This February 25 Los Angeles will see the grande premier of its first official British comedy night, well if you don’t count the losers’ dressing room of The BAFTA’s.
They say there’s nothing new under the sun. Well, that’s fine, because there’s almost always something new under the moon when it comes to Los Angeles nite-time entertainment. Whether it’s a new vegan Aboriginal food truck craze or an app that hooks you up with 27 year old’s who know how to find the coolest hippest yurt raves, LA has always been beyond cutting edge.
Whilst there’s always a new young comedy specimen or a hundred, randomly blowing into town from the mysterious Santa Ana’s, there are always new comedy theme nights popping up to accommodate. Comedy shows in coffee houses, dive bars, bookstores, laundromats, bus stations, emergency rooms. Every year, thousands upon thousands of young big dreamy-eye’d comic upstarts, give up the sensible life in Smalltown, USA, say goodbye to Mom and Dad, drive out west, hole up on a couch, grow their beards, tatt up their arms, and work during the day slinging cappuccino for a living so at night, they can refine their unique angst millennial who gives a shit point of view, all in a vague effort to reach for the stars and settle into a comfy life of money, touring and epic film and television careers. And those are just the lady comics.
So, when someone is trying to do something unique, different, I always wish them well, then place a one-way bus ticket outta town in their breast pocket, and start humming Midnight Train to Georgia. However, this time, a particular new show caught my eye, which is gonna be at one of the finest eateries and bars in LA, the legendary Cat & Fiddle Pub. In its new location on Highland Avenue, just above Melrose. I’ve got the man behind Bangers & Laughs, here tonight to tell you all about it. Larf Magazine is very excited to bring him to you. So, it is with great drunken prejudice, that I want to introduce to you an old institution, a comedy legend of sorts, an old geezer for damn sure…
Please welcome, all the way from Putney, Souf London, Nigel Arrisson!
LM: How are you sir?
NA: I’m lovely, and you?
LM: Well, frankly you should know how I feel without asking me.
NA: Why’s that then.
LM: Because, in case you’ve forgotten, you are a fictional creation of mine.
NA: Oh, yes; that’s correct. So, how can I help?
LM: No, it’s just that I want to help you promote your new comedy night.
NA: Well, I must say, I’m very excited about it frankly. I’m excited for Steven, first of all. He’s not been in London in 10 years and he’s missing it so. He loved it there and they seemed to love him as well.
LM: And, how did you come about?
NA: Well, you see, Steven created me. A simple canard brought forth by Steven’s impatience with Angelinos.
LM: How do you mean?
I, Nigel Arrisson from Putney, am the compere, the host if you will. Steven will not be there Monday. I will be.
NA: Well, you must understand; that although Steven was born in New York and grew up in Beverly Hills and Phoenix, and raised and trained as a comedian here in lovely L.A., he didn’t really completely flower as a comic until he went to England. He stayed there (on and off) for nearly 20 years. That’s quite amazing when you think about it. Anyway, while living and working over there, Steven became, how should I put this, he became more than Anglified. More than just a fan of British culture. He became part of it and in turn British culture infused in his brain and refused to leave. That’s how I was born.
LM: Wait a minute.
NA: Take your time.
LM: You’re saying. No. When I say “you’re”, I mean, you Steven are saying, that…
NA: Let me stop you right there. For all intents and purposes, Steven Alan Green doesn’t exist. Nigel Arrisson exists. In fact, from my particular point of view, Steven Alan Green is a fictional creation of my mind. True, “Steven” is producing Bangers & Laughs at The Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood, a night of great British and American comedy, set in a British pub and done in full British tradition, but I, Nigel Arrisson from Putney, am the compere, the host if you will. Steven will not be there Monday. I will be.
LM: Well, either way, you have a great line-up. Matt Kirshen, Cole Parker, JJ Whitehead, Jim Coughlin, and the great Barry Sobel!
NA: Yes, and we expect to have a dedicated heckler, just to heckle me, mind you, none of the other acts.
LM: Of course.
NA: Plus there will be a joke telling contest. For a free pint! It’s only $15 minimum purchase to see the show and with our special $15 Pie and Pint special, you get into the comedy show for free!
LM: What time? Where?