Feb 072016
 

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Book stores aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones.

The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional.

Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

It’s a 10,000 square foot playground offering cartooning and writing classes, open mics, events, shows—the store’s even spawned a network television series starring names even non-geeks recognize. Oh yeah, and the place also sells comics. Tons. Everything from the spandex set to avant garde graphic novels. French, Spanish, Japanese creations, lots of toys, plus books with characters who grapple with love, rejection, and how to pay the rent—issues the store’s 45 year-old bearded Chilean owner has faced repeatedly for the past 26 years.

“I lucked out,” said Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, who opened Meltdown in 1993 with his then-wife Ilia. “I do daily what I love. When I started out, it was scary. Because if I fail, I’m done. So there was no option to fail.” Read the rest of the article here: http://smashd.co/take-a-page-from-meltdown/

Oct 232014
 

themeltdownThis week, to celebrate FOUR YEARS of being a comedy show, we have transformed the room into the scariest campground you’ll ever see at a comedy show.
We welcome
Jen Kirkman
from NYC, Robert Dean
Janine Brito
Al Jackson
Dave Anthony
…and a special guest or two

And immediately after the show, please come to our official after party at the brand new Oinkster Hollywood at 776 Vine St! They’ll be open late to host us, and they’ll have food, craft beer, draft wine, horror movies, music, and more, plus you’ll witness the debut of a One Night Only Meltdown Burger + Intelligentsia Coffee Pumpkin “Get Pumped-kin” Milkshake!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

Oct 092014
 

themeltdownThis week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome
Brent Weinbach
John Ungaro
Melissa Villasenor
Justin Willman
Caitlin Gill
Nick Youssef
Sean Patton

Tickets Here

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

Feb 072014
 

harmontown

Harmontown Teaser from mr brkly on Vimeo.

Harmontown Teaser #2 from mr brkly on Vimeo.

#SummahFest is here! RSVP NOW!

 Posted by on July 12, 2013
Jul 122013
 

summahfest2013Every year, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail throws a party, hosted by Howard Kremer, to honor the amazingness that is summah. That’s not a typo: it’s summah, not summer. Summah is the best version of summer there is, and for the 4th year in a row, it’s also an amazing party. We’ll have water guns, hula hoops, chewing gum, leis, water guns, a DJ, food, booze, and at the end of a sun-soaked day, a comedy show! Best of all, it’s all FREE!
On Saturday, August 10th at 2pm, come and behold the wonders of Summahfest with us.
Summahfest starts at 2pm!
The show will start around 6pm!
Lineup to be announced soon!
You will not be allowed in without RSVP and valid ID! We don’t fuck around.
So RSVP and let’s party.

RSVP HERE

Jun 202013
 

Via: The Hollywood Reporter
Comedy Central is going to Meltdown Comics for the best in stand-up comedy.

the_meltdown-blueThe cable network has handed out a series order toThe Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail from executive producer Ben Stiller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The series will be hosted by comedians Jonah Ray (The Soup, The Nerdist) and Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash, Portlandia, Michael & Michael Have Issues) and feature the hottest stand-up comedians performing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles and based on the weekly event the duo hosts at the popular venue.

Meltdown, coined the epicenter of L.A.’s alt-comedy scene in THR’s inaugural Comedy Issue this year, hosts the weekly session with Ray and Nanjiani. The event has featured some of the hottest names in comedy including Louis C.K., Robin Williams, Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Mark Maron and more.

Comedy Central’s adaptation will see the duo host comedians on-stage and go behind the scenes with the comics and other guest stars in the greenroom.

Ray, Nanjiani, Emily Gordon as well as Red Hour’s Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Debbie Liebling and Mike Rosenstein. Jonas Larsen and Toni Magon will oversee for Comedy Central.

“Of all the comedy shows on Comedy Central that are taped in the back of a comic book store, this will be the best one,” Ray, Nanjiani and Gordon said in a statement.

Added Comedy Central original programming president Kent Alterman: “I’m shocked to learn this show will be taped in the back of a comic book store, rather than a comedy store, but we’ll do it anyway.”

Read more here -> The Hollywood Reporter

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