“Depression is crazy because it’s like living a mash up of Garfield and Groundhog Day, right? Because every day is the same day and they are all Mondays!”—Aly Jones @ Stork Club/Storking Comedy [Paraphrase]
Product Review: Karen Kilgariff Live at the Bootleg
Ravenesque, moonish, moody, glowing eyes with wolfish glint, a lady in black brandishing wit and guitar pick (corresponding with a guitar that, admittedly, isn’t living up to its potential). Karen Kilgariff is the coolest folk hero of the almost-analogue, post-comedy boom collapse era. She came into prominence in the 1990s, starting out in Sacramento, then San Francisco, then introduced (widely) on the seminal Mr. Show. She’s since matched might with Mary Lynn Rajskub as Girl Guitar Club, wrote for the Ellen DeGeneres Show and twisted on the tips of tastemakers’ tongues.
*LIVE AT SF SKETCHFEST WITH DC PIERSON AND NICK THUNE TALKING PAST OSCAR WINNERS* Chris and Graham are live at the Punchline Comedy Club for San Francisco Sketchfest. Mark Wahlberg drops by to talk about why Lone Survivor was snubbed for the Oscars. Then Nick Thune and DC Pierson come on the show to discuss some of their favorite past best picture winners. It’s a Bay area spectacular for your Earbuds!
You have seen her on Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, The Sarah Silverman Program, Chelsea Lately and more! She will be performing an hour of brand new material. Thursday 8:00 Friday 8:00 Saturday 8:00 Sunday 8:00 21+ $10
[This will be big. The good folks at the Cynic Cave continue to cement their numero uno spot as the best place to see great comedy the world over (with no drink minimums or exorbitant service charges). Be that as it is, some comedians fear retribution, blacklisting or poor standing with the LiveNation brass so they make moves in secret. You may or may not know the silhouette of the comic coming in, but her penchant for snazziness soaked in lushy wit will make you never forget the evening. Expect more pump for this show in the coming weeks, buy your tickets in advance.]
"No Budget" is the newest audio masterpiece from comedian Will Hatcher (SF00s). Financed on a budget on $2, No Budget is one of the cost effective albums of the year. On “No Budget”, Hatcher dives deep into his emotional waters and comes out with a golden orb of heartfelt songs such as “How u Want Ur Toes Sucked” and “Cake Will Make Her Shake” that are sure to leave his fans mesmerized.
Brainwash @1122 Folsom St (SoMa) 6:00/7:00-10:00 Tony Sparks - 16th @ Mission Open Mic (outdoor/mixed) 10:00ish-12:00ish
Storking Comedy: BFFs @ Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Oakland 6:00 Sign-up/6:30-8:00 OJ Patterson - Panama Red Coffee (mixed) @2115 1st St Livermore 6:30 - Sharade Lounge @ 25144 Mission Blvd Hayward 8:00-1:30 L Boogie - NEW! Get Lit: Standup Open Mic @ Fireside Lounge 1453 Webster St Alameda 8:00 sign-up/8:30 start Zack Bateman - Stars @ 155 Browns Valley Parkway Vacaville 8:30/9:00-12:00 Victor Escobedo
NEW! Open Mic at the Art Boutiki (mixed) @ SLG ART Boutiki & Gallery 44 Race St San Jose 6:00 sign-up/7:30 start 10 minutes - Canvas Open Mic (mixed) @ Sunnyvale Art Gallery 251 El Camino Real Sunnyvale 7:00 sign-up/8:00 start - Cito.FAME.Us (mixed/clean) @ Iguana 330 S 3rd St San Jose 8:30/9:00-11:00 Lindsey Leong
Greg Asdourian amuses himself. Every allusion or gotcha elicits an understated chortle. Whether apart of an audience’s flurry, or a solitary, trepid chuckle, Greg has a finger on the pulse…Greg’s pulse. It’s hard to describe: “jolly” is banal hack; “smug” is harshly critical; “cocksure” is too presumptuous of motives and mentality. There it is again. A hushed, appreciative assurance.
"Insomnia" by Jason Downs. Album: Excessive Talking. Year: 2014. Recorded Live at the San Francisco Punch Line. Publisher: RooftopComedy
[I’m digging this album by Jason Downs. He’s real, red-blooded and accented well written asides inside his solid storytelling. For all the featured flavors of SF weirdness, this community produces some of the best salt of the earth, brick wall, universally funny comedy.]
San Francisco’s alternative paper of record was nice enough to give me a “Goldie” - the Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award - which is almost as nice as when Laughspin said they had “never heard of me” last month.
Honestly it is a very nice profile by George McIntire, and I hope I don’t come off looking like too much of an asshole, either in my quotes or my photo. (There were some test shots where I was shirtless under my suit jacket, standing in a tunnel… I don’t want to talk about it.) It’s also a paper that I would read voraciously when I was younger - I don’t think I ever felt cooler than flipping through the Bay Guardian at Blondie’s Pizza after buying used CDs at Rasputin’s. Cheap Eats! Tom Tomorrow! Frightening but intriguing ads for escort services!
Anyway, this is really a testament to all the talented and hilarious people I get to work with all the time (Chris, Alex, Bucky, Caitlin, Anna, Joey, Kevin, Nato, Emily, etc.), all the comics who have helped me out over the years (Moshe, Louis, Ali, Sheng, etc.), and everyone who comes to shows, particularly The Business. And as Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner would both attest, it is an honor just to be featured in The Guardian.
Daytrotter: The source for new music discovery and free downloads from the best emerging bands
[Karen Kilgariff, the crown jewel of Petaluma and your favorite comic’s favorite virtuoso, was recently on indietastic Daytrotter. It’s a proprietary music service (and so good that it’s hard to abstain) BUT, they have a free trial which you should use to listen to Karen’s session. Afterwards, you can let the membership die like a baby bird. Aw, poor bird. Karen Kilgariff’s album "Live at the Bootleg" comes out soon, but not soon enough! Check out a sample below.]
Some Kind of Trouble @ Amnesia 853 Valencia St (Mission) 6:00 sign-up/6:30-9:00 - Neck of the Woods @ 406 Clement St (Richmond) 7:30-10:00 - La Rocca’s @ 957 Columbus (Russian Hill) 9:30 sign-up/10:00-2:00
Podcast: Pep Talks Podcast. Episode 8. Ron Lynch (#SF90s). Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here.
Ron Lynch joins Eddie at the new All Things Comedy Studio and they whisper all their secrets to each other for our entertainment.
Ron Lynch’s one man show, Comedy and other stuff, is on February 19 at the Trepany House at The Steve Allen Theater so you should go! He aslo has his weekly show, Tomorrow!, every Saturday night also at Trepany House at The Steve Allen Theater. Check out the calendar here: http://trepanyhouse.org/main/calendar-tickets/