Spotify is a thing. I use it a lot and it’s getting popular (as evident of the consistent notifications of late-adopting friends joining). Also, there’s a lot of great comedy on the service (still no AST releases though). So with that in mind, here is a highlight of my week in Bay Area Comedy, through the Spotify catalogue.
6. "Penises and Lollipops" by Baron Vaughn. Baron is at the SF Punch this weekend, and, sadly, I will not be able to see one of my favorite comedians ever. Nonetheless, his rhythmic imagination crystallizes an earworm of comedic prowess. Listen to this and you’ll never get the song out of your head. (Also, “Cat People” is equally inescapable)
7. "I Don’t Feel Good / Vegetarian Option" by Tom Papa. It seems juvenile to love Tom Papa as much as I do. Not to discredit his comedy, — currently playing at Pleasanton’s Tommy T’s Steakhouse — but my reverence stems entirely from seeing him as a child, do an excellent 30-minutes of stand-up on Comedy Central. His talent lays wasted in my ignorance, but the vapors of “Tommy Salami” always makes me smile.
Bits and Pieces: Ben Feldman's "'Toothpick Guy' vs. 'Dental Floss Guy'"
Over the course of a comedian’s life he or she will experience thousands of jokes – some of them, they might even like. In the spirit of comics loving comedy, we present a short form journal of the Bay’s best comedians talking shop and throwing shine on their favorite jokes/bits/stories heard over and over and over again in cafes, clubs, and anywhere else with a microphone.
San Francisco A Couple Of N3rds @The Flying Pig Bistro 433 South Van Ness (Mission) 7:30/8:00
Comedy Confessions @ Dirty Trix 408 Clement St (Inner Richmond) 8:30/9:00-1:00ish East Bay None Peninsula Sodini’s @727 El Camino Real Redwood City 8:00/8:30 Above the Underground @Underground Pub 2650 Broadway St Redwood City 10:30/11:00 South Bay Poetry Slam & Open Mic (Mixed) @ East Village Coffee Lounge 498 Washington St Monterey 7:30/8:00 Longhouse Restaurant @ 8195 Monterey St Gilroy 9:30 North Bay Spancky’s @ 8201 Old Redwood Hwy Cotati 8:30/9:00
Hump Day At The Stud- Zorba Jevon Hughes @ Stud Bar 399 9th St (SoMa) 8:00 Free The Romane Event- Paco Romane @ Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St. (Mission) 8:00 $10
The Business @The Dark Room 2263 Mission St (Mission) 8:00 $5.00 Cellar Dwellers @ The Purple Onion 530 Jackson St (North Beach) 8:15 $5 Nico Santos @ Punchline SF 444 Battery (Financial) 8:00 $16
East Bay Colors of Comedy @E One Entertainment 200 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland (East Oakland) 8:00 Free
Comedy A Go-Go (Burlesque & Comedy) @ Spanky’s 20812 Baker Rd, Castro Valley 8:00 Free
Kip’s- Dan Allenderwest @2348 Durant Ave Berkeley 8:00 Free Masses- Ben Del Castillo @2721 North Main Street Walnut Creek 9:00 Free Danny Cruz & Friends- Aurelio Bocanegra @Tommy T’s 5104 Hopyard Pleasanton 7:30 $10-$20
San Francisco Comedy Competition Semi-Finals @Angelica’s Bistro 863 Main Street Redwood City 8:30 $15-$21
Above the Underground @Underground Pub 2650 Broadway St Redwood City 9:30 Free
Agave Comedy- Shanti Charan @2270 Monterey Rd San Jose 7:00 $12
Milt Abel @ 9 Lives Club 7430 Monterey St Gilroy 7:30 $12
Station 55- Mark Gee @ 55 5th St Gilroy 8:00 Free coMEDy Showcase @The Med 265 Center Ave Aptos 8:00 Free
The 420 Comedy Tour- Edwin San Juan @ San Jose Improv 62 S. 2nd St San Jose 8:00 $14 New Talent Showcase @ Rooster T Feathers 157 W. El Camino Real Sunnyvale 8:00 $10
9/27 Dane Cook @ The Warfield San Francisco
9/28 Whitney Cummings @ Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco
9/29 Comedy Bang Bang @ Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco
10/3 Bill Burr @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts San Francisco
10/13 Dave Chappelle @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Santa Rosa
“It’s true that me and OJ go back a long way; our moms used to do prenatal karate. Those pregnant women saved that village from the evil shogun.”—Jesse Hett @ Stork Club/Storking Comedy [Paraphrase. Full Set Available: Here @ 52:25]
You might be thinking (false premise) “I like comedy and I like women, but when and where should those two meet?” I’ll tell you: in Portland, on October 17–20th. In its second offering the “All Jane No Dick” festival elevates some of the best comedians ever assembled. Shout-out to Amy Miller, Janine Brito, and Kyle Mizono, who’ve graced the SF Bay Area in very meaningful ways, and another shout-out to the numerous CC favorites on the bill.
Comedian Jasper Redd joins the podcast. From an epiphany from a jail cell in Knoxville, Tennessee to a rising star in San Francisco, and eventually landing in L.A., Jasper shares his journey thus far. We discuss Sal and Jasper’s love for Tecmo Bowl, the half hour comedy special with the cowboy hat, getting uninspired, Frankenhood, writing, and an hour special.
[Jasper and Sal represent the hustle and comfort that should inspire any early-career comedians. Really enjoyable listen.]
The actress (Mr. Show), comedian (Behind You), and writer (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) shares about struggling to fit in, body shame, her alcoholism, her mother’s Alzheimers, learning to accept her body and become vulnerable and her experiences in therapy. Recorded 4/20/13 at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
“It’s hard telling kids that the divorce is not their fault, when it is totally their fault…’We are argue about time management and lack of income, take some responsibility’.”—John Ross @ Sacramento Comedy Spot/Sac Comedy Fest [Paraphrase]