When I said I wanted beef, I didn’t mean literally. Such as the scene last Monday at Uqaqua’s People’s Non-Binding Arbritration (presented by Endgames Improv, and Stage Werx, shows practically every day of the week), featuring a debate (and improv show) pitting a Grilled Chicken from La Cumbre and a Super Carne Asada from El …Continue reading "Show Review: People’s Non-Binding Arbitration: Carne Asada Super vs. Grilled Chicken Regular (1/18/16) | Sponsored"
Preface Comedy, as a commodity, rarely has primary sourced information detailing the trials, tribulations, nuances and practicalities of its most base byproducts: albums and specials. As information and media becomes more democratized, this is to the detriment of fans, critics and fellow creators. The following is not a promotional vehicle (though it is) and it’s …Continue reading "Postmortem: “Atheist Christmas” by Keith Lowell Jensen"
A couple of days ago, in honor of my “Going Steady With The Blog” perk (get well soon Josh!), I witnessed the People’s Non-Binding Arbitration. So Fun! This edition featured pretty chippy trial arguing for and against musicals, dramatized by improvisational comedy, by the one and only @uqaqua. Jesse Hett argued against musicals …Continue reading "I Was Tasked With Being Sketch Artist/Stenographer For People’s Non-Binding Arbitraton | Sponsored"
Sex is a dead horse, beaten to a pulp and covered with ambiguous fluids. It’s the lifeblood of, well, living, complex beyond my comprehension (increasingly so) and utterly inescapable. Especially in comedy. Comedy and sex are century-old cousins, live entertainment licenses written on the backs of commingling dancers and segueing masters of ceremonies. Bits, pieces, …Continue reading "Show Review: Live Sex (10/16/2015)"
Hello there! Welcome to the second day in the row of a residual hangover! Yesterday I wrote about the BBB at TIMF, which you should read because: 1. It would mean a lot to me and 2. It has a lot of contextual information that I REFUSE to rehash. So read it! Reeead it! Some …Continue reading "Review: The Blah, Blah, Blah @ Treasure Island Music Festival – Day 2"
Comedy proved it could coexist with thumping bass, though, the marriage was not without its quirks. From Hey™ with Kate Berlant and John Early to a borderline hostage situation with Tim Heidecker, there was blaring sun, daring hecklers and a shit ton of Bill Murray’s face. Co-produced by Funny or Die, the comics provided …Continue reading "Review: The Blah Blah Blah @ Treasure Island Music Festival – Day 1."
Undisclosed, subterranean, somewhere in America. Electrocuted Truth Serumpassed like bags of popcorn. No flammables: the only combustibles permitted would be bellies…from laugher. Actual popcorn was also provided, kettle caramel, delicious. “Let’s be cool” was our mantra, Lydia Popovich (HaterTuesday, general awesomeness) was our guru, a generous and impressively cogent host, guiding the show, billed as …Continue reading "Sober at High Brow (7/31/15)"
Comedy’s greatness is magnified by its malleability. All you need is a comic, a mic, an amp and you’re basically in business. An audience, walls or permission are garnish. Stand-up transforms the most unlikely places, and no place is more unlikely—and more Oakland—than the black-owned sex parlor: the Feelmore Gallery.Continue reading "Oakland Comedy Shop @ Feelmore Gallery (6/17/2015)"
Full disclosure: I won this particular edition of Wheel of Karaoke… and I had a sublime time doing so. I intended to just hang out, hearing a buzz for the show since it was launched in August 2014 (originated in the Bay by Krista Fatka and Jonah Th’Mole before landing at the Make Out …Continue reading "Show Review: Wheel of Karaoke (5/11/2015)"
It’s t-minus fifteen minutes. The audience remains translucent. 49-seats of emptiness connects two pools of light. In the lobby Wigglesworth, nicest cyberpirate, watches the door with French bulldog, Wellington, lazily laying nearby. Across the moody, barren strait, a smattering of chattery, the loudest voice belonging to Bucky Sinister. Bucky has probably heard some offensive …Continue reading "Show Review: The Business 4 Year Anniversary (4/17/2013)"