Luckily for me (and about two dozen other peeps) I found plenty of both tonight with The Comic Buzz crew at Romancing The Bean in Burbank.
Neil Edwards and Heather Thompson
Word is starting to get around about this midweek stand-up showcase, now on its fourth consecutive week. This is thanks in part to a featured write up last week in The Burbank Leader.
But it also has a lot to do with the energetic enthusiasm of it's creator and host, Bryan Erwin, who spends his pre-show warm-up time at the door, humorously enticing passers-by in off the boulevard.
For the price of a very affordable and super delish latte, I spent close to two hours laughing at seven comedians tonight who each presented their unique brand of clever, witty and sometimes downright weird musings on the coffee house's corner stage.
Topics ranged from facial hair, travel and dating to death, cultural oddities and bar soap, with some edgy Nazi, sex and depression jokes thrown in for good measure. All very, very funny.
Each week the line up consists of up-and-coming comedians who you have probably seen on late night television or at some of the more pricey comedy clubs in Los Angeles.
Tonight's roster included Kyle Kinane, Heather Thompson, Danny Vermont, The Walsh Brothers, Jerry Rocha and Neil Edwards.
The Comic Buzz happens every Wednesday evening starting at 8pm.
Romancing The Bean is located at 150 S. San Fernando Blvd., between Olive and Angeleno. At least for the next few weeks. Word there tonight was that it's losing the space at the end of the month, but plans are to stay in the immediate area.
Here's hoping! What a lovely coffee house environment and some of the best comedy I've seen in a long time. The Bean also hosts Open Mic Night, which adds music and poetry to the mix, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday night.