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Exciting NerdMelt Events Nov 16th – 22nd!

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Wednesday, November 16th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with….. Pete Holmes
This week, in celebration of the release of his album “Impregnated by Wonder”, Pete Holmes takes over hosting duties of The Meltdown. See standup from Brendon WalshChelsea PerettiJoe MandeJonah Ray, and Kumail Nanjiani!
$8

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Thursday, November 17th at 8pm- Matt McKenna Presents ENTER SPIDER: THE STAND-UP SHOW
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… anddeath.  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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Friday, November 18th at 8pm- drippy/sweaty
From the mind of Deanna Rooney, the woman who created the meat-themed exhibition, comes a drippy sweaty art show!
FREE!

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Saturday, November 19th at 8pm- Walking the Room LIVE!
Witness the comedy podcast Walking the Room Podcuddle LIVE hosted by comedians Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony!
$10 at the door only

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Sunday, November 20th 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.
Featuring Marti Noxon (Buffy; Mad Men; Glee), Danny Zuker (Modern Family) and Craig Silverstein (creator, Nikita, Terra Nova)!
$15

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Sunday, November 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

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Monday, November 21st 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:
The countdown continues due to overwhelming demand: Attend a town meeting in a land free of brevity, where Mayor Dan Harmon (creator of NBC’s Community) and Comptroller Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) take another small, drunken step toward colonizing the moon. Evening may include ineffectual rants, songs, shameful stories, special guests, forehead sweat and repeated exposure to the phrases “like” , “uh”, “sort of” and “you know.”
$10

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Tuesday, November 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 in LA is hosted by comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. RISK! is also a free audio podcast hosted by Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State. The podcast is currently getting hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called RISK! “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.” Come see RISK! Live at NerdMelt to see why!
Topic: Family
Featuring Margaret Cho, Jackie Kashian
, Rebekka Johnson and Kevin Avery!
$10

For the Los Angeles Nerds – NerdMelt Shows Oct 12th – 18th!

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Wednesday, October 12th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
This popular weekly standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, welcomes Sean Patton, Giulia Rozzi, Jim Hamilton, Nick Thune and more!
$8

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Thursday, October 13th at 8pm- Two Thumbs Way Down
This show is one of our favorites, as it involves two of our favorite things: bad movies and great comedians. These two great tastes come together as Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Rory Scovel, and creator Eli Olsberg each bring a bad movie, and after watching each trailer, the audience votes on which movie to watch. Then settle in and enjoy the hilarity of comedians completely eviscerating the schlockiest movies out there. Since Halloween is just around the corner, this month we’ll be watching the worst horror movies we can find!
$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Friday, October 14th at 8pm- Sex Nerd Sandra
This wildly popular Nerdist podcast returns to NerdMelt so that you can experience the fun of sexpert Sandra Daugherty LIVE! We never know what she’s going to bring, but we know it usually involves lots of gesturing and props, so it’s a guaranteed educational good time.

“Sex Nerd” Sandra Daugherty is the lead sex educator at Pleasure Chest LA and has been teaching sex and intimacy skill workshops for over two years, helping thousands of people improve their sex lives. Her Nerdist podcast is a wild runaway hit, and you can see her LIVE as she brings her skills to the back of a comic book store! Come and see the woman who brought you “The Crab Hand of Doom” & “The Clittiest Part of the Man-Clit” live and in person as she geeks out on the finer points of orgasming your life and answers your most intimate questions. Panel followed by audience Q&A.
$8 in , $10 at the door

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Saturday, October 15th at 8pm- Left, Right, and Ridiculous with KPFK’s Jimmy Dore
This show, formerly called “Pop and Politics” has changed names but not attitudes! Join Jimmy Dore and a celebrity panel as they make fun of other celebrities, today’s news makers, and our favorite cultural jackasses, with a raucous blend of stand-up, sketch, and video clips of people saying some of he dumbest shit you’ve ever heard. A hilarious night of laughs, blasphemy and general disrespect!
A portion of the benefits of tonight’s show benefit KPFK!
$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Sunday, October 16th 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- Josh Berman (creator, Drop Dead Diva), Kyle Killen (creator, Lone Star, Awake), Charles Murray (Castle, V, Criminal Minds)
$15

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Sunday, October 16th 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

 

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Monday, October 17th 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:

The countdown continues due to overwhelming demand: Attend a town meeting in a land free of brevity, where Mayor Dan Harmon (creator of NBC’s Community) and Comptroller Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) take another small, drunken step toward colonizing the moon. Evening may include ineffectual rants, songs, shameful stories, special guests, forehead sweat and repeated exposure to the phrases “like” , “uh”, “sort of” and “you know.”.
$10

 

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Tuesday, October 18th at 8pm- The Rejection Show
The Rejection is a live comedic event that embraces the rejected and “turned down” material of well-known and up-and-coming writers, comedians, cartoonists, artists, filmmakers, TV personalities and other artistic types who display their creative “failures” live on stage.  It is a hilarious compilation of rejected material (personal and professional) and the stories that go with them. Hosted by Jon Friedman, this show is a huge hit in NYC and is visiting LA for one night only!

Featuring Rob Delaney, Megan Amram, Michelle Collins, and Joselyn Hughes sharing the best of their rejected gems!
$8 in , $10 at the door

The Independents: A Film about Indie Comic Creators

There have been a handful of great comic book-based independent movies funded recently on Kickstarter, but that does not mean all of the ground surrounding modern comic book culture has been covered.  The Independents is a thesis documentary film currently under production that endeavors to explore the indie comic book world with a specific focus on three individual indie comic creators.  The film aims to portray “a vibrant indie scene that is pushing the medium forward and exploring the boundaries of an art form like no other.”  It will explore multiple facets of the indie world, everything from a young, ‘up-and-coming’ female artist to a comic book writer/editor that currently teaches a class on creating indie comics at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. The director, Michael La Breche, was kind enough to answer some questions regarding his film and his own relationship with comics (both mainstream and indie).  Additionally, the film has an IndieGoGo site for anyone interested in supporting the production and distribution of this documentary.

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1) What is your relationship to comics and the comic book world?

I guess you could say my relationship to comics is that of a fan and also a longtime wannabe comic book creator. My mom got me hooked into comics when I was a kid and they’ve always kind of been my first love. I spent a lot of years taking art classes, coming up with characters and stories of my own with the thinking that one day I’d working for Marvel or DC drawing some books. I got a little sidetracked and never quite got to that point. But comics did open the door that lead me to writing, animation and eventually film making.

2) You mention that your first comic was an Iron-Man comic. What drew you to independent comics?

The comic book medium is at an interesting and exciting place these days. Thanks to characters like Iron Man who have blown up mainstream, there is probably far more public awareness of comic books than there has been in ages. Every studio in town is cranking out superhero flicks and everyone is looking for the next big comic book adaptation. But with that awareness I think there’s still a tendency in the general public to view comic books as a lesser form of entertainment, something that mostly just provides the movie studios with fodder for tent pole films. I wanted to do a doc that underscores comic books as a powerful and vibrant artistic medium. One that is completely different from any other form of storytelling.

So we’re heading to the opposite end of the spectrum, away from all the superheroes and mainstream stuff because in my opinion there’s no better way to illustrate that point than to explore the indies. We’re putting a focus on finding creators who are a little more off the beaten path or who are just dipping their toes into the comic book scene.

This doc is lot of fun for me because that indie comic book scene is so much broader than I ever imagined. I’ve read independent books over the years, and I love the Vertigo stuff and ‘Walking Dead’ of course. But over the last decade or so, there’s been such an explosion of work; it’s really an incredibly deep world to explore. I also think that, just as independent cinema often bleeds over and influences mainstream cinema, independent comics often set the tone for where the mainstream books go and gives birth to the creators that will drive the industry for years to come. There are just so many amazing opportunities that come with a focus on independent comics.

3) How did you connect with your three subjects?

Eliza came to us through the Comic Book Sunday group which is a local community of fans and creators organized by Benjamin Jackendoff and Jim Krueger. Comic Book Sunday has been a great resource for the doc, especially in the early stages when we were looking for creators to follow. Eliza, like many members of the group, was excited at the prospect of a film that would explore both indie comic culture and celebrate the comic book medium as the vibrant art form it is.

Doug TenNapel also came through the CBS group, albeit in a roundabout way. One of the many amazing creators I was speaking with early on was Ethan Nicolle, co-creator of ‘Axe-Cop’ and good friend of Doug. Ethan introduced us and Doug invited us over to shoot the segment which bookends the trailer. Doug told me he was going to be starting a new book at the same the time the doc would be getting underway and very enthusiastically said we could follow along.

Jim is also a CBS guy although I didn’t know that until after we had already connected. When I started to explore the possibilities of the film, one of the first thing I did was start snooping around some of LA’s more well known comics shops. Meltdown is known for doing a lot of community kind of things like shows, signings, and classes so it was high up on my list of possibilities. Once I read up on the Meltdown University program, I knew there that I wanted Jim and his class in the film. The idea of following a group of fledgling creators through a “how to create comics course” was too great an opportunity to pass up. Also Jim is a blast, his comic book I.Q. is off the charts. He’s the guy even the hard core comic book readers go too when they need suggestions for new books to get into to.

4) Comic books get a lot of press nowadays with superhero adaptations dominating the blockbuster scene. On the other hand, in your promo, Jim Higgins talks about A History of Violence and Road to Perdition being adapted to the big screen and bringing additional press to those books. There seems to be a growing discontent with the over-saturation of superhero movies. How do you think this will or could impact future adaptations of independent comics?

I would love think that as the superhero bubble bursts Hollywood will start branching out and taking a look at a broader range of comic book material. And we’ve seen some of that to an extent. Both ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ were indie books that got the big Hollywood treatment. Unfortunately neither of those films did big time numbers, so I can’t say for sure that the studios will keep mining the more offbeat indie books. I think that a lot of the independent books are harder for Hollywood to grasp, they aren’t always as easy to define and market as a guy in bat suit beating up bad guys. ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is a great example of that actually. A wonderful independent comic book, very faithfully adapted into a great movie by an incredible director. And yet the studio didn’t really seem to know what to do with the movie once it was done. They couldn’t figure out a way to sell it to the public at large.

‘The Walking Dead’ being a huge hit certainly helps and there are other success stories. People crave good stories. The studios crave material that already has proven it can hold an audience. And there is certainly a wealth of amazing untapped material out there in the world of independent comics that is very good and has proven to have a dedicated, if small, audience. So I do think we’ll see more independent comics on the big screen, I’m just not sure it will ever be a flood like we’ve seen with the superhero flicks.

And to be honest I think that’s probably a good thing.

Eliza

5) One of your subjects is a female comic artist. Can you share with us your thoughts on the opportunities available to women and other underrepresented demographics in the independent comic book scene?

One of the themes we keep touching on in the doc is the idea of comics as a great democratic art form, a medium that anyone can dive into and use to tell their stories. I think the independent scene is fantastically diverse and it’s constantly expanding. It’s a medium that is eager for fresh voices and new views. So the opportunity is definitely there for anyone eager and motivated to get their story out there.

Two of the very first creators I spoke to early on where Eliza and another female comic book artist named Megan Levens, who does the web comic ‘Somewhere In Between’. I think both of them would agree that the industry can feel like a bit of a boys club still, especially when you get closer in on the mainstream stuff. But I also think they would point out that that never stopped either of them from getting their work out there, nor did it ever stop them from finding and building an audience.

6) This is currently a thesis project. If given the resources, where would you ideally take this project?

I really love this film, the themes it supports and the characters it is following. For the thesis we are delivering a 30 minute version, but I would absolutely love to take it beyond that as I feel 30 minutes will only give an audience the tip of the iceberg. I believe there is an opportunity to expand this film, open it up and really get inside the art, the process, and the lives of these creators. As I talk and work with the creators we’re following, I’m constantly learning new things about them and seeing new opportunities for storyline that I never imagined. Eliza has some big life changes in store next year that we’d barely get to touch on if we only do a thirty minute film. The same is true with Doug, who has has multiple new projects in the works. And we haven’t even gotten into the Meltdown class yet, which I believe will expand our cast of subjects and our story lines in many exciting and also unpredictable ways.

That’s a lot of ground to cover in thirty minutes. So our hope is that we can pull together the resources needed to expand this film into a feature length project and then really get it out the world.

7) Can you tell us some of your favorite independent comics or graphic novels?

Fables, Y:The Last Man, 100 Bullets, Sandman. Oh and ‘Pride of Bachdad’, another Vertigo book. Vertigo in general is pretty awesome. The ‘Walking Dead’ of course. Also, for any ‘Walking Dead’ fans that want some early work by Kirkman, check out ‘Battle Pope’. It’s great fun and a real guilty pleasure for a Catholic raised guy like myself. ‘The Tick’ and ‘Johnny the Homicidal Maniac’ are old favorites. Also recently rediscovered ‘Scud: The Disposable Assassin’ after doing some exploring at the local comic ship ‘Acme Novelty Library’ is one I got into after picking up the latest volume of ‘The Best American Comics’, which a great yearly anthology that collects excerpts from various comics books.

In addition to the books above, I’ve also gotten really into some web comics recently. Ethan Nicolles ‘Axe-Cop’ is incredible, as is Mike Norton’s ‘Battle Pug’ (I’m a sucker for anything with a cute dog!). Also keeping up with Megan Levens ‘Somewhere In Between’, which is a wonderful touching slice of life comic. We did an interview with Megan that should be up on our site soon. She’s amazing, such a great artist.

Jim & class at Meltdown Comics

8 ) When I lived in Los Angeles, I frequented Meltdown Comics as well. With comic books increasingly becoming available digitally, what are your thoughts about the future of smaller, local comic shops? How do you think this future could impact independent comics?

Digital distribution is certainly going to have a negative impact on some stores, which is a shame to be sure. Personally I think that there’s always going to be a segment of the audience that craves having that tangible comic in hand and will always make the weekly Wednesday trip to get those new books. Most comic book stores now are already relying on a core group of dedicated customers to stay afloat and I don’t see that loyal customer base disappearing overnight.

It’s the same way I look at movie theaters in the film industry. Yes smaller theater chains are struggling as it becomes easier to stream movies to big HD t.v.s. But there is always going to be a segment of people that crave the more tangible, community experience of sitting in a theater with a group of people who are all captivated by the same film. The comic book stores that will thrive are the ones that can cultivate that kind of experience for their customers. Ultimately digital comics are something the industry needs, and the stores will have to find ways to adapt.

9) Finally, what are your thoughts on webcomics? Where do you think webcomics fit into all of this?

Webcomics are a huge part of the indie comic scenes these days and are certainly something we’ll be touching on a lot in the film. All the creators I know or have talked to for the doc have at one point in time worked on a web comic. Doug just finished his first web comic, ‘Ratfist’ and is now starting a new one. Eliza got started by doing a web comic, which then led her into doing comics books full time. Again, we talk a lot about comics as the most democratic art form and web comics is a great extension of that.

The first interview I did when I was exploring the possibilities of the documentary was with Eric Canete, who currently works for DC and has done art for the mainstream books, video games, and has done a bit of independent work as well. When describing what makes comics a unique form of visual storytelling, different from film or television, he constantly brought up the idea that independent comics can be a “one to one” medium. The creator and the reader.

Web comics takes that “one to one” mentality to a whole new level. Now anyone with a way to draw and scanner, can get their stories out to the world and have an instant connection with their audience. I think that can be incredibly liberating for creators. Doug told us how he loved doing ‘Ratfist’ because he said he could put a page up online and a few hours later already have comments and responses waiting for him from his audience. He loved having that connection as the work was being created, something he said he doesn’t get when he’s locked away in his studios for months working on a new graphic novel.

This Week at NerdMelt, Sept 14-20!

Calling all Los Angeles nerds and geeks! Come join NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics for any and all of these awesome events.  As always, tickets for shows can be found at http://nerdmeltla.com/tickets

 

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Wednesday, September 14th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani host this popular weekly standup show, and this week they welcome Nick TurnerJohnny PembertonBarbara GrayMichael PalascakTodd Levine, and Pete Holmes, and maybe a special guest…
$8

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Thursday, September 15th at 8pm- Sex Nerd Sandra LIVE
This month, Sex Nerd Sandra welcomes a career dominatrix as well as comedian Dave Ross to talk about all things kink.

“Sex Nerd” Sandra Daugherty is the lead sex educator at Pleasure Chest LA and has been teaching sex and intimacy skill workshops for over two years, helping thousands of people improve their sex lives. Her Nerdist podcast is a wild runaway hit, and you can see her LIVE as she brings her skills to the back of a comic book store! Come and see the woman who brought you “The Crab Hand of Doom” & “The Clittiest Part of the Man-Clit” live and in person as she geeks out on the finer points of orgasming your life and answers your most intimate questions. Panel followed by audience Q&A.
$8 in advance, $10 day of show

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Saturday, September 17th at 8pm- The Halo Show
Join Capt Dope (Colton Dunn), Dude of Earl (Ian Wolterstorff), Adam Green (Hatchet, Hatchet 2, Frozen) and their Xbox live friends for a night of fan appreciation of Halo: Reach.  From rockets to jet packs to armor lock to shotguns, we’ll take you through the world of Bungie’s Halo: Reach one sticky at a time.  If you love Halo, you have to see this show.  If you don’t know what “Halo” is, come find out why your boyfriend (or gamer girlfriend) is not returning your texts.  Trust me, you’ll want to see this. With special guests Kumail Nanjiani (The Indoor Kids podcast, mrliamuk), and other surprise guests whose voices you may recognize…
$10

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Sunday, September 18th at 5pm
Nerdist Writer’s Panel
Ben Blacker hosts these panels chock full of screenwriters, novelists, and more. Scheduled: Ed Kitsis & Adam HorowitzEric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder.
$15

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Monday, September 19th at 8:30pm   
The SXSW Showcase Show
South by Southwest is an amazing festival for comedy, and at this showcase, you’ll see some of the “about to pop” comics of LA try out for it! Hosted by Pete Holmes, this showcase will feature MC Mr Napkins, Jonah Ray, Tom Segura, DC Pierson and more!
$8 in advance, $10 day of show

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Tuesday, September 20th at 8pm
A Greg Proopscast LIVE
Greg Proops’ massively popular podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, makes its debut on the NerdMelt stage! Come see the king of “being in the moment” comedy as he talks about religion, politics, and anything else that enters his mind.

$10

NerdMelt Awesomesauce for the Week(end), Aug 31-Sept 6

Calling all Los Angeles Nerds! Check out all the awesome stuff going on at Meltdown Comics this week(end) courtesy of our friends at NerdMelt.  All advance tickets can be purchased on the NerdMelt website.

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Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30pm – The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
This week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome Natasha LeggeroJay LarsonMC Mr NapkinsJesse Case, and more!
$8

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Thursday, September 1st at 8pm – The Good, The Blair, and the Ugly
Blair ButlerBlair Herter, and Blair Marnell join forces in this panel show about the wonders of comic books.
$8 in advance, $10 day of show

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Friday, September 2nd at 8pm – Keith Apicary’s Apicarnage
The star of “Talking Classics”, Keith Apicary, performs his chiptune songs about the greatest video games to ever live and tells your uncles jokes.
$8 in advance, $10 day of show

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Saturday, September 3rd at 8pm – Battleship Pretension
Tyler and David, hosts of the Battleship Pretension podcast, talk movies and comedy with Laraine NewmanBil DwyerPaul Goebel, and Bennie Arthur!
$8 in advance, $10 day of show

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Sunday, September 4th 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm – Nerdist Podcast LIVE with The Guild
ChrisJonah and Matt welcome the cast and crew of The Guild to this nerdstravaganza. SOLD OUT

Calling all Los Angeles Nerds! NerdMelt Awesomeness 8/17-8/23

 

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Wednesday, August 17th at 8:30pm– The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani host this popular weekly standup show, featuring John MulaneyAnthony JeselnikGarfunkel and Oates and more!
$8

 

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Thursday, August 18th at 8pm– Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian
Jackie Kashian hosts a live version of her popular podcast, where people get to dork out about the things they are most passionate about, with guests Ben Schwartz and Frank Conniff!
Tickets – $10

 

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Friday, August 19th at 8pm
Conan Showcase
Come watch some of the hottest unknown comics as they showcase for the chance to do standup on Conan! Featuring Matt Braunger, Sean Patton, Rob Delaney, Adam Cayton-Holland, and more amazing comics. Hosted by Kumail Nanjiani!
Tickets – $10

 

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Saturday, August 20th at 8pm
Harmontown
With trusty Comptroller Jeff Davis at his side, Community creator Dan Harmon returns for another installment of this popular show in which Harmon discusses his desire to start a colony on the moon.
Tickets – $10

 

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Sunday, August 21st at 5pm
Nerdist Writers Series
Ben Blacker hosts these panels chock full of screenwriters, novelists, and more. A must for anyone wanting to break into the biz. Scheduled to appear: Peter GouldKerry EhrinBridget Carpenter, and more!
Tickets – $15

 

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Sunday, August 21st at 7pm
Matt Mira’s Day Off
A place for comics to work on new material with The Nerdist’s own Matt Mira.   FREE

 

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Tuesday, August 23rd at 8pm
Sex Nerd Sandra
Sex Nerd Sandra Daugherty is an accomplished sex educator. The Nerdist’s own sexpert brings her skills to you! Topic: Female masturbation sexpertJamye Waxman!
Tickets – $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Coming up at NerdMelt! Starting tonight, 8/13-16

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Saturday at 8pm, we have Pop and Politics with KPFK’s Jimmy Dore!

Join KPFK’s Jimmy Dore and a celebrity panel as they make fun of other celebrities, today’s news makers, and our favorite cultural jackasses, with a raucous blend of stand-up, sketch, and video clips of people saying some of he dumbest shit you’ve ever heard. A hilarious night of laughs, blasphemy and general disrespect! This month’s guests include Frank Conniff, MST3K, and David Feldman, writer for Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show. Proceeds benefit 90.7 KPFK!

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door

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Then on Sunday at 5pm, we have 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. 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: Alan Yang (Parks & Recreation), Genny Hutchison (Breaking Bad), and Ryan Farley (Cold Case)!
$15

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At 7pm on Sunday, stay for 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

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Monday at 8pm, we have Science Bear screening their movie Sketch!

Rag tag Canadian sketch comedy troop Science Bear pulls together a completely improvised feature length comedy with nothing but the change in their pockets. In this homage to the world of comedy, we follow Jeffrey Patrick’s struggle to tell jokes “the right way” in a world that laughs at the lowest common denominator. Join Science Bear for an evening filled with live comedy, award-winning shorts, and the Los Angeles Premiere of what some have called the funniest movie they have ever seen (i.e. their moms).

Tickets – $8 in advance, $10 day of show!

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Then on Tuesday, we have one of our favorite shows, Two Thumbs Way Down!

When it comes to movies, there is bad-bad and good-fun-over-the-top bad. Join Eli Olsberg and guests Rory ScovelMoshe Kasher, and Jonah Ray as they celebrate the latter. Each comic brings in a movie of their choice and after watching a clip/trailer from all three, the audience votes as  to which one they watch and rip to shreds. Also, if you have a bad movie you want to show off, bring it in for a chance to have it be our movie of choice that night!

Tickets – $8 in advance, $10 day of show!

Los Angeles Nerds! NerdMelt Shows this Weekend/Next Week, July 30-Aug 3

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Saturday, July 30th at 8pm- Heart of Darkness
This popular NYC comedy show comes to LA! Instead of appearing solo, at this show each performer becomes a part of the group sound when they join the band, The Forgiveness, on stage. The 6-piece band backs each comedian up to add color to their stories with original music, and everyone sins will be forgiven. Hosted by Greg Barris! Scheduled to appear: Andres Du BouchetRory Scovel and Jon DoreRon Lynch, Ethnomusicologist AlexandreTannous, and special guests!
$10   http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=102

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Sunday, July 31st at 5pm- Nerdist Writers Series
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writing Series! 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: Meredith Stiehm (creator, Cold Case), David Weddle & Bradley Thompson (Battlestar Galactica; CSI), and Naren Shankar (CSI; Grimm)
$15- http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=86

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Sunday, July 31st 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
FREE

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Wednesday, August 3rd at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
This popular weekly standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, gets extra fun, because it’s Jonah’s birthday! To celebrate, we’ve gathered his favorite comedians: Duncan Trussel, DC Pierson, Brendon Burns, Matt Dwyer, Matt Mira, and Hard n’ Phirm!
$8

Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Shows for 7/20 through 7/26!

Lots of awesome stuff going on this week at Meltdown in Los Angeles for those of you not at SDCC.

If you are in San Diego…lucky you! But don’t worry, there are plenty of great things going down at Nerdist Theater at Meltdown after you get back too!

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Wednesday, July 20th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Our popular weekly standup showcase, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, welcomes SNL writer Colin JostMichelle BiloonMyq Kaplan,Louis KatzJarrett Grode, and Marc Maron!
$8    http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=103

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Thursday, July 21st at 8pm- The Imaginary Radio Program
Can we all agree that the radio is pretty terrible? The Imaginary Radio Program is the anti radio.  Brought to you by some of the best comics in the scene, the radio will be dissected station by station, parodied and brought to it’s knees in this hilarious musical comedy extravaganza. Presented by Destructo! Hosted by Drennon Davis (NBC’s LCS and Last Call), and featuring Maria BamfordDJ Douggpound, and more!
$10    http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=99

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Friday, July 22nd at 8pm, it’s Sex Nerd Sandra
“Sex Nerd” Sandra Daugherty is the lead sex educator at Pleasure Chest LA and has been teaching sex and intimacy skill workshops for over two years, helping thousands of people improve their sex lives. Now The Nerdist’s own sexpert brings those skills to the back of a comic book store! Come and see the woman who brought you “The Crab Hand of Doom” & “The Clittiest Part of the Man-Clit” live and in person as she geeks out on the finer points of orgasming your life and answers your most intimate questions. This week’s topic: His and Hers Handjobs!
$10    http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=95

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Saturday, July 23rd at 8pm- Nerdy Secrets
Ever wanted to know what your favorite creative types go geek-tastic over but were too afraid to ask? Join Mo Fathelbab as he asks hard-hitting questions like “How do you play ‘Magic: The Gathering’?” and “Which Doctor is the best?” This month’s show features all stars of the adult industry! Scheduled to appear: Nikki DelanoNicki BlueScarlett Fay, and Amy Brooke!
$10  http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=97

Also, on Saturday, July 23rd at 12pm- Geek Trivia
Hosted by Josh Greenburg, this is a chance for movie/TV buffs and their friends to get together with like-minded people for an evening of low-key competition, laughs, possible weeping, and attempting to justify a lifetime of accumulating a wealth of useless knowledge.
FREE!

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Sunday, July 24th 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
This show is very popular and there are limited spots available, so arrive on time!
FREE!

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Monday, July 25th at 8pm- Harmontown
Here comes another episode of this very popular show in which Dan Harmon, creator of Community, tells us all about why he wants a colony on the moon, and how he’s going to get there. With Comptroller Jeff B Davis helping to keep things on track, this show is a peek inside the mind of Dan Harmon. Not to be missed.
$10    http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=98

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Tuesday, July 26th at 8pm- Kung Fu A Gogo Meltdownaganza with Ric Meyers
Fresh from the San Diego Comic Con and the premiere of his new documentary Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie, the “Ric & Infamous” martial art movie master is bringing a specially-made, eye-peeling, fight-filled, clip show — and his two new books (Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book and For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films) — for a night of frenzied fun … full of love for the weirdest, wildest, most ridiculously exhilarating movies ever made.
$10    http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=66

NerdMelt Shows for Los Angeles Nerds This Week, July 13-19!

NerdMelt has a busy week ahead of them which means even more awesomeness for Los Angeles nerds/geeks to check out!

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Wednesday, July 13th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

This popular weekly standup showcase, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, welcomes Barry RothbartJackie KashianBaron Vaughn,Drennon Davis, and TJ Miller!
$8   http://tinyurl.com/melt713

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Friday, July 15th at 8pm- The Business
The Business, San Francisco’s long running weekly alt comedy showcase, heads south for a night.  Four comedians (Sean Keane, Chris Garcia, Bucky Sinister, Alex Koll) each curate a portion of your evening. It’s a comedy mixture that regularly includes special guests ranging from standup comics to authors to sketch performers to musicians and dancers. Featuring Kumail Nanjiani, Tony Sam, and Knuckles and Tits!
$10     http://tinyurl.com/64g3bna

 

 

Saturday, July 16th at 2pm- The Meltdown Presents Summahfest
For the second year in a row, Howard Kremer hosts this outdoor shindig/beach party/concert/comedy show! We have bands, water balloon fights, food trucks, and plenty of fun, plus a comedy show with Steve AgeeKumail Nanjiani, and more!
See http://tinyurl.com/summahfest for details. (This is sold out now so hopefully you already have your tickets!)

 

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Sunday, July 17th at 5pm- Nerdist Writers Series
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writing Series! 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- David Slack (Lie to Me; Person of Interest), Norm Hiscock (Parks & Recreation), Glen Mazzara (The Shield; The Walking Dead).
$15  http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=85

 

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Sunday, July 17th 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 have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
This show is very popular and there are limited spots available, so arrive on time!
FREE!

 

Monday, July 18th at 7pm- Digital Comics Panel
We’re getting together digital comics experts to discuss digital and comics, from iPad apps to digital distribution and digital brand extension, etc. for our third annual pre-Comic-Con panel. Hosted by Kevin Winston!
Scheduled to appear:
TQ Jefferson, Marvel Entertainment, VP of Production, Games
David Uslan, Graphicly, VP of Business Development @graphicly
Dan Fraga, Director of Ricky Gervais show, illustrator on MTV’s Hard Times of RJ Berger animated sequences, former comics artist for Marvel (Wolverine), DC (Superman), Image (Witchblade) @fragaboom
Joelle Sellner, writer, Marvel Digital Holiday Issue, DC Comics Cartoon Network Action Pack. TV/animation: Avengers, Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures
Hal Hefner, artist, writer and creator of Heavy Metal Magazine’s first online comic, Gates
$15- tickets here http://digitallacomics3.eventbrite.com/

 

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Tuesday, July 19th at 8pm- Two Thumbs Way Down!
When it comes to movies, there is bad-bad and good-fun-over-the-top bad. Join Eli Olsberg and guests Rory ScovelKumail Nanjiani, and TJ Milleras they celebrate the latter. Each comic brings in a movie of their choice and after watching a clip/trailer from all three, the audience votes as to which one they watch and rip to shreds. Also, if you have a bad movie you want to show off, bring it in for a chance to have it be our movie of choice that night!
$10- http://www.meltcomics.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=94

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