Courting Comedy Spotify Playlist: (10/25/2013)

Another week, another digging. Check out this comedy covering the week of 10/19-10/25.

1. Craighlist Rideshare by Brent Weinbach. Cal Grad and early-nought San Francisco urban legend, Brent made his annual return to his home  club—the San Francisco Punch Linelast week. There’s so much to point out as interesting or unique with the Santa Monica playboy, but I’m growing fond of his accurate imitations of the Bay’s many affectations. I ain’t mad at it. 

2. The Crazy by Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits. Last Tuesday I was given access to BJE&CM’s live album recording: a fabulous display performed ever so quaintly for the band’s eccentric and influential cast of collegues. I had never heard “The Crazy” before the intimate soiree but was hooked after 3 minutes of communal, churchy clapping. Live — especially stripped to its bare bones — Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits are encompassingly awesome.

3. Babies by Erik Griffin. YO, Who went to Cobb’s last weekend?! There’s a lot of people in comedy that can rock their vibe all day. Griffin’s one of those guys: immensely aware, assured, and down-to-earth. On this selection he gets a lot of juice out of his post-natal contention, making deft points about cellphones and travel along the way.

4. What I Worship by Maria Bamford. I missed my opportunity to watch Bam Bam at Cobb’s last week, but I would be remiss not to include one of my favorite tracks from her recently released “Ask Me About My New God!”. Bamford is going to go down as one of the most on-point and naturally hilarious comedians to ever do it.

5. Don’t Lose Your Head by Eban Schletter and Vernon Wells. The inclusion of this track is a bit of a stretch. Not particularly humorous, and barely relevant to the “Bay Area” ideal of Courting Comedy (Schletter called SF home bay in the 90s). Nevertheless, the spooktacular Hallow’s Eve is on the horizon and this is the best I could do on such short notice! 

cobbscomedyclub:

Maria Bamford in “The Worst Thing About Cats” | See Maria live at Cobb’s in SF Oct. 22-23!

Courting Barbary: Day One (8/9/2013)

There’s too much pressure to have fun at Outside Lands. It’s is ground zero for art, culture, and astounding prices, celebrated over three days, currently in its sixth year. Many musicians and exhibitions litter the Golden Gate Park glens, but none are as important — for the purposes of this blog — as the Barbary tent. Ostensibly a comedy club, co-curated by SF Sketchfest, the parlor amplifies glade giggles like the historic Comedy Day, hopped up on steroids and Aderall.

Read More

Barbary Countdown: Maria Bamford [12 Days Left]

[Bam Bam is killing it right now: universally revered, decorated, and growing. She’s exuding comedy in an unprecedented pace and versatility, from her homegrown, grassroots Special Special Special (2012), to her huge role in the Arrested Development relaunch, to her new album “Ask Me About My New God" released earlier this month. It’s overwhelming how brilliant and bounding Bamford is, as she prepares to touch down at The Barbary for one night only (Friday)!]

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: Put Your Hands Together. Episode 7. Jackie Kashian, John Roy, Gabe Liedman, Kate Berlant, and Caitlin Gill (SF).  Hosted by Cameron Esposito. Download Link: 

Here. iTunes: Here.

[Caitlin is on last and it is wondrous

morgansfunny:

Wednesday i got to meet Maria Bamford after her show at Cobbs. what an honor!

She has quite the comedic brain and she’s sweet

10/17-18. Maria Bamford @ Cobb’s Comedy Club. 915 Columbus Ave. SF. 8pm. $22.50. Tickets Available: Here

What comedian stars in the Comedy Central series, “The Comedians of Comedy Tour” (as well as in the independent film of the same title out on NETFLIX), is in Variety’s TOP TEN COMICS TO WATCH, has been the talk of Montreal, Edinburgh, Aspen, Kilkenny and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and was voted by Comedy Central viewers as one of their Top Ten Favorite Comics? ME! MARIA BAMFORD! That’s who, sweetpeas! 

Maria Bamford @punchlinesf . 444 Battery St. SF. $22.50. 8 PM. Feat. Nato Green and Robert Mac.

[One of the greatest comedic voices of our time enters Day 2 of her Punch Line excursion. Enjoy her while she’s here folks.]

Women’s History Perspectives: Maria Bamford

[One of the greats]