Let’s face it, Go Go’ers. When it comes to holidays, even the happiest families can crack under pressure like a wishbone in the hands of kids high on pumpkin nog and whipped cream.
Sad but true.
Luckily, the following forays into death, comedy, and familial dysfunction position you as a clever, attentive, and creative host(ess) while affording you the opportunity to laugh with — and at — the relatives you
wish were gone love…or at least like.
During this holiday of sharp utensils, think of these outings as care and protection of your loved ones.
They May be Laughing at You
Last Thanksgiving, did you cringe as sad sack Uncle Sol gave you the nitty gritty on his latest bout with eczema? Did you grit your teeth while know-it-all Cousin Shirley told you the right way to candy the yams?
Relatives, Can’t live with ’em can’t…well, you know.
If you anticipate more familial annoyance this Turkey Day, you’ll want to book tickets immediately for Death by Roo Roo: Your F’d Up Family at the always-popular and frequently-sold-out Upright Citizens Brigade. Improv group Death by Roo Roo takes your racist cousin and your drama queen mom and spins them into comedy gold.
You’ll cry ’til you laugh.
(DEATH BY ROO ROO: YOUR F’D UP FAMILY – Fri, Nov 25 @ 9:30 pm/$10 – Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave, LA 90028, 323.908.8702, Tickets)
While the Shopaholics Maul the Mall (and Each Other)
Some family members like to work off the mac ‘n cheeseball calories by hefting twenty pound bags while line-backing through claustrophobic crowds.
Every family has its masochists.
You and your saner relatives can relax and nurse your tryptophan (and other) hangovers at the 14th Annual Three Stooges Festival at the Alex Theater in Glendale where Larry, Moe, and Curly will twist noses and knuckle eyeballs on the big screen.
Oh, the vicarious pleasure you’ll get.
The 2011 theme of the yearly yukfest is “Stooges in History – Sort of” and with classic knucklehead titles like Wee Wee Monsieur, Higher Than a Kite, and Mummies Dummies, everyone from small fry to slacker to senior citizen will find Stooge cinema to savor.
Higher Than a Kite may have more resonance for some than others.
(THE 14TH ANNUAL THREE STOOGES FESTIVAL —Sat, Nov 26, 2pm & 8pm only/$10- $15 – Alex Theater, 216 N Brand Blvd, Glendale 91203, 818.7548250, for tix and info http://www.alexfilmsociety.org)
Laughing at Death = Family Togetherness
Sometimes, the best way to bond is to laugh together at other people’s misfortunes; no matter how bad things are, you’re not them.
Cynicism or survival mechanism? You be the judge.
Serving up daily doses of not-so-secret glee at celeb misfortune and ribald mayhem: Dearly Departed‘s Hollywood Tragical History Tour.
You’ll board the Dearly Departed Tomb Buggy — already you’re chuckling — for an irreverent, two and a half hour tour of nearly 100 sites of murder and mayhem, scandal and sin, including a bathroom break at the Beverly Hills restroom that made George Michael infamous, and the Manson and Menendez murder sites.
You’ll feel better that Brother Bob only butchered the turkey.
(HOLLYWOOD TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR – Daily @ 1:00 pm/$40 — http://www.zerve.com/DDTours/Standard or call Zerve at (800) 979-3370. Leaves from Hollywood Blvd; exact addressed revealed upon purchase of tickets.)
Ready? U Know U Want to Go Go?