Essential Events: Ring in spring with week of comedy fun


Last month’s rains have finally subsided, but in the winter blues have still got a hold on you, this week’s comedy offerings are sure to help. Other events such as movie screenings and the Los Angeles Marathon will round out this week’s Essential Events, so make sure to get tickets now!


Dan Harmon is widely known for his award-winning work on comedies such as “Community” and “Rick and Morty,” but he’s also achieved no small amount of fame in the Los Angeles comedy scene for his Harmontown podcast. Alongside “Whose Line is it Anyway” alum Jeff B. Davis and HarmonQuest game master Spencer Crittenden, Harmon records the podcast in front of a live audience every Monday at The Hayworth on Wilshire.


Double Feature: Gummo, 1997, & Julien Donkey-boy, 1999!OpenDocument

Filmmaker Harmony Korine broke boundaries with his 1997 post-apocalyptic film “Gummo,” which he followed up with minimalist art film “Julien Donkey-Boy.” Both brought serious praise to the director, and are still remembered as some of the best movies from the late 90s two decades later. Cinematheque will showcase both movies, along with a discussion between films with director Harmony Korine at the Egyptian Theatre Tuesday.


March Madness Improv Diary Show!OpenDocument

Not too many Angelenos could imagine reading from their teenage diaries before a live audience, but luckily we have a thriving comedy scene where performers are ready to do just that. Former high school student body president and volleyball player Briana Hansen, along with marketing exec Greg Udchitz will share their innermost teen thoughts on Wednesday for improv laughs and fun.


Harry Poppins And The Knock Shop Of Secrets Returns!OpenDocument

The fact that this Harry Potter spoof can be attended only by those 21 and over should tell you everything you need to know about it. In case it doesn’t, suffice to say that it follows a genderbent version of the fantasy character as she makes her way through a raunchy parody of the classic kids novels. Come dressed as your favorite Potter character and represent your Hogwarts House to win prizes before the show.


Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular

Legendary rock pioneers Pink Floyd are the stars of this world-famous laser show, with nearly two hours of epic visuals set to the tune of songs from “Dark Side of the Moon” to “The Wall.” Previous showings of the spectacular have sold out within hours, but there’s still tickets available for this Friday’s showing.


The Wizarding World Live: Spring Spectacular!!OpenDocument

This fantasy- and magic-themed comedy show is the perfect way to banish winter and summon spring. Featured by Thrillist, LAist, and Take Two on KPCC, the show is hosted by the sorcerous Amoenus Franco and will feature local comedians C.K. Kimball, Carolyn Racine, Estevan Galvez, and Andrea Listenberger this month. The Pack Theater is a pay-what-you-can establishment with open seating, so attendees are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early.


The Los Angeles Marathon

Established in 1986, the LA Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the country, with over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries setting out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the Finish Line in Santa Monica, and hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering them on. Whether you’re participating or just watching from the sidelines on Sunday, the Los Angeles Marathon is the place to be this weekend.


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