This Week at NerdMelt Showroom: Joe Starr, Ted Raimi, John Roy, and more!
By Christian Spicer on February 15, 2013
There’s some really great stuff this week at NerdMelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, like, like the debut of the Joe Starr Show Starring Joe Starr, Horrible Movie Night with special guest Ted Raimi, a special 4:20 Benson Interruption, and John Roy’s album recording!
Saturday at 7pm it’s The Joe Starr Show Starring Joe Starr!
The Joe Starr Show Starring Joe Starr is like a late night talk but with more robots, shaky self esteems, opinions about JNCO jeans, and Mon Calamari. With special guest Kyle Kinane! Featuring Joe Starr, Chris Yule, Asterios Kokkinos, Erika Ishii, and John Ford!
$8 online / $10 at the door.
Saturday at 9pm it’s Horrible Movie Night!
Shout at the movies! We screen the worst films you’ve never seen, and invite YOU to riff them — the best one-liners of the night will win prizes. If you like MST3K and RiffTrax, this is your scene!
Your hosts for the evening, John Mathot (Disney’s Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast), along with guest stand-up comedian Graham Elwood (Comedy Film Nerds), will feature the 2007 zombies-on-a-plane flick Flight of the Living Dead. Special guest co-host will be TV & movie icon Ted Raimi!
And there’s FREE POPCORN! Do this!
$8 online / $10 at the door.
Sunday at 5pm it’s The Nerdist Writers Panel!
The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas and Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you care to hear. Sunday, February 17th, come join us for a chat with: Andy Bobrow (Community; Malcolm in the Middle), Max Winkler (writer/director, Ceremony; director, New Girl, The New Normal), Emily Halpern (The Unit; Private Practice), Gideon Yago (The Newsroom). The line-up is subject to change. And as always, proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.
Sunday at 7pm it’s Nerdist Open Mic!
Come watch Matt Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop-ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
Monday at 4:20pm it’s The Benson Interruption!
Join Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies, Last Comic Standing) and some special surprise guests who don’t mind being interrupted while trying to tell their jokes.
Fun + awkward = fawkward!
Monday at 8pm it’s Harmontown!
What is Harmontown? It’s awesome. It’s unique. It’s one of a kind. It’s something only Dan Harmon (creator of Community and the upcoming Rick and Morty) and Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) can do. It’s a different show every time and it’s every week. Lucky us! Playing Dungeons and Dragons? It’s happened. Dan Harmon freestyle rapping? Yup, that too. Calling Chevy Chase from stage? Happened… more than once. A celebrity guest? Allison Brie, Donald Glover, and Gillian Jacobs among others have all stopped in. Getting super personal with an intimate audience? Always. It’s Harmontown. It’s awesome. It’s unique. Don’t miss a single week.
Tuesday at 7pm it’s ImprovMelt!
ImprovMelt is L.A.’s premiere showcase of the best improvisational groups in the universe at the best comedy venue that happens to be in the back of a comic shop in the universe! This month’s ImprovMelt features:
Doctor Who Live! (Andrew Pish, Peter Fluet, Chris McGowan, Giancarlo Molina, Frank Moran, Markeia McCarty, Clint Verner, Madi Goff, Stephen Ji, Chris Thompson, Andrew Wollman), who will take a suggestion from the audience and use it to create a fully improvised episode of Doctor Who – never before seen on TV or stage and never to be seen again!
TUD Talks: Totally Unprepared Dissertation (featuring Charles Fleischer, Rick Overton & Rory Scovel) – Top comics improvise a TED-Talk-like seminar based on an elaborate Powerpoint presentation they have never seen, as well as through various obstacles including flip charts, graphs, and an audience Q & A on their “new upcoming book.” Created by Troy Conrad. Produced by Troy Conrad.
Stand Up by Joel Dovev.
Hosted by Asterios Kokkinos.
$8 online / $10 at the door.
Tuesday at 9pm it’s Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction!
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is a comedy show (and soon-to-be podcast) founded in Seattle, created & hosted by Bryan Cook. Each event features 10 comics, writing and performing Erotic Fan Fiction pieces, based on their whims or audience suggestions. It’s really stupid. Featuring: Bobcat Goldthwait! James Adomian! Jamie Lee! Dan St Germain! Jake Weisman! Mike O’Connell! Chris Thayer! Eliza Skinner! Hampton Yount! Heather Thomson!
$8 in advance / $10 at the door.
Wednesday at 8:30pm it’s The Meltdown Show with Jonah and Kumail!
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani helm the good ship Meltdown every single Wednesday, to host the show that’s been named one of the best live shows in LA by LA Weekly, Splitsider, and more. At The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, you’ll see some of the biggest comics, up-and-coming acts just before they get famous, and as always, surprise drop-ins that will knock your socks off. This week, Jonah and Kumail welcome the gorgeous atrocities of Myq Kaplan, Byron Bowers, Jared Logan, Bobcat Goldthwait, Nick Youssef, Dan St Germain, and Maria Bamford.
Friday at 9pm it’s the John Roy Album Recording!
Please join NerdMelt favorite John Roy as he records his third album of razor sharp standup, to be released by AST Records. Free admission, free drinks, and special guests James Adomian and Kyle Kinane. What else do you need??