetery. I can go see a taping of some show or a preview screening of the pilots we'll be seeing on TV a couple of weeks later.

I've been an audience member at tapings of the following shows:
Web Soup - my favorite! Who doesn't love nutshots? Besides my mom, I mean.
The pilot taping of a sitcom starring Fred Savage called Single White Millionaire. It did not get picked up.
A sketch show by some dude that was briefly popular and has since disappeared and I can't remember his name.
The AMAs. I got a free sweatshirt.
An episode of Crumbs, also a brief Fred Savage vehicle. I love Fred Savage. On both shows, he made sure to entertain the audience between takes, often by mocking his own career. He's great, and I would work with him in a heartbeat.

And I've been lucky enough to see a few movies at cast and crew screenings or at Creative Screenwriting screenings. I stopped going to those, though, after the third time I waited an hour and a half to be the second person in line when they cut it off and stopped letting people in.

Every couple of months I realize I haven't done anything cool in a while, so I'll check Twitter or Film Radar and find something in town to do. I've yet to look and not see something I wanted on my activities list.

And that's one reason I love LA.

So to sum up, watch Web Soup tonight on G4.

Tomorrow I will tell you guys about the awesomeness that in one week has become the Great Eleventh Grade Zombie Project.


  1. I agree. Fred Savage is inherently likable. I see him once in a while at the Grove (from afar). And he's a Cubs fan. What's not to love?

    I agree there's a lot to do in LA industry-wise, but as a fellow resident, it usually seems to me there's very little that's cool to do (after having done all that is cool to do in the first couple of years here) that doesn't have something to do with the business. Unless you have lots of money.

    But I'm hot and cranky, so don't mind me. :)

  2. Is there a drive-in movie theater closer than the one in Industry?

  3. True, Adam. Very true.

    James, Google Devil's Night. It's on a roof top downtown.

  4. Nice article, thanks for the information.

  5. I really enjoy Hardwick when he's on Attack of the Show and Soup, get big brain from him, and love that he promoted Black Dynamite recently. His partner also extra smart comedian, and also gives back to craft and community (co-founded a San Francisco comedy festival among other things).

    As those two shows provide me sufficient stream of literal nutshots, videos I seek out tend to be more figurative nutshots, like an exploding 6 foot water balloon, my little ponies doing 300, and Hardwick singing pi.

    So your school taken over by zombies yet?

  6. I live in Portland, Oregon. There is no shortage of cool things to do in Portland and we don't have to deal with the traffic, the smog, the industry people, or the high cost of living.

    We win.

  7. Yay! Glad you like where you live.

    I don't think it's a competition.

  8. Well, if it was a competition we'd win.

    But I was obviously kidding.

  9. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Portland and LA both suck.

    It's a tie!

  10. The great thing about America is, you don't have to live in places that you don't like.


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