Bay 2 LA: A Riot LA Preview (Live from I-5)

California is crazy big and insanely spoiled. We used to just have gold, now we have the Internet, which is like printing your own gold. We are smaller than Texas yet we have more sports teams. Our fucking flag has a bear on it. Most importantly, we have at least five distinct comedy scenes, and two (or more?) major alt-comedy festivals (both occurring in the month of January).

I’m currently in between rest stops. Apparently Congress created this Dust Bowl surrounding the car with decay, the perfect backdrop for writing about frivolous abundance. Riot LA is a day away/the second display of emphatic array/with podcasts, talk shows and stand-up galore/legends, upstarts, food trucks and more!

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Podcast: Lady to Lady Episode 57. “She’s a Moneyball” featuring Emily Heller. Hosted by Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey and Tess Barker. Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here. Presented by MaximumFun

 Emily Heller (@MrEmilyHeller) joins the ladies to discuss New Year’s resolutions, self help apps, Facebook, sandwiches, jumanji, stoner food and more! Produced by David Janove, theme song by Zach Ames

[Exclamation! Lady 2 Lady has nestled under the wing of Maximum Fun (brainchild of SF Wonder Boy Jesse Thorn), raising their already high profile as go-to podcasters in the CC Offices (i.e. my apartment). I’d like to think and thank the comedy gods for making this debut so perfect; for a LA-based show this episode exudes Bay relevancy. You know what, fuck it, time to gush. Lady to Lady, in its excitable babble and unapologetic goof, is coming ro SFSketchfest (that’s right fucker of mothers*!) The Fest begins in 21 Days, bringing in an overdose of talent, including L2L (Live!) @ The Dark Room Theater on February 9th (last day of camp).

*note “fucker of mothers” was stolen from Johan Miranda]

"I Resolve to DANCE!" by Emily Heller and Nate Heller. Featuring Chris Thayer, Aparna Nancherla, Edwin Li, Janine Brito, Caitlin Gill, and Marcello Fama. 

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"You ever gotten so high that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was scary again?"

– Emily Heller @ Lost Weekend Video/Cynic Cave [Paraphrase]
[Photo by Mindy Tucker]

"You ever gotten so high that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was scary again?"

Emily Heller @ Lost Weekend Video/Cynic Cave [Paraphrase]

[Photo by Mindy Tucker]

Tonight: Uptown Almanac Presents Seanukkah @ Roxie Theater. 3117 16th St. SF. $7. Featuring Emily Heller, Chris Fairbanks, Joe Gorman, Andrew Holmgren, Alison Stevenson, Kelly Anneken, and Matt Lieb. Hosted by Sean Keane.
[Free Beer + Tits Line-Up = This]

[A true Bay Area holiday tradition]

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“Thanksgiving Jam” by Emily Heller.

(Source: rooftopcomedy.com)

Podcast: Go Bayside w/ April Richardson. Episode 041 - “Fourth of July” with Emily Heller (#Native). Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here.

Emily and I watch the one where the Malibu Sands Beach Club employees must compete against customers in the Fourth of July festivites, including a Miss Liberty beauty pageant, during which Zack must face the task of judging both his ex-girlfriend and current crush. 

[Source: gobayside]

Homegirl Number One, Emily Heller, was recently written up for Time Out LA’s “Comedians to Watch in 2014”. Click the words you are reading for the article.

Whether joking onstage, chatting in her podcast or reading tarot on her web series, Emily Heller’s point of view is constant. She’s smart, acerbic and holds both herself and others accountable (in her recent Conan set, she openly replies to someone who said, “I think a lot of people voted for Barack Obama because he’s black,” by disdainfully quipping, “A lot of stuff happens to black people just because they’re black—the presidency is, like, the least common”).

[Written by Jane Borden. Photo by Jakob N. Layman]

Homegirl Number One, Emily Heller, was recently written up for Time Out LA’s “Comedians to Watch in 2014”. Click the words you are reading for the article.

Whether joking onstage, chatting in her podcast or reading tarot on her web series, Emily Heller’s point of view is constant. She’s smart, acerbic and holds both herself and others accountable (in her recent Conan set, she openly replies to someone who said, “I think a lot of people voted for Barack Obama because he’s black,” by disdainfully quipping, “A lot of stuff happens to black people just because they’re black—the presidency is, like, the least common”).

[Written by Jane Borden. Photo by Jakob N. Layman]

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 Comedy Spotify Playlist: (9/27/2013)

Spotify is a thing. I use it a lot and it’s getting popular (as evident of the consistent notifications of late-adopting friends joining). Also, there’s a lot of great comedy on the service (still no AST releases though). So with that in mind, here is a highlight of my week in Bay Area Comedy, through the Spotify catalogue.

1. "The 99 Cent Pregnancy Test" by Moshe Kasher. Kash Money is playing Sunnyvale’s Rooster T. Feathers this weekend. While his career has taken him to the highest and farthest reaches of comedy, it’s really fun to hear him figuring it out on his debut album: Everyone You Know Will DIe and Then You Are! Here’s a stand out track from that material, and for entertaining contrast, listen to its contextual sequel.

2. "The Pocket Crisis" by Marga Gomez. Gomez is San Francisco royalty. She recently closed shop at Comedy Bodega (exceptional comedy in the middle of the Mission), but long before that (1997) she released an album! Her trademark affability is brilliantly on display.

3. "Men and Women" by Sammy Obeid. You don’t have to read Courting Comedy to know about the exploits of Sammy Obeid. He’s literally taken the comedy world by storm, and in doing so, gave context to his success with the release of “Get Funny or Die Tryin’.” Here’s one of its many highlights.

4. "Gay on Accident, Oops!" by Keith Lowell Jensen. Last week, I saw Keith at the Sacramento Comedy Festival. I’ve been a fan of Keith’s talent and gusto from the giddy up but we live so far away from each other! Check out KLJ’s latest album - Elf Orgy- in addition to his two previous (also available on Spotify).

5. "Emily Heller" by Laugh Skull Comedy Festival. I miss Emily Heller. I just do.

6. "Penises and Lollipops" by Baron Vaughn. Baron is at the SF Punch this weekend, and, sadly, I will not be able to see one of my favorite comedians ever. Nonetheless, his rhythmic imagination crystallizes an earworm of comedic prowess. Listen to this and you’ll never get the song out of your head. (Also, “Cat People” is equally inescapable)

7. "I Don’t Feel Good / Vegetarian Option" by Tom Papa. It seems juvenile to love Tom Papa as much as I do. Not to discredit his comedy, — currently playing at Pleasanton’s Tommy T’s Steakhouse — but my reverence stems entirely from seeing him as a child, do an excellent 30-minutes of stand-up on Comedy Central. His talent lays wasted in my ignorance, but the vapors of “Tommy Salami” always makes me smile.