Comedy

Photo Recap: Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky

Vintage Basement is a neo-retro night of stand-up comedy and music produced by From New York-based twin brothers Max and Nicky Weinbach. This edition featured headliners Sarah Silverman  (I Love You, America, The Sarah Silverman Program), Todd Glass (The Todd Glass ShowConan), Brent Weinbach (Gangster Party LinePound House), Kate Berlant (Netflix Presents: The CharactersSorry to Bother You), and Fahim Anwar (Late Night w/ Seth MeyersGoatface)!

Photography by Adrian Aguilar

Photo Recap: Dynasty Typewriter at Politicon

We were approached by Politicon about injecting a little (more) comedy into their two day convention by becoming their official comedy partners. Us? Political? We knew immediately what our platform would be. Something near and dear to our hearts. Something divisive, provocative, and very very now. DYNAPOP. The World’s ONLY Non-partisan Popcorn. We gathered a team of comedians, some of our staff, some NECESSARY elements for the booth (prize wheel, popcorn mascot suits, fake trees) and got the LA Convention Center poppin’. It was the first use of our DynaPop mascot, Poppy D, and he did NOT disappoint. Thanks to all of the performers who lent their talent to this event: The Lucas Brothers, The OC’s Skye and Nancy Collins (Carrie Clifford & Marc Evan Jackson), Drennon Davis, Lizzy Cooperman, Tad Rams, Chris Fairbanks, and Nate Craig. Plus, all of our amazing Dynasty Staffers and the Politicon crew.

Photography by Troy Conrad

Photo Recap: Sasheer Zamata Party Time

Sasheer Zamata Party Time is a fun variety show comprised comedy, music… and that’s it, pretty much just comedy and music! Hosted by Sasheer Zamata with special guests: Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City), Jaboukie Young-White (the Daily Show), and Emily Heller (Baby Geniuses).

Photographs by © Adrian Aguliar

Dynasty Typewriter Featured in Los Angeles Magazine

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Historic Theater Will Be Reborn as a New Hub for L.A. Comedy— Backed by a respected comedy scene vet, the project is no joke.

The comedy constellation in L.A. will soon be getting a shiny new star, when Dynasty Typewriter opens its doors. The new venue for live comedy, variety shows, and film screenings is taking over the historic Hayworth Theater in Westlake, helmed by comedy scene stalwart Jamie Flam.

Flam, a comedian himself and, until recently, the artistic director of the Hollywood Improv, hopes the restored 200-seat theater will fill a niche that isn’t quite being served, somewhere in between the traditional stand-up clubs on the Sunset Strip and the network of indie performance spaces that host quirkier acts.

“Comedy has evolved considerably in the last few years,” Flam says. “With podcasting and streaming, fans have far more intimate relations with artists than ever before. They are more in tune with the process behind creating comedy, which opens the door for savvy audiences to interact with talent in new ways. I want this to be a place where comedians and other artists can experiment with new immersive show formats, do engaging live podcasts, and also have the opportunity to bring more production and theatricality to their acts. And of course there will be stand-up shows as well, but by focusing on curation, and building a new theater-going experience for our artists and audience, we are bringing something fresh to a classic show format.”

If all goes to plan—and a Kickstarter that launched yesterday meets its goals—the theater will soft open in December with an initial phase of programming, followed by a full-scale launch in March, 2018. Once fully operational, the goal is to book performances seven nights a week, plus a range of daytime events including workshops and screenings. While the space will open without a bar, they plan to get a license about six months down the line, and until then, comedy-goers can stop into the adjacent La Fonda de Los Camperos bar and restaurant with which Dynasty Typewriter will share a patio area, perfect for pre- or post-show drinks and food. 

As for the acts that will be taking the stage, Flam is aiming for a mix of marquee-names and more underground and emerging comics. “I tend to like weirder sometimes more experimental acts, but also have deep respect for many seasoned ‘club’ comics who know how to work any room,” he says. “It’s finding that perfect mix that can keeps an audience engaged and open to taking a ride with unexpected turns. We anticipate that we’ll be hosting some of the biggest names in comedy on a nightly basis, but we’ll also be carving out places in the schedule where we can develop and nurture emerging talent as well.”

Back in the Hayworth Theater’s heyday in the 1920s, Westlake and MacArthur Park was called the “Champs-Elysees of Los Angeles.” While the neighborhood has shifted over time, it seems to be on the verge of a new chapter. Dynasty Typewriter (a name and fictional backstory meant to evoke the building’s bygone days) will be the area’s only nightly live-performance space. The structure was bought in 2014 by Weeds and Orange is the New Black co-creator Jenji Kohan, who maintains offices on the upper floors and oversaw the restoration efforts for the vintage theater space. “Westlake is the densest neighborhood in Los Angeles, and filled with tremendous history and culture. We are excited to embrace the local community, and bring something innovative to a stunning part of the city,” Flam says, adding that “A lot of talent will be excited that they won’t have to travel to the Westside or Hollywood every night to do a professional show.

—  Brittany Martin


Originally Published October 26, 2017 | Read The Original Article Here