Ep. 22: Elyssa Phillips & Pack Mentality

The Pack Theater here in LA has always been a small, but mighty theater with its verve and boundary pushing and irrefutable sense of community. Artistic Director Elyssa Phillips... See More

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Ep. 22: Elyssa Phillips & Pack Mentality Ep. 22: Elyssa Phillips & Pack Mentality

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The Pack Theater here in LA has always been a small, but mighty theater with its verve and boundary pushing and irrefutable sense of community. Artistic Director Elyssa Phillips has been a big part of building that spirit and keeping it going under the pall of this pandemic. Phillips zooms with TCB’s Jake Kroeger and talks transforming The Pack into an entire virtual 7-night a week comedy theater and school, one of the few venues in the entire country that has persevered and pulled it off. Also, some quick takes on live action Powerpuff Girls, Amy Poehler’s Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz doc, Robin Thede’s overall deal at Warner Bros. TV, and Seinfeld defending NYC’s honor versus a disenchanted comedy club owner.

Follow Elyssa @elyssamp  and follow The Pack @packtheater and at packtheater.com or at their Twitch channel.

Shout outs: Beth Stelling’s HBO Max special Girl Daddy, short film Gone Fishing, Jay Light’s Good Guy with a Gun

The Comedy Bureau @thecomedybureau across platforms and please, please support TCB via GoFundMePatreon, or on Venmo (@jakekroeger).
Produced by Jake Kroeger
Music by Brian Granillo
Artwork by Andrew Delman and KT

The Pack Theater here in LA has always been a small, but mighty theater with its verve and boundary pushing and irrefutable sense of community. Artistic Director Elyssa Phillips has been a big part of building that spirit and keeping it going under the pall of this pandemic. Phillips zooms with TCB’s Jake Kroeger and talks transforming The Pack into an entire virtual 7-night a week comedy theater and school, one of the few venues in the entire country that has persevered and pulled it off. Also, some quick takes on live action Powerpuff Girls, Amy Poehler’s Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz doc, Robin Thede’s overall deal at Warner Bros. TV, and Seinfeld defending NYC’s honor versus a disenchanted comedy club owner.

Follow Elyssa @elyssamp  and follow The Pack @packtheater and at packtheater.com or at their Twitch channel.

Shout outs: Beth Stelling’s HBO Max special Girl Daddy, short film Gone Fishing, Jay Light’s Good Guy with a Gun

The Comedy Bureau @thecomedybureau across platforms and please, please support TCB via GoFundMePatreon, or on Venmo (@jakekroeger).
Produced by Jake Kroeger
Music by Brian Granillo
Artwork by Andrew Delman and KT

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Jake Kroeger

With a reputation as LA’s foremost comedic expert, Jake has written extensively about the art form of comedy at such publications as Vulture, Nerdist, and LA Weekly, consulted at Vin Di Bona Productions and Super Deluxe, produced a comedy album at the Grammy Award-winning comedy record label AST Records, put on great live comedy shows (of all kinds) all around town (including such places as the Comedy Central Stage, The Satellite LA, Echoplex, and Lyric Hyperion), C, and even gives a premium exclusive tour through the LA comedy scene via Airbnb Experiences.

The Comedy Bureau was single-handedly founded and is still currently run solely by Jake Kroeger. Nobody knows what’s going on right now in comedy (especially in Los Angeles) better than Jake Kroeger. For a decade, he has been in the thick of the LA comedy scene every single night performing, producing, scouting, curating, writing about comedy.