Big Bad Armo Show

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The Big Bad Armo Show is a variety show that has produced three shows so far. Two in 2009, one in 2011. The usually sold-out performances take place at Casitas in Atwater Village (Los Angeles) and are most popular with young Armenians. Coarser language and subject matter may make it inappropriate for minors.

The Genesis of the Big Bad Armos

by Lory Tatoulian

Three years ago I took a job working as a journalist for the Armenian Reporter. During my time there, I encountered a vast array of stories ranging from the incredibly somber, to the fantastically ludicrous. Really, it was during that time that The Big Bad Armo Show was born. I wanted to take both the serious and the comical stories I came across and create a space that would license Armenians to laugh at themselves and each other. My intent was to hold up a fun house mirror to this community and share some of the hilarious idiosyncrasies of our stories with audiences.
With the success of The Big Bad Armo Show and the weapon of an amazingly talented cast, it was only fitting that we prepare a Christmas Show. After all, if anybody knows how to celebrate Christmas, it's the Armenians. We've been doing it since 301 A.D.

Shows

First Big Bad Armo Show

Written and Directed by Lory Tatoulian

Actors: Alex Kalognomos, Helen Kalognomos, James Martin, Lory Tatoulian, Anais Thomassian, Voki Kalfayan, Armen Kerasimian, Ludwig Manukian, Raffi Rupchian

Skits:AYNFU Young-Failures, Kim Kardashian workout, Cinema Today, Aleen and Friends, Mating in the Wild, That's Amote, Pourvar Competition, Dandeegeen MTV Cribs, Hooray for HollyVood

Dates: The first show was in the Spring of 2009, and shows started at 7pm on April 17, 18, 19, May 1, 2, 3. Encore performances in July of 2009

A Big Bad Armo X-mas

Written by Lory Tatoulian Directed by Voki Kalfayan Actors: Alex Kalognomos, Helen Kalognomos, James Martin, Lory Tatoulian, Anais Thomassian, Voki Kalfayan

Skits: Armenian Private School Christmas Pageant, Santa a.ka. the mechanic from Hampo Auto Service and Radiator visits the kids, Armenia becomes Christian, Russian Women selling Caucus Cream at Glendale Galleria, Ararat old folks home talent show, intermission, Raffle, Parska-Hye Car Scene, How Hye Are You? game show, Dandigin, 12 Armenian days of Christmas sing-along.

Dates: Winter of 2009, cocktails at 7 with DJ Diamond Eyes, shows at 8pm. December 18, 19, 20, 26, 27.

Big Bad Armo Show: World Domination

Written by Lory Tatoulian Directed by Voki Kalfayan Actors: Alex Kalognomos, Helen Kalognomos, James Martin, Lory Tatoulian

Dates: Spring of 2011. Cocktails and shows at 8pm. March 18, 19, 20, 25, 27, April 1, 2, 3.

Dreaming of a Big Bad Armo Christmas

Show with Lory Tatoulian, James Martin, Alex Kalognomos, Helen Kalognomos, Ludwig Manukian, Naz Koull, Alexander Mashikian

Skits: The System of The Down, Sossi for Mayor, Public Service Announcement on Armenians, Church Incense Boy Contest, Tech Support with Mom on Date, Fight for the Check, Taleen's Nice Boots, Marty and Varty on the Armenian Heritage Cruise

Dates: December 22, 23, 29, 30, 2011 and January 6, 7, 2012. Venue: Dance Conservatory of Pasadena

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