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 Sketchfest: Robin Williams surrounded by, from bottom: Troy Conrad, Chelsea Peretti, Brendon Walsh, Rick Overton, Steve Agee, Matt Braunger, Jon Dore and Eddie Pepitone. Photo by Jakub Mosur.
[Coincidently looks like a happier version of “World’s Greatest Dad” (see: “I Hope I Become A Ghost”)]

Courting Sketchfest: Robin Williams surrounded by, from bottom: Troy Conrad, Chelsea Peretti, Brendon Walsh, Rick Overton, Steve Agee, Matt Braunger, Jon Dore and Eddie Pepitone. Photo by Jakub Mosur.

[Coincidently looks like a happier version of “World’s Greatest Dad” (see: “I Hope I Become A Ghost”)]

"Long ropey penis is a horrible catchphrase"

— Matt Braunger @ Outside Lands Festival

Courting Sketchfest: The Meltdown. 

On January 30, 2010 Cobb’s Comedy Club will be hosting a showcase entitled: The Meltdown. The main features of this showcases are comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani who curate the show in the back of a Los Angeles comic book store. Recently on Jonah’s podcast, the Nerdist (also featuring Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira), the Meltdown was recorded with performances by Kumail, Jonah, Chris, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Chris Fairbanks and others. Most of these performers will not be at the 1/30 Cobb’s show but will be featured in Sketchfest in other capacities. None the less, the Meltdown made for a good podcast and is one of the more anticipated shows at this year’s Sketchfest. The line up for Sketchfest includes Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Thomas Lennon and more. The Nerdist will also be recording/performing a show at Sketchfest on 1/28, also at Cobb’s. Check it out. 

Courting Sketchfest: The Sketchfest Dozen

With SF Sketchfest right around the bend, let’s take time to observe one of the more intimate and long-running programs in the line-up: The Sketchfest Dozen. Basically the shows are stand up showcases of two (out of 12) performers whom are extremely talented and overwhelmingly promising. Alongside the Dozen are some of San Francisco’s luminary comedians providing hosting support. All in all, the shows serve to highlight the some of the best soon to breakthrough comedic artists.

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