Show Review: People’s Non-Binding Arbitration: Carne Asada Super vs. Grilled Chicken Regular (1/18/16) | Sponsored

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 …

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Postmortem: “Atheist Christmas” by Keith Lowell Jensen

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 …

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I Was Tasked With Being Sketch Artist/Stenographer For People’s Non-Binding Arbitraton | Sponsored

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 …

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Show Review: Live Sex (10/16/2015)

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, …

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Review: The Blah, Blah, Blah @ Treasure Island Music Festival – Day 2

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 …

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Review: The Blah Blah Blah @ Treasure Island Music Festival – Day 1.

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 …

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Sober at High Brow (7/31/15)

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 …

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Oakland Comedy Shop @ Feelmore Gallery (6/17/2015)

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.

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Show Review: Wheel of Karaoke (5/11/2015)

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 …

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Show Review: The Business 4 Year Anniversary (4/17/2013)

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 …

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