comedy


Part of this year’s SF Sketchfest includes a tribute to a local comedy team that pioneered improvisational comedy right here on the streets of San Francisco.

Holiday Music and Comedy Galore!

Dec 10, 2013

  

What would the holidays be without a little Judy? Connie Champagne talks with host Marilyn Pittman about her Judy Garland show “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on December 18th. On the flip side, there’s comedy and satire from The Crackpot Crones, a lesbian sketch comedy duo. Playwright and actor Terry Baum joins Marilyn as well. Music and clips! 

Thursday, December 12th, at 7pm Pacific. kalw.org and 91.7fm in San Francisco.

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Back in 1980, when comedian Jose Simon heard that the San Francisco Chronicle agreed to sponsor a free event, he founded Comedy Day in San Francisco. This Sunday from noon to 5 pm, you can catch more than 40 comedians performing stand-up at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park, as Comedy Day celebrates its 33rd year.

Event organizer Debi Durst has been part of the show from the very beginning. She joined comedians Diane Amos and Marga Gomez in the studio with KALW’s Ben Trefny to talk about Comedy Day.  

THURSDAY 

"I went to this meditation class recently…and I meet this woman and she's like, 'My name is Jennifer, but I prefer if you call me by my Sanskrit name, "Shavasana,'" opens comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan during one of her comedy sets. "Okay Jennifer, maybe you didn't know this, but Shavasana in yoga class just means lie flat on your back. Did your boyfriend give you that name?"

Lakshminarayanan performs with Samson Koletkar. Koletkar's stage name is Mahatma Moses, claiming he is "the only living Jewish Indian comedian in the world."

The Bay Area is home to some of the smartest people on the planet. So, it makes sense that our brainy nature would demand the occasional brainy entertainment. That's where Brian Malow, the science comedian, comes in.  Malow spoke with Roman Mars, host of the radio design show 99 Percent Invisible. His latest CD is called Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet.

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You might remember the TV program “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” where four comics get on stage with no script or plan whatsoever, take suggestions for skits from the audience, and then see what happens. 

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Living in the Bay Area, it’s not unlikely that some of your neighbors end up making it big. Our area is known for inspiring and supporting talent in many fields. For instance, local comedians Nato Green and W. Kamau Bell have been cracking up the Bay for years, with a comedy tour called “Laughter Against the Machine.

The comedy troupe Olde English loves a good challenge. So when founding member Ben Popik threw down the gauntlet and asked his friends to write a movie together, using a method devised by the Surrealists, the group took on the task. Right before they all went their seperate ways. The result – The Exquisite Corpse Project – will have its world premiere this weekend at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood.

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