mattgubser:

The Rundown Thursday August 7 2014

All your #SanFrancisco #BayArea #standup #comedy #shows & #openmics.

News

Tonight is the Thursday premiere of Clay Newman’s Comedy Jam at Milk Bar. The show will run weekly as comedy expands to three days a week at Milk!

Tonight’s Top Picks

San Francisco: Rock & Roll Comedy Jam
Music from Medicine Bug (WATCH CLIP), The Arabs, Rubberneck Lions, Blue Moment
Comedy Headliner EJ Allen (WATCH CLIP), Jabari Davis, Andrew Homgren, Papp Johnson, Rajeev Dhar, the Affirmative Action Heroes, & host Clay Newman @ Milk Bar 1840 Haight St (Haight) 8:00 FREE!

Oakland: Tourettes without Regrets
Variety show featuring comedy from Sammy Obeid (WATCH CLIP), as well as comedians Kelly Anneken & Johan Miranda battling it out in the dirty haiku competition @ Oakland Metro Operahouse 630 3rd Street Oakland 8:30 $10

Peninsula: Comedy Sharks @ Hop Dogma Brewing Co
Headliner Scott Simpson (WEBSITE), Red Scott, Kaseem Bentley, Anthony Medina, Vincent Chuang, & host Phil Griffiths @ 30 Avenue Portola Suite 1B Half Moon Bay 7:30 FREE!

Shows

San Francisco

New Talent Showcase @ The Purple Onion at Kell’s 530 Jackson St (North Beach) 7:00 $5 (1 drink min)
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Rock & Roll Comedy Jam (WATCH CLIP) Headliner EJ Allen (WATCH CLIP) @ Milk Bar 1840 Haight St (Haight) 8:00 FREE!
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The Mission Position Headliner Aparna Nancherla (WATCH CLIP) @ Lost Weekend Video 1034 Valencia (Mission) 8:00 $10
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Purple Onion All Stars @ The Purple Onion at Kell’s 530 Jackson St (North Beach) 8:15 $5 (1 drink min)
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Comet Club Comedy @ 3111 Fillmore (Marina) 8:30 FREE
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Nightlife on Mars Headliner Matt Morales (WATCH CLIP) @ Murphy’s Pub 217 Kearny St (Financial) 8:30 FREE
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The Later Show @ The Purple Onion at Kell’s 530 Jackson St (North Beach) 10:00 $5 (1 drink min)
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Baron Vaughn (WATCH CLIP) @ Punch Line 444 Battery (Financial) 8:00 $16 (2 drink min)
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Jim Norton (WATCH CLIP) @ Cobb’s 915 Columbus (Russian Hill) 8:00 $23 (2 drink min)

Peninsula

Comedy Sharks @ Hop Dogma Brewing Co Headliner Scott Simpson (WEBSITE) @ 30 Avenue Portola Suite 1B Half Moon Bay 7:30 FREE!

East Bay

Free Stand Up Comedy @ Sanctuary Ultra Lounge 2339 1st St Livermore 7:30-9:00 FREE!
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Storking Comedy: Fiorentini! Headliner Francesca Fiorentini (WATCH CLIP) @ Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Oakland 7:45 FREE
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Oakland Comedy Headliner Jeff Applebaum (WATCH CLIP) @ The Washington Inn 495 10th St Oakland 8:00 $10
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Funny Fun at Club 21 Headliner Ronn Vigh (WATCH CLIP) @ 2111 Franklin St Oakland 8:00 $10
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Pat G Presents Churchward Comedy Headliner Sammy Obeid (WATCH CLIP) @ Churchward Pub 1515 Park St Alameda 8:00 $10
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Tourettes without Regrets featuring Sammy Obeid (WATCH CLIP) @ Oakland Metro Operahouse 630 3rd Street Oakland 8:30 $10
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Comedy Night @ Stars 155 Browns Valley Parkway Vacaville 9:00 FREE!
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Luenell (WATCH CLIP) @ Tommy T’s 5104 Hopyard Rd Pleasanton 7:30 $15-$25 (2 item min)

South Bay

The Blue Lagoonies Comedy Night @ 923 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 8:30 Free
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Nick Griffin (WATCH CLIP) @ Rooster T Feathers 157 W. El Camino Real Sunnyvale 8:00 $13 (2 item min)
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Studebaker & Friends Headliner David Studebaker (WATCH CLIP) @ San Jose Improv 62 S. 2nd St San Jose 8:00 $12 (2 item min)

North Bay

Open Mics

San Francisco

Brainwash @ 1122 Folsom St (SoMa) 6:00/7:00-10:00
Tony Sparks
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Thursday Night Comedy @ Glaze Teriyaki Grill 1946 Fillmore (Pacific Heights) 9:30 sign-up/10:00
Joe Gorman & Zack Chapaloni
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Free Word Happenings @ 16th & Mission (outdoor/mixed) 10:00ish-12:00ish
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East Bay

Storking Comedy @ Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Oakland 5:00 Sign-up for 5:15 lottery/5:15-7:45 
Richard Toomer
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Sharade Lounge @ 25144 Mission Blvd Hayward 9:00 sign-up/9:30-1:30
L Boogie
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The Comedy Workout Room @ Stars 155 Browns Valley Parkway Vacaville 8:00-9:00
Victor Escobedo
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South Bay

Canvas Open Mic @ Sunnyvale Art Gallery 251 West El Camino Real Sunnyvale 7:00 sign-up/8:00-11:00 Ten Minutes
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Cito.FAME.Us (mixed/clean) @ Iguana 330 S 3rd St San Jose 8:30/9:00-11:00
Lindsey Leong
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North Bay

Belrose Theatre (mixed) @ 1415 5th Ave San Rafael 8:00 $5 fee
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Upcoming

8/8 Daymon Ferguson Album Release Party @ Purple Onion SF
8/27 Marga Gomez Commonwealth Club Interview
9/6 Chris Tucker Paramount Theatre Oakland
9/11-10/11 39th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competion
9/12 Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Fest Mountain View
9/14 34th Annual Comedy Day San Francisco
9/26 Cheech & Chong Santa Rosa
9/26 Dana Carvey Santa Rosa

See something I missed? Want to make sure your show is listed?
Email matt@mattgubser.com.

cobbscomedyclub:

THIS WEEKEND — Don’t miss #jimnorton live at #cobbscomedyclub Aug 7-9! Get tix now at cobbscomedyclub.com. | #opieandanthony #sf #bayarea #415 #standup #comedy #comedian

cobbscomedyclub:

THIS WEEKEND — Don’t miss #jimnorton live at #cobbscomedyclub Aug 7-9! Get tix now at cobbscomedyclub.com. | #opieandanthony #sf #bayarea #415 #standup #comedy #comedian

cyniccave:

Sunday Aug 10th
10 pm  21+  $10
with Caitlin Gill, DJ Real
hosted by George Chen and Kevin O’Shea
Rob is a ’Stand-Up’ comic, writer and actor based in Brooklyn, NY.  He has recently been seen in sketches on Comedy Central’s "Colbert Report" (2013), FX’s “Totally Biased” (2014) and performing Stand-Up live on “AXS-TV”(2014).  Cantrell has also appeared at the SXSW & Bonnaroo music/art festivals.  He has toured with the play “The Marijuana-logues” (2010-2012). Three years into performing, Rob was a top ten finalist on the first season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”.  Cantrell has just released a new comedy-music album titled "Dreams Never Die" (2014). This Hip-Hop heavy comedy music album has received some stellar reviews, ‘Brooklyn Based Arts Blog’ calls the album “Ridiculous and Hilarious.”, and ‘Rooftop Comedy’ wrote, “The high quality production is impressive but you’ll be too busy having fun to notice.”. Rob has been performing the songs live on stage at select shows. When not on the road, Cantrell is constantly working on multiple media projects and honing new material in New York. 
Recent Press Quotes"Deeply funny" - The Village Voice
"Rob Cantrell rocks." - The Deli Magazine"Absolutely hysterical" - Brooklyn Vegan
 

cyniccave:

Sunday Aug 10th

10 pm  21+  $10

with Caitlin Gill, DJ Real

hosted by George Chen and Kevin O’Shea

Rob is a ’Stand-Up’ comic, writer and actor based in Brooklyn, NY.  He has recently been seen in sketches on Comedy Central’s "Colbert Report" (2013), FX’s “Totally Biased” (2014) and performing Stand-Up live on “AXS-TV”(2014).  Cantrell has also appeared at the SXSW & Bonnaroo music/art festivals.  He has toured with the play “The Marijuana-logues” (2010-2012). Three years into performing, Rob was a top ten finalist on the first season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”.  Cantrell has just released a new comedy-music album titled "Dreams Never Die" (2014). This Hip-Hop heavy comedy music album has received some stellar reviews, ‘Brooklyn Based Arts Blog’ calls the album “Ridiculous and Hilarious.”, and ‘Rooftop Comedy’ wrote, “The high quality production is impressive but you’ll be too busy having fun to notice.”. Rob has been performing the songs live on stage at select shows. When not on the road, Cantrell is constantly working on multiple media projects and honing new material in New York. 

Recent Press Quotes

"Deeply funny" - The Village Voice



"Rob Cantrell rocks." - The Deli Magazine

"Absolutely hysterical" - Brooklyn Vegan

 

[After years of running and gunning alone, Courting Comedy becomes open to public submission]

djrealsmells:

Fight
Check out the new Nick and Mary video - “Fight”! Featuring Mary Van Note executing killer cartwheels.

(via punchlinesf)

Exclusive: “So… I Quit Comedy”: A Journal by OJ Patterson

I quit comedy on July 7th 2014. It was glorious. Upwards to twenty people underlit by candles in a Mission-Protero eatery: the Rite Spot Cafe. Despite years of yearning, I had never played there, so, I reached out to my friend, hilarious rapscallion Trevor Hill, and he put me up to, ostensibly, put me out. I did well on a show chocked with loved peers and luminaries. The room was rough all night but I got them, I fucking got them. 

I had played the Rite Spot the week before. I did terribly. I tried to work “new” jokes to a sleepy, sparse audience. The next comedian, super smooth Gary Anderson, had the set of the night. I felt horrible. 

Good thing I had a contingency show. My farewell show. 

Comedy years are like dog years. After six months you feel like pro, after two years you feel grizzled. That grizzle refreshes. It’s a license to complain, to spat, to tell tired jokes, to side-eye newbies and hope-eye clouted colleagues. You can burn yourself out on that. Not me. I went bonkers. I was ubiquitous. I was jubilant. A sprinting, spewing, evangelizing, all-encompassing embodiment of my absolute desire. 

Like all great things, something changed. A lot of things changed. Hard comedy living was my post-collegial grad school (where I basically did all the things I should have done as an undergrad). I laugh at the idea of “maturing” through the most juvenile time in my life, but I did. In the midst of growing, I felt a shift, a push. I fell in love. I dove. I cannonballed. 

I don’t know who I am anymore. When you elect to lose yourself in somebody, you indeed, by my experience, lose yourself. It’s amazing.

It’s also frightening. My identity as a comedian was forged longer and spoke truer than any other ideology in my life. After a while I became less and less (less mics, less supporters), changed more and more (new job, new apartment) and then, BOOM: I’m not the comedian I want to be, not the comedian that puts in the work, not the comedian touring on planes, trains and automobiles, not the comedian hanging in the back, hanging at the bar, hanging at the house party, not the comedian producing shows, or hosting mics, not the comedian spreading the most accurate information (shouts to Matt Gubser). Most of the aesthetics I covet as a comedian requires a lifestyle I no longer have (or, arguably, no longer need). So, in order to claim my chaos, to protest my irrelevancy, to break the cycle of weekend warrior compromise, I said goodbye. 

I quit comedy on July 7th 2014. It is liberating. I love telling people that I quit. It bums a lot of fellow comedians out. I love seeing them squirm at a maniacal reflection of their creative mortality. No, I will not covet your stage time! No, I will not do your show! No, I will not cover for your mic! No, I will not roast you! No, I will not be rejected by your comedy club or your festival or whatever else inspires semiprofessional jealousy. No, I will not be the characteristic laugh during the awkward folly! I will not! I will not! I will not! I’m dead! 

Three things makes “quitting” the funniest thing in the world. One, fuck me, right? Who gives a shit—in a macro sense—about San Francisco comedy as a lifestyle. Two, in comedy, you HAVE to quit. Most people fade out, few make a show of, and those who do are (usually) using a false finish as a promotional stunt (shouts to Justin Scales). Three, it’s a legitimate satire. The great times were good, but the good times weren’t that great. Comedy is self-righteous suicide. I killed myself thrice over to chase the dream, but, in a city with little industry, having no transportation, little capital and less business sense, I got as far as I could professionally/financially. Maybe that’s good enough. 

I’m committed to this. I’m prepared to be the Sammy Obeid of burying my talents in the backyard. 1001 Days of Tragedy. Still, I miss it; miss more than the stage, or the rush, or the definition.  Comedians are my family, my tribe. They speak my language, I’m understood. Maybe I should get therapy, do yoga, start a hobby. Maybe I should find a balance, figure out a cure for my innate tunnel vision. Maybe you’ll see me around, maybe not, maybe later, maybe tomorrow.

mattgubser:

The Rundown Tuesday August 5 2014

All your #SanFrancisco #BayArea #standup #comedy #shows & #openmics.

News

Bri Blue’s Speak Easy celebrates its one year anniversary tonight.

Pat McCoy’s show at Tower Grille in Concord is on hiatus until football season starts.

The Dark Room Theater in San Francisco has re-opened and is available for events.

Shows

Tonight’s Top Picks

San Francisco: It’s Just Two Minutes
Defending Champion Jules Posner, Misha Trubs, Anthonsy Sandoval, Mary Van Note, Leslie Small, George Chen, Jessica Sele, Aviva Siegel, Justin Gomes, Vince Mancini, Matt Lieb, & host Josh Argyle @ Milk 1840 Haight (Haight) 8:00 FREE!

Oakland: Layover Comedy Night
With Karinda Dobbins, Ryan Papazian, Joey Devine, Dash Kwiatkowski, Matt Morales, Jabari Davis, host Mike Spiegelman @ 1517 Franklin, Oakland (Downtown) 8:30pm FREE!

San Jose:Branded Funny Showcase
Headliner Johan Miranda (WATCH CLIP), Matt Curry, Wes Hoffman, Rudy O, host Melani Bega @ Agave 2270 Monterey Hwy, San Jose 8:00 $10 (2 drink min)

San Francisco

Troubled Comedy @ Amnesia 853 Valencia St (Mission) 6:30-9:00 FREE!
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Hysteria Open mic with Headliner Marga Gomez (WATCH CLIP) @ Mercury Café 201 Octavia St (Hayes Valley) 7:00 FREE!
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It’s Just Two Minutes Defending Champion Jules Posner @ Milk 1840 Haight (Haight) 8:00 FREE!
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True Hustle Entertainment Comedy Showcase @ Brainwash Café 1122 Folsom St (SoMa) 8:00 FREE!
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Harvey’s Funny Tuesdays @ 500 Castro (Castro) 9:00 FREE! (1 item min)
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American Me Comedy with Ben Glieb (WATCH CLIP) @ Punch Line 444 Battery St (Financial) 8:00 $15 (2 drink min)

East Bay

Layover Comedy Night @ 1517 Franklin, Oakland (Downtown) 8:30pm FREE!

South Bay

Branded Funny Showcase Headliner Johan Miranda (WATCH CLIP) @ Agave 2270 Monterey Hwy, San Jose 8:00 $10 (2 drink min)
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Comedy Night at The Red with Sylvan Productions @ 200 Locust St Santa Cruz 9:00 FREE!

North Bay

Laughing Tomato Comedy Showcase @ Sally Tomatoes 1100 Valley House Dr Rohnert Park 8:00 FREE!
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Mark Pitta & Friends @ Throckmorton Theater 142 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley 8:00 $21

Open Mics

San Francisco

Open Mic @ Brainwash Café 1122 Folsom St (SoMa) 6:30 sign-up/7:00-8:00 & 9:00-10:00
Hosts Josh Holub & Marcelo Maldanado
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Neck of the Woods @ 406 Clement St (Richmond) 7:30-10:00
Host Danny Dechi
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La Rocca’s @ 957 Columbus (Russian Hill) 9:30 sign-up/10:00-2:00
Bryce Benson

East Bay

Spectrum Queer Media Presents: Pass the Mic Tuesday (mixed/LGBTQI & allies) @ Grand Lake Coffee House 440 Grand Ave Oakland 6:00 sign-up/6:30 start/3-5 minutes/$5 suggested donation
Kin Folkz
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Starry Plough Open Mic (mixed) @ 3101 Shattuck Oakland 7:30 sign-up/8:00
Joan Pez
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Speak Easy Open Mic & Showcase 1 Year Anniversary Celebration @ Parliament 811 Washington St Oakland 8:00 $5 to perform/$3 w student ID
Bri Blue
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Blue Candle Tuesdays (mixed) @ Dorsey’s Locker 5817 Shattuck Ave Oakland 8:00 sign-up/9:00-12:00
Lawrence Terrell DjStyles Taylor
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Tommy T’s Open Mic @ 5104 Hopyard Rd Pleasanton 6:00 sign-up/7:00 $5 Fee to perform. Four minutes. Winner gets $20

South Bay

Poor House Bistro Open Mic (mixed) @ 91 South Autumn St San Jose 6:00-9:00
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Comedy Night at The Red @ 200 Locust St Santa Cruz sign-up by 8:00/8:00-9:00
Dave Grimes
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Caffé Frascati Open Mic (mixed) @ 315 S 1st St San Jose 7:00
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Upcoming

8/8 Daymon Ferguson Album Release Party @ Purple Onion SF
8/27 Marga Gomez Commonwealth Club Interview
9/6 Chris Tucker Paramount Theatre Oakland
9/11-10/11 39th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competion
9/12 Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Fest Mountain View
9/14 34th Annual Comedy Day San Francisco
9/26 Cheech & Chong Santa Rosa
9/26 Dana Carvey Santa Rosa

See something I missed? Want to make sure your show is listed?
Email matt@mattgubser.com.

See You Next Year. (via #sfcomedycrawl & @shanticharan)

8/5-8/10. Big homie Rob “King Cadence” Cantrell is in town for 8/5-8/10. You can see him at a cafe, in a basement, with Jim Norton or with other non-headliner comedians. I love the way he says words. Check him out while he’s in town.

August 6th
SF, CA
The Royale - Headlining
800 Post Street
8 PM

August 7th - 9th
SF, CA
Cobb’s Comedy Club
w/ Jim Norton

August 10th
SF, CA
Cynic Cave - Headlining
1034 Valencia
10 PM
BUY TICKETS HERE eventbrite.com/e/cynic-cave-presents-rob-cantrell-tickets-12482610825