Monday, January 19, 2015
Riot LA 2015 For Small Big Fun
When I sat down at both Happy Contest Time and Super Ego there was hardly an empty seat. Both shows were so very different, but each drew in its own audience. Many of the shows were already sold out that night.
Michelle Wolf won Happy Contest Time. She won by making fun of how gross men are and how white and black people walk for different reasons.
Happy Contest Time is a show that had faint sounds of the latest Sentai Rangers theme in the background and started with "Night of Fire" from the anime Initial D with host Deborah Etta Robinson...just not stopping dancing to. Happy Contest Time has "Japanese school girls" judging who their favorite comedian of the night is. We were down two school girls and had a replacement of one with their Japanese father instead.
For those into anime or otaku culture forget it linking to you. The show is like if someone sort of had a vague grasp of Japanese culture and instead added a lot of their improv friends to waste time in between acts.
Super Ego, held in the Downtown Independent, had some veterans on the comedy scene with Paul F. Tompkins, possibly being the most well known to me and you, followed by Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville. The show's concept had them acting out strange characters of their own making in different segments under the guise of being in a Clinic for Analytical Pscience. Anyone on stage had a white lab coat on and dished out the funny. The hiring of a caregiver for the, in real-life deceased, H.R. Giger (art for Aliens) had me laughing over how creepy two people could be. From gas station ads to being on a murder scene tour the comedians came up with the people you would never would want to talk to in real life.
Riot LA grew out of Kickstarter in 2012 and though there's already a comedy festival that takes place in the general area... the other one is about comedy shorts.
Would we like to see some better ideas sketched out for the festival, yes. Hey, podcast that's great. How about doing something special for Riot LA that's different from your podcast?