"So, this is what I’m doing instead of spending time with my kids."

— Natasha Muse to a tepid audience @ Cynic Cave 2-Year Anniversary/Lost Weekend Video [Paraphrase]

Today marks the 4th anniversary of this blog. This is the fourth thing I ever posted. Unbeknownst to me, I was blogging my soon-to-be best friend/collaborator/inspiration/brother, Ivan Hernandez. 
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"The Tornado" Ivan Hernandez (@ Castagnola’s) Photo by Mike Czupryn, mike@cmyksf.comwww.cmyksf.com

Today marks the 4th anniversary of this blog. This is the fourth thing I ever posted. Unbeknownst to me, I was blogging my soon-to-be best friend/collaborator/inspiration/brother, Ivan Hernandez. 

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"The Tornado" Ivan Hernandez (@ Castagnola’s) Photo by Mike Czupryn, mike@cmyksf.com
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10/4. iL Pirata Comedy 8 Year Anniversary @ iL Pirata. 2007 16th St. 9pm. Free. Featuring Jabari Davis, Tony Sparks, Rudy O, David Gborie, Frankie Quinones, Clay Newman, Sean Keane, Karinda Dobbins, Shanti Charan, Eloisa Bravo, Yayne Abeba, Anthony Medina.
[I don’t know a more underground gem in the City than the monthly comedy showcase at iL Pirata. It’s kind of intimidating: nestled in the amber-slick off shoot of Portrero Hill; a pub-ish maze of aged leather seats and old souls; an ambiguous round of chairs circled by booths; an inherent casualness bordering on uncertainty. It all requires a level of commitment, to settle down, to nestle, to anticipate. The show never starts early, the subsequent dancing is sometimes forgotten, but in between — especially on anniversary shows — is a solid block of gold. It’s the 3-hour comedy festival, the after hours Comedy Day, the alternative “Sunday Showcase”; it’s every San Francisco Bay Area tradition wrapped up into a single instance. Go early, stay for the long haul, have a few drinks and tell me iL Pirata’s Anniversary show is anything you’ve ever experienced before in your life. If you claim me “wrong”, you’d be a liar, a fool or both, but you’ll also extremely satisfied.]

10/4. iL Pirata Comedy 8 Year Anniversary @ iL Pirata. 2007 16th St. 9pm. Free. Featuring Jabari Davis, Tony Sparks, Rudy O, David Gborie, Frankie Quinones, Clay Newman, Sean Keane, Karinda Dobbins, Shanti Charan, Eloisa Bravo, Yayne Abeba, Anthony Medina.

[I don’t know a more underground gem in the City than the monthly comedy showcase at iL Pirata. It’s kind of intimidating: nestled in the amber-slick off shoot of Portrero Hill; a pub-ish maze of aged leather seats and old souls; an ambiguous round of chairs circled by booths; an inherent casualness bordering on uncertainty. It all requires a level of commitment, to settle down, to nestle, to anticipate. The show never starts early, the subsequent dancing is sometimes forgotten, but in between — especially on anniversary shows — is a solid block of gold. It’s the 3-hour comedy festival, the after hours Comedy Day, the alternative “Sunday Showcase”; it’s every San Francisco Bay Area tradition wrapped up into a single instance. Go early, stay for the long haul, have a few drinks and tell me iL Pirata’s Anniversary show is anything you’ve ever experienced before in your life. If you claim me “wrong”, you’d be a liar, a fool or both, but you’ll also extremely satisfied.]

6/7. Talkies [1 Year Anniversary] @ Lost Weekend Video. 1034 Valencia St. SF. 8pm. $10. Featuring Jules Posner, Cliff Hengst, Jesse Elias, Kyle Mizono, Anna Seregina, Clare O’Kane and Land Smith. Films by Greg Armstrong and David Enos. 
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6/7. Talkies [1 Year Anniversary] @ Lost Weekend Video. 1034 Valencia St. SF. 8pm. $10. Featuring Jules Posner, Cliff Hengst, Jesse Elias, Kyle Mizono, Anna Seregina, Clare O’Kane and Land Smith. Films by Greg Armstrong and David Enos

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Show Review: The Business 4 Year Anniversary (4/17/2013)

It’s t-minus fifteen minutes. The audience remains translucent. 49-seats of emptiness connects two pools of light. In the lobby Wigglesworth, nicest cyberpirate, watches the door with French bulldog, Wellington, lazily laying nearby. Across the moody, barren strait, a smattering of chattery, the loudest voice belonging to Bucky Sinister.

Bucky has probably heard some offensive assumptions: stocky, tattooed, downplayed dapper with freshly cut, slick hair. In the avocado-green room, with suspended livery and hoarded horrors, the sensitive badass is a kingly raconteur, bouncing lively in badinage with two of the night’s guests, neighborhood chocolatiers.

The Daily Show, local anti-political performance art, pranks. A rich colloquial confluence of rolling anecdotes from legitimately interesting San Franciscans with one exception. Nato Green, native through in through, slinks into a sleeve of his own design, iPhoning with a casual aloofness. “Do we have two mic[rophones] ready?” Nato leaks. Bucky exits to check, leaving Green to pre-interview with ebbing/flowing soccerdadcoach excitability.

Sean Keane arrives ‘round eight, complimented on his “Let It Be” McCartney-ness before being whisked away by the natural chaos of live production. Comedy isn’t glitz, it is gridiron exhibitions containing a lot of audibles. Caitlin Gill arrives. It’s t-plus eighteen minutes. In a matter of thirty minutes the once husky belly of the Dark Room Theater is now paunchy and groaning. Baron Vaughn — “Way less famous than he should be,” spouts Nato — is running late, and everyone seems even keel about it. Hasn’t anybody told the showrunners that it’s their fourth anniversary, an occasion worthy of silk, flowers or at least punctuality? Why does everything seem like business as unusual?

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1/16. Uptown Almanac’s 3rd Anniversary Comedy Birthday @ Roxie Theater. 3117 16th St. SF. $7. 9PM. Featuring Alex Koll, Kevin Camia, Kevin O’Shea, Jules Posner, Anna Seregina and Colleen Watson. Hosted by Sean Keane. Tickets Available: Here. Free PBR w/ Admission. 

1/16. Uptown Almanac’s 3rd Anniversary Comedy Birthday @ Roxie Theater. 3117 16th St. SF. $7. 9PM. Featuring Alex Koll, Kevin Camia, Kevin O’Shea, Jules Posner, Anna Seregina and Colleen Watson. Hosted by Sean Keane. Tickets Available: Here. Free PBR w/ Admission. 

10/5. Speech Therapy 7 Year Anniversary @ iL Pirata. 2007 16th St. SF. 9PM. Free. Featuring Rudy O, Shanti Charan, Leah Eva, and Marcus Miles. Hosted by Tony Sparks. Music by DJ Myke One. More Information: Here. 

10/5. Speech Therapy 7 Year Anniversary @ iL Pirata. 2007 16th St. SF. 9PM. Free. Featuring Rudy O, Shanti Charan, Leah Eva, and Marcus Miles. Hosted by Tony Sparks. Music by DJ Myke One. More Information: Here

Hello, San Francisco (and other, lesser cities), today is a glorious day. “Glorious” may be embellishing things, it’s a good day (O’Shea). On July 30, 2010 I launched Courting Comedy as detailed in LAST year’s post. I was much more ernest and verbose before my accident so please read that instead of this. If you’re still reading this, how dare you disrespect my wishes, but, also, thank you for your continued interest into my obsession. I’m in love with comedy, and this website is an expression of unrequited joy. Special thanks to David Cairns for saving Courting Comedy. Thanks to the comedy community at large for contributing to projects like Infantile and Jabari B(ooks) Davis. Thanks to the near 500 who are subscribed via Tumblr (of which I’m only missing two to be officially happy). And lastly, thank you to everybody who says thank you. Our codependency is as charming and necessary as it is delirious and unhealthy.
Sincerely,
OJ.
[Photo by Evan Thompson]

Hello, San Francisco (and other, lesser cities), today is a glorious day. “Glorious” may be embellishing things, it’s a good day (O’Shea). On July 30, 2010 I launched Courting Comedy as detailed in LAST year’s post. I was much more ernest and verbose before my accident so please read that instead of this. If you’re still reading this, how dare you disrespect my wishes, but, also, thank you for your continued interest into my obsession. I’m in love with comedy, and this website is an expression of unrequited joy. Special thanks to David Cairns for saving Courting Comedy. Thanks to the comedy community at large for contributing to projects like Infantile and Jabari B(ooks) Davis. Thanks to the near 500 who are subscribed via Tumblr (of which I’m only missing two to be officially happy). And lastly, thank you to everybody who says thank you. Our codependency is as charming and necessary as it is delirious and unhealthy.

Sincerely,

OJ.

[Photo by Evan Thompson]

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