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Society 1, Media Solution, Fracture, Ayin Aleph
Jul 22 2014 - 6:00pm
Dave Berg discusses and signs Behind the Curtain: An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show
Jul 22 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Jay Leno's Tonight Show comes alive in this book by insider Dave Berg, who spent 18 years as Jay's co-producer.  There were always two shows: the one on stage and the one behind the curtain. This narrative weaves both together, featuring the show's most legendary moments, including Hugh Grant's game-changing mea culpa, Arnold Schwarzenegger's shocking political announcement, and the historic booking of Barack Obama as the first sitting president ever to do a late-night show. But it doesn't stop there.  Every page is full of zany, wacky and serious moments with celebrities, political and sports figures at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Foreword by Jay Leno and endorsements by Laura Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Maher,  Gary Sinise, James Carville & Mary Matalin, Larry the Cable Guy and more.

Man Or Astro-Man?, Sallie Ford, Wray
Jul 22 2014 - 8:00pm

$15

Laff Mobb presents
Jul 22 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

14 Comics
Jul 22 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Suffokate, Abiotic, Aegaeon, As They Sleep, A Phoenix Alive, Illustrations
Jul 23 2014 - 6:00pm
Nightmare & The Cat, Max & The Moon
Jul 23 2014 - 8:00pm

$10 - 12

14 Comics
Jul 23 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Fozzy, Night Verses, Blood Of The Heretic, Drug The Kids
Jul 24 2014 - 6:00pm
Wolfmother
Jul 24 2014 - 7:00pm
Janet Hamill discusses and signs Tales from the Eternal Café in conversation with Adele Bertei, author of Peter & the Wolves
Jul 24 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Tales from the Eternal Café, " author Janet Hamill's debut short story collection, offers a thrilling, unwinding trail of tales that excite and mystify; drift then deliver a powerful punch that readers will devour. Like Karen Russell, George Saunders, Jose Luis Borges and Isabel Allende, Janet Hamill's writing lures readers willingly into a labyrinth of surprise and suspense, with humor lurking just on the other side of pathos; a tear just moments away from bright, well-deserved laughter. The seventeen crisp stories included in Tales from the Eternal Café offer a plethora of fascinating characters and scenarios: a brief memoir from Baudelaire's publisher; a letter from a writer who knows he is going mad; an exasperated Italian film director unable to inspire Europe's most famous actor during the shooting of a brothel scene.
The book includes an introduction by the author's lifelong friend, singer-songwriter-poet-author Patti Smith, whose book Just Kids, received the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. (Three Rooms Press)

The Jane Shermans, Dylan McDonald & The Avians
Jul 24 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Kevin Gates, Chevy Woods
Jul 24 2014 - 8:00pm

$15

14 Comics
Jul 24 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Jul 24 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

L.A. Guns, The Hard Way, Permacrush, Scarlet Vice, Force Of Habit, Eddie Black
Jul 25 2014 - 6:00pm
Soulfly
Jul 25 2014 - 7:00pm
Crazee Cindy's Comedy Show
Jul 25 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

14 Comics
Jul 25 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Jul 25 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

14 Comics
Jul 25 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil present and sign Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose
Jul 26 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

Fans of Go Ask Alice will devour Dear Nobody, a real teen's diary, so raw and so edgy that its authenticity rings off every page.  They say that high school is supposed to be the best time of your life. But what if that's just not true? More than anything, Mary Rose wants to fit in. To be loved. And she'll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Even if it costs her her life.  Told through the raw and unflinching diary entries of a real teen, Mary Rose struggles with addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret. Her compelling story will inspire readers--and remind them that they are not alone. (Sourcebooks Fire)

Cruefest
Jul 26 2014 - 6:00pm
Super Diamond
Jul 26 2014 - 8:00pm
Wildfox presents Nylon Music Tour, Au Revoir Simone, Dresses, The Lower 48
Jul 26 2014 - 8:00pm

$15 - 17

Jason Cruz and Howl, The Darlings, Shane Cohen (of The Pullman)
Jul 26 2014 - 8:30pm
Viper Room

$10

14 Comics
Jul 26 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

14 Comics
Jul 26 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Broken, Chaotic Five, Dead Poets, Nautical Nation, Raven's Cry, Un Chien
Jul 27 2014 - 6:00pm
Kirk Franklin Presents Tye Tribbett
Jul 27 2014 - 6:00pm
Emily's Army, Prima Donna
Jul 27 2014 - 7:00pm

$10 - 12

Hollowbody LA Presents: Elodia, The VeeVees, Driving Lindsey, Taylor Carroll
Jul 27 2014 - 7:45pm
Viper Room

$10

Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Jul 27 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Martin Harris Comedy Night
Jul 27 2014 - 8:15pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

14 Comics
Jul 27 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

The Show Up Go Up Open Mic
Jul 27 2014 - 11:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Potluck
Jul 28 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Jul 28 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Little Dove, Will and the Won'ts, The Echo and The Sound
Jul 28 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

The Ding Dong Show
Jul 28 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Fuel, Royal Bliss, The Calvery, Djoir Jordan, Randsburg
Jul 29 2014 - 6:00pm
Chris Weitz discusses and signs The Young World in conversation with Margaret Stohl
Jul 29 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.  The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined. (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

8 Kalacas, Amenaza, The River Rats
Jul 29 2014 - 7:30pm
Charming Liars
Jul 29 2014 - 8:00pm

$10

Sam Tripoli Presents: THE ROCK N POLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS with Clownvis (America's Got Talent), Tera Patrick (Penthouse) , Don Barris and The BKO Band (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Hosted by Sam Tripoli
Jul 29 2014 - 8:30pm
Viper Room

$10

Laff Mobb presents
Jul 29 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

14 Comics
Jul 29 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Heretic, Lyken21, Facial Extraction, Cranial Engorgement
Jul 30 2014 - 6:00pm
Benoit Denizet-Lewis discusses and signs Travels with Casey
Jul 30 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

"I don't think my dog likes me very much," New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-year-old Labrador-mix, Casey. Over the next four months, thirty-two states, and 13,000 miles in a rented motor home, Denizet-Lewis and his canine companion attempt to pay tribute to the most powerful interspecies bond there is, in the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the world.  On the way, Denizet-Lewis--known for his deeply reported dispatches from far corners of American life--meets an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Denizet-Lewis and Casey hang out with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, search with a dedicated rescuer of stray dogs in Missouri, spend a full day at a kooky dog park in Manhattan, get pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri, and visit "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan in California. And then there are the pet psychics, dog-wielding hitchhikers, and two nosy women who took their neighbor to court for allegedly failing to pick up her dog's poop. Travels With Casey is a delightfully idiosyncratic blend of memoir and travelogue coupled with an exploration of a dog-loving America. What does our relationship to our dogs tell us about ourselves and our values? Denizet-Lewis explores those questions--and his own canine-related curiosities and insecurities--during his unforgettable road trip through our dog-loving nation. (Simon & Schuster)

Hollowbody LA Presents: Rad!, Ashes of Luna, New Anthem Noise, Grit
Jul 30 2014 - 7:45pm
Viper Room

$10

Shabazz Palaces
Jul 30 2014 - 8:00pm

$18

14 Comics
Jul 30 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Stryper, Lyken21, Gabbie Rae, Lyonhart
Jul 31 2014 - 6:00pm
The Chelsea Smiles, Casper & the Bad Spirits, The Black Marquee, The Burning Ritual
Jul 31 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

14 Comics
Jul 31 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Jul 31 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Ralph Nadar discusses and signs Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
Aug 1 2014 - 2:00pm
Book Soup

Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not powerless. In Unstoppable, he explores the emerging political alignment of the Left and the Right against converging corporate-government tyranny. (Nation Books)

Voyager, Urban Development, Crow Canyon, Aurico, Exit North, The Barefoot Bandits, Dirty Little Secrets
Aug 1 2014 - 6:00pm
APPETITE 4 DESTRUCTION
Aug 1 2014 - 7:30pm
Ian Salmon's Comedy Playlist
Aug 1 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Ceremony, Nothing, Dangers, Upset
Aug 1 2014 - 8:00pm

$15

Live with John Campanelli
Aug 1 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Josey Baker discusses and signs Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking - Make Awesome Bread - Share the Loaves
Aug 2 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

This is the first true entry-level bread-baking cookbook, from Josey Baker (that's his real name!), a former science teacher turned San Francisco baking sensation. Josey Baker Bread combines step-by-step lessons with more than 100 photographs, offering easy-to-follow guidance for aspiring bakers. Recipes start with the basic formula for making bread— requiring little more than flour, water, time, and a pan—and build in depth and detail as the user progresses to more complex loaves, including Josey's cult favorite Dark Mountain Rye. With chapters dedicated to pizza, pocketbreads, and treats, Josey's playful, encouraging tone makes for a fun read full of great advice for bakers of all levels. (Chronicle Books)

Eyes Set To Kill, Evolove, Speaking The Kings, Find The Lotus
Aug 2 2014 - 6:00pm
Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 2 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Elefante with 5senti2
Aug 2 2014 - 8:00pm
Mike Stud, Futuristic, iamG, Bryce Vine
Aug 2 2014 - 8:00pm

$16 - 50

Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch
Aug 3 2014 - 12:00pm
Bobaflex, Crvsh, The Songery, Seven Codes Of Bushido, Jesse Lopez
Aug 3 2014 - 6:00pm
Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Aug 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Sway Parade Productions Presents : Samy.Language, Vegaz- Taelor, Day'nah, Charles X
Aug 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$8

The Festival Of The Lion featuring The Orphics
Aug 4 2014 - 6:00pm
Potluck
Aug 4 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

The Interrupters, Left Alone, Oceanside Sound System, HB Surround Sound
Aug 4 2014 - 7:00pm

$13

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Aug 4 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Ding Dong Show
Aug 4 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Ann Hamilton discusses and signs Expecting
Aug 5 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Laurie and Alan are expecting, again. After two miscarriages, Laurie was afraid they'd never be able to have a child. Now she's cautiously optimistic -- the fertility treatment worked, and things seem to be different this time around. But she doesn't yet know how different.  Jack can't seem to catch a break -- his parents are on his case about graduating from college, he's somehow dating two girls at once, and he has to find a way to pay back the money he borrowed from his fraternity's party fund. The only jobs he is qualified for barely pay enough to keep him in beer money, but an ad for the local sperm bank gives Jack an idea.  Laurie and Alan's joy is shattered when their doctor reveals that Laurie was accidentally impregnated by sperm from a donor rather than her husband. Who is Donor 296. And how will their family change now that Donor 296 is inarguably part of it? (Sourcebooks Landmark)

Tarver's Birthday Party : Se7en4, Remnants of Man and Galaxy Crusher, Burning Betty
Aug 5 2014 - 7:30pm
Viper Room

$10

Beardyman
Aug 5 2014 - 8:00pm

$20 - 22

The London Quireboys, The Deserters, The Aviators
Aug 6 2014 - 6:00pm
Todd Glass discusses and signs The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy
Aug 6 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

A hilarious, poignant memoir from comedian Todd Glass about his decision at age forty-eight to finally live openly as a gay man--and the reactions and support from his comedy pals, from Louis CK to Sarah Silverman.   Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1970s was an easy life. Well, easy as long as you didn't have dyslexia or ADD, or were a Jew. And once you added gay into the mix, life became more difficult. So Todd Glass decided to hide the gay part, no matter how comic, tragic, or comically tragic the results.   It might have been a lot easier had he chosen a profession other than stand-up comedy. By age eighteen, Todd was opening for big musical acts like George Jones and Patti LaBelle. His career carried him through the Los Angeles comedy heyday in the 1980s, its decline in the 1990s, and its rebirth via the alternative comedy scene and the explosion in podcasting. But the harder he worked at his craft, the more difficult it became to manage his "situation." There were the years of abstinence and half-hearted attempts to "cure" himself. The fake girlfriends so that he could tell relationship jokes onstage. The staged sexual encounters to burnish his reputation offstage. It took a brush with death to cause him to rethink the way he was living his life; a rash of suicides among gay teens to convince him that it was finally time to come out to the world.   Now, Todd has written an open, honest, and hilarious memoir in an effort to help everyone--young and old, gay and straight--breathe a little more freely. Peppered with anecdotes from his life among comedy's greatest headliners and tales of the occasionally insane lengths Todd went through to keep a secret that--let's face it--he probably didn't have to keep for as long as he did, The Todd Glass Situation is a front-row seat to the last thirty plus years of comedy history and a deeply personal story about one man's search for acceptance. (Simon & Schuster)

Matt Bones, Light Collector, Minus One, Samy Lang, Rundown Radio, Danny Silberstein
Aug 7 2014 - 6:00pm
The Temper Trap, Pegasus Warning
Aug 7 2014 - 8:00pm

$25

BIRTHDAYPALOOZA/LEO-FEST : Downtown Attraction, Blackpool Republic, The Sahns, The Lonely Drunks Club Band (Special Late Night Performance)
Aug 7 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Aug 7 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Forget Your Friends, Modern Vintage, Rotana, Mind Mischief
Aug 8 2014 - 6:00pm
Kelli Stanley discusses and signs City of Ghosts
Aug 8 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

June, 1940.  For the United States, war is on the horizon.  For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories--long-suppressed and willfully forgotten--to be resurrected. Enter the U.S. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis. Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past...if she survives.  Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag dress nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda's journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World...where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda soldiers on alone, determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past.   But Miranda will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, from despair to deceit and factual to fake, as she tries to get her life back...and navigates a City of Ghosts.  Miranda Corbie's back. Noir will never be the same.  And Kelli Stanley will once again mesmerize readers with the most thrilling novel yet in her award-winning series. (Minotaur Books)

The Kooks
Aug 8 2014 - 7:30pm

$32

BIRTHDAYPALOOZA/LEO-FEST : The Shakers
Aug 8 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

CHIPPENDALES
Aug 8 2014 - 8:00pm
Wovenwar
Aug 9 2014 - 7:00am

$15

Ryan Beatty
Aug 9 2014 - 11:30am

$18 - 100

Dioses Del Tiempo, Vispera, Eric Seats & The Three 3's
Aug 9 2014 - 6:00pm
Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 9 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 9 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

News

Sunset Strip Picks: Jan. 17-23

Further proof that the beast can’t be tamed; join tribute titans Steel Panther on Monday, Jan. 17 at their new enclosure, House of Blues Sunset Strip. Same great tunes, same politically incorrect musings. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. This show is ages 18 and older only. www.hob.com

 

 

98.7 FM presents Queen Caveat at the Viper Room on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Kicking off a brand

spankin’ new residency, the female fronted quartet brings their ambient rock noise to The

The Comedy Store's 2010 Highlight Reel

The Comedy Store and iMovie got together to produce a 2010 highlight reel. Halloween, the "re-opening" of The Sunset Strip, Dave Grohl, "The Daily Show's" John Oliver.

Let the sweet sounds and gently panning still shots lure you into a tear-induced memory fest. 2010, you may be gone, but you are not forgotten.

Mondrian Sessions Music Series Relaunches Tonight

Sure, you’re an expert on The Sunset Strip’s legendary music venues. But did you know that one of our hotels is home to one of the hottest indie music events in town?

This fall the Mondrian hotel partnered with IAMSOUND Records to launch Mondrian Sessions, a unique night of music under the stars. The series, hosted on Skybar’s rooftop pooldeck, provided attendees with an intimate outdoor setting to enjoy music from top indie artists and buzz bands, including The Bird And The Bee, Peter Moren (of Peter, Bjorn and John), Jens Lekman and Yacht. The series proved to be such a success that organizers have decided to bring it back for an encore.

The new series kicks off tonight with a performance by Francis & The Lights and rolls through the spring. The full schedule of upcoming shows includes…

Ellen, Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Selena Gomez & GLEEks seen on The Strip; Plus Top Dining Reviews

The Review: Eveleigh on the Sunset Strip [LA Times]
Quick Bite: Sai Krok Isaan (Sour Sausage) at Night + Market [LA Weekly]
Most Improved Club: Cat Club [LA Weekly]
Hot Tamales historic show at Comedy Store, TV taping details [Monsters & Critics]
Live Review: Unwritten Law & Big B @ Roxy Theatre [Disarray Magazine]

Tom Green @ The Comedy Store

What can you expect at a Tom Green stand-up performance? Prop comedy? Audience ridicule?  Outrageous Jackass-esque stunts? Before the Dec. 29 show began, the bowels of The Belly Room at The Comedy Store were abuzz with speculation and anticipation as to what possible unpredictable antics the shock comic had in store. 

 

Having made his mark hosting/producing MTV’s “The Tom Green Show” and "The New Tom Green Show" during the late '90s/early 2000s, Green developed a reputation for his too-far-isn’t-far-enough brand of off-color humor; performing over-the-top skits such as drinking from a cow’s teat and pretending to hump a dead moose. It was infamous stunts like these that sent Green’s popularity skyrocketing, but it was also this reputation that explained the reluctance of Comedy Store patrons to sit towards the front of the stage at the launch of Green’s World Stand Up Comedy Tour.