RISK! LIVE HOLIDAY SHOW WITH KEVIN ALLISON

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 AT LITTLEFIELD, IN BROOKLYN

WITH CYNDI FREEMAN, ROBIN GELFENBEIN, JAMIE BRICKHOUSE, WALTER ZIMMERMAN

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“always entertaining”  –  THE NEW YORK TIMES

“consistently unforgettable – THE AV CLUB

The Award-Winning storytelling show, RISK! LIVE closes out 2017 with a special holiday show Tuesday, December 19th at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Hosted by KEVIN ALLISON (The State) and never the same show twice, RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell stories they never thought theyd dare to share.” For fans of The Moth, This American Life, or Snap Judgment, RISK! takes a walk on the wilder side with its 100% true and uncensored personal tales which can range from hilarious to provocative to highly emotional. The popular RISK! podcast gets over 2.5 MILLION downloads a month. Don’t miss the last RISK! Live show of the year!

RISK! was created by comedian, actor, and master storyteller Kevin Allison, a member of MTV cult comedy troupe, THE STATE whose show remains a cult classic. Storytellers have included: Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, and more, as well as everyday folks. Allison was awarded the Excellence in Podcasting Award at NYC Podfest for being “a groundbreaking storytelling podcast and giving a voice to everyday people.”  

KEVIN ALLISON’S RISK! LIVE @ LITTLEFIELD, in BROOKLYN
TUESDAY, DEC 19
Doors 7:30, Show 8pm
Hosted by:  Kevin Allison

Storytellers:  Cyndi Freeman, Robin Gelfenbein, Jamie Brickhouse, and Walter Zimmerman

Tickets & Info:  https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1558166

More praise for RISK!

“national storytelling phenomenon” – AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“The Moth’s scrappier, freakier little sibling” – ROLLING STONE

“It’s heartwarming voyeurism at its finest. – MASHABLE

“expect to feel a range of emotions that will leave you cracking up one moment and in shock the next.”  – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Best Live Podcasts To See


CAMERON ESPOSITO & RHEA BUTCHER ANNOUNCE SPLIT ALBUM

TAKE MY WIFE CO-STARS TO RELEASE ‘BACK TO BACK’ COMEDY RECORD

DECEMBER 8 ON ASPECIALTHING RECORDS, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

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Comedians and real life married couple CAMERON ESPOSITO and RHEA BUTCHER announce the release of their first split comedy album titled ‘BACK TO BACK,out DECEMBER 8 on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. Recorded LIVE! in Brooklyn during their recent ‘Back To Back’ co-headlining tour, the 12-track comedy album includes six duo tracks featuring Cameron and Rhea together, followed by three solo tracks from each of them. The album, the first from a same sex married couple performing as a duo act and separately, features all new material and both comic’s edgy and human takes on love, identity, and pop culture.

Cameron and Rhea’s ‘Back To Back’ split comedy album is available for pre-order on iTunes:  http://apple.co/2hKDx9z 

Yu can pre-order via aspecialthing with a variety of limited edition merch bundles:  http://astrecords.bigcartel.com/ 

Cameron and Rhea are the creators and stars of the critically acclaimed hit TV comedy series, Take My Wife and they are notably the first gay, married couple to co-create, co-star, AND co-show run a TV show. Both Cameron and Rhea were also named in Variety’s prestigious “Comics To Watch” list, and both released stand-up albums which each went to #1 on iTunes Comedy. 

At home in L.A., Cameron and Rhea co-host the weekly comedy show and podcast, Put Your Hands Together at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Cameron is also the host of the Queery podcast where she goes off-script to talk gender, upbringing, and pop culture with guests including Jill Solloway, Mary Lambert, Evan Rachel Wood, Tegan and Sara, Madin Lopez–and more! 

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher

“Gay marriage-era America has its first power couple” – City Arts Magazine

“Esposito and Butcher are as charismatic, funny and gay onstage as they are in front of the camera” – WBUR ARTery

“The energy and chemistry the pair share is so dynamic, and the way they play off of each other feels very organic when watching them on stage. The flow of their set felt natural, as if we were witnessing a casual conversation between the two, peppered with hilarity.” – Austin Chronicle

https://www.cameronesposito.com/ // @cameronesposito

http://rheabutcher.com/ // @RheaButcher


SF SKETCHFEST PRESENTED BY AUDIBLE ANNOUNCES INITIAL 2018 FESTIVAL LINEUP INCLUDING RICKY GERVAIS, JANE LYNCH, DICK CAVETT, LEWIS BLACK, DANNY McBRIDE, JODY HILL, PAUL F. TOMPKINS, BILL BURR, PAMELA ADLON, CHRISTOPHER GUEST, JEFF GOLDBLUM, JULIE BENZ, DAVID CROSS, JANE KACZMAREK, LANCE REDDICK, DAVID STRATHAIRN, FRED WILLARD, LARAINE NEWMAN, PETER ASHER, JANEANE GAROFALO, RACHEL DRATCH, PETE HOLMES, THOMAS LENNON, JACK McBRAYER, EUGENE MIRMAN, APARNA NANCHERLA, BUSY PHILIPPS, KEVIN POLLAK, ROB RIGGLE, MICHAEL SHOWALTER, DAVID WAIN, SASHEER ZAMATA, BROKEN LIZARD, CAST MEMBERS FROM “TWIN PEAKS,” “ANIMAL HOUSE,” & MUCH MORE.

ADDITIONAL SHOWS & PERFORMERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 @12 PM PST

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“Comedys best and brightest”— SF WEEKLY

“The world’s fair of comedy” THE INTERROBANG

“One of America’s longest-running and biggest comedy festivals” — THE A.V. CLUB

San Francisco, CA | November 15, 2017 — SF SKETCHFEST presented by Audible will celebrate the 17th Annual San Francisco Comedy Festival, January 11-28, 2018, with more than 200 shows featuring top comedic talents performing in 16 venues across the city. The 17-day festival will feature major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, AND panel discussions.

SF Sketchfest is proud to announce that Audible is returning as the official presenting sponsor of the 17th annual festival. Audible is the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment. Audible hosts more than 375,000 audio programs including comedy, audiobooks, short-form original content, news, AND entertainment.

Audible will be presenting live versions of some of their original comedy series at SF Sketchfest, including “Dr. Katz: The Audio Files,” “The Rant is Due with Lewis Black,” “Hold On with Eugene Mirman,” “Hot Mic with Dan Savage,” “Story Party Live!,” six stand-up showcases, WITH MORE to be announced in the coming weeks.  The full seasons of these shows, early access to top comedy albums, and many other original comedy series – from Nick Offerman’s “Bedtime Stories for Cynics” to “Wedlock” with Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook – are available exclusively on Audible, along with a wide range of world-class audio programming.
For more visit:  www.audible.com/comedy

IFC & Jolly Rancher have partnered with SF Sketchfest this year to present a showcase of some of the most exciting and diverse standup comedians on the cusp of fame in a special one-off event on January 26th.

SF Sketchfest once again has teamed up with 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that provides free writing, tutoring and publishing programs to under-resourced students in San Francisco. Founded by educator Ninive Calegari and author Dave Eggers, 826 Valencia comprises two writing centers – a flagship location in the Mission District and a new center in the Tenderloin neighborhood – and three satellite classrooms in Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, Everett Middle School and Mission School. This year 826 Valencia will be celebrating its 16th anniversary and, as part of the official festival program, SF Sketchfest will host a benefit show called “Soundtracks Live” featuring scenes and live music from a classic 1980s teen comedy with actors Matt Ballard, Owen Burke, Rachel Dratch, Thomas Lennon, Jack McBrayer, A.D. Miles, Michael Showalter, Bobby Tisdale, AND David Wain, with music by Amy Miles.

The 2018 SF Sketchfest features live in-person tributes to some of the biggest names in comedy including:  Ricky Gervais, who will be in conversation with friend and fellow comedy icon Christopher Guest; entertainment legend Dick Cavett, who will be feted on the 50th anniversary of his debut on “The Dick Cavett Show” with participation from friends and admirers including John Hodgman; acclaimed actress, singer, and comedian Jane Lynch, known for her work on “Glee” and “Best in Show;” the brilliant king of the rant Lewis Black, a stand-up comedy legend and regular on “The Daily Show;” hilarious film and television collaborators Danny McBride and Jody Hill, the co-creators of “Vice Principals” and “Eastbound and Down,” who will screen their 2006 debut film, “The Foot Fist Way;” and SF Sketchfest favorite Paul F. Tompkins, who will be celebrated by a panel of his friends and colleagues for his contributions to comedy.  SF Sketchfest also pays tribute to “Twin Peaks” with appearances by cast members Dana Ashbrook, Josh Fadem, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse, Matthew Lillard, James Marshall, Kimmy Robertson, Ray Wise – AND more to be announced, followed by a special Music of Twin Peaks concert.

Other featured events include:  A unique onstage conversation between stand-up comedy favorites Bill Burr and Kevin Pollak; a 40th anniversary screening of “Animal House” with actors Karen Allen, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert AND James Widdoes; spotlight programs celebrating FX’s “Better Things” with Pamela Adlon, Diedrich Bader, Greg Cromer, Lucy Davis, Rebecca Metz AND Kevin Pollak; Comedy Central’s new “Corporate” with Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Lance Reddick, Anne Dudek, Adam Lustick AND Aparna Nancherla; a Peaches Christ-hosted screening and celebration of the film “Jawbreaker” with actor Julie Benz and writer/director Darren Stein; a special “Here and Meow” evening with Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers Live; “Crashing” Live with Pete Holmes and Friends; AND events celebrating “Futurama” and the 25th anniversaries of “Animaniacs” and “Rocko’s Modern Life.”

Events that are new to the festival include:  Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio, which will feature guest readers David Cross, Jane Kaczmarek, Lance Reddick, David Strathairn AND host Aparna Nancherla; a live and irreverent staged reading of “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” with Dana Gould and friends; Epic Rap Battles of History Live; two special musical tributes recreating the soundtracks to the films “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” with an all-star group of musicians including Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Bart Davenport, The Flamin’ Groovies, Devin Hoff (The Nels Cline Singers), Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto), Jon Langford (The Mekons), Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), John Roderick (The Long Winters)  – AND more under the direction of bandleader Marc Capelle; a Podcast Super Show of The Greatest Generation and Friendly Fire; Omnibus with Ken Jennings and John Roderick; Asian AF with Eugene Cordero – AND more; One Bad Mother with Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn; and Butterboy with Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, and Maeve Higgins.

Returning to the festival are:  Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra; hit podcast Judge John Hodgman in a special opening night show at the Castro Theatre; the Upright Citizens Brigade with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh; the Doug Benson Movie Interruption (this time providing live comedic commentary to “The Fate of the Furious”); Celebrity Autobiography, celebrating its 10th consecutive year at SF Sketchfest with a lineup including Fred Willard and Laraine Newman; children’s programming including appearances by Mo Willems and The Groundlings; improv shows including Facebook Improv with Jack McBrayer and Rob Riggle; The Improvised Shakespeare Company; Wild Horses with Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus AND Erin Whitehead; The Black Version and Theme Park; popular podcasts including Stuff You Should Know; The West Wing Weekly; Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher; Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo; Crybabies with Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean; Jordan, Jesse Go!; Superego; – AND many more.

The festival also features appearances:  by Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson from The Kids in the Hall, Olde English featuring Adam Conover and Raphael Bob-Waksberg; plus Steve Agee, Kevin Allison, Todd Barry, Aisling Bea, Joel Kim Booster, Guy Branum, Janine Brito, Rhea Butcher, Jonathan Coulton, Sean Donnelly, Will Durst, Cameron Esposito, Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson, Erin Foley, Chris Garcia, Janeane Garofalo, Solomon Georgio, Jean Grae, Phil Hendrie, Dave Hill, Kasper Hauser, Travis McElroy, Arden Myrin, Steven Ogg, Rick Overton, Paul and Storm, Jessimae Peluso, Busy Philipps, Esther Povitsky, Alison Rosen, Paul Rust, Sara Schaefer, Eliza Skinner, The Sklar Brothers, Kirsten Vangsness, Baron Vaughn, Brent Weinbach, Sasheer Zamata, a special night of comedy at the California Academy of Sciences, – AND much, much more.

The SF Sketchfest Dozen, a yearly spotlight on twelve top emerging comedians:  this year features Marcella Arguello, Gina Brillon, Naomi Ekperigin, Josh Fadem, Jo Firestone, Josh Johnson, Jak Knight, Ryan O’Flanagan, Ramon Rivas II, Giulia Rozzi, Dulcé Sloan, and Shane Torres. International stand-up performers will take part in a special “Best of Edinburgh Showcase” featuring Aisling Bea, Maeve Higgins, Phoebe Walsh, Seann Walsh – AND more. SF Sketchfest also features many of the best up-and-coming stand-ups, sketch comedians, and improv comedians from around the world.

The complete schedule for SF Sketchfest 2018 will be available Wednesday, November 15 @ www.sfsketchfest.com. [Lineups are subject to change.]

Tickets are $15 to $50 and go on sale at 12 p.m. PST on Friday, November 17 and are available for purchase @ www.sfsketchfest.com.

TRIBUTES + SPECIAL EVENTS
Tribute to Ricky Gervais, in conversation with Christopher Guest
Tribute to Jane Lynch
Tribute to Dick Cavett: 50th Anniversary of “The Dick Cavett Show”
Tribute to Lewis Black + Audible Presents The Rant is Due
Tribute to Danny McBride & Jody Hill with “The Foot Fist Way”
Tribute to Paul F. Tompkins
Tribute to “Twin Peaks” with cast members Dana Ashbrook, Josh Fadem, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse, Matthew Lillard, James Marshall, Kimmy Robertson, Ray Wise – AND more
An Afternoon with Bill Burr in conversation, hosted by Kevin Pollak
Spotlight on FX’s “Better Things” with Pamela Adlon, Diedrich Bader, Greg Cromer, Lucy Davis, Rebecca Metz + Kevin Pollak

CINEMA + TELEVISION
“Animal House” 40th anniversary with Karen Allen, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, and James Widdoes
“Animaniacs” 25th Anniversary Songs and Stories with Rob Paulsen, Randy Rogel, and Maurice LaMarche
Audible Presents “Dr. Katz: The Audio Files”
The Benson Movie Interruption: “The Fate of the Furious”
Comedy Central’s “Corporate Retreat” with Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Lance Reddick, Anne Dudek, Adam Lustick, and Aparna Nancherla
“Crashing” Live with Pete Holmes and Friends
“Futurama” Live from Omicron Persei 8 with David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West
“Jawbreaker:” The Peaches Christ-experience with actor Julie Benz and writer/director Darren Stein
“Rocko’s Modern Life” 25th Anniversary with Charlie Adler, Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Doug Lawrence, and Joe Murray
Totally Looped with Maribeth Monroe, Laraine Newman, Rick Overton, Gary Anthony Williams – AND more

LIVE READS + THEATER
“The Boy in the Plastic Bubble:” A Very Special Staged Reading with Dana Gould, Scott Adsit, Deborah Baker, Jr., Ron Lynch, Nate Mooney, Steven Ogg, Janet Varney  – AND more
Celebrity Autobiography with Pamela Adlon, Peter Asher, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Fred Willard – AND more
Fake TED Talks with Jonathan Coulton, Jean Grae, Travis McElroy, Paul and Storm, Kirsten Vangsness – AND more
Selected Shorts: Too Hot for Radio with David Cross, Jane Kaczmarek, Lance Reddick, David Strathairn, and host Aparna Nancherla
Soundtracks Live: Scenes and Songs from a Classic 80s Movie with Matt Ballard, Owen Burke, Rachel Dratch, Thomas Lennon, Jack McBrayer, A.D. Miles, Michael Showalter, Bobby Tisdale, David Wain, and music by Amy Miles

MUSIC + COMEDY
Epic Rap Battles of History Live
Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and Friends
Kevin McDonald’s Cheaters In Love: A Rock Opera
The Music of Rushmore: A Live Performance of the Soundtrack
The Music of The Royal Tenenbaums: A Live Performance of the Soundtrack
The Music of Twin Peaks with the Red Room Orchestra
Skinner Box with Eliza Skinner
Smells Like the 90s: A Night of 90s Music and Comedy with Undone Sweaters (Weezer cover-band) and Chris Garcia’s 1995 Forever

PODCASTS
Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend
Blue Woman Group with Aparna Nancherla and Jacqueline Novak
Craig’s List with Craig & Carla Cackowski
Crybabies with Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean
Defend Your Movie! with Sean Donnelly and Farah Brook
Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson
Doughboys with Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger
Dumb People Town with The Sklar Brothers and Dan Van Kirk
The Greatest Generation and Friendly Fire Podcast Super Show
Hopefully We Don’t Break Up with Giulia Rozzi and Will Miles
Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher
Illogical Contraption
Improv4humans with Matt Besser
Inside the Closet with Matteo Lane and Emma Willmann
Jordan, Jesse, Go! with Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn
Judge John Hodgman
Movie Crush with Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant
Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
Nostalgia Personified with Michael C. Maronna and Danny Tamberelli
Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw
Omnibus with Ken Jennings and John Roderick
One Bad Mother with Theresa Thorn and Biz Ellis
Roderick on the Line with Merlin Mann
Shmanners Podcast with Travis McElroy and Theresa McElroy
Stuff You Should Know with Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant
Superego: Forgotten Classics
Talking Simpsons
The Wahlberg Solution with Dan Van Kirk
Throwing Shade with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi
We Got This with Mark and Hal
We’re No Doctors with Steve Agee and Busy Philipps
Weird Adults with Little Esther
The West Wing Weekly: Big Block of Cheese Day
Will You Accept This Rose? w/ Special Guest Lauren Lapkus

IMPROV
Audible presents: The Bat: Improv in the Dark
The Black Version with Jordan Black, Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Karen Maruyama, Gary Anthony Williams, and Cedric Yarbrough
Facebook Improv with Owen Burke, Chad Carter, Jack McBrayer, Seth Morris, Rob Riggle, and Charlie Sanders
Gravid Water with Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh – AND more
The Groundlings: Cookin’ with GAS
The Groundlings: The Crazy Uncle Joe Show
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Off Book: The Improvised Musical with Jessica McKenna and Zachary Reino
Playhouse Masterpieces with Neil Campbell and Paul Rust
Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins
Super Married with Jamie Denbo and John Ross Bowie
Theme Park Improv with Ian Brennan, Rachel Dratch, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney
UCB East vs. UCB West Harold Competition
Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh
Wild Horses with Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, and Erin Whitehead
Workjuice Improv w/ Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins + Janet Varney

SKETCH COMEDY
The Birthday Boys
Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers Live: Here + Meow
Charles
Dead Kevin
Kasper Hauser
Killing My Lobster
Olde English with Caleb Bark, Adam Conover, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Ben Popik + Wave Segal
White Women

STANDUP + VARIETY + CHARACTER COMEDY
Asian AF w/ Eugene Cordero + MORE!
Audible Presents Fresh Voices
Audible’s Wish List
Best of Edinburgh: International Showcase w/ Aisling Bea, Maeve Higgins, Phoebe Walsh, Seann Walsh + MORE!
The Buddy Cole Monologues w/ Scott Thompson
Butterboy w/ Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla + Maeve Higgins
Cameron Esposito + Rhea Butcher
Clickhole Live
Cool Thanks w/ Janine Brito, Dave Thomason + John Michael Bond
Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson present: The Bridget Bishop Tour
Facial Recognition Comedy: A Desi Woman Stand-up Show
The 420 Show with Matt Besser
Invite Them Up with Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale
Janeane Garofalo & Friends
Jessimae Peluso’s 7 Deadly Sins
Kiss My Ass with Josh Fadem and Johnny Pemberton
Little Esther Goes Through Your Stuff with Esther Povitsky
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle
The Phil Hendrie Experience
Sara Schaefer: Little White Box
Sasheer Zamata Party Time!
Set List
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: Marcella Arguello, Gina Brillon, Naomi Ekperigin, Josh Fadem, Jo Firestone, Josh Johnson, Jak Knight, Ryan O’Flanagan, Ramon Rivas II, Giulia Rozzi, Dulcé Sloan, AND Shane Torres
SF Sketchfest NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
SF Sketchfest Threesome: Joel Kim Booster, Janine Brito, Solomon Georgio
The Sklar Brothers
Smug Shift with Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach
The Special Without Brett Davis
Standup Spotlights: Sean Donnelly, Andres du Bouchet, Matteo Lane, Jacqueline Novak, Samantha Ruddy, Moses Storm, Brooke Van Poppelen, Emma Willmann
Todd Barry: 30th Anniversary Crowd Work Tour
Will Durst & Friends: Trump One Year Later
Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues with Dave Hill and Phil Costello

STORYTELLING
Audible Presents Hold On with Eugene Mirman
Audible Presents Hot Mic with Dan Savage
BAWDY STORYTELLING
Mortified
Porchlight
RISK! with Kevin Allison

DEBATES + GAME SHOWS + INTERACTIVE
The Comedy Drinking Game Show
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction
Friends of Single People with Jo Firestone
The Great Debate presents: We’re Friends Again with Matt Price and Ilyse Mimoun
Playing Games with Jimmy Pardo
Quiz-o-tron with Rebecca Watson
Shit Arcade with Mike Drucker
Talk Show The Game Show with Guy Branum
Uptown Showdown Debate: Indoorsy vs. Outdoorsy

FAMILY SHOWS
Audible Presents
: Story Party Live with Mike Phirman – AND more
The Groundlings Children’s Show
Mo Willems & Friends: Don’t Let the Comedians Do Storytime!

WORKSHOPS
Improv and Sketch Workshop with Kevin McDonald
How to Improvise Like a Married Couple with Craig and Carla Cackowski
Storytelling Skills: WOW Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison

SHOWCASES FOR EMERGING STAND-UP, SKETCH, SOLO + IMPROV PERFORMERS
Abhay Nadkarni, Adrian McNair, Ahmed Abdelrahman, Alex Rios, Allie Amrien, Allison Hooker, Allison Mick, Alyssa Westerlund, Andie Main, Andrew Orolfo, Anthony Veneziale, Arcade Currency, Arjun Banerjee, Arthur Gaus, Ashton Tate, Attractive Camp, Aviva Siegel, Azn Pop!, Back Alley Racket Club, Bad Example, Barbara Holm, Basement Party, Becky Braunstein, Ben Feldman, Ben Kolina, Bethany Van Delft, Bhama Roget, Billy Anderson, Blaire Postman, Blake Wexler, Blogologues, Boarding Party, BOC Podcast, Bret Reybould, Brooke Heinichen, Butt, Caitlin Peluffo, Chad Opitz, Chardonnay, The Charm Offensive, Chesterfield, Chinese Ballroom, Charles, Chris Conatser, Chris Gordon, Chris Storin, Clay Newman, The Color Collective, Cooper Van Grol, Dalia Malek, Dash Kwiatkowski, David Roth, Daytime Talk at Night, The Deadbeats, Death Ray Astray, Deep Night with Dale, DJ Real, DNA, Dominique Gelin, Don’t Watch This Show Live!, Dopetown 3000, Dr. America, The Dragons, Dragon Viper Cobra, Drew Harmon, Drew Platt, Dro Knows, Ed Hill, Eddie Della Siepe, Efficient Office Practices, Eman El-Husseini, Emily Catalano, Emily Van Dyke, Emily Winter, Emmett Montgomery, Endgames Sketch Company, Eric Rubin, Eureka!, Evan Eggers, Fashion Show at Lunch, Fear the Hypercube, Felicia Folkes, Fitzroy, Fizaa Dosani, Francesca Fiorentini, Fumi Abi, Gabrielle Poccia, Ginny Hogan, The Great Difficulties, Greg Santos, Gringos presents: El Chisme, Harris Alterman, Hayden Greif-Neill, Hoodo Hersi, Hot Raw Fire, I Think I'd Be Good At That, Ify Nwadiwe, Imran G., Irene Tu, J.R. DeGuzman, Jackson Soup, Jake Mattera, Jane Harrison, Jennifer Jolly, Jesse Fernandez, Jesse Hett, Jessica Michelle Singleton, Jill Maragos, JoAnn Schinderle, Joe Kwaczala, Joe Nguyen, Joe Tobin, Joey Avery, Jon Allen, Josef Anolin, John Novosad, Julia Hladkowicz, Justin Hicks, The K-Lo Sketch Show, Karate Karate, Kenice Mobley, Kevin Yee, Kiran Deol, Krista Fatka, Kristee Ono, k3wlAZN420, Lauren Davis, Lewis Sequeira, Liam McEneany, Lindsay Ames, Liss n’ Sams, Literary Pop, Liz Greenwood, Luna Malbroux, Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer, Maddie Fernandez, Maniac Bowl, Marcus Coleman, Marcus Williams, Mark Smalls, Matt Gubser, Matt Hatifield: Perfectly Adequate, Matt Lieb, Matt O'Brien, Megan Simon, Merkyl and Derkyl Do Improv, Michelle Biloon, Mikey Walz, Mission CTRL, Mission Improvable: Stephanie’s Picture, The Mission Position, Mona and Shara Do Improv, Nameless Numberhead, Naptime, Natasha Muse, Nathan Brannon, Nerd Rage: The Great Debates, The Next Big Thing, Nice Tan, Nick Youssef, Nicole Calasich, Nick Aragon, Night School, Odelle & DeJong, Outta Towne, Paco Romane, Pallavi Gunalan, Patrick Hastie, Paul Schlesinger, Phil Griffiths, Picture Show, Platonic Monsters, Queen George, Ray Connolly, The Reckoning, Red Scott, Richard Sarvate, The Right Now, Ronn Vigh, Sam DiSalvo, Sam Ike, Samantha Gilweit, San Francisco Tonight, Sean McKenzie, The Set Up, Shanti Charan, Shain Brenden, Shannon Noll, Shelbi Evans, Sid Singh, Spooky Dookie, Squish Mitten, Steph Tolev, Steve Vanderploeg, The Templeton Philharmonic, TGIF’d Comedy, Tiny Muscles, TJ Chambers, Torio Van Grol, TSTMRKT, Valerie Vernale, We Did A Thing, Westside Sketch Co., When Puppets Are Your Only Friends, Women & Men, Wonder Dave, Zahra Ali, Zoo Zoo, AND Zorba Jevon Hughes

2018 Presenting Sponsor
Audible

2018 Major Sponsors
IFC, Jolly Rancher, Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, Kimpton Sir Francis Drake HoteL

2018 Charitable Partner
826 Valencia

2018 Official Cannabis Sponsor
Sparc SF

2018 Official Sponsors
Bald Guy Greetings, Brava Theatre Center, PianoFight, PopTV, SCHED, StreamSend, Trejure

2018 VENUES
Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, Brava Theatre, Cafe Du Nord, California Academy of Sciences, Castro Theatre, The Chapel, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Doc’s Lab, Gateway Theatre (formerly the Eureka), Great American Music Hall, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, The Nourse, PianoFight Main Stage, PianoFight Second Stage, Punch Line Comedy Club, AND Swedish American Hall.

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST
SF Sketchfest, co-founded and directed by David Owen, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney, produces the eclectic San Francisco Comedy Festival, an internationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed event that mixes major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for two weeks of sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

In past years, SF Sketchfest has featured renowned comedy artists such as Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Maria Bamford, Dave Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Jack Black, Rachel Bloom, Dana Carvey, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Noel Fielding, Zach Galifianakis, Christopher Guest, Eddie Izzard, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Key & Peele, Robert Klein, Michael McKean, Kate McKinnon, Tig Notaro, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Penn & Teller, Amy Poehler, Paul Reubens, Amy Schumer, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling, Harry Shearer, Robert Townsend, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Robin Williams, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. The festival has also hosted film and television stars including Alan Arkin, Will Arnett, Candice Bergen, Bruce Campbell, Lizzy Caplan, Dick Cavett, Bud Cort, Ted Danson, Laura Dern, Danny DeVito, Sally Field, Nathan Fillion, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Irwin, Ricky Jay, Rashida Jones, Cloris Leachman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Jason Segel, and Gene Wilder; ensemble comedy groups The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” The State, and the Upright Citizens Brigade; reunions of the casts of “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Party Down”; musical guests David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Ben Gibbard, Tenacious D, Aimee Mann, Bob Mould, Nellie McKay, and Robert Glasper, – AND many more.

More information @ sfsketchfest.com

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 375,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

More information @ audible.com


COMEDIAN SOLOMON GEORGIO RETURNS TO CONAN. VIDEO, HOMONÉGRO SUPERIOR ALBUM & SPECIAL AVAILABLE VIA COMEDY CENTRAL

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Comedian SOLOMON GEORGIO returned to CONAN last night to deliver a great stand-up set in support of the recent release of his comedy album and half-hour special, SOLOMON GEORGIO: HOMONÉGRO SUPERIOR. In his set, Solomon runs down the list of adjectives of who he is: black, gay, immigrant – and he reveals his list of enemies which includes someone who tried to pass off a Fig Newton as a cookie and a Wizarding World of Harry Potter employee who called him a muggle.

WATCH Solomon Georgio on CONAN:
http://teamcoco.com/video/solomon-georgio-10-23-17

WATCH Solomon Georgio's previous appearance on CONAN:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UlYe6tap6Q

“Solomon Georgio is an Ethiopian with an Italian name, which has a delightful backstory of war, famine, & sea salt.” – TEAM COCO

“Solomon Georgio, born in Sudan to Ethiopian refugees, came to the United States when he was 3 – and it’s fair to say he’s made the country a better place.” – ROLLING STONE 

@solomongeorgio
thesolomongeorgio.com

WANT MORE SOLOMON GEORGIO? READ ON BELOW and buy tickets to see Solomon on tour...


COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS RELEASES
SOLOMON GEORGIO: HOMONÉGRO SUPERIOR
ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

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New York, NY (October 10, 2017) – Comedy Central Records announces the digital release of SOLOMON GEORGIO: HOMONÉGRO SUPERIOR on Friday, October 20. Born in the Sudan and now living and working in Los Angeles, Georgio burst into comedy with his own brand of indignant irreverence. He flawlessly intertwines biting social commentary with stories of his life as an openly gay African immigrant, and never more brilliantly so than on Homonégro Superior. Coinciding with Comedy Central Record’s October 20 release of Homonégro Superior, Georgio’s half-hour Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents special will air the same night at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT.

HEAR Homonégro Superior album track “Bone Juice” exclusively at Paste:
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/solomon-georgio-bone-juice.html

PRE-ORDER Homonégro Superior:
http://apple.co/2y66QLb 

Solomon Georgio made the coveted “New Faces” at Montreal Just For Laughs this year, was named by Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter,” and is currently a writer on “Adam Ruins Everything.” Georgio made his TV debut on CONAN and followed it up with appearances on The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, This Is Not Happening, Vicelands Flophouse, and Last Call with Carson Daly. He has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest, and regularly hits comedy stages all around L.A.

This November, Solomon will be bringing his stand-up as opener on tour for Deer Tick and also performing at the Come & Take It Comedy Festival in Houston.

SOLOMON GEORGIO ON TOUR: 
11/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole*
11/14 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace*
11/16 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater*
11/17 – Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater*
11/18 & 19 – Houston, TX @ Come & Take It Comedy Festival
* opening for Deer Tick

SOLOMON GEORGIO on CONAN:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UlYe6tap6Q

“Solomon Georgio is an Ethiopian with an Italian name, which has a delightful backstory of war, famine, & sea salt.” – TEAM COCO

“Solomon Georgio, born in Sudan to Ethiopian refugees, came to the United States when he was 3 – and it’s fair to say he’s made the country a better place.” – ROLLING STONE 

@solomongeorgio
thesolomongeorgio.com

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DANA GOULD ‘MR FUNNY MAN’ OUT TODAY ON KILL ROCK STARS

TRACK STREAMS, TOUR DATES, ORDER LINK BELOW

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DANA GOULDS new comedy album, ‘MR. FUNNY MAN’, is out today on KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live in Seattle, ‘Mr. Funny Man’ finds Dana in top form as he wryly observes life as only Dana Gould can and relays all in his inimitable Dana Gould voice. The album is available for order and select tracks are streaming via a number of digital platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.

In addition to being a heralded stand-up, Dana is a legendary comedy writer, actor, show creator, and producer. His credits include The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, Maron, Super Adventure Team and many more. Dana is also the creator/writer/executive producer of the IFC comedy horror series Stan Against Evil in which he also stars as “Kevin”. The show premiered in October of 2016 to strong reviews and stronger ratings. Stan Against Evil Season 2 premieres November 1st on IFC. Stan Against Evil  Season 2 trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_AjKyE4BCs

He also hosts his monthly podcast, The Dana Gould Hour which frequently resides in iTunes Top Ten Comedy.  

LISTEN TO PODCAST:
http://www.danagould.com/category/episodes/

ORDER Mr. Funny Man:
http://smarturl.it/danagould

LISTEN TO ALBUM TRACKS:
My Biggest Fear:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x616XmDRYRA
Chimps, Bears & JFK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3mB-tmxBZ8&t=44s

SEE DANA GOULD LIVE:
10/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield, Plan 9 From Outer Space LIVE! reading
10/12-14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Acme Comedy Company, headlining stand-up shows
10/29 – LA, CA @ Largo, Plan 9 From Outer Space LIVE! reading
11/2-4 – Rosemont, IL @ Zanie’s Comedy Club, headlining stand-up shows
11/16-18 – Boston, MA @ Laugh Boston, headlining stand-up shows
12/14-16 – SF, CA @ Punchline, headlining stand-up shows

KEEP UP with all things Dana Gould:
http://www.danagould.com/
@danagould

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WINE COUNTRY SPOKEN WORD FESTIVAL, PETALUMA, OCTOBER 13-15

FEATURING NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR SARAH VOWELL, STEVE CONNELL, BIL LEPP, AND LOCAL STORYTELLERS

WEEKEND PASS, VIP PASS AND SINGLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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The inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival is happening in Petaluma on Friday,Saturday and Sunday, October 13, 14 and 15. Join festival producers DAVE and JULIET POKORNY for a fantastic three day festival with performances by authors, storytellers, poets, stand-up comics, and more. Among those scheduled to perform: New York Times Best Selling author Sarah Vowell, Steve Connell (performed for President Obama and the U.N.), Bil Lepp (5-time Champ West Virginia Liars Competition), and plenty of local talent including Cathryn Fairlee, Amanda McTigue, Hal McCown, Akwi Nji, and Brandon Spars, plus festival host Dave Pokorny. It’s going to be a full weekend celebrating poetry, storytelling, liars contests, ghost stories (on Friday the 13th!), comedy, story slams and swaps, various forms of literary expressions, and much more. 

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Petaluma is a town built on community and stories. It was 2010 when Dave and Juliet Pokornykicked off the North Bay’s first StorySlam in downtown Petaluma and they have been building that amazing storytelling community ever since. Now 7 years in the making, Dave and Juliet are proud to produce the inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival to celebrate the art as local storytellers and national and international spoken word artists come to Petaluma to celebrate storytelling. This is the only festival of its kind in the country as the Gitlit crowd meets PoetrySlam meets The Moth at the Wine Country Spoken Word Festival!

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WINE COUNTRY SPOKEN WORD FESTIVAL
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 13, 14 & 15
Five Petaluma venues:

  1. Della Fattoria
  2. Brewster’s Outdoor Beer Garden
  3. The Hotel Petaluma
  4. The Big Easy
  5. The Mystic Theatre

Tickets: VIP, Weekend Pass and Single Tickets all available
Prices range from $15 - $250
Purchase tickets at: https://www.davepokornypresents.com/wine-country-spoken-word

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HARI KONDABOLUS COMEDIC DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE ANNOUNCED

THE PROBLEM WITH APU DEBUTS SUNDAY, NOV 19 ON truTV

STAND-UP TOUR DATES ALSO ANNOUNCED

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HARI KONDABOLU will premiere his comedic documentary, THE PROBLEM WITH APU Sunday, November 19 on truTV. In his sharp, hour-long cultural exposé, creator and star, Kondabolu, a South Asian-American comedian, confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later.

In this highly-personal, insightful, and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minjaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla, Russell Peters, Sakina Jaffrey, and Maulik Pancholy share poignant stories about their own experiences with Apu and the broader questions about the comedy and representation he evokes. With additional interviews with EGOT-winner Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Mallika Rao, and many more, The Problem With Apu takes a humorous look at how even a beloved television series can have a blind spot.

“I was obsessed with The Simpsons growing up and it has greatly influenced my comedy,” said Kondabolu. “However, as my mother proves, you can criticize something you love because you expect more from it. For the longest time, Apu was the most prominent representation of South Asian Americans – and despite how much our society has changed in the last three decades – the character persists today. I made this film to not only talk about the origin of the character and highlight the impact of such images in media, but also to celebrate the diversity and complexity of my community.” 

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The Problem with Apu will be made available on all platforms following its linear premiere on Sunday, November 19.

Watch The Problem with Apu trailer here: https://youtu.be/zGzvEqBvkP8
 

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A heralded comedian and writer, Hari Kondabolu has been praised by The New York Times as one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today while Esquire hails his jokes and observations are often just as insightful as they are funny. He has also released two chart-topping comedy albums, Mainstream American Comic’ and ‘Waiting for 2042’, both available on Kill Rock Stars. Hari co-hosts the popular podcast, Politically Re-Active alongside W. Kamau Bell.

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HARI KONDABOLU ON TOUR

10/19 – St Louis, MO @ Helium
10/20 – Iowa City, IA @ Witching Hour Festival
10/27 – Wilmington, NC @ Dead Crow Comedy Room
11/3 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur
11/4 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
11/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Punch Line Comedy Club
11/16 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center’s Soreng Hall
11/18 – Tacoma, WA @Theater on the Square, Broadway PAC
11/30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
12/1 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
12/7 – Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre
12/8 – Austin, TX @ Stateside at Paramount
12/9 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
12/10 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theatre
12/13 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
12/15 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

Keep up with all things Hari Kondabolu at www.harikondabolu.com/
Facebook @harikondabolu
Twitter @harikondabolu


CAMERON ESPOSITO AND RHEA BUTCHER “BACK TO BACK” COMEDY TOUR

“TAKE MY WIFE” STARS’ CO-HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF TONIGHT

TICKETS GOING FAST: SEATTLE, AUSTIN SOLD OUT, BROOKLYN ADDS SHOW

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Comedians and real life married couple CAMERON ESPOSITO and RHEA BUTCHER are setting out on their multi-city BACK TO BACK” stand-up tour kicking off tonight with a SOLD OUT show in Seattle and crossing the U.S. through mid-October. Cameron and Rhea’s “Back To Back” Tour will offer fans around the country the chance to hear both comedians edgy and human takes on love, identity, and pop culture when they take the stage individually and together each night of the tour performing all new material. Tickets are going fast! The Brooklyn show is SOLD OUT! due to demand, but a second show has been added. Austin is also SOLD OUT! 

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Find all dates and ticket links athttp://www.aegpresents.com/promos/backtoback/

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Cameron and Rhea are the creators and stars of the hit TV comedy series, Take My Wife” which was critically hailed by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vulture, and IndieWire. They are notably the first gay, married couple to co-create, co-star AND co-show run a TV show. Both Cameron and Rhea were also named in Variety’s prestigious “Comics To Watch” list, and released stand-up albums on legendary record label KILL ROCK STARS and both saw their records go to #1 on iTunes Comedy

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Offstage, fans also recognize Cameron from movie roles including, Mothers Day, First Girl I Loved, Operator, Sleight; and on TV: Maron, AdventureTime, We Bare Bears, Late Night with James Corden. Likewise, fans know Rhea from her appearances on Conan, Comedy Centrals @Midnight, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and Adam Ruins Everything.

At home in L.A., Cameron and Rhea co-host the weekly comedy show and podcast, Put Your Hands Together at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. 

Cameron has a new podcast called “Queery, a 60-minute interview show with queer luminaries like Transparent creator, Jill Soloway, actor Evan Rachel Wood, musicians Tegan and Sara, and community activist Madin Lopez. Rhea was interviewed for episode one. The recently-launched podcast was featured on iTunes New & Noteworthy and garnered a huge listener response in its first weeks. http://www.feralaudio.com/show/queery/

“one of TV’s most urgently important shows” Vanity Fair, on Take My Wife”

“The energy and chemistry the pair share is so dynamic, and the way they play off of each other feels very organic when watching them on stage. The flow of their set felt natural, as if we were witnessing a casual conversation between the two, peppered with hilarity.” – Austin Chronicle, SXSW Live Review


PATTON OSWALT’S EMMY & GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING “TALKING FOR CLAPPING” COMEDY SPECIAL

NOW AVAILABLE AS DIGITAL ALBUM DOWNLOAD

ORDER NOW VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

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Patton Oswalt’s Emmy and Grammy Award winning comedy special “Talking for Clapping” is now available as a digital album download via aspecialthing Records. Brilliantly conceived and masterful in its execution, Patton returned to his adopted home of San Francisco to tape his triumphant sixth comedy special. From politics to parenting to pills, Oswalt brings surgical precision to the proceedings, balancing personal stories with the acidic pop analysis that has become his signature and it proved to be Patton Oswalt at his finest when it took home an Emmy as well as a Grammy Award.

aspecialthing Records released the vinyl-only pressing of “Talking for Clapping” on limited-edition blue splatter vinyl last fall and a short time later, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The label releases the album digitally, Friday, August 25th.  

Order “Talking For Clapping” digital album via:
aspecialthing: http://apple.co/2vpsjj9
Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2v3l7de
Also available on orange vinyl: http://bit.ly/2xpPRlp

In addition to being a heralded stand-up, Patton Oswalt has received critical acclaim for his roles in the films “Big Fan” and “Young Adult” while his fans also recognize him for his many TV appearances including HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Veep,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Justified,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Portlandia,” “Bored to Death,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “King of Queens,” Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” “The Heart, She Holler,” “Lady Dynamite,” starring fellow comedian Maria Bamford, “Caprica,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and more.

Patton can currently be seen on Netflix’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reboot. He can also be seen in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel THE CIRCLE, alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega.

ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. AST is home to Patton Oswalt’s Grammy Award-winning album, ‘Talking for Clapping’ as well as outstanding releases from Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, and many more.

AST looks forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


SF SKETCHFEST SUMMER SOCIAL BRINGS "THE BENSON MOVIE INTERRUPTION" WITH COMEDIAN DOUG BENSON ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH @ 4:20 PM

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COMEDIAN DOUG BENSON (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and the Doug Loves Movies podcast) along with mystery comedy guests return to the front row of the Castro Theatre for another afternoon of cracking wise at the screen. After taking on the first film based on the “50 Shades of Grey” series of “novels,” Doug and company will rip one-liners off faster than the on-screen clothing of the sequel “Fifty Shades Darker.”

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THE CASTRO THEATRE SPECIAL EVENT
The Benson Movie Interruption “Fifty Shades Darker” with Doug Benson and Friends
Saturday, August 26 @ 4:20 PM

Address: 429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

BUY YOUR TICKETS HEREhttp://bit.ly/2tP1gu3

THE CASTRO THEATRE is a popular San Francisco movie palace which became San Francisco Historic Landmark #100 in September 1976.


#10 + FINAL EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL ADDS TO LINE UP: WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MICHAEL IAN BLACK, REGGIE WATTS, TODD BARRY, TJ MILLER, IRA GLASS, MICHELLE WOLF, SCOTT ADSIT, MICHAEL SHOWALTER & MORE!

SEPTEMBER 15-19 IN BROOKLYN

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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The 10TH AND FINAL EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL announces even more guests to an already outstanding line up. The popular annual event will go out with a BANG! while featuring incredible shows on Friday, September 15 through Tuesday, September 19 at The Bell House, Union Hall, and King's Theater in Brooklyn. Joining namessake/ curator/ comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman for this final go 'round is an all-star cast of comedians, actors and musicians including Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ian Black, Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, TJ Miller, Ira Glass, Michelle Wolf, Scott Adsit, Michael Showalter and previously announced guests Bobcat Goldthwait, Caroline Rhea, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Janeane Garofalo, Robyn Hitchcock, Wyatt Cenac, Sarah Vowell, Ophira Eisenberg, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, Derrick Brown, Joel Kim Booster, Kyle Ayers plus StarTalk Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson. More guests and extras TBA!

As per EMCF tradition, attendees will be treated to fun extras including career advice from a unicyclist, giant Jenga with pilgrims, a Mike Pence look-a-like after-party, and more. There will also be A Day of Cardboard where companies can sponsor a cardboard box: S, M, L, XL ($500, $1000, $5000, $10000). Eugene will write a very short blurb about your company on a cardboard box for all to see during the festival’s special full day of cardboard, which will feature just these boxes near a small pile of cardboard.

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If history repeats itself, these shows will sell out in advance so don’t miss your chance to come to theFinal Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn!

Tickets for all shows are now on sale and available via the links below. hurry!

FRIDAY, SEPT 15

The Scientists: A Comedy Show About Truth
With: Co-hosts Blythe Roberson & Madelyn Freed featuring Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn...and more
Union Hall: 7pm
Tickets and info: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1531185

SH!T SHOW: Comedy from Humans Rearing other Humans
(because if you don’t laugh, you’ll die screaming)
With: Host Ophira Eisenberg, Emily Flake, Eugene Mirman, and more!
Bell House: 7:30pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531422

These Comics Will Be The Stars Of Some Weird, Helmet-Based VR Platform
With: Host Ashley Brooke Roberts, Shalewa Sharpe, Kyle Ayers, Emmy Blotnick, Tanael Joachim, and Julio Torres
Union Hall:  9pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/1531135

These Comedians Would Rather Buy a New Air Conditioner Than Repair Their Old One
With: Eugene Mirman, Jo Firestone, Josie Long, and more!
Bell House: 10pm, $25
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531427

SATURDAY, SEPT 16

Maeve In America
With: Host Maeve Higgins and more!
Bell House: 3pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531433

Boast Rattle
With: Host Kyle Ayers, Will Winner, and more!
Bell House: 6pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531437

Picture This!
With: Host Ian Fidance, Animator Bryan Brinkman, and more TBA!
Union Hall: 5pm, $15
Tickets and info: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1531141

Yikes! Most of These Comedians Were Born After Police Academy 2 Was in Theaters
With: Phoebe Angle, Joel Kim Booster, Casey James Salengo, and more!
Union Hall:  8pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/153117

A Festival That Was Just Supposed to Be a One-Year Joke:
The 10th Year Anniversary Show

With: Host Eugene Mirman, Derrick Brown, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robyn Hitchcock, and Caroline Rhea
Bell House: 9pm, $30
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531442

SUNDAY, SEPT 17

Youre The Expert
With: Host Chris Duffy, Roy Wood Jr., and more!
Bell House: 2pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531443

Hold On
With: Host Eugene Mirman and guests TBA!
Bell House: 4:30pm, $25
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531444

The Scientists
With: Hosts Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed, and guest comics Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn, and more!
Union Hall:  5pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/1531185

Please Help The Next Salman Rushdie Who Is Only 9-years-old and Currently Writes Like A Slightly Drunk John Grisham
With: Hosts Wyatt Cenac, Sarah Vowell with Eugene Mirman, and more!
Bell House: 7pm, $25
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531445

Sweet
With: Host Seth Herzog and more!
Union Hall: 8pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/1531199

Haunting Renditions
With: Host Eliot Glazer and more!
Bell House: 9:30pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531447

MONDAY, SEPT 18

StarTalk Live!
With: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, special guests TBA
Kings Theater:  8pm, $35-$55
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2vBpTLs

TUESDAY, SEPT 19

This Is Probably The Last Show Of Our Last Festival, But Who Knows, The Eagles Got Back Together and I Only Moved To Massachusetts, Anniversary Show Pt 2
With: Host Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Aparna Nancherla, and special guests!
Bell House: 8pm, $30
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531449

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is produced by Pretty Good Friends
http://prettygoodfriends.com/ 


MIKE BRIDENSTINE DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM

‘THE HUNGRY WOLF HUNTS BEST’ OUT TODAY

VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS, AVAILABLE CD AND DIGITAL

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Comedian Mike Bridenstine released his debut comedy album ‘The Hungry Wolf Hunts Best’ on August 11 via aspecialthing Records. A stand-up seen on “Adam Devine’s House Party” and “The Eric Andre Show” and universally hailed by his fellow comedians as naturally funny, Mike returned to his home state of Iowa to record his debut album. Performing live for fans, friends and family, on “The Hungry Wolf Hunts Best”, he recounts his time at University of Iowa, going on auditions in L.A., the dirtiest joke, teenage parties, and more, while cementing his place in the comedy world as a breakout star.

Order “The Hungry Wolf Hunts Best” on iTunes: https://t.co/UsexFZm5Wb 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vBIYgI
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2tTxljc
CD: http://bit.ly/2gLsZco
“The Hungry Wolf Hunts Best” Video: https://t.co/BdiRtpqoJW 

Mike Bridenstine is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor currently based in Los Angeles. He started his career at the University of Iowa and, after graduation, became a staple of the alternative comedy scenes in Chicago and L.A. Bridenstine has performed at festivals all over the U.S., Canada and the U.K, including the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was named among the Best of the New Faces,” called a standout by Time Out New York and a “break-out” by the Hollywood Reporter. Some of his TV credits include, “Adam Devine's House Party” on Comedy Central, “Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC and “The Eric Andre Show" on Adult Swim. He's also played a fat person in several national commercials. ‘THE HUNGRY WOLF HUNTS BEST’ is his debut album. 

“I've known Mike for many years and he's always been a very funny, slightly hairy and extremely sexy comedian who is a downright hoot. A hoot I tell you!” - PETE HOLMES

“Mike Bridenstine is a fucking riot. Many of his jokes I've repeated out loud to myself and laughed like an idiot.” - ROB DELANEY

“Mike Bridenstine is effortlessly funny. There’s no pretense to him ‘becoming comedic’ once he’s on stage and talking into a mic - he’s just that funny all the time. He’s a complete original and inspired me to lose weight so people would stop thinking I was him.” -TOM SEGURA

“Yes, Mike Bridenstine jokes a mile a minute and commands the stage like a frickin’ expert, but for me, he’s so much more. He’s the first comic who really encouraged me - I’ve known him for a decade and I love this guy. Go get his album.” - CAMERON ESPOSITO

“Mike Bridenstine is one of the most effortlessly and naturally funny people I’ve ever met. You’ll be hanging out with him and he’ll say something of the cuff and I’ll go 'that might be one of the funniest jokes I've ever heard.” - KUMAIL NANJIANI

“Mike is a cross between Hemingway and Belushi. A comic for the drinking/thinking man.” -MOSHE KASHER

ASPECIALTHING is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. AST is home to Patton Oswalt’s Grammy Award Winning album ‘Talking for Clapping’ as well as outstanding releases from Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane and many more. AST looks forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


COMEDIAN HARI KONDABOLU’S UPCOMING COMEDIC DOCUMENTARY, “THE PROBLEM WITH APU” tO PREMIERE ON TRUTV THIS FALL

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Comedian HARI KONDABOLU is the creator and star of the upcoming feature-length documentary, “The Problem with Apu”. In the doc, Hari confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Through this comedic cultural exposé, Hari questions how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans and continues to exist – intact – 27 years later. The doc also features appearances by Kai Penn, Aasif Mandvi, Whoopi Goldberg, Aparna Nancherla, Maulik Pancholy, Dana Gould, Sakina Jaffrey, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and more.

Check out “The Problem with Apu” trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGzvEqBvkP8&feature=youtu.be


10TH AND FINAL EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 15-19 IN BROOKLYN

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY @ NOON ET

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The EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL premiered ten years ago as the world’s first sincere-and-ironic comedy event celebrating a close-knit comedy community while making fun of the trappings of mainstream comedy festivals. Now in its 10TH AND FINAL YEAR, the popular annual event will go out with a bang this fall with an incredible line up of shows Friday, September 15 through Tuesday, September 19. Once more, Brooklyn venues will host the comedy fest which features namessake/ curator/ comedy host extraordinaire, Eugene Mirman plus an all-star cast of comedians, actors, and musicians.

Joining Eugene for this final go ‘round will be Bobcat Goldthwait, Caroline Rhea, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Janeane Garofalo, Robyn Hitchcock, Wyatt Cenac, Sarah Vowell, Ophira Eisenberg, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, Derrick Brown, Joel Kim Booster, Kyle Ayers and more. Monday night also features StarTalk Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson at King’s Theater (tickets now on sale).

As per EMCF tradition, attendees will be treated to fun extras including career advice from a unicyclist, giant Jenga with pilgrims, a Mike Pence look-a-like afterparty, and more. There will also be A Day of Cardboard where companies can sponsor a cardboard box: S, M, L, XL ($500, $1000, $5000, $10000). Eugene will write a very short blurb about your company on a cardboard box for all to see during the festival’s special full day of cardboard, which will feature just these boxes near a small pile of cardboard.

In years past, all festival shows have sold out in advance so don’t miss your VERY LAST CHANCE to come to the 10th and Final Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn this September.

Tickets for all shows are on sale this FRIDAY, JULY 28 at 12 PM E/T.
Tickets available via the links below (which will be live at noon on Friday) and at
http://eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com

Stay tuned! More guests and extras will be announced! 
Follow the action at: http://eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com

FRIDAY, SEPT 15

SH!T SHOW: Comedy from Humans Rearing other Humans
(because if you don’t laugh, you’ll die screaming)
With: Host Ophira Eisenberg, Emily Flake, Eugene Mirman, and more!
Bell House: 7:30pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531422

These Comics Will Be The Stars Of Some Weird, Helmet-Based VR Platform
With: Kyle Ayers, Emmy Blotnick, Tanael Joachim, and Julio Torres
Union Hall:  9pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/1531135

These Comedians Would Rather Buy a New Air Conditioner Than Repair Their Old One
With: Eugene Mirman, Jo Firestone, Josie Long, and more!
Bell House: 10pm, $25
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531427

SATURDAY, SEPT 16

Maeve In America
With: Host Maeve Higgins and more!
Bell House: 3pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531433

Boast Rattle
With: Host Kyle Ayers, Will Winner, and more!
Bell House: 6pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531437

Picture This!
With: Host Ian Fidance, Animator Bryan Brinkman, and more TBA!
Union Hall: 5pm, $15
Tickets and info: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1531141

Yikes! Most of These Comedians Were Born After Police Academy 2 Was in Theaters
With: Phoebe Angle, Joel Kim Booster, Casey James Salengo, and more!
Union Hall:  8pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/153117

A Festival That Was Just Supposed to Be a One-Year Joke:
The 10th Year Anniversary Show

With: Host Eugene Mirman, Derrick Brown, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robyn Hitchcock, and Caroline Rhea
Bell House: 9pm, $30
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531442

SUNDAY, SEPT 17

Youre The Expert
With: Host Chris Duffy, Roy Wood Jr., and more!
Bell House: 2pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531443

Hold On
With: Host Eugene Mirman and guests TBA!
Bell House: 4:30pm, $25
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531444

The Scientists
With: Hosts Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed, and guest comics Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn, and more!
Union Hall:  5pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/1531185

Please Help The Next Salman Rushdie Who Is Only 9-years-old and Currently Writes Like A Slightly Drunk John Grisham
With: Hosts Wyatt Cenac, Sarah Vowell with Eugene Mirman, and more!
Bell House: 7pm, $25
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531445

Sweet
With: Host Seth Herzog and more!
Union Hall: 8pm, $15
Tickets and info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/1531199

Haunting Renditions
With: Host Eliot Glazer and more!
Bell House: 9:30pm, $20
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531447

MONDAY, SEPT 18

StarTalk Live!
With: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, special guests TBA
Kings Theater:  8pm, $35-$55
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2vBpTLs

TUESDAY, SEPT 19

This Is Probably The Last Show Of Our Last Festival, But Who Knows, The Eagles Got Back Together and I Only Moved To Massachusetts, Anniversary Show Pt 2
With: Host Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Aparna Nancherla, and special guests!
Bell House: 8pm, $30
Tickets and info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1531449

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is produced by Pretty Good Friends
http://prettygoodfriends.com/ 


2ND ANNUAL SPEECHLESS MARATHON ANNOUNCES 
24-HOUR SAN FRANCISCO COMEDY MINI-FESTIVAL, SEPT 29-30

FEATURING IMPROVISED TALKS, TECHNOLOGY, FOOD, GAMES & MORE

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The 2nd Annual SPEECHLESS MARATHON announces the 24-hour San Francisco comedy mini-festival featuring 24 hours of entertainment starting on September 29th at 8:00 PM and finishing on September 30th at 8:00 PM.

This one-of-a-kind mini-festival is an overnight comedy marathon packed with performances, workshops and interactive experiences featuring over 100 different performers, all taking place at one venue, The Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco. The 'round-the-clock event will feature improvised talks from both national and local comedians and groups along with Speechless' favorite past presenters from the worlds of comedy and technology. Adding to the fun are prize giveaways, food vendors, interactive games and demos, open mic, wellness services, and much, much more will be on-site.

In addition to performances by Speechless Live's favorite past presenters from the worlds of comedy and Silicon Valley, guests will also get various opportunities to experience Speechless Learn, the training division of Speechless Inc. that uses improvisation, storytelling and theater techniques to make public speaking more fun and less scary for everyone.

Highlights from Speechless events include improvisation, audience participation, new technology along with old-school video games.

Highlights from Speechless events include improvisation, audience participation, new technology along with old-school video games.

GA and VIP tickets are now available at  http://bit.ly/2tDCagw
Take advantage of early bird pricing before prices go up August 1st.
All ages welcome.

Watch this space for announcements on performers, vendors and more. In the meantime, check out this link from Speechless Marathon http://www.speechlessmarathon.com/

WHAT IS SPEECHLESS?
Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the country and the world. Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand-up comedians to software engineers, Tony Award-winners to TED presenters have put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet, giving a presentation that they've never seen before. Fusing technology with comedy, Speechless is the entertainment experience for the Web 2.0 world.

San Francisco Chronicle calls Speechless “One foot in the high-tech corporate world and the other in entertainment” while the Wall Street Journal simply hails it as “Comedic Gold.

Join on facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/speechlesssf/
and check out  https://twitter.com/speechlessshow


SF SKETCHFEST ANNOUNCES SUMMER SOCIAL FEATURING DOUG BENSON AND WEST WING WEEKLY WITH SPECIAL GUEST AARON SORKIN @ CASTRO THEATRE, AUGUST 26

NEW MONTHLY COMEDY SHOWCASE AT DOC'S LA

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The Benson Movie Interruption “Fifty Shades Darker” with Doug Benson and Friends

Comedian DOUG BENSON (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and "Doug Loves Movies" podcast) and mystery comedy guests return to the front row of the Castro Theatre for another afternoon of cracking wise at the screen. After taking on the first film based on the “50 Shades of Grey” series of “novels,” Doug and company will rip one-liners off faster than the on-screen clothing of the sequel “Fifty Shades Darker.”

Saturday, August 2 @ The Castro Theatre
4:20pm
$20
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2tP1gu3


THE WEST WING WEEKLY WITH JOSHUA MALINA AND HRISHIKESH HIRWAYAND SPECIAL GUEST, AARON SORKIN

The WEST WING WEEKLYis an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its own stars, JOSHUA MALINA, along with HRISHIKESH HIRWAY of Song Exploder. After quickly selling out their first live episode during SF Sketchfest, they return to the Bay Area for a new episode taping with very special guest, AARON SORKIN.

Satuday, August 26th @ The Castro Theatre
$25
8:00 pm
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2sajWqY


IT CAME FROM SF SKETCHFEST: NEW MONTHLY SHOWCASE @ DOC’S LAB

SF SKETCHFEST teams up with comedy curator, JEFF ZAMARIA to bring you a brand new monthly showcase of stand-up, sketch, characters, and more at Doc’s Lab, formerly the historic Purple Onion in North Beach. The shows will (mostly) take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Join us for our inaugural show on Thursday, August 10th at 8:00 pm with Josef Anolin, Nicole Calasich, Jesse Hett, Sean McKenzie, Allison Mick, Chris Storin, host Drew Harmonand more!

Tickets:  https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1513400?utm_medium=bks 

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST

SF Sketchfest, co-founded and directed by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney, produces the eclectic San Francisco Comedy Festival, an internationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed event that mixes major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for two weeks of sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions. The 17th annual SF Sketchfest takes place January 11-28, 2018.


MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE! TOUR

FIRST EVER LIVE! TOUR KICKS OFF JULY 6 IN BOSTON, MA

TICKETS ON SALE EVERYWHERE oN FRIDAY, MAY 19 @ NOON LOCAL TIME

[May 15, 2017, New York, NY] – For the first time ever, join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as they bring the first live touring production of “MST3K” to a city near you on the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour.

Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow (Hampton Yount), Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be “MST3K” without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt), checking up on their unwilling test subjects via a video screen.

The tour consists of two separate, completely unique shows, each with its own admission. Fans wanting the complete tour experience should purchase two tickets, one for each show. Each event will include all the things expected from an “MST3K” experience: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, plus – for the first time – audience participation! Show # 1 is the MST3K favorite “Eegah,” featuring all-new riffs and sketches. Show # 2 is a “Secret Surprise Film!” It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never before featured on “MST3K” and it will be performed only in select cities.

Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, the new season of the show launched on April 14, 2017, exclusively on Netflix. The two live shows are written by the cast and writers of the new Netflix Original Series, which has earned a critics’ rating of 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.. The New York Times hails, “At last, a revival of something actually worth reviving… a different cast but the same outlook and style — and mercifully, the same reliable, giddy humor.”  “MST3K is just as hilarious as ever in rebooted form, turning its bemused eye on old, schlocky fare for some good, old-fashioned riffing,” raves Vanity Fair. And Nerdist says “The references are updated, the sets are snazzier, but the heart and soul of MST3K certainly remains intact.”  

Tickets for “MST3K” “Watch Out for Snakes!” North American tour dates will go on sale to the public Friday, May 19 at noon local time via AXS.com and the venue box office.  Please note where there are multiple performances in a single market, each event is ticketed SEPARATELY.

Mystery Science Theater 3000
“Watch Out For Snakes!” Tour 2017

July 6   Boston, MA              Shubert Theatre 7 PM Eegah
July 7   Philadelphia, PA       Keswick Theatre 7 PM Eegah
                                             Keswick Theatre 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 8   New York, NY           PlayStation Theater 6 PM Eegah
                                             PlayStation Theater 9:30 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 9    Washington, DC      Lincoln Theatre 6 PM Eegah
                                             Lincoln Theatre 6 PM Eegah Secret Surprise Film!
July 12  Columbus, OH        Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre 8 PM Eegah
July 13   St. Louis, MO         Touhill Performing Arts Center 8 PM Eegah
July 14   Royal Oak, MI        Royal Oak Music Theatre 7 PM Eegah
                                             Royal Oak Music Theatre 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 15   Milwaukee, WI       Pabst Theater 7 PM Eegah
                                             Pabst Theater 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 16   Chicago, IL            The Vic 5 PM Eegah
                                             The Vic 8 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 18   Denver, CO            Paramount Theatre 8 PM Eegah
July 20   Phoenix, AZ           Orpheum Theatre 8 PM Eegah
July 21   San Diego, CA        Balboa Theatre 7 PM Eegah
July 22   San Diego, CA        Balboa Theatre 7 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 23   Los Angeles, CA      The Theatre at Ace Hotel 5 PM Eegah
                                               The Theatre at Ace Hotel 8 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 26   San Francisco, CA   The Warfield 8 PM Eegah
July 27   San Francisco, CA   The Warfield 8 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 28   Portland, OR             Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 8 PM
July 29   Seattle, WA               Moore Theatre 7 PM
                                                Moore Theatre 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!
July 30     Vancouver, BC       The Orpheum 7 PM
August 1  Salt Lake City, UT   Kingsbury Hall 8 PM
august 3  Kansas City, MO     Harvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 8 PM
August 4  Minneapolis, MN     State Theatre 7 PM
                                                State Theatre 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!
August 6   Green Bay, WI        Weidner Center for the Performing Arts 7 PM
August 8   Cleveland, OH       Ohio Theatre 8 PM
August 9   Baltimore, MD       The Modell Lyric 8 PM
August 10  Richmond, VA       Dominion Arts Center 8 PM Secret Surprise Film!
August 11  Nashville, TN        James K. Polk Theater 7 P
                                               James K. Polk Theater 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!
August 12  Atlanta, GA           Atlanta Symphony Hall 7 PM
                                               Atlanta Symphony Hall 10 PM Secret Surprise Film!  

HISTORY OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been known as one of the top cult TV shows of all time. The story of a human host and his robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captor, MST3K has maintained its reputation thanks to its fervently devoted fan base, known as MSTies.

Created by Joel Hodgson, the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Set on the Satellite of Love, the series follows a hapless host trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, who is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a lively movie theater peanut gallery.

MST3K’s national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its ten seasons and 197 episodes on the Comedy Channel and later, the Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmy® nominations.

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In late 2015, Shout! Factory and creator Joel Hodgson formed a new partnership known as Satellite of Love LLC, to acquire the global IP rights to MST3K with the aim of producing new episodes and managing and developing the IP in other areas. The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K, spearheaded by Shout! Factory and Hodgson surpassed its goal by funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. The new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted as a Netflix Original Series on April 14th, 2017.


SEAN WHITE ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘ANGRY & ALONE’

OUT THIS FRIDAY, MAY 12 VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

STREAM FREE ALBUM TRACKS, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE

Comedian SEAN WHITE is back with his 2nd comedy album ‘Angry & Alone’ due out this Friday, May 12 on aspecialthing Records. This album follows his 2015 debut ‘Dead and Gone’ which found humor in the dark fact that, in a short amount of time, the members of his immediate family all died and he went through a divorce. On ‘Angry & Alone,’ Sean’s brutally honest comedy is firmly intact, and as a lifelong anger professional, he has a thing or two to say about anger management, fixing technology with fists, Nazi scientists and much more. Stream album tracks below. 

Order ‘Angry & Alone’ on iTuneshttp://apple.co/2oZzuHm
On CDhttp://bit.ly/2qxI69o

Album tracks available for streaming:

“The Huntsville Rockets”: https://soundcloud.com/seanwhite/the-huntsville-rockets
“Teamwork”:  https://soundcloud.com/seanwhite/teamwork

Sean’s debut album ‘Dead and Gone’ was called “an essential rumination about loss” with “a point of view unique among comics” by the Chicago Tribune and listed as the “best comedy album” by UNScene Comedy and included in The AV Club’s “Best of 2015 so far”. Sean can be seen on Comedy Central and has performed on stages around the world including Hong Kong International Comedy competition, Bridgetown Comedy Fest, RIOT LA Comedy Fest, 10,000 Laughs Fest, LaughFest, Boston Comedy Fest, Laughing Skull Fest, Chicago Comedy Expo, and the Crom Comedy Fest.

Find more Sean White at:

http://seanwhitecomedy.com
Twitter: @seanwhitecomedy

ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. Having already worked with such celebrated artists as Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Greg Proops and Jen Kirkman, AST is looking forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


JON GLASER’S “NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER” SEASON 2 PREMIERES MAY 22 ON ADULT SWIM

From Fighting Werewolves to Slinging Cocktails, Will the New Season Bring a Whole New Joe? 

JON GLASER’s original series, Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter premieres its 2nd season on Monday, May 22 with new episodes of the half-hour, live-action, mini-series airing consecutively each night of the week, starting at midnight E/P on Adult Swim.

Starring series creator, Jon Glaser (GirlsParks and Recreationas Neon Joe, Season 2 picks up after Neon Joe finally got revenge on his father and retires from werewolf hunting to satisfy another life goal: opening his tropical-themed dream bar, Oahu Joe’s. But it’s not all peaceful in paradise, as the bar’s struggles are compounded by an ominous visit from Joe’s past that forces him to not only confront his demons, but puts Neon Joe back into the werewolf hunting game. 

The season opener of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter includes a cameo from Jason Sudeikis, and the series introduces a whole new cast of characters, including a rival werewolf hunter known as Plaid Jeff, an Elon Musk-type billionaire, and the top ranking colonel from a highly classified department of the military. Neon Joe’s ever-faithful sidekick, Cleve, played by Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) returns.

In conjunction with the premiere, DC Comics will release the next edition of the exclusive NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER comic book, which will be distributed to more than 150 major comic book stores across the country. 

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter is created by Jon Glaser, produced by PFFR, and stars Glaser as “Neon Joe” with Steve Little (Eastbound and Down), Edoardo Ballerini (The Sopranos), Godfrey (Louie), Chance Kelly (Power), Shannon O'Neill (The Chris Gethard Show), and Aleks Shaklin (Delocated).


#10 ANNUAL BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE REVEALED

nEW! PERFORMERS & SHOWS ANNOUNCED INCLUDING KYLE KINANE, JONAH RAY, APRIL RICHARDSON, BRENT WEINBACH, MATT BRAUNGER COMEDY SPECIAL TAPING!

PORTLAND, OR — The 10th Annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival today reveals the schedule for the festival coming up May 4-7 in Portland, OR. The festival kicks off with a special pre-fest show with Grammy Award-winning comedian Patton Oswalt at Arlene Schnitzer on May 2, followed by FOUR DAYS of outstanding comedy. Passes are now on sale for the 4-day festival featuring comedy veterans from around the world as well as an impressive roster of up-and-coming performers for stand-up, improv, sketch, live podcasts, music, and so much more.

New performers are also announced including Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, April Richardson, Brent Weinbach, and Hampton Yount. Newly announced shows include two comedy special LIVE! tapings with Portland’s own Matt Braunger (General Admission tickets only $5!), Lance Bang’s “Come Laugh With Us” and “An Evening with the Guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000”!

Go to bridgetowncomedy.com for the full lineup of comedians, venues and shows.

With a single wristband, festival goers can attend dozens of shows over the course of the festival, from seeing a sold-out show in an 800-seat venue to seeing a national headliner in an intimate, 40-seat performance space on a bar’s back patio.  

Performers at Bridgetown 2017 include:

  • Janeane Garofalo (Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show)
  • Andy Kindler (Bob’s Burgers, Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers, Delocated)
  • Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder, Mr. Show)
  • Guy Branum (Talk Show The Game Show, Chelsea Lately)
  • Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie, Fairly Legal)
  • Jackie Kashian (The Dork Forest, Lady Dynamite)
  • Laurie Kilmartin (Conan, Last Comic Standing)
  • Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
  • Matt Braunger (Agent Carter, Big Dumb Animal)
  • Kyle Kinane (Comedy Central)
  • Brooke van Poppelen (Hack My Life, Girl Code)
  • Jonah Ray (MST3K, Nerdist, Hidden America)
  • Nico Santos (Superstore, Chelsea Lately)
  • Dave Hill (@midnight, Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Eliza Skinner (The Late, Late Show with James Corden)
  • Debra DiGiovanni (Just For Laughs, Last Comic Standing)
  • Ahmed Bharoocha (Adam Devine’s House Party, Conan)
  • Chris Fairbanks (Almost Genius, Conan)
  • Annie Lederman (We Have Issues, @midnight)
  • Shane Torres (Conan)
  • Andy Erikson (Last Comic Standing)

Find the full line-up herebridgetowncomedy.com/performers/

The 2017 Bridgetown lineup includes new theme shows and podcasts, along with staples of the first decade of the festival’s history. Shows highlights include:

  • Lance Bangs Presents: Come Laugh With Us - Featuring special guests Kyle Kinane, Janeane Garofalo, Baron Vaughn, Karen Kilgariff, Ron Lynch, April Richardson, Jesse Elias, Brodie Reed, rare footage from Lance, and live music from Team Dresch.
     
  • An Evening With The Guys From Mystery Science Theter 3000 - MST3K screening, Q&A and stand-up comedy from the new Satellite of Love crew members Jonah Ray, who plays Jonah Heston, Hampton Yount, voice of Crow T. Robot, and Baron Vaughn, voice of Tom Servo.
     
  • Matt Braunger Comedy Special Taping - Portland-raised comedian Matt Braunger will be taping his third comedy special, and first LIVE! special ever taped at Bridgetown. These special shows will be open to all festival pass holders and only $5 for everyone else. Don’t miss our hometown boy!
     
  • Hold On with Eugene Mirman - Storytelling aficionado and inquisitive host Eugene Mirman sits down with special guests and pauses their true, entertaining, and personal stories to get the funny details they might have left out.
     
  • Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook - Comedians write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces based upon audience suggestions.
     
  • The Jackie and Laurie Show - The Jackie and Laurie Show stars two women in comedy, Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, talking about women and comedy. No guests, just two headliners who started in the 80's and never stopped.
     
  • The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn - Named for a term popularized during the Harlem Renaissance, Baron Vaughn hosts comedians departing from what you might think “Black” is supposed to be.
     
  • Palindrome Fight - Top palindromist comedians, including host Mark Saltveit (the reigning World Palindrome Champion), will race to write reversible one-liners based on audience suggestions while “straight” comics do more traditional sets.
     
  • Can I Pet Your Dog? Podcast - Maximum Fun Network’s comedy podcast about dogs, covering Dogs We Met This Week, Stupid Dog Tech, Dog News, Dog Heroes, and much more.
     
  • A Good Trip with Shane Mauss - A comedy show about psychedelics that’s part standup, part storytelling, and part TED Talk.
     
  • Brew Haha: The Comedy Show Drinking Game - One part comedy show, two parts drinking game, Brew Haha is a hilarious interactive mix of standup comedy and your favorite pre-party ritual.
     
  • Turnt Up with Eliza Skinner - Comedians face off in a series of one-on-one rap battles -- totally freestyle, totally improvised.

Festival venues, focused in Southeast Portland, include:
Revolution Hall, Doug Fir Lounge, Bossanova Ballroom, the newly renovated Paris Theater, and smaller and more informal performance spaces. 

Twitter  @bridgetown
Facebook  Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Instagram  @bridgetowncomedy


JOHN ROY NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘EVERYTHING’S BURNING’

OUT FRIDAY, APRIL 7 ON ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

STREAM NEW ALBUM TRACKS BELOW

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Comedian JOHN ROY will be releasing his new comedy album, ‘Everything’s Burning’ on aspecialthing Records this Friday, April 7th. On this, his third stand-up release, John shares his masterfully funny stories and insight on being a lifelong nerd, his Chicago accent, unexpected outbreaks of happiness, agnostics, our love of phones — and more. ‘Everything’s Burning’ is available on aspecialthing online as a digital download + 11 x 17 poster designed by Barry Blankenship.

Album download + poster  http://bit.ly/2o82918
Order ‘Everything’s Burning’ on iTunes  http://apple.co/2mJSuh7
Album tracks available for streaming:

 “Rivers Cuomo, We Salute You”
 “Les Moonves Has Captured Your Parents”

John Roy began his comedy career in his hometown of Chicago and honed his act in clubs around the Midwest before moving to L.A. He has appeared on many TV shows including Conan, @midnight, The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, and Last Comic Standing. John co-produced Fusion’s “Trump Vs. Bernie: Debate for America” and “Shout the Vote” TV specials as well as six “Loudbox” web videos for Fusion last summer. John is the co-creator and co-writer of the acclaimed IFC web series “Maron in Space”, has written on projects for Comedy Central and MTV, and co-written numerous videos for Funny or Die. His podcast, “Don't Ever Change” is on the Feral Audio network and has featured Dan Harmon, Kumail Nanjiani and T.J. Miller. ‘Everything’s Burning’ follows John’s 2013 album ‘Alexander Hamilton’, also available on aspecialthing, and his debut ‘Dressed For Recess’. 

John Roy headlines Laughs Comedy Club in Seattle on April 14th and 15th.

Tickets + info  http://laughscomedyclub.com/calendar/
John Roy on CONAN  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9KgepSJHmE
More at  http://johnroylive.com/

@JohnRoycomic

 ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. AST is home to Patton Oswalt’s Grammy Award-winning album, ‘Talking for Clapping’ as well as outstanding releases from Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, and many more. AST looks forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


W. KAMAU BELL TO RELEASE FIRST BOOK, “THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF”

SEASON 2: “UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA” ON CNN THIS SPRING

“POLITICALLY RE-ACTIVE” PODCAST RELAUNCHES TOMORROW

SPRING+SUMMER BOOK & STAND-UP TOUR ALSO ANNOUNCED

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W. KAMAU BELL is a critically-acclaimed, sociopolitical stand-up and writer. Kamau is also the host of the Emmy Award-nominated hit CNN docu-series “United Shades of America. Season two premieres late April on CNN and in the new season, viewers can look forward to Kamau continuing to explore racial subcultures and other micro-societies as he travels the country to delve into how our differences unite and divide us.

His first book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mamas Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian,” is out May 2nd (Dutton). It is a humorous, well-informed look at the state of the world today as Kamau shares his take on a wide range of evergreen issues such as: race relations, fatherhood, the state of law enforcement today, comedians and superheroes, his interracial marriage, what it means to be a Blerd (AKA a Black nerd), learning how to become a feminist, and much more.

Kamau is the host of three podcasts including, “Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, which was named in iTunes Best of 2016. The new season starts tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29th, and will be available on all platforms including iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. In the second season, Kamau, Hari and their guests will continue to discuss, dissect, and ask the important questions around today’s political world—in particular—how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown.

Kamau also hosts the podcasts, “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, and “Kamau Right Now!” which also airs live on Bay Area radio station KALW. 

Kamau’s one hour comedy special “Semi-Prominent Negro,” produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock, premiered on Showtime and was later released as an album on Kill Rock Stars.

The New York Times called Kamau,
“the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”

W. KAMAU BELL ON TOUR

3/29 – Fayetteville, AR @ University of Arkansas
4/10 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University
4/19 – Hayward, CA @ Cal State East Bay
5/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
5/3 – Washington, DC @ Avalon Theater
5/4 – Chicago, IL @ Arts Center of Oak Park
5/5 – LA, CA @ Largo
5/6 – Oakland CA @ Starline Social Club
5/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Grand America Resort Hotel
5/10 – Colorado Spring, CO @ SaGaJi Theater at CSFAC
5/11 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
5/19 – Eugene, OR @ Silva Concert Hall, Hult PAC
5/20- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
6/1 – Bloomington IN @ Buskirk Chumley Theater, Limestone Comedy Festival
6/3 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater  
6/4 - SF, CA @ Clusterest: Politically Re-Active with Kamau & Hari Kondabolu
6/8 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
6/9 – Arlington, VA @ Arlington Drafthouse
6/10 – Norfolk, VA @ Attucks Theater  
6/16 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater  
6/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
6/18 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 

Pre-order “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell” on Amazon http://amzn.to/2cWiNaA

“Politically Re-Active” podcast with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu http://www.politicallyreactive.com/

More at wkamaubell.com


WEDLOCK WITH KURT BRAUNOHLER & LAUREN COOK TO PREMIERE

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 VIA AUDIBLE 

NEW AUDIO SERIES EXPLORES HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

WEDLOCK,” a new audio series hosted by comedian Kurt Braunohler and wife Lauren Cook will premiere Thursday, April 20 via Audible. Based on their popular podcast, “Wedlock with Kurt and Lauren,” is an irreverent, fast-paced dive into the infinite mysteries of human relationships. Each episode examines one theme from multiple angles, featuring interviews with unlikely experts and celebrity guests, offbeat excursions, and questions from listeners. 

On Wedlock, you’ll follow along as the real life couple visit a clothing-optional resort, get advice from comedian, Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, talk with a professional “camgirl” about cheating, receive bedroom tips from a tantric shaman—and much more. The show promises lots of laughs, but also moments of truthful insight.

Wedlock with Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook” will be available exclusively via Audible Channels, on the Audible app and free to listen to with Amazon Prime.  

Hear the Wedlock trailer here  https://soundcloud.com/audible/wedlock-with-kurt-and-lauren-series-trailer 
Mo  https://www.wedlockshow.com/
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Wedlock-390647761327295/
Twitter  https://twitter.com/WedlockTheShow
Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/wedlocktheshow/ 


BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 10TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL IN PORTLAND, OR, MAY 4-7 

+ PRE-FEST SPECIAL EVENTPATTON OSWALT @ ARLENE SCHNITZER, MAY 2 

Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman

Becky Braunstein

Becky Braunstein

Lashonda Lester

Lashonda Lester

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Ismael Loutfi

Ismael Loutfi

Baron Vaughn

Baron Vaughn

PORTLAND, OR — The 10th Annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival will be held May 4th thru 7th in venues across Portland, OR, hosting comedy veterans from around the world as well as an impressive roster of up-and-coming performers. The four-day festival will feature stand-up, improv, sketch, live podcasts, music, and so much more. As a pre-festival special event, Bridgetown—in partnership with Live Nation—is proud to present the return of the standout act from the first year of the festival back in 2008: Patton Oswalt performing at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on May 2nd, with tickets on sale @ portland5.com

Four-day passes to the 10th Annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival are now on sale for the discounted price of $89 @ bridgetown2017.eventbrite.com (Does not include admission to Patton Oswalt’s show at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.)

Over 100 performers are confirmed for the 2017 festival, including more than 50 comedians making their Bridgetown debuts, such as four-time @midnight winner, Marcella Arguello; Triumph’s Election Special 2016 writer Raj Desai; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver writer Kevin Avery; Candice Thompson who was recently seen on The Tonight Show and dozens more. Comedy icon Eugene Mirman of Bob’s Burgers, Hold On; and “Comedy’s Ombudsman” Andy Kindler returns to the festival with his standup showcase Andy Kindler’s Particular Show. 

Performer highlights include

  • Janeane Garofalo (Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show)
  • Andy Kindler (Bob’s Burgers, Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers, Delocated)
  • Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder, Mr. Show)
  • Guy Branum (Talk Show The Game Show, Chelsea Lately)
  • Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie, Fairly Legal)
  • Jackie Kashian (The Dork Forest, Lady Dynamite)
  • Laurie Kilmartin (Conan, Last Comic Standing)
  • Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
  • Matt Braunger (Agent Carter, Big Dumb Animal)
  • Brooke van Poppelen (Hack My Life, Girl Code)
  • Nico Santos (Superstore, Chelsea Lately)
  • Dave Hill (@midnight, Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Eliza Skinner (The Late, Late Show with James Corden)
  • Debra DiGiovanni (Just For Laughs, Last Comic Standing)
  • Ahmed Bharoocha (Adam Devine’s House Party, Conan)
  • Chris Fairbanks (Almost Genius, Conan)
  • Annie Lederman (We Have Issues, @midnight)
  • Shane Torres (Conan)
  • Andy Erikson (Last Comic Standing)

The 2017 Bridgetown lineup also includes new theme shows and podcasts, along with staples of the first decade of the festival’s history. Shows highlights include:

  • Hold On with Eugene Mirman: Storytelling aficionado and inquisitive host Eugene Mirman sits down with special guests and pauses their true, entertaining, and personal stories to get the funny details they might have left out
  • Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook: Comedians write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces based upon audience suggestions
     
  • The Jackie and Laurie Show: The Jackie and Laurie Show stars two women in comedy, Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, talking about women and comedy. No guests, just two headliners who started in the 80’s and never stopped
     
  • The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn: Named for a term popularized during the Harlem Renaissance, Baron Vaughn hosts comedians departing from what you might think Black” is supposed to be
     
  • Jackie Kashian’s The Dork Forest Podcast: Jackie Kashian discusses favorite obsessions with the obsessed on her popular long-running show
     
  • Palindrome Fight: Top palindromist comedians including host Mark Saltveit (the reigning World Palindrome Champion) will race to write reversible one-liners based on audience suggestions while “straight” comics do more traditional sets
     
  • Can I Pet Your Dog? PodcastMaximum Fun Network’s comedy podcast about dogs, covering Dogs We Met This Week, Stupid Dog Tech, Dog News, Dog Heroes and much more
     
  • A Good Trip with Shane Mauss: A comedy show about psychedelics that’s part standup, part storytelling and part TED Talk
     
  • Brew Haha: The Comedy Show Drinking Game: One part comedy show, two parts drinking game, Brew Haha is a hilarious interactive mix of standup comedy and your favorite pre-party ritual
     
  • Turnt Up with Eliza Skinner: Comedians face off in a series of one-on-one rap battles -- totally freestyle, totally improvised.

https://www.bridgetowncomedy.com/

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ABOUT BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL

Long before Portlandia burst onto the scene, there was the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Over the course of the past decade, Bridgetown has established itself as one of the most esteemed entertainment events on the West Coast, a celebration of innovative humor that proudly bears Portland’s signature style.

This four-day annual event unites thousands of comedy fans with a carefully curated roster of up-and-coming performers and comedy veterans from around the world, not to mention podcasters, writers, filmmakers, and musicians. Bridgetown regularly features seasoned performers and writers from television shows like 30 Rock, Arrested Development, The Daily Show, Conan, Last Week TonightSaturday Night Live, and The Simpsons, and the festival’s hand-picked newcomers often go on to become prime-time and box-office favorites. More than just a celebration of stand-up comedy, Bridgetown’s programming offers sketch, improv, podcasts, films, panel discussions, music, interactive audience games, and more. The result is the type of ingenious, creative fantasia that can only happen in Portland.

The festival has hosted over 800 performers throughout its history, including Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, Kristen Schaal, Tim Meadows, Todd Barry, Oscar Nuñez, and Fred Armisen. Each year’s roster of performers features Bridgetown’s distinctive blend of world-famous headliners, up-and-coming performers, and the Pacific Northwest’s top talent. Bridgetown’s track record for spotting tomorrow’s comedy stars before they become household names is also unparalleled; comics who performed at past Bridgetown festivals before breaking out and becoming known to much wider audiences include: Amy Schumer, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, Ron Funches, Eric Andre, James Adomian, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero, Matt Braunger, Moshe Kasher, Nikki Glaser, Pete Holmes, TJ Miller, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Tone Bell, and Jonah Ray, among many others.

Festival venues, focused in Southeast Portland, include Revolution Hall, Doug Fir Lounge, Bossanova Ballroom, the newly-renovated Paris Theater and smaller and more informal performance spaces. Audience members can see any of the dozens of shows over the course of the weekend with a single wristband; you can quickly hop from seeing a sold-out show in an 800-seat venue to seeing a national headliner in an intimate, 40-seat performance space on a bar’s back patio.

For more info, go to https://www.bridgetowncomedy.com/
Twitter @bridgetown
Facebook Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Instagram @bridgetowncomedy


COMEDY AT SXSW THIS WEEKEND!

DAVE HILL: STAND-UP + WITCH TAINT: THE BLACK METAL DIALOGUES LIVE

SHANE MAUSS: A GOOD TRIP, HERE WE ARE LIVE!, THE DMT TALK

Great comedy is coming to SXSW this year including stand-up veterans DAVE HILL and SHANE MAUSS who will also be bringing special one-time-only events in addition to their stand-up.

DAVE HILL AT SXSW 2017
Comedian/writer/guitarist extraordinaire DAVE HILL (Full Frontal, Inside Amy Schumer) brings his stand-up back to Austin for a showcase at The Hideout, as well as a special performance of Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live! in which Dave chronicles his attempt to get signed to a Norwegian black metal label while posing as “Lance” the teenage lead singer of the metal band, Witch Taint. His emails as Lance resulted in a now-legendary email exchange which still drives Norwegians to buy Witch Taint t-shirts to this very day. Hill and musician Phil Costello will stage a reading of those emails, followed by a Witch Taint performance that most people will not be able to handle. 

FIND DAVE HILL @ SXSW 2017
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/speakers/5096 

Sat, March 11 – Stand-up at The Hideout, 11pm
Sun, March 12 – Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live! at The Hideout, 9pm

SHANE MAUSS AT SXSW 2017
Comedian SHANE MAUSS (CONAN) brings his massive Good Trip Comedy Tour to SXSW for a one-of-a-kind comedy show that is part stand-up, part funny stories of experiences, and part Ted Talk on the theme of psychedelics. You can also catch Shane at the Official SXSW Comedy Showcase along with Janeane Garofalo and Nate Bargatze, and as guest on Would You Bang Him? While he’s here, Shane will host a live taping of his popular podcast, Here We Are and also present The DMT Talk, both at New Movement Theater. 

FIND SHANE MAUSS @ SXSW 2017
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/speakers/5007 

Sat, March 11 – Discussions of Mind-blowing Trips @ The New Movement, 10:30am
Sun, March 12 – Here We Are Podcast Live @ The New Movement, 4:30pm
Sun, March 12 – SXSW Comedy Showcase @ The Hideout, 7pm
Mon, March 13 – SXSW: Would You Bang Him @ The Hideout, 11pm
Tues, March 14 – SXSW: A Good Trip stand-up @ The Hideout, 9pm


“KURT BRAUNOHLER: TRUST ME” PREMIERES TONIGHT ON COMEDY CENTRAL

EXTENDED & UNCENSORED ALBUM OUT TUES, MARCH 7

WATCH KURT ON CONAN WED, MARCH 8

Kurt Braunohler is tall, white and has the look of a friendly camp counselor. Learn why that’s no reason to trust him in “Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me” premiering tonight at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central. In his first one-hour special, Kurt reveals that he knows nothing but has strong opinions about everything. Mixing enthusiastic story telling with absurd rantings, Kurt finally puts hot air ballooning, the Irish, and beavers in their place, all while convincing you to never trust a tall white man ever again.

“Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me” will be available on cc.com and in the Comedy Central App on Saturday, March 4. The extended and uncensored album will be available for digital download on Tuesday, March 7. Order it HERE.

Tune into CONAN on Wednesday, March 8 when Kurt makes his return to perform. Next month, Kurt and his wife Lauren Cook will debut their audio series “Wedlock” on Audible.com. You can also find Kurt on the podcast about adult friendship, “Emotional Hangs” on Feral Audio, which he hosts with Joe Derosa

Kurt has committed his career to inserting absurdity into stranger’s lives to make the world a better place. He has an album How Do I Land?” (Kill Rock Stars), a half-hour Comedy Central Special,was featured in Variety’s annual prestigious “10 Comics To Watch” list and has performed stand-up sets on CONAN, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Late Show with Seth Meyers. He can also been seen (or heard) onBob’s Burgers, New Girl, @midnight, Another Period, Drunk History, Lady Dynamite, Last Call With Carson Daly, Deadbeat, Adam Ruins Everything, Delocated and as host of IFC’s comedy game show Bunk!. He co-hosts the weekly comedy variety show “Hot Tub” alongside his comedy partner Kristen Schaal at The Virgil in LA. Kurt appears in and was an on-set writer for the Judd Apatow-produced feature film, The Big Sick which was Sundance’s most buzzed about comedy

Check out video clips from “Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me

Satellite Radio  http://on.cc.com/2kUQ12s 
Google’s Getting Creepy  http://on.cc.com/2m3SGGO
Caught Masturbating  http://on.cc.com/2meAJoZ
Kurt scores on @midnight   http://www.cc.com/episodes/4gfzmu/-midnight-with-chris-hardwick-extended---thursday--march-2--2017---uncensored-season-4-ep-4070
Last Call Spotlight Feature   http://www.nbc.com/last-call-with-carson-daly/video/kurt-braunohler/3477973 
Find more on Kurt  http://www.kurtbraunohler.com/
Twitter @kurtbraunohler 
Instagram kurtbraunohler


WITCH TAINT: THE BLACK METAL DIALOGUES LIVE! 

WITH DAVE HILL & PHIL COSTELLO @ ST. VITUS, BROOKLYN, THURSDAY, MARCH 8

In 2004, comedian Dave Hill, a grown man living in New York City, began posing as Lance, a teenager living with his parents in Gary, Indiana, who also just so happened to be the lead singer and sole member of the most extreme, brutal, and Satanic black metal band of all-time, Witch Taint.

As Lance, Dave began emailing with a Norwegian black metal record label owner in Oslo named Saiitham in hopes of getting signed to the label on the strength of one excruciatingly bad song called, “Necrodreamraper.” Their lengthy e-mail conversation, now known among the faithful as the Black Metal Dialogues (www.theblackmetaldialogues.com), quickly became the stuff of legend and is considered by many to be the most infernal, extreme, and downright unholy electronic mail correspondence of all-time.

In WITCH TAINT: THE BLACK METAL DIALOGUES LIVE! this infernal and 100% real email chain is brought life by comedians Dave Hill and Phil Costello, complete with corpse paint, ill-fitting black clothing, and—if all goes as planned—a live and mildly irritated goat, culminating in a live performance by the mighty Witch Taint that will probably scar you for life. This promises to be the most extreme and kvlt thing that has ever happened ever. If you think you can handle it, please come. However, in the event that you have a pre-existing health condition that is aggravated by things that are evil, extreme, infernal, brutal, kvlt, unholy, and/or just sort of negative in general, you will most likely be sent screaming into the night until you eventually grow tired and collapse in a ditch somewhere.

You have been warned.

WITCH TAINT: THE BLACK METAL DIALOGUES LIVE!
ST. VITUS (1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY)
THURSDAY, MARCH 8
7:30PM
21+

Tickets & info: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1435334?utm_medium=api

The evening is brought to you by BanterGirl Productions and Iron Maiden Red & Black beer, which is awesome though Iron Maiden couldn’t handle Witch Taint in a million, trillion years. If you miss this, you are basically insane and also not very metal at all—and you can ask anyone.

http://www.davehillonline.com/
@davehill


KURT BRAUNOHLER ANNOUNCES “TRUST MECOMEDY PREMIERE & ALBUM

BRAND NEW COMEDY HOUR AIRS MARCH 3 ON COMEDY CENTRAL

EXTENDED & UNCENSORED ALBUM OUT MARCH 7
ON COMEDY CENTRAL 

PRE-ORDER STARTS FEB 21

KURT BRAUNOHLER is tall, white and has the look of a friendly camp counselor. Learn why that’s no reason to trust him in “KURT BRAUNOHLER: TRUST ME” premiering with limited commercial interruption on Friday, March 3 at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central

In his first one-hour special, Braunohler seeks to undermine the authority unfairly assigned to white male speakers, expertly delivering self-deprecating stories of loathing and haplessness. It may not be in his own best interests, but Braunohler wants viewers to know all about how he used his girlfriend’s worst fear to propose to her, reunited unexpectedly with a woman he terrified with ventriloquism for a reality TV show, and accidentally/on purpose valued a $20 cover charge over several human lives at an Australian strip club. Tall and harmless-looking, sure. Trustworthy? Your call.

Leading up to the on-air premiere, “Comedy Central Stand-Up” and cc.com/kurt will feature preview clips from the special. Clips from “Trust Me” will also be available in the CC app and the Comedy Central channel on Snapchat Discover. Fans can follow Comedy Central Stand-Up at @standup, and tweet using the hashtag #TrustMe to join the social conversation around the special.

Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me” will be available on cc.com and in the Comedy Central App on Saturday, March 4. The extended and uncensored album released by Comedy Central Records, home to the biggest names in stand-up, will be available for digital download on Tuesday, March 7. The album and special will be available for pre-order on iTunes on February 21.

Braunohler was featured in Varietys annual prestigious “10 Comics To Watch” list, named in Time Out New York’s list of “50 Funniest New Yorkers,” and has performed stand-up sets on ConanThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Seth Meyers, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Braunohler appears in and was an on-set writer for the Judd Apatow-produced film, “The Big Sick” which was Sundance’s most buzzed about comedy. On TV, Braunohler has been seen (or heard) on Bob’s Burgers, New Girl, @midnight with Chris Hardwick, Another Period, Drunk History, Deadbeat, Comedy Central Presents, Adam Ruins Everything, Chelsea Lately, Delocated, and was host of IFC’s comedy game show Bunk!. He co-hosts the weekly comedy variety show “Hot Tub” alongside his comedy partner Kristen Schaal at The Virgil in LA. Braunohler has also been heard on the radio on “This American Life” telling a story that he is currently developing for film.

Find more on Kurt at: http://www.kurtbraunohler.com/
Twitter: @kurtbraunohler
Instagram:  kurtbraunohler


MYQ KAPLAN ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘NO KIDDING’ 

OUT FEBRUARY 17 VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE + ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS

“smart and silly all at once” - vanyaland

MYQ KAPLAN announces the release of his 4th comedy album NO KIDDING out FEBRUARY 17 on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. On his follow up to ‘Small, Dork and Handsome,’ Myq unleashes some spot-on impressions, the wittiest of wordplay and thoughts on drinking, sex, family, money, drugs, Nicolas Cage, psychic predictions, kids and back to drugs again. While ‘No Kidding’ is pure Myq’s comedic style, fans may notice an evolution in that style as he ventures into more long-form comedy. As the Boston Globe notes in a recent review, “his act isn’t just a series of one-liners anymore.” Pre-orders available now and February album release shows announced.

Order ‘No Kidding’ 
CD: http://bit.ly/2iRilB0
iTunes: http://apple.co/2iNldME

Myq Kaplan is a comedian who already has three outstanding comedy releases including his debut album, ‘Vegan Mind Meld’ which was one of iTunes’ Top 10 Comedy Albums of the Year. On TV, he has made appearances on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special and his special Small, Dork, and Handsome” is available on Netflix. He’s also appeared on America’s Got Talent and was a finalist on Last Comic Standing. Myq is hosts the podcast “Hang Out With Me” where he hangs out and talks with humans in ways that are meaningful, fun, both, or neither.

MYQ KAPLAN ‘NO KIDDING’ ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS
2/13 – NYC @ QED
2/17 – Greensboro, NC @ The Idiot Box
2/18 – Asheville, NC @ The Southern
2/19 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
2/28 – LA, CA @ UCB Franklin, Put Your Hands Together

“chock-full of the fast-paced, expertly-crafted linguistic hilarity the comedian is known for, fans will see an evolution in Kaplan’s comedic approach as he ventures into more long-form comedy”vanyaland

“Kaplan moves from smart to dumb faster than any comic in America. Dense with puns, discursive musings and conceptual jokes, his act moves like a one-man screwball comedy in which his silly and brainy sides bicker” The New York Times

myqkaplan.com
@myqkaplan

ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. Having already worked with such celebrated artists as Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Greg Proops and Jen Kirkman, AST is looking forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 ANNOUNCES DATES,  PRELIMINARY LINEUP + EARLY BIRD PASS ON-SALE  

PLUS PRE-FEST SPECIAL EVENT: PATTON OSWALT @ ARLENE SCHNITZER MAY 2

Portland, OR — The 10th Annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival will be held May 4–7 in venues across Portland, OR, hosting comedy veterans from around the world as well as an impressive roster of up-and-coming performers. The four day festival will feature stand-up, improv, sketch, live podcasts, music and so much more. As a pre-festival special event, Bridgetown in partnership with Live Nation is proud to present the return of the standout act from the first year of the festival back in 2008: Patton Oswalt performing at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on May 2nd, with tickets on sale Friday, February 10th at portland5.com.

Early Bird passes to the 10th Annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival are now on sale for the discounted price of $79 at bridgetown2017.eventbrite.com. (*Does not include admission to Patton Oswalt’s show at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall).

Confirmed performers for the 2017 festival include the following, with over 100 more acts, themed shows and live podcasts to be announced throughout March and April:

  • Janeane Garofalo (Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show)
  • Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder, Mr. Show)
  • Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie, Fairly Legal)
  • Jackie Kashian (The Dork Forest, Lady Dynamite)
  • Laurie Kilmartin (Conan, Last Comic Standing)
  • Matt Braunger (Agent Carter, Big Dumb Animal)
  • Nico Santos (Superstore, Chelsea Lately)
  • Dave Hill (@midnight, Inside Amy Schumer)

ABOUT BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL

Long before Portlandia burst onto the scene, there was the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Over the course of the past decade, Bridgetown has established itself as one of the most esteemed entertainment events on the West Coast, a celebration of innovative humor that proudly bears Portland’s signature style.

This four-day annual event unites thousands of comedy fans with a carefully curated roster of up-and-coming performers and comedy veterans from around the world, not to mention podcasters, writers, filmmakers, and musicians. Bridgetown regularly features seasoned performers and writers from television shows like 30 Rock, Arrested Development, The Daily Show, Conan, Last Week Tonight, Saturday Night Live, and The Simpsons, and the festival’s hand-picked newcomers often go on to become prime-time and box-office favorites. More than just a celebration of stand-up comedy, Bridgetown’s programming offers sketch, improv, podcasts, films, panel discussions, music, interactive audience games, and more. The result is the type of ingenious, creative fantasia that can only happen in Portland.

The festival has hosted over 800 performers throughout its history, including Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, Kristen Schaal, Tim Meadows, Todd Barry, Oscar Nuñez, and Fred Armisen. Each year’s roster of performers features Bridgetown’s distinctive blend of world-famous headliners, up-and-coming performers, and the Pacific Northwest’s top talent. Bridgetown’s track record for spotting tomorrow’s comedy stars before they become household names is also unparalleled; comics who performed at past Bridgetown festivals before breaking out and becoming known to much wider audiences include Amy Schumer, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, Ron Funches, Eric Andre, James Adomian, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero, Matt Braunger, Moshe Kasher, Nikki Glaser, Pete Holmes, TJ Miller, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Tone Bell and Jonah Ray, among many others.

Festival venues, focused in Southeast Portland, include Revolution Hall, Doug Fir Lounge, Bossanova Ballroom, the newly renovated Paris Theater and smaller and more informal performance spaces. Audience members can see any of the dozens of shows over the course of the weekend with a single wristband; they can quickly hop from seeing a sold-out show in an 800-seat venue to seeing a national headliner in an intimate, 40-seat performance space on a bar’s back patio.

For more info, go to  https://www.bridgetowncomedy.com/
Twitter  @bridgetown
Facebook  Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Instagram  @bridgetowncomedy


SF SKETCHFEST STARTS TONIGHT WITH SHOWS FEATURING: BILL NYE, EUGENE MIRMAN, THE KIDS IN THE HALL, JEFF GOLDBLUM, AISHA TYLER, JOHN HODGMAN, BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT, SUSANNA HOFFS, WYATT CENACAND MUCH MORE!

San Francisco, CA January 12, 2017  SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival presented by Audible, starts tonight and runs through the 29th. Don’t miss your chance to catch major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions. There truly is something for everyone and every age!

Many shows will sell out so don’t miss these once-in-a-lifetime events! Find the full SF Sketchfest schedule and tickets at sfsketchfest.com

SF Sketchfest 2017 kicks off tonight with StarTalk Live! at the Curran Theater with Bill Nye The Science Guy and Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) plus special guests, and continues through the weekend with The Kids in the Hall’s “Brain Candy,” Live with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson; Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra; tribute to Aisha Tyler; a 40th anniversary screening of “The Kentucky Fried Movie” with filmmakers John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker; Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency; Judge John Hodgman; Crabapples with Bobcat Goldthwait and Caitlin Gill; Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill; Susanna Hoffs & Friends; Pop My Culture: The Final Episode; Josie Long: Something Better, Hosted by Billy Bonnell–and much more!

And as SF Sketchfest rolls on, you’ll have the chance to see a once-in-a-lifetime Double Bill pairing of Tony-winning physical comedian Bill Irwin with iconic Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell; in-person tributes to comedy filmmaking trailblazers Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans with a screening of “Hollywood Shuffle;” improvisation comedy icon Fred Willard with Robert Klein, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman, Kevin Pollak; a Tribute to Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, “Weird Al” Yankovic (SOLD OUT); tribute to Aisha Tyler moderated by John Hodgman; tribute to TIg Notaro moderated by Jen Kirkman; acclaimed surreal comedy duo Tim and Eric; renowned sleight-of-hand artist, author, actor, and historian Ricky Jay in conversation with Van Dyke Parks; a “King of the Hill reunion and live episode read with Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy, and Stephen Root (SOLD OUT); a salute to Hollywood filmmaking legend Peter Bogdanovich with a special double feature screening of “What’s Up, Doc?” and Noises Off!” and more! 

SF Sketchfest is proud to announce that Audible will be the official presenting sponsor of the 16th annual festival and bringing amazing events including Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency; Bedtime for Cynics with Natasha Leggero; Hold On with Eugene Mirman; a chance to be part of history at The Guest List, Live TV Tapings at The Chapel, eight showsJanuary 22-25; the best of what’s next in stand-up at Fresh Voices of Stand-up; and Sounding Funny: The Future of Comedy Podcasts and Audio Shows.

View the complete show schedule for SF Sketchfest 2017 at www.sfsketchfest.com
Tickets range from $15 to $75 and are available for purchase at www.sfsketchfest.com

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST
SF Sketchfest, co-founded and directed by David Owen, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney, produces the eclectic San Francisco Comedy Festival, an internationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed event that mixes major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for two weeks of sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

More information at sfsketchfest.com

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 325,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

More information at www.audible.com/sfsketchfest 


AEG in association with MZA present:

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN DANIEL SLOSS PREMIERES NEW SHOW “DANIEL SLOSS- SO?” AT SOHO PLAYHOUSE, NYC

FEBRUARY 22-26, 2017

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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“Brilliantly dark” – Sunday Times

“Charming, self-deprecating, and genuinely funny!” – Time Out

“Dark and mocking humour with a sting… a welcome hour of deliciously dark stand-up”
– Mail On Sunday

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Scottish comedian DANIEL SLOSS returns to the U.S. to premiere his new stand-up show, “DANIEL SLOSS- SO?” at NYC’s Soho Playhouse on February 22-26. He’s sold out nine consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, playing to tens of thousands of people, and toured extensively throughout UK, Europe, Australia, and USA (120+ dates across 20 countries). Now, Daniel is delighted to be returning to the Soho Playhouse in New York City with his record-breaking, international smash-hit new show, DANIEL SLOSS- SO?.

On TV, Sloss has performed on “CONAN” six times, has appeared on @MIDNIGHT and can be seen in the new season of “DRUNK HISTORY.”  A familiar face on UK TV, he has appeared on “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow,” “8 Out Of 10 Cats,” “Sunday Night at the London Palladium,” and many more. He has also given a “Tedx” Talk and co-created and co-starred in the online sitcom “M.U.F.F.

Daniel Sloss on CONANhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KBcNtbUfDs

A stand-out performer at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Sloss also performs his stand-up to full houses across UK and Europe, was named “Winner 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Best of the Fest Award,” had a solo season at Montreal’s “Just For Laughs,” and regularly appears at festivals including Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Latitude and Altitude.

DANIEL SLOSS- SO?
Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, NYC
Wednesday, February 22 – Sunday February 26
Doors 7pm; Shows 8pm Nightly

For more info: http://www.sohoplayhouse.com/event/e34feaaa08664d12dc78bb9c53efccff

Tickets are on sale now at: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=e34feaaa08664d12dc78bb9c53efccff 

http://www.danielsloss.com
Facebook: Daniel-Sloss
YouTube: GETSLOSSED
Twitter: @daniel_sloss


SF SKETCHFEST ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO 2017 FESTIVAL...

TIG NOTARO, DOUG LOVES MOVIES WITH DOUG BENSON, THE WEST WING WEEKLY WITH JOSHUA MALINA, HRISHIKESH HIRWAY & BRADLEY WHITFORD, AUDIBLE’S BEDTIME STORIES FOR CYNICS, AND MORE

TICKETS NOW ON SALE @ SFSKETCHFEST.COM


SF SKETCHFEST presented by Audible has added even more amazing events and performers to its 16th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 12-29, 2017. The 17-day festival will feature major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions.

JUST ADDED!

Tribute to Tig Notaro in Conversation
       Sunday, January 29, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 1:30pm

The West Wing Weekly with Joshua Malina, Hrishikesh Hirway, and special guest Bradley Whitford
       Sunday, January 15, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 11am

Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson and...surprise guests!
       Sunday, January 29, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 7:30pm

IFC Sketch Comedy Showcase with Blade Brown, Dawson’s Queef, Kasper Hauser, Naptime, and The Templeton Philharmonic, hosted by Ronna and Beverly
       Sunday, January 29, Cobb’s Comedy Club, 8pm

Audible Presents Bedtime Stories for Cynics, with guest host Natasha Leggero, and featuring Aisling Bea, Emmy Blotnick, Stephanie Courtney, Tony Hale, Ian Roberts...and more!
       Saturday, January 21, Eureka Theatre, 10:30pm

Guys We F@#ked: The Experience, late show added
       Sunday, January 15, Cobb’s Comedy Club, 9:30pm

NEW PERFORMERS ADDED:
Joshua Malina and Andy Richter join Dead Pilots Society with Steve Agee, Ben Blacker, Matt Gourley, Mark McConville, Andrew Reich...and more!

Multiple comedians added to The Guest List, Live TV Tapings presented by Seeso and Audible at The Chapel
Eight shows over January 22-25 featuring KC Arora, Greg Behrendt, Emmy Blotnick, Byron Bowers, Chris Cubas, Billy Wayne Davis, Joe DeVito, Jordan Doll, Mike Drucker, Shelby Fero, David Gborie, Calise Hawkins, Andy Hendrickson, Jesse Joyce, Myq Kaplan, Jackie Kashian, Randy Liedtke, Carmen Lynch, Kyle Mizono, Mark Normand, Henry Phillips, Giulia Rozzi, Derek Sheen, Ryan Singer, Brody Stevens, Jim Tews, Brent Weinbach, Emma Willmann, Hampton Yount, and Sasheer Zamata.

The complete SF Sketchfest 2017 schedule with more than 200 shows featuring top comedic talents performing in 20 venues across the city is available at: sfsketchfest.com


JAMES FRITZ NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘STILL TOGETHER

AVAILABLE NOW ON ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

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“a terrific album from a true professional.” - Bobcat Goldthwait

JAMES FRITZ’s new comedy album STILL TOGETHER is now available on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. Recorded live, James talks about family, politics, religion, guns, and white people. It’s one of the finest rants ever committed to tape.

Originally from Kentucky, James Fritz is a comedian who is strong as moonshine yet soothing as a Sunday morning. After ruining his credit score in Chicago, he made his way to sunny Los Angeles to kinda tolerate the West Coast lifestyle. Before leaving, he was named “Best Stand-up” by the Chicago Reader. The Chicago Tribune called his comedy “a seamless blend of humor, honesty, and fearlessness.” He was featured at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs in Chicago, Crom Fest, and The Fest in Gainesville. Since moving to LA, he has performed all over town including The Meltdown, The Hollywood Improv, Put Your Hands Together at UCB, and is co-host of the long-running, much-beloved bar show, “Babe Island.

“James has a big heart, and he’s not afraid to show you where it’s broken. He’s brilliant, hilarious and honest.” - Bobcat Goldthwait 

“No other comic working today mines the personal depths of sadness with such uplifting results like Fritz. A fearless intronaut exploring the gears of not only his but all our human machines, there’s healing underneath all the jokes. And I’m sure he hates reading this about himself.” - Kyle Kinane

James Fritz is a miracle, and ‘Still Together’ made me laugh so loud that I woke up the cat. Glad this dude is in my bubble.” - Samantha Irby, author of Meaty and BitchesGottaEat blog

Order ‘Still Together’ on CD:  http://bit.ly/2hnncGh
and/or iTunes:  http://apple.co/2fE9t0T
Follow James on Twitter:  @fritzisdead

ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. Having already worked with such celebrated artists as Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Greg Proops and Jen Kirkman, AST is looking forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN LIVE AT THE VIRGIL’ DOUBLE ALBUM

AVAILABLE RECORD STORE DAY, THIS FRIDAY, NOV 25

COMEDY COMPILATION FEATURING KURT BRAUNOHOLER, KRISTEN SCHAAL, EUGENE MIRMAN, KYLE KINANE, APARNA NANCHERLA, BETH STELLING, ANDRES DU BOUCHET & MORE oN DOUBLE VINYL & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  

TWO LA EVENTS: RELEASE SHOW TONIGHT, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21

AMOEBA ALBUM SIGNING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

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HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN LIVE AT THE VIRGILdouble album will be available on RECORD STORE DAY, this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 via KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live over two nights at The Virgil in LA at Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s long-running comedy variety show “Hot Tub,” Kurt and Kristen hand-picked ten of their favorite comics for the double LP. It includes stand-up and live performances by Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, Beth Stelling, Andres du Bouchet, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Emily Heller, and Heather Lawless.

The ‘Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen Live at the Virgil’ comedy compilation will be available in stores this Friday on double vinyl with gatefold plus a download code. The album is also available digitally.
Order here: http://hottubshow.bandcamp.com 

Kristen and Kurt co-created and have co-hosted the continuously sold-out variety show “Hot Tub” for 11 years. The duo started the show in NY and moved the show to LA in January 2013 where it was hailed “the hottest new comedy show” by Los Angeles Magazine. Kurt and Kristen continue to host and perform Hot Tub to a packed house every Monday night at The Virgil in LA.
More info:  hottubshow.tumblr.com

Join Kurt and Kristen at two LA events celebrating ‘'Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen Live at the Virgil.’ 
Monday, November 21 at The Virgil
Album Release Show with guests Emily Heller, Eddie Pepitone, Beth Stelling, Rana May, and John Howell Harris
8pm
Tickets at: https://nightout.com/events/hot-tub/tickets#.WC5OaSMrLi8 

Sunday, December 3 at Amoeba Hollywood
Charity Auction hosted by Kurt & Kristen
4pm
Album signing directly following
Details at: http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3885/

Hear album track “Kurt & Kristen” here: https://soundcloud.com/killrockstars/01-kurt-kristen 


SF SKETCHFEST PRESENTED BY AUDIBLE ANNOUNCES THE 2017 FESTIVAL LINEUP INCLUDING: THE KIDS IN THE HALL, BILL IRWIN & BILL FRISELL, MEGAN MULLALLY, SUSANNA HOFFS, GRACE HELBIG, ROBERT TOWNSEND & KEENEN IVORY WAYANS, FRED WILLARD, ROBERT KLEIN, LARAINE NEWMAN, CHRISTOPHER GUEST, TIM AND ERIC, RICKY JAY, JEFF GOLDBLUM, JON HAMM, MIKE JUDGE, PAMELA ADLON, KATHY NAJIMY, PETER BOGDANOVICH, JOHN LANDIS, RACHEL DRATCH, PATTON OSWALT, NATASHA LEGGERO, CHRIS HARDWICK, PHOEBE ROBINSON, CHELSEA PERETTI, WYATT CENAC, TONY HALE, WENDIE MALICK, KIRSTEN VANGSNESS, AND MORE

TICKETS ON SALE THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 @10 A.M. PST
 


“one giant event not to miss” - PASTE

“a comedy fan’s delight, bursting with talent and unique programming, and certain to have something for everyone” - SF WEEKLY

SF Sketchfest presented by Audible will celebrate the 16th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 12-29, 2017, with more than 200 shows featuring top comedic talents performing in 20 venues across the city. The 17-day festival will feature major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions.

SF Sketchfest is proud to announce that Audible will be the official presenting sponsor of the 16th annual festival. Audible is the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment. Audible hosts more than 325,000 audio programs including comedy, audiobooks, short-form original content, news, and entertainment. 

As a valued partner of SF Sketchfest, Audible will be presenting live versions of some of their original comedy series, including: “Hold On with Eugene Mirman,” “The Guest List,” “Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,” “Fresh Voice of Stand-Up,” and more. The full seasons of these, early access to top comedy albums, and many other original comedy shows – from Nick Offerman’s “Bedtime Stories for Cynics” to Will Arnett’s “The Comedy Show Show” – are available exclusively on Audible’s new mobile app Channels, along with a wide range of world-class audio programming. Audible Channels is available free with an Audible membership, Amazon Prime membership, and is also available to purchase as a standalone offering.

For more information visit: www.audible.com/comedy

This year SF Sketchfest has teamed up with 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that provides free writing, tutoring, and publishing programs to under-resourced students in San Francisco. Founded by educator Ninive Calegari and author Dave Eggers, 826 Valencia comprises two writing centers – a flagship location in the Mission District and a new center in the Tenderloin neighborhood – and three satellite classrooms in Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, Everett Middle School, and Mission School. This year, 826 Valencia will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and, as part of the official festival program, SF Sketchfest will host a benefit show called “Soundtracks Live” featuring scenes and live music from a classic 1980s teen comedy with actors Matt Ballard, Michael Ian Black, Beth Dover, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Marisa Ryan, Michael Showalter, Bobby Tisdale, and David Wain, with music by Amy Miles.

The 2017 SF Sketchfest features a live staged reading of The Kids in the Hall’s “Brain Candy” with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson; a once-in-a-lifetime double-bill pairing of Tony-winning physical comedian Bill Irwin with iconic Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell; in-person tributes to comedy filmmaking trailblazers Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans with a 30th anniversary screening of “Hollywood Shuffle”; improvisation comedy icon Fred Willard in a panel with friends and collaborators Robert Klein, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman, Kevin Pollak, and more; acclaimed surreal comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, known as Tim and Eric; renowned sleight-of-hand artist, author, actor, and historian Ricky Jay; a 20th anniversary reunion and live episode read with the creator and voiceover cast of “King of the Hill” with Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy, and Stephen Root; a salute to Hollywood filmmaking legend Peter Bogdanovich with a special double-feature celebrating the 45th anniversary of “What’s Up, Doc?” and the 25th anniversary of “Noises Off!;” spotlights on film favorites including a 40th anniversary screening of “The Kentucky Fried Movie” with filmmakers John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker; a special Peaches Christ-hosted 35th anniversary screening of cult classic “Grease 2” with special guest Maxwell Caulfield; a 30th anniversary screening of “True Stories” with screenwriter and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky; a 15th anniversary screening of “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” with star and creator Steve Oedekerk; and a special Doug Benson Movie Interruption of “Fifty Shades of Grey;” plus an appearance by the inimitable Jeff Goldblum with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra; popular live podcasts including StarTalk Live with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman; Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick; Judge John Hodgman; Stuff You Should Know; Harmontown; RISK! With Kevin Allison; Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins; Crybabies with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre; Skull Juice with Dino Stamatopoulos; and Guys We F@#ked; television spotlights on truTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” “Futurama,” “The Venture Brothers,” and a look inside the new Netflix show “A Series of Unfortunate Events” with writer Daniel Handler; theatrical presentations including Robert Townsend: Living The Shuffle, a live staged reading of “Plan 9 From Outer Space” adapted by Dana Gould and featuring Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy; Celebrity Autobiography; sketch comedy favorites Good Neighbor featuring “Saturday Night Live” players Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney with Nick Rutherford; musical appearances by Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, Robyn Hitchcock, Rhett Miller, Britta Phillips, Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, John Roderick, Petra Haden and Megan Mullally’s band Nancy & Beth; programming for children including the popular Story Pirates with special guest Patton Oswalt; and appearances by actors and comedians including Scott Adsit, Steve Agee, Guy Branum, Wyatt Cenac, Rachel Dratch, Will Durst, Jo Firestone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dana Gould, Jean Grae, The Groundlings, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Grace Helbig, Emily Heller, Maeve Higgins, Dave Hill, Improvised Shakespeare Company, Moshe Kasher, Jackie Kashian, Andy Kindler, Jen Kirkman, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Samm Levine, Matthew Lillard, Wendie Malick, Jason Mantzoukas, Thomas Middleditch, Aparna Nancherla, Tom Papa, Eddie Pepitone, Jim Rash, Andy Richter, Mary Roach, Phoebe Robinson, Jon Ronson, Adam Savage, Seaton Smith, Upright Citizens Brigade, Kirsten Vangsness, Jimmy O. Yang, a special night of comedy at the California Academy of Sciences, and much, much more.

Tickets ($15 to $75) on sale Sunday, November 20 @ 10:00 a.m. PST at: sfsketchfest.com

The complete schedule for SF Sketchfest 2017 is now available at: sfsketchfest.com

SF SKETCHFEST BIG NIGHTS, TRIBUTES & SPOTLIGHTS:

  • The Kids in the Hall: “Brain Candy” Live staged reading with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson
  • Double Bill: Bill Irwin & Bill Frisell Perform Songs and Scenes from Vaudeville, with guests Geoff Hoyle and Kenny Wollesen
  • Tribute to Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans: “Hollywood Shuffle” 30th Anniversary
  • Tribute to Fred Willard, with special guests Christopher Guest, Robert Klein, Laraine Newman, and moderator Kevin Pollak
  • Tribute to Tim and Eric: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in conversation
  • Tribute to Ricky Jay, in conversation
  • “King of the Hill” 20th Anniversary Reunion and Live Episode Read with Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy, and Stephen Root
  • Salute to Peter Bogdanovich: “What’s Up, Doc?” 45th Anniversary and “Noises Off!” 25th Anniversary, co-presented by MiDNITES FOR MANiACS
  • “The Kentucky Fried Movie” 40th Anniversary with John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
  • “Grease 2” The Peaches Christ Experience with special guest Maxwell Caulfield
  • “True Stories” 30th Anniversary with The Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowsky
  • “Kung Pow: Enter The Fist” 15th Anniversary with Steve Oedekerk
  • Soundtracks Live: Scenes & Songs from a Classic 80s Movie - A Benefit for 826 Valencia with Matt Ballard, Michael Ian Black, Beth Dover, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Marisa Ryan, Michael Showalter, Bobby Tisdale, David Wain and music by Amy Miles
     

PODCASTS, RADIO SHOWS & TALK SHOWS:

  • StarTalk Live with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman
  • Judge John Hodgman
  • Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray
  • Jen Kirkman: I Seem Fun
  • The JV Club with Janet Varney and special guest Jon Hamm
  • Stuff You Should Know with Josh and Chuck
  • Crybabies with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre and guests Dave Hill, Mary Roach, and Adam Savage
  • How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black and special guest Grace Helbig
  • Harmontown with Dan Harmon and Jeff B. Davis
  • Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins and guests Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, Eban Schletter, Janet Varney, and more
  • “Hold On with Eugene Mirman” with Andy Richter, and more
  • Come To Papa with Tom Papa, and guests Matt Besser, Natasha Leggero, and more
  • Comedy Film Nerds with Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini
  • Doughboys Podcast with Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger
  • Guys We F@#ked: The Experience
  • Hello From the Magic Tavern Podcast
  • Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher
  • Illogical Contraption
  • improv4humans with Matt Besser, Jon Gabrus, Mike Hanford, Jessica McKenna, Ian Roberts, and more
  • International Waters with Dave Holmes
  • John Hodgman and Adam Savage: A Spin-A-Wheel Conversation
  • Jordan, Jesse, Go!
  • Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show
  • Kill Tony Podcast with Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban
  • Pop My Culture: The Final Episode with Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland and guests Paul F. Tompkins, Samm Levine, and Rhett Miller
  • Rock Solid with Pat Francis
  • Roderick on the Line with John Roderick and Merlin Mann
  • Ronna & Beverly
  • Skull Juice Podcast: “TRENT” Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips (Luna/Dean & Britta)
  • Superego
  • The Wahlberg Solution with Daniel Van Kirk
  • We Got This with Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin
  • Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack


FILM & VIDEO EVENTS:

  • The Benson Movie Interruption with Doug Benson: “Fifty Shades of Grey”
  • Everything is Terrible! The Live Experience!
  • Everything is Terrible: “2Everything2Terrible2: Tokyo Drift”
  • THE MADS ARE BACK! Live Movie Riffing with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff
  • Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill


TELEVISION EVENTS:

  • truTV presents Adam Ruins Panel Discussions: Inside “Adam Ruins Everything” with Adam Conover
  • Picture This: The “BoJack Horseman” Edition with creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and guest animators and comedians
  • A Conversation with Daniel Handler: Inside “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
  • “Dr. Katz Professional Therapist” Live, with Jonathan Katz and guest patients Natasha Leggero, Tom Papa, Kevin Pollak, and more
  • “Futurama”: Why Are We Still Doing This? with David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West
  • Outtake-o-Rama: Famous Celebrity Outtakes featuring the voice talents of "Futurama"
  • An Afternoon with “The Venture Bros.” with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak


MUSIC & COMEDY:

  • Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
  • The Grawlix Yacht Rock Party with Mustache Harbor and Chris Hardwick, Jessica Kirson, Mike Phirman, and more
  • The Imaginary Radio Program with Drennon Davis
  • Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm
  • McQueen with DJ Real and JR De Guzman
  • Nancy & Beth with Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt
  • Susanna Hoffs & Friends, with Petra Haden and Tamara Yajia
  • Turnt Up with Eliza Skinner
  • Wheels Off with Rhett Miller


IMPROV COMEDY:

  • Upright Citizens Brigade ASSSSCAT with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and more
  • BATS: Improvised Game of Thrones
  • The Black Version with Jordan Black, Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, Karen Murayama, Gary Anthony Williams, and Cedric Yarbrough 
  • Dr. God with special guest Matthew Lillard
  • Gravid Water with Tony Hale, Kevin Pollak, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and more
  • The Groundlings: Crazy Uncle Joe Show with Stephanie Courtney, Jim Rash, and more
  • The Groundlings: Personals with Drew Droege, Brian Palermo, and more
  • The Groundlings: Teen Witch The Musical with Artemis Pebdani, Colleen Smith, and more 
  • Improvised Shakespeare Company with Joey Bland, Ross Bryant, Greg Hess, Thomas Middleditch, and Blaine Swen
  • Prompter
  • Shitty Jobs with Sean Clements, Dominic Dierkes, DC Pierson, and Ben Rodgers
  • Speechless
  • Theme Park Improv with Ian Brennan, Rachel Dratch, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney, and special guest monologist Jon Hamm
  • Wild Horses with Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Erin Whitehead
  • WorkJuice Players Improv with Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and guest monologist Jean Grae


SKETCH COMEDY:

  • The Birthday Boys
  • Charles: Moby Alpha
  • Dead Kevin
  • Good Neighbor with Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary
  • Kasper Hauser in “ZooDangle for Kidz!*” *Not For Kids
  • Killing My Lobster
  • Matt Barats and John Reynolds
  • Mission CTRL
  • Trump Dump with Anthony Atamanuik


THEATRICAL / STORYTELLING / MAGIC

  • Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls
  • Bawdy Storytelling with Dixie De La Tour
  • Celebrity Autobiography with Tony Hale, Wendie Malick, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Fred Willard, and more
  • Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook
  • Dead Pilots Society with Steve Agee and more
  • Fake TED Talks
  • Kirsten Vangsness: MESS
  • KISS and Tell with Wayne Federman, Pat Francis, Dave Holmes, and more
  • Laraine Newman: The Audition
  • The Latino Comedy Project: Gentrif*cked
  • Audible presents “Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency” hosted by Caitlin Gill
  • Mortified
  • “Plan 9 From Outer Space” Live Staged Reading with Matt Braunger, Bill Corbett, Dana Gould, Kevin Murphy, and more
  • Porchlight at the Oasis with Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte
  • Reunited with Josh Androsky and Bryan Cook
  • RISK! with Kevin Allison
  • Robert Townsend: Living The Shuffle, a work-in-progress
  • Turning Tricks - the magic of Eric Buss, Robert Strong, and Christian Cagigal


VARIETY AND STAND UP:

  • 7 Minutes in Purgatory with Ian Abramson
  • Andy Kindler’s Particular Show
  • Audible presents “Fresh Voices of Stand-Up”
  • Audible presents “The Guest List” with Emmy Blotnick, Byron Bowers, Chris Cubas, Joe DeVito, Mike Drucker, Jesse Joyce, Jackie Kashian, Mark Normand, Henry Phillips, Giulia Rozzi, Derek Sheen, Ryan Singer, Brody Stevens, Jim Tews, and more
  • Boast Rattle with Kyle Ayers
  • Chad Daniels
  • Crabapples with Bobcat Goldthwait and Caitlin Gill
  • Derrick Brown
  • Dulcé Sloan
  • Flula Borg
  • Friday Forty with Dave Holmes
  • The Grawlix with Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy
  • Guy Branum
  • I’m New Here -- Can You Show Me Around? With Jon Ronson and Maeve Higgins, with Roman Mars and more
  • International Spotlight: Aisling Bea and James Acaster
  • Invite Them Up with Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale, with musical guest Robyn Hitchcock
  • Jessica Kirson
  • Jimmy O. Yang
  • Josie Long: Something Better
  • Joyelle Nicole Johnson
  • Neil Campbell and Mike Hanford
  • Night Train with Wyatt Cenac
  • Phoebe Robinson’s Sooo Many White Guys
  • RoastSF Presents
  • Seaton Smith
  • Set List with Andy Kindler and more
  • SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
  • The SF Sketchfest Dozen, the Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars: Ahmed Bharoocha, Joel Kim Booster, Gina Brillon, Rhea Butcher, Marina Franklin, Solomon Georgio, Josh Gondelman, Tony Hinchcliffe, Annie Lederman, Carmen Lynch, Hampton Yount, and Jenny Zigrino
  • Sirof/Bentley
  • Stella: The Classic Nightclub Show with Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, musical guest Robyn Hitchcock, and surprise comedians
  • The Tomorrow Show with Ron Lynch
  • Will Durst and Friends on Inauguration Day: What Now?
  • Womanhood Live with Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone


GAME SHOWS & INTERACTIVE EVENTS:

  • Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show
  • Iron Comic with Nato Green and Moshe Kasher
  • Jo Firestone’s “Friends of Single People” 
  • Quiz-o-Tron with Rebecca Watson
  • Stardumb! with Bil Dwyer and Erica Rhodes
  • Uncalled Four


DEBATES:

  • The Great Debate with Matt Price and IIyse Mimoun
  • Uptown Showdown Debate: Childhood vs. Adulthood with Michael Ian Black, Jo Firestone, Dave Hill, Aparna Nancherla, Michael Showalter, and more


KIDS EVENTS:

  • The Groundlings Children’s Show with Regan Burns, Stephanie Courtney, Brian Palermo, and more
  • Story Pirates with special guest Patton Oswalt, and more
     

WORKSHOPS:

  • Improv and Sketch Workshop with Kevin McDonald
  • How to Improvise Like a Married Couple with Craig and Carla Cackowski
  • Storytelling Skills: WOW Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison
     

SHOWCASES FOR EMERGING STAND-UP, SKETCH, SOLO, & IMPROV PERFORMERS:

Aaron Naylor, Abhay Nadkarni, Adam Pearlstein, Adrian McNair, Ahamed Weinberg, Alex & Jude, Alfonso Portela, Ali Reingold, Amy Miller, Andie Main, Andrew Holmgren, Andrew Johnston, Andrew Orolfo, Ash Fisher, Austin Wolf-Sothern, Arcade Currency, Attractive Camp, Aviva Siegel, Barrel Proof Podcast, Bear Supply, Ben Feldman, Ben Kolina, Ben Harkins, Billy Anderson, Billy Bonnell, Blade Brown, Boarding Party, Bullen & Olson: Double Vision, Cameron Vannini, Carlie and Doni, Carnal Desire, The Carpet is Lava, Casey Ley, Chad Opitz, Chardonnay, Chinese Ballroom, Crescendo, Chris Bryant, Christan Leonard, Christopher John, Clara Bijl, Clay Newman, Cobranauts, Courtney Karwal, Curtis Cook, Dash Kwiatkowski, DASH, David Heti, David Roth, Dawson's Queef, Death Ray Astray, Deep Night with Dale Seever, Deira Bowie, The DK and Morgan Show,  Dominique Gelin, Don't Watch This Show Live, Drew Harmon, Drew Platt, Duchess Riot, Eddie Della Siepe, Efficient Office Practices, Emily Catalano, Emily Van Dyke, Emmett Montgomery, Eric Rubin, Eureka!, The Executives, Faith Choyce, Fickas & Beckham & Friends & Stuff, Francesca Fiorentini, Gabby Poccia, Gareth Reynolds, Geoff Tice, George Chen, Golden Girls of Comedy, Granny Cart Gangstas, The Great Difficulties,  Greg Santos, Hanna Dickinson, Heyday, HUNKS, The Idiot Chimney, Illogical Contraption, Improv Lab, Imran G, Irene Tu, Isaac Hirsch, J Names, Jacob Sirof, Jake Mattera, Jane Harrison, Jeremiah Coughlan, Jesse Elias, Jesse Hett, Jessica Sele, JoAnn Schinderle, Joe Kwaczala, Josef Anolin, JR De Guzman, Jules Posner, Julie Ash, Kaseem Bentley, Kate Willett, Kazu Kusano, Kevin Yee, Krista Fatka, Kristee Ono, Kwasi Mensah, Kyle Clark, Ladies and Gentlemen, Land Smith, Lauren Davis, Learn From Me, Liss n' Sams, Living Impaired, Liz Stone, Loren Kraut, Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer, Lydia Popovich, Man Haters, Marty Topps, Mary-Kate and Ashtray, Mateen Stewart, Matt Lieb, Matt Morales, Melissa Stephens, Mikey Walz, Millennials Ruin Everything, The Mission Position, MooreDevine, Morgan, Morgan Jay, My (Musical) OK Cupid Date, Naptime, Natasha Muse, Nate Follen, Nathan Habib, Nicole Blaine, Nicole Calasich, Nina Manni, Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw, Opeyemi Olagbaju, OSFUG: The Fast Fucking Sketch Show, Outside Dog, Outta Towne, Paco Romane, Paige Weldon, Peach Pit, Peter n' Chris, Phil Griffiths, Philip Schallberger, Picture Show, Prateek Srivastava, Rawdog, Ray Connolly, Rebecca Arthur, The Reckoning, REDFORD, Red Scott, Rhune Kincaid, Richard Sarvate, The Right Now, RoastSF, Rhune Kincaid, Riley Silverman, The Rub, Ryan Schumaker, S.H.I.T. Show Revival, Sam DiSalvo, Samantha Gilweit, Samantha Ruddy, Samson Koletkar, Sandra Risser, Sara Hennessey, Sara June, Sasquatch Comedy, Scott Vermeire, Sean Jordan, Sean McKenzie, Sentimental Lady, The Setup, Shades of Grey, Shane Copland, Shanti Charan,  Spencer Latham, Straitjacket Society, Succotash Podcast, Sup Doc Podcast, Ta’Vi, Talkies, The Templeton Philharmonic, TGIF'd Comedy, This Week In Science, Tobin Mic Night, Tommy McNamara, Torio Van Grol, Trevor Hill, TV Guidance Counselor, Unstoppable Failure, Vanessa Gonzalez, Vince Caldera, White Women, The Worst, Yum!, Yusef Roach, Zach Martina, and Zack Chapaloni.

2017 Presenting Sponsor:
Audible

2017 Major Sponsors:
The Curran, The Buchanan Hotel, and The Sir Francis Drake Hotel

2017 Charitable Sponsor:
826 Valencia

2017 Official Beer Sponsor:
Lagunitas Brewing Company

2017 Official Sponsors:
Bff.fm, Brava Theatre Center, Diabolo Sodas, Fuller Foods, Health-Ade, Joey the Cat, Lagunitas, Peeled Snacks, PianoFight, SCHED, Snap Yourself, Straw, StreamSend, That’s It, Trejure, and Verdi Club

2017 Venues:
Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, Brava Theatre, Brava Studio, California Academy of Sciences, Castro Theatre, The Chapel, Cobb’s Comedy Club, The Curran, Doc’s Lab, Eureka Theatre, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, Mezzanine, The Nourse, Oasis, PianoFight Main Stage, PianoFight Second Stage, Punch Line Comedy Club, and Swedish American Hall

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST:
SF Sketchfest, co-founded and directed by David Owen, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney, produces the eclectic San Francisco Comedy Festival, an internationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed event that mixes major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for two weeks of sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

In past years, SF Sketchfest has featured renowned comedy artists such as Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Maria Bamford, Dave Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Jack Black, Dana Carvey, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Noel Fielding, Zach Galifianakis, Christopher Guest, Eddie Izzard, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Key & Peele, Michael McKean, Kate McKinnon, Tig Notaro, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Penn & Teller, Amy Poehler, Paul Reubens, Amy Schumer, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling, Harry Shearer, Reggie Watts, Robin Williams, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. The festival has also hosted film and television stars including Alan Arkin, Will Arnett, Candice Bergen, Bruce Campbell, Lizzy Caplan, Dick Cavett, Bud Cort, Ted Danson, Laura Dern, Danny DeVito, Sally Field, Elliott Gould, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, Cloris Leachman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Jason Segel, and Gene Wilder; ensemble comedy groups The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” The State, and the Upright Citizens Brigade; reunions of the casts of “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Party Down”; musical guests David Byrne, Ben Gibbard, Tenacious D, Aimee Mann, Bob Mould, Nellie McKay, Robert Glasper, and many more.
More information: www.sfsketchfest.com

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 325,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.
More information: www.audible.com


RAISE THE ROOF BENEFIT SHOW HOSTED BY MAEVE HIGGINS

FEATURING MIKE BIRBIGLIA, JON RONSON, EUGENE MIRMAN, APARNA NANCHERLA, TODD BARRY, MEHRAN KHAGHANI & TANAEL JOACHIM! 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4THE BELL HOUSE (BROOKLYN)

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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On Sunday, December 4th, join New York City’s freshest and funniest comedians and writers at The Bell House (Brooklyn) as they give their time and talent to RAISE THE ROOF and much needed funds for Syria’s children. Hosted by comedian Maeve Higgins (Maeve In America), the night will feature actor/comedian/filmmaker Mike Birbiglia (Don’t Think Twice), author Jon Ronson (The Psychopath Test, Frank, The Men Who Stare At Goats), comedians Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers), Aparna Nancherla (Inside Amy Schumer, Late Night With Seth Meyers), Todd Barry (Louie), Mehran Khaghani (Last Comic Standing), and Tanael Joachim (Gotham Comedy Live) for a night of readings and comedy.

All proceeds will be donated to INARA to provide life-altering medical treatment to Syrian children affected by the war. More info at: http://www.inara.org/raise-the-roof

The night will also be recorded for Irish comedian Maeve Higgins’ podcast, MAEVE IN  AMERICA (First Look Media), featuring funny, beautiful, and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.

Produced by Pretty Good Friends

RAISE THE ROOF AND HELP SYRIAN CHILDREN!
SUN, DECEMBER 4th at THE BELL HOUSE (Brooklyn)
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
$25.00

Tickets & Info: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1379062-raise-roof-help-syrian-brooklyn/ 

*All Proceeds go to INARA


HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN LIVE AT THE VIRGIL’ DOUBLE ALBUM ANNOUNCED FOR RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE, FRIDAY NOV 25

COMEDY COMPILATION FEATURING KURT BRAUNOHOLER, KRISTEN SCHAAL, EUGENE MIRMAN, KYLE KINANE, APARNA NANCHERLA, BETH STELLING, ANDRES DU BOUCHET & MORE ON DOUBLE VINYL & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  

HEAR UNRELEASED ALBUM TRACK
VIA AV CLUB

HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN LIVE AT THE VIRGIL’ double album announced for RECORD STORE DAY release FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 via KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded LIVE! over two nights at The Virgil in LA at Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s long-running comedy variety show “Hot Tub,” Kurt and Kristen hand-picked ten of their favorite comics for the double LP. ‘Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen Live at the Virgil’ includes stand-up and live performances by Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, Beth Stelling, Andres du Bouchet, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Emily Heller, and Heather Lawless.

The ‘Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the Virgil’ comedy compilation will be available on double vinyl with gatefold for Record Store Day on Black Friday, November 25. Vinyl copies will also come with download code. Record stores can order copies to have in stock for Record Store Day from Redeye Worldwide.

The album will also be available digitally with pre-orders available athttp://hottubshow.bandcamp.com 

Hear unreleased album track “Kurt and Kristen” via AV Club:
http://www.avclub.com/article/exclusive-kurt-braunohler-and-kristen-schaal-chat--245222

Kristen and Kurt co-created and have co-hosted the continuously sold-out variety show “Hot Tub” for 11 years. The duo started the show in NY and moved the show to LA in Jan 2013 where it was hailed “the hottest new comedy show” by Los Angeles Magazine. Kurt and Kristen continue to host and perform Hot Tub to a packed house every Monday night at The Virgil in LA.

More info at: hottubshow.tumblr.com


BLUE-EYED SON RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SNOWBIRD” 

AVAILABLE FOR STREAM & DOWNLOAD VIA EENIE MEENIE RECORDS

BLUE-EYED SON today releases their new single “SNOWBIRD” via EENIE MEENIE RECORDS. Written and performed by Blue-eyed Son, aka Andrew Helprin, “Snowbird” was recorded in Portland and produced by Scott McPherson (Elliot Smith, Neil Finn, She and Him) who also played drums, percussion, piano, and organ. “Snowbird” is the second release from Blue-eyed Son who is releasing a new track every month for a year. The series of tracks will be released as an album next year.

Listen to the minimalist indie track “Snowbird” -
https://soundcloud.com/eeniemeenie/blue-eyed-son-snowbird/s-udkIN

Buy “Snowbird” on iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/snowbird/id1163900848?i=1163900858

“Snowbird” follows last month’s release of the charming, internationally-created single “Further Ya Go” which features Helprin on vocals and guitar with Japanese guest vocalist CHAN-MIKA, Gnkosai on drums, Adachi “PANIC” Soichiro on guitar, Masashi Umeda on bass and produced by Ryoji Saito. The delightful and creative “Further Ya Go” video, which accompanied the single release, was filmed in Yokohamo, Japan, Venice, CA, and directed by Ichikiro.

Watch the "Further Ya Go” video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNmN1j9C2uY 

The “Snowbird” and “Further Ya Go” singles are the first new music from Blue-eyed Son since the 2013 release of the EP ‘Shadows on the Son’ which reveled in the spirit of alt-rock greats such as Wilco, Granddaddy and The Flaming Lips. After its release, Blue-eyed Son toured extensively and played more than 100 shows in the US and five shows in Japan making fans and friends around the world. Now, 2016 finds Blue-eyed Son’s Helprin writing and recording new songs for a full-length album (release date TBA), playing select dates, surfing, and enjoying time with his dogs. 

Get “Further Ya Go”

iTunes - http://apple.co/2cuk6Qh
Bandcamp - http://bit.ly/2culEd8
Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2dhBaYT
Official Website - http://www.blueeyedson.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/blueeyedsonmusic


JAY LARSON NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘HUMAN MATH’ AVAILABLE VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

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JAY LARSON’s new comedy album HUMAN MATH is now available on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. A follow-up to his debut album ‘Self Diagnosed’, Jay’s new stand-up album was recorded live in Atlanta, and features his masterful storytelling, life tips and a healthy dose of crowd work.

‘Human Math’ will be released on vinyl in the near future. In the meantime, head to iTunes to download your copy. Order “Human Math” on iTunes: http://apple.co/2duvCOo 

Jay Larson is best known as a stand-up comedian with multiple appearances on The Late Late Show, four appearances on Conan and his own Half Hour Special on Comedy Central. Jay’s style is completely original and his ability to connect to an audience through storytelling is unmatched. His “Wrong Number” story went viral after climbing to #1 on Reddit and was also featured on “This American Life” with Ira Glass claiming, “Perfect Comedy, Perfect Storytelling.” Jay’s storytelling has also been featured on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening” and can be heard every Toozdee on his wildly successful podcast “The CrabFeast”. 

While stand-up is his first love, Jay wears many hats. He has a role in the highly-anticipated second season of “Twin Peaks” set to air on Showtime in 2017; recently co-hosted two seasons of “Best Bars in America”; and also made his movie debut in the critically acclaimed thriller “The Invitation”. 

twitter: @JayLarsoncomedy
http://www.jaylarsoncomedy.com/

ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. Having already worked with such celebrated artists as Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Greg Proops, and Jen Kirkman, AST is looking forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.


THE NEW YORK TIMES AND WBUR PRESENT MODERN LOVE LIVE, OCTOBER 20TH aT TOWN HALL, NYC

HOSTED BY NPR’s OPHIRA EISENBERG wITH MODERN LOVE: THE PODCASTS MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI & DANIEL JONES OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

GUESTS INCLUDE: KATE BURTON (SCANDAL), DAVID HARBOUR (STRANGER THINGS), AMBER TAMBLYN (DARK SPARKLER), MICHELLE BUTEAU, LUCIUS.

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The New York Times and WBUR, Boston’s NPR Station, will present the first-ever Modern Love Live, a live recording of the hit podcast on Thursday, October 20th at 8pm at the historic Town Hall in New York City. Modern Love: The Podcast is based on The Time’s popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays. 

Meghna Chakrabarti (host of Modern Love: The Podcast) and Daniel Jones (editor of the “Modern Love” column) will be joined onstage by special guests for a night of readings, comedy, and music as the joys and tribulations of love come to life like never before. 

Modern Love Live will be taped at Town Hall and hosted by Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s Ask Me Another). “Modern Love” essays will be read by Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal) and Amber Tamblyn (Dark Sparkler); David Harbour (Stranger Things) interviews with the writers; comedy by Michelle Buteau; Indie pop band Lucius will be performing their music.

Tickets are available for purchase at:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/030050EFD6048AA1

This live show is produced by Pretty Good Friends, in collaboration with The New York Times and WBUR

(Top left to right: Meghna Chakrabarti, Daniel Jones, Ophira Eisenberg, Kate Burton. Bottom left to right: David Harbour, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Buteau, Lucius)

(Top left to right: Meghna Chakrabarti, Daniel Jones, Ophira Eisenberg, Kate Burton. Bottom left to right: David Harbour, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Buteau, Lucius)


W. KAMAU BELL ‘SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO’ COMEDY ALBUM OUT TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPT 30, VIA KILL ROCK STARS

OCTOBER STAND-UP TOUR ANNOUNCED

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“his standup remains as poignant and timely as ever” – SPLITSIDER

Critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. KAMAU BELL (“Totally Biased, CNN’s United Shades of America”) will release his first solo stand-up special ‘W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro’ on CD and MP3 today, Friday, September 30 via Kill Rock Stars. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me,” “Freakonomics”) and originally seen on Showtime, ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ was recorded live in Brooklyn and features Kamau’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children, and doing Black children’s hair—just to name a few. Throughout ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ Bell confirms his stature as one of the leading cultural critics of our time.

W. Kamau Bell is the host of the Emmy-nominated CNN docu-series United Shades of America,” KALWs Kamau Right Now,” the Chris Rock produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” and co-host of the popular podcast, “Politically Re-Active alongside Hari Kondabolu. Kamau has appeared on “Conan,” WTF with Marc Maron,” The Rachel Maddow Show,” The View,” Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” Comedy Central’s @midnight,” This American Life,” Tavis Smiley”—and more.

2017 will see the return of “United Shades of America on CNN and the release of his first book, “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian” (hardcover, June 6, 2017).

W. Kamau Bell Stand-Up Tour:

10/13 – DC @ Sixth & I Synagogue
10/14 – NYC @ Gramercy Theater
10/15 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater *Two shows 7:30 (SOLD OUT) & 10:30

All tickets now on sale: http://www.wkamaubell.com/fall-2016-standup-tour/ 

Order ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ 

Kill Rock Stars http://killrockstars.com/kamau/
iTunes http://smarturl.it/wkamaubell
Bandcamp

Watch video from album track “How Do You Know It Was Racism?”  


PATTON OSWALTS EMMY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY SPECIAL “TALKING FOR CLAPPING” TO BE RELEASED ON VINYL

AVAILABLE VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

VINYL-ONLY PRESSING INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + 2 BONUS TRACKS

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PATTON OSWALT returned to his adopted home of San Francisco in 2015 to tape his triumphant, Emmy Award-winning Netflix special “Talking for Clapping” and now you can enjoy the hilarity in the warm confines of vinyl via aspecialthing Records this Friday, September 23. From politics to parenting to pills, Oswalt brings surgical precision to the proceedings, balancing personal stories with the acidic pop analysis that has become his signature. Brilliantly conceived and masterful in its execution, “Talking for Clapping is Patton Oswalt at his finest

aspecialthing Records will release the vinyl-only pressing of Patton’s sixth comedy special “Talking for Clapping” which includes digital download + two bonus tracks. The limited-edition blue splatter vinyl pre-sales with proceeds going to 826LA have SOLD OUT.

In addition to being a heralded stand-up, Patton Oswalt has received critical acclaim for his roles in the films “Big Fan” and “Young Adult” while his fans also recognize him for his many TV appearances including a starring role on “The Heart, She Holler,” series regular on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” as well as “Caprica,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Justified,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Portlandia,” “Bored to Death,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “King of Queens”—and more.

Patton can currently be seen on Netflix’s show “Lady Dynamite,” starring fellow comedian, Maria Bamford; and on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Veep.” He also recently finished shooting the big screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel, The Circle alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega. 

OrderTalking For Clappingon vinyl with digital download + two bonus tracks

AST store (white vinyl): http://bit.ly/2cIZOVZ
Amazon (black vinyl): http://amzn.to/2cswAag
Newbury Comics, black vinyl + autographed poster: http://bit.ly/2c1o9Dt

ASPECIALTHING RECORDS (AST) is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing Records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. Having already worked with such celebrated artists as Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Greg Proops, and Jen Kirkman, AST is looking forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.

http://astrecords.virb.com/

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BLUE-EYED SON RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO

FURTHER YA GO” AVAILABLE TODAY VIA EENIE MEENIE RECORDS

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS CHAN-MIKA, RYOJI SAITO & MORE

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Indie singer songwriter BLUE-EYED SON releases his new single “FURTHER YA GO” via EENIE MEENIE RECORDS today, September 20, as well as a video featuring the talents of Japanese vocalist CHAN-MIKA, producer Ryoji Saito, Gnkosai on drums, Adachi “PANIC” Soichiro on guitar, and Masashi Umeda on bass.

Created jointly by American singer songwriter Andrew Heilprin, a.k.a Blue-eyed Son, and his special guests from Japan, “Further Ya Go” started out as a travel song with a message that no matter where you drift on the waves of time, your friends, family and memories will always go with you. Andrew tinkered around with the song for a couple of years but didn’t finish writing it until one night at a venue called BB Street in Yokohama, Japan. At the end of the night, Andrew asked the other artists to jam an encore with him and when he began playing the “Further Ya Go” chord progression, these magically talented Japanese friends rocked out the best live jam version of the song he had ever heard.

Upon returning home to Venice, CA, Andrew began trading files with his new friends and bringing the song to life. Recording remotely with artists all over the world isn’t anything new, but after hearing the initial mix and reflecting on the process, Andrew remarked that indeed as the song says, “the further ya go, the closer ya get.”

Get “Further Ya Go” single on iTunes:
Further Ya Go (feat. CHAN MIKA) - Single

Watch the brand new, charmingly creative “Further Ya Go” video filmed in Yokohamo and Venice, and directed by Ichikiro here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNmN1j9C2uY 

About Blue-eyed Son:

Singer songwriter Blue-eyed Son’s (aka Andrew Heilprin) shimmering acoustic mutations were revealed in his 2004 debut, ‘West of Lincoln’ - a critically acclaimed album that swam beneath the surface of the mainstream while yielding national tours, international tours to both Japan and Australia and licensing for films and TV shows including WEEDS and Grey’s Anatomy. In 2013, Eenie Meenie Records released Blue-eyed Son’s follow-up EP, ‘Shadows on the Son’, which revels in the spirit of alt-rock greats such as Wilco, Granddaddy, and The Flaming Lips. After its release, Blue-eyed Son toured extensively and played more than 100 shows in the US and five shows in Japan. Now, 2016 finds Blue-eyed Son writing/recording new songs for a full-length album release later this year and playing select dates, surfing and enjoying time with his dogs. 

http://www.blueeyedson.com/
https://www.facebook.com/blueeyedsonmusic

About Special Guests Featured in “Further Ya Go”:

Ryoji Saito (Arranger/Producer) is the frontman of a number of bands in Tokyo. He is working extensively as a composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. He also arranges and scores music for many TV programs in Japan.
http://saitoryoji.com/

CHAN-MIKA (Featured Vocals) is a female reggae singer from Yokohama, Japan. Her fascination with unprocessed sounds of soul, jazz, and reggae inspired her to start singing in bands. In August 2012, CHAN-MIKA released her first album “SIDE 2 SIDE" and was awarded Best New Reggae Artist of 2012 on iTunes. In 2015, she performed at Mid City Music Lounge in LA. So far, CHAN-MIKA has released three albums and held band sessions in New York, Jamaica, and Australia.
http://chan-mika.info/

Gnkosai (drums) http://gnkosai.com/gnkosaiband/
Adachi “PANIC” Soichiro (guitar) http://gnkosai.com/gnkosaiband/ 
Masashi Umeda (bass)


 “JON GLASER LOVES GEAR” TO PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 ON truTV WITH JOHN HODGMAN, STEVE CIRBUS, GUEST STAR JANEANE GAROFALO & MORE

JON GLASER (Trainwreck, Parks and Recreation, Girls) announces the premiere date for his new TV series JON GLASER LOVES GEAR on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 10pm ET/PT with back-to-back episodes on truTV. The hybrid comedy series’ 10-episode first season, created by and starring Jon Glaser, will feature John Hodgman (The Daily Show), Steve Cirbus (Delocated), Miriam Tolan, and Eva Solveig in recurring roles. Guest appearances include Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, John Early (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Jo Firestone (The Jim Gaffigan Show), mixed martial artist Renzo Gracie, bass fishing champ Woo Davesformer NHL All-Star and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ron DuguayPeter Grosz (Veep), and Robert Kelly (Louie). They all play alongside the series’ star Jon as he sets out to make a docu-series about his greatest passion: gear. Ironically, it’s this very obsession that continually threatens to derail the show, sending each episode spiraling off on deeply personal tangents.

Jon Glaser’s additional TV credits include Delocated! and Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter, both of which he also created, co-wrote, co-executive produced and starred in. Emmy-nominated shows include Parks and Recreation, Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and MTV’s cult comedy show Wonder Showzen. His book “My Dead Dad Was In ZZ Top” was published by Harper Collins.

Jon Glaser Loves Gear is produced by PFFR with Vernon Chatman, John Lee, and Alyson Levy executive producing alongside Glaser, Dave Becky, Richard Korson, and David Miner.

A special sneak peek of the series’ first episode will air Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00pm ET/PT immediately following Adam Ruins Everything Election Special on truTV. (Press screeners available soon.)


EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FEST ADDS MORE TALENT & EXTRA EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND'S SHOWS: SEPTEMBER 15-17

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The EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is the world’s first sincere­ and ­ironic comedy event that celebrates a close­ knit comedy community while making fun of the trappings of mainstream comedy festivals. Now in its 9th amazing year, the popular annual event returns with another excellent lineup of shows starting this Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17. Tickets & info on all shows at: http://prettygoodfriends.com/emcf

JUST ANNOUNCED:

VANESSA BAYER from Saturday Night Live will be joining StarTalk Live!at the Beacon Theater on Thursday, September 15. 

After-show parties will be held at the Bell House with KARAOKE Friday night and a PLEASANT MIDDLE-AGED AFTER PARTY Saturday night featuring...what else but hummus, board games and house design magazines.

Both before and after You’re the Expert on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Bell House, there will be a special guest SCIENCE MIME...miming all things science, of course. Then there’s the foretelling SALSA MARKET WATCH featuring a revealing salsa dancer whispering stock tips in your ear...

The 2016 festival kicks off with StarTalk Live!” at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and continues with great comedy the next two nights at the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn. 

This year’s fest features namesake/curator/comedy host extraordinaire, Eugene Mirman plus an all­-star cast of guests including, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Glaser, Chris Duffy, Aparna Nancherla, Ophira Eisenberg, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Josh Gondelman, Hari Kondabolu, Jo Firestone, Marina Franklin, Sasheer Zamata, Kevin Barnett, Maeve Higgins, Caroline Rhea, Vanessa Bayer, Michael Ian Black, Sean Lennon, The Westerlies, Carolyn Porco, Sasheer Zamata, Josh Sharp, Mehran Khaghani, Marina Franklin, Kevin Barnett, Claudia Cogan, Shalewa Sharpe, Steve Macone, Al Park, Molly Ruben-Long, Sydnee Washington, Kerry Coddett, Tanael Joachim, Ahmed Bharoocha, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Jim Tews, Ryan Donahue, plus musicians and surprise guests! In addition to the comedy onstage, offstage you may also find a bouncy castle with a therapist inside, a roaming CPA dressed like a clown giving tax advice, or a station where you can throw a water balloon at a slam poet. 

Some shows have already SOLD OUT so don’t miss your opportunity to attend the 9th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in New York! Check out FEST INFO for venues, dates and times.


RISK! RELEASES EPIC 300th EPISODE FEATURING
THE STATE: TRUE, UNCENSORED STORIES FROM MEMBERS OF CULT COMEDY TROUPE

INCLUDING: David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney, Michael Showalter, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Robert Ben Garant, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black and RISK! creator & host Kevin Allison

RISK! releases its 300th episode with an epic podcast featuring true, uncensored stories from every single member of cult comedy troupe THE STATE. You’ll hear David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney, Michael Showalter, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Robert Ben Garant, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, and RISK! Creator & Host Kevin Allison sharing funny, and many never-before-heard stories about their lives behind the scenes and working and playing together in the 90sJaneane Garofalo makes a guest appearance. In classic RISK! form, it’s also completely uncensored and couldn’t be aired on regular radio, but you can download or stream as a free podcast on the RISK site and platforms including iTunes.

Go to http://risk-show.com/podcast/remembering-the-state/ to hear about:

  • Joe Lo Truglio tells about doing psychedelic mushrooms for the first time with the group
  • Tom Lennon’s surprise from Kerri Kenney during his first rehearsal with The State 
  • Michael Ian Black tells about how the competitiveness of the group once made him vomit all over himself
  • David Wain describes a gourmet dinner party the group once threw where all the food and supplies were shoplifted
  • Ken Marino tells of the time the group once screamed orgasmically for 40 minutes nonstop
  • Ben Garant talks dropping out of the group to become a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
  • Michael Showalter describes how Kevin Allison got the idea to add a severed pigs head as a prop for a State sketch while in a gay sex club
  • Kerri Kenney-Silver tells about the first time the group heard Smells Like Teen Spirit and slam danced like never before or since. 
  • And more!

The RISK! podcast, which started in 2009 in former State member Kevin Allisons NYC apartment, has grown to be a hugely popular live show and podcast getting over 1.5 million downloads every month from fans around the world.

RISK! LIVE is performed monthly at both The Bell House in Brooklyn and Bootleg Theater in LA. It also travels across the country with host Kevin Allison to showcase local talent and stories.

SEE RISK! LIVE:

8/24 – Brooklyn @ The Bell House, hosted by Kevin Allison, 8pm
9/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Post Theater
http://www.ticketfly.com/venue/7375-the-post-theater/

9/17 – LA, CA @ The Bootleg Theater, hosted by Beowulf Jones
9/22 – Nashville, TN @ Belcourt Theater  
http://bit.ly/2c6VTSr

9/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, hosted by Kevin Allison, 8pm
9/30 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
ttp://www.thebroadberry.com/event/1276449-risk-live-show-podcast-richmond/

10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, hosted by Kevin Allison, 8pm
11/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Café Istanbul  
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2586610
11/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance
http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2016/risk

 Listen to past RISK! podcasts, keep up with RISK! LIVE and more athttp://risk-show.com/

twitter: @RISKshow


W. KAMAU BELL ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RELEASE

‘SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO’ OUT SEPT 30 VIA KILL ROCK STARS

FALL STAND-UP TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. KAMAU BELL (Totally Biased, CNN’s United Shades of America) announces the album release of his first solo stand-up special, W. KAMAU BELL: SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Freakonomics) and originally seen on Showtime, ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ was filmed before a live audience in Brooklyn and features Kamau’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children, and doing Black children’s hair just to name a few. Throughout ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ Bell confirms his stature as one of the leading cultural critics of our time.

Upon the film’s release in April, Kamau said, “We live in critical times and comedy can help make those times a little bit easier to deal with. I hope that ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ can help people laugh and deal with these times. Also, I hope it helps me afford better health insurance. Specifically dental and vision.”

W. Kamau Bell is the host of the Emmy-nominated CNN docu-series “United Shades Of America”, KALW's “Kamau Right Now”, the Chris Rock produced “Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell” and current co-host of “Totally Re-Active” podcast alongside Hari Kondabolu. Kamau has appeared on Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Comedy Central’s @midnight, The Nerdist, This American Life, Tavis Smiley, and more.

‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ follows Kamau’s previous two stand-up comedy albums: One Night Only’ and ‘Face Full of Flour’ which was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. 

Hear album track “How Do You Know It Was Racism?”
https://soundcloud.com/killrockstars/w-kamau-bell-how-do-you-know-it-was-racism/s-5AAj6

Pre-order ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ http://killrockstars.com/kamau/

“Politically Re-Active” podcast with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu:  
http://www.politicallyreactive.com/


truTV ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! Tour

15-CITY TOUR BRINGS UPCOMING ELECTION SPECIAL TO LIFE

truTV announced today the first-ever tour of ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! which kicks off on September 13 in Seattle at the legendary Showbox. Starring comedian Adam Conover and featuring his trademark humor and wit, the 15-city live stage show will feature elements of the recently-announced Adam Ruins Everything Election Special, which will be shot immediately following the tour and premiere Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on truTV

“I'm so excited to give audiences across the country a sneak peek of the Adam Ruins Everything Election Special before it hits truTV,” said Conover. “We'll be breaking down the history of our nation's election system, dispelling myths about our democracy, and diagnosing what makes this election different from any other. And every show will feature never-before-seen material that won't make it to TV and guarantees to blow your mind.”

Tickets for ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! go on sale Friday, August 12 at axs.com at noon local time in each market. The tour is produced by AEG Live.

The Adam Ruins Everything television series stars Conover as he embarks on a comically inventive yet unrelentingly serious quest to reveal the hidden truths behind everything you know and love. Tackling topics ranging from football and weddings to drugs and prison, he gives you not just fun facts to know and tell your friends, but information that will make you see the world in a whole new way. 

In the upcoming hour-long election special and on the corresponding ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! tour, Conover brings that same approach to the upcoming presidential election and explains everything you need to know before entering the booth on Election Day.

Watch the new season trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAG-0kKHSmI


HARI KONDABOLU ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY ALBUM

‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ OUT ON KILL ROCK STARS

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“Hari Kondabolu’s ‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ Should Definitely Be Your Next Comedy Album” – THECOMEDYBUREAU

Hari is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by the New York Times and an “inventive and groundbreaking comedian by The AV Club. ‘Mainstream American Comic’, his 2nd stand-up album, was recorded live in Portland, OR, and on it, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy. In an early review, the Seattle Times calls the album “fantastic” noting “Kondabolu proves throughout the album that he’s a comedian who has found his voice and figured out how to harness it for consistent laughs.”  

VIDEO: album track “All Lives Don’t Matter”: https://youtu.be/7t7OiqpFLkA 

A popular headlining stand-up, Hari has performed on stages around the country and will be on tour in support of ‘Mainstream American Comic’. The tour launches next Friday in Detroit before he heads to Milwaukee, Chicago and back to Brooklyn for release shows – 3rd show added by popular demand! – and back out again.

A former writer and correspondent for “Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell, Hari has teamed up with Kamau for a new podcast called “Politically Re-Active” which recently premiered.
Find it here: http://www.politicallyreactive.com/ 

ORDER ‘Mainstream American Comic’ digital or CD: www.killrockstars.com/hari

MORE INFO + TOUR DATES...


MATT AND KIM BRING THE PARTY TO MO POP THIS SUNDAY


CATCH THEIR SET @ 7:20PM ON GRANDE STAGE

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MATT AND KIM are ready to bring the party to Mo Pop Festival Sunday, July 24 with a 7:20 p.m. set on the Grande Stage. The duo known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live shows return to Detroit on the heels of touring with Ellie Goulding and the release of their hot new EP WE WERE THE WEIRDOS (FADER) and viral video for EP track Let's Run Away” - SEE IT HERE


RHEA BUTCHER aNNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HER DEBUT NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘BUTCHER’ 

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(photo credit: megan thompson)

Out August 19 On Kill Rock Stars


RHEA BUTCHERS’s ‘BUTCHER’ on KILL ROCK STARS, recorded live in Portland, OR, perfectly showcases Rhea’s brilliant takes on vegetarian dog ownership, her wardrobe and mistaken identity, her Ohio roots – and much more. Read on for more information along with Rhea’s tour schedule.


Making A Murderer’s DEAN STRANG & JERRY BUTING:
A CONVERSATION ON JUSTICE TOUR

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DEAN STRANG and JERRY BUTING, defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer, announce North American dates for A CONVERSATION ON JUSTICE TOUR.

The Tour will involve the two attorneys in conversation about the Steven Avery case and its broader implications, as well as a discussion on the larger topic of the American criminal justice system. Each night will also feature a Q&A portion and the opportunity for the audience to address questions directly to Dean Strang and Jerry Buting.


JEN KIRKMAN ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR, NEW STAND-UP SPECIAL TAPING IN NYC

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JEN KIRKMAN announces summer tour dates as she gears up to tape her next comedy special in NYC this fall. On her summer tour, audiences will have the opportunity to see brand new material from Jen before it airs in 2017. She’ll be talking about getting her first tattoo at 41, a newfound hypochondria, the stupidity of long distance relationships, road rage, talking to strangers, and more! And after many of the summer shows, Jen will hang around to meet fans and sign copies of her great new book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction)”. Check out Jen's upcoming dates at http://www.jenkirkman.com/tour-dates/

Jen's Netflix Original Comedy Special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” is streaming worldwide and was named one of the top ten stand-up specials of 2015 by The AtlanticNew York Magazine and Time Out New York

A New York Times Best Selling Author, her first book, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself (Tales of a Happy Life Without Kids)” hit shelves in April 2013. Her follow-up book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction)" was released in April 2016 again gaining praise from fans and critics alike.


EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FEST DATES ANNOUNCED: SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2016

“a favorite of alternative comedians and comedy­savvy fans” – New York Times

“one of Brooklyn's signature comedy events” – amNY

The EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is the world’s first sincere­ and ­ironic comedy event that celebrates a close­ knit comedy community while making fun of the trappings of mainstream comedy festivals. Now in its 9th amazing year, the popular annual event returns with another excellent lineup of shows Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17. The 2016 festival kicks off with StarTalk Live! at The Beacon Theatre in NYC and continues with great comedy the next two nights at The Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn. 

This year’s fest features namesake/curator/comedy host extraordinaire, Eugene Mirman plus an all­-star cast of guests including, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Glaser, Chris Duffy, Aparna Nancherla, Ophira Eisenberg, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Josh Gondelman, Hari Kondabolu, Jo Firestone, Marina Franklin, Sasheer Zamata, Kevin Barnett, Maeve Higgins, and more to be announced, plus musicians and surprise guests. In addition to the comedy onstage, offstage you may also find a bouncy castle with a therapist inside, a roaming CPA dressed like a clown giving tax advice, or a station where you can throw a water balloon at a slam poet. 

If history repeats itself, these shows will sell out, most in advance, so don’t miss your opportunity to attend the 9th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in New York! Check out FEST INFO for venues, dates and times.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at http://eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com


MATT BRAUNGER HEADS OUT ON “MADE OF MISTAKES” TOUR INCLUDING 3 NIGHTS AT JFL MONTREAL

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(photo credit: NashCO Photography)

Comedian MATT BRAUNGER takes his new stand-up show “Made of Mistakes out on tour this summer including headlining dates at Just For Laughs Montreal on July 25, 26, 28. A popular stand-up and actor hailed as “a devastatingly funny stand-up comedian” (TheLaughButton) “with the every-dude likability of Will Ferrell.” (SF Gate), Matt Braunger has made a nice niche for himself in the comedy world. He has also messed up. Many times; from getting a tattoo at 19 on a dare in a pool hall, to his DUI for driving too slow while visiting his parents, and much more, he explains it all in his newest stand-up show. Don’t miss it. Check out more info for Matt’s tour schedule.

Many fans also recognize Matt from his many TV appearances including cast member on Mad TV, stand up on CONAN, a recurring role on Marvel’s Agent Carter, Comedy Central’s @midnight, MARON, Chelsea Lately, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Pete Holmes Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His latest special “Big Dumb Animal” was named as a Netflix Best Stand-Up Special. His web series “White Flight” is available on ComedyCentral.com. He also hosts the popular podcast “The Ding-Donger” on Nerdist.  

Find all of Matt's dates and keep up with him on Twitter & Instagram!
http://www.mattbraunger.com/