Chris Rock to Bro V. Wade: 5 Comedy specials and occasions we’re enthusiastic about in 2023

Although 2023 seems to be in full swing after a protracted vacation, predicting the way forward for comedy this 12 months nonetheless appears fairly laughable. We’re nonetheless catching our breath from the craziness of ’22, which ended with a bang (a.ok.a. Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle touring stadiums collectively). However within the spirit of the brand new 12 months, it’s solely proper that we dive into some bullet factors which are already getting us pumped for extra comedy this 12 months, whether or not it’s chilling on our sofa watching specials, braving stay crowds and two-drink minimums or standing up for worthy causes that include punchlines as a substitute of chants. Listed below are 5 issues we’re already enthusiastic about protecting this 12 months on this planet of stand-up.

Comedy specials galore

From legendary monsters to hilarious up and comers, 2023’s introduced choices (nonetheless solely a slice of what’s to return) are already filling this 12 months with stomach laughs. After months of filling arenas on his Ego Loss of life World Tour, Chris Rock returns to the display to remind us that nothing slaps more durable than one in all his finely-tuned specials — not even Will Smith. But it surely’s extra than simply jokes that make “Selective Outrage” the speak of the comedy world. The particular will probably be streaming stay, and globally — a primary for Netflix — in early 2023 (date TBA).

“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” Netflix vice chairman of stand-up and comedy codecs Robbie Praw stated in a press launch. “We’re thrilled the entire world will be able to experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history. This will be an unforgettable moment and we’re so honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”

This 12 months, one other comedy veteran, Marc Maron, is slated to launch his first HBO particular. “I’ve wanted to do an HBO special my entire life,” Maron stated in an announcement. “Not since I started doing comedy, but since I started watching comedy as a kid. It was where the real comedy happened. Always. I’m honored to be working with them.” The hour of deep comedy from the “WTF” podcast host will contact on the dying of his longtime girlfriend and collaborator, director Lynn Shelton, in addition to his father’s battle with dementia.

Sarah Tiana is about to launch her Comedy Retailer particular “44” in February.

This 12 months additionally guarantees specials from different top-shelf nationwide/worldwide expertise, together with Hannah Gadsby, Nate Bargatze and Mae Martin. On the planet of satellite tv for pc radio, followers of the late Brody Stevens ought to notice that the comic would be the topic of a collection known as “Positive Energy: A Brody Stevens Oral History” debuting on SiriusXM in February.

L.A. comedy followers must also maintain their eyes peeled for specials coming from two Comedy Retailer favorites, Sarah Tiana and Justin Martindale. Tiana, who’s at the moment the host of commentary present “The NFL Pile On” streaming on Prime Video, has been making her title on the stage and display and now makes her particular debut with “44” produced by Comedy Retailer Studios on Feb. 6. Martindale, host of the podcast “Just Sayin’ With Justin Martindale,” is debuting his first hour of sharp-tongued wit within the first quarter of 2023 together with his particular titled “Gay Bash.” — Nate Jackson

Glendale Room’s Sean Casey buys the Lyric Hyperion

A brand new 12 months means a brand new period for Silverlake’s Lyric Hyperion theater, which is now underneath the stewardship of Sean Casey, proprietor of the Glendale Room, already dubbed “the coziest room in all of L.A. comedy.” Although it’s nonetheless very new, Casey (who was additionally the previous inventive director/basic supervisor of M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater) already set his sights on working his magic on the Lyric with a brand new slate of exhibits beginning Jan. 10 that includes a great deal of comedy, music, drag exhibits and extra. The plan is to revive the venue to its old-school structure, and add private touches that may possible showcase Casey’s knack for making a heat, whimsical and alluring house that ought to make for a cool hold, in addition to a spot to snigger at some jokes. — N.J.

The Ice Home reopening

The most recent period on the oldest ongoing comedy membership within the nation (critically, look it up) is lastly taking place this 12 months. After years of being underneath building, the Ice Home in Pasadena is reopening in early 2023 . Since initially opening its doorways in September 1960, a Mt. Rushmore of comics comparable to Tim Allen, Dennis Miller, George Carlin, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling have all taken their place within the highlight at this Pasadena staple. In 2019, Johnny Buss, son of the late Lakers proprietor Jerry Buss, purchased the Ice Home and he’s rolling out a swanky new look, which means this comedy membership is about to get even extra legendary. That includes two phases, two bars, a VIP lounge and a spruced-up eating and cocktail menu, and much more leisure choices together with stay music, vogue exhibits and native occasions, the venue is returning to its standing as an L.A. sizzling spot. — N.J.

Vanessa Ragland photographed at an L.A. comedy club called Dynasty Typewriter.

Vanessa Ragland at L.A. comedy membership Dynasty Typewriter.

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Dynasty Typewriter’s fifth anniversary

Dynasty Typewriter throws an ideal vacation social gathering. And never simply in December. Since 2018 homeowners/inventive administrators Jamie Flam and Vanessa Ragland have opened their Artwork Deco doorways to the general public for superb New Yr’s, Halloween and even Valentine’s Day bashes. Attendees historically get pleasure from an onstage dance ground, goofy video games, mini-entertainment in each nook and cranny and immersive décor galore.

No shock the whimsical Westlake comedy theater is already planning for its fifth anniversary celebration. A particular March 20 week of programming will function Greatest Of Dynasty Typewriter exhibits and occasions, culminating in “a grand variety show and soirée” March 25 at 8 p.m. “Expect live music, a long line-up of special guests, and a look back at highlights from the first five years. And popcorn,” Flam and Ragland stated by way of electronic mail.

The 200-seat venue opened on the historic Hayworth Theatre constructing on Wilshire Boulevard following a profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign, shortly changing into identified for selection programming and crafting stand-up spectacles working the gamut from Hannah Gadsby residencies to Adam Sandler tapings. Dynasty Typewriter has hosted greater than a thousand exhibits thus far, launched a livestream-production arm and provided lessons with lecturers together with improviser Reggie Watts, author Brent Forrester and solo present vet Drew Droege.

Flam and Ragland cite Jane Fonda, Russell Model, Ilana Glazer, Martin Brief amongst their favourite performances; surviving the pandemic as their “greatest feat and biggest challenge.” With quick 2023 programming together with Jan. 14’s “Lauren Lapkus Presents: A Very Good Time!” Jan. 15’s “Middle Aged Dad Jam Band with David Wain & Ken Marino,” Jan. 31’s Janeane Garofalo, and “Tig & Cheryl: True Story,” as they put it, “It’s safe to say Dynasty has created a home for itself in the L.A. entertainment scene, and a home for countless comedy, arts and culture fans.” — Julie Seabaugh

Bro V. Wade present involves L.A.

Unique “Daily Show” co-creator and head author Lizz Winstead has lengthy been on the forefront of serving to evolve comedy’s function in shaping political protection. She was co-founder of Air America, a veteran panelist on every little thing from Invoice Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” and “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn” to CNN and MSNBC, her “Comedy Central Presents” half-hour even addressed abortion rights again in 1992. Lately “Feminist Buzzkills Live!” her podcast with Moji Alawode-El and Marie Khan, retains tabs on the most recent abortion laws and actions. (She was arrested in December 2021 for protesting on the Supreme Court docket Constructing whereas Justices heard arguments on the Mississippi ban difficult Roe vs. Wade.)

Winstead counts herself among the many 1 in 4women who’ve had the process of their lifetime. “I just got sick of these creepy de-fundamentalists constantly controlling the narrative,” she says on her web site. “I feel like it is my duty to stand up for every single person who needs one, to make sure they can get one.”

In 2012, the comedian, creator and self-described troublemaker based Girl Elements Justice to create parody and satire that inspired ladies to “get off their a— and reclaim their rights.” Identified since 2015 as Abortion Entry Entrance (to be extra intersectional and inclusive), the nonprofit is now composed of comedians, writers and producers serving to to destigmatize abortion, present assets to those that want them and stem antiabortion extremism.

Abortion AF held its first Bro V. Wade: Humorous Dudes Elevating Money for Abortion fundraiser final Might at Brooklyn’s Bell Home, that includes performances from David Cross, Jon Glaser, Dean Obeidallah, Dave Hill and host Joyelle Nicole Johnson. Significantly in gentle of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade’s in June, notes, “Men receive all the benefits of birth control and abortion care, and do the literal least for it.”

Bro V. Wade makes its West Coast debut 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Highland Park’s Lodge Room (1-5 N. Avenue 56, 2nd ground) with Doug Benson, Brian Posehn, Jeff Ross, Dana Gould, host Helen Hong and extra. $40, 21+ solely. Tickets, a donation hyperlink and extra info obtainable at — J.S.