Vanity Fair needed attention a while back, and so it published an awesome essay by Christopher Hitchens titled I Don't Get Out Much. Really it was called Why Women Aren't Funny, and it's had the effect of promoting the hell out of women comedians. Here in San Francisco particularly, we've seen an explosion of really, really talented women, killing rooms all over the place -- we just saw Emily Heller at the Punch Line, opening for W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery with a set that pretty much slayed. Here at Night & Day, we've already told you about most of the other performers at Wits 'n' Ass as well: Marcella Arguello, Janine Brito, Chris Burns, Katie Compa, Emily Heller, Ally Johnson, Loren Kraut, Veronica Mannion, Kelly McCarron, Morgan, Natasha Muse, Allison Page, and Mary Van Note. The lineup is so ridiculously high-quality that it calls to mind someone punching Christopher Hitchens really, really hard in the tummy; any audience member who sits through this entire slate is bound to feel stomach pain as well, but in a different way. We're not playing favorites, but the hordes of the slightly mentally ill really shouldn't miss Ms. Kraut's dry, sometimes cruel assessments of the diagnosed life.
Thu., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., 2010