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"
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”"
It was a stage five donnybrook, real drag out fight. Guns were drawn, threats were made and somebody had to go. Such was the scene at The People’s Non-Binding Arbitration, an every-other-week, judiciary-themed show from Endgames Improv’s UQAQUA. All that happened. I shit you not. Sure, all of it was in the element of …Continue reading "The People’s Non-Binding Arbitration Case xXx (3/28/2016) | Sponsored"
Podcast: The Jackie and Laurie Show Hosts: Jackie Kashian, Laurie Kilmartin Official Description: “The Jackie and Laurie Show stars two women in comedy, Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, talking about women and comedy. No guests, just two headliners who started in the 80s and never stopped.” Established: Janurary 4th, 2016 Frequency: Every Monday Number …Continue reading "Podcasts on Blast: The Jackie and Laurie Show"
Grazing. Serene. Cathartic. Anecdotes unspooled like essays with cranky and angsty and honest confessions and observations on love, race, masculinity and loneliness. Slick and malleable and nonplussed and synthetic and effective: nylon. Package art, with retro typography and weathered flourishes on a faux vinyl sleeve, alludes to the performer’s throwback sensibilities. Terrific control over …Continue reading "Kevin Camia Continues Classy, Clever and Cool Comedy With “Color”"
Comedy god Joan Rivers once said that one of the perks to a comic’s lifestyle was being a “warm blanket to put around everyone.” Five years ago I was introduced to Caitlin Gill primarily through her arms, affectionately referred to as “the scoops” (because they were forged by eating scoops of ice cream). Caitlin …Continue reading "Show Review: Caitlin Gill @ Punch Line San Francisco (3/2/16)"
It was a fine compromise for missing the comedy show to watch it uncomfortably from the comfort of my home. Angled on my smart phone, craning my head and hand to share it with my cuddled up boo. Flummoxed by the unavailability to load it up on my PS3 or my Roku* or Apple …Continue reading "Crack (Up) The Code: SeeSo’s The Guest List (2/16/2016)"
The Show: Curtain Call And Poll. Next Show’s Going to be “Kingdom” themed #sfcomedy #sylvanproductions A photo posted by Courting Comedy (@courtingcomedy) on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:13pm PST Fine af first outing from the indomitably male Sylvan Productions—at least on stage, shouts to Alyssa on tech. Live from PianoFight (and every month hereafter) …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: Last Week’s Sylvan Productions’ “The Show” (Quick Takes And Impressions) | Sponsored"