Petaluma is gearing up for its inaugural Pet-A-Llama Comedy Festival occurring Thursday, August 16th to Saturday, August 18. A little bit up the US-101 from San Francisco, the North Bay town is a gem for restaurants, wine, beer, and now, comedy. Pet-A-Llama will host Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program), the Sklar Brothers (Comedy Central), …Continue reading "Petaluma’s Pet-A-Llama Comedy Festival This Weekend!"
Since moving down the I-5, I’m always sweating to find cool comedy on these hot Los Angeles nights. Kaseem Bentley and Casey Ley are some of the coolest comedians around. Individually, Kaseem is a primo insult comedian that will roast you with big smile on his face and Casey is an ambitious, smart, witty and …Continue reading "LA: We Really Like “Some People Like Us”, Wednesday, July 25th"
Last week there was a pool party in Los Angeles explicitly for black comedy folk. As a means to foster a focus, we were discouraged from bringing non-black friends, significant others or plus ones. The result was a cathartic, emotional release for something I’ve never had and didn’t know I was missing. It’s amazing how …Continue reading "All Black Comedy Pool Party"
No Big Deal: the world’s funniest talent, one of comedy’s best producers, every first Thursday in Silverlake. Simple. Fun.Continue reading "LA: No Big Deal Comedy Show Debuts 9/7 @ Lyric Hyperion"
George Chen Is a Natural I’m not even sure George Chen wants you to buy his new album Word Origami. I mean, he definitely does. He’s an emerging comedian (i.e. broke). He’ll surely appreciate your contributions to his gas tank or pantry. It’s just that George is so smooth with it! There’s no schlocky, showbiz …Continue reading "George Chen Spits His Velvet Underground With “Word Origami”"
What do you value in your art? How do you value artists? How new and brilliant do things need to be before you say, “hey, I got to get in on this?” Do you appreciate practical effects? Do you have a buck right now? How about $5000? Have you heard Nick Stargu? Nick Stargu, an absurdist singer-songwriter …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: Throw A Few Bucks to Nick Stargu’s Prosthetic “Longfingers”"
Choosing your SF Sketchfest sherpa is a statement. Sweet and emphatic. Stodgy and direct. Trendy and analytical. These individuals look at the daunting deluge of comedy excellence and attempt to steer towards you and your shared preferences. Some are successful in inspiring a deeper look, an expanded consciousness or at least a reflective gauge. A few …Continue reading "Your SF Sketchfest Guide’s SF Sketchfest Guide."
Comedy is tragedy plus time. Fuck that. There’s no time for time. Ronald Kilmartin passed away March 2, 2014. He battled cancer and cancer is a motherfucker. Over ten days in hospice—“here, you do it”—and the funeral, his daughter, comedian Laurie Kilmartin, documented the ordeal. In real time. Over Twitter. 7 yo son asked how …Continue reading "Laurie Kilmartin’s “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad” is a Truly Special Special"
Hollywood Improv will host a night of comedy and music on December 23 to raise funds for the community impacted by the Oakland Fire.Continue reading "Hey LA!: Oakland Fire Benefit Fundraiser Show on December 23!"
Solid Gold, Oakland’s Amy Miller’s debut comedy album, illuminates brilliant writing, wry commentary and slice-of-life vignettes. A weaving balance between stories stranger than fiction and polished, punchy jokes envelopes Miller’s even keel appeal. She’s funny, she’s open, she’s with it and she’s unimpressed.Continue reading "Solid Gold Amy Miller’s “Solid Gold” is Solid Gold"