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Friday, June 17, 2016

Louis C.K. Also Beat the Warriors at the Nourse Last Night

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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It was a first world Sophie’s Choice.

The Warriors were staring down a chance to clinch their second championship in as many years, and Louis C.K. was going on at 8 p.m. Fortunately, the Dubs made it quite clear in an atrocious first quarter of action in Game 6 of the NBA Finals that they had no intention of rising to the occasion, so there was little regret as I hopped in a Lyft and headed to the Nourse for a very intimate evening with one of the best comics working today.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Adam Sandler and Friends Went Back to the Basics at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM

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It feels like it has been an eternity since someone last wrote something nice about Adam Sandler.

Yes, the Saturday Night Live alum responsible for 90s goofball gems like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore has certainly taken his lumps in recent years. His film Jack and Jill, in which Sandler played brother and sister identical twins (which is…not a thing) had the dubious distinction winning more Razzie awards than any other film in history. The Ridiculous Six, his first movie under a six-picture deal with Netflix, brought reports from production of insensitivity to Native Americans. Grown Ups and its sequel appear not give even the slightest hint that they are anything more than an excuse for Sandler and his friends to hangout together under the pretext of shooting a film.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cynic Cave Send-off This Saturday at Lost Weekend Video

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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The hosts of Cynic Cave

After three years of stand-up comedy showcases in the basement of the Lost Weekend Video, Cynic Cave will bid adieu this Saturday with a four-hour comedy extravaganza.

In January, Lost Weekend Video announced plans to relocate to Alamo Drafthouse on Mission St., leaving its regular rotation of alt-comedy shows, including Talkies and Attractive Camp, looking for new digs. The move is set to take place some time this month.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dave Attell Tells All

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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  • Dave Attell plays Cobb's Comedy Club on Jan. 29-30.

Best known for hit series Dave’s Old Porn and Insomniac with Dave Attell, seasoned comedian Dave Attell is not afraid to say that older is better when it comes to porn, cocktails or joke-telling styles.

SF Weekly chatted with the funnyman, who plays four nights at Cobb's on Jan. 29-30, about how the older generation of comics compares to today's YouTube sensations, his desire to finally settle down and why vintage porn is just better.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Sally Field, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bamford, and More

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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  • Brian Huskey, Jon Gabrus, and Mary Holland perform at "ASSSSCAT."


Dispatches from SF Sketchfest
will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-24). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let you know what's coming next!


All good things must come to end, and in the case of the 15th annual San Francisco Sketchfest, its closing weekend was one for the ages. On Thursday evening, Maria Bamford reminded a packed house at the Marines Memorial Theatre why she is one of the most innovative stand-up comics working today. Her set was preceded by impressive turns from host Natasha Muse and opener Jackie Kashian

Saturday evening featured Sketchfest mainstays the Upright Citizen's Brigade performing "ASSSSCAT," their signature long-form improv show at the Nourse. Introducing the group, co-founder Janet Varney called them "one of the reasons Sketchfest was able to become the festival you see today." UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh were joined by some of their theatre's best improvisers: Brian Huskey, Mary Holland, and Jon Gabrus. Taking on the monologist role that inspires the improvised scenes was Academy Award-winner Sally Field and Wet Hot American Summer star Michael Showalter

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nato's Comedy Picks: Sketchfest Week Three, Iron Comic and more

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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It's the final weekend of Sketchfest. We made it, everybody. One more weekend, so clear your calendars and see more shows. Good news/bad news: The good news is that the good people of the festival piled a lot of great shows on this last weekend. The bad news is that a lot of them are already sold out. So to help you get the most of your weekend, I've picked shows and performers that you must see that are not already sold out (for now). Also, for great stand-ups, try to find shows where you can see people in a format not doing regular standup. That's the best part of the festival.

One of my favorite comedians and people, Guy Branum is back in town for three shows. On Sunday, he's doing Iron Comic at Cobb's. Moshe Kasher and I pull topics out of a hat and 5 comedians have eight minutes to write two minutes on each topic. It's like a comedy Iron Chef with no stakes. Past topics have been things like elephants, drone strikes, or ghosts. Guy has done it before and he is amazing at Iron Comic. He's a veteran comedy writer (currently working on Mindy Kaling's show for Hulu), and a prodigious standup with a singular voice and intellect. His background is equally unusual: He's a gay Jewish ex-lawyer raised by Jewish redneck almond farmers in rural California. Guy will be competing against a murderer's row featuring Janeane Garofalo, Dana Gould, Greg Behrendt, and Brandon Wardell. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Laraine Newman, Jack McBrayer, Ricki Lake, and More

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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  • The cast of "Facebook Improv"


Dispatches from SF Sketchfest
will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-23). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let you know what's coming next!


Sunday of Sketchfest's second weekend was a double helping of two shows at the Marines Memorial Theater that have simple concepts but brilliant executions. First up was "Celebrity Autobiography," where famous faces like Pamela Adlon (King of the Hill), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Ricki Lake (Hairspray), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), and Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live) take turns reading from the "memoirs" of esteemed authors like Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber. There's no sketch or improv: the truly unbelievable passages and pitch perfect readings are all that's needed.

That evening, the boys of "Facebook Improv" brought their wildly popular show from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles up to the Bay. Willing audience members volunteered bits of information that make them interesting candidates, and then improvisers Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Owen Burke (UCB Artistic Director), Seth Morris (Kroll Show), and Charlie Sanders (Children's Hospital) picked two to log into their Facebook accounts on stage. After a bit of browsing and discussion, the quartet improvises scenes based on the profile in question.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Nick Kroll, Pete & Pete, Patton Oswalt, and More

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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UPDATED, Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.: 
Unfortunately, Judah Friedlander has canceled his SF Sketchfest appearance.

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest
will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-23). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let you know what's coming next!


The second weekend of San Francisco Sketchfest started with a throwback, as a large majority of the original cast of Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete reunited at the Marines Memorial Theater on Friday night. Actors Michael C. Maronna (Big Pete Wrigley), Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley), Toby Huss (Artie, the Strongest Man in the World), Rick Gomez (Endless Mike), frequent music collaborator Mark Mulcahy, and series creators Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb were joined by special guests Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, Emily Heller, and Matt Braunger for some scene readings from the cult classic show.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nato's Comedy Picks: Sketchfest Week 2 Brent Weinbach & Janine Brito

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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It's hardly week two of Sketchfest, and I'm already exhausted. There's a show for every style and interest during the festival. My personal preference is go see specific comics rather than themed shows, but it's all great and a lot of stuff is sold out already so don't delay. Here are my picks for this week.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Christopher Guest, Cameron Esposito, Jon Hamm and More: Dispatches from Sketchfest, Jan. 8-10

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Dispatches from SF Sketchfest will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-23). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let you know what's coming next!

The opening weekend of San Francisco Sketchfest featured a staggering array of quality programming. On Friday evening, comics Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher brought their Los Angeles-based "Put Your Hands Together" show to Cobb's, with guest performers Howard Kremer, Joe DeRosa, and Todd Barry.

The festivities started early on Saturday, with an 11 a.m. live taping of the Never Not Funny podcast featuring Jimmy Pardo, co-host Matt Belknap, fan favorite Pat Francis, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm. The Castro Theatre later hosted a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Waiting for Guffman, with director Christopher Guest and stars Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and Bob Balaban joining together to reminisce after a screening of the film. Things took a turn for the inebriated on Saturday night with Sketchfest's "Spotlight on Drunk History," as host Derek Waters brought past narrators like Kyle Kinane and Esposito to the stage for some sloshed banter and clips from the show. Sunday afternoon included a panel dedicated to Netflix's BoJack Horseman at Cobb's, where show creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, voice talent Paul F. Tompkins, production designer Lisa Hanawalt and supervising director Mike Hollingsworth discussed the show with moderator Mara Wilson.

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