Getting the Business

Long-time fans of The Business, a black-box comedy showcase in the Mission District, might have cried big crocodile tears when founding member Chris Garcia fled to Los Angeles last July. But evidently, one man's loss is another's gain — and in this case we all benefitted. Famed political comedian Nato Green stepped in as Garcia's replacement, and over a 12-month tenure he's helped enhance the show's production quality. This year The Business added a slew of new themed nights (including "The Competitively Erotic Edition") and imaginative guests (such as an artisanal chocolatier). And this month the troupe will take all that work to its only logical conclusion: a series of variety shows at a much larger venue, presented in conjunction with like-minded showcase Club Chuckles. The kick-off, called "KURT TUB!" will feature sets by Kurt Braunohler — who will present material from his new album on Kill Rock Stars — and Comedy Central yuckster Laura Kightlinger. Business comedians Green, Sean Keane, and Bucky Sinister will round the show out, along with surprise musical guests.

Fri., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., 2013
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