Choosing your SF Sketchfest sherpa is a statement. Sweet and emphatic. Stodgy and direct. Trendy and analytical. These individuals look at the daunting deluge of comedy excellence and attempt to steer towards you and your shared preferences. Some are successful in inspiring a deeper look, an expanded consciousness or at least a reflective gauge. A few …Continue reading "Your SF Sketchfest Guide’s SF Sketchfest Guide."
Comedy is tragedy plus time. Fuck that. There’s no time for time. Ronald Kilmartin passed away March 2, 2014. He battled cancer and cancer is a motherfucker. Over ten days in hospice—“here, you do it”—and the funeral, his daughter, comedian Laurie Kilmartin, documented the ordeal. In real time. Over Twitter. 7 yo son asked how …Continue reading "Laurie Kilmartin’s “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad” is a Truly Special Special"
Solid Gold, Oakland’s Amy Miller’s debut comedy album, illuminates brilliant writing, wry commentary and slice-of-life vignettes. A weaving balance between stories stranger than fiction and polished, punchy jokes envelopes Miller’s even keel appeal. She’s funny, she’s open, she’s with it and she’s unimpressed.Continue reading "Solid Gold Amy Miller’s “Solid Gold” is Solid Gold"
Horray for Guy Branum! Boo every other site for simply copying and pasting this press release. Sure, there’s little information to go on. We haven’t received an air date, set design or promotional materials. Fine. But Guy Branum deserves more. He, and Talk Show the Game Show, is enough to go on. Completely Unique It’s is …Continue reading "TruTV Orders Guy Branum’s “Talk Show the Game Show”, We Speculate"
“Thanksgiving Jam” is an annual tradition. It’s a totem, a grounding element. It reminds me what I’m thankful for: comedy, weirdos, creative energy, music, friends and family. Emily Heller is a comedian, writer and actor known for role in TBS’ “Ground Floor”, her Comedy Central “The Half Hour” and her podcast Baby Geniuses. Nate Heller is a songwriter …Continue reading "Why I Love Emily and Nate Heller’s “Thanksgiving Jam” 2016"
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Sexual assault and harassment is a problem in all communities, unfortunately, including the comedy scene. As a producer, you should understand how the law works and how you may be held responsible for behavior of comics that you book.Continue reading "Worst Case Scenario for a Comedy Producer: Being Held Liable for Someone Else’s Crime"
What was thought to be a one-time sleight of handjob has instantly become the most Brentweinbachian set-up/punchline delivery to a rote comedy trope. Comedy is the easiest solution to the problem of magic. The mysticism, overly-serious showmanship, pageantry, and invasive, elaborate ruses can be instantly and perennially mocked by just fucking up, or fucking somebody …Continue reading "Sketch Sunday: “Mind Jack” by Brent Weinbach"
Podcast: My Dumb Friends. Hosts: Dan St. Germain, Sean Donnelly Guest(s): David Gborie Official Description: “Each week join Dan St. Germain and Sean Donnelly while they hang out with their funny friends and talk about the dumbest stuff they’ve ever done. Produced by Thomas Attila Lewis. One of Paste Magazine’s ‘20 Best Comedy Podcasts …Continue reading "Podcasts on Blast: My Dumb Friends’ “Episode #144: David Gborie”"
Every hero needs an origin story. This is Anna Seregina’s. For the uninitiated, Seregina was a stand-up in San Francisco before relocating to Los Angeles. As above, so below, she’s honed a style that’s confessional, impressional, off-center and something you can root for. In this directorial debut, Seregina cross casts herself as the …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: “My Life In Comedy” by Anna Seregina"