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Go See Some Comedy: Myq Kaplan at Cynic Cave and More

From time to time, a week comes to pass where everyone I would want to see live comes to town all at once. This is that week. Clear your calendar and follow my instructions to the letter or you will rue the day. Yes it’s a cavalcade of white dudes, but they’re so good they’ll give you hope for the redemption of an otherwise dying and irrelevant demographic.

First, Sean Patton is at the Punchline on Tuesday & Wednesday. He’s not there for the weekend, because Sean and I will be performing together on Friday in New Orleans for the Hell Yes Fest. Sean is a great comic, and his performance has so much energy and intensity and commitment that seeing him live is a whole other deal.

He’s from New Orleans originally, and helped rebuild the comedy scene there after Hurricane Katrina. As he said once, “if there is ever a time you’re gonna be a comedian, this is when you be a goddamn comedian.”

Then stay at the Punchline Thursday to Saturday to see Dana Gould. Dana is one of the greats. He started in Boston, lived in San Francisco for awhile, and wrote for the Simpsons. He’s one of those comics who makes me want to quit and/or work harder because he’s got it all going on: a point of view, intelligence, a prolific work ethic, darkness, stories, one-liners, characters, act-outs, absurd twists.

This year, Dana gave the keynote speech at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Every comic I know was moved and inspired by this:

Also my friend Myq Kaplan is in town this week. On Thursday, he’s at Doc’s Lab and Friday at Cynic Cave. Myq is so funny and so smart. He has a blistering-pace of delivery with jokes nested in jokes nested in wordplay and bizarre ideas. I love to watch him and you should too:

On Sunday, Mike Lawrence is at The Independent. He just did my show Iron Comic at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles and crushed it. He’s great.

Finally, wrap your week up back at Cynic Cave on Monday to see David Huntsberger. David is most known from the late Professor Blastoff Podcast he hosted with Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan, but we’ve worked together a lot of times. Not a lot of people make science as funny as David:

To recap: Tuesday or Wednesday: Sean Patton. Thursday and Friday: Myq Kaplan. Saturday: Dana Gould (or Thursday or Friday when you’re not watching Kaplan). Sunday: Mike Lawrence. Monday: David Huntsberger.

After that, you can scale back your comedy watching for a few weeks. But this week, your time is spoken for, by dick jokes.

Nato Green is also a comedian who recommends comedy on KALW public radio, writes a column for the San Francisco Examiner, and performs regularly at the Cynic Cave.

[Photo: Anya Kaplan]

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Go See Some Comedy: DJ Real at PianoFight and More

It’s New Venue Week for my comedy recommendations.

To record more comedians to play during my FSFSF segment on KALW 91.7 public radio, I’ve booked a bunch of my favorite local comics for a showcase at PianoFight this Wednesday, September 23. PianoFight is a new venue and a welcome addition to the scene. We’ll have standup from Kaseem Bentley, Karinda Dobbins, DJ Real, Mary Van Note, George Chen, Drew Platt, Irene Tu, and me. That’s a great show.

For a taste, here’s a clip of Karinda Dobbins:

This Friday, head to Doc’s Lab in the old Purple Onion space in North Beach for Picture This. Picture This is a show in LA that has traveled and migrated where comedians perform while animators and artists illustrate their routine on a screen behind them in real time.

Among the gang of great comedians, Picture This features Sean Keane. He’s in LA now, but he’ll always be the prodigal son of San Francisco comedy.

Also Doc’s has great cocktails and a great selection of bourbon.

You can listen to these recommendations on KALW 91.7 FM public radio during my segment FSFSF, which airs every Tuesday during All Things Considered. FSFSF shines on spotlight on great Bay Area comedians past and present.

Go see some comedy.

Nato Green is a comedian and writer who loves It’s-It’s and pork buns. Send gift certificates to @natogreen.

[Photo: PianoFight]

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Live Dating Game Comes to PianoFight Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night brings a live dating game to PianoFight, the bar/restaurant/venue that opened last December in the Tenderloin. The show, titled “A Dating Game,” is a booze soaked and profanity laden version of the 1960’s television show with local twenty and thirty somethings on stage as contestants. 

From the ticketing page:

Bay Area singles compete for dates while hordes of strangers cheer them on in A Dating Game, the groundbreaking and genre-defying show that forever changed the face of comedy-matchmaking. A Dating Game is the show that brings together three eligible singles and one lucky bachelor(ette) and gives him or her a chance to question potential dates, then choose an escort for a great night out at a local hot spot— all in front of a live audience.

The show is Friday, May 29th at 8pm, and is an updated version of Z Dating Game. You can buy tickets here or RSVP/invite your friends here.

Oh, and Prince cover band Purple Heart is playing a free show in the PianoFight bar after A Dating Game. So that’s pretty much your entire night right there.

In full disclosure, the author of this post is a coproducer of A Dating Game.