Scott Simpson backstage - Hand to Mouth at The Dark Room, December 6th, 2013.
Last Saturday saw the inaugural edition of “Critical Hit" a comedy show housed in nerd haven It’s Your Move Game & Hobbies in the Temescal of Oakland. Wow. Super effective. Packed to the Catans, surrounded by table top paraphernalia, casual with a tinge of naiveté, blocks from my house. I love minimal-tech, DIY guerrilla productions; they’re borderline houseparties with an obvious power dynamic. At its best it captures the speakeasy hipness of North Beach or Greenwich Village (circa 60ish). At its worse it’s a frivolous hang out. Either way, between the Goodbelly shows, George Kaye’s way back when and this, it’s good to see comedy in the under-serviced area in my neighborhood. Kudos to Dash, Hayden and Erik, three enterprising knaves who don’t know how to behave. I believe the show is going into monthly rotation and I hope it lasts. Catch all the news for the next one: here.
The Rundown Monday March 3 2014 -
All your #SanFrancisco #BayArea #standup #comedy #shows & #openmics.
LOL Showcase @ OMG 43 Sixth St (SoMa) 7:00 FREE!
Bad Words Screening @ AMC Metreon 16 101 Fourth ST (SoMa) 7:00 FREE!
Stokes & Holtz @ Milk Bar 1840 Haight St (Haight) 8:00 FREE!
Misery Index Headliner Tommy Savitt (WATCH CLIP) @ Rite Spot Café 2099 Folsom (Mission) 8:00 FREE!
Melt the Mic @ Melt Café 700 Columbus (North Beach) 8:00 FREE!
Move Along Nothing to See Here @ The Night Light 311 Broadway, Oakland (Jack London) 8:00 FREE!
Monday Night Comedy @ Tower Grille 1950 Grant St Concord 8:00
TJ Miller (WATCH CLIP) @ The New Parish 579 18th St Oakland 8:00 $15 advance/$20 door
Monday Night Comedy @ 931 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 9:00 FREE!
New Joke Workshop @ Mutiny Radio 6:00-8:00 Three minutes new material (feedback given) & three minutes of heckling
Brainwash @ 1122 Folsom St (SoMA) 6:30/7:00-10:00 Four Minutes
M3Sqrd @ Mutiny Radio 2781 21St (Mission) 7:30/8:00 Five minutes
Portal’s Tavern @ 179 W. Portal Ave (West Portal) 8:00/9:00 Five minutes
Mic Tyson’s Punchlines @ The Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Ave Oakland 5:00 sign-up/6:00-9:00 3-7 minutes
New Parkway Open Mic Mondays (mixed) @ 474 24th St Oakland 7:30 sign-up/8:00
Ivy Room @ 860 San Pablo, Albany 8:30/9:00 5 minutes
Woodham’s Lounge @ 4475 Steven’s Creek Blvd San Jose 8:00/8:30-1:00ish
Monday Night Comedy at Surf City Billiards @ 931 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 9:00 Five minutes
3/18-4/18 The Marga Gomez Workshop: Comedy for Solo Performers
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I’m An Old Man
I majored in mathematics because I wanted my useless degree to be hard. I liked majoring in math because I’m always right. Not because I think I’m right. I was objectively right! — Erik Krasner @ Critical Hit (Comedy)/It’s Your Move [Paraphrase]
Here’s an a-to-b joke: Life is like a box of chocolates: a thoughtless gift that the recipient has to pretend to appreciate. — Sara Reihani @ Critical Hit (Comedy)/It’s Your Move [Paraphrase]