COMEDY MELTDOWN 23 – THE END?
Marz Richards (www.renfield.com) interviews Linda Pine!
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.
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
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
Q. Is it safe?
A. Absolutely not.
COMEDY MELTDOWN 23
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