Dec 072009
 

FINITO COMEDY MELTDOWN 23 – THE END?

EXIT INTERVIEW

Marz Richards (www.renfield.com) interviews Linda Pine!


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Linda Pine is the impresario behind Comedy Meltdown, the super-successful comedy revue that took place at the Melt Gallery at Meltdown over the past two years. As Comedy Meltdown comes to a close and a new chapter for the Melt Gallery begins, the ever-inquisitive Marz Richards bothered Linda over a period of hours via electronic communiqué to establish this informative dialogue which we now present to you.

thesnakend Q. Aggggggh!  It’s over?  It’s really over?  This is the last Comedy Meltdown? What are we to do with ourselves?

A. Cry into your respective pillows.

Q. Booking anything in Los Angeles is a whirlwind gig, crushing your email and phone lines and consuming your focus.  What was the toughest evening you produced during the run?

A. Andy Kindler & Ron Lynch were sick one night and I had to replace both of them on SHORT notice. Of course about 100 people  came to the show expecting Lynch and Kindler… I prevented a riot by plying them with Asahi.

This_is_the_end Q. Comedy Meltdown introduced quite a few comedians to myself and the nerderati that  enter the store.  Were there any breakout performers from the show?

A. Howard Kremer hands down wins that award.  www.myspace.com/dragonboysuede

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Q. The quality of performance at CM was, to my mind, astonishing.  Was there something about the room or the booking that contributed to consistent success, or are we just blessed with a lot of kick-ass comedians at this moment?

A. Thank you, to me too. I was lucky to have amazing headliners before the show really had legs, Dana Gould was on our second show for example… If good headliners build it, they will come.  www.danagould.com

Q. Do you have secret plans for the future?  Divulge them now and ruin the surprise!  We won’t tell anyone!

A. Comedy Meltdown World Tour is looking for sponsors. I am also pitching CM as a show for the TV.

Q. I’m big on learning.  What is the primary lesson to be learned from your experiences producing this show?

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A. Comedians work their asses off.

Q. Could you expand on that a little bit?  Are they better promoters?  Do they always do more than expected as entertainers?

A. I just mean they go up every night, and sometimes more than once a night. Matt Braunger is a good example, many of the shows he’s done at CM were his second set of the night, but he always has the energy and just kills.  www.mattbraunger.com

Q. You’re an actor, but you’ve been quite busy with Comedy Meltdown.  Are you going to get back into the great game?

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A. Yes, watching these guys and gals instantly produce once they get in front of the mike was inspirational to me.

I need to use that skill at every audition, and remember to roll with the punches.

Q. What did booking this many shows teach you about Los Angeles?

A. That there is always something great going on… and if people show up to CM it means that they passed on any number of awesome screenings, gallery openings, comedy shows, you name it! It’s been very humbling and I am truly grateful that CM found an audience.

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Q. This drama may be over, but it’s really not the end.  You are curating more than a few art shows at the Melt Gallery at Meltdown through 2010. Tell me about your current installation and what’s next on the agenda?

A. My current show is called An Aurora of Polar Bears: A Children’s Primer. and it’s 26 original works based on terms of venery. My dad, a zoologist, wrote the introduction. I am hoping to make a children’s book (for smart children) out of it. February 27th will be Night of the Knick-Knacks or Return to Oz, all works inspired by the film. http://gallerymeltdown.wordpress.com

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Q. Is it safe?

A. Absolutely not.


COMEDY MELTDOWN 23

THE END?

Featuring: Paul F. Tompkins – Howard Kremer

Andrew Donnelley – Heather Thomson – Ron Lynch

Hosted by Jonah Ray

Friday, December 11, 2009 8:00 p.m.

7522 Sunset Blvd, L.A., CA 90046

$8.00 cover charge, sponsored by Asahi beer

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Nov 212009
 

bearbrickset_MEDThe obsession with the hit ABC TV Show, LOST, spreads to Be@rbrick! Featuring the DHARMA logo on the 400% edition and the cursed lottery numbers on the small be@rbrick. This set comes with a 400% and 100% edition.

Not available in stores.

Only available at Meltdown Comics/Sunset or webshop.

Sep 082009
 

RUSH RUSH RUSH

RUN RUN RUN

NINE NINE NINE

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Commentary by Marz Richards for Meltdown Blog.

I’m not stupidstitous but I do believe in magic.  I think it just depends on where your definition of magic lives.  For example, Nine Nine Nine. Known as Wednesday to most of us, this September 9 of 2009 is getting a greater deal of flapdoodle hung upon it than what one can recall from 9.9.99 (well, except for the great impromptu party Gretzky threw at the Frolic, but that’s what a werewolf mask will do for you.)  You get a whole lot of people focused on one moment, odd things start to happen.

Every nine minutes nine economists say September will be shaky nine times.  Astrologists simultaneously love and hate the number nine.  If you are Western in your inclinations then a stellar hurricane is crossing our path.  If you are looking at the stars from a Vedic view then 9 is nice and representative of Lord Brahma.  Lesser deities such as the Beatles reverberate through time by releasing re-mastered versions of their catalogue and re-imagined moments in their lives on Rock Band, all of this on 9.9.09.  Which is odd marketing as 999 is the emergency help line in the UK.

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The powers that be (and that panda) have been very worried about this particular September for many moons.  But you shouldn’t worry.  There’s all manner of good things coming our way, but from the day of the Devil’s Handstand on, we have to watch our footing and pick our path carefully lest we go the way of all fools.

Here in L.A. the show of the day is Victory Variety Hour at Bordello (check www.itsachick.com.)  It’s no secret why the show is so special: everybody associated with the production is working their ass off.  VVH is bad-ass because they consistently bring together the disparate elements of Los Angeles entertainment in one simmering bouillabaisse.  There are at any time approximately 5,000 bands operating in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  A booking such as VVH speaks well of the quality show a band would be capable of delivering.  And if by quality, you mean a deranged bi-pedal singing simian swinging from a disco ball crooning the American Party Songbook, then you are talking about the Fuxedos! Lucky us, the Fux are popping up in-between the acts at Victory Variety Hour.  www.myspace.com/thefuxedos

9 9 09 WTF!

This whole week is shifted about.  There’s a Thursday comic delivery and heavy happenings all over the store that are screwing with the schedule.  But it is apparent that people are trying to keep things on track.  We have Presidential addresses and Apple keynote speeches going off in the same week that USC travels to Ohio State and the end of the pre-season for the NFL.  But even though Meltdown is CLOSED FRIDAY for the Sarah Silverman shoot, we will have a new comics sale on Saturday and Sunday to make up for interrupting your frivolity with televised madness.  See you in the store.

THURSDAY OPEN NEW ISSUE DAY 10 am to 11 pm GALLERY CLOSE.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11 CLOSED ALL DAY.
SATURDAY STORE OPEN 10 am to 11 pm GALLERY CLOSE.
SUNDAY OPEN 10 am to 11 pm GALLERY CLOSE.
MONDAY BACK TO REGULAR BIZ!