Sunday, December 16, 2007

Show 31: Grinch-Proof Comedy

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch...and that's why you weren't invited to the Holiday Special of The Living Room!

There were no frowns or rhyming in this special edition. Those who made it out had a merry time with the likes of Matt Little hosting this jolly lineup:

Vince Averill
Luke Thayer
Hadiyah Robinson
Moody McCarthy
a sketch by Delusions of Spandex
with special guest Chance Wesley (The Cabbage Patch Kid)
and a holiday musical medley by Abbi Crutchfield

Matt Little started the show the holiday way...noting that he practices kindness, generosity and goodwill toward man...when drunk.

Matt Little

In keeping with the minimally festive decorations behind him, Vince Averill wore black and maintained a serious face. He then dissected the complexities of the man who poops in his dumpster.

Vince Averill

Chance Wesley, a Cabbage Patch Kid who did not sell very well this year, brought us the news, as he hears it from a shelf in Target.

Abbi Crutchfield as Cabbage Patch Kid

Luke Thayer is disappointed that his phone is neither psychic nor does it believe in equality.

Luke Thayer

Hadiyah Robinson got the room so warm it gave her flashbacks of her grandma's house. We here at the Living Room believe strongly in old people jokes. Tell 'em before they're told about you!

Hadiyah Robinson

Abbi Crutchfield mimed the song of You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch while holding up pics of a few Grinches she knows.

Abbi Crutchfield

She then re-enacted a haunting scene to the tune of Baby, It's Cold Outside. When you think about it, couldn't every Christmas song end with someone getting stabbed?

Moody McCarthy did his Bing Crosby impression by making girls swoon under soft lighting.

Moody McCarthy

The two and only Phaea Crede and Becca Jones of Delusions of Spandex closed the show with their signature originality and panache. The only thing funnier than a girl from the future is a girl who is belligerent about being from the future.

Phaea Crede and Becca Jones

The lovely Hadiyah Robinson proved to have the brightest sweater and the best skills as she became the Funniest Comedian of All Time! She took home a lovely red pick-up truck with the name "Max" drawn on it. Sorry Max.

Winner!  Hadiyah Robinson

Help us ring in the new year with your crap resolutions on January 11th!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who's Performing on December 14, 2007?

Dear fans,

Let not beat around the bush, I'm da bomb. I'm Santa freakin' Claus! You wish you were with this!

Me and my posse are rolling through The Living Room this Friday. Postmark Cafe's the hot night spot for the North Pole Crew cause they have the best peppermint lattes.

The Living Room welcomes a stockingful of newcomers and three French hen regulars to our festive holiday show! Bring a taste for pumpkin-flavored coffee, and hilarious ho ho hijinx!

Vince Averill (Western Canada Tour)

Hadiyah Robinson (BET's ComicView)

Moody McCarthy (NBC's Last Comic Standing; ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live)

a sketch by Phaea and Becca (Delusions of Spandex)

and your host with more profit than Superbad has grossed: Matt Little (Matt Little's Big Show)!

SC out!

Photo credit: Diana's Xanga site.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Show 30: Thanksgiving Celebrations

When the audience is wearing sweaters, you KNOW it's November (tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la TJ Maxx). And that means it's time for everyone who performs at The Living Room to say why they're thankful.

Luke Thayer

Hat of Chance, you go first.

I am thankful that I did not have to wait through the usual sketch and news segment before selecting a winner. At this all stand-up show, I was able to carefully deduce who had the best timing, charisma and use of wit without all that costume and makeupery clouding my judgment. Although once I decided, Abbi & Luke let someone else randomly pick a name out of me. Really, I don't understand why they call it a contest, because it's completely arbitrary. It's like they don't even care what I think.

Luke Thayer

Luke is thankful the rainy weather didn't keep this crowd from coming, because he really wanted to share stories about his life as a black comedian.

Abbi Crutchfield

Abbi is thankful for this shot because it looks like she's sangin' like Alicia Keys. Coincidentally, during this set, she finally figured out where the band Tears for Fears came up with their name.

Rachel Parenta

Rachael Parenta is thankful for baby showers, baby cakes and that the baby of the family is not taller than her...yet.

Jaime Martin

Celebrity Sighting! Producer Jaime Martin took time out of his busy schedule of coordinating musical and comedy acts to watch the show. Check out his Head Injury show January 13th at Bowery Poetry Club featuring The Living Room's own Luke Thayer!

RG Daniels

RG Daniels is thankful for being able to spot a pizza delivery man in the shadows, the power to jinx athletes and for not being shaken by the subliminal messages in the magazine stand (click for larger pic to see what we mean).

Jeremy Schachter

Jeremy Schachter returned for his third appearance at the show and is thankful for Animal Planet, Star Jones and a lovely girlfriend who agrees to watch him work on new material about her. It's okay. She knows where he lives.

Winner!  Jeremy Schachter

Jeremy became a two-time champion of the Funniest Comedian of All Time award! He's going to be grooving all holiday long with these iTunes cards. Collect 'em all! Too late, you can't. The Starbucks promotion is over.

But there's still time for you to come and bid on some grade school watercolor artwork (that funds a livestock donation through Heifer International) and enjoy our jolly good holiday show December 14th!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Who's Performing on November 9th, 2007?

It’s time for Thanksgiving Celebrations!

There won't be any turkey or dressing at this show, but we are thankful that we are going on the road soon! We BOTH are giving you a sneak pre-view to the full, professional sets, and we are inviting three power house comedians to do their thing as well. This show is packed with stand-up talent so there's no room for a sketch or news segment, but feel free to watch one of our clips of Characters and News Parodies Past on myspace.

For our 30th Show, The Living Room welcomes

Jeremy Schachter (Comedy Central's Live At Gotham, Spike TV, The Schachter Factor on Cringe Humor Radio)

Rachel Parenta (Chicks & Giggles, Rififi)

RG Daniels (Radio Chick Show on FreeFM in NYC, Sarcasting video series)

and your British-descended host who's never heard of Mickie Most, Luke Thayer (Carolines, Cringe Humor Radio)

Abbi is now featured on The Apiary blog roll!

You do not want to miss this show!

Oh, BONUS: Postmark Cafe is now featuring artwork by grade schoolers who are raising money to purchase chickens for Heifer International. Come purchase your very own unique, original, framed artwork. Sure beats that redonkulous hand-traced turkey of yours!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Show 29: The 2nd Annual Halloween Scare-avaganza!

Photography by Aemiessence Fine Arts

It was a dark and stormy night! Nine comedians got together and decided to SCARE up some fun…a HARROWING feat which proved to be a HOWLing good time (you can’t stop the hallopuns from coming. Don’t fight it).
We did our best to raid the dollar store, but when it’s last minute, the midnight forest becomes a foot of black, plastic foliage. Your sticky webs of despair become a wall hanging of sparkly yarn, and instead of Vincent Price’s corpse as a host, you get Elon James White. In some parts of Brooklyn he is known as menacing.
Abbi dressed as a Cabbage Patch and Luke as John McEnroe circa 1984.
Luke Thayer and Abbi Crutchfield
Scary sounds played before the performance of each of these evil spirits:
Alex Grubard
Dave Lester
Jay Bois
Luke Thayer
Helen Hong and
Keith Alberstadt

With special guest appearances by Neil Charles, Crystal Valentino and Betty the Cat Lady

Summoning the powers of a diabolical wizard, Elon James White referred to his hosting note cards as “the magical pile”. He lamented the travails that must befall a cab driver.
Elon James White

Alex Grubard introduced his costume as “casual Mormon”. Check for it in catalogues this winter!
Alex Grubard

Dave Lester warned patrons of the growing crime scene in the wealthier parts of NewYork. Whole Foods buyer beware!
Dave Lester

The freaks come out at night. In a segment the Living Room hasn’t seen since Valentine’s Day, Crystal Valentino returned with “Y’all Feel Me”, sharing her insights into perfume, candy corn and monster movies. She introduced her brother Trevor, and together they confused the audience with their inane albeit serious ponderings.
Abbi Crutchfield and Neil Charles as Crystal and Trevor Valentino

Elon James White took the stage to give a full set and commiserate about clueless co-workers.
Elon James White

Jay Bois made his Living Room debut and had the room laughing while he reminisced about Halloween costume shortcomings.
Jay Bois

When it was announced that the news would be delivered by Cat Woman, thought bubbles of black leather bloomed over heads. They were instantly popped as Betty the Cat Lady strolled in and told the current events as she reads them to Miss A-Peebers and Senor Don Gato each night.
Abbi Crutchfield as Betty the Cat Lady

Luke Thayer’s McEnroe impression was flawed for lack of swearing...

Aw COME ON!! Don't give me that @#$%$#@! He looked JUST like me!!

but his solid jokes about the costume made up for it. Many references to exposed Jimmy Johns.
Luke Thayer

Helen Hong also played the room for her first time and gave us a good (and memorable) reason to buy her makeup this year.
Helen Hong

A recovering Keith Alberstadt hobbled in with broken leg bones because he’s a fighter.
Keith Alberstadt

He didn’t take his crutches to the stage but he made plenty of jokes about them. Maybe the Hat of Chance felt sympathetic and for that reason selected Keith as a winner (for a record third time)!
Keith Alberstadt

He sent Alex Grubard on his behalf to receive the award, and Luke decided Alex was the REAL champion. Come on, he couldn’t hop ten feet across the room?! Luke is tough but fair.
Winner!  Alex Grubard

Then we had a contest for the best costume which resulted in a pirate-off!
Pirate-off with Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer

Luke couldn't handle the pressure and chose a doctor instead.
Winner!  Best Costume

Okay so Luke's not fair.


See you and your Native American heritage for Thanksgiving celebrations on November 9th!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Who's Performing on October 26th, 2007?

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Halloween SCARE-avaganza, everyone!

By the way, this is the only HalloWord that has not been taken yet. "Spooktacular" is played out, "Scare-athon" just means reruns of Yes, Dear, and "Boo-berry Muffins" does not really apply.

For our 29th show The Living Room welcomes:

Dave Lester (Five For Funny Tuesdays, Neighborhood Watch)

Helen Hong (Finalist, March Comedy Madness at Carolines; Semi-finalist, California's Funniest Female Contest; Lifetime)

Keith Alberstadt (Bob & Tom Show; Semi-finalist, Boston Comedy and Film Festival)

Alex Grubard (Broadway Comedy Club)

Jay Bois (Drink At Work)

a special guest appearance by Neil Charles (The Awkward Experience)

and your host with an ironic last name to boast, Elon James White (Shades of Black; Founder, The Black Comedy Project)

With an EXTRAORDINARY PRIZE for the best costume!! Last year, Abbi's sister came as Condo-sleaza Rice.

If one of the 50 Most Beautiful People on the Hill can UG it up, it's time for you to bust out the devil horn headband, Mary Steenburgen.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Show 28: More Drama for Your Mama

Photography by Aemiessence Fine Arts

Alas! Poor Yorik...your friend Hamlet would have fit in nicely since we had a mime, sketch troupes, a short film, and poetry, all in the name of comedy!
Rick Younger

Our twenty-eighth show marks the return of the fabulous Del! For her first time as the Living Room host, she led a remarkable lineup:

Mike Drucker
Impending Moustache
Abbi Crutchfield
Rick Younger and
Good Neighbor

with special guests Lukel Lukeau and Tim the Party Man!

Abbi Crutchfield
Abbi opened the show with interpretive dance during the theme song. Unfortunately, her dance partner insisted on lurking in the shadows, and she was left to convey a singing duo all alone.

Del took center stage and outshined our new spotlight!

Mike Drucker
Mike Drucker is celebrating the glory of his new girlfriend and trying to erase the memory of bad roommates.

Luke Thayer as Lukel Lukeau
In honor of the recent passing of famed French mime Marcel Marceau, his protoge, Lukel Lukeau reported the entire week's current events by miming to the melody of Debussy's Claire de Lune.
Luke Thayer as Lukel Lukeau
Needless to say he did a bit of juggling when conveying Pam Anderson.

Impending Moustache delivered two sketches:
Daniel Kelley and Emily Plumb of Impending Moustache
one about the helpfulness of crazy people...

Leah Rudick and Nick Leonard of Impending Moustache
...and the other about the craziness of helpful people.
There was laughter, tears, movement, and we're pretty sure everyone got hurt.

Abbi recalled the innocent days of middle school when she dated a guy who was nicknamed O.J. Simpson.
Abbi Crutchfield
Love is blind, y'all.

Tim the Party Man rolled in with his list of the top 12 things that keep a party rolling.
Luke Thayer as Tim the Party Man
With tips like pooping in house plants and calling the cops your party's sure to be reminiscent of the back alley in a bad neighborhood. Awww yeah.

Rick Younger
As the last stand-up comic of the night, Rick Younger became our headliner and gave a spoken word tribute to a life he could have lived if only he had been born a woman.

Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford and Kyle Mooney of Good Neighbor
Good Neighbor closed out the show with a sketch on life-saving techniques and a short film about roommate loyalty. Maybe they could help Mike Drucker...

Winner!  Rick Younger
The winner of the Funniest Comedian of All Time award went to Rick Younger! He won a small, decorative frame-type object that is sure to make reading the Sunday comics even more tedious than usual.

You can join Yorik's skeleton at our 2nd Annual

Halloween Scare-avaganza

on October 26th! There will be a prize for the best costume, so invite that funny-faced friend of yours!
Daniel Kelley and Emily Plumb of Impending Moustache
Click here for more photos of the show by Aemiessence Fine Arts!