You’ve had a long day exploring Los Angeles. You’re tired, but still looking for something fun to do on a Thursday night before your late morning meeting. The Hollywood Hotel has the perfect place for you to unwind with a drink and relax before another busy day: The Bomb Shelter comedy night!
The Bomb Shelter at the Hollywood Hotel is one of the best places for comedians to test out new material. Every Thursday night features an open mic, stand-up comedy show for up and coming comedians. Comics are encouraged to experiment with new jokes, yes, even bombs in order to find the truly hilarious moments. Admission to the show is free with no drink minimum for audience members. The stage includes a professional sound system with lights signaling one minute until the end of every performance. There are areas for socializing and a quiet lounge for writing and preparing for a set.
The show has only been in session for a few weeks and yet, last week, 47 comedians performed on the stage, according to Bomb Shelter host and producer John Silver. “People have come to see the show all the way from New Zealand.”
The Bomb Shelter has a unique and creative way of incorporating social media into the comedy show. Every Wednesday before the show, The Bomb Shelter’s Twitter (@AttackDroid) announces a Twitter hashtag ending in “bomb” (past hashtags have been #hoagiebomb, #ladybomb, etc.) that attendees can use to communicate with comedians from their phones while they are performing with encouragement or heckling. It is also a way to archive each show on Twitter, according to Silver. The show also uses the new social media music service Spotify to find and play any song of the comedian’s choice at the start of their set. According to Silver, this allows comedians to get in the mood and be comfortable while performing.
The Bomb Shelter has attracted some of Los Angeles’ up and coming comedians, including Rick Shapiro, who has made appearances on popular shows such as “2 Broke Girls,” “The League” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Pat Thorton, a comedian known for his writing work in on Canada’s The Comedy Network for “Hotbox.”
Host John Silver started the show with the goal to provide a place for comedians to work on their craft and provide great entertainment. “We’ve only done a few shows but the results so far have been very positive. People are sticking around for the entire show because [they] are having a better time. This show encourages experimentation so people are taking more risks which leads to great moments.” He and his co-host Ryan Pfeiffer are planning to do a special Halloween show on Monday, October 31 with costumes and a few surprises, so be sure to come and enjoy the show!
“The Bomb Shelter” happens every Thursday night underneath the Hollywood Hotel on Vermont Street from 7pm-10pm. Come down, order a few drinks and be prepared to laugh the night away!