Swimming Pool

All Black Comedy Pool Party

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 …

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No Big Deal Comedy Show

LA: No Big Deal Comedy Show Debuts 9/7 @ Lyric Hyperion

No Big Deal: the world’s funniest talent, one of comedy’s best producers, every first Thursday in Silverlake. Simple. Fun.

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Word Origami George Chen

George Chen Spits His Velvet Underground With “Word Origami”

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 …

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Sketch Saturday: Throw A Few Bucks to Nick Stargu’s Prosthetic “Longfingers”

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 …

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SF Sketchfest

Your SF Sketchfest Guide’s SF Sketchfest Guide.

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 …

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Laurie Kilmartin

Laurie Kilmartin’s “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad” is a Truly Special Special

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 …

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Solid Gold Feature

Solid Gold Amy Miller’s “Solid Gold” is Solid Gold

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.

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Talk Show The Game Show

TruTV Orders Guy Branum’s “Talk Show the Game Show”, We Speculate

Horray for Guy Branum! Boo every other site for simply copying and pasting this press release. Sure, there’s little information to go on. We haven’t received an air date, set design or promotional materials. Fine. But Guy Branum deserves more. He, and Talk Show the Game Show, is enough to go on. Completely Unique It’s is …

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Emily Heller Thanksgiving Jam

Why I Love Emily and Nate Heller’s “Thanksgiving Jam” 2016

“Thanksgiving Jam” is an annual tradition. It’s a totem, a grounding element. It reminds me what I’m thankful for: comedy, weirdos, creative energy, music, friends and family. Emily Heller is a comedian, writer and actor known for role in TBS’ “Ground Floor”, her Comedy Central “The Half Hour” and her podcast Baby Geniuses. Nate Heller is a songwriter …

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