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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comedians Face Off in Month-Long Competition to Become the Next Robin Williams

Comedians Face Off in Month-Long Competition to Become the Next Robin Williams

This week begins the 37th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, one of the most prestigious North American competitions in the industry. Throughout its history, such greats as Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dana Carvey have taken the challenge and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Classic Comedy: Love It

Classic Comedy: Love It

He’s a slashie, but he’s no model/actor: He’s Jon Lovitz, actor/comedian/singer, a man of cultivated talents. We have fond memories of his performance as Michael Dukakis against Dana Carvey’s George Bush in Saturday Night Live’s debate spoofs leading up to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Here Come the Funny People

Here Come the Funny People

Every year, we stand agape at the lineup for SF Sketchfest, wondering who thinks San Francisco comedians are rock stars (we know that’s Sketchfest director and co-founder David Owen, but still). This year, he’s brought us another daunting schedule, with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Here Come the Funny People

Here Come the Funny People

Every year, we stand agape at the lineup for SF Sketchfest, wondering who thinks San Francisco comedians are rock stars (we know that’s Sketchfest director and co-founder David Owen, but still). This year, he’s brought us another daunting schedule, with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Make 'Em Laugh

Make 'Em Laugh

This may come as a surprise to recent transplants, but San Francisco was once the hot West Coast center of stand-up comedy. In the '70s and '80s, comics flocked to Bay Area clubs, taking their best shot up against the…
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Film, Detox for Dummies

Detox for Dummies

Rehab, sweet rehab. Last resort of the alcoholic, the drug addict, and the would-be suicide. Free room and board, lots of tender loving care, and a whole herd of fellow recovering screw-ups who'll always be there for you, and are…
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