It’s Friday night, and I barely made it through the week. No lie, for some reason, I’ve never been more exhausted than today. Been dreaming of a day off, or even a night off. But tonight was another glorious event at my favorite event space: Neuehouse. Right there on Sunset in Hollywood. I don’t know what it is, but this spot just makes you feel worthy. Last time I was here was for AD’s Last of the 80’s listening party. This time, it wasn’t strictly Hip Hop. To be honest, it was a breath of fresh air.
Huge thanks to Nikki with XL Recordings for the exclusive invite. Hip Hop may be my first love, but comedy is a close second. We were in for a treat. Beyond the invite to Nior Nights, the afterparty, we were able to attend the screening of one of the episodes beforehand. This was celebrating a TV show called People Just Do Nothing, which started off as a YouTube series. You can probably already guess the inspirational part of the evening: the fact that these kids were able to take their talent to the big(ger) screen so organically.
If you’re lost, don’t worry, so was I. Let me try to break this down. This is a British mockumentary show (People Just Do Nothing) about a group called Kurupt FM, who runs a pirate radio station. The show creators (Hugo Chegwin, Allan Mustafa, and Steve Stamp) are also the main actors. This show is huge in the UK, which is why bringing it to the US is such a big deal. This was the primary reason of the event: to celebrate the show’s US digital release. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 are available now on Netflix, and Viceland even started airing episodes as of February. If you guys know Viceland, you know they only fuck with dope shows.
We were able to view an episode from season two, which literally had me cracking up in my seat. First of all, I have to compliment the theater we were welcomed with. The most elegant, luxurious sofa chairs, lined up row by row. Whoever did the interior design in that room, props. Neuehouse deserves 5 stars on Yelp lmao. Even the program director greeted us. I swear, my girl and I were the only ones in the room that weren’t British. Hearing everyone speak in that accent actually brought me joy. You guys know I’m a sucker for accents.
Being nominated for the BAFTA Awards was enough, but they actually took home the trophy for Best Scripted Comedy. No doubt about this one. This show is truly unique. It’s quirky, funny, real… so fucking real lmao. The characters these guys play are a riot. And during the Q&A, I realize, they’re all just as funny IRL. Humor might be my favorite attribute in the opposite sex.
This is the best part of their journey: getting picked up by the producer of The Office, Ash Atalla. Real recognize real. It took 5 years. Like I said, this was the most organic process. The pilot episode was picked up by BBC3, and became the online portal’s most-shared video. If that’s not enough, they’ve got Ed Sheeran backing them up.
The moderator was British as well, and I thought he did a fabulous job. Each of the guys were genuinely hilarious. Steve talked about how he had an office job before this, and the day he got the call about the show being picked up, he quit. Right then and there. He was going to write full-time. Allan Mustafa (in the middle) was my absolute favorite. I kid you not, every line that came out of his mouth was hilarious. Sarcastic, but hilarious nonetheless. He said he didn’t have a job before. So it was a win-win lmao.
The message from the show is epic. Half sarcastic, they tell everyone to set their goals low, so that they can achieve them. “Don’t expect anything, and you’ll get everything.” Genius right?
After the Q&A wrapped up, we head upstairs to the afterparty. Shout out to my babygirl Nechelle for being my date. We were definitely there early, as the event flier said 8:30pm-1am, but I could just tell it was about to be lit. First of all, these guys look like they know how to party. No doubt. The UK gets down. My homegirl said she wants to move there down the line. I said my priority was New York. Shout out to putting things into existence. Let’s get it.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) May 20, 2017
Next, I head over to my side of town, downtown LA, to meet my favorite couple (shout out Corey and Val). There was this dope outdoor street festival type deal called #DTLADarkNights, right in the middle of LA Live. This was between my two loves: Staples Center and The NOVO lmao. But actually.
I just saw it was presented by Abstinthe, which made sense because I saw random characters walking around. That show is fucking fire and I highly recommend anybody who has the opportunity, to go see it. I walk into a sea of people, all appreciating the beautiful live art that was surrounding. These people literally were painting these canvases on the spot.
Shout out to all the vendors selling their beautiful handmade products. This one vinyl booth had me in love. I had to post this. Tupac on a record? Nothing screams art more than that. We did one quick round before calling it a night. This was such a dope concept, and I hope they do it more often. Such good vibes and amazing $5 food deals at the surrounding restaurants. Plus it was free. Can’t lose with that.