Monthly Archives: November 2011

Celebrate the Holidays with Hilarity

April's Fools joins the Magic Meathands on Dec. 17

Did you get stuffed on Thanksgiving? Did you get trampled on Black Friday?

The holiday season brings joy but it can also bring stress. Shopping, cooking, decorating, family gatherings – these can either be a lot of fun or higher therapist bills in the works. One of the best things to do during this time of year is get out, relax and enjoy some good comedy. Fortunately we’ve packed December with plenty of opportunities for just that sort of solution. Here are the details:

As I mentioned last week, we’re back at the Westside Comedy Theater this Friday night. Santa Monica’s best place for laughs has been renovated with a bar, which is guaranteed to make us seem much funnier. Our show starts at 8 PM and tickets cost $10. Those tickets are good for every show for the rest of the night, which means you can hang around to enjoy The Waterbrains and Mission: IMPROVable, two hilarious improv groups. Three groups all performing improv comedy might seem like much but we each have our own distinct style and format, which really keeps the whole night lively and unpredictable.

Then it’s our popular family friendly night with Jump Start, so you can bring the kids, spouse, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents and have a great night out. The show is Saturday, December 10, and starts at 8 PM with Jump Start, followed by us at around 9. Tickets are $7 for the whole show, which is at the spacious Mary Pickford Studio on Venice Blvd. at National in West LA.

And finally, it’s our monthly Tag Team Show where we’rere joined by some of our talented friends. This month, it’s the improv comedy group April’s Fools! Based in the South Bay area, they’ve been bringing laughs to Hermosa Beach and the surrounding area for over 13 years. Don’t miss your chance to see them with us on Saturday, December 17. The show starts at 8 PM at the¬†Mary Pickford Studio. Tickets are $7.

So there you have it! Three opportunities to make the holidays just a bit sillier (in a good way). I hope to see you at one or more of this month’s shows. Each show is a completely unique experience, never to be repeated – just like a snowflake. So try to catch as many of our shows on your tongue as you can! … Wait, this metaphor just took an awkward turn. But if someone shows up in a snowsuit it will be worth it!

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Lauri Fraser says it’s too early for Christmas shopping (and we help her say it)

Way back in the pre-historic days of 2008, the Magic Meathands had a special guest appearance in Lauri Fraser‘s holiday rap video “Ain’t No Reason”. Lauri is herself a Meathand alum, as well as being an actress, the voice of Jane Jetson, and the creator/host of the live storytelling show and podcast I Love a Good Story.

If you’re sick of seeing Santa in the stores before Thanksgiving, this is the song for you.

We had a fantastic pair of shows with Jump Start and Held2gether the last two Saturdays. The Mary Pickford Studio was packed with very enthusiastic audiences. Thank you to all who came out for two great nights of comedy!

Our next show for all is at the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica on Friday, December 2nd at 8 PM. Immediately following us are two hilarious improv groups, The Waterbrains (frequently joined by our director Bill Johnson) and Mission: IMPROVable. $10 gets you in for the whole night of comedy. Here’s the Facebook event, if you’d like to RSVP and invite your friends.

We’re also doing a special community outreach show on Thanksgiving day for a church that gives the homeless and needy a big Thanksgiving meal. This will make our third year doing this show. It’s a great way to spend part of the holidays and we encourage you to find a way to give back to your community.

However you spend the day, The Magic Meathands wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

So a Lion and an Elephant Meet in the Forest…

… Then what?

To find out, you’ll have to come to this Saturday’s Tag Team Comedy show with Held2gether at the Mary Pickford Studio. Or maybe something completely different will be revealed. Who knows? It’s improv comedy – anything can happen!

Last Saturday’s audience at our Family Friendly Show with Jump Start knows this full well! We had a big audience and they had big laughs. More of the same will happen this Saturday, which is our final show for November. Then we’ll be back at the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica on the first Friday of December. All shows start at 8 PM. Check out our Upcoming Shows page and our Events on Facebook for prices, addresses and other helpful info.

A Pair of Silly Saturdays – November 12 and 19

November 12 with Jump Start

We’ve got two shows coming up that should satisfy every comedy need known to science.

First is a family friendly show suitable for audiences of every age. We’re joined by the improv comedy group Jump Start for a $7 show ($3 for kids 12 and under). Jump Start is from the Beach Cities area and is directed by Julie Martin.

November 19 with Held2Gether

Second is our Tag Team Comedy show with our special guest Held2gether, Darren Held’s improv comedy group based in Long Beach. This show is rated Late Night, so you might want to leave the kids at home. This show is also $7.

Both shows start at 8 PM and are at the Mary Pickford Studio, 8885 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 90034, through the generosity of the Mary Pickford Institute.

If you’re on Facebook, you can check out details of each show, RSVP, and invite your friends to join you for the fun: Family-Friendly Show w/Jump Start on November 12 and Tag Team Comedy w/Held2Gether on November 19.