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Gremlins 1 & 2: Review and GIVEAWAY!

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Most of us grew up with these movies, and I’ll bet you probably feel like you have a good idea of what happened in these movies, and that you’re an expert on Gremlins. I can promise you.. you’re not. Unless these are your traditional Christmas movies (aside from Die Hard), I can pretty much guarantee that you should double, if not triple the level of entertainment you remembered getting from these films. Don’t worry, if you haven’t seen them in a while, we’re going to give you the chance to win them on Blu-Ray.

While the original Gremlins starts out as a cute story about an evil real estate lady talking smack about some kid’s dog, it evolves into so much more. Sure, you remember how adorable Gizmo was, and how cute it was to see him whistle along with a keyboard. Let me remind you what goes on in this film. A self-proclaimed inventor goes to Chinatown in NYC to sell some of his home-made wares, and comes across a cheeky little kid inviting him to his grandfather’s shop. The man goes to the shop to try to sell something to the old Chinese fellow, and ends up trying to bribe the old Chinese fellow into giving him a small creature from his store. Of course, the Chinese fellow refuses, and asks the man to leave. A couple minutes later, the cheeky little kid comes running out with a box, explaining the creature is a Mogwai, and asking the stranger to abide by three simple rules: 1 – Keep him away from bright lights. Sunlight could kill him, 2 – Don’t get him wet, and 3 – Don’t feed him after midnight. The stranger thanks the kid, and brings the creature home to his son, Billy, as a Christmas present. Billy adores the cute little creature, nicknamed Gizmo, and introduces him to a neighborhood kid. As is the case with most 80s films, this neighborhood kid is played by Cory Feldman, and does exactly the wrong thing which gets the story in motion: he spills a big cup of water on Gizmo. The water causes him to multiply, and several other little Mogwai spawn from him. Gizmo doesn’t seem to like this. In fact, he seems very worried about all his new little friends. Probably because they’re jerks. They make a mess, they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, and they trick their master into feeding them after midnight. This changes the cute, furry, playful beings into big, creepy, green, reptilian imps that just love going around causing mischief. This is what everyone remembers from this 1984 classic: a fun, slightly scary time with incredibly imaginative creatures.

Now let’s talk about what I recently had the pleasure of rediscovering while watching these gems. First of all, this is a horror movie. Sure, it has cute little creatures, a campy tone, and some morality in there, but for all intents and purposes, this is absolutely a horror story. When the obnoxious Mogwais hatch into Gremlins, they instantly start terrorizing a town. They start by killing a high school Science teacher, while another batch goes to mess with Billy’s mother. I should mention she just made some fabulous-looking gingerbread men. The mother goes to investigate a noise caused by the Gremlins upstairs, and comes back to her kitchen to see these little jerks just causing all kinds of problems with her cooking utensils and – this takes the cake – eating her fresh cookies. I’d be all in a huff over this too, but this woman goes for the biggest kitchen knife she can find. She then proceeds to fling one Gremlin into a microwave, making it explode, shove another in a blender, and then plunges that big ol’ knife right into a third. She meant business. Beyond the antics of a mother defending her fresh-baked cookies, we also get to see these little green imps crowd into a bar (where the main character’s love interest is hard at work), and start drinking, smoking, fighting, and pulling guns on one another. This was after the last lone Gremlin decided he wanted more company, and jumped in a pool of water to reproduce and take over the town. So now this sleepy little town has to fight off all these little monsters.  They do, in case you were wondering, and live to make a sequel.

 

The second one is even better. The best way to describe Gremlins 2 is pretty much to say it’s the Airplane of horror movies. This sequel takes place in New York City where Billy, our protagonist from the first movie, has moved with his girlfriend, Kate. Billy and Kate both work for an eccentric developer whose entire empire circles around being technologically advanced. To the point that tours are given for the building this company is based in, the Clamp Building, so that people can see such novelties as the voice-activated elevator. The Clamp Corporation, has many ambitious projects going, such as destroying a few buildings in Chinatown to make way for a revolutionary new structure, filming several television shows within the building, and even a genetic research lab. Going into this sequel, the campy humor just oozes from every single possible angle. After an introduction into Billy’s new job, we meet a workplace friend of his named Fred, a man dressed as a vampire that hosts a daytime horror review show. Fred alerts his buddy to the new genetics research lab in the building, and one thing leads to another until Billy goes snooping.  There he finds Gizmo, who he previously had to give back to the creature’s elderly Chinese owner. Gizmo had barely escaped building demolition after his master dies, and the Clamp Corporation destroys his old shop building. Some of the boys from the lab find Gizmo on the street, and bring him back to get a closer look at him.  Billy makes his way into the lab, cleverly named A Splice of Life, and rescues Gizmo, hiding him in his desk at work.  After being called to an immediate dinner meeting with his boss, Billy asks his girlfriend and coworker, Kate, to bring Gizmo home.  Kate is less than enthusiastic about this request, being that her only previous experience with the Mogwai was the hellish adventure of ridding her home town of Gremlins. While she procrastinates getting up to Billy’s desk to retrieve Gizmo, a clumsy janitor inadvertently manages to squirt water on Gizmo forcing him to reproduce. Antics ensue, and instead of taking home Gizmo, Kate takes home a very dim-witted, hyper Mogwai by accident.

At this point, there are various Mogwais running about the building, eating things, getting near water, and just generally making a mess. Once Billy comes home to see the wrong Mogwai, he quickly puts together the pieces, and goes down to the Clamp building. From here, things get ridiculous. We quickly get Gremlins running all over the place, affording many opportunities for added hilarity. In one of the taping rooms, we see a fellow reviewing the original Gremlins movie, mentioning how horrible he thinks it is, and how he can’t believe we’re now being subjected to a second one. He’s interrupted by two Gremlins popping up behind him, strangling him with a film strip. We also see another stab at the series when the movie seems to stop, and we’re cut to a theater full of people complaining that “they won’t let us watch the movie.” One lady states “the first one was bad enough!” to a theater manager who goes in to find none other than Hulk Hogan. The theater managers asks the Hulk to please get the Gremlins to let them resume the movie, mentioning that all they want to do is watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (a reference to their behavior in the first movie). Hulk Hogan verbally intimidates the Gremlins, and the movie magically keeps going. This kind of absolutely random, and wonderful humor is prevalent throughout the entire film.

One of the more fun parts of this follow-up is when the Gremlins get into the genetic research lab, and start drinking random formulas. One Gremlin gets his hands on a flask that just has a bat silhouette, and drinks the whole thing, turning himself into a Bat-Gremlin. This sets him up for several Batman jokes while the Bat-Gremlin bursts through a wall and into the skies of New York City. He manages to attack a man in the street who drags him down into a pit of wet concrete. The Bat-Gremlin is just barely able to fly away, covered in wet cement, and lands on an iconic church in downtown New York, hardening into a gargoyle.  Another Gremlin drinks from a flask with a brain on it, becoming the only intelligent Gremlin, able to speak articulately. Yet another Gremlin grabs a flask with male and female signs on it, becoming the only female Gremlin. During all of this, an entire army of Gremlins has descended on the Clamp building taking down various areas of the structure. Each little antic of theirs helps Billy convince the security crew in the building that there is, in fact, a very big problem, and they need to evacuate the area. Eventually the only people we assume are left in the building are Billy, Kate, an old man from their hometown, the eccentric developer, Mr. Clamp, and Billy’s immediate boss. We soon come to find that there are two more people there: Vampire Fred and an Asian tourist with a video camera, who are broadcasting the madness to the outside world the entire time. Through a few tricks, the crew gets the entire Gremlin population in the lobby of the building which can only end one way. A musical number. Here we get to see thousands of Gremlins break into “New York, New York” with the only articulate Gremlin singing like Frank Sinatra.

All in all, Gremlins 2 absolutely personifies the level of quality we’ve come to miss from movies of its time. The writing is hilarious and unexpected. The cast is wonderful, and the effects were top-notch for their day. And as of May 8th, you can even own both movies on Blu-Ray. Gotta love the future.

In fact.. let’s get back to that chance to win a Blu-Ray copy of these movies. We’ll be giving away one of each movies, Gremlins and Gremlins 2. So you have a chance to win one or the other here. All you have to do is tell me who your favorite Gremlin is.  I’ll get you started – mine was the one playing with the hand puppets in the first movie.

 

Leave a comment with your pick, and we will randomly draw two winners on Monday, May 21st!

 

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Los Angeles Nerds! NerdMelt Awesomesauce for the week, 5/16-22

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Wednesday, May 16th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Our weekly popular standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, hosts the best standups in the country as well as the amazing acts you haven’t heard of quite yet but should! Plus there’s original art each week, surprise drop-ins, and sometimes a puppy! This week: Brent Weinbach, Jay Larson, Anthony Jeselnik, and more!

$8

 

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Thursday, May 17th at 8pm- Paul and Storm Talk about Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average)

Join nerd comedy/music duo Paul and Storm as they host a live recording of their long-running and longer-betitled podcast, “Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average)”. Will there be music? Yes! Will there be lengthy discussions of minimally-relevant topics and personal grudges? You bet! Will there be SPECIAL GUESTS? Maybe/hopefully/probably!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Friday, May 18th at 7:30pm- Sex Nerd Sandra

This month’s topic: Effective Dating Etiquette with Sex Nerd Sandra

Join Sandra & Dave as they grill The Dating Advice Girl, Erin Tillman, on the do’s, don’ts and how’s of dating. Protocols included: Getting a First Date, Romance 101, Follow-up Procedures & Chivalry for Everyone!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Friday, May 18th at 9pm- The Indoor Kids LIVE

Join Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon as they host some of their favorite video game fans for another live Indoor Kids podcast! We’ll have fun stories, new game talk, weirdo competitions, old game talk, chances to weigh in on the discussion, and more! If you’ve ever yelled at your computer/IPod while listening to the show, wishing you could contribute, now’s your chance! We’ll discuss our favorite video game themes, dreamcast movie adaptations of video games, and more more more! With special guest Jordan Morris and Jonah Ray!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Saturday, May 19th at 8pm- Cosplay Karaoke

What would Harley Quinn sing if she had a chance? What would Peter Parker belt out? You have a chance to find out! Scott Lobdell (DC writer extraordinaire) brings you a night of karaoke like you’ve never seen it: in costume! Come and enjoy the fun in your normal everyday clothes, or come and dress up for your chance to sing like a superhero! Hosted by cosplay queen Nicki Hunter!

FREE

 

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Sunday, May 20th at 5pm- The Nerdist Writers Panel

Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

Scheduled to appear:

Neil Goldman (Community; Scrubs; Family Guy)

Dailyn Rodriguez (90210; In Plain Sight)

Aisha Muharrar (Parks and Recreation)

$15

 

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Sunday, May 20th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.

FREE

 

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Tuesday, May 22nd at 8pm- This Show is Your Show with Matt Bennett!

This show is more than a show. It’s your show. Join Matt Bennett (“Victorious”, “The Virginity Hit”), Matt Bennett’s friends, and even some special guests, for an hour of music, comedy, interviews, and general Matt Bennett-ness.

$8 in , $10 at the door

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Los Angeles Nerds! NerdMelt Theater This Week, May 2-8

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Wednesday, May 2nd at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Birthday Show
It’s Kumail and show producer Emily’s birthday, so to celebrate, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are gathering some of their favorite comedians for a comedy celebration! There may be cake, there will be laughter. With Jay Chandrasekhar, Sean O’Connor, TJ Miller and more!
$8

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Thursday, May 3rd at 8pm- Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown
Join us for our favorite variety show, hosted and curated by Magician (and Cupcake Wars host) Justin Willman, and featuring magicians, comedians, bizarre guests, and more fun than you ever had at a kid’s birthday party. With comedian Dan Levy, magician David Kwong, and magician Shawn McMaster.
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Friday, May 4th at 8pm- Telethon!
Feeling nostalgic for the ’80s? Join us for TELETHON!, a comedy variety show set in the 1980s featuring live sketch, video commercials, stand-up and musical acts. Produced and written by NerdMelt crew with members of Family Sandwich. This month’s charity: “Save Harperton’s Recreation Center”.
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Saturday, May 5th at 8pm- Loud Noises!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo just like they do down in Mexico… by coming to LOUD NOISES (Or in this months case, GIRL NOISES)!
Comedians April Richardson (Chelsea Lately), Grant Pardee (Hamclown) and Eli Braden (The Howard Stern Show) and host, Brandon Vaughn will be there to make you laugh so hard you’ll chip your teeth! Then we’re proud to present music by The Girls featuring Alison Brie (of Community!), Cyrina Fiallo and Julianna Gull! Loud Noises! is a crispy crunchy chimichanga filled with laughter and music and we are now best friends.
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Sunday, May 6th at 5pm- The Nerdist Writers Panel
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

Scheduled to appear:
Swampy Marsh & Dan Povenmire (creators, Phineas & Ferb)
Meghan McCarthy (head writer, My Little Pony; Class of 3000)
Tim McKeon (Adventuretime; Fish Hooks)
$15

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Sunday, May 6th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off
Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

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Tuesday, May 8th at 8pm- FitzDog Radio LIVE!
Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons will be doing a LIVE RECORDING of his popular podcast, FItzdog Radio, from the stage of The Nerdist Theatre! There will be games with the audience members and witty banter With special guest TJ Miller!
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Los Angeles Nerds! This Week at NerdMelt, 4/25-5/1!

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Wednesday, April 25th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Our weekly popular standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, hosts the best standups in the country as well as the amazing acts you haven’t heard of quite yet but should! Plus there’s original art each week, surprise drop-ins, and sometimes a puppy! This week: Rory Scovel, The Sklar Brothers and more!

$8

 

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Thursday, April 26th at 8pm- RISK! Storytelling Show

RISK! is the show where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public– stories they’d normally only tell to close friends. At the RISK! Live shows, the brightest stars of TV, film and literature drop their usual act and show a side of themselves you’ve never seen before. RISK! Live in LA is hosted by comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. This month’s theme: “Turning the Tables”

With guests Dylan Brody, Justine Barron, Joe Wengert, and more!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Friday, April 27th at 8pm- Biloon/Hamilton

Join Michelle Biloon and Jim Hamilton as they record their debut albums for AST records in a night of formidable stand-up comedy. Free admission! Free beer! Special guests! It shalln’t disappoint!

FREE

 

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Saturday, April 28th at 8pm- Keith Apicary’s Keith of Rage Show

With Keith’s documentary Talking Classics on hiatus, Keith Apicary needs to blow off some steam. And sweat! Keith puts on the most high energy, insane chip tunes show to ever live. That makes sense right? GO!

$10

 

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Sunday, April 29th at 4:30pm (SPECIAL TIME)- Nerdist Writers Panel, Comics and TV Edition!

Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

Scheduled to appear:

Ed Brubaker (Captain America; Criminal)

Len Wein (co-created Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Human Target, MANY more)

Jackson Publick (co-creator, the Venture Bros)

$15

 

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Sunday, April 29th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.

FREE

 

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Monday, April 30th at 8pm- Star Dreck

Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira are huge Trekkies, but even they have to admit that some of them just don’t hold up. Join them as they introduce you to some of the worst Star Trek episodes in existence, and then proceed to rip them to shreds. With the help of Dana Gould and Jonah Ray, will they boldly go where no fan has gone before?

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Tuesday, May 1st at 8pm- This Show is Your Show with Matt Bennett

This show is more than a show. It’s your show. Join Matt Bennett (“Victorious”, “The Virginity Hit”), Matt Bennett’s friends, and even some special guests, for an hour of music, comedy, interviews, and general Matt Bennett-ness.

$8 in , $10 at the door

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Los Angeles Nerds! Your Weekly NerdMelt Schedule, 4/11-17

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Wednesday, April cheap essay writing services 11th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Our weekly popular standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, hosts the best standups in the country as well as the amazing acts you haven’t heard of quite yet but should! Plus there’s original art each week, surprise drop-ins, and sometimes a puppy! This week: Maria Bamford, Myq Kaplan, Hampton Yount and more!

$8

 

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Thursday, April 12th at 8pm- The Writers’ Room with Jimmy Pardo

Tired of using his quick wit and legendary crowd work skills to get laughs, Jimmy Pardo has hired a team of writers to park themselves on stage and pen material for him on the fly.

It’s a formula for comedy guaranteed to devolve into merciless roasting — either of the comic who last performed or the writer who fed Jimmy a dud!

Featuring the best wordsmiths in the business and sets from Jimmy’s favorite comics in Los Angeles.

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Saturday, April 14th at 8pm- Horrible Movie Night

It’s movie riffing DIY-style! We scour the bottom of the VHS barrel to find the worst movies you’ve never, and invite YOU to help us make fun of them. Come up with the best one-liners of the night, and you could win a prize! We also add improv comedy sprinkled throughout the show. It all adds up to a wild evening of horrible entertainment.

Your host, John Mathot (writer/artist for Disney’s Phineas & Ferb), and improv troupe The Omelettes will present 1987’s disastrously funny Alien Private Eye — imagine The Maltese Falcon meets Captain Eo, if you dare. If you dig MST3K and RiffTrax, HMN is for you!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Sunday, April 15th at 5pm- Nerdist Writers Panel

Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. Panelists will also answer your questions and give some helpful tips and tricks! This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

Scheduled to appear:

Moira Kirkland (Castle; Medium)

Shawn Ryan (creator, The Shield, Chicago Code, and Last Resort)

Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland; Notorious)

$15

 

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Sunday, April 15th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.

FREE

 

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Monday, April 16th at 8pm- Harmontown

People always ask us “What is Harmontown?”, and that’s a tough question to answer, but here’s the closest thing we’ve got: we gave the creator of Community a night to do whatever he wanted, and what we got was Harmontown.

Attend a town meeting in a land free of brevity, where Mayor Dan Harmon and Comptroller Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) take another small, vodka-soaked step toward colonizing the moon. Evening may include ineffectual rants, songs, shameful stories, special guests (Allison Brie, Donald Glover, and Gillian Jacobs have all stopped in), forehead sweat and repeated exposure to the phrases “like” , “uh”, “sort of” and “you know.”.

$10

 

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Tuesday, April 17th at 8pm- Rachel Bloom’s Sexy Night of Musical Comedy

Rachel Bloom (“Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury,” “Robot Chicken”) hosts a night of musical comedy so sexy it will blow your mind. Featuring some of LA’s best musical comedians. With Erik Weiner, MC Mr Napkins, Ben Sheehan and more!

$8 in , $10 at the door

Checking out Checked Out

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How many times have I averred on my own blog that the Internet is the TV of the future? Our Nerd Lord and Master Chris Hardwick has given similar advice to young folks on the Nerdist podcast: just do it. Nike knows what they’re doing with their slogan. Well my friends, the future is here, now.

Checked Out is a new webseries that is some of the best TV I have ever seen. It centers around a couple of slackers (and some of their co-workers) as they interact in the dingy-looking break room of a grocery store. Our main character actually looks as though he never leaves the break room (and probably doesn’t, judging from dialogue in later episodes). It’s stellar sketch comedy, in that it takes place in just that one little room, and all the hilarity and tension is all about the characters. We are introduced to the characters in Episode 1, and it only gets weirder and funnier as the episodes progress. Who knew customer service was so soul-sucking and weird? Actually *all* of us who have ever worked in customer service know…

Here’s why:
1) It’s hilarious.
2) It is extremely well acted. By this I mean: the actors are all playing objectives, strongly, with no vestige of ironic postmodern winking at the audience. Every performance is earnest, precise, and gorgeous. I have a BFA in acting, I know what I’m talking about.
3) The characters! The one particular character flaw that made me laugh every time it appeared was the fact that the assistant manager is afraid of cardboard. I mean… What??! But it’s brilliant, and Mr. Gupta plays it so perfectly, I can’t. I just can’t. Watch it.
4) Look, I am running out of things to say. This is a wonderfully funny, extremely well done web series that you all must go watch, now. Below, embedded, is why.
5) I was going to bring this up as a negative, but now I think of it, it isn’t. Here’s my observation: Vicki Lewis’ character in this web series is exactly like her character Beth from Newsradio. But you know what? I can see that after that radio station closed, Beth may have had to get a job in a grocery store. So…it fits.

Bottom Line: This is your next comedy to watch regularly. Do it.

Okay, look: the stars of Checked Out are all recognizable from various other things. I’m not even going to bring their other credentials up. You know why? Because this is so awesome in its own right. You can see where you know them from online. All I am going to say is that it’s worth watching. More than that–I encourage you to watch. That is all.

~Prof. Jenn

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NerdMelt Shows This Week, 4/4-4/10!

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Wednesday, April 4th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Our weekly popular standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, hosts the best standups in the country as well as the amazing acts you haven’t heard of quite yet but should! Plus there’s original art each week, surprise drop-ins, and sometimes a puppy! This week: THE SHOW WILL BE HOSTED BY PETE HOLMES! Matt Besser, Barry Rothbart, Bo Burnham and more!

$8

 

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Thursday April 5th at 6pm- An Enid Meet Up!

Is there anyone more badass than Enid Coleslaw in Ghost World?

On April 5th at 6pm, just before An Evening with Dan Clowes, you can participate in our first annual Enid Meet Up! Wear your glasses, your favorite Enid looks, and your best bored expression and come to NerdMelt! Or just come to see the spectacle of so many Enids in one place! We’ll have a fun hangout, a few photo ops, and a screening of a Ghost World going on to get everyone in the mood for the Dan Clowes event at 8pm! So come on down for the fun!

FREE!

 

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Thursday, April 5th at 8pm- An Evening with Dan Clowes

Throughout his twenty-five-year career, Daniel Clowes has always been ahead of artistic and cultural movements. His breakthrough success, Ghost World, convinced mainstream readers of comics’ literary potential. In the new millennium, with works such as Ice Haven, Wilson, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray, Clowes has redefined the graphic novel as an art form.

Now, for the first time, you get to see the culmination of that, with The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, the first monograph on one of America’s most innovative cartoonists.

We are celebrating this book with a one night only event honoring and featuring Dan Clowes. Hosted by Blair Butler (of G4’s Fresh Ink), this night will include comedy, a discussion with Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing, and a Q&A with the man of the hour!

$40 gets you the book and TWO tickets to the show that night!

 

 

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Friday, April 6th at 9:30pm- Set List

From the minds of Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad… SET LIST is back from sold-out shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and a regular run in London. Top comics are given a never-before-seen “setlist”of strange and outrageous topics the second they walk onstage, and perform seamlessly as if its the act they normally do, while the audience follows their list on the projection screen. Complete comedy in the moment. With Matt Kirshen, TJ Miller, Jake Johannsen and more!

$10 in , $12 at the door

 

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Saturday, April 7th at 7pm- Muchos K-Stew Art Show Opening

Muchos K-Stew is a group show at Meltdown Comics paying tribute to the actress Kristen Stewart (star of such films as Panic Room, Adventureland, and Zathura: A Space Adventure, among others). Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a mysterious young woman and stare at her face until it all makes sense.

FREE

 

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Sunday, April 8th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.

FREE

 

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Monday, April 9th at 8pm- Magic Meltdown

Join Justin Willman (Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”) as he and his friends present a cataclysmic evening of prestidigitation, make-believe, and excessive sleight-of-mouth. You’ll spend the entire time wondering “how’d they do that?” and gasping at the wonders of…. MAGIC!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Tuesday, April 10th at 8pm- For Shame!

For Shame is a show where comedians relive their most embarrassing musical choices from their youth. Watch as they share secret stories about bands they sadly were obsessed with. Then the audience will relive the horror by watching a music video from that artist as the other comedians comment on it as it plays!

So grab your Hammer pants, your copy of Teen Bop and check your ego at the door : For Shame!!!

With Matt Braunger, Eric Andre, Neil Campbell and more!

$8 in , $10 at the door

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Los Angeles Nerds! NerdMelt Shows This Week, 3/30-4/2

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Friday, March 30th at 8pm- An Evening with James Adomian

James Adomian would like to invite you and a guest to attend an evening of laughter … and MURDER! NerdMelt is the scene of the crime, an hour of standup is the weapon of choice — dull, to be sure, but blunt! So make sure to bring two guests, because one of them is bound to be murdered … by laughter!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Saturday, March 31st at 12pm- The Ultimate Spider-Man Launch Party

Catch the new series before it airs April 1 inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD with a sneak peek of the first episode! Enjoy a Q&A and signing with some of the biggest names in the business, including: Jeph Loeb, Paul Dini, and Man of Action’s Steven T. Seagle and Duncean Rouleau and other great talent, plus giveaways and more surprises!

• 12pm- signings with creators and crew

• 1:30pm- Q&A with creators and crew

• 2:30- Screenings of the Ultimate Spider-Man premiere episode every half hour until 4:30

Stay tuned to NerdMelt’s Twitter (@NerdMelt) to find out how to win VIP access! This event is open to all with fun throughout the day! And don’t miss the premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel Universe on Disney XD at 11am/10c April 1st!

FREE

 

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Saturday, March 31st at 8pm- Cosplay Karaoke

What would Harley Quinn sing if she had a chance? What would Peter Parker belt out?You have a chance to find out! This Saturday night at 8pm, Scott Lobdell (DC writer extraordinaire) brings you a night of karaoke like you’ve never seen it: in costume! Come and enjoy the fun in your normal everyday clothes, or come and dress up for your chance to sing like a superhero!

Hosted by cosplay queen Nicki Hunter!

FREE

 

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Sunday, April 1st at 5pm- The Nerdist Writers Panel

Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

 

Scheduled to appear:

Andrew Marlowe (creator, Castle)

Terri Miller (Castle)

$15

 

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Sunday, April 1st at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.

FREE

 

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Monday, April 2nd at 8pm- The BEATdown

Comedian Eliza Skinner and beatboxer Joshua Silverstein host five of Los Angeles’ finest comics and one audience volunteer in “The BEATdown”. It’s a freestyle rap face-off where the winner is decided by the audience. It’s six rounds of badass one-on-one rap battles.

You saw “8 Mile”, right? It’s like that, but funnier.

$8 in , $10 at the door

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NerdMelt Awesomeness This Week, 3/21-3/27

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Wednesday, March 21 at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Our weekly popular standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, hosts the best standups in the country as well as the amazing acts you haven’t heard of quite yet but should! Plus there’s original art each week, surprise drop-ins, and sometimes a puppy! This week: Pete Holmes, Hannibal Buress, Jedi Elvis and more!
$8

 

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Thursday, March 22nd at 8pm- RISK! Storytelling Show
RISK! is the show where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public- stories they’d normally only tell to close friends. At the RISK! live shows, the brightest stars of TV, film, and literature drop their usual act and show a side of themselves you’ve never seen before. RISK! live is hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. This month’s theme is FUN! With guests Tatyana Gelfond, Rachel Feinstein, Sara Jo Alloco, Beowulf Jones.

$8 in , $10 at the door


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Sunday, March 25th at 5pm- The Nerdist Writers Panel
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

Scheduled to appear:
Richard Hatem (Secret Circle; Grimm)
Ken Levine (MASH; Cheers; The Simpsons; Wings; Fraser)

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Sunday, March 25th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

 

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Monday, March 26th at 8pm- Star Dreck
Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira are huge Trekkies, but even they have to admit that some of them just don’t hold up. Join them as they introduce you to some of the worst Star Trek episodes in existence, and then proceed to rip them to shreds. With the help of The Sklar Brothers, will they boldly go where no fan has gone before?

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Tuesday, March 27th at 8pm- This Show is Your Show
This show is more than a show. It’s your show. Join Matt Bennett (“Victorious”, “The Virginity Hit”), Matt Bennett’s friends, and even some special guests, for an hour of music, comedy, interviews, and general Matt Bennett-ness.
The guests for the first show — so far — are:
Moses Storm
Zack Pearlman
and DC Pierson

$8 in , $10 at the door
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NerdMelt Fun Times, 3/7-3/13!

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Wednesday, March 7th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Our weekly popular standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, hosts the best standups in the country as well as the amazing acts you haven’t heard of quite yet but should! Plus there’s original art each week, surprise drop-ins, and sometimes a puppy!
$8

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Thursday, March 8th at 8pm- The Dork Forest
This month’s dork on dork dialog is with Mary Birdsong, who is invited to come and dork on whatever she likes. It’s a safe space, and it’s a good space. It’s The Dork Forest. Your host Jackie Kashian will guide you through the forest, and you should all come. Eddie Pepitone will close things out with some standup.
$10

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Friday, March 9th at 8pm- I Wish My Life was an RPG
Come and support diversity in geekdom with Asphord Jacoway, Andre BlackNerd, and Chocolate Covered Cosplay! Andre BlackNerd will perform a comedy sketch before the performance of “I Wish My Life was an RPG”, the solo performance following on black female nerd’s quest from rejection to self-validation and love for all of humanity. Followed by an open discussion on race and gender in geekdom, and a dance party with the girls of C3!
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Saturday, March 10th at 8pm- Enter Spider
It was so fun, so bizarre, and since so many people requested it…. he’s doing it again!
You’re entering a stand-up comedy show on the edge of time and space; in a place where light and shadow are often mistaken for a biracial gay couple; where the lineup of comics are from all walks of life… and death. There is no two drink minimum here, there is only the maximum occupancy of the Imagination! You are entering… ENTER SPIDER.
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Sunday, March 11th at 5pm- Nerdist Writers Panel
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.

Scheduled to appear:
Matt Selman (The Simpsons)
Paul Grellong (Terra Nova; Law and Order: SVU)
Winnie Holzman (creator, My So-Called Life; co-developer, Huge)

$15

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Sunday, March 11th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off
Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

Tuesday, March 13th at 8pm- A Night in Squaresville
Join us for the premiere screening of Squaresville, a series about growing up and burning brightly! We’ll be screening select episodes from the new series, taking photos, and you know, having a nerdy blast in the back of a comic book shop.
FREE

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Tuesday, March 13th at 11pm- An Evening with Brian K Vaughn
In celebration of the release of Saga #1, Brian K Vaughn will be joining us for a late night Q&A run by Damon Lindleof (Lost), followed by a midnight sale and signing! It’ll be a blast! Buy $10 of comics and you get priority access to the signing!
FREE

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