Can you feel a brand new day (that’s familiarly similar to all the other days)? That’s what this video proposes in answer to the questions of why NBC’s The Wiz Live! was soooo black? Like, hella black? Like, uncomfortably black? So many people decried that The Wiz Live was inherently racist, reverse racist, due to a …Continue reading "Kevin Avery and F-Comedy Imagines A Response to “The Wiz Live!”, Addressing Diversity Concerns"
I’m disoriented by the angles and frightened by the decor. I have full control but feel utterly helpless. Strange, amphibious bipeds glaring into my soul, my status as a person with flesh surely damning me to doom. Then I realize: I’m just the camera, and this is just a recording: an omni-directional, virtual reality unboxing …Continue reading "Nick Stargu and Spherious VR Celebrates Holidays With Man-Eating Aliens (And a SWEET 360° Video)"
Mike Brown has spent a minute or two in the Bay Area, a Sketchfest alumnus and associate of Jabari Davis. In that time I became a fast fan of his style, his substance, his wry, yet inviting humor with underlining consciousness. Clever, fun, poised: he’s funny in the ways you want, in a way you …Continue reading "Check out Mike Brown’s “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”: Smart, Funny Web Series Comedy Out Of NYC"
Ah, the guerrilla sketch. When ordinary citizens and the production values of the outside world are incorporated in some kind of farce. At its height a good guerrilla is the epitome of schedenfreude, “what I woulda done” comments on Facebook shares, and pixelated faces. At its worst, the gotcha awkwardness is turned against the viewer, shamefulness …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: SF Comedians Prank People Just Trying To Do Their Jobs"
We’ll never be “over” losing Robin. It’s almost a year since he died and we’re all processing how to feel about it. I’m not sure if we’ll ever be at peace, everyone who’s been affected by him will continue to miss him, and virtually everyone was touched by his immense reach. A number of …Continue reading "Cee Lo Green Releases Tribute for SF Comedy Icon Robin Williams"
Color didn’t exist until the late 1960s, early 70s. As a child, in my adorable ignorance, I knew that cameras recorded life, and life was simply monochromatic for a very long time. Roses were gray, violets were grey, people were grey, and the darker greys had a lot of reasons to be grey about …Continue reading "Sketch Comedy: Anna Seregina, Clare O’Kane and Kyle Mizono Forgo Color and Sound"
Sweet Gail, one of the most notorious members of San Francisco’s comedy community, entered into the most peculiar love affair with good intentions and tragic ramifications. Over the last couple of years comedian/filmmaker Kollin Holtz documented her intensely courting Misha Trubs, resulting in a compelling case of attraction, empathy, ethics, integrity, mental health, boundaries and the ubiquitousness …Continue reading "The Gail Force Of Love"
Comedy’s about timing, right? Some of the best jokes are sprung from the most unwitting sources, others are made awkward by subsequent circumstances. In an attempt tie in the season three launch of the fantastic OITNB with simple wordplay—and inferred jab towards tan culture—SF comedians Sal Calanni (Pornstache) and Destini Bryant (Pennsatucky) slipped into …Continue reading "SF’s Sal Calanni and Destini Bryant Team Up in this Orange is The New Black Parody"
Have you ever listened to Cypress Hill and thought, “does B–Real have a sinus infection?” Well, DJ REAL did, AND he wrote a song about it with lines like “My white blood cells bust a move when I sleep” and “Oh no! I got bronchitis again!” Most parody songs are a pop culture shill, aiming to be seen …Continue reading "DJ REAL Just Released the Cypress Hill Parody You Didn’t Know You Needed"
“Help us and we will continue be the media that you want to hear–and that the media needs to hear.” — Elon James White, one of my jedi masters*, in a TWiBnation bumper soliciting donations. Need is ever so interesting. It propels the most innate and pressing concerns to the extreme of death if …Continue reading "Nia King, Karinda Dobbins, and “Media We Need to Hear”"