Magazine article Guitar Player

Brendon Small's Comedy Rock Show

Magazine article Guitar Player

Brendon Small's Comedy Rock Show

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"I ONCE WAITED IN LINE FOR AN HOUR to meet Lou Reed," comedian Marc Maron tells the audience at famed Los Angeles fusion club, the Baked Potato. "There were all these idiots in front of me, including a guy in a white jumpsuit playing guitar with an amp strapped to his back, doing Velvet Underground songs really loudly. I was like, 'When I get up there, I'm really gonna make an impression on Lou. I want him to remember me. I'm gonna connect.' But when I finally got to the front of the line and was face-to-face with Lou, all I could muster was, 'Hi, Lou. So, um, what gauge of pick do you use, man?'"

That's almost the end of Maron's Lou Reed bit. The rest of it gets huge laughs, but it's too edgy to print here. For the full experience, you'll have to come down to Baked, a monthly night of guitar-centric comedy and music hosted by Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small and comedian Steve Agee at "the Spud" (as some regulars call the venue). Small, Agee, and a few guest comics each do a standup set, and then perform a song with Small's stellar house band. Emo Philips, Margaret Cho, Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait, and even Anthrax's Scott Ian have all participated.

Closing tonight's show is comedian/ rocker/biker Dean Delray, who caps off his set by singing AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock" so perfectly that if you close your eyes, it almost seems Bon Scott has risen from the dead. And when Maron finishes his monologue, he grabs a Gibson ES-335 and plays a hilarious slow blues with original lyrics that, again, are far too R-rated to quote. …

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