Joe Klocek Interview by Edwin Li

Previously Secret Information: Joe Klocek’s “Star Wars and Running Away”. Runtime: 48 Minutes

6/17. Previously Secret Information @ Stage Werx Theater. 446 Valencia St. SF. 7PM. $15. Featuring Joe Klocek, Jamie DeWolf, Ericka Lutz, Jack Boulware and C.W. Nevius. Tickets Available: Here.

Previously Secret Information is a comic storytelling series. It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s not traditional storytelling. To make it even more complicated, parts of these stories aren’t even funny. That’s because the producers: Bruce Pachtman, Joe Klocek and Ty McKenzie seek out storytellers who are willing to tell the whole story. There’s a real chance you will hear very funny stories that contain frightening, disastrous, and even tragic elements.  
Looks like they’ve hit on something. This past year Previously Secret Information was included in The SF Weekly’s BEST OF SF issue, played to a full house at SFSketchfest and recently returned from performing at Comedy Central Stage in LA. PSI now attracts performers with national reputations like Marc Maron, Will Durst, Scott Capurro and Greg Proops while continuing to include top local storytellers. They’ve even begun to Skype in performers from remote locations.  And like good storytellig series the world over, they will soon launch a podcast. 

6/17. Previously Secret Information @ Stage Werx Theater. 446 Valencia St. SF. 7PM. $15. Featuring Joe Klocek, Jamie DeWolf, Ericka Lutz, Jack Boulware and C.W. Nevius. Tickets Available: Here.

Previously Secret Information is a comic storytelling series. It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s not traditional storytelling. To make it even more complicated, parts of these stories aren’t even funny. That’s because the producers: Bruce Pachtman, Joe Klocek and Ty McKenzie seek out storytellers who are willing to tell the whole story. There’s a real chance you will hear very funny stories that contain frightening, disastrous, and even tragic elements.  

Looks like they’ve hit on something. This past year Previously Secret Information was included in The SF Weekly’s BEST OF SF issue, played to a full house at SFSketchfest and recently returned from performing at Comedy Central Stage in LA. PSI now attracts performers with national reputations like Marc Maron, Will Durst, Scott Capurro and Greg Proops while continuing to include top local storytellers. They’ve even begun to Skype in performers from remote locations.  And like good storytellig series the world over, they will soon launch a podcast. 

Joe Klocek. Liberals Unite!

Michael Slack, Conor Kellicutt, Sandy Stec, Joe Klocek and Jeff Applebaum via Rooster T. Feathers

Michael Slack, Conor Kellicutt, Sandy Stec, Joe Klocek and Jeff Applebaum via Rooster T. Feathers

4/23. Comedy SuperPAC @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St. SF. $5. 7PM. Featuring W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, Joe Klocek, Chris Thayer and Alex White. 

Two of the Bay Area’s best and most renowned comedians, Nato Green and W. Kamau Bell, have come together —- OK, who are we kidding? They‘re not that often apart from each other —- to present a new weekly stand-up comedy showcase in one of San Francisco’s coolest alternative comedy venues, The Hemlock Tavern. The show is called Comedy SuperPAC. Like any SuperPAC, its mission is to foist unlimited good comedy on San Francisco audiences and then to funnel unlimited money (or at least a portion of the proceeds) to a great cause. For the first run of weekly shows from March 12-May 7, this huge bag of cash is going to the Applied Research Center known for its online magazine, Colorlines.com. 

4/23. Comedy SuperPAC @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St. SF. $5. 7PM. Featuring W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, Joe Klocek, Chris Thayer and Alex White. 

Two of the Bay Area’s best and most renowned comedians, Nato Green and W. Kamau Bell, have come together —- OK, who are we kidding? They‘re not that often apart from each other —- to present a new weekly stand-up comedy showcase in one of San Francisco’s coolest alternative comedy venues, The Hemlock Tavern. The show is called Comedy SuperPAC. Like any SuperPAC, its mission is to foist unlimited good comedy on San Francisco audiences and then to funnel unlimited money (or at least a portion of the proceeds) to a great cause. For the first run of weekly shows from March 12-May 7, this huge bag of cash is going to the Applied Research Center known for its online magazine, Colorlines.com. 

3/28. The Romane Event 7 Year Anniversary @ Make Out Room. 3225 22nd St. SF. 8PM. $7 (online discount). $10 @ Door. Featuring Joe Klocek, Joe Tobin, Paco Romane, Kaseem Bentley, Ben Kolina, and Erin Judge. Hosted by Tony Sparks. Music by DJ Specific.

3/28. The Romane Event 7 Year Anniversary @ Make Out Room. 3225 22nd St. SF. 8PM. $7 (online discount). $10 @ Door. Featuring Joe Klocek, Joe Tobin, Paco Romane, Kaseem Bentley, Ben Kolina, and Erin Judge. Hosted by Tony Sparks. Music by DJ Specific.

3/10. Hand to Mouth: Science @ Dark Room Theater. 2263 Mission St. SF. $10(donation). 10PM. Featuring Joe Klocek, Samson Koletkar, Colleen Watson, David Gborie and Rajeev Dhar. Hosted by Trevor Hill and James Fluty. 

3/10. Hand to Mouth: Science @ Dark Room Theater. 2263 Mission St. SF. $10(donation). 10PM. Featuring Joe Klocek, Samson Koletkar, Colleen Watson, David Gborie and Rajeev Dhar. Hosted by Trevor Hill and James Fluty. 

People don’t go to the beach to hang out, or surf. You go there to contemplate suicide.
- Joe Kloceck on San Francisco beaches @ San Francisco Punch Line [Paraphrase]
[Photo by Michael R. Chandler]

People don’t go to the beach to hang out, or surf. You go there to contemplate suicide.

- Joe Kloceck on San Francisco beaches @ San Francisco Punch Line [Paraphrase]

[Photo by Michael R. Chandler]

11/14. Operation Funny (Wounded Warrior Benefit) @punchlinesf . 444 Battery St. SF. $15. 8 PM. Feat Joe Klocek, Jason Mack and Dan Allenderwest.

11/14. Operation Funny (Wounded Warrior Benefit) @punchlinesf . 444 Battery St. SF. $15. 8 PM. Feat Joe Klocek, Jason Mack and Dan Allenderwest.