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] 

Barbary Countdown: I can announce with great elation two important comedy items that only started feeling real today. Today, the performers for the Outside Land’s Barbary exhibition (co-curated by SF Sketchfest) were announced of which includes Jeff Ross, Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac and many more. Very excellent. Also, this year I’ve been granted press clearance to the entire Outside Lands, which includes numerous musical luminaries that I shall be ignoring in favor of the Barbary. I love the Barbary! Each year is a revelation as a comedy fan. Each year it grows in stature, versatility, and flair. I’ve finagled myself into its bowels for the past two years and good Lord is it amazing. It fills the summer with an unbelievable swell of comedy, a deluge of talent, utterly unexpected given the circumstances. A sideshow attraction is the last place you’d expect Craig Robinson, but, for San Francisco Bay Area natives, it’s one of the few occasions to do so. It’s only comparable to a plane ride and hotel stay in Los Angeles or New York (the meccas of comedy) scouring the region’s comedy peaks, and hoping upon hope that everything goes perfect. For a trio of days, you can laugh yourself silly, step outside into a haze of fog and medicine vapor, and skip giddily back into a world of comfort, culture and public transportation. Over the next three weeks I shall countdown Outside Lands Festival’s Barbary, highlighting each performer’s accomplishments, appeal and — if viable — their connection to this fair town of hysterical opulence: San Francisco. Tickets are steep at this point — a 3-day pass is practically my rent — but if you’re going, stay tuned to get the drop on some comedy gems. [24 Days Left].

Barbary Countdown: I can announce with great elation two important comedy items that only started feeling real today. Today, the performers for the Outside Land’s Barbary exhibition (co-curated by SF Sketchfest) were announced of which includes Jeff Ross, Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac and many more. Very excellent. Also, this year I’ve been granted press clearance to the entire Outside Lands, which includes numerous musical luminaries that I shall be ignoring in favor of the Barbary. I love the Barbary! Each year is a revelation as a comedy fan. Each year it grows in stature, versatility, and flair. I’ve finagled myself into its bowels for the past two years and good Lord is it amazing. It fills the summer with an unbelievable swell of comedy, a deluge of talent, utterly unexpected given the circumstances. A sideshow attraction is the last place you’d expect Craig Robinson, but, for San Francisco Bay Area natives, it’s one of the few occasions to do so. It’s only comparable to a plane ride and hotel stay in Los Angeles or New York (the meccas of comedy) scouring the region’s comedy peaks, and hoping upon hope that everything goes perfect. For a trio of days, you can laugh yourself silly, step outside into a haze of fog and medicine vapor, and skip giddily back into a world of comfort, culture and public transportation. Over the next three weeks I shall countdown Outside Lands Festival’s Barbary, highlighting each performer’s accomplishments, appeal and — if viable — their connection to this fair town of hysterical opulence: San Francisco. Tickets are steep at this point — a 3-day pass is practically my rent — but if you’re going, stay tuned to get the drop on some comedy gems. [24 Days Left].

Podcast: You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. Episode 83. Live from Outside Lands Festival. Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here

Holy shit. The weirdest, most uncomfortable episode ever. By far. I mean, buckle up. IT. GETS. AWKWARD. Yeeeeek! With the hilarious Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show!), Jackie Kashian (Dork Forest podcast!), Jon Glaser (Delocated!) and Brett Gelman (NBCs Go On, Eagleheart!). Soak in the weirdness, then shower afterwards. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF AWKWARDNESS!

[This episode is brought to you by the comedy police. You’re under arrest!]

Comedy Theme Song: “After the Gold Rush” by Neil Young

[“Hitler had some good ideas… and I felt like getting high" - David Koechner lampooning audience’s weedy co-optation @ The Barbary/Outside Lands Festival]


"This is like LARPing for music nerds."

- Jackie Kashian on Outside Lands Fest’s attendees’ attire @ The Barbary

"This is like LARPing for music nerds."

- Jackie Kashian on Outside Lands Fest’s attendees’ attire @ The Barbary

Ron Funches @ The Barbary/Outside Lands Festival by C. Taylor Crothers/FilmMagic