Recap: December Charity Auction to Benefit the Philippine Red Cross

Posted by Amoebite, December 9, 2013 12:13pm | Post a Comment

Cameron Esposito at Amoeba HollywoodIt was the first Saturday of the month which meant Amoeba Music in Hollywood had a slew of cool and interesting items up for auction to the highest bidder! And it meant that people got to help out where the need is greatest while they scored cool and interesting items. This month we were raising money for the Philippine Red Cross with the help of comedian Cameron Esposito.

On Saturday, December 7 our guest auctioneer Cameron Esposito, the host of the live show and podcast Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito Tuesdays at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, rocked our auction! Esposito has been named a top Comedy Act to Watch in 2013 by LA Weekly and she has appeared at clubs and festivals across the country. Her network televison debut on Late Late with Craig Ferguson garnered attention as "the most memorable first time on a late night show for any comedian in recent history."

If you weren't at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday you missed all the zingers and one-liners she dished up to help the Philippine relief effort. She had the audience chuckling and raising their hands to donate! "C'mon, you know the movie Die Hard is worth $25.00 in your heart."

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Trader Joe’s gift card ($50) + vintage monkees lunchbox - $55.00
  • Urban Outfitters gift card ($50) + vinyl records AND – a John Denver cloth tote - $40.00
  • Tickets to see Lissie at the Fonda theater - $20.00
  • Tickets to see Suicidal Tendencies at The Fonda theater - $40.00
  • 4 passes to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $30.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of your choice + CD and first in line for signing - $35.00
  • Ringo Starr limited-edition tote + drumsticks along with a cool Beatles package filled with all sorts of collectibles - $50.00
  • Record Store Day bag filled with limited-edition releases and a T-shirt - $15.00
  • Holiday Horrors! Vincent Price tote bag + tickets for two to see Abel Ferrara's lost horror-revenge film Ms. 45 at Cinefamily – Dec. 20, plus DVD horror classics - $10.00
  • Hollywood Holiday pack! Hollywood sign photo/canvas + the holiday classic Die Hard - $10.00
  • Special "kids" pack with signed Yo Gabba Gabba! stuff and Despicable Me 2 doll - $15.00

Philippine Red CrossWe began hosting charity auctions when Hurrican Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we’ve raised  over $475,000 for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids (up to $1,000) and 100% of funds raised in the auctions go straight to the charity.

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Recap: UCB Helped Raise Money for Food on Foot in our November Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, November 4, 2013 02:12pm | Post a Comment

UCB Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, November 2, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts from Upright Citizens Brigade brought the goods and the guffaws with their dry wit and nutty antics. It was mayhem and mirth on the Amoeba Hollywood stage stage as they helped raise the bids up! Several customers were overheard saying they didn't know what the hell was happening, but it sure sounded exciting.

Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Iprovisational ManualThe Upright Citizens Brigade is a comedy improvisational troupe founded in LA by Matt, Ian, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler. The UCB Theatre is dedicated to fostering both an appreciation and education of the arts through affordable and high quality comedic performances and classes. Their new book, The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual, was borne out of years of work by the authors to provide the first step-by-step instruction manual for the art of comedic improvisation.

Matt and Ian shot several zingers into the crowd as they drove the bids up and up...

"Not bidding today is just like kicking a homeless person as you walk down the street!"

Our November charity auction beneficiary is our neighbors, Food on Foot. Since 1996 they have provided the poor and homeless of Hollywood with nutritious meals, clothing, job opportunities, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.

As always, Amoeba matches all winning bids and 100% of auction funds go straight to the charity.

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Matt Walsh Hosts Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Billy Gil, July 3, 2012 01:30pm | Post a Comment
matt walshComedian/actor Matt Walsh hosts this month’s charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood July 7 at 4 p.m., where the store will be auctioning off concert tickets for upcoming shows by Ariel Pink, Grimes and The Black Keys, as well as gift certificates for Trader Joe’s and Urban Outfitters, signed collectibles and more. Proceeds from the auction benefit Camp Crescent Moon, the nation's first and oldest summer camp for children with sickle cell anemia.
Walsh is one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the comedy troupe that started in Chicago in the early ’90s and has seen such alumni as Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz and Adam McKay, in addition to opening theaters in New York and Los Angeles hosting live shows and improv classes. Walsh also starred in the TV version of “Upright Citizens Brigade” on Comedy Central with Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser. Walsh has been in such Todd Phillips films as Old School, was a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” recently released on DVD his directorial debut with High Road, starring Ed Helms and Lizzy Caplan, and now stars in HBO’s “Veep” alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus. His Comedy Central show “Dog Bites Man” hit DVD in June, detailing a hapless local news team’s fruitless attempts to portray hard-hitting issues, co-starring Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Savage and A.D. Miles. I sat down to speak with Walsh a bit about that show and his career thus far.
Me: Are you excited about “Dog Bites Man” coming out on DVD? Have people been asking you when it’s going to come out?
dog bites manWalsh: I’m really excited about because I’m pretty sure a lot of people never saw it. I thought it was a really fun show to make, and it was a great cast, obviously, but I think it was a really interesting experiment in television, and I’m glad it’s out there in some form.
Me: Did you guys watch a lot of local news clips on YouTube or local talk show clips while making the show for inspiration? Did your work on “The Daily Show” factor in when making “Dog Bites Man”?
Walsh: Yeah, I think my experience on “The Daily Show” helped me own like a reporter persona and know what is silly about news. I think a lot of the story ideas came from — I think local news covers the mundane. I think there’s a simple truth to that. So a lot of the stories we came up with were mundane or classic retreads of safety issues or community issues or things like that. There’s one episode where we went to visit the KKK, but I don’t think it ever aired and I don’t think it’s on the DVD.
Me: Can you talk a bit about your role in Ted? I think a lot of “Family Guy” fans are wondering what to expect from the movie.
Walsh: I think it’s Seth’s sensibility in the movie, so I think there are a lot of hard laughs — things go on for too long, a lot of obscure references. It’s a little sweeter, more driven by emotion [than “Family Guy”]. But I’m sure true fans of the show will find similar stylistic choices. In general it feels much more like a movie than an animated half hour. I’m in a few scenes, I play Mark Wahlberg’s boss at a rental car agency. I think I’m hot shit because I’m friend with Tom Skerrit. I basically keep flaunting that in front of him, that he’ll never be friends with Tom Skerrit.
Walsh: How much are you allowed to do improv on “Veep”? Can you talk a bit about how that show comes together?
Walsh: We spent probably three or four weeks rehearsing before we shot anything. We would get scripts and put them on our feet and perform. … I think once they saw our take on the character, they’d take the scripts away and rewrite them and you’d see some of the jokes you heard in the room. … On the day [of filming], we were always doing two or three improv takes where we hit the points, but we were able to have fun and explore.
high roadMe: How did you put High Road together? As the film is based on improvisation, did you rehearse a lot or just keep filming till you found something you liked? And what’s the response been like?
Walsh: High Road came about because I’ve always been a fan of the improv movie. I love Christopher Guess movies like Spinal Tap, so that was my goal at some point, put all the funny improvisers I knew into one movie. We took 70 scenes, spent two weeks at the UCB theater introducing the characters to each other. … By the time we started filming, they didn’t have to make anything up. … Generally we would kind of hit the takes and get pretty tight and hone what we like, and then if there was something new, we’d explore a tangent. We had jokes for certain scenes to make sure there were hard laughs in the movie. And it’s been really well-received. I got an award at the Newport [Beach] Film Festival lat year. … We’ve done like four or five film festivals and did a brief theatrical run in L.A. and New York, and then it came out on DVD.
Me: What else are you working on these days?
Walsh: I have a couple of movies I’m trying to get off the ground. We go back to “Veep” in October, so hopefully in the next couple months I’ll be shooting a small indie comedy. I’m going to New York for the UCB festival this weekend, and enjoying the Valley heat.
Me: What do you think UCB means for L.A. comedy?
Walsh: Hopefully UCB comedy means good comedy. It’s all things funny. We have improv, standup, sketch comedy, musicals, one-person shows … the formats are wide open. It’s not limited to one specific style. I think the quality’s good, it’s really competitive to get in there. … We try to stay in touch with what’s new and what’s out there. … I think people take it real serious and enjoy it. The other benefit is the audience has been trained. It’s not like they have to pay 20 bucks and buy two drinks. I think the audiences are great and are more game, more open to the wonderful expectation of “I’m not sure what’s its going to be, but I know it’s going to be funny.” I think that’s a wonderful environment for a performer to step into. I think that’s the other blessing of L.A. is that on any given night, there are established comedians looking to get on stage, whether it’s Patton Oswalt or Paul F. Tompkins or Sarah Silverman. We’re really fortunate that our theater pool is so great because there are so many great people looking to get on stage every night.

Comedy Duo Garfunkel and Oates Live at Amoeba Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2011 03:02pm | Post a Comment
If you haven't heard of Garfunkel and Oates yet, you probably will soon. (No, it's not a long-lost collaboration between folk singer Art Garfunkel and pop/soul singer John Oates.) Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are two actresses and singers also known as the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. They've appeared on Raising Hope, Scrubs, Last House on the Left, Bored to Death, and The Big Bang Theory. They've performed on The Tonight Show and were just signed to a pilot deal with HBO. They also recently hosted our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the release of their new comedy album, All Over Your Face.

Riki and Kate met at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and began working together on a short film called Imaginary Larry. As Garfunkel and Oates they create satirical folk songs covering topics like same sex marriage ("Sex With Ducks"), gently telling a guy they aren't interested ("I Would Never [Have Sex With You]"), and the joys of pregnancy ("Pregnant Women Are Smug"). You can buy All Over Your Face here or at Amoeba Hollywood.

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Posted by Job O Brother, November 18, 2008 11:37am | Post a Comment
The view from my window. That store in the middle is Linda Thai - they have great food.

*Cough, cough!*

Hello! Greetings from *cough* Hollywood!

Sorry about the grey ash everywhere. It’s from the fires. And the heat. Strange, isn’t it? To be in the middle of November and planning your day around which businesses have air conditioning? (Amoeba Music, by the way, has air conditioning.) This is how we do winter in LA: pretend the blazing heat is an Arctic chill and those flakes of ash falling from the sky are snowflakes.

Also, that fat man laughing loudly on Sunset Boulevard is Santa. Nevermind that you’ve never seen Santa throw-up in the gutter and scream that the government put wires in his cereal. This is how we do winter in LA.

*Cough, cough* Word.

I must admit, I kind of like the way the air smells when Los Angeles is consumed in hell-fire. Kind of like everything’s hickory smoked. Kind of delicious, and reminds me of Christmas gifts of Hickory Farms, like you might find a smoked and dried Pasadena nestled in a box of fake grass, next to some strawberry candy. Sounds good, right? Who wouldn’t want to spread a little smoked Pasadena on a poppy-seed cracker? Maybe add a sprig of dill. Mmm!
meat gift
The last seven days – we’ll call it a week for short – have been packed with all sorts of activities. Let’s start with the most improbable of them:

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