House shows are the best shows. Every time the elegant edifice of modern comedy is torn from it’s standard, swarmy platforms — bars, clubs, theaters — and moved to naturalistic, “acoustic” settings, the best of the medium infuses with the luxury of living [rooms]. They are a temporal hybrid of contemporary DIY, boundless work ethic and the risque bawdiness of party record listening parties circa 1970s. These culture clusters’ significance are inasmuch undetermined and largely undocumented. Underground, tantalizing, scandalous, pivotal: parlors of the BYOBrood, with low expectations and high anticipation, are the gunpowder for unbelievably special moments within uncanny circumstance.
Episode 22: FNFS LIVE! Re-Birth! at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco
This week Professors Dave Child and Julia Prescot travel up to San Francisco to discuss the theme of Re-Birth! Invited to the classroom were three of SF’s best and brightest to discuss their favorite strange/weird/cult films that vaguely represent the theme. Hear Kevin O’Shea mull over the ethical quandary that is the film: SWITCH. Behold Joey Devine attempt to explain the beauty ofDREAMCATCHER, while Caitlin Gill recalls the MST3k classic: OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK. Also discussed are: RE-ANIMATOR, FRANKENHOOKER, empty U-Hauls, awful brits, poop, feminism, the mentally handicapped, God, and THE MIND! Rise from the ashes, for it is FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SCHOOL!
Podcast: You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. Episode 116. Bobcat Goldthwait. Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here.
[Writer/director/comedian, Bobcat Goldthwait (SF80s), can add “impressive podcast guest” to his immense list of credits. Topics include: hiatuses, lurid impressions, “God Bless America”, civility and being apart of the problem. Very fun, fluid episode.]
Podcast: RIFF-erendum with Steven Pearl and Al Clethen. Episode: Will Durst. Download Link: Here. iTunes Link: Here. Official Link: Here.
Will Durst is one of the most topical and funniest comics I’ve ever known. He’s known primarily as a political comic, but he can cover any subject and make it rib cracking funny. He’s also big city smart! I think an audiences’ I.Q. goes up 7 points after seeing one of his shows. Al and I got to talk to him backstage after one of his usual brilliant sets in San Francisco and here it is.
[A deeply personal, friendly conversation between three colleagues from the late 70s-early 80s Comedy Boom. There’s a great love story, a great transplant story, and some great road stories as well. Check it out.]