Last night, I had the honor of helping out at a fundraiser for Drop In The Bucket (a charity that provides clean water access to children) . It was organized by Chelsea Schwartz, a mainstay of the LA rock scene and Sunset Strip and was her first time giving comedy producing a try. And she hit a huge homerun.
She has asked me to help her out with the planning and booking an,d since I'm terrible at self-promotion/lying, I'll tell you I had very little to do with the ultimate awesomeness of the night. What I contributed was basically reassuring her that it's totally normal for comedians to not be able to commit 6 or 8 weeks in advance and/or to cancel the tentative commitments they made that long ago 2 weeks before the show. Chelsea already had Noel and Bobcat lined up from the start. Then travel delays forced the Boosh guys to cancel their Largo show and they asked Chelsea if they could basically take over the entire second half of the show to prep for this weekend's Festival Supreme.
So, ultimately, it was host Justin Martindale, Nick Youssef, Ian Edwards, Bobcat and The Mighty Boosh. I'll be honest, I've never seen their stuff, I was just excited for Bobcat. I love weird British humor, I just haven't gotten around to it. And given the rabid love of the fans that turned out last night, I'm obviously missing out.
It was awesome and those fans were great. They gave all the other guys the attention and laughter they deserved instead of treating them like speedbumps on the way to the act they were there to see. And when The Boosh guys were on, they were the kind of crowd that laughed before the punchline, because they knew all the words by heart.
As much as I adore the dark, cliquish nature of The Store, this is the sort of totally different thing I wish they'd do more of. That Main Room would be used to do so many interesting and wonderful shows if they were willing to acknowledge and embrace that great comedy comes from so many other places. sigh
Oh also, I got to check Moon Unit Zappa's ID, that was pretty cool.