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Booed off the Stage at my Home Club

There’s a story comedians will often tell each other after a bad set, and that is the story of Dave Chapelle getting booed off the stage at the Apollo Theatre, back when he was a teen in the early 90′s. It’s a comforting story to a comic who just bombed, because Chapelle became such a huge success after what sounds like a bombing way worse than anything you or I (until recently) have experienced.

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sammyko:

Booed off the Stage at my Home Club

There’s a story comedians will often tell each other after a bad set, and that is the story of Dave Chapelle getting booed off the stage at the Apollo Theatre, back when he was a teen in the early 90′s. It’s a comforting story to a comic who just bombed, because Chapelle became such a huge success after what sounds like a bombing way worse than anything you or I (until recently) have experienced.

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Another year, another list.  This year comedy became my day job, not in the way I dreamed, but it became a day job nonetheless — as assistant to the booker of 3 comedy clubs in Northern California.  So yes, between performing on shows myself on nights off or catching some of the visiting headliners, plus watching clips and promoting comics during the day, I indeed saw a lot of comedy.  Here are some of my favorites of the year

[Mary Van Note always captured our attention at Courting Comedy — her Things We Made performance in 2009 stands out as a primary inspiration for jumping into the SF comedy scene. In addition to her onstage potency, MVN has always made it a point to point to the glittering lanterns rising in the distance. Check out her picks for the year of 2013.]

[Comedy is hard, especially for the hardest working man in 2013. Click the link to read Mr. 1001’s high-and-lowlights of the year.]

This is a baker’s dozen of some of my favorite clips from Totally Biased. When we did these pieces, I truly felt like we were making the kind of TV that I wanted to see. Obviously everybody on the show isn’t visibly represented or mentioned here but they all contributed jokes and ideas to the pieces on this this list. (Get their names on IMDB.) And this isn’t even close to everything that I loved on the show, but as far as I know, there’s no such thing as a baker’s 37.

[We’re still reeling from the cancelation of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”. It wasn’t just entertainment bent on social justice (that shit that I like), it was a beacon of hope of being trusted with a show built upon a long-forged identity and voice. It’ll be interesting to see where everything falls for the largely Bay Area crew, but in the meantime, the captain of the ship has given a behind-the-scenes retrospective on some of his ultra-biased favorite moments.]

[Postmodern Apocalypse hits extremely close and incredibly loud in this punx piece on a recent San Francisco comedy controversy.]

Blog Love!: Indian Country Today Media Network’s “A Comic’s Comics: Charlie Ballard on Rez Dogs, R. Kelly and Redskins”

Does success as a comic — meaning a comedian — imply you’ll be any good at drawing comics — meaning cartoons? That’s what Charlie Ballard aims to find out. He’s been scribbling out some one-frame cartoons and posting them online.

Blog Love!: Indian Country Today Media Network’s “A Comic’s Comics: Charlie Ballard on Rez Dogs, R. Kelly and Redskins”

Does success as a comic — meaning a comedian — imply you’ll be any good at drawing comics — meaning cartoons? That’s what Charlie Ballard aims to find out. He’s been scribbling out some one-frame cartoons and posting them online.

[A highly personal and pertinent piece of writing, exceptionally captures the contradictions of San Francisco, success, art, and survival. Good job, Eric Barry]  

Written by Jazmine Hill.

Check out Mary Van Note's killer combo of zombies and human rights. SuffRAGE!!!