I can imagine the hearts (and other things) belonging to men across the internet swelling as I watch this video of Paul F. Tompkins directing Community and Mad Men‘s Alison Brie as she recreates popular internet memes. Is there a better, more beloved actress who could possibly do this sort of thing? If Tumblr has told me anything, it’s that the internet loves Alison Brie. And, apparently, Alison Brie loves the internet.
WEDNESDAY: Catchy Pop Music Hits The Echo If slinking toward a member of the opposite sex, drink in hand, amid pulsing, catchy music is your thing, then head over to The Echo on Wednesday, when Sir Sly, Kitten, Onuinu, and DJ Captain Cuts perform their swerve-inducing melodies. And it’s free. The Echo (1822 W. Sunset Blvd, Echo Park) Check the listing at BlackBook Guides for the inside scoop.
THURSDAY: The Super Serious Side Of Humor Every month at 8pm inside the historic Café Club Fais Do-Do, the super fun Super Serious Show takes over to bring you one of the best nights of comedy in L.A. This show has everything from free cookies (Kyle’s Cookies), wine (Cube Café), beer (Eagle Rock Brewery/PBR) and drinks (Aqua Hydrate). Beyond all of that, it’s an evening watching your favorite comic geniuses like Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Central, Conan, Best Week Ever) Andy Haynes (Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) and Bobcat Goldthwaite (Jimmy KimmelLive, Chappelle’s Show) take the stage. Missing this show is like staying at home on New Year’s Eve to find ingrown hairs. Go. Super Serious Show is happening at Café Club Fais Do-Do (5253 W. Adams Blvd., South L.A.) at 7pm. Order $10 tickets online here or get $15 ones, cash only, at the door. Visit the listing for the Café at BlackBook Guides.
NOW: Dan Sung Sa: The Dive Bar With Heart And Seoul It’s late; the party’s over, and hunger pains have set in – a common problem arising from eating cocktails for dinner. The solution lies within the dimly-lit Dan Sung Sa, a Korean eatery that feels more like a kitschy beach house than a canteen in the heart of Korea town. This izakaya-esque joint is perfect for large groups, late-night eats, and appetites for adventure. It’s been Anthony Bourdain-approved and modeled after pojangmachas: small food tents that popped up after the war and now roam the streets of Seoul selling tapas. Hite and Soju flow like water, and the menu has more selection than a 40-year-old on Match.com. Dan Sung Sa (3317 W. 6th St., Koreatown) is now open. Read the listing at BlackBook Guides for the inside info.
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Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph have been funny in the same space lots of times. They’ve both appeared on Saturday Night Live, they were in the movies Bridesmaids and Friends With Kids together, and, back in 2011, they shared some scenes together for an anniversary edition of The Paul F. Tompkins Show, a variety show at L.A.’s Largo Theater hosted by the also very funny Paul F. Tompkins.
Tompins has begun releasing clips from the live shows online, and now we have this little gem. Tompkins attempts to hypnotize Rudolph at one point, Hamm arrives from the future to inform us that "human beings are at war… with monsters." Also, he’s Rudolph’s son. Blissful silliness ensues, and the whole thing feels very loose and improv-like, even though it’s scripted. And, you know, it’s the middle of the week, the weather’s been abysmal, the news has been full of dread, someone scuffed your shoes on the train today. We could all use a laugh, and as far as laughs go, this has quite a few.