Podcast: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. Round 1 (Bruce McCulloch, Moshe Kasher (Native), Emily Heller (Native), and Jesse Elias (Native)). Hosted by Bryan Cook. Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here

Round one with Bruce McCulloch, Moshe Kasher, Emily Heller, and Jesse Elias. Recorded Aug 10, 2013 at the Outside Lands Fest in San Francisco.

Courting Barbary: Day One (8/9/2013)

There’s too much pressure to have fun at Outside Lands. It’s is ground zero for art, culture, and astounding prices, celebrated over three days, currently in its sixth year. Many musicians and exhibitions litter the Golden Gate Park glens, but none are as important — for the purposes of this blog — as the Barbary tent. Ostensibly a comedy club, co-curated by SF Sketchfest, the parlor amplifies glade giggles like the historic Comedy Day, hopped up on steroids and Aderall.

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"People are just problems with faces"

- Kate Berlant @ The Barbary/Outside Lands Festival [Paraphrase]

"People are just problems with faces"

- Kate Berlant @ The Barbary/Outside Lands Festival [Paraphrase]

Courting Barbary: Natasha Leggero [1 Day Left].

[I don’t know what’s to gain from promoting a sold out music, comedy, art festival a day before it’s supposed to happen. I don’t know the spread of this blog, and if it has any pull on the participants of said festival. I don’t know why I’m always so hungry at 4pm but I don’t eat until 6pm. What I do know is I’ve never seen Natasha Leggero onstage, in person, with eyes. She’s always been on the radar, with ubiquitous reputation and acerbic chic, and looks to be a highlight at the Barbary.]

Courting Barbary: Matt Braunger [5 Days Left]

[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.]

Courting Barbary: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction [8 Days Left]

[Everything is shaping up with a little more than a week until Outside Lands. Line-ups have been announced, tickets are gone, beer is being put into canisters. It is now perfectly clear that on August 10th, at 1:30pm, the most egregious depravity shall be on display in the form of the Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. The concept is thusly: one group of comedians are given a random prompt culled from audience suggestion, which could be anything from Smurfs to the New Testament, and are given time to write a grossly hedonistic adaptation of the source material. While their writing, another group performs a pre-written piece of seminal sementality. Audience votes, the second group performs, audience votes, laughter abounds, and winners are crowned. What makes CEFF a crazy, unique spectacle is that nuclear-hot creativity is rendered dormant by the show’s end. The once-in-a-lifetime, guttural musings live only in the hearts of their primary beholder (or perhaps, podcast listeners). Nevertheless, it’s amazing to imagine such filth so early in the day. Cheers]

Courting Barbary: DJ Purple/American Tripp’s Berlin-Style Ping Pong + Dance Karaoke Party [10 Days Left]
[I don’t know shit about Berlin-Style Ping Pong, but I rep DJ Purple, all day + every day. San Francisco is a karaoke town. Loud, partially-accurate music, drunkenness and a talent alluding to the previous dreams, the town could practically run on “Sweet Caroline” (ba ba ba)! For my money, DJ Purple has the best songbook in the city including my favorite, hard to find karaoke gem: “Kiss Off” by the Violent Femmes. The imagination runs wild at the prospect of Purple in Golden Gate Park, a harmonious bastion of beer and funky feet.]

Courting Barbary: DJ Purple/American Tripp’s Berlin-Style Ping Pong + Dance Karaoke Party [10 Days Left]

[I don’t know shit about Berlin-Style Ping Pong, but I rep DJ Purple, all day + every day. San Francisco is a karaoke town. Loud, partially-accurate music, drunkenness and a talent alluding to the previous dreams, the town could practically run on “Sweet Caroline” (ba ba ba)! For my money, DJ Purple has the best songbook in the city including my favorite, hard to find karaoke gem: “Kiss Off” by the Violent Femmes. The imagination runs wild at the prospect of Purple in Golden Gate Park, a harmonious bastion of beer and funky feet.]

Courting Barbary: Morgan Murphy [14 Days Left]

CH Live: NYC - Morgan Murphy

Morgan Murphy proves that sometimes women can be the worst womanizers of all.

[There’s never enough Morgan Murphy. Last time she was in San Francisco proper was the San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival where she proved her majesty in frequent and full accord. There’s something novel about her energy and delivery and it should be fun to see her analyze/dissect the strange uniqueness of doing comedy at the Barbary exhibition.] 

Barbary Countdown: Night Train with Wyatt Cenac [16 Days Left]

[I love Wyatt Cenac’s relationship to this City. Not only is he featured in The Daily Show, the fuel for leftist discontent (that is an element of the Bay Area’s identity), he’s a lead actor in one of best love/hate cinematic mixtapes for San Francisco: Medicine for Melancholy. Wyatt, like a modern day Bill Cosby (who loaned $50,000 to the birth of blaxploitation), has always put money-to-mouth in regards to progressing African American expression (see: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, (I saw it at the Roxie (pretty great))), a fact revered by Courting Comedy (hint, I’m black). While, Medicine for Melancholy — available now on Netflix — features many of the mumblecore trappings that make my blood boil, it’s a pretty awesome prelude to Cenac’s appearance this year’s Outside Lands Festival]

Barbary Countdown: Julie Klausner Interviews The Lonely Island (Natives) [20 Days Left]

[Julie Klausner brings her cabaret show to Outside Lands to provide SF with a fierce, femme-y assault. Biting, intelligent and hilarious, we cannot wait for the wonder that her Cabaret Situation should assuredly deliver. Julie is the girl in eighth grade with spot-on commentary and major laughs that we desperately wish we were friends with. Let’s hope to hear the writer, comedian and podcaster belt our favorite showtunes (her “Wig in a Box” from Hedwig is a must listen (@12:50)) and banter our pants off. You should go because you most probably need more redhead New Yorkers in your comedy diet.

- Guest written by Melanie Levy]