Every Tuesday at 9 pm, a sampling of LA’s best stand-up comedians grace the stage of the Downtown Independent Theater. Each show also features sketch screenings and craft beer specials.
Many a great comic has held the mic at Holy Fuck. Louis CK made an appearance once, as did Aziz Ansari twice. Maria Bamford, Dana Gould, The Sklar Brothers, Ron Lynch, Kyle Kinane, Eric Andre and Todd Glass have become veritable regulars on the show, and many more have come 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 is not dead.
Matt jumped on a bit later to run the monthly Art Walk edition of the show, Art Fuck. He is a wildly talented comedian, and has been producing, booking, and hosting Art Fuck with grace for a good while now. (Art Fuck is the second Thursday of each month, during Art Walk downtown. It’s an extra show each month, in addition to the weekly Tuesday shows.)
And finally, to kick off 2013, Megan jumped on as resident artist and regular performer, and Jeremy joined as producer and promoter. Both of them excel in their respective fields, and have done nothing but grow the show exponentially right from the start of the new year.
Thanks should also go out to Pat Bishop and G. Lewis Heslet, who’ve taken so much time out of their busy schedules to write and shoot intro videos for the show’s sketch reels, and to Jessica Ruiz, who co-produced the show for a year, but had to leave to start grad school, get married, and a million other awesome things. Jessica booked the show for a year, was literally proposed marriage at the show, and will always be a huge part of it.
As it stands now, the show has been featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, LAist, Brand X, The Apiary, and the Nerdist Podcast, and continues to showcase the best live stand-up and video sketch comedy our great city has to offer. We hope to see you at the next show.