Oh Sweet Sweet 16: MCM-LA Round 2 Recap
By Josh Filipowski
March 20, 2011
HOLLYWOOD- Oh what a last-night it was at The World Famous Comedy Store where 32 comedians took the stage in Round 2 of March Comedy Madness as we whittled our winners down from 64 to 16. In the Belly Room not a single seat was empty as I welcomed and warmed up the curious crowd sporting my referee jersey and taking the liberty to get a little dirty ‘cause the show started late. (Thanks to everyone and their patience during seating). Comedians and late-comers stood in the back to check out what the noise was all about. We were fortunate to have Michelle Buteau open the show and really heat things up- “Who’s done the research!?” And then it was on to the NCAA tournament-style brackets.
Comics went head-to-head bringing 2 of their most hilarious minutes, touching on everything from Alex Davenport’s Asian eyes to Ethan Rosenberg’s why you CAN judge a book by its cover. Kristen Carney hit hard silencing a heckler “Trying to one-up me on my own joke, sir? The exit is right there.” Jeremy Paul unfortunately had some wind out of his sails from an interrupting “I’m from Peoria” audience member. “That should explain why I left Peoria,” he posted on facebook. Madness.
After each pair in the brackets performed the audience had the chance to cheer for their favorite to move on. Our trusty decibel meter determined the outcome. On several occasions we had ties, when perfectly paralleled love from the audience gave cause for a 30 second Joke-Off! Comics scrambled for something funny fast and for the most part- crushed. It was intense.
The most memorable tie of the night came when Matty Goldberg and Jonesy went one-on-one. Matty’s quirkiness and Jonesy’s charm both won the crowd so much so that they chanted, “Both! Both! Both! Both!” The Joke-Off yielded the same cheer. Really they both won, but the decibel meter read 2 more in favor of Goldberg. It was unreal… It was madness.
Cheers to all our truly hilarious contenders and kudos to the Sweet 16: Alex Davenport, Kristen Carney, Alex Hooper, Samba Schutte, Drew Dorenfest, Matty Goldberg, Erik Rivera, Casey Balsham, LeeAnn Tooker, Michael Palascak, Joe Praino, Nicholas Anthony, Andy Ruther, Dan Perrault, Ethan Rosenberg and Hailey Boyle- who had the highest db reading of the night. As Hailey says “Watch out skinny bitches” and all y’all alike- The Madness continues next Saturday- come out and make some noise for who you like!
Saturday, March 26th at 10:30 – 16/3 min & 8/4 min - BELLY ROOM
Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00 – Final 4/5-7 min & Championship 2/8-10 min
$14 at the door. L2L 50% 0FF hook-up: $7 in advance online!