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Confessions of a Comedy-holic

Confessions of a Comedy-holic is a weekly blog series that features life on stage at the Dallas Comedy House (DCH). We will start with: Family Comedy. Family Friendly Comedy Show

Do you have kids? If you don’t, then you should stop reading this, and go make some right now. Why? So that you could bring them to see the Family Friendly Comedy Show at DCH when they grow up. Haha, it was a joke. Don’t do it, unless you are married and your spouse is OK with it.

But seriously, have you thought of it before, that improv comedy is not just for adults? And that the Family Friendly Comedy Show is another great venue that you could bring your kids to to have some fun? This blog is not an advertisement for DCH by the way (joking again). Should I say world-famous Dallas Comedy House? I guess I should.

Believe it or not, until just recently, I had no idea that it has kids’ shows there. You see, I've always loved comedy and visited different comedy theatres in Dallas before. The biggest issue I personally always had, though, is with too much inappropriate language, etc. being used on stage. Other words, stage comedy is not something that I would think of bringing my child to watch.

Well, up until a few months ago. The first time I went to see a Family Friendly Comedy Show here as a part of my learning program I was astounded and surprised at the same time. The big theatre was full of kids. The performance was fuuunnyyy. The audience was engaged. Some kids went to perform on stage alone with the actors. Everyone had fun. I found myself laughing the entire time. Aww!

family friendlyI had to see if it’s always like this. I went to see it again the next week. This time, with my 11-year-old. Guess what? It was the same picture. The big theatre was full of kids. The performance was fuuunnyyy. The audience was engaged. Some kids performed on stage alone with the actors. Everyone had fun. I found myself laughing the entire time. Aww!

And my daughter? She had a great time, too! We decided we should invite some of her friends, just to make sure it is going to be fun again…well you’ve got the picture… :).

I could get into “deeper analyses” and start telling you what exactly was happening on the stage, etc., but why? Family comedy is supposed to be fun for kids. And it does just that: it fulfills its purpose. So why don’t you just come over and see it for yourself? You might just have a good time!

If your kids are now grown, just bring you grand-kids to watch the show. If you don’t have kids yet, bring your siblings’ kids…(make sure that their parents are OK with it first and know where you are going, of course). They have drinks and snacks on the menu at DCH, if you feel like grabbing a bite. Share some fun, and have some fun yourself. We might not be able to become kids ever again, but we can sure let ourselves feel like kids once in a while.

The Family Friendly Comedy Show happens every Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Comedy House.

Iryna Spitzer is a writer and improviser. She is currently at Level 2 at DCH. Besides comedy, she likes drama (to balance it out), flowers, children, animals, and world peace.  

(Top image: A drawing from Iryna's daughter)

What We're Loving: Movies That Age Well, Adult Contemporary Television, Finding True Love, Chilly McFreeze Audio

imageEach Friday, DCH performers, teachers, and students offer their recommendations for what to watch, read, see, hear, or experience. This week David Allison travels to childhood and back again, Ashley Bright cries at work, Amanda Hahn finds her husband, and Ryan Callahan has baffling expectations.  MV5BMTgzNzk3OTg2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTIyODc5._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_I’m a relatively sentimental person. Whether it’s looking at old Facebook photos or just finding smaller shirts that used to fit, I enjoy looking back at the past. But when it comes to movies, I rarely take the time to revisit films I used to love; I’ve been burned too many times. For example, did you know that Blues Brothers isn’t that good? I know you’ll say that it’s sacrilegious for me to say such a thing on a comedy website, but it’s kind of boring and doesn’t hold up. Hell, most movies don’t hold up because they were made for a certain era that’s now known as bygone. Recently though, I had a breakthrough. I found a film that I loved as a child and I continue to love as an adult. That movie is Drop Dead Gorgeous. Released in 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous is a dark comedy about a teenage beauty pageant in Minnesota. If you haven’t seen it in a while (Or, heaven forbid, if you’ve never seen it) you probably don’t recall how deep the cast of characters for this film is. I love how many memorable performances there are in such a small movie. I mean, you could probably remember that Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards are battling it out as likeable/unlikeable caricatures. But you need to revisit this film to rediscover the adorable/hilarious trailer park friendship Ellen Barkin/Alison Janney. You need to watch Will Sasso dangle from a car door. You need to watch Adam West host a pageant. You owe it to yourself. - David Allison

MV5BMjExNzA1ODMxMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjY4MjQ2OA@@._V1_SY317_CR15,0,214,317_AL_I like some neat things like Japanese metal, Bukowski, and zines. I've drank David Lynch coffee. I like Avon more than Stringer. I've bought speakers from a fella off Craigslist. I need you to remember this when I tell you about what I'm loving this week. It's not underground. You've likely heard of it. It's adult contemporary television on network TV, and I love it. I love the Braverman's. Every week, I sit at my desk and cry at least once while watching (mostly just listening to) Parenthood. This week I teared up three times. Three separate times at my desk. At work. In front of other people. Listen. I'm not ashamed. It's a great show. It's a bit hokey at times and you'll feel things, but it's great. I want to be Camille Braverman when I'm in my twilight years and have a backyard just like that. Lord, bring me a Zeke Braverman to marry when I grow up. You'll laugh when watching it. You'll become invested in the characters. And that's the thing with this show, it's lead by the characters and not the plot. I started watching it as a brain rinse after watching Breaking Bad. I'd watch one or two episodes of each. I got hooked. There's some actors from HBO lining the cast if that gets you going: Peter Krause from Six Feet Under and Wallace from The Wire popped up in a few episodes in season two. Sure, it gets sappy and hits topics like cancer and having a child with autism. But its set in Berkeley and there's some pot smoking, that's cool, right? Most seasons are available on your streaming service of choice. Watch it and let's you and I chit chat about some family drama. - Ashley Bright

WWL HahnEveryone, I’m glad I have your attention. This is a very special “What We’re Loving” post for me. Today, I would like to introduce you all to my future husband, Bridger Winegar. He’s worked as an intern and production assistant for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and he’s the most consistently funniest person I’ve ever internet-stalked. So…no, I’ve never met him, but I know he is my one true love. Everything he has ever said or posted on any medium has made me laugh. Since it’s no longer 2010, I know it’s strange to still be obsessed with someone’s Twitter feed. But you guys, I’m obsessed with his Twitter feed right down to his bio. It says nothing but “Here we are on our third date,” and it tickles me to my core. If you ever see me spacing out or there is a lull in our conversation, there is a 95% chance that that sentence is running through my head. His weirdness is so creative, and he’s bold with his moves. The strange things you daydream of doing or posting, but never follow through on, he’ll do. His Pinterest boards are a perfect example. They make me cry from laughter. There’s an entire board with nothing but George Lucas’s neck. Another is devoted to pictures of his knee. If you decide to check out any others, be sure to take a peek at his Amazing Vocalists board. He’s goofy, strange, and delightful. I have no idea what he’s currently working on or doing, but he deserves more fame, and I’m making it my life goal to spread the word about him. So if you’re in the mood to meet someone that will make you think, “Wait what why?!” Bridger Winegar is your guy. But back off, ladies. This psycho is mine. - Amanda Hahn

steveaustinshow300x300Recently, a few people who would know recommended the The Steve Austin Show, the podcast with former pro-wrestler and current direct-to-video action star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Even though "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (henceforth abbreviated as SCSA) was the man who brought me back to the pro-wrestling fold after a long hiatus in the 90's, I hesitated to listen to his podcast for the same reason I hesitate listening to any podcast. Most are bad. They feature people who either pepper each sentence with a string of words such as "um" and "like" and "you know" (the vast majority of wrestling podcasts) or who try so hard to be funny that you can feel the flop sweat drip through your headphones (the vast majority of comedy podcasts). Well, it turns out that SCSA, one of the greatest promo guys in the history of the wrestling business, is really good at talking into a microphone. I have no idea why I expected anything different, except for the fact that I am an idiot. The Steve Austin Show is an entertaining listen, and not only during the interview portion when SCSA talks with guests like Paul Heyman and Dave Meltzer and William Regal about the wrestling business, but also during the opening section, when SCSA talks about what's going on in his life and what's going on in his head. Traditionally, this is the section of the podcast I skip. But not on this show. SCSA has the most important quality any entertainer can have: sincerity. I'll put up with a lot of things: self-pity, ignorance, foolishness. But if I think you're being disengenuous, if I think I'm being fed a line, I'll tune out. When SCSA speaks I believe he means what he says. Which probably makes me a mark. But at least I'm a mark with something to listen to when I'm driving. - Ryan Callahan