If the Aug. 5 premiere of IFC's "Whisker Wars" whets your appetite for the competitive-facial-hair crowd, you might want to consider buying a ticket to the 1st Annual Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition set to take place on Aug.14 in North Hollywood.
Hosted by the Northern Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Club, assorted beardsmen and 'stache-thletes will compete in five categories: mustache, partial beard, business beard, full beard natural and freestyle (explained in detail on the competition's website), with trophies going to the top three competitors in each category.
Although barely a year old (the group was organized in June 2010), the NLABMC made an impressive showing with two silver medals at the recent World Beard and Moustache Championships in Trondheim, Norway, with its president, John Myatt, taking a second-place finish in the Verdi beard category and the appropriately named vice president, Jeffrey Moustache, taking second in the English mustache category. (The international event, held every other year, has a total of 18 categories.)
Apparently they won't be the only high-profile whiskered warriors headed to the North Hollywood event in the afterglow of that international competition. According to the event's Facebook page, beardsmen Phil Olsen (the controversial captain of Beard Team USA) and Aarne Bielefeldt -- both of whom are front-and-center in IFC's upcoming docu-comedy -- plan to attend.
Tickets are $12 (unless you're competing in the quest for grooming glory, in which case, it'll cost you $15) and available at labmcomp.bigcartel.com.
The 1st Annual Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition at the Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., Aug. 14, 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Spectator tickets $12, competitor tickets $15 (cash only at the door).
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Competitors at the first nationwide beard and mustache competition in Bend, Ore., on June 5, 2010. Credit: Adam Tschorn