When I was here in October, I remember thinking one of this things LA had over NYC was Potluck, a low-stakes free show that was a step between open mic and paid spots at a specific club. Potluck is a long-running Comedy Store tradition and the Improv has recently stepped up to add a similar show.
Then lo and behold, The Stand added Frantic Mondays, a free 10 pm show that mixes in headliners and younger comedians, usually hosted by Michael Kosta. So of course I had to check it out and I'm glad I did.
What East Coast Potluck (as I already started calling it) has over Original Recipe Potluck is a) a good crowd, b) brevity (2-ish hours, rather than a million) and c) organization!
I came in a little late, just in time to see a good set from Gibran Saleem, then Judah Friedlander, Monroe Martin and Luis Gomez rocked the crowd for a solid block. I'm glad I saw Luis again because I completely forgot how funny his "congratulations to white people on not just stabbing each other" bit was. It also reminded me that he'd tried out a new bit at Caroline's about how Latinos know how racist both whites and blacks are, because we both think they're on our team. They hate both of us, but we're all united in our fear of Muslims, thank God.. or Allah, that is. It didn't get much of a reaction at Caroline's, but I think it's a great joke and can't wait to see it in finished form. Monroe had a killer bit about how homophobia can't be a real fear because there's no horror films about it.
A few more guys and gals were mixed in, with heavy hitters Nick Vatterott, who is just plain hysterical, and Pete Lee at the end. And OH MY GOD, PETE LEE IS SO ADORABLE. I'm sorry to say that before saying how funny he is, but it's true. I just met him and now I want to hug him all the time.
Even though it's a free show, I'd recommend you get reservations ahead of time, because it was pretty packed.