On Thursday, June 4, you aren’t going to want to be anywhere but the Oakland Metro Operahouse
for the 15th anniversary of a legendary, vaudeville variety show that has been called a 'cult of individuality' and a 'destruction derby of art'.
If you haven't made it to Tourettes Without Regrets
, you have seriously been missing out.
Besides being the largest, longest running variety show in the Bay Area, and three time Best Of The Bay winner, it’s outstandingly creative and completely insane. It features incredible circus acts, dirty haiku battles, off the wall burlesque, bad ass rap battles, bigger than life slam poets, hilarious comedians, break dancers, beat boxers, and whatever you can (or can’t) imagine. The array of talent is mind blowing.
In addition to the zaniness and outstanding performances, what really characterizes the show is the madcap audience participation led by the charismatic Jamie DeWolf
and Wonder Dave
, who get everybody in on the action. Expect judges pulled from the audience, head palming and hilarious improvisation, as well as a series of deranged contests that could involve fruit, meat and flying fluids. People aren’t afraid to get dirty here, literally and figuratively. It’s a sexy, hot mess.
Imagine those kind of shenanigans and much more packed into an epic, 15-year anniversary show, with hand picked legendary performers and a full marching band. Given that each show keeps getting bigger and badder, you aren’t going to want to miss how they pull out all the stops for this historic event!
Performers are some of the best of the best and will include hilarious stand-up comedian Caitlin Gill
, International Slam Champion Mighty Mike McGee
, Vau De Vire Society’s flaming hula hooper Shredder
, fire performer Paul Savage
, pole artists Natalie Rhae
and Ms. K, Rubenesque Burlesque
, and many more! There will also be a roast of Jamie DeWolf himself by freestyle battle champions from the past 15 years.
Says DeWolf, “In many ways, Tourettes is the history of the underground performance scene in the entire Bay Area. It evolved from a renegade outlaw show in a warehouse in Vallejo that was chased from venue to venue, and has now evolved into the longest running series that just gets bigger every year.”
Come celebrate the show that has exceeded all expectations. Prepare to get wild, get in line early, and expect limited seating. Oh, and turn off your cell phones. Just trust me on that tip. You'll find out soon enough.
Tourettes Without Regrets
, Thursday, June 4, 8:30 p.m., Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 Third Street, Oakland, $15 at the door.