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Our New Monthly Show at Theatre Asylum; This Month with Broken Engleesh

The Magic Meathands are movin’ on up!

After our exciting Hollywood show with The Trans4merz last month, we’re happy to announce that Theatre Asylum and the Magic Meathands have reached an agreement for a monthly show.

Every fourth Saturday from 5 PM to 7 PM, the Magic Meathands will take over the Asylum Lab to present fully improvised comedy. Through our community outreach efforts, we know that the more laughter we share, the more we all benefit. So we’ll continue to feature exceptional improv groups and other comedy acts by sharing the bill with a different act every month – hence the name of the show Tag Team Comedy. We do this to introduce audiences to exceptionally funny people, and to introduce exceptionally funny people to new audiences.

Saturday, November 24th, at 5 PM, we are thrilled to bring you Broken Engleesh, currently up to a 9-week winning streak at the iO West Cage Match. Keep watching our Schedule and check back here or on the Magic Meathands Facebook Page for more announcements on future shows at Theatre Asylum. Tickets are $7 at the door, but we now offer online purchasing of tickets at a discounted rate of only $5.00 through Brown Paper Tickets.

High Risk of Funny This Saturday

To be fair, we warned you last week.

But in case you have an aversion to clicking on links, here are the details for this Saturday’s show:

When: Saturday, July 14th, 8-10 PM

Cost: Only $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids 12 and under

Heyler (real estate office by day, comedy theater by night)
10659 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

OK, OK, one more link. Here’s the Facebook event.

Happy Independence Day!

Our Founding Fathers were big supporters of the Freedom to Laugh. They even wrote it into the Constitution!

So be a proud American and see our next show on July 14th to practice your right to laugh.

The west side’s Magic Meathands (that’s us!) and south bay’s Jump Start will perform family friendly improvised hilarity, based on audience suggestions and participation.

When: Saturday, July 14th, 8-10 PM

Cost: Only $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids 12 and under

Heyler (real estate office by day, comedy theater by night)
10659 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Heyler is on the northeast corner of Pelham, one block east of Overland Ave. Parking meters are free at night but read parking signs carefully.

Bringing Improv Comedy to The Heyler Space

This Saturday night, the Magic Meathands will debut at our new home, The Heyler Space! Our popular Family Friendly Show with Jump Start Comedy Improv will break in the new performance venue on Saturday, May 12 at 8 PM. Tickets are still only $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Located on Pico Blvd. only one block east of the Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles, Heyler is owned by Heyler Realty, one of the community’s oldest local businesses. They just recently moved to this great new location and with their interest in giving back to the community, we knew they’d be a great fit for us and our community outreach. Heyler can be easily accessed from the 10 and 405 freeways.

Straight from their Facebook page, below is a peak at Heyler’s spacious offices, which will be transformed into a fun and comfortable theater this Saturday night! Bring your friends and the whole family to witness the start of a new age of madcap mirth-making from the Magic Meathands!

Family Friendly Show featuring improv comedy with the Magic Meathands and Jump Start

Saturday, May 12
8:00 – 10:00 PM
$7 ($3 for kids 12 and under)

10659 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Fun and Games Video shows how to ruin a good time

To answer the question in the title of our last blog post, yes. Yes, yes that was our last show at the Mary Pickford Studio. It was a great night! Thank you to everyone that came out to help celebrate the wonderful run we had there, as well as the good work of The Mary Pickford Institute. They will carry on at a location to be determined, and we wish them the best of luck in carrying the torch of Mary Pickford’s legacy.

We will carry on, as well, as we always have. We’re looking at several promising locations for our new home. If you know of a performance space on the west side of LA that is interested in having two nights of comedy each month with a big and loyal crowd, as well as interest in community outreach, please email me. We’ll be sure to announce right here once we’ve got a venue finalized.

In the meantime, let’s take a look back at one of our most popular sketch comedy videos from our Magic Meathands Originals series on our YouTube channel. “Fun and Games” was written and directed by Mary Benedict, and features Mary, Nikki Turner, Corey Blake (me) and alum Travis McElroy. Wendy J.N. Lee shot it and the video was edited by Corey.

Welcome to the NEW

High Five for technology!

And so the conversion is complete!

We’ve been building up a WordPress blog here for several months and eventually it just made our old website redundant. So, the time came for us to merge the two and here we are: the new!

If you haven’t stopped by before – welcome! If you’re a regular visitor, there’s been a couple of improvements recently. So how about a quick run through the site?

If you’d like to subscribe to get updates about our shows and any other exciting Magic Meatiness, put your email in the “Follow Blog via Email” box near the top of the column to the right. You can customize your subscription to get emails of what’s posted here as frequently or infrequently as you prefer. We usually post something once a week, every Monday at 10 AM, to let you know about Upcoming Shows and other things we think you’d like. (Don’t worry, your email address will not be shared with ne’er-do-wells or anyone else for that matter.)

Below that you’ll see a feed of our Facebook page, which has also gotten a better web address – Please check it out, give us a “Like” and join in the Meaty conversations.

On the left, we highlight our latest video from our YouTube channel. If the screen is too small for you, just click on the YouTube logo and you’ll be taken to the video’s page so you can see it at a bigger size. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to our channel and leave a comment to let us know what you think.

And then below that is our Twitter feed, which we must confess is mostly just a repeat of our Facebook page updates right now, but we’ll get that up and running with something worthwhile soon. What would you think of a live tweeting of our rehearsals? That might be a fun behind-the-scenes glimpse.

Before we go, let’s take a closer look at that prevoiusly-mentioned Upcoming Shows page. Check out that new fangled calendar we’ve got set up! Pretty life-changingly awesome, huh? Click on any show title and more information will drop down, including a Google map to the venue, ticket prices, and other Handy details. Right next door is the Show Ratings page, so you don’t accidentally bring Aunt Tillie to the wrong show.

We’ve also got a newly updated Cast page so you can get to know our team of Hands you’ll see should you make it out to one of our shows and/or watch our videos.

And we’ve still got our About Us page, which is hopefully fairly self-explanatory, and our Comedy Outreach Project page, which I talked about last week.

So that’s the quick tour around the new! Come back any time!

Three Shows in Two Weeks and We’re STILL Not Done

We just completed a thrilling run of shows, as we teamed up with Jump Start and Danger Pants! (formerly known as The Callbacks), but we’re not done yet! We’re revving up for a special show at a homeless shelter in Santa Monica as part of our Comedy Outreach Project. We’re also in talks to help out fundraising for an elementary school and seeing about returning to some of our regular partners.

The Comedy Outreach Project is all about us taking live improvised comedy out to the community. Whether it’s a boys’ home, transitional housing for women, a halfway house, senior centers, or local schools, we bring our funny to them. For some, this is their first experience with live theater and improvised comedy, and the discovery of joy and laughter is powerful to behold. It’s not always easy to get through to them to share that joy and laughter, but after a few hundred shows of doing just that, the Magic Meathands understand how to use high energy and audience-appropriate material that involves them and encourages creativity in diverse settings.

Do you know of a group of people that could use some laughter? Check out our Comedy Outreach Project page and get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

This Weekend is a Two’fer of Comedy

1 show down, 2 to go for March.

This weekend, we’re performing both Saturday and Sunday nights! That’s two times the funny! Can the universe survive?

Saturday night, we reunite with the improv group The Callbacks for our Tag Team Comedy night. That’s at the Mary Pickford Studio, near downtown Culver City, at 8 PM. Tickets are $7.

Then, on Sunday night, we’re doing a reprise of our Family Friendly Show with Jump Start. Our show with them this past Saturday night went so well, we’re doing it again in their neck of the woods. Yes, the Magic Meathands are hitting Hermosa Beach! So bring the kids, bring the grown-up kids, bring everyone to the 2nd Story Theater. The show is 6:30 to 8:30 PM and tickets are $10 ($5 for 12 and under).

This Month’s Family Friendly Show to Include Comedy

On Saturday, March 10th, the Magic Meathands and Jump Start Comedy Improv reunite at the Mary Pickford Studio for a Family Friendly Show with fully improvised comedy. Yes, comedy! This is a new feature we’re adding just for YOU! Previous shows of funeral dirges will be postponed until further notice.

The Magic Meathands, in case you didn’t know, is us! We’re a comedy troupe that performs a mixture of short form games and longer scenarios, all completely made up on the spot based on your suggestions and participation. The Magic Meathands are based in West LA and perform in and around Los Angeles County. Our friends Jump Start, based in the South Bay of Los Angeles, also do short form games, along with some scene work.

Every month we put together a show rated Network Television, which means that you can bring people of all ages. The show is priced at $3 for kids 12 and under, and $7 for those over 12.

Who: You! And us!
What: A night of laughter for everyone
Where: Mary Pickford Studio, 8885 Venice Blvd., Ste 103, Los Angeles, 90034
When: 8 PM on Saturday, March 10
Why: To laugh
How: Pay $7 (or $3 for 12 and under) at the door
RSVP on Facebook


One of our regular openers for our shows is a game called Objection. It’s also called Cranky Lawyers (cue: grumbling lawyers on-stage). It is perhaps not the most accurate representation of the US legal system, but we’re not that far off.

Since this show was rated Late Night, we somehow got from grilled cheese sandwiches to internet porn. Go figure!

Shane Boroomand plays the judge. The line-up of attorney, left to right: Jim Maloy, Carol McLaine, Paige Kimball, Mary Benedict, Nikki Turner, Liz Gill, Bill Johnson, Corey Blake.

Speaking of which, check out our new Cast page to get to know us better!

We’ve also updated our Shows page to a handy-dandy Google calendar. We have a community outreach show for a middle school, and then we’ve got two public performances at the Mary Pickford Studio: our Family Friendly Show on Saturday, March 10, and our Tag Team Comedy Show with special guests The Callbacks (referenced in the video above) on Saturday, March 17. Both shows start at 8 PM with $7 tickets ($3 for 12 and under at the Family Friendly Show).