San Francisco's local comics offer an incredible array of free or cheap live comedy every night of the week -- but did you know you can also take some of that magic home with you?
These Bay Area comedians wrote and recorded albums this year, many recorded right here in the Bay Area. Many of them also self-produced and are hand-selling the albums themselves, sans a record company. If you feel your pockets suddenly swollen with money from holiday gifts, find a bit of generosity in your heart to support these local and independent artists.
I'd Eat Them Both by Kelly McCarron
With an adorable charm and biting sense of humor, Kelly McCarron will keep you rolling with laughter. Though her topics lean toward the personal, dark side of life, she has a way of keeping them light and fluffy, and bringing audiences together. Her comedy addresses obesity, therapy, and being single in a way we can all relate to and fall in love with.
The Nato Green Party by Nato Green
Buy at Rooftop Comedy Productions
A generally politically active and socially conscious member of society, Nato Green draws his comedy from a plethora of experiences and observations, weaving stories for a heavily liberal audience. Clever writing and a dry delivery fit the tastes for comedy in the Bay Area perfectly. Green Party leaves no sociopolitical rock unturned, covering anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, Occupy Wall Street, electoral politics, parenthood, and even a bit about San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade.
Clip via Laughspin and Soundcloud
Of Course, I'll Choke You.. by Stefan Davis
Buy at Bandcamp
With topics ranging from the antics of his 7-year-old son to those of his own 20-something sex life, Stefan Davis's comedy is adorably endearing and enticingly candid. He released a raw version of Of Course, I'll Choke You.. in January 2012, recorded and produced in Wisconsin, then followed it up with this full re-recording in Louisville, Kentucky in August. The remix includes music by fellow comedian Nick Hart, and four bonus tracks of Stefan riffing with audiences at various shows, his quick-witted replies to hecklers as entertaining as the act itself.
Slow Child by Wes Hofmann
This is the debut album by San Francisco Comedy College alum Wes Hofmann. With a background in Theater Arts, Wes splits his time between stand-up and theater, and enjoys the challenge that comes with the solitude of stand-up comedy. In Slow Child, he tackles topics like dating, weight loss, day jobs, politics, and more, the title pulled from his signature joke about seeing funny signs.
Weed and Sex by Ngaio Bealum
No three syllables could better sum up Ngaio Bealum than those in the title of his most recent album. The perpetually youthful comedy veteran is well-known up and down the West Coast as a stoner comic, but the stereotype hardly does justice to the playful and clever man on stage. Ngaio turns pot comedy on its head, weaving it with cerebral wit and Trekkie-caliber puns and cult references.
People Person by Myles Weber (DVD)
Buy at mylesweber.com
Myles Weber's 2012 DVD People Person earns an honorary spot in this album roundup. His unique blend of dorkiness and social observations make him one of the most engaging comedians to watch in the Bay Area. In the clip from the DVD below, Myles talks about his fear of spiders.
Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.