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"
“There’s no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there’s no excuse for boredom, ever.” — Some strong words from Viggo Mortensen. Alas, Ben Kolina and Cameron Vannini are bored and debate what phone app they should use to alleviate their nothingness while a clown, Ron Chapman, idles …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: “CLWN” by Nothing’s Wrong"
I broke up my friendship with a comedian and resigned from the creative collective we once shared. Friendship: it sucks. It isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. This may be the hardest one yet, the closest to the bone, bubbling over for months, but, it’s best for everyone, myself especially. …Continue reading "I broke up my friendship with a comedian. It sucks."
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)"
Guns are fun. I can’t deny that. Most comedy about guns is about negligence, overabundance, or just plan wackiness. Isaac Hayes (RIP) in I’m Gonna Get You Sucka comes to mind. Cartoons with anthropormophic bullets rounding corners and skidding to a halt to read a sign and jetting off in the opposite direction as their …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: “Open Carry Office” by F-Comedy"