When Ceazan-Fleischli speaks about the 2014 installment, it’s apparent in her voice how much she hopes people who took issue with the first Festival Supreme came back to second.
“Finding a venue was a huge part of the next year,” Gass recalls. “We looked at a lot of places all over LA, even up in Simi Valley to try to find the right place.”
“LA is tough,” admits Black. “For a second we were going to be out in Lancaster. But we found The Shrine, and that was the perfect destination. Instead of relegating the standups to the Club Intimacy clusterfuck tent that holds 1,000 people and is a bottleneck nightmare, we have the Shrine Auditorium which hold 6,000 people and is the velvety, golden toilet experience of our dreams.”
Another key to the Shrine’s success as a venue is the use of the Expo Hall, which Black points out is crucial in conveying their yearly theme, be it the dark circus of 2014, the Las Vegas lounge of 2015, or this year’s outer space motif. “I liken it to Ben-Hur because it’s this giant oval,” Gass says.