From November of 2009 to July of 2013, sketch screenings and great stand-up comedy came to the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles for free every Tuesday night. (Actually, every other Tuesday for the first year. But almost!) If you were of a part of it, thank you. We had fun.
Many a great comic held the mic at Holy Fuck. Louis CK performed on the show, as did Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari. Maria Bamford, Dana Gould, Marc Maron, The Sklar Brothers, Ron Lynch, Kyle Kinane, Eric Andre and Todd Glass became veritable regulars for a time, and many more came through for a night or two, including Demetri Martin, Margaret Cho, Natasha Leggero, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Tig Notaro…
See, what happened was, in 2009, some good friends of Dave’s requested he start a comedy show at their art gallery because they had recently been busted by vice police for illegally selling alcohol from 2 am to 7 am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the preceding year and a half. They still had the lease and needed to make money, so Dave started a show with the intention of selling tickets for 5 dollars to help the gallery. On the eve of the first show, his friends were evicted from the gallery, and Dave, having already booked a lineup, had a full-on panic attack. Luckily, the sweet, sweet people of The Downtown Independent picked up the show.
The next year and a half held consistent good crowds and consistent full-on panic attacks for Dave, until July 5th, 2011, when Jeff jumped on to share the reigns. He’s an incredible producer and entertainer, and the only reason Dave did not die.
The show continued to grow and explode and yield great shows until 2013 when Jeff and Dave, feeling as if the project was nearing a close (as it was, at least), recorded an album and closed up shop. The album was an immense project, was recorded over four shows and included over 40 of LA’s best comedians. You can listen to it and buy it here.
The last few months of shows were emotional as fuck for Dave and Jeff, both postively and negatively, and the last show was one for the motherfucking books.
As a free show, it was featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, LAist, Brand X, The Apiary, the Nerdist Podcast, and more. Check out our press page for more of that.
Other key players in the Holy Fuck universe included:
Jessica Ruiz — producer/booker/vegan chef, 2011-12
Matt Ingebretson — curator of Art Fuck and all-around producer, 2011-13
Jeremy Burke — producer/promoter/booker, 2013
Megan Koester — producer/graphic designer, 2013
Pat Bishop — video director/editor, 2011-13
G. Lewis Heslet — video director/editor, 2009-13
Allen Strickland Williams — DJ/buttface, 2009-2013
The show is currently on hiatus, but will hopefully return again soon in an even further developed form. No matter what happens next, though, we thank you so very, very much for being a part of something so wonderful — for smiling and laughing and high-fiving and hugging and getting drunk and just having fun with us. You, the audience, were and are and always will be fucking amazing, and we cannot thank you enough.