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Downtown Los Angeles was a bevy of activity last weekend as the RIOT LA Comedy Festival attracted hundreds of comedy fans for a four-night celebration of joke telling through nine busy venues. Saturday’s shows were only a few blocks away from where the Women’s March had attracted over 750,000 protesters earlier in the day which brought a fresh sense of energy and excitement to the night’s events. On Sunday, a torrential downpour threatened to turn away festival-goers but that would not be the case as audience members still turned out in droves to bear witness to their favorite podcasters, performers, and comedians.
If the other hosts are fans of comedians, they haven’t demonstrated it to the same degree as Conan. The same night Madonna did stand-up on Fallon, Conan had two comedians on: Amy Schumer was lead guest and Joe Zimmerman did a set. The night before featured Tig Notaro and Jon Dore. This is not unusual for the show. Conan’s most booked guest over the years is Marc Maron by a considerable margin; lately Bill Burr has been making multiple appearances per year.
There are a lot of great shows we’re looking forward to at RIOT LA, not least of which is one show that features two of comedy’s most delightful voices: Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. It’s a show called Aparna ‘N’ Jo, which makes sense.
We are truly living in the Golden Age of Celebrity Karaoke
For me, reviewing sandwiches is my job. It’s what puts food on the table, usually sandwiches for work purposes. When that’s done, I put other food on the table for my family, usually tacos because those are my real passion. My kids complain because they usually just want grilled cheese.
Besides the troubling lyrics and context around the song, “The Star-Spangled Banner” also just sucks as a song. The melody sounds like two monster trucks having sex on a pile of cats and it only works when Whitney Houston performs it at the Super Bowl. If we’re going to make the change, let’s aim for something musically competent this time around.
Obviously you would rather just order a pizza and mash it into your face until it absorbs into your bloodstream, but unfortunately that time is in the past because your metabolism is dead, okay? It’s fucking dead and it’s never coming back.
Since his directorial debut and, to date, biggest hit Napoleon Dynamite in 2004, the Brigham Young film school grad has made a career out of focusing on the oddballs, from the Mexican wrestler superhero Nacho Libre to the literary fraud at the center of Gentleman Broncos. Fraud is again the theme in his latest feature, Don Verdean, the story of a religious scam artist with good intentions.