"Random Voodoo" From the Tom Rhodes CD, Hot Sweet Ass. ©2005 Tom Rhodes.

Courting Comedy Spotify Playlist: (10/18/2013)

SPOTIFY!: I’m currently using you to listening to Art Tatum gently underneath a podcast — I’m a fan of the product. I’m always late with these things but they’re good at recapping the week that was. SO, here is a write up of all the great comedy on Spotify for the week of (10/11–10/18/2013):

1. "I Want Them All" by Doctor Striker. Storking Comedy is my very own blackbox, cardboard-and-duct-tape, imagination-station club house. It’s loose, frivolous decadence allows me to bring some of my favorite talents into a homey, risk-free space. One such favorite is Doctor Striker, an enigma I met at the Brainwash Cafe in San Francisco. He’s more “cheekily humorous” than outright “comical”, nevertheless, a powerful performer with utmost conviction. 

2. "Soda Pop Heartbreak" by Alex Koll. If I can be half as versatile and malleable as Alex Koll, I will be a happy man. Koll is back in town from New York, his new habitat, and I got to see some of his new wares at the San Francisco Punch Line (SO GOOD!). In fact, you can catch him tonight/tomorrow at the San Francisco Punch Line and this weekend at the Sacramento Punch Line (with Moshe Kasher).

3. "Barbara Gray" by Holy Fuck. Live Comedy. Holy Fuck gets alotta love on Courting Comedy as the only available compilation of the maelstrom of new talent in the Los Angeles area. One such talent is perennial favorite, Barbara Gray, who was in town a while back hitting up the various community lynchpins (jokes jokes jokes!). I love her punmanship and sarcastic effervesce.

4. "Bad Boy of Comedy" by Tom Rhodes. Tom is a paramount player. So smooth, so brash, so professional. He’s as impressive on stage for 15 minutes to close out the SF Comedy Showcase as he is for an hour at any club in the country. If you’re not entranced by that lapping, swirling cadence, you might need to see a doctor.

5. "San Francisco, Kids vs. Cats, My Folks" by Janine Brito. Janine Brito, a bright and shining star, has been crushing it on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, be it a “Tracy Morgan off” with Tracy Morgan, dancing her ass off, or reappropriating Columbus Day. I win nothing by saying what many have said before me, but she’s an absolute marvel.

6. "Black Section of San Francisco" by W. Kamau Bell. Speaking of Totally Biased, check out this track by the Jedi master himself. It’s a great relief to hear evidence of a critical and searching talent, find his voice over time. This is during his pre W. Kamau Bell Curve experience, marking a more “clubby”, “mainstream” jokester en route to a unique brand of social commentary.

7. "Moustache" by DJ REAL. Distracted, keeping time for Storking Comedy, I feel a peculiar friction on my shoulder: It’s DJ Real, nuzzling me with his mustache. Real is one of my greatest friends and inspirations, so working with him was an absolute dream. Check out his entire discography on Spotify to hear one of the most underrated musical comedy acts in the country

Favorite Things of Last Night: Tom Rhodes (#SF90s)

Tom Rhodes by Leo Hochberg

Tom Rhodes Releases $4.99 Special on Chill.com

thecomedybureau:

We’re loving what Chill.com is doing with comedians and helping to release and distribute comedy specials. Especially since they’ve gone from Maria Bamford to Ari Shaffir to their latest one from the very funny and sharp, Tom Rhodes, Light Sweet Crude.

Only for $4.99, you can enjoy it right now, which you can do right here.

Podcast: Tom Rhodes Radio w/ Tom Rhodes. Episode: Dana Gould. Download Link: Here. iTunes: Here. Official Link: Here.

International comedian Tom Rhodes travels the world in search of love and laughter. Join him as he meets up with his favorite people around the world to reflect, share, and laugh about life and comedy.

Tom sits down with his long time San Francisco pal Dana Gould at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, TX. They talk about his legendary career in stand-up comedy, dealing with hecklers, 911, UFOs & Area 51, Gearoge Carlin, and his time with the Simpsons. 

[Gould (SF80s) and Rhodes (SF90s) are two comedy boomers with a naturalistic gift of gab. I’m new to this podcast but I recommend it on the strength of this episode alone.]

12/4. Life with Laughter (Variety Show) @ The Garage. 715 Bryant St. 8:30pm. $10-$20. Featuring Kristee Ono, and Reggie Steele. Spoken Word by Baruch Porras-Hernandez. Music by Tom Rhodes. Tickets Available: Here. Hosted by Loren Kraut and Morgan. 

12/4. Life with Laughter (Variety Show) @ The Garage. 715 Bryant St. 8:30pm. $10-$20. Featuring Kristee Ono, and Reggie Steele. Spoken Word by Baruch Porras-Hernandez. Music by Tom Rhodes. Tickets Available: Here. Hosted by Loren Kraut and Morgan. 

comedygreenrooms:

Cobb’s Comedy Club - San Francisco, CA
Ngaio Bealum, Eddie Brill and Rick Overton backstage at Cobb’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Show
Photo via: Tom Rhodes

comedygreenrooms:

Cobb’s Comedy Club - San Francisco, CA

Ngaio Bealum, Eddie Brill and Rick Overton backstage at Cobb’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Show

Photo via: Tom Rhodes

"Homeless Food Chain" by Tom Rhodes (via Rooftop Comedy) 

[SF90s]

"I’m for gay marriage but I’m against gay divorce. If you marry the asshole you should stay with the asshole."

— Tom Rhodes @ San Francisco Punch Line [Paraphrase]