This Week at NerdMelt Showroom: Literary Death Match, Off the Page, Picture This, and more!
By Christian Spicer on August 2, 2013
This week is going to be one amazing week at the NerdMelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, with shows like Literary Death Match, Off the Page, and Picture This. Plus guests like Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, Amber Benson, DC Pierson, Rory Scovel, and more! So plan accordingly and tell your friends. It’s going to be a great week!
August 3rd at 4pm it’s Stonecutters LA!
Fans of The Simpsons: come on down to The NerdMelt Showroom to answer two rounds of trivia questions with your fellow Springfield residents for a chance to win some sort of prize — which may be edible or inedible! Expect special guests to drop in and screenings of everyone favorite episodes!
Hosted by NerdMelt’s own Mo Fathelbab, Kyle Clark, and John Ungaro.
August 3rd at 9pm it’s Literary Death Match L.A., Episode 23!
Literary Death Match, now in 48 cities worldwide, was called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the LA Times. The live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary — in the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles — then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in a vaguely literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.
Literary Merit: Will McCormack, actor, producer and co-writer of Celeste and Jesse Forever;
Performance: Andrea Letamendi, clinical psychologist, Under the Mask scribe, and Bat Girl’s therapist; and
Intangibles: Sara Benincasa, award-winning comedian, author (of Agorafabulous!) and host.
Amber Benson, director/author (The Golden Age of Death)/actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Brian Finkelstein, writer, comedian and Los Angeles Story SLAM host and Moth Mainstage storyteller
Cecil Castellucci, award-winning graphic/young adult novelist (Boy Proof; The Queen of Cool; The Plain Janes)
Nick Antosca, novelist and screenwriter. His short story collection, The Girlfriend Game, is out now, and he also writes for the JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron show Believe, coming to NBC next March.
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
$8 in advance, $10 at the door.
August 4th at 5pm it’s The Nerdist Writer’s Panel!
The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writersabout 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.
And on Sunday, August 4th: just when you thought it was safe to go back to NerdMelt…The Nerdist Writers Panel presents: The Jaws Summer Special!!!! With Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (Smothers Brothers; The Jerk), comedian and Jaws enthusiast Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang), and more to be announced!
The line-up is subject to change. And as always, proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.
August 4th 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.
August 5th at 7pm it’s Nerdist Open Mic!
Come watch Matt Mira and Kyle Clark 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.
August 7th at 8:30pm it’s The Meltdown 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.
August 8th at 9pm it’s This Show Is Your Show With Matt Bennett!
This show is more than a show. It’s your show. Matt Bennett (Victorious, The Virginity Hit) presents a night featuring Matt Bennett, Matt Bennett’s friends, and even some special guests, for an hour of music, comedy, interviews, and general Matt Bennett-ness. August 8th, catch: The Walsh Brothers, Nate Bargatze, Rory Scovel, D.I.R.T., Brad Gage, Kira, Esther Povitsky, Nick Rasmussen, and Zack Pearlman!
$8 in advance, $10 at the door.
August 9th at 7pm it’s YA Author Comedy Night!
Join Young Adult authors/comedians Mindy Raf (The Symptoms of My Insanity), Amy Spalding (The Reece Malcolm List), DC Pierson (Crap Kingdom), and Sara Benincasa (Great) for a hilarious show featuring readings, storytelling, stand-up and music celebrating our teen drama and trauma. Short Q&A panel to follow.
With special music guest Kristy Hanson!
$8 in advance, $10 at the door.
August 9th at 9pm it’s Picture This!
Picture This! is a new show from Sam Varela, Brandie Posey, and Grif Kimmins: two girls and an animator who want to push the boundaries of what a comedy show can be.
Picture This! is a live comedy show with stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists in Hollywood, CA. The comedians don’t know what the animators are drawing and the animators don’t know how the comedians will react. It may be weird. It may different. But it will be a unique comedy experience every time! After performing for a year in L.A., New York, Toronto, and Australia Picture This! is now at the Nerdist Showroom — so, come see the show that everyone will be talking about!
August 9th, catch: Jonah Ray, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Byron Bowers, Dave Ross, Ricky Carmona, and Clare O’Kane!