Dynasty Dygest: May 21st

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Put on your lil’ tweed hats and get ready to shout “penny for a pape!” cause it’s newsie time, ya Dynasty rapscallions!
“Newsie” is our hot D’internal™ term for the the newsletter, and sometimes we call her Lil’ Newsie.  Well, now you’re on the inside. HOW DOES IT FEEL! Not so Tuesday-bluesday anymore, eh?  

Here we goOoOoOoOoOoO!

HELLO DARLINGS!

How the flark are ya? 

Over here we’re so full of wild feelings we’re ready to wolf-howl at the still-full looking moon! Speaking of wolf howl, MICHELLE WOLF. Wow. Her completely sold-out show this Sunday was one of our favorite things we’ve ever had at the theater. POW ER HOUSE. She was truly amazing and a pro beyond pros. If you only know her from the Daily Show, we kindly implore you to watch everything else she’s ever done now please, mmmkay? We followed her show by turning our showroom into a home (away from home) box office, and streaming the last episode of that dragon show to a full house! Dornish Wine & Giant’s Milk were consumed, screams were screamed, and really big feelings were felt.  Earlier in the week we’d been treated to powerhouse shows by NORE DAVIS and NAOMI EKPERIGAN and basically… we believe that the children AND these comics are the future. And now on to the saviors of the immediate- like, right now- future.  

TONIGHT!  Our favorite folks (TEAM COCO) bring us our favorite show, Up & Up! With your manic pixie dream boy host, MOSES STORM. And as always, they are delivering with a line-up! NISH KUMAR! GREG BEHRENDTALEX EDELMANJENA FRIEDMAN! and our favorite music & more man: FLULA BORG! Followed by a full hour of stand-up from NISH KUMAR! Have him as an appetizer in Up & Up, then follow up with a full course! It’ll be, DeNISHus!" (Like “Delicious!” Like you say after eating. But with his name inserted for maximum deNISHushNISH.) WEDNESDAY, your guilty pleasure just got even more pleasing, its BACHELOR: The Unauthorized Musical Parody. Who will get the final rose? Grab your Dynapop™ and your pop culture obsoossed besties and find out. 

THURSDAY  it’s the most intensely nice show you’ll ever see, it’s KYLE AYERS’ competitive compliment contest Boast Rattle!  WE LOVE THIS SHOW. It’s comics going head to head to out-nice each other, and you get to be ringside to the madness. This lineup is CRAZY, and MARA WILSON is a guest judge. MARA WILSON. Anyone?? Matilda! Mrs. Doubtfire! Miracle on 34th Street! And more as a grown up a very smart and successful author! But….MATILDA. SHE’S THE DREAM. (And so was Ms. Honey, are we right darlings? A honey indeeeeed! Awooga!) And the contestants include: MARTHA KELLY! DEBRA DIGIOVANNI! STEPH TOLEV! DANIEL VAN KIRK! And juuuuuust when you thought that was all the great things we could say about this great show, Kyle will be donating the proceeds to the Yellowhammer Fund. Oh Kyle. We swoon. And at 10pm, offset that sweetness with a savory little snack of BLAKE WEXLER’s You Dirty Snitch - the show where comedian’s reminisce about ratting out their friend… and then that friend gets an opportunity to get revenge on stage. Yowch and also sign us right on up.  With BLAKE WEXLER & TODD GLASS! CHRISTINE MEDRANO & TERESA LEE! CHRIS FLEMING & MELISSA STRYPE! And TONY YACENDA & DAN PERRAULT! 

FRIDAY we’re happy to be hosting Stand Up for Unicef! Brought to us by BRITTANY ROSS and DEBORAH BAKER JR have put together a great lineup for a great cause, so come feel good about yourself and everything else with NICOLE BYER, ASIF ALI, DANA GOULD, JODI MILLER, JADE CATTA-PRETA, AHMED BHAROOCHA, ARISTOTLE ATHIRAS and even moooooore!  SATURDAY it’s all berets and chic hair cuts and cigarettes and accidentally being really really sexy because it’s France Goes POPLa Collectionneuse presents: ANNAA screening of 1967’s bizarre French musical comedy film! A must for fans of Anna Karina or Serge Gainsbourg or just people who want to do something very fun. Along with the screening, there will be a Videotheque mix and non-stop French femme pop! Yessss bebe! And SUNDAY gives us two opportunities to celebrate half of our favorite grandmother/ grand daughter dance-hall duos, ATSUKO OKATSUKA!  It’s her birthday AND her album recording and she’s set up two shows to accommodate the love! BE ACCOMMODATED and celebrate this wonderful human and have your laugh forever knitted together with her comedy for all posterity. Also we heard there might be dumplings? No promises but a little hype. 

In biggest news, THE REDVINES VS. TWIZZLERS SNACKDOWN SMACKDOWN is going on at concessions. Buy your favorite red licorice and cast your votes, Candyheads!

Jamie (#teamREDVINE) & Vanessa (#teamTWIZ)



Tuesday, May 21 | 8pm
TEAM COCO PRESENTS UP & UP w/ MOSES STORM 
Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco presents an all-new comedy and musical experience with very special guests: Nish Kumar, Greg Behrendt, Alex Edelman, Jena Friedman, Flula Borg, + More!

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Tuesday, May 21 | 10pm
NISH KUMAR
Headlining set from the internationally acclaimed comedian. 

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Wednesday, May 21 | 8pm
BACHELOR: THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL
Bachelor The Musical is the most dramatic unauthorized musical parody of The Bachelor yet. Who will get the final rose? Who will go home heartbroken? And how many Bachelor jokes can they cram into a one-hour musical?

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Thursday, May 22  | 8pm 
BOAST RATTLE
Playing off of the idea of roasts, Boast Rattle has two comedians go head-to-head, delivering alternating blows of the nicest order. Featuring Mara Wilson, Martha Kelly, Debra DiGiovanni, Steph Tolev, Daniel Van Kirk, & More!

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Thursday, May 22 | 10pm
YOU DIRTY SNITCH 
Comedian Blake Wexler and his guests laugh about a time they either couldn’t keep a secret or just plainly ratted out their friend. Featuring: Todd Glass, Christine Medrano, Teresa Lee, Chris Fleming, Melissa Strype, Tony Yacenda, and Dan Perrault

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Friday, May 23 | 8pm 
Stand Up for UNICEF
A benefit UNICEF Next Gen! Helping to save lives of children all over the world! Featuring: Nicole Byer, Asif Ali, Dana Gould, Jodi Miller, Jade Catta-Preta, Ahmed Bharoocha, Aristotle Athiras, + More!

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Saturday, May 24 | 8pm 
La Collectionneuse presents: screening of Anna
France Goes Pop : screening of ANNA (1967) + video mix “VIDEOTHEQUE” and Décadanse Soirée DJ! (feat. Anna Karina, Serge Gainsbourg and more...)

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Sunday, May 26 | 7pm + 9pm
Atsuko's Birthday Album Recording
Join Atsuko on her b-day as she live records her next hour album with Comedy Dynamics. 

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Monday, May 27 | 8pm 
HARMONTOWN
Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty), “comptroller” Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway), game master, Spencer Crittenden (HarmonQuest) present their wildly popular podcast in front of a live audience. 

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  THE BONGO HOUR 

What IS Bongo!? Click through to the photo gallery and see for yourself! Madness! Magic! Puppets! Drag! Burlesque! ALL THE GOOD THINGS, and just the type of show our red curtain has been dying to be part of. Thank you to SANDY HONIG and PETER SMITH for bringing your beautiful show baby to the Dynasty! Photos by Stuart Weiten

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Saturday, June 8 | 7:30pm 
TIM HEIDECKER & HIS VERY GOOD BAND 
Join us for a record party and performance to celebrate the new album from Tim Heidecker and his Very Good Band. 

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Saturday, Sept 14  | 7pm + 10pm 
Indoor Recess with Joe "Mr. D” Dombrowski
nspiring students and teachers to make school a place where people want to be versus where they have to be. Join us for a very special evening with Teacher+Comedian, Mr D.

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#MARQUEEMARC's
HIGHEST PERFORMANCE!

Who knew a post about an island trading post themed grocery store would be our biggest hit yet?! (Also, weird theme for a grocery store, now that we think about it! Not too many grocery stores with themes in general. Fun idea! We want SPACE JEN'S! A space-commissary themed grocery store!)  Anyway, we grieved about produce, you responded in kind. We truly have found our people, and we love you. #findyourtribe
 
Friday, May 31 | 8pm 
EVERYTHING'S GREAT! WITH NICK, DEMI, AND ADDIE
A comedy variety show celebrating joy and positivity. Hosted by Nick Kocher, Demi Adejuyigbe, & Addie Weyrich. With very special guests: Kyle Kinane, Guy Branum, Jamie Loftus, Ramy Youssef, + More!

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Saturday, June 1 | 8pm 
DYNASTY TONIGHT!
An evening of comedy, variety, enchantment, music, and more. Featuring: John Early, Margaret Cho, Frankie Quinones, Esther Povitsky, and Jimmy O' Yang, With magic by Joel Ward and music by Flula Borg

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Dynasty Dygest: MAY 16TH

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Hayyyyyy Darlinsssss,

How was your weekend? So great, right? How was your Monday? Ew, right? Mondays are bad! Now, wasn’t that a relatable (if personality-less) way to start Li'l Newsie? We thought so too. So now that you know we’re JUST LIKE YOU (and stars are just like all of us! And we are all made of ACTUAL star-stuff! And no one knows how or why the universe exists! What a burden/freedom for us all! A burden because, like, shouldn’t we be TRYING to figure out how and why? A freedom because, we’re tiny specs in the galaxy, so our little life problems are actually super super minuscule, and we should release them as such and enjoy the rock ride!) Now, let's get even more personal!

BUT FIRST! Did you see in the image above? ADAM SANDLER is coming back for two shows on 5/28 & 5/29! Grab your tickets riiiiiiiight now! They will zoom! AND THE NEWSLETTER IS GETTING A 30 minute head start on the general public! WOW! FURTHER PROOF THAT LIL' NEWZIE READERS REAP REWARDS! 

Last week was yer usual handful of jellybeans over here at the theater, just a lovely little assortment of things all slightly different in flavor but similar in appeal. Alchemy This was a success, complete with DAVID KOECHNER doing some unforgettable character work and also wearing some epic boots. Koechner has style! BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT’s benefit show was a success, Off Book continues to be our favorite source for improvised musical perfection, and The Bongo Hour's West Coast debut was fantastic! (The only partial negative were the cake-covered panties left in the greenroom, but it feels like a vaudeville-y #streetcred moment, or the beginning of a really fun mystery, so we ain’t complainin'.) Saturday was maybe our favorite Dynasty Tonight ever! (Our sweet staff reminded us we say that nearly every Dynasty Tonight, but you know what? IT’S ALWAYS TRUE!) The line-up was heaven, hosted by host with the most flowing hair, DANIEL WEBB and with really perfect sets brought by the whole lineup. Magic man TAYLOR HUGHES had us all mind blown with his magic tricks and OPEN MIKE EAGLE is the basically the coolest person ever who manages to be an excellent rapper and also funny and also good looking and also also so nice. We hope he doesn’t read these newsletters because then he’ll know we have a crush on him. But if he DOES read it, Mike can you check yes or no if you want to go to prom with us? Sunday SHENG WENG lived up to his show title and made everyone Feel Better and then afterwards we streamed That Dragon Show and drank meade (sounds more delicious than it is, fwiw) and got to experience the highs and lows of watching a bunch of characters perish on the BIG screen (80% more impactful than watching it on our laptops!)

THIS WEEK! TONIGHT It’s NORE DAVISWe can’t wait to see Nore’s (Conan, 2 Dope Queens) long set! To make it even juicer, he’s bringing along some amazing friends: LANGSTON KERMAN, NASH ROSE, and WILL MILES. WEDNESDAY we have the wonderful NAOMI EKPERIGAN! She’s smart and hilarious and perfect and we can prove it if you come to this show. THURSDAY if you like improv, or music, or fun times, you are IN LUCK. (And if you don’t, we’re so sorry! What a sad life!) we welcome back Spectacle! Spectacle is a super group of improvisors who create scenes based off of performances by amazing comics, musicians, and more. This month their special guests include AGT's TAYLOR WILLIAMSON and music by PAUL RUST and MICHAEL CASSADY’s Don’t Stop or We’ll Die. SATURDAY we have a ding-dang Dynasty Tonight for you! Featuring DEBRA DIGIOVANNIKYLE AYERS, CORY LOYKASEK and mooooore. SUNDAY's MICHELLE WOLF show is SOLD OUT! We are epically excited. Speaking of epic, after Michelle’s show, we’ll be streaming the very last episode ever of THAT DRAGON SHOW! Join us for drinks, games, and to let your screams be heard so you know they really happened. MONDAY Harmontown will be back in session (we missed you last week guys!) with special guest RYAN KRAUS from Cold Case Murder Mystery podcast!

In other news, this week we flexed back on a film crew over a parking thing and got an INCONVENIENCE FEE! Wow! That’s a thing!? It is, and we implore all our Angelenos to get in on it! We also got two new chandeliers (not that we're counting), ate chocolate crickets, and bought CBD chocolate to experiment with at concessions.

Thank you for being our friends,

Vanessa and Jamie


 

Tuesday, May 14 | 8pm
NORE DAVIS
Headlines in Los Angles for the first time ever for ONE NIGHT ONLY! With special guests:  Langston Kerman, Nash Rose, and Will Miles.


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Wednesday, May 15 | 8pm
NAOMI EKPERIGIN
Headlining set from the comedian/writer behind shows like BROAD CITY and more. Featuring special guest Debra DiGiovanni.


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Thursday, May 16  | 8pm 
Spectacle 
See some of the funniest improvisers create impromptu scenes based on performances by some of the most renowned standups, musicians, and more. Featuring special guests:  Taylor Williamson + Don’t Stop or We’ll Die (Paul Rust & Michael Cassady)

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Saturday, May 18 | 7:30pm
DYNASTY TONIGHT! 
An evening of comedy, variety, enchantment, music, and more. Hosted by Kyle Ayers. Featuring: Debra DiGiovanni, Cory Loykasek, + More!!!

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Sunday, May 19 | 7pm 
Michelle Wolf
An evening of comedy with Michelle Wolf. 

 SOLD OUT 
 
Sunday, May 19 | 9pm 
WATCH THAT SHOW 
Free screening of the FINAL EPISODE of your favorite Dragony Soap Opera On Our Massive-ish Theatre Screen Serving Ale, Dornish Wine, and Giant’s Milk! Costumes Encouraged! 

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Monday, May 20 | 8pm 
HARMONTOWN
Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty), “comptroller” Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway), game master, Spencer Crittenden (HarmonQuest) present their wildly popular podcast in front of a live audience. 
Special Guest Ryan Kraus from Cold Case Murder Mystery

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Sunday, May 26 | 7pm + 9pm 
ATSUKO'S BDAY — LIVE ALBUM RECORDING
Join Atsuko Okatsuka on her b-day as she live records her next hour album with Comedy Dynamics. Featuring Daniel Franzese & Baron Vaughn, it's a night that only Atsuko might forget.

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May 28 + 29 | 10pm 
ADAM SANDLER — LIVE AT DYNASTY TYPEWRITER
Join comedy legend  for two very special nights of comedy at Dynasty Typewriter.

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Friday, May 31 | 8pm 
EVERYTHING'S GREAT! 
A comedy variety show celebrating joy and positivity — Hosted by Nick Kocher, Demi Adejuyigbe, & Addie Weyrich. With Very Special Guests: Kyle Kinane, Guy Branum, Jamie Loftus, Ramy Youssef + More!

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Saturday, June 8 | 7:30pm 
TIM HEIDECKER & HIS VERY GOOD BAND 
Join us for a record party and performance to celebrate the new album from Tim Heidecker and his Very Good Band. 

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Wednesday, June 19 | 8pm 
Beth Stelling 
Join us for an enchanting evening of comedy with Beth Stelling (The Standups, Crashing). 

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Tuesday, May 21 | 8pm 
TEAM COCO PRESENTS: UP & UP
w/MOSES STORM

Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco presents an all-new comedy and musical experience. With very special guests:
Nish Kumar, Alex Edelman, Jena Friedman, Flula Borg, + More!

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Tuesday, May 21 | 10pm 
NISH KUMAR
A full evening of comedy with Nish Kumar is a comedian that has achieved huge success on the stand-up circuit with five rave reviewed solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two of which have been nominated for the prestigious Comedy Award for Best Show in both 2015 & 2016. 

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Event Recap: GO DAY

Go Day

Go Day! is Dynasty Typewriter’s monthly dose of enchantertainment™, designed to excite and inspire you to GO into your life with gusto! It's a free event for our community where we have artists, creators, and entrepreneurs that we like come educate and inspire our audience. This month we had an amazing line-up of speakers including comedian/speaker/change agent Brian Neufang (Even his IMDB is impressive!), Ice Cream Tycoon Laura O’Neill (Van Leeuwen Ice Cream), and Barry McLaughlin (Game Night in a Can). As always, it was hosted by Jamie Flam + Vanessa Ragland (Artistic Directors at Dynasty Typewriter). Sarah Jane Irwin (Irwin Management) was in residence to take notes for this edition.

GO DAY (APRIL 6 RECAP NOTES)

HUMANS MADE THAT!
An elaborately choreographed hula hoop dance video played. It was as if the Rockettes were 80's moms dancing with hula hoops in tight blue leotards. The Revenge of the Nerds' Talent Show broadcasted next, and the hosts said, "Isn't Booger cool? Weren't some of those costumes problematic?" Yeah! HUMANS MADE THAT! It started with an idea, and here it is!

LESSONS LEARNED

Trust your instincts and the power of gratitude! Work on being welcoming, but curate who and what is in your life with solid and fearless boundaries. We feel hurtful when we have boundaries and use them, but we have to move beyond that. When you're nice, you want to give and help others, but if the person you help isn't thankful or doesn't have gratitude, what's your work even for? It would work if a show was doing okay and the people doing it were gracious, but if the show was losing money and the people weren't gracious, why would anyone want to continue that show? Good communication up front is WORTH IT. After the communication, any and all feelings are valid. If relations don't feel good, trust your gut and be as clear as possible upfront. Have no fear! The world needs more "releasers." You don't have to say "yes" when people ask you stuff, and don't expect a "yes" when you ask people stuff. No one is entitled to anything. Release your expectations when helping another or asking for help. Part of doing things is just doing them.

TALES FROM DYNASTY

There once was a one man show with a lot of wigs. Cole Escola, from "At Home with Amy Sedaris," sold out his first show at Dynasty, so he got six shows! It's important to actually see shows and enjoy life because you don't always have to be working. Magic can happen with a little bit of tech! Remember and unpack what made you excited in the first place (like after a show), so you can take it with you in life. An example for me, right now, at Go Day: I want to work here and grow as a comedy manager even though I just made myself a comedy manager by making a website and interviewing managers. I'm excited about comedy, and I take that with me in life and am making it into a career. The takeaway is, say thank you, be genuine, and have a personality in your emails.

INNOVATIONS? MORE LIKE DYNAVATIONS!

Dynasty got excited with their popcorn treatment. They made updates to boring popcorn with new combinations of foods, flavors, and textures by adding various toppings to popcorn: jalapenos, Cheetos, candy, chips, or nutritional yeast. They got excited and got original. They also got magnetic name tags and jars for their popcorn toppings to give Dynasty a more "apothecaric" vibe. They got those things from Amazon at 2 a.m. What can you get on Amazon at 2 a.m?

BE OPEN TO UNLIKELY PEOPLE DOING UNLIKELY THINGS

Eric Raymond is the building manager that Dynasty pays rent to. Eric happened to have new DJ equipment, so he DJ'd a successful show.

HEADLINE NEWS!

You don't have to make a small problem into a sensationalized, catastrophic Trumpian headline.

Man sent kitten GIF to rekindle with an ex! (Jamie's cutesy offer of communication ended in a great relationship).

Theater owner loses sleep while pregnant woman derails day! (Vanessa went to a doctor's appointment on the wrong day after shuffling her schedule around to compensate for it).

Theater owners hide from Psychic Ostrich Man they hired! (The Ostrich Man expects and actively works to get attention. Why else would he be an ostrich man? He worked in a pretty inappropriate way, while a little drunk, by interrupting 2 people's comedy sets at Dynasty.)

BREATHWORK, BABY!
Producer from Loud Village motivation and positivity man, Brian Neufang came up to bat with a happy, "I'm a releaser; Happy Go Day!" Brian uses his creativity to overcome personal blocks by teaching others what he really needed to learn himself. He taught breathwork (one word). Breathing can be conscious, but we do it around 20,000 times a day, so most of it is unconscious. Our bodies are instruments, and our meditation or conscious breathing is our hygiene. We can harness the power of breath and focus on today with breathwork (similar to life force energy, chi, pranayama, or source.) To help PTSD and mental health Brian taught a holotropic breathwork and then a shamanic breathwork for active meditation. Our breathing muscles are attached to our posture muscles, so we did a belly breath for wellbeing. He instructed us to not care what anybody thinks and ask ourselves, "How am I managing my energy? Am I leaking it after stuffing it or am I conscious about how I let it out?" Energy is always in motion and manifests itself as our thoughts or feelings. When you think of something sad or embarrassing that happened to you, the posture is burying your neck with your shoulders touching your ears; you pretty much become a turtle. When I think of my own grief and anxiety, my body posture reflects that in a shy, hunched position, and I never realized it until I heard Brian speak. If I get reminded of suicides or my dad's relapses, my whole body shrinks and stuffs into itself. Brian told us how to train your brain to free your mind, and the only way out is in. Taking time to open up physically will change you emotionally, and he asked, "What do you want more of? What do you want to let go of?" We were instructed to breathe in the rhythm of our body and to hold our tongue behind our teeth to help the energy flow.

*Relaxation breathwork*

Put your judgment hats to the side and sit tall. This breathing will help people get better sleep. Breathe through the nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and breathe out your mouth for 8 seconds. I used to teach this to new mothers struggling with mental health and addiction issues at my old non-profit back in Alaska, and it really did help them sleep.

*Focusing breathwork*

This trains your nervous system. I usually breathe shallowly, all in my chest, and I'm tired all the time making it hard to focus. Knowing that, I can use this technique by breathing in for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds, and hold your breath for another 5 seconds, and repeat. You can do this out your nose or out your mouth.

*Breathwork to take you to space*

This breath helps build confidence and is hypoventilation in forcefully inhaling twice quickly, then relax and melt with an exhale out your mouth quickly, and back to the two short and powerful inhales, all through your mouth, for the duration of a song. This will generate heat, may tingle your fingers, and may change your body to a more alkaline state. We all have the power to create and to be who we want, and Brian asked, "What shift happened during this breathing exercise?” For me, during the whole song, I felt like I couldn't keep the breathing up and I took a few little, regular breath breaks to relax. I was afraid I would pass out, and it says a lot about the amount of fear and anxiety I hold onto. Most people think about life in that we all want to be comfortable. Pushing past that comfort is the only way we'll really change, and I want to try to do that for an entire song without stopping when I’m alone. Brian said the technique helped him stay grounded and that the word inspiration literally means breathing. He encourages us to email him about your experience!

GAME NIGHT IN A CAN AND MORE GAMES AND TIPS

Barry McLaughlin, co-creator of Game Show in a Can said he didn't trust the Cheetos in the popcorn Dynavation because Cheetos are too corporate. Jamie agreed, "Go on, be critical; that's how we grow!" Vanessa endorsed the Cheetos with the fact that, "They'll help you go on a crunch journey." Some people in the audience said that they didn't like spicy, but they love crunch of Cheetos in the popcorn. Cheeto tangent aside:

Barry's games got rejected three times, so he changed the packaging and made a 60 second video for Barnes & Noble in hopes of selling his games there. He learned how to edit from, "Editing for Dummies,” YouTube videos, and a pirated editing software (that pays for). He preached to market yourself in memorable ways, and how Lyft drivers always have ideas for his games (that he actually appreciates hearing). One Lyft driver was adamant about a comic book trivia game about superhero's names. He’d ask, what hero name, alter ego name, and actor names are from each hero. Barry wanted to invent games to inspire creativity rather than playing games within the rules and bounds of other people's creativity (or names?). With the example of cards against humanity, we're limited to their choices of funny cards to insert; Barry would want to see a cards against humanity type game where you put your own choices to fill in the blanks so you get to invent what's funny. He did a Kickstarter for his first game and raised $20,000. After that, he was able to call factories to figure out how he was going to get games to all of his backers. Then, he got profitable and shared his three hot tips for fun and profit.

*Tip numero uno*

Have nuggets of personality, because you're always pitching (insert baseball joke)! He wore a shiny blue jacket with a metal around his neck that didn't look completely wacky but just different enough to be noticeable. His persona was building a planet that he wanted people to visit (just because). He also gave people medals when they bought his games, and once, while he was putting a metal over a woman's head with thick braids while a song played, he couldn't get the metal over her hair (super awkward). After that, he just handed them out. He made personal videos like the Barnes & Noble one that highlighted that he cared about and wanted to work with that company, so in his video, he inserted his own product in their stores and made a commercial-like video stating, “Hey B&N, we like you!”

*Tip numero dos*

Make friends with everyone and offer your talents for free (to the right friends of course). He noted being memorable and being funny helps. He offered his services of hosting a paper airplane contest to a toy association convention, and people remembered his service and thought it was funny. Those people mentioned to women from Viacom that he made games, and those women went back to him and said, "You're welcome to any of our Viacom property to make a game out of." He picked Anchorman, and they're working on an Anchorman-themed game that inspires creativity now. That golden opportunity wouldn’t have presented itself if he wasn’t “offering his talents for free to the right people.”

*Tip numero tres*

Get organized so you can be your best creative self to do your creative stuff; be ready for opportunity as soon as it comes!

THE PRETTY DETAILS OF VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM

Laura O'Neill started from a one page business plan with a cute ice cream truck with as much attention to detail and design as Dynasty: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream! They just open their 16th store and are about to open 6 more before summer ends in places like Rockefeller Plaza (and in LA, NY, and NJ.) Starting out, she looked for a lease by asking, "How much is the shortest amount of time can I lease this for?" Now and she looks at leasing for the long-term asking, "Can I have this for 20 years?" She started with well made, simple ingredient ice cream. Her background is event production, and said you can really do anything with enthusiasm, hard work, design, and friends. VL started with friends and credit line of $60,000 and opened the first small fleet of ice cream trucks. She realized people wanted chunks rather than the simple flavors they started with. Even their Instagram had a clean and beautiful detail which attracted the attention of Pentagram Design. Pentagram asked VL what they could spend on design, Laura said what she could spend, and Pentagram agreed. VL started with 3 employees and now they have 200+ and focus on keeping employees matched well with their culture by treating them respectfully, nicely, and transparently (esp. about their struggles with customer service). Laura shared how are the "King of Coffee" slashed the VL truck's tires because they were selling $4 lattes while the King sold cheap, plain cups of coffee. VL was transparent about their struggles with seasonal products even though of course we could eat their ice cream year-round. For them, it was important to have an alternative to a bar that people can hang late at, so some of VL's stores are open until 2 a.m. while each customer gets the best treatment. VL lets guests try as many flavors as they want and focuses on having their employees be present with each guest. VL wanted to save people from mediocre ice cream and even have quality vegan ice cream that's not just an afterthought. VL puts just as much intention and variety into the vegan flavors, making sure they have chunks of candy/dough/chips/etc. because, "People love chunks!" It's true, even at Dynasty with their popcorn with added chunks of greatness, people do love chunks. VL was inspiration in action as Dynasty bought a special freezer to sell VL ice cream with the inaugural ice cream party after Go Day! I wish I didn't have to run out; I was literally buzzing with inspiration and excitement after seeing successful people explain how their ideas became physical things. Thank you!

Summary:

No need to stress over inconveniences or the unknown; you can’t control an ostrich man’s disruptive interruptions, but you can hide from him; breathing can take you to space and change your life; make a video of what you’d like to see, and send it to who you’d like to be seen with; ice cream is better when the ingredients and design are simple; and of course, people love chunks!

Resources:

Brian: Twitter @NeufangsThangs
Insta @Brian_Neufang
Email- Bneufangled@me.com

www.brianneufang.com

Laura: Twitter- @VLAIC
Insta-@VanLeeuwenIceCream
Email-Hello@VanLeeuwenIceCream.com

www.vanleeuwenicecream.com

Barry: Twitter- @GameNightInACan
Insta- @BarryAndJason
Email- Fun@BarryAndJason.com

www.gamenightinacan.com

Dynasty Dygest: April 25th

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Oh Darlins, 

Sharpen your horns and get ready for some bull, cause it’s Taurus season, hunnnnnies, and we’re ready to charge into it with gusto. Last week was as lovely and varied as a spring bouquet ‘round these parts. Hosting our first JFL Showcase was a treat, and we got were introduced to some amazing new talent, poutine it all on the line for their comedy career! (Not exactly but we are REQUIRED by law to make a poutine joke and this felt more than passable.)  WHO WILL WIN AND GO TO MONTREAL? We have no idea and have nothing to do with that, but we’re rooting for everyone…. especially our favorites. Who we can’t name but we can wink about ;) ;) ;) We also had the full-on pleasure of seeing TOM KENNY & The Hi-Seas LIVE at the fabulous DANA GOULD Hour! What a thrill! Tom Kenny is every bit the charming and electric showman you’d hope for, AND he brought THREE flarkin' flautists. (Yes! We’re bragging!)  Friday got trippy with SHANE MAUSS’s science talk about MDMA and then ANNE LANE’s Variety Hour which provided the theater’s first opportunity to clean up fish guts. (It took the LA Philharmonic 14 years to claim this important milesetone, so we're well on our way to something.) Saturday we put on a train themed Dynasty Tonight for the ages, complete with a be-kerchiefed and engineer-hatted staff, railway soundscapes, a killer lineup and THE PIGMAN presenting a cathartic round of PIG WHACK. 

Now, Passover has passed (as far as Jamie knows) and Easter has risen (as far as Vanessa knows) and here we are with a week of spring flings for ya! TONIGHT we are so excited to celebrate the one year anniversary (the paper anniversary!) of TEAM COCO’s UP & UP! We’re so grateful for a year of wonderful shows with this team. How are they celebrating? With this ridiculous line-up: the marvelous and unfairly good looking host MOSES STORM! MARIA BAMFORD! ANDY RICHTER! FLULA BORG! JAMES ADOMIAN! ADAM CAYTON-HOLLAND! VIR DAS! The band STRANGE HOTELS! Sheeesh! That’s how ya do it! Come on down!

WEDNESDAY is our favorite midweek treat, WORKJUICE WEDNESDAY! It’s improv from the cast of the legendary Thrilling Adventure Hour. You never know what they’re gonna do next! And if you do, then you’re psychic and should monetize that! Or not, if that makes you feel weird. This week's cast includes JANET VARNEY, ANNIE SAVAGE, HAL LUBLIN, MARK GAGLIARDI, and special guest monologist, JAMES URBANIAK! 
 
THURSDAY we’re so happy to have the sweetiest sweetie that ever sweetied, JOSH GONDELMAN for his Dancing on a Weeknight album release! He’s gonna tell jokes, and so are his friends. Friends like DANIELLE PEREZRHEA BUTCHERCHRIS GARCIA and more! And then at 10pm, it’ll be verrrry spoooooky with Ghost Town Podcast live! (About the dead!) Join hosts REBECCA LEIB and JASON HORTON and have some fun gettin’ creeped. 

FRIDAY we’ve got the Friday 40 with DAVE HOLMES and SCOTT GIMPLE featuring special guests AISHA TYLER and LUKE NULLSATURDAY the folks from Voyager Institute, Friday Night Frights, and Secret 16 present 90s NIGHTMARES: A 16mm Horror Film Marathon!  The lineup is a secret! The genre and time frame and way of presenting are NOT. Come join the terrifying fun! SUNDAY it's time to bask in the glory of JANEANE GAROFALO! She’s been a feature in some of our favorite films, a shining gem on some of the best shows, and now she’s going to be at at the Dynasty. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? If you can’t, remember, seeing is believing. So come, see, believe. 

Knick-knack piggywhack, 

Jamie & Vanessa

 

Tuesday, April 23 | 8pm 
TEAM COCO PRESENTS UP & UP W/MOSES STORM 
One Year Anniversary event featuring Flula Borg, Adam Cayton-Holland, Maria Bamford, Andy Richter, James Adomian, Vir Das, + More!

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Wednesday, April 24 | 8pm 
WORKJUICE IMPROV
The improvisors from the cast of the legendary Thrilling Adventure Hour throw the scripts aside for an evening of improv! 

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Thursday, April 25th | 8pm
JOSH GONDELMAN
Join us for an evening celebrating the release of Josh's new album Dancing On a Weeknight.

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Thursday, April 25th | 10pm
GHOST TOWN
A live podcast recording about abandoned, mysterious and esoteric places! Featuting never-before-heard testimonials, uncovered footage, hilarious and expert special guests. Followed by a ghost tour. 

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Friday, April 26th | 8pm
The Friday Forty 
LA’s favorite sketch comedy current affairs drinking game show. Hosted by Dave Holmes + Scott M. Gimple and featuring special guests Aisha Tyler + Luke Null. 

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Saturday, April 27th | 2pm — 2am
90s NIGHTMARES: 16MM HORROR MOVIE MARATHON
The Secret Sixteen, Voyageur Institut, and Friday Night Frights present a powerhouse 12-hour session of Nineties horror gems projected from nothing but rare film prints.

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Sunday, April 28th | 8pm
JANEANE GAROFALO
An evening with legendary actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo, an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992.

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Monday, April 29 | 8pm 
HARMONTOWN
Writer and comedian Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty) brings his wildly popular podcast in front of a live audience! Featuring special guest: Jesse Margolis (creator of Overheardla). 

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 MARQUEE MARQ  

Who knew the #marqueemarq post that would incite the most activity (not to be confused with the most “likes”) would be about phone preference? (He doesn’t prefer it.) Communicate however you like, but #marqueemarq will never stop markin’ his territory with his (usually benign) opinions. 

Wednesday, May 1 | 8pm
DYNASTY TONIGHT!

An evening of comedy, variety, enchantment, music, and more. Feat: Jon Daly, Joel Kim Booster, Joe Mande, Beth Stelling, the Sklar Brothers, + More!

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May 3 + 4  | 8pm
CATHERINE COHEN

Comedy + Cabaret with one of New York's comedians to watch, Catherine Cohen.

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Friday, May 10 | 8pm
OFFBOOK!

Join us for a live taping of Earwolf's Improvised Musical Podcast with Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino.

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Friday, May 10 | 10pm
THE BONGO HOUR
A night of variety with comedy, striptease, music, and lots of jokes with New York performers Peter Smith and Sandy Honig  with special guests John Early and Patti Harrison.

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Dynasty Dygest: April 16th

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Darlings, 

Where does the time go? DOES it go? Or are we just all spinning within our own concepts of time, recycling days and interactions until our “life” on this plane ends. Anycheewwwwww, we had a great week regardless of which idea of time you subscribe to, kicked off by one of our favorite Dynasty Tonight’s to date! CHELSEA PERETTI lit up the stage (with our lantern no less!) DREW DROEGE is the best friend we all want, FORTUNE FEIMSTER made power moves without her shoulder pads, it was perfect start to finish, and we sat in the back row and basked in how great people are. And DynaPop. The BYRON BOWERS Experience brought us into Byron’s world, complete with crickets and stars and mushrooms and parents with very liberal approaches to family albums. Thursday we had the pleasure of getting to know author, idea-man, and drive-in movie owner, JOSH FRANK at his book release party for Giraffes on Horseback Salad. We found out exactly how one completes a lost Marx Brothers & Dali film, turns it into a book, and scores and illustrates it. (It involves TIM HEIDECKER, tons of excitement, patience, collaboration, and a Japan-based big band.) The evening was completed by reading a few of the scenes with a sur’reallly dreamy cast! The SKLAR BROTHERS were born to play the Marx Brothers, DAVE FOLEY is guilty of being a delightfully confounded judge, and indignant looks really good on KATE MICUCCI. Saturday was powered by women and it was powerfullll, honeys (who run the world?)! With CAMERON ESPOSITO’s hour and Wild Horses with special guest ANGELA TRIMBUR, twas an embarrassment of riches. 

This week we’ve got something new, something true, something “woo!,” and something “spoo”ky for you! (Listen, we know that sentence isn’t great, but writing these every week gets tedious and sometimes we just try to have something FUN!) TONIGHT come and see the funniest faces of the future, TODAY! We’re excited to host a JFL New Faces Showcase, so come by and see LA's next batch of hilarity makers before they blow up and are known as THE FUNNIEST PEOPLE ON THE EARTH PLANET. WEDNESDAY we’re gonna get realllll personal with MO COLLINS, BEN GLEIB, BRANDON WARDELL, LIZZY COOPERMAN and of course, LINDSAY AMES in her show My Diary. 

THURSDAY we’ve got the legendary DANA GOULD in the house with his legendary podcast The Dana Gould Hour LIVE! If that wasn’t enough to shoo you from the crannies of your home: 1) Shame on you! 2) Here’s more bait; he’s bringing along EDDIE PEPITONE, BLAINE CAPTACH, JOHN ENNIS annnnnd music by Spongebob’s own TOM KENNY with his band Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas

This FRIDAY (as all Friday’s should be) is about gettin’ weiiiiird, baby! At 8pm we have Stand Up Science with SHANE MAUSS! It’s the perfect excuse to learn and or laugh, whichever you need an excuse for, though let it be known we thing BOTH of these actions are completely beyond reproach) as comedian Shane Mauss pivots between TED-type talks from real scientists, and comedian-type sets from real comedians! This month the scientists are going to be speaking on MDMA (Street name MOLLY! Pretty vanilla street name, huh? It’s like if heroin’s street name was Gennifer. Maybe it is!? We are not and have never sold ourselves as drug culture aficionados! No offense of course to the fine people who do stand on that platform.)  At 10pm we are thrilled to have The Strange and Unusual Variety Hour for the Recently Deceased from the brilliant mind of ANNE LANE (Rick and Morty staff writer! UCB Outside Dog darling! Groundlings alum! PERSONAL FRIEND!) so come on down to the already spooky and presumed haunted theater to see comedy, music, tricks, demonic possessions and macabre delights of all types! Hosted by Anne as LYDIA DEETZ and flanked by the talents of MATT COOK, NATALIE PALIMIDES, STEVE LITTLE, MITCH SILPA and more! Juggling! Burlesque! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? 

SATURDAY is 4/20! And you know what THAT means! (Wait, maybe we ARE drug culture aficionados?!) It means it’s April 20th and that date turned into numbers is all about…. doobies. We have a show for you that will get you feeling high on life, regardless of where and how you procure that high. Engine 420, hosted by a REAL* train engineer, is a variety show that’ll make you go “oohhhh yeah, man.” Featuring the talents of JACQUELINE NOVAK, BRENT WEINBACH, CHRIS LAKER, MATT MCCARTHY, and more TBA!

SUNDAY in some cultures is Easter. In some cultures it is just Sunday. In ALL cultures it marks the day before the time when Cadbury Creme eggs are at their absolute cheapest. We hope you have a great day full of the meaning you want it to have

Love & Other Drugs, 

Jamie and Vanessa

*not real 

Tuesday, April 16 | 7pm 
JUST FOR LAUGHS
— NEW FACES SHOWCASE

Watch some of L.A.’s best up-and-coming stand up comedians audition for the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada.

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Wednesday, April 17 | 8pm 
MY DIARY WITH LINDSAY AMES
Find out what's in the diaries of your favorite comedians. Featuring Mo Collins (MAD TV), Ben Gleib (IDIOTEST), Brandon Wardell (REAL BROS OF SIMI VALLEY), and Lizzy Cooperman (CORPORATE). 


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Thursday, April 18th | 8pm
THE DANA GOULD HOUR
Featuring guests Eddie Pepitone, Blaine Capatch, John Ennis and live music by Tom Kenny and the Hi Seas!  

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Friday, April 19th | 8pm
STAND-UP SCIENCE
Stand-up + Science with award-winning comedian and science podcast host Shane Mauss. Featuring guests: Brooke Balliett, Cole Marta, and Ramin Nazer.   

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Friday, April 19th | 10pm
THE STRANGE AND UNUSUAL VARIETY HOUR FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED
Comedy, music, tricks, treats, demonic possessions, juggling, popcorn, feats of strength and valor, incredible ghoulish spectacles, macabre delights of all types sure to raise your spirits.

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Saturday, April 20th | 8pm
DYNASTY TONIGHT PRESENTS #420EXPRESS 
An evening of comedy, variety, enchantment, music, and more. Hosted by Matt McCarthy
Featuring: Jacqueline Novak, Brent Weinbach, Chris Laker, + More!

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Monday, April 22 | 8pm 
HARMONTOWN
Writer and comedian Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty) brings his wildly popular podcast in front of a live audience! 

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 BYRON BOWERS EXPERIENCE  

Check out these photos from The Byron Bowers Experience! Featuring: Byron Bowers, Emma Willmann, Dewayne Perkins, Ramy Youssef, and more. Pics by Adrian Aguilar

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 A NIGHT AT THE SURREALISTS 

For the launch party of “Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali and The Marx Brothers, The Lost Movie Graphic Novel"  author Josh Frank was joined by special guests including Tim Heidecker, Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall, The Sklar Brothers, Kate Micucci, and more! Oh, look at the photos! 

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Tuesday, April 23| 8pm
Team Coco's UP & UP w/Moses Storm

With very special guests: Adam Cayton-Holland, James Adomian, Maria Bamford, Andy Richter, Vir Das, and musical guest Strange Hotel.

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Thursday, April 25 | 8pm
JOSH GONDLEMAN

We're celebrating the release of Josh's new album Dancing On a Weeknight by inviting him to tell a bunch of jokes.

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Thursday, April 25 | 10pm
GHOST TOWN PODCAST

A live recording Ghost Town, a podcast about abandoned, mysterious and esoteric places!

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Sat, April 27 | 2pm—2am
90's HORROR MOVIE MARATHON
Secret 16 presents 12 hours of horror/cult rarities exclusively from the portable, wondrous 16mm format. 

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