Tagged: stand-up comic

Judah Friedlander’s “America is the Greatest Country in the United States”

Like their ancestor the King’s jester, modern comedians have implicit license to express out loud what many think but few are permitted to say. The best stand-up comics are truth-tellers. Their magic is to get you to laugh at the truth instead of cry. In his new special, “America is the Greatest Country in the...

The Art of Being Funny in Los Angeles

Lately we’ve been immersing ourselves in stand-up comedy and feeling altogether good about it. You can be addicted to a lot worse things than endorphins. Much of the past year in Los Angeles has been spent closely observing comedians doing their thing: ranting, rambling, telling jokes, riffing, raving, singing songs, reading from a script, making...

Pete Holmes

His prepared material, showcased on “Conan” and “Fallon” and an hour-long Comedy Central special, is sensationally smart and wildly funny. But to see Pete Holmes live, improvising and riffing and creating comedy in the moment, is to experience the kind of alchemical magic one associates with the best jazz musicians. In a town full of funny...

Justin Ian Daniels

He’s intensely energetic, but not manic, prone to rapid-fire improvisation yet not scatterbrained. Fierce and charming. Comic Justin Ian Daniels is in the midst of a month-long residency at Hollywood’s longest-running (and best) weekly comedy show, “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” Don’t miss the opportunity to see him do his thing. It’s a kind of magic.

Melissa Villasenor

She’s weird in the most wonderful way: adorably peculiar weird, not creepy weird. People like her. She’s cute — and super funny. Melissa Villasenor is a singing comedian whose own natural voice is impression worthy — think Mickey Mouse an octave lower — yet specializes in excellent, knowing impressions of famous folks, mostly singers. You’ll...

Rob O’Reilly

He makes people laugh on Comedy Central and “The Tonight Show” and college campuses everywhere. But if you’re in SoCal, you can see consistently funny (and likable) stand-up Rob O’Reilly for free on Monday nights in Hollywood or monthly at his own “Hand Shucked” comedy show in L.A.’s hipster ghetto Silverlake. Go!