To answer the question in the title of our last blog post, yes. Yes, yes that was our last show at the Mary Pickford Studio. It was a great night! Thank you to everyone that came out to help celebrate the wonderful run we had there, as well as the good work of The Mary Pickford Institute. They will carry on at a location to be determined, and we wish them the best of luck in carrying the torch of Mary Pickford’s legacy.
We will carry on, as well, as we always have. We’re looking at several promising locations for our new home. If you know of a performance space on the west side of LA that is interested in having two nights of comedy each month with a big and loyal crowd, as well as interest in community outreach, please email me. We’ll be sure to announce right here once we’ve got a venue finalized.
In the meantime, let’s take a look back at one of our most popular sketch comedy videos from our Magic Meathands Originals series on our YouTube channel. “Fun and Games” was written and directed by Mary Benedict, and features Mary, Nikki Turner, Corey Blake (me) and alum Travis McElroy. Wendy J.N. Lee shot it and the video was edited by Corey.
Change is certainly in the air for the Meathands.
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Come to a special fundraiser at the Mary Pickford Institute tonight at 7:30 PM!
- Come to this Saturday’s Tag Team Comedy Show at the Mary Pickford Studio at 8 PM!
- Sign the online petition to Save the Mary Pickford Institute and the home of the Magic Meathands!
On Saturday, March 10th, the Magic Meathands and Jump Start Comedy Improv reunite at the Mary Pickford Studio for a Family Friendly Show with fully improvised comedy. Yes, comedy! This is a new feature we’re adding just for YOU! Previous shows of funeral dirges will be postponed until further notice.
The Magic Meathands, in case you didn’t know, is us! We’re a comedy troupe that performs a mixture of short form games and longer scenarios, all completely made up on the spot based on your suggestions and participation. The Magic Meathands are based in West LA and perform in and around Los Angeles County. Our friends Jump Start, based in the South Bay of Los Angeles, also do short form games, along with some scene work.
Every month we put together a show rated Network Television, which means that you can bring people of all ages. The show is priced at $3 for kids 12 and under, and $7 for those over 12.
Who: You! And us!
What: A night of laughter for everyone
Where: Mary Pickford Studio, 8885 Venice Blvd., Ste 103, Los Angeles, 90034
When: 8 PM on Saturday, March 10
Why: To laugh
How: Pay $7 (or $3 for 12 and under) at the door
RSVP on Facebook
Our newest monthly show is Tag Team Comedy every third Saturday of the month.
Why that’s this Saturday! What better time to tell you what we’ve got planned.
Every Tag Team Comedy show, we team up with a different comedy act at the Mary Pickford Studio in Los Angeles to create an eclectic and energized night of laughter. All proceeds from the show will go to benefit The Mary Pickford Institute. Here’s a teaser of what you might see at this Saturday’s fundraiser event:
We’re very excited to be joined by the very funny stand-up comedian Matt Knudsen. You might have seen him on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (as seen in the clip above) or at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Or maybe you’ve seen him on HBO’s “Big Love,” ABC’s “Boston Legal,” Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” or Cartoon Network’s “Out of Jimmy’s Head”. Last year, he released his first comedy album The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen, which has been a top seller on iTunes and Amazon. As a member of The Waterbrains, he’s also a great improviser. So you might just find Matt joining us for the Magic Meathands portion of the show this Saturday night. Featured Meathands will be Carol McLaine, Nikki Turner, Shane Boroomand, Marshall McGehee, Mary Benedict, Jim Maloy, and Bill Johnson.
The show starts at 8 PM, Saturday, October 15. Tickets are $7.
The Mary Pickford Studio is located at 8885 Venice Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Optional RSVP on Facebook.
The Mary Pickford Institute (MPI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Los Angeles and dedicated to cultivating awareness of film pioneer Mary Pickford’s life, preserving her work, furthering her philanthropic legacy and honoring her creativity. MPI actively serves the community through their public research library, legacy programs and community projects. Their educational outreach projects are designed to empower students, build a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, and ignite an excitement for learning.