Comedy god Joan Rivers once said that one of the perks to a comic’s lifestyle was being a “warm blanket to put around everyone.” Five years ago I was introduced to Caitlin Gill primarily through her arms, affectionately referred to as “the scoops” (because they were forged by eating scoops of ice cream). Caitlin …Continue reading "Show Review: Caitlin Gill @ Punch Line San Francisco (3/2/16)"
Guns are fun. I can’t deny that. Most comedy about guns is about negligence, overabundance, or just plan wackiness. Isaac Hayes (RIP) in I’m Gonna Get You Sucka comes to mind. Cartoons with anthropormophic bullets rounding corners and skidding to a halt to read a sign and jetting off in the opposite direction as their …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: “Open Carry Office” by F-Comedy"
Big Homies are important in the San Francisco comedy scene. They tell you where to go, who to talk to, where to hang out. They show what it is to be a polished, professional type. They give you that critical feedback and validation of they like your work. Might even take you under their wing, …Continue reading "Big Ups to Big Homie Frankie Quinones, Watch Funny Drop on Más Mejor"
Birthed in 1988, my cognition didn’t really kick in until 1995. Even then, growing old, alcoholism, and repressed memories have rendered the last hurray of the 20th Century an ambiguous mess. I remember more about the “I Love the” series than I remember about my own childhood. And, outside of cartoons and learning that I …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: “What Do YOU Remember About the ‘90s?” by Blessed."
Can you feel a brand new day (that’s familiarly similar to all the other days)? That’s what this video proposes in answer to the questions of why NBC’s The Wiz Live! was soooo black? Like, hella black? Like, uncomfortably black? So many people decried that The Wiz Live was inherently racist, reverse racist, due to a …Continue reading "Kevin Avery and F-Comedy Imagines A Response to “The Wiz Live!”, Addressing Diversity Concerns"
I’m disoriented by the angles and frightened by the decor. I have full control but feel utterly helpless. Strange, amphibious bipeds glaring into my soul, my status as a person with flesh surely damning me to doom. Then I realize: I’m just the camera, and this is just a recording: an omni-directional, virtual reality unboxing …Continue reading "Nick Stargu and Spherious VR Celebrates Holidays With Man-Eating Aliens (And a SWEET 360° Video)"
Mike Brown has spent a minute or two in the Bay Area, a Sketchfest alumnus and associate of Jabari Davis. In that time I became a fast fan of his style, his substance, his wry, yet inviting humor with underlining consciousness. Clever, fun, poised: he’s funny in the ways you want, in a way you …Continue reading "Check out Mike Brown’s “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”: Smart, Funny Web Series Comedy Out Of NYC"
Ah, the guerrilla sketch. When ordinary citizens and the production values of the outside world are incorporated in some kind of farce. At its height a good guerrilla is the epitome of schedenfreude, “what I woulda done” comments on Facebook shares, and pixelated faces. At its worst, the gotcha awkwardness is turned against the viewer, shamefulness …Continue reading "Sketch Saturday: SF Comedians Prank People Just Trying To Do Their Jobs"
We’ll never be “over” losing Robin. It’s almost a year since he died and we’re all processing how to feel about it. I’m not sure if we’ll ever be at peace, everyone who’s been affected by him will continue to miss him, and virtually everyone was touched by his immense reach. A number of …Continue reading "Cee Lo Green Releases Tribute for SF Comedy Icon Robin Williams"
Color didn’t exist until the late 1960s, early 70s. As a child, in my adorable ignorance, I knew that cameras recorded life, and life was simply monochromatic for a very long time. Roses were gray, violets were grey, people were grey, and the darker greys had a lot of reasons to be grey about …Continue reading "Sketch Comedy: Anna Seregina, Clare O’Kane and Kyle Mizono Forgo Color and Sound"