Stand Up Comedy Review
by Nicole Force
One of the most challenging venues for a stand up comedian is the restaurant/bar in which the comedy must battle for attention with the distractions of food, drink and the patrons’ socializing. When a comic can silence the silverware, the clinking glasses and enthusiastic conversations in this environment and command the audience’s full attention, you know you’re witnessing real talent, and entertainment worth watching. The “I’m Just Saying…!” Really Big Stand Up Comedy Show at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood is just such a show. Produced and hosted by writer and stand up comedian Pat Branch on the first Tuesday of every month, “I’m Just Saying...!” features a diverse lineup of local comics who each bring something personal and powerful to the stage. The July 1 show featured L.A. favorites Steve Hasley, Michelle March, H. Alan Scott, Hannah Gansen and Glen Frazier; an impressive pool of talent considering the show is free...
Another standout performance at the July 1 show was that of comedian Michelle March, an experienced comic making a name for herself at clubs throughout Southern California. March takes an outspoken and unsentimental approach to her analysis of labels, breaking up, shopping at Trader Joe’s, controversial Supreme Court decisions, body image and other relatable topics. Her unique perspective on social and political issues is enhanced by her self-deprecating, “everywoman” style of delivery. March’s natural authenticity connects her to the audience and draws their laughter seemingly effortlessly. A Los Angeles-based comic, educator and activist with a degree in psychology, a teaching credential in social studies and a Masters in education, March has been teaching History for 13 years. She quit comedy after her brother died suddenly and returned to the stage three years ago. Most of her jokes have their origins in something tragic or difficult in her life and, through humor, she has healed, laughed and brought laughter to many others.
March’s July 1 performance made clear that she’s a natural talent with potential for comedic greatness. Catch her upcoming appearances at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood on July 8 at 8 p.m., Claremont College on July 12 at 8 p.m., The Bayou in West Hollywood on July 15 at 8 p.m. and at Brewdog Pub in Beverly Hills on July 16 at 8 p.m. Follow her on Twitter at @michmarchcomic. Don’t miss these and other quality comedic performers Pat Branch brings to her “I’m Just Saying...!” show at Hamburger Mary’s at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, and enjoy the famous Taco Tuesday $7.95 all-you-can-eat taco bar while you’re there. A more fun, entertaining, engaging, casual night out would be hard to find.