Okay, based on the capacity crowds they still pull in weekly at The Hollywood Improv, obviously people haven't actually forgotten about Comedy Juice. But last night, in the crowded lounge outside the sold-out showroom, Chris Millhouse and I were discussing how it hasn't gotten much press lately. It's like we all just said "Well, duh, it's good, it's always good, we don't need to keep saying it." But I love Comedy Juice and don't want to relegate them to "comfy slippers taken for granted" status, so here we go.
Juice was the first show people started telling me I had to see back when I started. It was my first introduction to the Improv and I'm 99% certain it was a Juice night when tipsy pop-ins Criag Robinson and Jeff Ross made me fall in love with the place. Since then, Juice has consistently given me a great show to see every Wednesday. I know I don't even have to look at the lineup, it'll be good.
Since then, Comedy Juice has expanded to New York, Pasadena and San Diego, and even released a compilation mixtape featuring sets from Dov Davidoff, Michael Kosta, Pete Holmes and Hannibal Buress.
Whether it was from spreading themselves too thin or some of the guest list restrictions the Improv briefly flirted with, there was a time last year when Juice seemed like it was losing steam.
But rather than becoming one of those zombie shows that coasts on its former glory, they retooled and came back stronger than ever. One show last winter featured a booked lineup including Whitney Cummings, Chris D'Elia and Andrew Santino, then expanded with pop-ins from Dane Cook, David Spade, Todd Glass and Jeff Ross. Louis CK is a regular pop-in when he comes to town. In the last couple of months, even celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have come to check it out.
It's really nice to see this kind of quality show still flourishing at an old-guard club.