Thursday, November 1, 2012

Beards and Boobs Comedy Show Is Like Ultimate Fighting Championship with Free Pizza

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The Notebook's Ryan Gosling. The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis. San Francisco's Matt Louv. What do these fine gentlemen have in common?

It's that sexy beard. We can't get enough of it!

"The beard fad is in full swing right now," says comedian Justin Alan, producer of the monthly Beards and Boobs Comedy Show. As for that second part? "Who doesn't like boobies?" he replies simply.

And so a show was born.

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The first Friday of every month, Alan gathers San Francisco's up-and-coming comedic bearded men, boob-bearing ladies, transvestites, and transgender folks at Portal's Tavern for a free comedy show. As a producer, Alan says, he is still "under the radar," so he works hard to bring in San Francisco's finest before they blow up. Fast-rising stars like Sammy Obeid and Shanti Charan have graced Portal's raised-dining-area-turned-stage for Beards and Boobs, and the highly-requested Leslie Small will be returning to headline the show in the future.

If, somehow, a quality free comedy show in a cozy dive bar is not enough to draw you out to West Portal on a Friday night, Alan sweetens the deal. The show comes with free pizza, and -- really, you're not sold yet? -- "girls in bikinis and heels" to introduce each comic.

Are you there yet? Or are you folding your arms and deepening your frown over something about objectification?

"All I'm trying to do is make it not a boring same-old comedy show," Alan explains. In a comedy scene as over-saturated as the Bay Area's, he says, "I could go to your show or literally any other show," any night of the week. He's taken a tip from the UFC to make this show unique and interesting: People like girls in bikinis holding signs that tell them what's going on. And he's taken a tip from, I assume, a bunch of poor comedians and stoners: Everything is better when you're holding a free slice of pizza.

If you're still wearing that frown, this month's show, which happens tomorrow night at 8 p.m. is for you. To maintain the equality San Francisco has fought so hard to uphold, tomorrow's Beards and Boobs Comedy Show will not feature a ringside girl in a bikini, but rather a ringside guy in a beard. What else will he be wearing? There's only one way to find out.

See the Beards and Boobs Comedy Show starring Matt Louv and featuring Leo Moreland, Keon Kobra, Kate Willett, Ryan Cronin, and Dustin Hempstead, and hosted by Justin Alan this Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. at Portal's Tavern, 179 West Portal Ave.

Matt Louv performs at the Purple Onion

Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.

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