Hollywood Fringe






Welcome to our coverage of Hollywood Fringe., which is over now for 2018.

Our 2018 coverage is below…

The Fringe has grown again with over 350 events listed, across all of the genres.

Here you’ll find recommendations, features, previews and interviews for Hollywood Fringe…

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Keyword Chaos at Hollywood Fringe






Here is our quirky and intuitive way to find a show to see at Hollywood Fringe.

We’re trawling the program and pulling out intriguing and inspiring phrases from the show descriptions.

How it works: Click on a sentence or a phrase that draws you, and then get booking…

his journey from childhood to adulthood, addressing universal issues like childhood bullying, hopeful romance, and overcoming depression, to his unique take on the struggles of everyday life, from relationships, to being able to hold down the simplest of jobs, yet always striving towards his dreams of being accepted and living a successful life.

a unique but familiar relationship, from beginning to end, and how those big and small moments, connections, talks, fights, celebrations and experiences all come to mean something more. 

Once that happens, there’s no turning back

Filled with a roller-coaster of emotions, the thoughts and ideas that went threw my head about motherhood, and what it means, left me with the question – Am I meant to be a mother? Did I ever conceive?

Full of existential dread at the bleakness of life in a small Russian town at the turn of the century

as they perform mesmerizing tricks, contact the dead, and unleash monsters from beyond the grave! 

counter-culture, musical cabaret exploring the dark side of human nature.

You find a young woman bound: gagged, blindfolded, straight jacket. You don’t know who she is, or how she got there. All you know is she needs your help.

We’ll be adding more keyword chaos to this list throughout the Fringe.

Link Collage

A new visual way to explore Hollywood Fringe.

Simply click on an image to reveal details of a recommended show.

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We’ll be adding more linked images to this list throughout the Fringe.


Producer Roe Moore talks about Buzz’d Out Live!

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What’s the theme of your show?: We are a live interactive game show where buzzing in is half the battle. It’s a mix between Double Dare and Jeopardy. Contestants are selected from our audience. Once dressed in our wardrobe and on stage, they must complete challenges to answer general knowledge trivia questions. Sometimes those buzzers are simple like throwing a foam noodle at a target; other times, it’s touching a dead fish…with your face. All of this to compete for some fabulous prizes!

To get more of an idea, take a look at our Fringe Promo: https://youtu.be/X5mZ45Zphas

What’s new or unique about the show?

We’re the first live game show at Fringe. Each show is different: new challenges, new trivia, even a new suit for Ben.

For a fringe show, it’s very technical heavy. We have everything from electronic buzzers that activate our projection screen to using cameras so audience members can follow along. From our preview show, we can confidently say that people are enjoying what we’re doing.

How did the show come into being?

Our show is initially a TV show we do for the local cable access channel for Pasadena. It came into being because of Ben Benjamins’ love for Double Dare. Since he was very young, he admired Marc Summers and — as his mom will tell you — he loved having a mic in his hand and talking to people.

I [Roe] was taking classes to earn my producer and director’s television production certificate at Pasadena Media. In order to complete my certification, I had to produce a TV show — and since Ben’s always wanted to be a game show host, we went with the game show.

If you’d like to see a quick clip of our behind the scenes, here’s our YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_hh3nArok0M

Describe one of your rehearsals.

Our rehearsals all take place in my [Roe] driveway. We test all the game challenges first to make sure they work and to predict any possible issues we may encounter while in the actual show. The extra variable we have to contend with is how the audience member may respond — if they’re shy or if they’re color-blind. We try to do our best to make the challenges fun but still hard enough that not everyone can do it in their sleep.

How is the show developing?

By taking on the crazy idea of doing the game show live and with an actual audience, there’s been a sharp learning curve! In the studio, we can always stop and “fix it in post” when something doesn’t work or if a contestant is confused. With the live show, we’ve had to take special consideration to to make sure our stagehands are ready to reset the stage quickly and efficiently as well as being succinct in our game rules that Ben explains to the contestants.

The biggest difference is we’re able to do a lot more messier challenges Live. Our TV studio doesn’t allow us to get too crazy with the challenges. Jenn and Greg at Studio/Stage have been super supportive in saying, “as long as the studio’s clean, go right ahead!” So, with that in mind, I HIGHLY recommend seeing our Midnight Show on June 16th. We take the messy up quite a few notches.

How has the writer been involved?

We don’t exactly have a writer — although we’d love to add one to our team! Ben writes the majority of the required copy for Bill, our deep, velvety toned announcer. But most of the interaction happens between Ben and the contestants which is all improvised and moment-to-moment.

How have you experimented?

The show has grown and is really starting to find its own voice. When we first started with the TV show, the first three episodes were played like a Jeopardy setting. And then we realized a show like this needs to be more adventurous and have that high stakes energy that you’d get from Distraction or Ellen’s Game of Games. So when you watch episodes 4 and 5, you’ll get the sense of that vibe we’re starting to curate. The Live show really does capture the high stakes energy because Ben thrives off the audience and gives back just as much fun, crazy energy.

It’s been a lot of experimenting with what kind of challenges work best and help keep the contestants feeling competitive and confident they can take home our amazing prizes.

Where do your ideas come from?

Ben and the crew take inspiration from Double Dare, Minute-to-Win-It, and other game shows and group challenges and brainstorm how we can do the challenges differently.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

Oh man, every show is a challenge. We really push the envelope of the TV studio limitations. Even in the live stage show, we have learned how to use software that exists (Q-Lab and Maki-maki systems) and mold it to what we need for our game show (like running the buzzers, music, and video cues).

What are your future plans for the show ?

Our intentions for the future is to possibly tour the live stage version with colleges, corporate parties and the like. It would even be neat to have a residency offer — especially since Double Dare is back and not casting the adults who grew up on Double Dare. We think we have a pretty good niche area that would love to participate in our show live.

Our initial inspiration for getting involved in the Hollywood Fringe was to get enough interest that we could possibly get the TV show into a fully paid production. We currently self-fund this venture (which is a huge undertaking) and would love to take this to the next level professionally.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

Obviously Double Dare. We also love a lot of other game shows like Distraction, Crystal Maze, and Beat the Clock. These shows inspire us, they help us create, and keep us motivated thinking how can we do this better, crazier, or have more fun than these shows offer.

Outside of that, we’re huge fans of musicals (LOVED Dear Evan Hansen!!) and farce shows like “Play That Goes Wrong” and “Spamalot.” I mean, who doesn’t love it when someone in the middle of a scene bursts out into song and explains away their emotions with an upbeat rhythm?

Show dates, times and booking info:

Friday, June 8 – 11:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 – 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 – 11:55 p.m. <– this show will be super messy and a lot of fun!!!
Saturday, June 23 – 12:15 p.m.
520 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Book here

Company web site: http://www.buzzdout.com



New Bad Boys of Magic









Against their better judgment, several theatrical producers have allowed the New Bad Boys of Magic to return to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, where the Bad Boys were proclaimed one of the top “10 Shows to See” last year by TimeOut Los Angeles. The New Bad Boys of Magic (Daniel Donohue & Eric Siegel) will present COKE & MIRRORS, the new story of their rise and fall from Las Vegas headliners to Los Angeles children’s entertainers. They combine Chicago-style sketch comedy with Hollywood stage trickery, interweaving NSFW characters with topnotch illusions. And, yes, the audience can drink.

“I can’t believe they’re having us back,” said Donohue, “If our Amazing Disappearing Fifth of Rum Trick didn’t get us permanently banned from the festival, surely our Cups and Tide Pods routine will.” Siegel is a screenwriter, known for his feature film The F*** Happened. Donohue is a television producer, most recently for NBC/Universal. Both trained in improv and sketch comedy at Second City Chicago and are now members of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

COKE & MIRRORS is directed by Nick Paul, a magician and physical comedian, as featured at the Magic
Castle, Walt Disney World, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

“I had never heard of the New Big Boys—er, Bad Boys—until they cornered me in a men’s room at the Magic Castle,” explained Paul. “I’m directing because I feel sorry for them.” COKE & MIRRORS plays at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, the same venue where the New Bad Boys present their boozy variety show DIRTY TRICKS to sold-out crowds every month.

“My ex-wife says I have intimacy issues,” said Siegel. “But wait until she sees how intimate the stage at Three Clubs is.”
The show is co-produced by Greg Karber, a writer, director, producer, and game developer. He has been written about in the New Yorker and the Washington Post, and has appeared on CNN, Fox Business, and Inside Edition. He recently directed his first feature film, a horror-comedy-musical called Killer Party.

“I’m just like Daniel and Eric’s fathers—filled with so much pride,” said Karber. “So, actually, I guess I’m
nothing like their fathers.”

COKE & MIRRORS plays June 10 at 9pm, and June 17 at 5pm at Three Clubs at 1123 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90038.

Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased online at hff.org/5287. Buy them before they disappear!









Written and performed by Steve Chang

Directed by John Flynn

Well-known comedian Steve Chang presents a compelling solo show about his search for answers to life’s questions through drugs, prostitution, and gay camping.

LOS ANGELES – A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME makes its world premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Written and performed by well-known comedian STEVE CHANG, who shares true, personal stories in a solo show about hardcore drugs, prostitution, and gay camping.
After questioning his life choices, Chang quits his job and travels to Peru to do Ayahuasca, a spiritually enlightening, hallucinogenic drug. The intense experience leads to even more questions, like is this existence even real? And why would anyone think this would be a good idea?
“I wrote the show because I’ve done some cool shit and I wanted to share it,” Chang said. “Also there’s some gay shit if you’re into that too.”
A Complete Waste of Time is a must-see comedy adventure told from Chang’s unique perspective. The show is directed by John Flynn, who directs, performs, and teaches at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles.

“Ultimately I hope audiences will come away thinking this was a complete waste of time.”

Steve Chang takes you on an introspective journey to find meaning in life by means of ayahuasca, hookers, and gay conversion camp. A stand up comedy / storytelling solo show.


Saturday, June 16 – 7 p.m.

Friday, June 22 – 8:30 p.m.


The Actor’s Company
916 A North Formosa Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90046


General Admission: $10

*June 3 show is just $5

**$2 off ticket price with code word “acwopr”













Los Angeles, CA. After 2 sold out shows on Valentine’s Day 2018, OMG Brunch! Productions proudly presents the opening of a new musical parodying The Bachelor franchise. Fans of the show will see parody versions of all of their favorite Bachelor Nation characters take the stage at the McCadden Place Theatre in Hollywood. Audiences will have five chances in June to take in the hilarity over the course of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Becca Grumet and Madelyne Heyman, the musical writing duo behind last year’s LA premiere of Weed Shop the Musical add composer Will Robertson to the team for this special production.


Last season on The Bachelorette, Tad Vialendyk Jr. III got his heart broken by America’s sweetheart, Marabel. Now he’s been offered the chance to find love from a group of smart, beautiful, amazing, and beautiful, also beautiful women. With the help of longtime host Fitz Garrison, Tad and the ladies will take you on the musical journey of a lifetime. Who will accept his rose and a potential proposal?

With songs like “One Man, So Many Women,” “Hometown Hoedown,” and “Can I Walk You Out?” it’s sure to be the most dramatic Fringe yet.

This production is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with ABC or anyone associated with The Bachelor.


Will You Accept This Rose? The Bachelor Parody Musical
McCadden Place Theatre, 75 min. Ages 13+
1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038
Saturday, June 2 – 3:30PM (Preview)
Saturday, June 9 – 10:00PM
Friday, June 15 – 8:30PM
Sunday, June 17 – 5:30PM
Friday, June 22 – 11:30PM

Tickets available at http://hff18.org/5106

More to come.