‘Dumb Starbucks’ in Los Angeles tied to comedy duo

JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press
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The sign at Dumb Starbucks coffee in Los Angeles, is displayed Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The sign at Dumb Starbucks coffee in Los Angeles, is displayed Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filming permits show that the “Dumb Starbucks” coffee shop generating buzz in Los Angeles is tied to a comedy production company.

The store opened Friday and has been giving away free drinks while getting lots of attention.

Permits obtained on Monday by The Associated Press show that filming was authorized at the location three times in the weeks before the store opened.

People line up at Dumb Starbucks coffee in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

People line up at Dumb Starbucks coffee in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The permits were taken out by Abso Lutely Productions.

The company is run by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, a comedy duo known as Tim & Eric who have done movies and television shows.

In reply to an email from the AP, “Bad Starbucks” said it would be making an announcement later Monday.

The real Starbucks has said the parody infringes on its trademarks.

People wait at Dumb Starbucks coffee in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

People wait at Dumb Starbucks coffee in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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