The Thursday before Thanksgiving, we went to see a live read of the 1982 movie Diner.
The roles originally played by actors like Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser and Mickey Rourke were read by current cast members of the FX show The League like Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas and Mark Duplass. You can check out this post for the full casting info and a short summary. We didn't get a chance to watch the movie before the read, and now that we saw the read, we don't really have a desire to watch the movie. The script was pretty funny, but had a lot of outdated humor, and I can't imagine that the film aged any better visually. I'm still glad we saw the read, though. The guys from The League made even the cringiest parts of the script easy to laugh at, and they all read really well together. Jason Mantzoukas (the guy in the scarf below) was the highlight, and I can't say I am at all surprised by that. The man is a born scene-stealer.
Next month, right before we head east, LACMA is doing a live read of The Empire Strikes Back. They are doing the read in DTLA at the Ace Hotel, which is a bigger venue than the Bing Theater, because of the interest it has generated. We have pretty good seats, and I am anticipating some big names, so we are looking forward to that read.
That Friday night, we went to see Mockingjay: Part One at Arclight. They always have awesome advertisements there, you couldn't have missed Katniss if you tried.
We thought it was good, but definitely a stepping stone to the next (and final) film.
Saturday, Simon worked on his project, and later that night we had Snowpants at UCB Franklin. The improvisers were Ben Schwartz, Horatio Sanz, Zach Woods, and Thomas Middleditch, with special guests Breckin Meyer (aka Travis from Clueless)
and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Y'know, from Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, 10 Things I Hate About You, 500 Days of Summer, 50/50, etc etc.
Yep, that Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
That Sunday night, we headed back to UCB for Nate Corddry's Reading Aloud
Simon had a school project to work on, so we spent the first few evenings of the week at home. Thanksgiving was the start of a glorious four-day weekend for Simon, and we utilized it as best we could.
We made/bought a giant Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, which we are still eating leftovers from.
It was a casual holiday, but that was okay with us. Of course, we missed our families, but it's our second year of solo Thanksgiving so we've basically gotten used to it.
Friday, we played video games, ate leftovers, and went to see The Imitation Game at Arclight.
The movie is about Alan Turing, a British mathematician who was influential in the creation of computers as we know them today. Simon has been talking about Turing for years, so when we saw that part of his life story was being memorialized on film, we knew we'd have to go see it.
The movie focused on Turing's efforts to crack the German Enigma Code during WWII alongside a small team of mathematicians and logicians. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing, and does a remarkable job of making him relatable to a modern day audience. While it's a very conventionally structured biopic, it tells an important story and illustrates the life of a man who contributed much to the world of computing. Simon and I both liked the film a lot, and would definitely recommend it for your future viewing pleasure.
After the movie, we went to UCB Sunset for Your F'ed Up Family,
and then we went home to get some sleep.
Saturday was more of the same - video games, food & improv, this time in the form of ASSSSCAT.
On Sunday, Simon spent most of his day finishing up his final project for the fall semester. Later that night...
And on Monday, Simon was due back at work. All good things must come to an end, even four day weekends.
Monday night, we dropped off my car at the auto body shop so they could repair my keyed up hood, and then went to a double-billed show at UCB Sunset. First up were Erin & Melissa, who we've seen perform a couple times before but still love.
The second half of the show was a 30 minute version of Les Miserables set at a Sizzler, called Les Sizzlerables.
This was absolutely fantastic. They took songs from the show/film, rewrote the lyrics to fit their premise and crammed the entire story into 30 minutes with lots of jokes and references that had me cracking up. This show has hugely talented writers and cast, and I hope that more people see it.
That brings us to last night, when we returned to UCB Sunset for a recording of Lauren Lapkus' podcast, guest starring Horatio Sanz. Lauren is always funny, and they have a great dynamic together, so the show was a good time.
Tonight, we are going to relax at home. Simon is done with his class, but is traveling for work next week, so I am trying to take advantage of his free time. We'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to Mr. Sam Morris! And I hope the rest of you are also doing well, staying warm and getting ready for Christmas. Talk to you soon.