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!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Who's Performing on October 12, 2007?

It’s gonna be a potluck comedy show this Friday, where talented people from both coasts bring their own home-made dish of hilarity. (If this is making you hungry, save room for the yummy pastries at Postmark…now with Fair Trade coffee!)

For our 28th show The Living Room welcomes:

Mike Drucker (winner, Disney's 2007 "So You Think You're Funny" Competition)

Rick Younger (Showtime At The Apollo)

Impending Moustache (Carolines, The P.I.T., Rififi)

a comedy short by Good Neighbor (L.A. Comedy Festival)

and your host brighter than a neon signpost, Del (Comedy For the &@$# of It)

Ha cha cha chaaa!