The Deconstruction of Comedian Grant Cotter

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I legit wiggled out of the straight jacket.
Around the halls of the Weekly, we love us some Grant Cotter. We've watched this OC native go from the stand-up stage, to MTV, and now, to winning himself some time on one of the most stacked comedy tours that we've ever seen, the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. Proud? Hell yeah. Do we still want to pick on him though? Totally. So while we wait for the big event this weekend that includes Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Chris Hardwick, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross, and Marc Maron among others, we tapped him to pick on his act. Or better yet, pick apart his act. It's not an easy feat to critique material that you have written yourself but, we knew that Grant would be up for the challenge and nail it to the wall.


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Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. (Or Should You?) According to Jen Murphy

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Because really, what's wrong a little blood on your garter belt?
Comedian Jen Murphy knows a thing or two about marriage. Wait. No she doesn't. She does however know something about marrying hilarious bits to the stand-up stage and truth be told, it seems like a union that will never end in divorce. Being that she's a favorite of the Weekly (as well as one of our "Five Comics to Watch Out For in 2014") and has a headlining gig at the Irvine Improv this Sunday July 27th, we decided to meld these two worlds and see if she could come up with something that was completely out of her realm. Musical marriage material. With her non-knowing knowledge about wedding planning but her knowledge of "funny" being spot-on, we got Jen to give us her picks for "Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. Or Should You?"

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The Best OC Hip-Hop Shows in July

Categories: Rap, Top Five

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Rittz--See July 26
There's no doubt that this summer is highly saturated with hip-hop concerts. But even if you might not be all too enthusiastic for the Drake and Lil Wayne show in September, maybe some of the shows in the upcoming month can fill a share of your summer leisure time and dough. Conveniently, the always busy, always awesome Observatory is hosting all the shows on our list. And if scraping ticket money together is a problem for you, one of the listed shows costs less than a Li'l Caesar's Hot-n-Ready. Here are our picks for the best hip-hop shows in July.


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Top Five Songs Sure to Help You Get Some Sleep

Categories: Top Five, music

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Closing (your eyes) time...
There are many reasons that one may not be able to sleep. And sometimes, the typical options--drugs, prayer, crying--just aren't enough to help you get some shut eye. Well all have work to finish, deadlines to meet, and it's hard do accomplish those tasks when you're a zombie all day long. For those of you that battle the insomnia demons, we've come up with a playlist that should lull your ass straight into dreamland.

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Top Five Videos with Cheerleaders in Them According to Jonathan McDaniel

Categories: TV, Top Five, music

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I miss Gwen Stefani!
Funny man Jonathan McDaniel is back reprising his role as German Vega for the second season of the VH-1 smash show "Hit The Floor" on Monday May 26th. And since some of you can't get enough of this man (and why would you want to?), he's also dropping a new album that'll be available on iTunes Tuesday May 27th called "Born a S.T.A.R." Over here at the Weekly, we love Mr. McDaniel and figured since he has more than enough interaction with sexy cheerleaders on his show, who better to ask then him to point out some videos where these lovely, flexible, and gifted ladies are represented? Exactly. There's no one better. That's why we hit him up for his picks for the "Top 5 Videos with Cheerleaders in Them."


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Top Five Local EDM Shows in May

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Timothy Norris / OC Weekly
The Coachella crowd during Carnage's set
Now that the desert marathon is over and festival season has officially kicked off, a new month is upon us and don't even think for a minute that your livers and wallets will catch a break. Even if you didn't make it to Coachella this year, we're sure you're still itching to rage by now after replaying your favorite sets and scoping out pictures on Instagram. We did the hard work and investigated the massive amount of shows this month to choose the best five local EDM shows for everyone. From dance music newbies to the biggest aficionados; here are the gigs you can't miss out on.

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The Five Best Local EDM Shows in April

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Posch

James Caleb Cornette aka Amtrac was on everyone's radar after opening for Kaskade on his Atmosphere Tour late last year and remixing the hit single of the same title. The Kentucky songwriter, producer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and DJ is one of the HARD dawgs playing events like HARD Miami, Ultra Music Festival, Day of the Dead, and Tomorrowworld! The up and coming 25 year old fuses deep house with nu disco and is the perfect fit for Posch's new Maison Saturdays which caters to the more mature sounds of dance music.


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Five Songs on Jim Norton's "Ozzy's Boneyard" Playlist

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Jonathan Brandstein
I got to hang with Lemmy for four days and ride to the city in a limo with him while he smoked approximately 350 cigarettes.
As a youngster, comedian Jim Norton became a huge fan of Ozzy Osbourne. Fast forward through the years and as it would turn out, little Jimmy is now actual friends with the "Prince of Darkness" himself and is more of a "fanboy" than ever. Hey, if that doesn't teach the kids that dreams really can come true then nothing will. With a three-day stint at the Ontario Improv (March 6th through 8th), we knew that the perfect topic to hit this funny man up for would have to be related to pumping up some hard rock. Since Ozzy's Boneyard is so popular on SiriusXM and Jim also hosts "Norton's Obsessed on Ozzy's Boneyard" on the channel, we decided to get his picks for a "Five Song Ozzy's Boneyard Playlist." Makes perfect sense right? Kind of like it makes perfect sense for you to grab your tickets now to see Jim in Ontario before it sells out. Seriously, this guys sells out everywhere so you better hurry up!


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Five Songs to Make Out to in Your Car According to Ralphie May

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And what guy doesn't want to use your love?
Comedian Ralphie May is a favorite of ours and since we already know so much about the big man, we wanted to get his take on something a little more personal. A little advice if you will. Ralphie has a hilarious bit in his set where he talks about a certain song along with a side of "digital penetration" while in the car so we decided to take it a bit further. We figured there had to be a few more songs that would be appropriate to make some sweet love to while in your vehicle and as it turns out, we were totally right. So before you grab tickets to catch his show at the Brea Improv this weekend, we got May's picks for "Five Songs to Make Out in Your Car To." Feel free to use them at your discretion on the way to or from his show.

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Five Songs To Get You Over Last Night

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After a shame shower, you'll be juuuust fine.
Hey, it happens to the best of us. We screw the wrong person and in the morning, the regret is unbearable. And let's be honest, the walk of shame is the least of your worries because once you get home, you become one with your thoughts. All alone. What do you do from there? Do you tell your friends? Do you "sub-tweet" your misery and then troll for "favorites" from people that might be in the same boat as you? Do you Facebook stalk? How about "none of the above" instead!

It's been proven that in the worst and best of times music helps so after you take a shower (seriously, wash that remorse off), try pumping up these jams and you will be back to normal in an instant. Well, you might not be back to "normal" but who the fuck is normal anyway these days? After all, you can't call and cry to your mommy so what else are you going to do? Our suggestion is to crank up this shit, grab a beer, bag of chips, or maybe some Ben and Jerry's and attempt to laugh it off. Listen, you really aren't alone. Okay, all better now?


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