On Monday, it was Amanda's birthday! I had grand plans to go out for breakfast, but then I realized I had left my purse (and my keys) in Simon's car the night before. Boo. So we made breakfast, hung out, and the girls went for a walk around the neighborhood until Simon got home from work. Then we went to an early dinner at Stout in Hollywood
and posed for some pictures while we waited for our burgers.
Dinner was delicious, and then we headed to The Virgil for a stand-up show.
I had read about the weekly stand-up show, Hot Tub, a bunch of times, but we'd never gone before. When I went to buy tickets, they were sold out, so we decided to get there early and try our luck with door tickets. We're thankful we got there when we did, because it was a small place with very few seats. We enjoyed some happy hour cocktails, and waited for the show to start.
Kristin Schaal and Kurt Braunohler were the hosts, and they each did a set as well.
The show was so funny. I am not nearly as enthusiastic about stand-up as I am about improv comedy, and I found it hilarious. We were all glad that we went, and Simon and I will probably return in the future. Amanda insisted that she had an enjoyable birthday, though we didn't manage time to get ice cream for her.
On Tuesday (April Fools' Day!) the girls and I got breakfast at Sycamore Kitchen, then drove over to West Hollywood.
We stopped at Meltdown Comics so the ladies could have a look around.
Then we went to check out Amoeba Music and the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. And look, David Hasselhoff popped by!
After that, we went to a taping of the Comedy Central show @midnight. The funny part was that the real David Hasselhoff was there! Watch this clip for a better explanation:
They didn't allow cell phones at the taping at all, so we have no record of our time there. But we watched them tape an episode with three comedians from the HBO show Silicon Valley, and then a segment from another episode to air this week with one of my favorite ladies in show business, Karen Gillan. When we watched the aired episode the next day, we noticed they cut a ton of stuff out - the comedians are apparently too funny (or long-winded) for TV. The segment with Karen won't be airing until Thursday.
After the taping, we picked up Simon and dropped off Amanda and Abbey for dinner with friends. Simon and I grabbed dinner at Tender Greens, then came home to watch a bit of TV. Later that night, I met up with the girls at UCB for their final UCB show of the trip, Bangarang. First, Zach Woods and Tim Simons did 15 minutes of two man improv:
Next up was another fifteen minute set, this time from Joe Wengert, Colton Dunn, Jon Gabrus and a comedian whose name I never remember.
Finally, there was a half hour set from the eight-person improv group Bangarang.
It was a fun show, one that we don't usually attend because of its 11pm time slot, but I'm glad we had a chance on Tuesday.
Wednesday was Abbey's birthday and the girls' last day in LA, and we wanted to get in some beach time before they left.
We drove up to Malibu to get on the sand,
and then back down the Pacific Coast Highway to check out the Getty Villa.
Amanda and I had been there before with our mom, but she wanted Abbey to see it as well. It was a beautiful, crisp day, with fairly sparse museum attendance. Abbey and Amanda went through a lot of the indoor galleries, while I spent most of the time outside taking in the view.
We decided we'd settle for this as our summer home.
After the Villa excursion, we drove over to the Westside Pavilion mall for a free advance screening of Oculus, a horror movie starring the aforementioned Karen Gillan, at Landmark Theater.
Before the film, we ate dinner at the Westside Tavern, and got some cookies for dessert to celebrate Abbey's birthday. Then, we got in line for the screening, and eventually we got into the screening.
I'm pretty choosy about horror movies. I was interested in seeing this one because I like the lead actress, and because it's a psychologically scary film rather than a gruesome one. Though it definitely had some flaws, it was a pretty decent horror film - I don't think anyone hated it. Afterward, we came back to the apartment and chatted for a bit before going to sleep.
On Thursday morning, we summoned an Uber to take the girls to the airport, since they had to be at the airport during rush hour. It was so nice having them here! We fit a ton of stuff into their visit, and we had a great time with them - hopefully they did as well.
We spent the next couple days recovering from our unusually high level of activity, hanging out around the house and keeping it low-key. We did attend a couple of events - another edition of Bangarang at UCB, and our first show at Nerdmelt, the comedy stage at Meltdown Comics.
I'd been wanting to go there for a show for a while, and Ben Schwartz was supposed to be a guest star for Saturday night's Baby Talk, so I bought tickets. While we were waiting in line, we saw Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, signing stuff, drawing stuff, and taking pictures with fans. Nice guy!
Ingrid Haas, and child-actor-turned-adult-actor Jerry O'Connell talk about and to a child comedian.
We didn't like the show and won't be seeing it again, but I'm glad we had the experience in order to check out the space for future (and hopefully better) shows.
Sunday was CicLaVia, an event that Los Angeles puts on once every few months. They close down a prominent road to allow people to cycle on it for several hours.
This edition was held along Wilshire Blvd, just like it was when Jakki and Matt came to visit in June. We walked along our end of the route, checking out the bikers and food trucks and enjoying the weather. It's a slight inconvenience, but I feel like it's worth it to see so many people out and about in the sunshine.
Sunday night, we went to UCB for the monthly show Gravid Water.
All of the actors and improvisers were familiar to us, and it was a good show.
The last Gravid Water we went to was with Simon's mom, Mary Jo, when she came to visit in March. Time flies! Can't believe it's been a month already.
Monday night and this evening have both been pretty relaxed thus far. Simon's been tinkering with his computer, and we've been playing video games and catching up on TV. Hopefully you've all been able to enjoy the weather a little more since spring has sprung in the Northeast. Love you guys, and talk to you soon!