Nestled cozily in between “The GPS says it’s right here!”and “Where the eff is this place?” is an unassuming but seemingly hipster-esq theater called the Lyric.
This theater plays host to a variety of interesting talent, but twice a month, comedic magic is made.
A block away from Pink’s Hot Dogs stand and just a few misguided stumbles from Melrose Avenue, the Lyric’s clean building signage along with the dangerous, yet unavoidable jaywalk over, deviously discloses some of the comedy deliciousness to be devoured inside. (Yes, that alliteration was intentional.)
A clean and crisp environment greets patrons and is a welcome change from many other mid-week Hollywood comedy events that oftentimes may require a tetanus shot post- show.
Seating inside is interesting and comfortable, but don’t be misled by a brute like bladder because one trip to the restroom will leave you ultimately seat less, and unavoidably your seat’s new occupant will be that same hard of hearing blonde. ‘I was sitting there’. ‘Whaaat?’. You know the one.
Other than a couple stock “black girl” jokes, (to the comic’s defense he couldn’t have expected an actual black girl to be at the show) to open the night, most all of the other laughs solicited from this talented group of both well known and up and coming comedians were deservedly well paid off.
Seasoned comic, Hunter Hill, created this surprising comedic retreat. “I created Super Secret Comedy Show, to give up and coming comics a chance to perform with touring headliners. I have performed at every major comedy club in LA and hated how as soon as the show was done, everyone was rushed out of the venue like a heard of sheep. Wanted to create a show that was affordable, stacked with talent, and create a space where people and comics could all hang out and drink after the show… And the team at Lyric (Ryan Shawn and Abby) have been amazing in helping me do that.”
And Hunter knows how to put on a show. It crescendos perfectly into melodic hilarity with a comedic climax worthy of much higher priced venues. One never notices the length of the show or the amount of comics that have easily exceeded the standard 90 minute/4 comic formula.
Even with all the amazing talent available, some comedians can’t help but stand out. Sina Amedson’s jokes melt into your ears smoothly as he invites you into the beautiful vulnerability of just being brown. You leave his set with conjured memories of Thanksgiving together as well as with the security of all of the racial slurs that your race can be proud of solidly owning.
Tamer Kaftan brilliantly exposes the beauty of getting older and losing one’s identity in Los Angeles while maintaining a youthful presence to be remembered for weeks to come.
Melanin-ly challenged Kvon peppers the stage with mixed heritage hilarity as well as wrist placement vs social status pondering.
Hunter’s own Sage and Sebastian are cause for discussions for the installation of audience member oxygen tanks, as they leave you gasping for air, expertly weaving in and out of songs and comic bits.
Mike Kosta with credits ranging from Comedy Central Presents to The Tonight Show tops off the night nicely with musings of life in LA life to the shape of chap stick glutted with an abundance of clever ecstasy in between.
The talent and smart material was much more that was expected from the $10 ticket price. And if some comics were more skilled than others, the distinction was hard to tell. This can be attributed to the keen eye and ear of a talented stand up comedy show producer (Hill).
The Super Secret Comedy Show is indeed Los Angeles’ best kept secret. Perhaps they wanted to keep it that way. Oh well. What’s done is done.
Tell them Mirage sent you.
Lyric Theater can be found at 520 N. La Brea Ave Los Angeles Ca 90036
For info on future dates and times please follow Hunter Hull on Twitter @Hunter_Hill
Or “like “his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hunterhillcomedy
UPDATE: The Next Super Secret Show is June 19th @7:40P Shhh… Tell everyone.