Another year, another list.  This year comedy became my day job, not in the way I dreamed, but it became a day job nonetheless — as assistant to the booker of 3 comedy clubs in Northern California.  So yes, between performing on shows myself on nights off or catching some of the visiting headliners, plus watching clips and promoting comics during the day, I indeed saw a lot of comedy.  Here are some of my favorites of the year

[Mary Van Note always captured our attention at Courting Comedy — her Things We Made performance in 2009 stands out as a primary inspiration for jumping into the SF comedy scene. In addition to her onstage potency, MVN has always made it a point to point to the glittering lanterns rising in the distance. Check out her picks for the year of 2013.]