Holy schlamoly. I got asked to compete in the Nov. 16 round of Iron Comic, the amazingly entertaining stand-up comedy game show, hosted by SF Weekly’s Comedian of the Year Nato Green as well as superstar Moshe Kasher (Chelsea Lately, Live at Gotham, Aspen Best of Fest).
From the release: “Iron Comic is a live gameshow created by Nato Green where 5 comedians rush to write a routine in 10 minutes from topics suggested by the audience. At the end of the night, an Iron Comic will be chosen. Inspired by Iron Chef, each comic is forced to craft jokes while the clock is ticking.” In short… I’ll be doing all new material and it’s totally terrifying.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing my good friend Sean Keane kick Arj Barker’s ass in this, as well as watching Kyle Kinane, Alex Koll, Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, and Morgan Murphy battle it out at Bridgetown this past year.
The other comics competing are Punch Line favorites Ngaio Bealum, Chris Garcia, Kris Tinkle, and Conor Kellicut. There will be guest sets by other awesome comics and if you click on this Goldstar link you can get tickets for $7.50!
Hey everyone! It’s the 2nd episode of Your Welcome. With Coree Spencer from 11/9 Guest Co Host is Kevin Munroe and guests are Mary Van Note and DJ Real.
In this episode, We talk about DJ REAL’s shocking past as a beat poet, Mary Van Note’s plan to take over the world, Coree calls Kevin a “Trinidaddy” and Kevin reveals that he used to think Coree was a boy. Comedian Jimmy Newstetter calls from backstage at the Helium comedy club to update you on the comedy happening in Portland, Oregon and Coree’s mom calls in again to talk about “crud”.
Two birthday posts in a row? You bet your donkey. Today is the birthday of Marco Alvarez, another comic I’ve met through the House of Shields. He lives far away, we rarely see each other. None the less its a joy when we do. Here’s a hodgepodge of Marco related material. Happy Birthday!
Marco was at my first hosting show.
He’s apparently filming something epic.
And is running for re-election in two years.
And now for a silly song that in no way represents Marco but bears his name:
Fresh face to San Francisco comedy, I enter into the House of Shields. Low illumination, chatty Kathies, Amazonian bartenders: it was like walking fresco painting. In the balcony Kris Tinkle’s head bobbed up and down, setting up the microphone. Upstairs Irene shifted through notes while unholstering her camera. There were very few anybodies up there: the showrunners, maybe three audience members, and some comedians I hadn’t grown to know. One said comedian was Mr. David Cairns.
I immediately liked David’s comedy because it was spilling over with self-reflection while the act was continuing. Basically David creates a lot of asides and prefaces before he would get to the punchline, weaving in and out with pitch control and inflection that made everything he said funny to me. [David Cadence] Hey you guys. His brother wasn’t allowed to hear the song “Tequila” by. The Champs because of uh, his mother, thought it warp his mind. So instead, she would go “Duh-duh-duh/duh-duh-duh-duh-Duh-Duh/duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh-duh-Duh/duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh-duh-Duh-Duh/duhduhduhduhduhduh SPAGHETTI!” [/David Cadence]. Excellent.
After the show we both traded pats on the back.
Next week David brings a ukulele. He sings a mumbling version of Spoon’s “Underdog”. I laugh hysterically.
After the show we traded pats on the back.
That would happen quite frequently, and I always looked forward to it. David would bring something extremely different every time he went onstage and I would love it. I met a very kindred spirit, very early on, and it really inspired me to do better. To put it on an extremely nerdy level, David is my Sasake, a natural who keeps getting better that I’m constantly chasing.
David is quickly becoming a legend because legends can only be experienced fully first hand; the rest are just whispers. I can’t fully convey David’s set at the Brainwash where he roleplayed a blind-deaf man for the duration of the night for a five minute set. There’s no counting how many laugh loops have sprung from a Cairns cognition: scissoring buttholes, Spider-Man Around the World, minimal mimes…
(Note: Laugh loop is when one person laughs really hard. This triggers laughter from somebody else. Then the original laugher laughs at the second laugher’s laughter and so on and so on).
David is constantly bubbling, constantly at a play, constantly creating new things out of the space given. He’s constantly a “soc” and constantly a great friend. I look forward to this long, weird road we’re on together in this burrito continuum.
Hey! You don’t have anything to do tonight San Francisco? Sitting around with nothing to do and you need a good laugh? Well… you’ve come to the right place.
First up I have the Nudes. Don’t worry, they’re not nudist, they’re We Are Nudes. Tonight features a bit of a format change. While John is taking care of business in Los Angeles, Donny, Alec and Laura are hosting a variety show in the middle of the SOMA district. Viracocha @ Valencia and 21st St. This blurb will explain further
Come see the Nudes and friends!
8 o’clock show doors open 7:30 $5 tickets
Donny Divanian Laura Ferrari Alec Jones Trujillo
Edna Barron Kurt Bodden Jessie Elias Luz Gaxiola Joan Howard Thomas John Natasha Kaluza Sean Keane Cory Loykasek Nikolas Strubbe Chris Thayer
funny show, cheap beer
There you go. There’s no way to properly convey how much talent is on this card. You’re just going to have to get your buns to Viracocha. I might buy you a cupcake if you say you’re there for the show.
Jabari Davis and Associates present Live @ The Purple Onion. 140 Columbus Ave. SF. 8 & 10 o’Clock shows. $20.
(Jabari is becoming one of the most prolific showrunners in the town. Tonight offers comedy from some really great up-and-comers and its great to see so many people with gobs of potential get the opportunity to rock it at the Purple Onion. Look out for Josh Argyle, that guy is quickly becoming a champ.)
Last Night of the Walk The Plank Semi-Finals. 8 PM. $15. (Note: This show is selling out fast so you might want to get down to the wharf to figure out what all the fuss is about. Or you can buy your tickets HERE)
Also on the show is one of the best comedians in the Bay Area: Janine Brito. Every time I’ve seen Janine she’s killed me inside and out. Awesome perspective, perfect poise, and the conduit of my favorite story: Tia Celclia. She also said the funniest four phrase I’ve heard all week: Mary Poppins Purse Snatch.
So if you’re not doing anything this Saturday, reader, and you have a bit of money, reader, go check out Marc, Janine and Ryan Singer (whom I’m unfamiliar with but by virtue of his position, I know is probably very good).
I would have found out first hand how good all three were together last night but Bank of America had my account on empty, and the show sold out.
Last night instead of my typical open-mic festivities or even Tony Spark’s comedy class (which I’m sore that I missed) I went to see Bo Burnham. To give context, I know of Bo, have heard a few songs, knew of his popularity but my knowledge of his work is extremely limited. My friend Brandon Robinson is a big fan and sprung surprise tickets on me, so as an intrigued plus-1 I went along.
The show happened at the Regency Ballroom on Van Ness. Also for the ride was another friend, Chris Erickson. It was good to see both Brandon and Chris because adulthood has decided that I see as little of my friends as possible. We’re all adults; early 20s. So when we walked into a ballroom filled with teenagers, all white and steaming with privilege, I’m sure we looked out of place. None the less we sat next to some bespeckled boppers and watched Bo.
Bo is immediately impressive, extremely clever and challenging. His references are flying at a mile-a-minute and the air is filled with teenage lust mist that distracts from what’s going on stage. What’s crazy is that while he attracts a “heartthrob” crowd, his subject manner is extremely dense. Self-reference, self-conscious, world-conscious, subversive, up-lifting, down-talking, and all together uncompromising. It’s rare to see somebody who gets to do exactly what they want, and Bo is one of those few fortunate individuals. Check him out live, he thrives on stage.
November 11 (Tomorrow) @ The Purple Onion. 140 Columbus Ave. 8 PM. $20. A Double Event - Tony Sparks Vast Wisdom and a showcase featuring Big Al Gonzalez, Kabeezy and Vincent Oshana.
(Breakdown: Tony Sparks is the Godfather of Bay Area Comedy, and for good reason. He’s been a consistent presence in the scene for nearly two decades and has been the gateway to everyone in the scene. Now he wants to share his expertise, which unless you’re swimming in cash and booked into 2020, you definitely want to hear. Tony has an infinite amount of wisdom on jokes, writing, presentation, and other stand-up comedy tours. Whether you’re just starting or you need a refresher from a different perspective, Tony’s class can help.
In addition to this you have three established comedians who hold the prestige of making a living in one of the hardest markets to crack. In growing comically, it’s important to watch comedy from a variety of sources and this events allows four unique voice for you to soak in.)
What can I say about Ivan Hernandez that would truly give the man justice. I used to call him the Tornado, due to his Southernly origins and his habit of ripping shit up on stage. Upon reflection I should have called him the Hurricane because of his Floridian history. Never the less Ivan stands as one of the greatest phenomenons in the City’s comedy universe and one of my recent favorite comedians.
From the first time I saw him riffing geographical connections at Club Deluxe I’ve grown to appreciate his style of humor, his nerdy subject choices, and his strong delivery. I wish I could clone myself 50 times over, or could bus in Warren Ellis fans just so Ivan could get the audience he deserves. Even if the audience is unfamiliar with his references/point of view, Ivan performs with so much conviction that it’s hard not to be charmed.
In addition to being a great comedy talent, he also has a great comedy mind; one of biggest/brightest comedy nerds I know. Bamford, Benson, Oswalt, you think you know these people? Go talk to Ivan and you’ll realize you have no frickin’ idea about the intricacies of comedy apprecition. Some of my favorite moments in my comedy life have included Ivan: Kaseem’s legendary/unsung set at the Monkey Club, the pouch incident, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass w/ Nicole Calasich and Ashley Bennett.
Ivan is a big deal in my life. He’s a constant reminder of how much sacrifice, dedication, and raw skills you have to bring to the table and overall that learning how to bake bread could be a life saver. Happy Birthday Ivan!
Rockit Room Open Mic. 406 Clement St. SF. 7:30-10 PM. Free 99. (Apparently they also have WiFi).
SYLVAN OPEN IMPROV. 7:30 PM. Dark Room Theater. 2263 Mission St. SF. Free.99 (Last week featured a heavy stand-up comedy focus, the week before that featured video games. You never know what spectacular activities the Sylvan kids are up to but it’s always fun.)
Blue Room @ Club 93 (on 9th St.). 10-12 P.M. 21+. SF. Hosted by David Hawkins. Featuring Chris Schiappacasse, Jesse Elias, Jenn Dronsky, Ricky Luna and Justin Scales (This is one of the best line-ups I’ve seen on a showcase format; I absolutely adore every act involved. In addition to extremely capable, far-reaching comedy, it’s happening in the hottest spot in the scene at the moment).
Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s. 500 Castro St. SF. 9 PM. $5. Featuring (Sk)Ills Goldbarg, Ronn Vigh, Heather Thomson and Brendan Lynch. (The range of performers is excessively impressive. I’m rooting iLLs as she continues her comedy adventure.)
Wharf Room Comedy Showcase. Castagnola’s. 286 Jefferson St. SF. 8 PM. $5. Featuring Coree Spencer, Colleen Watson, Duat Mai, Max Curry, Ben Feldman and More. (Duat has really been on a tear as of late. Ben just had a gold set at Holly’s. Colleen rarely shakes babies and Coree might just kick you in the chest. )
Layover Comedy. 1517 Franklin. Oakland. 8:30. 21+. No Cover. Hosted by Mike Speigelman. Featuring Miles K, Harmon Leo, Trenton Davis, Janine Brito and More. (The talent is thicker than a pot of post-Thanksgiving stew)
Naked Comedy @ The Purple Onion. 140 Columbus. SF. $9. Featuring Brendan Lynch and Emily Heller. (For my all my North Beach readers)