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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Look at All the Comedy in the Mission

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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Don't miss these funny nights in the San Francisco neighborhood where the most cool kids go.

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Comedy Bodega -- Thursdays at 8 p.m.

at Esta Noche Nightclub, 3079 16th St. (at Mission)

Marga Gomez has presented this free showcase since January. Stellar past guests include Scott Capurro, Natasha Muse, and Nato Green.

The producer adds, "The owner has been so gracious as to provide a spread of Latin food for the audience every week. ... Our audience has been a sweet mix of demographics, and I'm proud of the shows we put on."

Stop by for tomorrow's show at 8 p.m., featuring Ronn Vigh, Rajeev Dar, Riah Gouvea, Susan Malleta, Marga Gomez, and Yvette Fernandez.

The Romane Event -- last Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m.

at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St (at Mission)

The popular monthly stand-up showcase recently celebrated its seventh anniversary at the Make-Out Room.

"I always wanted to have a show that was doing the best job for the audience," the show's producer, Paco Romane, told SF Weekly in March. "If the audience isn't having fun, the comic isn't going to have fun. And what's the point?"

Romane has built a rapport with his audience, and he sees tons of regulars returning every month. Hundreds of comics vie for the limited spots at the show each year, so you know the ones who make it are worth seeing.

Events at the Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 19th St.)

The Business -- Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Produced by and featuring local comedy all-stars Sean Keane, Chris Garcia, Bucky Sinister, Alex Koll, Caitlin Gill, and Chris Thayer (and their guests), The Business is one of the best showcases in the city and a steal at just $5. The variety, skill, and energy of the performers comes through, even though often they're trying out new material. The confidence of producers has helped them built a lasting rapport with their audience.

The Front Row (see website for dates)

Formed in 2009, this all-woman sketch comedy troupe includes four Bay Area writers, actresses, and comediennes: Lauren, the sassy one; Layla, the sporty one; Jennifer, the young one; and Lisa, the delusional one who has named herself a 1984 Wrestlemania champ.

Hand to Mouth (see website for dates)

Comedians perform new material on a specific social or political issue. The show includes a mixture of stand-up, debate, earnest opinion, activism, and multimedia presentations in order to provide more than just laughs. Comics James Fluty and Trevor Hill assemble the brightest comedians in San Francisco to explore topics such as commercialism, conspiracy theories, and politics.

Snob Theater -- next show Wednesday, May 16, at 8 p.m.

Just a few chances left to catch this local favorite before the producer Shawn Robbins leaves town. Snob Theater combines performances by San Francisco's best in indie rock with equally feted comedians. It originated at the Dark Room and has been featured in Noise Popl, SF Sketchfest, and Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

Events at Stage Werx, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)

Previously Secret Information -- next show Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

Presented each month by local pros Joe Klocek and Bruce Pachtman (with the help of Ty Mckenzie), Previously Secret Information is a modern American storytelling show for grown-ups. It seeks the balance between stand-up comedy and solo performance to present great stories. Honest, thoughtful and cathartically funny, each storyteller presents a vivid narrative to enthrall the audience.

Minorities Stand Up (see website for dates)

Edwin Li and Comedy Off Broadway Oakland producer Samson Koletkar present this show to challenge the stereotypes in mainstream media that portray minorities as goofballs and land them as the butt of jokes in stand-up routines. Along with their monthly guests, the producers take shots at their unbelievable experiences and highlight the absurdities of their own cultures with the light touch of humor.

Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco

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