Emilia at The Comedy Store!

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.38.40 PMYou can catch my very funny daughter Emilia’s act this Sunday night at the legendary Comedy Store in Hollywood – and she’s performing new material!

sistersbannerEmilia’s starting to make a name for herself in the standup scene, and this gig is an important set-up to the great punchline of her budding career.

So, if you’ve caught her wild, wonderful takes on airplanes, miracles, the World Cup, Animal Planet, and why she can never watch “The Lion King” again without a shudder of horror – then you’ll want to hear what Emilia’s gonna say next!

Comedy-Store-main-room copyEmilia will be in the Main Room at Hollywood’s legendary Comedy Store on Sunday, August 24th at 8:25 PM (Doors open at 8:00).

Tickets are available at: http://hollywood.thecomedystore.com/show.cfm?id=331978&cart

And remember – don’t forget to tell them you’re there to see Emilia!

Hope to see you there. I’ll be the guy sitting in the house with two Chardonnays and a big, happy grin.

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More Standup Fun with Emilia!

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 5.16.55 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.38.40 PMYou’ve got two chances to catch my very funny daughter Emilia’s act this week – and she’s presenting new material!

maxresdefault-2So, if you’ve caught her wild, wonderful takes on airplanes, miracles, the World Cup, Animal Planet, and why she can never watch “The Lion King” again without a shudder of horror – then you’ll want to hear what Emilia’s gonna say next!

You can see her tomorrow (Wednesday, August 20) at 7:30 pm upstairs at The Federal bar, located at 5303 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here — or at the door. And when you arrive – tell the folks at the box office stand you’re there to see Emilia!

Comedy-Store-main-room copyThis weekend, you can see Emilia in the Main Room at Hollywood’s legendary Comedy Store on Sunday, August 24th at 8:25 PM (Doors open at 8:00).

Discount tickets available at: http://hollywood.thecomedystore.com/show.cfm?id=331978&cart

And remember – don’t forget to tell them you’re there to see Emilia!

Hope to see you there. I’ll be the guy sitting in the house with two Chardonnays and a big, happy grin.

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The (Not So) Favorite Son Returns?

cleveland_skylineScreen Shot 2014-07-10 at 11.45.28 PMAs a Clevelander who never blamed LeBron James for taking his talents to South Beach, let me add my own column space to the ten million blogs currently weighing in on The Decision Part Two:

I’d love to see King James come home to the Best Location in the Nation.

And then I’d like to see Dan Gilbert publicly eat that letter of his at center court!

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Maura’s in a Musical! (And Other News)

495ff1a9-ec42-41a7-9851-1e6202501d55My daughter Maura will be appearing in the musical, Miz Bonnie’s Band, on June 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM in Hollywood, CA .

After a decade spent rocking and singing the blues in bands and in the recording studio, Maura is excited to return to the stage with the wonderful cast of Miz Bonnie’s Band — an original musical stage play about a little band with big issues.

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY.

Bring your dads and make a Father’s Day event of it! Meet the Team. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets. $15 in advance — $20 at the door.

And that’s not all…94fc7730-aa6c-4d20-a6b4-a9c18a1475ab

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 @ 8 PM

Maura will be singing with Mitchell Storkington’s Funktastic Voyage at the C.I.A. in NoHo. Join Maura and the band for a night of music, macabre and mayhem! Click HERE for more info.

maura-murphy-barrosseMs. Maura’s been working on some new tunes and videos! More info coming on that soon. In the meantime, be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on all her fabulous adventures!

Ms. Maura’s music is available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, and iTunes, and your other favorite music services.

Spread the word!

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President Obama Shreds the Pundits.

121012_barack_obama_speaks_ap_328Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 1.25.45 PMPresident Obama made the following remarks at a recent fundraiser, calling out the false equivalency narratives spun by the insufferable, Beltway-blinkered poobahs of the pundit class. He should continue to say these things publicly and emphatically – just like Harry Truman would have – all the way up to the mid-term elections.

“You’ll hear if you watch the nightly news or you read the newspapers that, well, there’s gridlock, Congress is broken, approval ratings for Congress are terrible.  And there’s a tendency to say, a plague on both your houses. 

“But the truth of the matter is that the problem in Congress is very specific. 

mitch-mcconnell“We have a group of folks in the Republican Party who have taken over who are so ideologically rigid, who are so committed to an economic theory that says if folks at the top do very well then everybody else is somehow going to do well; who deny the science of climate change; who don’t think making investments in early childhood education makes sense; who have repeatedly blocked raising a minimum wage so if you work full-time in this country you’re not living in poverty; who scoff at the notion that we might have a problem with women not getting paid for doing the same work that men are doing.

john-boehner-sequester“They, so far, at least, have refused to budge on bipartisan legislation to fix our immigration system, despite the fact that every economist who’s looked at it says it’s going to improve our economy, cut our deficits, help spawn entrepreneurship, and alleviate great pain from millions of families all across the country.

“So the problem…is not that the Democrats are overly ideological — because the truth of the matter is, is that the Democrats in Congress have consistently been willing to compromise and reach out to the other side. 

Barack Obama by Nitin Vadukul for Newsweek - 12/20/2004“There are no radical proposals coming out from the left.  When we talk about climate change, we talk about how do we incentivize through the market greater investment in clean energy.  When we talk about immigration reform there’s no wild-eyed romanticism.  We say we’re going to be tough on the borders, but let’s also make sure that the system works to allow families to stay together…

“When we talk about taxes we don’t say we’re going to have rates in the 70 percent or 90 percent when it comes to income like existed here 50, 60 years ago.  We say let’s just make sure that those of us who have been incredibly blessed by this country are giving back to kids so that they’re getting a good start in life, so that they get early childhood education…

“Health care — we didn’t suddenly impose some wild, crazy system.  All we said was let’s make sure everybody has insurance. And this made the other side go nuts — the simple idea that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, nobody should go bankrupt because somebody in their family gets sick, working within a private system.

paul_ryan_s640x427“So when you hear a false equivalence that somehow, well, Congress is just broken, it’s not true.  What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.”

Now, I wish the mainstream Democratic Party position on climate change was more radical – and I don’t like hearing President Obama extolling an “all of the above” strategy, especially if that means we all get “fracked” in the process.

20090805_nancy-pelosi_33But, let there be no doubt. Progressives must get out the vote this fall. The only answer to our broken Congress is a Senate controlled by Democrats – and a House of Representatives in which Nancy Pelosi once again holds the gavel. Important issues like climate change, immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, Wall Street reform and income inequality will never be addressed while Republicans are in a position to obstruct positive change.

clearly-john-boehner-wrote-this-press-release-before-the-jobs-report-came-outThen, in 2016, we must work to keep a Democrat in the White House – because our endangered democracy can’t afford another religiously biased, corporate stooge conservative on The Supreme Court.

But first – we’ve got to get that oversized gavel out of John Boehner’s hands.mitch-mcconnell1-e1365549079396

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This Week: An Emilia Comedy Trifecta!

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.38.40 PMFor the first couple of decades that my wife and I lived in Los Angeles we rarely went to nightclubs because we were raising children. We rarely went over the Santa Monica mountains to enjoy the nightlife in Hollywood – or all the way to Silver Lake.

maxresdefault-2However, now that the kids we raised are (somehow) all performing in nightclubs, we find ourselves going out to all those entertaining spots we missed while hovering over our babies.

This week, we’ll be hitting the clubs three times to see our very funny daughter Emilia work the crowds with her standup comedy act.

Comedy-Store-Main-RoomOn Monday May 19 at 8:00 PM, Emilia will perform in “The Comedy Madness Show” in the Main Room at the famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.

You can’t get tickets online for this one – so you’ll just have to get in line behind me and get them at the club.

UnknownOn Thursday May 22 at 8:00 PM, she’ll be knocking them dead at the Leche Lounge in the Malo Cantina on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.

If you come to the gig at the Leche Lounge you’ll want to come early enough to enjoy the food at Malo Cantina. It’s tasty, spicy Mexican cuisine that will fortify you for the night of laughter ahead.

1365274718_BellyRoomLogo copyAnd on Friday May 23 at 10:00, she’ll be back at The Comedy Store, appearing on the bill in The Belly Room.

So, come on out and enjoy my daughter Emilia’s unique brand of comedy.

I’ll be there. I’ll be that guy laughing and having fun with a glass of wine in my hand who no longer needs to hire a babysitter in order to go to a nightclub.

Because my baby is on the bill.

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Eva & David at Molly Malone’s

mainheader1maxresdefaultGET YOUR TIX FOR THE GIG THIS FRIDAY!

Off_the_Record_Reprise_Eva_Barrosse_Davi_155677384_thumbnailMy daughter Eva Barrosse and her guitar-playing partner David Miller are playing their coolest gig yet at Molly Malone’s this Friday May 16 at 8:00 PM. Molly Malone’s has a 25-year tradition of showcasing the finest musical talent in the Los Angeles area – and the beat goes on…

safe_image.phpIf you haven’t seen Eva & David yet, don’t miss this chance to enjoy their hip, jazzy, bluesy mix of original songs and tunes from the Great American Songbook. It’s a 21+ venue, so leave the kids at home – and come for an evening of adult fun.

Tickets are $15 – and can be purchased via Email at: evadavidmusic@gmail.com 

(If clicking on the above link doesn’t work, just copy the Email address into your mailbox.) Email with the number of guests – and your tickets will be waiting for you at door. 

Victoria and I will be waiting to join you inside Molly Malone’s.

For directions to Molly Malone’s 
at 575 South Fairfax Ave
, click here.

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