Is This Saturday the Final Mary Pickford Studio Show for the Magic Meathands?

Change is certainly in the air for the Meathands.

This Saturday night, our Tag Team Comedy Show with the variety show Fun Night Live may well be our last time performing at the Mary Pickford Studio.

In case you haven’t heard, Indiewire initially broke the story and Deadline Hollywood has the most recent information. The basics is that the Mary Pickford Foundation cut off funding of the Mary Pickford Institute, which owns the Mary Pickford Studio. For those that don’t know, here is the Mary Pickford Institute’s mission statement:

The Mary Pickford Institute (MPI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness of film pioneer Mary Pickford’s life, preserving her work, furthering her philanthropic legacy and honoring her creativity. Our community resources and services provide a bridge from early cinema to modern filmmaking. Our innovative outreach programs ignite an excitement for learning while building participants’ sense of accomplishment and self-esteem by utilizing teaching tools that are immediate, relevant and current.

There’s an online petition set up to ask the Foundation to reconsider. Please join us in adding your voice in support of continuing the legacy of Mary Pickford and the Institute’s (and our) efforts of outreach.

Truthfully, we don’t know much more than what’s been released in those links above, but we know that this Saturday night’s show will almost definitely be the last chance to catch the Magic Meathands in this great venue. We’re crossing our Meaty fingers for a last minute Hollywood ending. But in the meantime, we’re going to give the Mary Pickford Studio one heck of a blow-out for our final show! Please come out and help celebrate the good work the Institute has done. We have given a percentage of the box office from every show we’ve held at the Mary Pickford Studio to the Mary Pickford Institute. Maybe if we completely pack the house, we’ll send the signal to the Foundation that the Studio has value in the community and both the Studio and the Institute deserve to stick around.


  1. Come to this Saturday’s Tag Team Comedy Show at the Mary Pickford Studio at 8 PM!
  2. Sign the online petition to Save the Mary Pickford Institute and the home of the Magic Meathands!

Help Save the Meathands' Home

The above was cross-posted on the Magic Meathands blog. I’ve been a member of the Magic Meathands for over 3 years, performing over 150 shows of improvised comedy. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, give yourself a treat and catch one of our shows.

Laughter in Triplicates

This month there are three – YES THREE – chances to bring some joy into your life with the Magic Meathands!

This Saturday, March 10, it’s our popular Family Friendly Night with Jump Start Comedy Improv! Both of our groups perform an hour each of fully improvised comedy suitable for people of all ages. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for 12 and under. The show starts at 8 PM at the Mary Pickford Studio.

Then next Saturday, March 17, come check out our Tag Team Comedy Show with this month’s special guest, The Callbacks! This is their second time joining forces with us and we’re thrilled to have them back. Once again, tickets are $7 and the show starts at 8 PM at the Mary Pickford Studio.

Then as a bonus this month only, it’s a special second show with Jump Start in their neck of the woods: The 2nd Story Theatre in Hermosa Beach! The show starts at 6:30 PM, tickets are $10.

So there you have it! Three times the funny! All waiting for you!

The above was cross-posted on the Magic Meathands blog. I’ve been a member of the Magic Meathands for over 3 years, performing over 150 shows of improvised comedy. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, give yourself a treat and catch one of our shows.

Private Eye Butt Kapinski arrives in LA, solves crime, breaks 4th wall

A whole lot of this please:

Butt Kapinski is a scrappy clown character played by Deanna Fleysher. With a brilliant bit of ingenuity, she has devised a way to light herself for performances that adds another level to the character’s look and physicality. This gives her the freedom to break the 4th wall and roam around her audience for an all-new level of interaction and immersion. Fleysher’s playfulness and joy comes through in the character who is almost instantly likable, funny and fun to watch.

The character originated in New York City but has recently made the trek to Los Angeles. I can’t wait to see what Butt Kapinski does in our city.

Tag Team Comedy to Deliver Clothesline of Comedy this Saturday Night

The Magic Meathands (with me!) is teaming up with Darwin’s A Team, an improv comedy group from Victorville’s High Desert Center for the Arts, for a full night of improvised comedy at our new spacious location, the Mary Pickford Studio in West LA, this Saturday night at 8 PM for only $7.

Come out and have yourself a good laugh. Don’t believe me? Check out what people are saying about us on our Magic Meathands Facebook page:

“I enjoyed last night’s show very much. You exploded onto the stage and the energy never let up. Brilliant performance!” -Nick

“So much fun.” -Kathy

“Great show last night at your new location” -Peter

What more proof do you need?!

Comedy Improv Show with Jump Start & The Magic Meathands

It’s a double duo improv night of fun and family friendly comedy! The Magic Meathands (with me!) are joined by the South Bay improv group Jump Start! This Saturday night at our NEW LOCATION!

Mary Pickford Studio
8885 Venice Blvd Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90034

When: Saturday, August 13, 2011
Time: 8:00- 10:00 p.m. Show
Cost: $ 7.00 at the door

Sillies this Saturday

More improv comedy for you this Saturday night! The Magic Meathands (with me!) are teaming up again with the Beach Cities improv group Jump Start for a family-friendly night of comedy.

That’s right, you can bring the kids, bring the teens, bring the moms and dads, bring the grand-moms and grand-dads. And everyone will have a good time! (Probably don’t bring the dog, though. Sorry, Scruffy.)

When: Saturday May 14, 2011
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Spot Cafe and Lounge, 4455 Overland Ave., Culver City, 90230
Cost: $7.00

Oh boy! Funny things!

The Magic Meathands are back, and I’ll be right there with them being incredibly silly!

We’re returning to the famous Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica to give you giggles, chuckles, chortles, guffaws, and outright belly laughs. How will we do this? Why, by making it up of course! We perform fully improvised comedy shows using your suggestions to kick off our short form games and long form scenarios.

Immediately following us, you’ll get The Waterbrains and Mission: IMPROVable, two groups fully certified in the art of making you laugh.

Tickets are $10 for the whole night.
8 PM – 10 PM
Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A Santa Monica Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets)
Santa Monica, CA 90401

It’s Friday. We can stop pretending to be serious now.

Nothing would make me more happy than to get up on a stage and be a complete idiot in front of you. You can even yell out ideas of specifically how I will be a complete idiot, and I’ll do it! And I’ll have others with me to also be complete idiots – the Magic Meathands. We like to call it “improv comedy” to sound like some fancy theater thing but really we’re just a bunch of idiots being complete idiots. And I mean that in the best possible way.

If this sounds like fun, you should get yourself over to The Spot Cafe in Culver City on Friday and/or Saturday night at 8 PM. (That’s tonight and tomorrow night for those playing at home.)

Have a great weekend, everyone!