San Francisco comedy has always had a special place in the comedy industry across the nation. In recent years, the scene has spawned a crop of comedians to remember, as well as hosted the filming of four top Comedy Central specials just this summer. Some of our best and brightest have made the move onto bigger things, but they won't forget their roots. This Thanksgiving weekend, our own Emily Heller returns from New York with a special show to remind us all where her heart remains.
Since departing for the Big Apple last year, Heller has made quite a splash nationally. Her performance at the 2012 Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland got her a mention alongside some of the country's top comics by the national comedy news site, Laughspin.com. She killed on the third season of John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central, and she works with fellow SF-to-NYC transplants on W. Kamau Bell's FX show Totally Biased, telling jokes before the filming to warm up the audience. In August, along with Brooklyn-based artist Lisa Hanawalt, Heller launched the podcast Baby Geniuses, where the pair invite guests from the worlds of comedy, comics, music, TV, and "anything else smarty-pantsy" to share knowledge on a topic of the guest's choosing.
A classic clip from the Punch Line SF, where Emily Heller shares a bit of her signature "self-deprecating feminist slob poetry."
This Saturday, November 24, following what we'd like to picture will be a few days of the most creative, sarcastic, and comedic holiday celebration around, Emily and brother Nate Heller will team up for "The first ever Nate & Emily Heller Grown Up Family Fun Time Variety Hour!"
"Essentially," Emily explains, "my brother and I will be performing a mix of all the music and comedy projects we've collaborated on throughout our lives, including music videos, our new age characters Rainbow Chair, and a lot more!"
In addition to the curiosity-invoking "Rainbow Chair," the event promises "dance videos, music, comedy," and more. It happens at The Dark Room, 2263 Mission Street (at 18th St.) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.
Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.