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Laugh with Very Different People in Very Different Places
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2011 - What do UCLA frat bars, international hostels, back-alley studio lofts and Hollywood comedy clubs have in common? Josh Filipowski puts on a show there. After eight years of shows in NYC from Carolines on Broadway to street corners, bar backrooms to city parks, Filipowski has brought his do-it-everywhere style to lucky Los Angeles. His latest west coast production, Big Ten Comedy All-Stars Show debuts on February 20th at the Hollywood IMPROV and features some of the top Midwest alumni comedians living in LA.
Lucky? Indeed. Filipowski prides himself on putting the best comedians possible on stage. Celebrating diversity and understanding the audience is of utmost importance.
“Too many times I’ve been to shows in L.A. where they have 20 white dudes in a row doing 5 minutes of mediocre material. That’s no way to run a show,” Filipowski says.
His shows feature quality over quantity and leave the crowd wanting more versus the alternative. “Nobody likes a 3 hour comedy hostage situation.”
And the shows are fun. “The Yard Sale” at the Comedy Store featured a cover charge of one piece of junk to be auctioned off after each set. “Uniquely Named Comedy Show” at Santa Monica Hostelling International plays to a crowd of Taiwanese, Germans, Brazilians and more. “The normal In-N-Out jokes don’t fly there.”
“Josh Filipowski would do a show in a laundromat,” says Real Pothead of North Hollywood-Mike Tsirklin.
Something different indeed, Comedy Speakeasy, which streams live on-line as viewers chat away, is Filipowski’s latest concoction. Billing themselves as “The World’s First On-line Comedy Club,” Filipowski and co-producer Mel Pepaj have a worldwide wonder on their hands. The show features top-talent performing stand-up, interviews and the all comedian couch conversation. “People just love it,” says Mel, whose Speakeasy recently hosted Kato Kaelin, Eliot Chang and Michelle Buteau.
With a nod to classic late night TV, Speakeasy comedians are interviewed after their sets. “Johnny Carson used to call them over if he liked their performance,” says Filipowski, “Now it is rare to hear from a comic after their set.”
Unscripted and organic, Comedy Speakeasy lets the performers and audience be themselves. No canned interviews or loaded questions allowed. Join the conversation and speak easy- Thursdays 8pm on-line live (www.comedyspeakeasy.com) or in-studio (the Loft, 743 La Brea, Hollywood).
It’s about time we put some fun back in the funny business.
You can also catch Filipowski’s brainiac brand of comedy Mondays 10pm at Westwood Brewing Company, Tuesdays 8pm at Hostelling International Santa Monica, and at March Comedy Madness at the World Famous COMEDY STORE 3/13,3/19,3/26, 4/3.