Robin Hardwick is doing us all a huge solid in her coverage of 2013’s SF Sketchfest, Check out her recent write-up of a revival performance of hysterical, post modern buffoonery from the minds of The State.
It’s an open mic. An open mic is an open mic: it’s the karaoke of musings; it’s the intellectual cover band, it’s the Tito Jackson of artistic endeavors (maybe even Marlon). Sure, Portal’s Tavern open mic, located in the gallbladder of San Francisco, is well operated, well staffed, well attended and well received, but it’s still an open mic.
Mondays are notoriously adverse to comedy, especially of the unpolished variety. Stand-up is small potatoes, and on a slow night it can potentially poison the well for sports – Go Niners! Go Giants! – and good ole fashion alcoholism. And for additional subtraction, whether by frugality or poverty, comics are notorious tightwads. Since the great Purge of 2011 (Kimo’s; 50 Mason; 800 Larkin, again), and finales of other castoffs (farewell Deco Lounge), the bow of the week has been adrift. Thankfully, Portal’s Tavern floated along and jokers clambered aboard like ill-fated lovers on a freezing door.
Legendary OAKLAND rapper Too $hort sits down with the Champs to discuss his unprecedented four decade long hip-hop career: from selling mix-tapes on the streets to opening for N.W.A. to “Blow The Whistle.” This is a crazy-good episode and Moshe was hard the entire time.
Seth Olenick has taken some of the most memorable photos of comedians in sessions and is now trying to put out a book of his wonderful work. In “Funny Business”, amazing pictures of all your favorite funny people from David Cross to Aubrey Plaza to James Adomian to Nick Kroll to Jenny Slate & Gabe Liedman to Hannibal Buress to Rob Schrab to Zach Galifianakis to Weird Al Yankovic to Jim Gaffigan to Greg Proops to Charlyne Yi and much much more.