October 10, 2009
Just a quick thank-you to all the people and animals who let me stay in their guest bedrooms or on their couches or floors during my 19-night LA junket:
Steve Puzarne & Buster (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Ben Broidy, Jenny Simpson, & Princess (6, 7, 14)
Rob Turbovsky & Jeff (8, 9, 10, 18)
Brian Volk-Weiss & Kaji (11, 12, 15, 16, 17)
Joel & Randi Levinson (13, 19)
October 6, 2009
This is a picture of Dave Chappelle performing at the Hollywood Improv. But this venerable comedy club houses more than one performance space: in addition to the main room pictured above, it is also the home of the Improv Lab, a more modest cabaret stage next door. My friends the Walsh Brothers produce(d) a show there called the Great & Secret Show, on which I was scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 1.
But then Dave Chappelle showed up. Read this account of the evening, which also happens to say nice things about me, and let’s meet back here when you’re done reading.
OK, finished? It was indeed a fascinating event – it’s worth getting bumped to see Chappelle do such a weird show in such an intimate setting. Most of all, though, it sucks that there was some collateral damage: the Walshes got their show suspended indefinitely for letting Chappelle go up. I don’t know the Improv management’s position on the incident, but Dave and Chris are terrific guys and the G&S is a great show. I hope they come back there, or someplace else that is a better fit for them, especially since G&S East is now defunct.