Another week, another digging. Check out this comedy covering the week of 10/19-10/25.
1. Craighlist Rideshare by Brent Weinbach. Cal Grad and early-nought San Francisco urban legend, Brent made his annual return to his home club—the San Francisco Punch Line—last week. There’s so much to point out as interesting or unique with the Santa Monica playboy, but I’m growing fond of his accurate imitations of the Bay’s many affectations. I ain’t mad at it.
2. The Crazy by Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits. Last Tuesday I was given access to BJE&CM’s live album recording: a fabulous display performed ever so quaintly for the band’s eccentric and influential cast of collegues. I had never heard “The Crazy” before the intimate soiree but was hooked after 3 minutes of communal, churchy clapping. Live — especially stripped to its bare bones — Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits are encompassingly awesome.
3. Babies by Erik Griffin. YO, Who went to Cobb’s last weekend?! There’s a lot of people in comedy that can rock their vibe all day. Griffin’s one of those guys: immensely aware, assured, and down-to-earth. On this selection he gets a lot of juice out of his post-natal contention, making deft points about cellphones and travel along the way.
4. What I Worship by Maria Bamford. I missed my opportunity to watch Bam Bam at Cobb’s last week, but I would be remiss not to include one of my favorite tracks from her recently released “Ask Me About My New God!”. Bamford is going to go down as one of the most on-point and naturally hilarious comedians to ever do it.
5. Don’t Lose Your Head by Eban Schletter and Vernon Wells. The inclusion of this track is a bit of a stretch. Not particularly humorous, and barely relevant to the “Bay Area” ideal of Courting Comedy (Schletter called SF home bay in the 90s). Nevertheless, the spooktacular Hallow’s Eve is on the horizon and this is the best I could do on such short notice!
2012 was undoubtedly a watershed year for Moshe Kasher. An Oakland-grown street punk, turned decorated stand-up performer, Kasher dominated the year beginning with the release of a memoir — Kasher in the Rye — and concluding with a weekend at his home club, the San Francisco Punch Line. In the midst of his accomplishments he released “Moshe Kasher: Live in Oakland” through Netflix, his first stand-up offering since 2009’s “Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, And Then You Are! (Unless You Die First)”. And while the ambitiously long-titled primary offering represents a career on the rise, ‘Live in Oakland’ demonstrates a relative apex, Moshe Kasher 2.0.