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Everything L.A. Comedians Need to Know December 2017

Everything L.A. Comedians Need to Know December 2017
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Comedians of L.A.! Don’t sleep on this year’s final month of comedy offerings. Before you brave the wilds of holiday travel (or sit on your couch watching a yule log on TV), get out and perform, take in, or audition.  

PERFORMANCES
The Groundlings presents a special holiday show every Friday and Saturday night from Dec. 1–30, featuring both sketches and improv from the main company. (Tickets: $25) 

If you’re looking for some physical comedy, check out The Resistance at iO West on Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. This group of six guys performs a completely improvised action-adventure movie based on audience suggestions. (Tickets: $10, show is 21 and over) 

Legendary actress Carol Burnett is hosting a special Q&A at the Dolby Theatre on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. She’ll be taking questions from the audience and no topic is off limits. (Tickets: $70-$180)

Want to give back this holiday season? On Dec. 18, Nerdmelt is hosting the second-annual Feliz Navipod’s Feliz Navidad: A Variety Show Benefiting Planned Parenthood. This variety show will feature both comedy and music along with free Christmas treats. Performers include Colin Hanks, Mandy Moore, Rory Scovel, Chris Sullivan and more. (Tickets: $15)

Looking for New Years Eve plans? Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, co-hosts of the popular podcast Hollywood Babble-On, will be doing two special shows at the Hollywood Improv on Dec. 31 where they will do a live performance of a comic book of their choice. Audience members are often recruited to come on stage to provide voices and everyone who attends gets a poster signed by Ralph and Kevin. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (Tickets: $35) 

EVENTS
If you’re a fan of comedy podcasts, head down to The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Dec. 10 for Pee Cast Blast ‘17. Some of the best comedy podcasts will be there, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, Improv4Humans and more. (Tickets start at $50) 

CASTING CALLS + AUDITIONS
A one-act comedy about the obsessions and frustrations of a man intent on closing the longest-running play in theater history is seeking submissions for its lead character. The show will run in late Jan. at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio. Apply here!

The Glendale Centre Theatre is putting up “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” next year and is casting for a variety of roles. The show will run from Feb. 16-April 7 and pays $350 for the run of the show. More information here.

If you have a unique talent, “The Tony Martini Variety Show,” a one-hour variety show at the Three Clubs in Hollywood, wants to hear from you. They’re looking for unusual acts no more than five-to-eight minutes in length. Submit here.

CLASSES 
If you’re between the ages of 8-22 and want to become a voiceover actor, check out this three-day intensive at Talent House Academy beginning Dec. 3. VO actor Carlos Alazraqui, who has voiced characters in “Scooby Doo,” “Mr. Peabody and Sherman, ”and more will join casting director and coach Joey Paul Jensen to teach new VO actors how to develop their voice for the microphone.

If you missed this comedy intensive in October, casting director Dorian Frankel (“Veep,” “Baskets,” “Parks and Recreation”), will be co-teaching another one on Dec. 10 at the Actors Comedy Studio for $195. Book your spot here.

Acting coach Lesly Kahn is teaching a small group session for new actors on Dec. 18. She’ll use this one-day workshop to determine which class would be the best fit for you.

Check out Backstage’s Los Angeles audition listings!

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