Instead of a boring and tedious play by play of the past month, I will give you the highlight reel. In December, we went to UCB a bunch of times before leaving for the East Coast. We saw
- The Dead Author's Podcast at UCB Franklin, with Paul F. Tompkins as H.G. Wells, and comedian Hal Lublin as Dr. Seuss. Hilarious, as always.
- Slow Down, Raisin Bran at UCB Franklin, with Gil Ozeri and Ben Schwartz doing improv. It was just Hot Sauce without the perpetually busy Adam Pally, which is to say it was excellent.
- Broad City Live at UCB Sunset: This show was at 1am, which was rough for us old people, but seeing Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson do comedy in person was worth staying up way, way past our bedtimes.
- Gravid Water at UCB Franklin, with Lucy Davis, Stephen Merchant, Scott Adsit, Maria Thayer, Becky Drysdale, Bayne Gibby, Brian Stack, Timm Sharp, Ptolemy Slocum and Thomas Middleditch.
- Doug Loves Movies: Twelve Guests of Christmas with a bunch of comedians that you don't know plus Scott Aukerman, Nick Kroll, and Jon Hamm.
Yes, that Jon Hamm. With a beard!
This is our second year attending DLM 12GoC and it is our favorite Los Angeles holiday tradition. I'm sure we will be back for the 2015 edition.
Other notable events from December prior to our travels:
- We did a super terrible job decorating for Christmas.
- Simon finished his most recent grad class, and is now officially halfway through his M.S.S.E. degree.
- We received our annual tin of homemade cookies from Aunt Lynne and Uncle Dennis, which are always excellent, and really nice to get when you are not living near family.
- Last but not least, the night before we left for the East Coast, we saw a live read of The Empire Strikes Back at the Ace Hotel.
The cast was fabulous. Aaron Paul read for Luke, Jessica Alba for Leia, Stephen Merchant for C3PO, Dennis Haysbert for Lando Calrissian, Rainn Wilson for Chewbacca, Mark Hamill for both the Emperor and Obi Wan Kenobi, J.K. Simmons for Darth Vader, Ellen Page for Han Solo, Kevin Pollack for Yoda, and Jason Reitman for all of the stage direction and R2D2.
Rainn Wilson and Mark Hamill were both surprise casting announcements, and the audience went bananas. Everyone gave him a standing ovation (not my photo, but illustrates my point).
Ellen Page made for a very dashing Han Solo, while J.K. Simmons was an intimidating Vader. Honestly, just about the entire cast was excellent. I hope that they refrain from doing more live reads at the Ace, only because it was more expensive and out of the way for us, but they needed the extra space for this one.
On Friday, December 19th, we flew to the East Coast for a long weekend in NYC, and I will write a separate entry detailing that weekend. I learned a lot on the trip, and since we are eager to repeat it, I would like to be as detailed as possible, which would make this entry way too long.
Monday afternoon, we took a train from Penn Station in NYC to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, and Simon's parents picked us up for a full week in Reading.
During that week, we met mom's boyfriend Dan,
had our annual viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol,
and had Christmas with all of our families. Some snapshots from the week:
Christmas morning at Mom's with Foo, Manders, and Abbey, the Happiest Christmas Jew.
Christmas afternoon at Dad and Laura's:
Christmas dinner with the Morris clan:
Simon watching a movie with Lyra during our mini-road trip to my best friend's house in Parkton, MD.
One of the many Light family "Christmas Eve" photos from Sara and Cody's house.
With Uncle Bud and Aunt Andrea able to make the trip up to PA this year, everyone was present and accounted for!
Aww, we're cute!
Love this one with all the mommas, including the mother-to-be, Sara!
On Sunday afternoon, we attended Sara's baby shower, and got to chat with our cousins some more before we headed back to LA.
As usual, all of our families were impossibly kind and generous with gifts and their time. We had tons of homemade meals, got all kinds of useful, lovely presents, and spent time with the people we love most in the world. Not a bad holiday!
Of course, we had a long, long trip back to the West Coast that ended up with us arriving at a car with a dead battery. (I am surprisingly amenable to waiting for roadside assistance at 1am, as long as I am not on a plane). Eventually, we made it home and spent the next couple of days hibernating. We watched TV and played video games, and Simon had a couple of days of work sprinkled in there as well.
On Saturday night, we ventured from our cozy home to The Roxy, a small venue in West Hollywood, to see the band Foxygen.
We last saw this band in August, and though their onstage antics were so ridiculous that the show was borderline unwatchable, I was really intrigued by them, and wound up falling in love with their latest record.
So we crossed our fingers and hoped for a better show. And while the frontman was still crazy, the show was much improved.
On Sunday night, we headed to UCB for a doubleheader. First up was Gravid Water,
with Maria Thayer, Thomas Middleditch, Tony Hale, Stephnie Weir, Brian Stack, Bayne Gibby, Missi Pyle, Matt Walsh, Michael McMillian and Ben Schwartz.
Afterward, we stuck around for Shitty Jobs, and both shows were super funny. Though we saw some shows at UCB NY (which I will talk about it my NYC post), UCB Franklin is our second home in LA and we missed it!
Tonight, we are just relaxing at home, since Simon has a 6am presentation for work tomorrow. We are about to eat leftovers from last night - we haven't gotten take out or been to a restaurant yet in 2015, which is (sadly) a great feat for us! Hope you are having a relaxing evening as well. Talk to you soon!