[Dana Gould is my Jedi master and I’m the padawan he never trained. Checked out his piece about the most infamous comedy house in San Francisco history.]

[Erika Star shares her favorite features of the fest including Mary Van Note, Nancy and Beth, and Lydia Popovich.]

juliawertz:

via Narrative.ly: “If you ask someone who works in comedy what is the most difficult part of being professionally funny, many, if not most of them, will tell you it’s the depression. I’m not saying all funny people are depressed, but having spent a lot of time with cartoonists, comedians and comedy writers over the past decade, I can assure you that the percentage of those struggling with depression is higher than average. My theory is that since the best comedy often springs from tragedy, cynicism, sarcasm and misanthropy, those who excel in comedy usually come from a background comprised of those events and character defects.”

Read/see more of this stuff I wrote about feelings on Narrative.ly

[My homeboy Dakin Hardwick has just dropped his annual “Nerd Guide to Sketchfest” and I love his categories of nerdom as it correlates to the festival: “Kitsch nerds”! “90s nerds”! “Taking down the system nerds”!] 

sammyko:

Booed off the Stage at my Home Club

There’s a story comedians will often tell each other after a bad set, and that is the story of Dave Chapelle getting booed off the stage at the Apollo Theatre, back when he was a teen in the early 90′s. It’s a comforting story to a comic who just bombed, because Chapelle became such a huge success after what sounds like a bombing way worse than anything you or I (until recently) have experienced.

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sammyko:

Booed off the Stage at my Home Club

There’s a story comedians will often tell each other after a bad set, and that is the story of Dave Chapelle getting booed off the stage at the Apollo Theatre, back when he was a teen in the early 90′s. It’s a comforting story to a comic who just bombed, because Chapelle became such a huge success after what sounds like a bombing way worse than anything you or I (until recently) have experienced.

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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.]

[Comedy is hard, especially for the hardest working man in 2013. Click the link to read Mr. 1001’s high-and-lowlights of the year.]

This is a baker’s dozen of some of my favorite clips from Totally Biased. When we did these pieces, I truly felt like we were making the kind of TV that I wanted to see. Obviously everybody on the show isn’t visibly represented or mentioned here but they all contributed jokes and ideas to the pieces on this this list. (Get their names on IMDB.) And this isn’t even close to everything that I loved on the show, but as far as I know, there’s no such thing as a baker’s 37.

[We’re still reeling from the cancelation of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”. It wasn’t just entertainment bent on social justice (that shit that I like), it was a beacon of hope of being trusted with a show built upon a long-forged identity and voice. It’ll be interesting to see where everything falls for the largely Bay Area crew, but in the meantime, the captain of the ship has given a behind-the-scenes retrospective on some of his ultra-biased favorite moments.]

[Postmodern Apocalypse hits extremely close and incredibly loud in this punx piece on a recent San Francisco comedy controversy.]