Judah Friedlander isn't short on self-esteem.
"I am a role model. I am the greatest martial artist on the planet," the actor and standup comic tells CityBeat with his trademark deadpan delivery. "But I'm also going to be the next president of the United States."
One issue that's got his attention is the plight of tens of thousands of Central American kids crossing into the U.S. "I think we send 'em up to Canada," he says. "I think that's where they're trying to get to, anyway. Canada's got more space, and they already have healthcare, so it seems like that's probably where they're headed."
Friedlander, who lived in San Diego for 10 years as a child, booked a series of standup shows here—five performances from Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26, at The American Comedy Co. (818 Sixth Ave., Downtown, , $20)—to coincide with Comic-Con.
"I'm a big horror-movie guy," he says. "I like odd people, in general. I'm a big sci-fi kind of guy. And I really appreciate art. I don't read comics as much as I want, but I love anything that's dealing with the arts and fantasy."
He'll hold a couple of signing appearances at Comic-Con and serve on a panel on Sharknado 2: The Second One, in which he plays "some dude from Queens who's trying to kill some sharks, trying to save New York."
"Iím a big fan of that company, The Asylum," he says of the studio that produces the Sharknado films. He says he started tweeting at The Asylum during the first Sharknado. "I think after a while, they realized I was serious," he says. "So then they gave me a little part in it. It was so much fun, dude."
But what about his standup shows?
"It's going to be the greatest sexual experience—and comedic experience—people have ever seen," he boasts. "First of all, there's a mandatory sex party after every show, and everyone gets in free. And let the ladies know, they'll all get in. Gentlemen, they're invited, too, to watch, learn, take notes, see how things are done properly. The guys might be intimidated by what I can do. It's educational and inspirational."
2. Creative commons
In the last decade or so, local museum nightlife has hit an all-time high as events like Culture and Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art and Thursday Night Thing at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego have enticed younger and hipper crowds with live music and boozy refreshments. If you're up for a slightly longer drive, North County is promising a lively event of its own with Lux's Art Institute's Creative Nights (1550 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas). The event will feature artists engaging in live art-making, such as welding and glass blowing, alongside live performances by The Brothers Grim and Tolan Shaw, plus food and libations. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Admission is $20. luxartinstitute.org
3. Hat tips on display
Quint Gallery and the Murals of La Jolla project have teamed up for a cool collaboration. The Horizon exhibition, opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Quint (7547 Girard Ave. in La Jolla), will feature established artists alongside emerging artists whom they admire. The big-name artists with work featured in the large outdoor murals hanging billboard-style on private businesses throughout La Jolla—John Baldessari, Robert Irwin, Ryan McGinness, Kim MacConnel Jean Lowe and others—were each asked to name an artist they thought deserved attention. They did a good job, naming rising stars like James Enos, Joseph Huppert and Susan Metzger—the final lineup reads like a cast of San Diegoís best all-time and up-and-coming artists. quintgallery.com