Tag Archives: Comedy Store

Emilia’s Comic Ides of March…

E Art 3:15 copy

Leave a comment

March 16, 2016 · 9:17 pm

Fun with Emilia in the New Year!

E GigMy very funny daughter Emilia will be playing the Belly Room at the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on SATURDAY, JANUARY 9th at 7:30 pm.

Here’s the ticket link for the show:

https://nightout.com/events/bitch-jan-9/tickets#.Voer3njZWNc

ADVANCE TICKETS are $11.00 – These tickets will expire at midnight on 1/8/16.

ADVANCE TICKETS are $15.00 – They’ll expire at 5:00p on 1/9/16.

Hope to see you there!

Leave a comment

Filed under Art, Beauty, Comedy, Improvisation

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.

1 Comment

Filed under Art, Comedy, Improvisation, Uncategorized

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.

2 Comments

Filed under Art, Comedy, Improvisation, Uncategorized

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.

3 Comments

Filed under Art, Comedy, Improvisation

Second Generation Comedy

Standuo Banner 1standup banner 2I don’t know if a sense of humor is hereditary. I don’t know whether jokes are in your genes. But it appears that funny runs in our family.

DSCN3300Later this month — on February 20 and 22 — my daughter Emilia will make her West Coast debut as a standup comic at two clubs in Hollywood. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you may want to check her out.

I have no idea what Emilia’s going to do onstage. She hasn’t run her material by me. She’s 22 years old — and if you’re old enough to vote, fight in the Army, sign a contract and drink legally – you’re old enough not to clear your jokes with dad. So, I can’t wait to hear her routine.

hqdefaultEmilia graduated from Northwestern University (her parents’ alma mater) last June with a hard-earned degree in journalism and a passion for writing comedy. Jokes and Journalism both require a keen, insightful and objective view of the world. But if Emilia’s currently more interested in a punchline than a newspaper byline – what can I say?

After all, what was I doing as a 22-year old  fresh out of Northwestern?

sc0000626233 years ago, in February 1981 during the winter after my graduation, my comic comrades at The Practical Theatre and I were banging the last bent nails into our newly built storefront theatre at 703 Howard Street in Evanston, Illinois – getting ready to stage our second improvisational comedy revue, Thrills & Glory.

It was the PTC’s third season: our first at the magical 42-seat venue we dubbed The John Lennon Auditorium. Thrills & Glory opened on March 21, 1981 with Rush Pearson, Gary Kroeger, Reid Branson and Emilia’s dad (me) in the cast. We didn’t run our material by our parents, either.sc0001416801x

617px-Scubba_Hey!_(1981)A few months later, we opened our third comedy revue, Scubba Hey! — featuring Brad Hall (my fellow PTC artistic director), Rush Pearson, me and a (very) funny (very) young girl named Julia Louis Dreyfus, whom Rush and I met when we performed together in the 1980 Mee-Ow Show at Northwestern.

This month, The Mee-Ow Show will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Of course, I cannot possibly be that old.10 Against

434px-Megafun_(1983)But, evidently, the comedy gene is not solely paternal. Around this same time, as I was earning my last college credits and The Practical Theatre was getting underway, Emilia’s future mom (and my future, fabulous, funny wife) was also doing her own improvisational comedy thing. Victoria Zielinski played the Chicago comedy clubs as a member of a group called Laugh Track: another gathering of Northwestern funny people and Mee-Ow Show veterans.

Vic was in law school in 1981 so she couldn’t be part of the early fun on the tiny stage of The John Lennon Auditorium – but in 1983, she finally joined the cast of the Practical Theatre’s hit comedy revue, Megafun at our Piper’s Alley cabaret space behind Second City.

800px-Art,_Ruth_&_Trudy_(1986)Three years later, Victoria and I (along with Jamie Baron) joined forces in Art, Ruth & Trudy. We got married in 1990. 20 years later, we wrote and performed The Vic & Paul Show — and we’ve been having fun onstage together ever since.

So, I have to admit, our daughter Emilia comes by the comedy thing honestly.

Malo-1Emilia’s will perform her first standup set as part of the Miniature Stand-Up Comedy Festival on February 20th in the Leche Lounge at Malo, located at 4326 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.

The show starts at 7:30. I’m told that folks should “please be on time as the show will start at 7:45 sharp and seats are limited.”

Emilia will be on a bill with a series of comediennes, including Carmen Faulkner, Christie Campagna, Katie Robinson and Raluca Sanders.

comedy-store-logo-bigTwo days later, on Saturday February 22 at 7:30 PM, Emilia will be doing a set at the famous Comedy Store at 8433 Sunset Boulevard. Tickets are $10.00, plus a two-drink minimum. But, really, if you’re going all the way down to Hollywood on a Saturday night – two drinks is the minimum, right? (Doors open at 7:00.)

Emilia’s two standup shows are the entertaining preliminaries leading up to the main event.

Emilia Poster iO West w:dates #2On March 28th and 29th, Emilia and her Snickerdoodlin’ comedy partner and fellow Northwestern alum, Maggie Mae Fish, will perform their original comedy revue, Tyrannosaurus Sketch at iO West on Hollywood Blvd. Joining the cast will be USC’s Daniel Rashid, the son of our fellow NU alums and PTC members, Steve and Bea Rashid. (There’s that damn Northwestern/PTC thing again!)

Both shows are at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be ordered here.

sc0000e4f503When Emilia, Maggie and Daniel take the stage at iO West on March 28, they’ll do so more than three decades after my Practical Theatre friends and I staged our first comedy revue at the John Lennon Auditorium.

800px-Thrills_&_Glory_(1981)May Emilia and her friends have as much fun as we did back in the day.

And — as it has been for us — may that be just the beginning.

3 Comments

Filed under Art, Comedy, Improvisation