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Celebrating 500 Episodes of 'What's In My Bag?'

Posted by Amoebite, June 8, 2017 02:24pm | Post a Comment

500 Episodes of What's In My Bag?

Our "What's In My Bag?" adventure began nine years ago when "Weird Al" Yankovic came shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and caused a flurry of excitement among our entire staff. He graciously agreed to talk with us on camera (in the elevator room!) on his way out of the store. We didn't quite know what we were doing with the show at that point - or even that it would be a show. But even in that scrappy pilot there was still a magic moment at the end when a member of Brian Wilson's band stopped Al to compliment him on "Pancreas" (his Beach Boys "God Only Knows" parody). Al was clearly touched and we felt lucky to be witness that exchange. Thus, "What's In My Bag?" was born.

By 2009, the series had grown into a weekly feature and we were evolving stylistically. The series really found its audience and we had our first runaway hit in June 2010 with Die Antwoord's episode. They were visiting Los Angeles for the first time and Ninja's deer-in-the-headlights reaction to Amoeba was something everyone could relate to. That episode remains our highest viewed video to this day.

In 2013, we were honored to win a Webby Award and just last year we hit another milestone when we crossed 100,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel. "What's In My Bag?" has become our most popular feature and we are fortunate to be able to talk with musicians from all genres and eras, as well as filmmakers, actors, writers, fine artists, athletes, comedians, and more. Our viewers regularly make suggestions about who we should feature in upcoming episodes and they give us feedback about what they like and what they don't. It's amazing to watch our subscribers comment and compare episodes and provide insight into the series. They love it as much as we do!

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SF Sketchfest 1/22 - 2/8: Weird Al Yankovic, Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Hardwick & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2015 02:19pm | Post a Comment

The 14th annual SF Sketchfest takes over San Francisco January 22th through February 8th with shows featuring major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world.

Amoeba is delighted to sponsor the following amazing nights full of comedy and music:

SF Sketchfest Tribute to "Weird Al" Yankovic in conversation with Chris Hardwick, with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Hard 'n Phirm, and Jonah Ray
February 6, 7PM, Castro Theatre
This tribute to the king of comedy rock "Weird Al" Yankovic includes clips; musical tributes by Garfunkel & Oates, Hard 'n' Phirm, and more; and audience Q&A! Special bonus awesome: it's all moderated by Chris Hardwick!



Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt and the Reigning Monarchs with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Hardwick, Natasha Leggero, Joe Sib, and Brendon Small
February 7, 10:30PM, Cobb’s Comedy Club
Greg Behrendt brings his wildly popular Bring The Rock show back to SF Sketchfest. A staple of LA’s Largo theater, comedians tell a story about a song from their past - sometimes embarrassing, sometimes sentimental, always funny - and then Greg’s fantastic band The Reigning Monarchs covers the song, often led by the comedian in question. It’s what karaoke should be.

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5 Famous Dads Shop at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2014 02:52pm | Post a Comment

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It's almost Father's Day and we wanted to pay homage to all the rad fathers of the world, particularly the ones who share their love of music with their kids. Here are our Top 5 What's In My Bag? episodes featuring dads at Amoeba. Two episodes feature dads shopping alongside their kids and the others are fathers trying to navigate that potential minefield of picking out music for their children. 

5. Jay Bentley of Bad Religion and his son, Hunter, demonstrate what happens when the generations listen to very different musical styles. Unlike his punk rocker dad, Hunter is an aspiring rap artist and picks up underground hip hop. Watch as Jay reacts to his son giving Bad Religion some praise. (Start at 2:37 for the conversation between father and son.) 

Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) - What's In My Bag?

 

4. Comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic, in our very first episode of "What's In My Bag?" back in 2008, was at Amoeba Hollywood shopping for his five year old daughter. (Side note: We are talking to him near the entrance to our parking garage as he was on his way out the store. Oh, how far we've come in 6 years!)

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WEIRD AL-STRAVAGANZA! All Weird Al Burlesque Show & Look-A-Like Contest! August 13, Oakland.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment
Calling all Al Heads! It's time to bust out the checkered Vans and don the aloha shirts for what couldweird al al-stravaganza possibly be the first ever all Weird Al-themed burlesque show. Seems overdue, right? Well, finally Mr. Yankovic is getting his due on Monday, August 13th at Oakland's Uptown as The Hubba Hubba Revue and Pickles Kintaro present The Al-Stravaganza!

It doesn't matter if you are a "My Bologna" purist or just "White and Nerdy;" the hits will be dropping as fast as the clothes at this burlesque bonanza. And make sure you dress for success to enter the Weird Al look-a-like contest! Can you believe that you get all this quality entertainment for just $5! Cheap!

Hosted By Weird Kingfish & Weird "Kevin" Hancock
With: Honey Lawless,Pickles Kintaro, Lady Satan, Odessa Lil, Lola Martinet, Pearl E. Gates, Mistress Marla Spanks, and JD Limelight.

Doors 9PM -- Show 10:15PM
21 & Up w/ID

THE UPTOWN CLUB
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just 1 block from 19th Street BART!)

Here are some of Al's finest moments in no particular order, so says the Amoeblog!



















A Special Edition of "What's In My Bag?" with Numero Group's Rob Sevier

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2011 02:03pm | Post a Comment

WIMBWe have been shooting What's In My Bag? episodes for about three and a half years, but in our latest video with Numero Group founder Rob Sevier, he turns the tables on us a bit. His vision was to give our series the Numero treatment: research its history, interview some of the integral players, and compile his favorite moments and videos from the series.

Rob shadowed us for about a full day, even serving as a host in a separate WIMB with Cheech Marin. He spoke with Brently Heilbron, the host for our very first What's In My Bag? video (an impromptu shoot with Weird Al Yankovic at the end of the registers at Amoeba Hollywood). He interviewed one of the current series producers, and dug deeper into our videos with sketch comedy troupe Human Giant, musician Dave Grohl, Pinky of TV Carnage, internet video sensation Leslie Hall, comedian Neil Hamburger, hip-hop producer/MC Large Professor, and cartoonist Joe Matt

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