Out & About with Mike Pingel: THE MIKEY & TEDDY COMEDY SHOW @ FUBAR

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The Mikey & Teddy Show @ Fubar. Photos & text by Mike Pingel

Laughter is the best medicine. We definitely need some rainbow laughter in the world. The Mikey & Teddy Comedy Show @ Fubar gives you just that every Friday night at Fubar in West Hollywood.

The evening is produced and hosted by fun homo-duo-comics Mikey Scott & Teddy Margas. They assemble many of the best LGBT comics in Los Angeles for the weekly show, which begins at 8pm. Each comic performs a 7-minute set with Mikey & Teddy as hosts and keeps the night moving with their duel comic timing and banter between sets.

About 95% of all the comics that grace the stage are gay. “We do have to tell our comics that’s it’s a gay show but there are a lot of straight comics that do it,” Scott said.

“We try to keep it primary gay,’ Margas added. “I like to say everyone is welcome, except when Trump won, I was like that’s it. ‘Our show is only gay! Gay, gay, gay everyday!”

Mikey & Teddy

The Mikey & Teddy Comedy Show @ Fubar has been a well-known staple in the comedy world. Comedians from around the country and internationally contact them to hit their stage when they are in the West Hollywood area.

The show began at now defunct The Palms Bar where they were part of “The Queers of Comedy”. Scott and Margas were two of nine producers of that show. “Mikey and I were the only two who would show up every week with setting it up and putting it together and we were like, this is not fair. We don’t want to do this anymore. This is crazy,” said Margas. “But the show was really popular.”

Little by little the other producers dropped out, and soon there were only three producers left. Margas suggested to change the name to The Mikey & Teddy Comedy Hour. “We named it after our idols Sonny & Cher,” he said. “But we’re more like Sonny & Bear!”

When The Palms closed down, the producers had six weeks of comics pre-booked. They called the owner of Fubar, who was happy to try out the evening. That was five years ago and the show is currently going strong.

Once a month they host a theme show. “It’s an exercise in creativity. It could be you have to do the show in drag or a swap show of a comic doing a fellow comic act. We play improve games, you never know what you’re going to get when you walk in, yet it’s always funny,” said Margas.

The show attracts not only up-and-coming local talent, they have had their share of headliners, such as Cheri Oteri from Saturday Night Live, Julie Goldman and Johnny McGovern, aka The Gay Pimp worked his comic magic the night I attended. I could not stop laughing.

Other comics I watched that night included Jackie Monahan, Sofiya Alexandra, David Rankin, Lindsay Glazer and Steve Young. Each comic had their own pizzazz on stage but one thing they all did, they made the crowd laugh non-stop for about 2 hours.

Jonny McGovern
David Rankin and Steve Young
Jackie Monahan (top) -Lindsay Glazer (bottom)

The Mikey & Teddy Show @ Fubar audience is mostly gay but it’s such a chilled and fun show, that comics will often bring their friends along for the sets. “We wanted to make a show we could not mind performing in or sitting through.” said Scott. “Sometimes patrons from the next-door restaurant, Laurel Hardward, come in to watch the sets as they wait for a table to become available.”

This little gay comedy show has even given the two comics some day gigs as well. They were discovered to write some sketches for a few LOGO Network marathons, which include the upcoming Will & Grace marathon with the series cast. They also got the “lube carpet treatment” at the AVN show–the porn awards show in Vegas. One could say this comic-gay-duo has finally made it.

So make a laugh date with The Mikey & Teddy Comedy Show @ Fubar and then stick around for Fubar “UNLOADED,” which offers hot go-go boys, and a wet underwear contest on occasion.

Fubar UNLOADED boys

There is no cover for either event and the bar has drink specials all night long.

For more information on the Mikey & Teddy Comedy Show, visit fubarla.com

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Mike Pingel has written six books, Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years; Works of Pingel and most recently, Betty White: Rules the World. Pingel owns and runs CharliesAngels.com website and was Farrah Fawcett personal assistant. He also works as an actor and as a freelance publicist. His official website is www.mikepingel.com
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