POP! Comedy

Apr 24, 2017

For a moment, artist Scott Gandell had a shop down on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena (where we met him). Since 2014, he’s been located in Eagle Rock, founding Pop Secret Gallery where he seems to have found a neighborhood in which to manifest his idea of an eclectic, varied, and creative store, gallery, classroom, and performance venue.

Not only is Pop a space for showcasing art and illustration, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, (many members of which are in the entertainment and commercial art industries) conducts classes and workshops. The space includes, also, one-of-a-kind art for sale, books, and vintage toys. Past events have seen Comic Book Sundays, Model Drawing Collective, environment sketching with Poe Tan, Jeff Errico’s Live Action Storyboarding class, a lighting and color workshop with Zac Retz, and exhibit of plein air paintings—Around LA in 30 Days—by Nic Gregory.

A Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help publish The Artist Within, Photographic Portraits of Artists: Book 2 by Greg Preston—with portraits of Family Circus cartoonist Jeff Keane and animator, Disney legend/chief creative officer of Pixar John Lasseter—runs through April 27, 10:56 a.m.

On April 27, Gandell and Jonathan Rowell host “POP!” a stand-up comedy show at Pop Secret Gallery. The evening’s line-up of comedians: Greg Edwards, Bri Pruett, Casey Ley, Katrina Davis, and Steph Tolev.

Edwards created the funny and profane Thug Notes where he plays Sparky Sweets, dressed in a black t-shirt accessorized with a heavy, long gold chain and sitting in a traditional home library. This “Classic Literature. Original Gangster” series summarizes and analyzes the likes of The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, Macbeth, and To Kill of Mockingbird.



Now when we first meet Scout, she sporting all that Southern racism and ignorance. But after kickin’ it with Boo and Tom Rob., she matures and starts keepin’ it real. This brings me to one of the central themes of this bitch: learning valuable lessons by being exposed to people of difference. By hanging with a crazy Cracker like Boo Radley and a righteous Black man like T. Robinson, Scout has one of them paradigm-shifting moments, player. She learns these homies just be trying to hustle like anybody else.
—”Thug Notes: To Kill a Mockingbird,” June 18, 2013


Comedian Bri Pruett.


Bri Pruett is from Portland, Oregon. She frequently contributes to NPR’s Live Wire, is a writer for a monthly talk show, produces “Earthquake Hurricane,” “the best comedy showcase in a bike shop, and lends her comedic and MC talents to the likes of NARAL and Planned Parenthood.


Comedian Casey Ley.


Casey Ley stars with a friend in a new YouTube series called The Casey & Tony Show: The Best Straight Advice from 2 Gay Guys. In January, comedian Katrina Davis participated in “Candy” at The Comedy Store for its “Sucker Free Comedy Every Sunday Night” series.



Steph Tolev is from Toronto, Canada. Her comedy has been described as “absurd and personal.” Her first stand-up album was released in January and is called Hot N’ Hungry.



For a $5 entry that includes pizza, beer, and wine, this event sounds tough to beat.


POP! A Stand-Up Comedy Show
Thursday, April 27th, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Pop Secret Gallery, 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd. 90041
Admission: $5; purchase tickets ahead of time here
Ph: 1.626.262.3909
For more info, visit event Facebook page
egular gallery hours: Mon., Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 1-8 p.m.


Photo source: Pop Secret Gallery.


Photo source: Pop Secret Gallery.


Comic Book Sundays; photo from Pop Secret Gallery.


Photo source: Pop Secret Gallery.






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