For awhile now, my buddy AmHam has been doing a free comedy show at 9:30 on Tuesday nights at Pedone’s Pizza in Hermosa Beach. Because it’s both a meeting night and a weeknight, I haven’t been able to make it. Which is a shame because I like stand up, and I like the videos on their site.
I would love Hermosa if it weren’t for the people. It’s basically an episode of Jersey Shore West over there with everybody who’s not a cast member being a smarmy producer in a gold and red USC hoodie. Sometimes even an entire USC outfit with Tshirt, windbreaker and basketball shorts. In public, on Saturday night. Like, do you know there’s other people? Have you noticed that nobody else goes out in their jams on a fucking Saturday night? Or at least nobody reasonable.
Anyway, this Saturday was the second ever Saturday of AmHam and the Pedone’s Pizza group holding a comedy show at Studio, and he asked if I’d like comp tickets. The answer to this question is always yes, if you’re wondering. I’m not one of those bloggers who has a moral obligation to turn down free shit in order to keep my blogging pure. So if anybody out there happened to want to send me free stuff and was refraining out of a sense of respect to my journalistic integrity, please stop over estimating me. Of course this comes with the caveat that, like everything else in the universe, I’m not going to say anything but my real opinion about any free shit that’s sent to me. Just saying, you might send me free shit and I’ll say that it sucks if it sucks. I’m not that dedicated to freebies that I won’t blast a motherfucker, OK?
Back to the comedy show. This being the second night, the show was sparsely populated, but it was a cool crowd of good natured people that appreciated the comics and were respectful of the space. The opener Taylor Bos was funny and he dealt with the smallness of the crowd fairly well, although he definitely seemed bummed out about it. He also looks uncannily like a guy I knew in high school, so that was fun for me. I’ll get back to the middle comic later, but Headliner Rich Aronovitch pulled of a varsity set, since the club started letting people in who had no idea there was comedy going on, and they also left the game on one of the TVs, which was especially challenging when the bar people gathered to talk about it. At a particularly loud moment, I looked back and saw the middle comic Kevin Flanagan was one of the loudest talkers of the bunch. Until that moment, I’d felt bad for the guy since he’d driven all the way from downtown, and his Titus style half-rant half-stories really didn’t work out that well for him, but as soon as I saw him talking over another comic’s set, I was done. With him, I mean, not with Rich who continued to be high energy and funny, even with all the noise and the people.
This is probably the first time I’ve ever been to the second time of anything I wasn’t directly involved in. My own personal experience with new ventures makes me totally sympathetic to the crew of Real Live Stand Up. I want them to succeed, they have good energy, they have a space they can expand into, and a premium location. If they can get more bodies, and get the room to cooperate by doing shit like turning off the damn game and putting a guy at the door to keep the regular bar guys out, they’re going to do well.
Oh, and the food at this place is surprisingly good for it being a bar. Not that expensive, either. All around, Real Live Stand Up has some strong elements, but it’s also got some challenges. If you’re in the neighborhood on a Tuesday or a Saturday night, come by and support.