Brody Stevens RIP – We Enjoyed It

Steven Brody Stevens RIP

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Brody Stevens performs at the last Josh and Josh Show at Bar Lubitsch

Steven Brody Stevens killed himself. He was only 48 years old.
This is horrible and VERY SAD but not unexpected. Mental Illness is not a joke.

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Brody Stevens’ Name on the Comedy Store Marquee….. RIP

We didn’t know Brody. We weren’t friends. We never hung out. We did meet Brody when he was a special guest at our comedy show “The 5 and Dime in Studio City”. We watched his reality show when it was broadcast on cable. We knew about “the incident” on Sunset Boulevard that got him arrested. We became a real fan one night when we found his Periscope channel. We saw him perform live at The Josh and Josh Show a few times, but we watched his live performances on Periscope many times, which he shared every night for a long time, before taping his comedy special. We watched his scopes from his apartment, and his “Steps with Steve” scopes, and in his car driving (while drumming) scopes. Most of the time it was just Brody being weird and real, and it was raw, and sometimes it was hard to watch because he was so f*cked up mentally. But mostly it was entertaining and sometimes pure comedy genius. He was a unique talent, brave to broadcast his comedy direct to his fans and haters (who were there with him every night too), and he knew nobody could steal his act, his off-center jokes, and his catch phrases. “Solo scene on a yoga mat”, “Leather exterior”, “Take my mom to lunch and pay half”, “She’s an UBER driver in Coachella”, just f*ckin’ great jokes and if you knew him, you knew all the punchlines and they were still funny everytime. He was also a big presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using each platform creatively to promote himself. I’ve peppered this Blog Post with more of his comedy in tribute to a man who shouldn’t be dead.

“You’re never alone when you’re bipolar.”

EVERYONE KNEW HE WAS “SUICIDAL” and there was nothing they could do…. all of his FRIENDS loved him and his weirdness, but it wasn’t enough.

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Brody Stevens on the road at the Cabazon Dinosaurs

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Brody Stevens at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip

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Brody Stevens Backstage at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip

Everyone knew he had mental health issues, it was public knowledge. He did a TV reality show “Brody Stevens, Enjoy It” you can watch on ComedyCentral’s channel and addressed the problems he was experiencing, the drugs that he was prescribed, and his recovery after being “5150” hospitalized for a bipolar incident in 2011. He was very brave to talk about mental illness, his personal issues and his feelings. He was also very frustrated and angry, he was jealous of other people’s success, and he held a grudge hard and was not afraid to air his complaint and grievances publicly. He burned a lot of bridges. He had “run-ins” with the police and other authority figures, and it cost him jobs.

“I’m intense. I get B.O. in the shower.
I get road rage at the car wash” – Steven Brody Stevens

Brody had small speaking roles in films. He was in “The Hangover”, “The Hangover 2” and “Due Date”, but he got cut out of “Funny People”. He “created Chelsea Lately!” Brody was frequent guest on other people’s podcasts and had his own “The Festival of Friendship”.

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The Brody Stevens “Festival of Friendship” – You Got It!

He was incredibly funny, he wrote clever jokes, he loved baseball, the Chicago Cubs, and drumming. He loved his mom and her dog, Daisy. He could improvise on a dime and do weird bits that other comedians would never dream of trying, and he was a master of “crowd work” and warm up. “Arms crossed, negative” was a common line as he broke down the audiences’ defense, crashing through the fourth wall, and attacked them with his aggressive comedic persona. Angry Brody unleashing on an unresponsive audience was a sight to behold! It was “in your face” and mostly unapologetic, and designed to get a real reaction. His daily Periscope broadcasts were GENIUS! He made other comics laugh, and tried to make the world a more positive place. He will be missed.

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NOTE: This sequence below is from a truly creative Periscope video he shared. Using the delay in broadcast time, Brody engineered a conversation with himself using his iPhone, iPad and GoPro, while still talking to his viewers. It was BRILLIANT!

“You Got It!” – Steven Brody Stevens

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Brody Periscoping from his apartment in North Hollywood

NOTE: Brody often talked about his medication and the drugs he was taking. We read that he had recently changed medication and was taking Lexapro for his depression. He talked about adjusting to it in his last broadcasts and feeling “melancholy”. We looked it up after we heard the news and found reports online from 2005 and 2011 that stated Lexapro (and other drugs like it) can intensify suicidal thoughts and behavior in some cases. Brody was bipolar and the medication may have pushed him over the edge.

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Brody’s Name on The Comedy Store Wall of Fame

Rest in Peace now Prince of Periscope.
Thank you Brody for sharing your one-of-a-kind comedic talent with us!
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.

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Brody Stevens Backstage at the Improv

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A Sketch of Brody Steven, the Prince of Periscope

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“818 ’til I die!” – Steven Brody Stevens

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“POSITIVE PUSH!”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away! Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

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BrodyIsMeFriend – Steven Brody Stevens RIP

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There will be a Benefit on March 5, 2019 at The Comedy Store
for Brody’s Mom and Sister and Mental Health Awareness:

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Tickets are only $30 at thecomedystore.com!

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Brody Stevens RIP and Kevin Short (West Hollywood Jesus) RIP

 


UPDATE: Thursday, March 7, 2019
There was a big Festival of Friendship Benefit to celebrate Brody’s life (and death) at The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood on Tuesday night March 5th.

Brody was so happy about getting his name on The Comedy Store wall, and was always concerned about getting his name on the marquee. Well, his name was on the marquee and his friends and the staff at the store had t-shirts made to honor his catch phrase “ENJOY IT!” (and if you knew him, you just read that in his voice with a special inflection)

His friends and fans gathered together, proceeds were donated to a Mental Health charity, there were flowers and photos, and many fine tributes to Brody. There were also other gatherings at other venues and most everyone had at least one Brody story to tell. There were also fan tributes, online tributes, and a lot of immediate media coverage. When the news broke, Brody was trending #1 on Twitter and Facebook. He would have loved that, too bad he was dead. Don’t try suicide. It just leaves a mess behind.

There is a lot of Brody Stevens available on Comedy Central, YouTube, and Social Media!
Brody was “The Prince of Periscope” and he also had accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. He appeared on television, the internet, numerous podcasts, and posted his own videos online. He was a tortured soul who left behind an enormous body of work for his fans to remember him by. #BrodyIsMeFriend

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Rest in Peace Brody.



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UPDATED March 10, 2019: There was a gathering at The Comedy Store to “celebrate” Brody Stevens, his friends and comedy friends assembled for this wonderful picture.
There will be another “CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC” gathering tomorrow night (Monday the 11th) at The Comedy Store for his friends.

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Get Your Brody Stevens Suicide Souvenir T-Shirt and Merch!


UPDATED 11-19-19: Brody’s Bench has been installed in Reseda Park! 818 Baby!



 

MONDAY! MONDAY!

MONDAY! MONDAY!

Thanksgiving 2016 is done. No more leftovers!
“Black Friday” is past and it’s officially the Holiday Season.

Today is “Cyber Monday” the online shopping celebration!

HOORAY for American Consumerism! “SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!”
Spend that money! Charge up those credit cards! Buy more stuff!

Buy American! Buy MADE IN THE USA! Support small businesses!
Don’t buy cheap sh*t “Made in China” and “Hecho in Mexico”!

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MONDAY! MONDAY! Remember MTV?

Before cellphones, before the internet, before iTunes and other digital apps, before YouTube, there was MTV (that’s MusicTelevision) on cable.

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NSFW! Here’s a little Neil Young & Crazy Horse music video I worked on long ago…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

And this one: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

And I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

All three vids were shot at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to support the “Ragged Glory” album!

My story, written about the gig (and others), you can read the Blog about here:
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MONDAY! MONDAY!

Be thankful for all you have! Be thankful for family and friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Let’s have a Brunch Party!

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Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day in Sherman Oaks in the beautiful San Fernando Valley at The Hamburger Hamlet was a very good choice! We didn’t make the reservation, our sister did through the Open Table website. We arrived at the restaurant at the appointed time and parked the car in the large lot behind the building on Moorpark. There’s a $4.00 flat fee for parking on Saturday and Sunday that will be refunded with a validation on a yellow ticket (not a white ticket) before leaving the lot. There is also metered street parking with limited availability on Van Nuys Blvd and other neighborhood streets.

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Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

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Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

From the Hamburger Hamlet website:

WE WELCOME YOU TO THE HAMBURGER HAMLET

LIKE MANY OF US WHO GREW UP IN LOS ANGELES, THE HAMBURGER HAMLET PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES LIVES. FROM DINNER IN WESTWOOD BEFORE SEEING A MOVIE, TO SUNDAY BRUNCH IN BRENTWOOD, THE HAMBURGER HAMLET WAS ALWAYS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME KNOWN FOR SIMPLY MARVELOUS FOOD & DRINK.

OUR MEMORIES INCLUDE WATCHING A VERY DAPPER MAN NAMED HARRY LEWIS GO TABLE TO TABLE GREETING HIS GUESTS OR SEEING MARILYN LEWIS WORKING WITH THE STAFF AND ATTENDING TO THE GUESTS NEEDS. STILL FRESH IN OUR MEMORIES IS OUR FAVORITE BURGER PAIRED WITH A HAAGEN DAZS SHAKE, THE FAMOUS LOBSTER BISQUE AND THE APRICOT CHICKEN WINGS.

SO INSPIRED BY WHAT THE HAMBURGER HAMLET REPRESENTED, THAT WHEN WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER SUCH A HISTORIC BRAND, WE COULD NOT RESIST THE CHANCE TO BRING IT BACK TO THE PROUD TRADITION AND FOUNDATION CREATED BY YOUR FORMER HOSTS, HARRY AND MARILYN LEWIS AND PAY OUR RESPECTS TO WHAT THEY ACHIEVED.

WELCOME BACK!

YOUR HOSTS KEVIN MICHAELS AND BRETT DOHERTY

Welcome to The Hamburger Hamlet! There’s a lot of history behind this restaurant!

The first Hamburger Hamlet was opened in 1950 on Sunset Blvd. At its peak the chain grew to 24 restaurants in multiple states. The Lewis family sold the sit-down chain for $29.2 million after opening Kate Mantilini in 1987. The owner Hamlet Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy on April 5, 2013.

The last remaining location in Sherman Oaks was acquired in 2014 and remodeled in 2015 by Killer Shrimp’s Kevin Michaels and Brett Doherty. They have refreshed the menu with brand new items and still feature the popular items that people loved growing up in Los Angeles.

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FLASHBACK!

The interior of the restaurant was extensively remodeled, and the famous red leather booths and chairs are no longer available…but there is still something familiar about the redesign.

There are many pictures from the history of The Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain on the walls, which is a really nice touch. Many Angelenos have great memories of the restaurants and their menu dishes. Mine are of family experiences growing up: lunch with my Grandmother on Sunset Blvd (her office was across the street in the Union Bank building and they knew her by name), going there for special occasions, and parties and dinners at the locations in Sherman Oaks, Hollywood and Brentwood.

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And so it seemed appropriate for Mother’s Day that we revisit the location on Van Nuys Blvd which turned out to be a very good decision. As we drove to our destination, we passed packed restaurants on Ventura Blvd with people waiting outside to be seated (Marmalade Cafe, Blu Jam Cafe, The Cheesecake Factory at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, etc.). When we arrived at The Hamburger Hamlet there were empty tables and we were seated at our reserved table without having to wait.

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Have a Cocktail in The Bar at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

The remodel of the restaurant was very well done. The Bar is beautiful. The dark dining room of the past is now a large open space with lots of light and the kitchen area was given a major upgrade and is semi-open and dining room adjacent.

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Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

The Menu has also retained it’s history!  The still have the “signature” dishes along with some new items and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day.

NOTE: the Saturday and Sunday Brunch Menu is only available 9am-3pm on weekends.

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On the Menu: 1/2 Caesar salad, cornbread, Hot Turkey Sandwich with steak fries, cranberry sauce & gravy and a Mr Pibb soda. Our table also ordered eggs benedict & hash browns, a club sandwich & salad, a Cobb salad with cornbread, an Arnold Palmer, grapefruit juice, bacon & eggs and pancakes.

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The food was good. Classic American “comfort food” for brunch. The portions were large. The service was good, but slowed down as they got busier. The prices were reasonable (entrees are in the $13-$26 price range) and there wasn’t a “Mother’s Day Menu” or price increase because of the holiday which was particularly nice. We enjoyed our food, the memories, the brunch experience and Mom had a very good time!

The Hamburger Hamlet4419 Van Nuys Blvd (at Moorpark), Sherman Oaks CA 91403
http://www.hamburgerhamlet.com 818-784-1183

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm and Friday: 11:30am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 12am and Sunday: 9am – 10pm

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Harry Lewis’ Picture on the Wall at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

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Harry Lewis at The Hamburger Hamlet Brentwood

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Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Inventions!

p.s. We really miss Hamptons Hollywood Cafe on Highland and the Old World Restaurant in Westwood, both offered the upscale hamburger experience in Los Angeles.

500 Blog Posts! – It’s Flashback Friday!!!!!

500 Blog Posts!

It’s FLASHBACK FRIDAY!!!!! And it’s our Blog’s three year anniversary too.

It was only two years ago that we hit 250 blog posts and we were celebrating our one year anniversary…. Tempus fugit! How time flies!

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Here’s the big pic of the Rooftop Pool and Patio at the London Hotel in West Hollywood:

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The London Hotel Rooftop Pool & Patio – West Hollywood, California

Happy! Happy! Happy! Three years and 500 posts.

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Up Periscope! My Current Obsession!

Up Periscope! See the world through other people’s eyes!

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Times Square with Vicki Winters @mybigfatmouth

If you’ve been following my Blog you know that I’m currently obsessed with the Periscope App. And why shouldn’t I be? Yesterday in addition to the usual suspects I scope, I watched Vicki Winters (@mybigfatmouth) cruising Times Square in New York City; Anika (@LiterallyAnika) on Go-Pro Gyro-coptering above Dubai and then onboard a party yacht at the Dubai Boat Show; The Who performing LIVE in concert from the sixth row in Toronto, Canada (Thanks @Concertaholics); Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE rehearsing in the studio in West Hollywood, California (@Jay_Rosado_215) and then Sunrise at Stonehenge from inside the circle on the Salisbury Plain in England (Thanks Dan Snow @thehistoryguy) with a handheld and a DRONE CAMERA! Here are some screenshots:

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Gyro-copter Take Off in Dubai with @LiterallyAnika

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Gyro-copter Flying Over Dubai with @LiterallyAnika

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Onboard a Party Yacht at the Dubai Boat Show with @LiterallyAnika

There’s a 12 hour difference between Los Angeles and Dubai, so Vicki was on in the morning and Anika was on in the afternoon. Then later on in the evening around 6pm Pacific Standard Time The Who LIVE from Toronto!

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The Who LIVE in Concert in Toronto, Canada with @Concertaholics

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The Who LIVE in Concert in Toronto, Canada with @Concertaholics

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The Who LIVE in Concert in Toronto, Canada with @Concertholics

Later on at night, Jay was “slappin’ the bass” in rehearsals with Ms. Lauryn Hill and scoping from the studio. He is a really great musician and they were jammin’!

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@Jay_Rosado_215 with Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE in Studio in West Hollywood

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Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE in Studio in West Hollywood with @Jay_Rosado_215

The Piece-de-Resistance was a Sunrise Scope from Stonehenge, handheld from inside the stone circle (very rare) and a second drone camera airborne along with Q&A from an expert on the World Heritage Site:

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Sunrise at Stonehenge! Thanks Dan Snow! @thehistoryguy

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Sunrise at Stonehenge! Drone Camera! @thehistoryguy

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REPLAY: John Németh “Memphis Grease” Blues LIVE in Pasadena on Periscope:
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Celebrity sighting in Los Angeles?

Q: Best spots for celebrity sightings?

“Taking my second trip to LA and I really want to see some celebrities this time around. I have no idea where that would most likely happen. What would you say are the best places, hidden spots, or parts of LA for spotting celebs? ” – Michelle R., Mesa AZ

HOLLYWOOD!

HOLLYWOOD!

A: Celebrity sighting in Los Angeles?

The best places to see celebrities in Los Angeles is where they live, work and play. You have a good chance near the studios and in the more upscale neighborhoods.

Downtown Los Angeles near the The Music Center and Nokia Theatre LA Live – restaurants, bars and galleries in the newly gentrified downtown area. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

Sony Pictures and Culver Studios in Culver City – restaurants, bars and shopping nearby along Culver Blvd.

Paramount Pictures Studio and Raleigh Studios Hollywood in Hollywood – Starbucks at Sunset & Gower, AstroBurger, W Hotel Hollywood, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Farmers Market and The Grove in West Hollywood

The restaurants, (Dan Tana’s, Mel’s Diner, Katana) coffee shops, clubs, hotels and bars on Sunset Blvd – Chateau Marmont, The Standard, the Mondrian Hotel, London West Hollywood Hotel, and the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills, the Ivy and Newsroom restaurants, and shopping on Robertson Blvd in West Hollywood. Canter’s Deli and Genghis Cohen restaurant on Fairfax.

The comedy clubs: Improv on Melrose, the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory, Flappers in Burbank and any of the smaller performance spaces. You have a pretty good chance of seeing someone from television working new material or watching a friend perform.

The restaurants, clubs, shopping and bars on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood and in Brentwood along Wilshire and San Vicente Blvd. (Katsu-ya sushi in Brentwood, Hollywood, and Encino)

Beverly Hills – restaurants, bars and shopping on Rodeo Dr, Canon, Beverly and little Santa Monica Blvd. There are a number of hotels where they like to stay: Montage Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hilton, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and the smaller boutique places in the 90210 zip code. The InterContinental Los Angeles, The CAA Building, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel and shopping at Century Plaza in Century City.

Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City – restaurants, coffee shops and bars on Cahuenga Blvd West, Cahuenga and Lankershim. The Jon Lovitz comedy club at Universal CityWalk.

Warner Bros Studio, Warner Bros. Ranch and Disney Studios in Burbank – restaurants on Riverside (Bob’s, Paty’s, Mo’s, etc.) and in the general vicinity

CBS Radford Studio in Studio City – restaurants on Ventura Blvd (Art’s Deli, McDonalds, The Counter, etc.). Sherman Oaks Galleria and restaurants, bars, coffee shops and shopping along Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks and Encino.

Santa Monica – restaurants and bars near the beach, 3rd Street Promenade and vicinity. Venice Beach on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Also dog parks and hiking trails (Runyon Canyon & Griffith Park) and in Malibu – restaurants (Nobu, Malibu Crossroads, etc.) and shopping near the Malibu Colony and in Pacific Palisades.

Just be aware of the people around you, you might be sitting next to someone famous in a baseball cap and sunglasses and not even know it.

NOTE: Please respect their privacy.
You can try to find celebrities, but in Los Angeles you can randomly encounter them almost anywhere! I’ve seen Quentin Tarentino, Kevin Nealon, Randy Jackson, James Cromwell and many others getting coffee or working at Starbuck’s. I see celebrities at Ralph’s when I’m shopping for groceries and when I walk my dog at the park. They eat and drink at neighborhood restaurants and bars. One time I heard Samuel L. Jackson’s familiar voice behind me at CVS, and I turned around and he was talking on his cell phone while shopping. Good luck!

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9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip

9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip – A Brief Photographic History:

If those walls could talk! This address was the home of Cafe LaMaze in the 30’s (with a lounge called the Key Club), Sherry’s in the 40’s (where Mickey Cohen was shot), the Plymouth House in the 50’s, Gazzarri’s in the 60’s-80’s, Billboard Live and the Key Club in the 90s until last December 2013 when it became 1 Oak Nightclub.

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Cafe LaMaze 1930’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Sherry’s 1940’s (Mickey Cohen was shot here!)

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9039 Sunset Blvd – The Plymouth House 1958

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9039 Sunset – Gazzarri’s Supper Club 1960’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzari’s 1970’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzarri’s 1980’s  Bill Gazzarri “See Ya Pal”

9039 Sunset Blvd

9039 Sunset Blvd – Billboard Live and then the KeyClub 1990’s- 2013 RIP

I used to promote club nights as Joshua 13 with Stephen Aquarius and Luis Q NightKing Productions at the KeyClub! “Cloud 9” on Wednesday and Friday nights, “The Indepen-Dance 1998”, “Midsummers Night Dream 1998”, “Saturday Nights in the Plush Room” and “The Resolution!” on New Years Eve 1998-1999.

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

"The Resolution" New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

“The Resolution” New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

 Now it’s the new 1 Oak Nightclub. (but for how long?)

9039 Sunset Blvd - 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

9039 Sunset Blvd – 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

UPDATE: Not too long after this Blog was posted, rap mogul/convicted felon Suge Knight was shot “six times” at a pre-VMA party at 1Oak nightclub. Lucky mo-fo will survive the shooting. Weird parallel to the Mickey Cohen shooting in the 40’s!

“And it’s all just a little bit of History repeating!”

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09-JUL-13: Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills (at Doheny and Burton Way)

Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

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20-JUN-13: Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (in the City of Los Angeles)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (in the City of Los Angeles)

Mr. C's Hotel

Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Beverly Hills1224 Beverwill Dr (at Pico), Los Angeles, CA

Here are some more photos:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Private Dining Room, Meeting or Conference Room:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“Ah yes, a bit o’ the bubbly…”

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

We took the tour:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The “Standard” Room:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The “One-Bedroom Suite”:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

And the “Premium Luxury Studio Suite” with the Beverly Hills View:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Beverly Hills View from the 11th Floor:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Century City from the Mr. C Hotel  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Minibar at Mr. C Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

And now the Penthouse Event Center on the 12th Floor:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View looking towards Downtown from the 12th floor of the Mr C. Hotel  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View towards Downtown from the 12th floor of the Mr. C Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of Century City from the 12th Floor of the Mr. C Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C’s Yacht Club (the pool, patio, outdoor bar and cabanas):

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of the hotel from the Yacht Club:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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“Let’s Do Lunch” at the Standard Hotel on Sunset

“Let’s Do Lunch”

Friday at the Standard Hotel on Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, California

You know it’s not your “standard” hotel when you first pull in!

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Valet park your car.  Celebrity sighting in the driveway: Danny Masterson from “That 70’s Show” valet parking his car in front of me.

Here’s the view of the Lobby as you enter:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The “Belly-Button” art and the reverse view of the Lobby:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I didn’t want to sit in the low couch seating in the Lobby, so I waited in The Cactus Bar (this pic is from the other night).

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

People were having Lunch on the Patio (it’s a beautiful day!) and other people were laying out and enjoying the sun by the pool.  And they have two TeePee Tents (cabanas that are available for rent) and a ping pong table for extra fun.

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

At night the patio is a popular spot for cocktails and the restaurant is always busy late night. (this next pic is also from the other night)

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

While I was waiting I did a quick recon.  I knew she was from the valley, because she had “818” tattooed on her exposed thigh:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I met and had lunch with three of the hotel managers.  We decided to lunch inside at the Standard Restaurant (OPEN 24/7), which serves very good, simple comfort food.  It’s a great menu and the kitchen services the restaurant, the patio and the 24 hour room service.

We shared delicious BBQ Pork Sliders and (HOT) Shrimp Egg Rolls appetizers to start.

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I had a coke and half of the Pizza of the Day: BBQ Chicken and it was VERY GOOD!  I had the other half packed to go.

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

They had salads and offered me coffee and dessert, but I decided to be good and skipped the caffeine and sugar.  We had a great conversation and they told me all about the hotel.  After lunch we took a tour of the property and I looked at the different rooms.  I didn’t take pictures of the rooms so go to the Standard Hotel’s website to see them and the restaurant interior.

The panoramic view of Los Angeles from a Large Pool Room balcony is one of the most requested features:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It’s a beautiful and unique property, in a great location, with a great view and great service.  The food was excellent and the management showed me their stuff!  It’s an Andre Belazs Hotel and the design is simple, clean and minimalist.  I would definitely recommend this hotel if you’re young, hip and and want to stay, eat or drink on the legendary Sunset Strip.  (Just not this weekend, because they’re sold out and overbooked!)

Standard Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood: 8300 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90069  (contact me at joshwilltravel@yahoo.com if you want to have lunch!)

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