Best New Storytelling Series

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Stand-up comedians Joe Klocek and Bruce Pachtman have created a series that's not quite stand-up comedy, not quite straight-up storytelling, yet some of each. Put another way: These are true stories that make you laugh but also can carry a serious undertone. Each lineup is a pro-am mix of people who inhabit the stage for a living alongside those who do so only occasionally — some even for the first time. Klocek is among the hardest-working comedians in the city, and it shows. The series began as a monthly Sunday event at Stage Werx in San Francisco, but has recently added Wednesday open-mic nights and a Saturday show at the Marsh in Berkeley. Klocek and Pachtman hired a professional film crew several months ago to shoot the series, and they're knocking on the door of PBS in an attempt to get it on television. Guests scheduled for this summer include Scott Capurro and Greg Proops. These guys are going places.

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