SF Sketchfest: Absurdity Carries the Night at Pretty Good Friends

A group stand-up show of five or six comedians doing 15 minutes each is going to be vulnerable to the different tone and style each comic brings. The more well-established a comedian is, the more defined his or her voice, which is why group shows are most often a “split decision,” so to speak. At Cobb's on Friday night, Eugene Mirman put on a version of his Brooklyn-based show Pretty Good Friends for an SF Sketchfest audience, and the result was mostly wonderful.

Mirman is an absurdist, but one whose sense of the absurd stems directly from everyday life: social media, reality television, and advertising fuel a view that certain basic social customs are laughably unacceptable. This perspective was best illustrated in Friday's show when Mirman described targeting outlandish Facebook ads (“Hate girls? Good! They eat boys.”) at particular demographics (adolescent boys, in this case), just to find out whether or not they got any traffic. (They do.)

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