[Matt Braunger’s San Francisco career is spotty at best. He hasn’t recorded an album here, makes sporadic appearances at various regional showcases/festivals, and I can’t remember the last time he went to the Golden Gate Bridge. Nevertheless, Braunger was featured at my first foray into the Barbary, a sticky Sunday night on bleacher seats. Not only has he been a phenomenal talent on an array of tiers, he’s one of the few comics that gets better — albeit, under the radar — every time he returns to town. He has three appearances at Outside Lands this year, get on it, San Francisco.]
Barbary Countdown: I can announce with great elation two important comedy items that only started feeling real today. Today, the performers for the Outside Land’s Barbary exhibition (co-curated by SF Sketchfest) were announced of which includes Jeff Ross, Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac and many more. Very excellent. Also, this year I’ve been granted press clearance to the entire Outside Lands, which includes numerous musical luminaries that I shall be ignoring in favor of the Barbary. I love the Barbary! Each year is a revelation as a comedy fan. Each year it grows in stature, versatility, and flair. I’ve finagled myself into its bowels for the past two years and good Lord is it amazing. It fills the summer with an unbelievable swell of comedy, a deluge of talent, utterly unexpected given the circumstances. A sideshow attraction is the last place you’d expect Craig Robinson, but, for San Francisco Bay Area natives, it’s one of the few occasions to do so. It’s only comparable to a plane ride and hotel stay in Los Angeles or New York (the meccas of comedy) scouring the region’s comedy peaks, and hoping upon hope that everything goes perfect. For a trio of days, you can laugh yourself silly, step outside into a haze of fog and medicine vapor, and skip giddily back into a world of comfort, culture and public transportation. Over the next three weeks I shall countdown Outside Lands Festival’s Barbary, highlighting each performer’s accomplishments, appeal and — if viable — their connection to this fair town of hysterical opulence: San Francisco. Tickets are steep at this point — a 3-day pass is practically my rent — but if you’re going, stay tuned to get the drop on some comedy gems. [24 Days Left].
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