We caught up with Nato Green, San Francisco stand-up and subject of this week's cover, right before Green prepared to set off on a cross country tour, bringing his brand of San Francisco comedy to Red State America.
From our story in this week's print edition:
Green and his act are decidedly -- and vocally -- left of center. He takes on current social and political trends, both local and national, with biting wit. Here he is on San Francisco's infamous sit-lie law, which makes it illegal to sprawl out on the sidewalk: "What the chief of police seems to be unaware of is that 100 percent of crime is committed by people who are not lying down." And here are his thoughts on the rise of the Tea Party: "White people cannot handle hope. We experience hope as a down payment on things to come. As in, 'I feel hopeful, so where is my shit?'"
Want to catch Green in the act? He's at the Purple Onion tomorrow night, Sept. 8, and starts his nationwide tour in Phoenix on Sept. 10.