Spotify is a thing. I use it a lot and it’s getting popular (as evident of the consistent notifications of late-adopting friends joining). Also, there’s a lot of great comedy on the service (still no AST releases though). So with that in mind, here is a highlight of my week in Bay Area Comedy, through the Spotify catalogue.
1. "The 99 Cent Pregnancy Test" by Moshe Kasher. Kash Money is playing Sunnyvale’s Rooster T. Feathers this weekend. While his career has taken him to the highest and farthest reaches of comedy, it’s really fun to hear him figuring it out on his debut album: Everyone You Know Will DIe and Then You Are! Here’s a stand out track from that material, and for entertaining contrast, listen to its contextual sequel.
2. "The Pocket Crisis" by Marga Gomez. Gomez is San Francisco royalty. She recently closed shop at Comedy Bodega (exceptional comedy in the middle of the Mission), but long before that (1997) she released an album! Her trademark affability is brilliantly on display.
3. "Men and Women" by Sammy Obeid. You don’t have to read Courting Comedy to know about the exploits of Sammy Obeid. He’s literally taken the comedy world by storm, and in doing so, gave context to his success with the release of “Get Funny or Die Tryin’.” Here’s one of its many highlights.
4. "Gay on Accident, Oops!" by Keith Lowell Jensen. Last week, I saw Keith at the Sacramento Comedy Festival. I’ve been a fan of Keith’s talent and gusto from the giddy up but we live so far away from each other! Check out KLJ’s latest album - Elf Orgy- in addition to his two previous (also available on Spotify).
5. "Emily Heller" by Laugh Skull Comedy Festival. I miss Emily Heller. I just do.
6. "Penises and Lollipops" by Baron Vaughn. Baron is at the SF Punch this weekend, and, sadly, I will not be able to see one of my favorite comedians ever. Nonetheless, his rhythmic imagination crystallizes an earworm of comedic prowess. Listen to this and you’ll never get the song out of your head. (Also, “Cat People” is equally inescapable)
7. "I Don’t Feel Good / Vegetarian Option" by Tom Papa. It seems juvenile to love Tom Papa as much as I do. Not to discredit his comedy, — currently playing at Pleasanton’s Tommy T’s Steakhouse — but my reverence stems entirely from seeing him as a child, do an excellent 30-minutes of stand-up on Comedy Central. His talent lays wasted in my ignorance, but the vapors of “Tommy Salami” always makes me smile.
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.
— Moshe Kasher on the crowd @ The Barbary/Outside Lands Festival [Paraphrase]
2012 was undoubtedly a watershed year for Moshe Kasher. An Oakland-grown street punk, turned decorated stand-up performer, Kasher dominated the year beginning with the release of a memoir — Kasher in the Rye — and concluding with a weekend at his home club, the San Francisco Punch Line. In the midst of his accomplishments he released “Moshe Kasher: Live in Oakland” through Netflix, his first stand-up offering since 2009’s “Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, And Then You Are! (Unless You Die First)”. And while the ambitiously long-titled primary offering represents a career on the rise, ‘Live in Oakland’ demonstrates a relative apex, Moshe Kasher 2.0.