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Culture, The Exhibitionist Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Sally Field, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bamford, and More

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Sally Field, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bamford, and More

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-24). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let you know what's coming next! All good things must come to end, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist When Bobcat Met Bearcat: Chatting With Bobcat Goldthwait About <i>Call Me Lucky</i>

When Bobcat Met Bearcat: Chatting With Bobcat Goldthwait About Call Me Lucky

Mark Twain's dictum "Humor is tragedy plus time" has repeatedly been restated as the formula "Tragedy plus time is comedy." Filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait shows how tragedy plus time is activism as well, in Call Me Lucky, his documentary about…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comedian David Cross to Perform at Outside Lands

Comedian David Cross to Perform at Outside Lands

David Cross, the comedian, actor, and writer perhaps best known for his role as Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development, will be doing stand-up at Outside Lands this year.…
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Kevin Arnold's Top Five Noise Pop Memories

Festival founder Kevin Arnold looks back on his five favorite sets over the last 20 years 5. The Fastbacks at Bottom of the Hill, 1993-2002 After a surprise set the first year of the festival, the Fastbacks settled into an…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF Sketchfest: Cast Reunion (and Radio Play) for Cult Comedy <i>Wet Hot American Summer</i>

SF Sketchfest: Cast Reunion (and Radio Play) for Cult Comedy Wet Hot American Summer

In 2001's Wet Hot American Summer -- a raucous send-up of 1980s summer-camp movies -- the counselors vow to meet up 10 years later in 1991, when they'll all be in their late 20s, to see how they've fared. And…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long on Wit

Long on Wit

Jim Short is a literate comic, but not one who takes pains to demonstrate what a smarty-pants he is. Unlike David Cross, Short isn’t throwing out the occasional Lexis-Nexis reference. Regardless, the San Francisco comic is sharp and tart in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Fan

Big Fan

Patton Oswalt straddles the mainstream and alt-comedy worlds, which has proven to be an uneasy negotiation. Look no further than his 2008 pissing match with David Cross over whether Cross’s role in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie undermined his…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Heff

The Heff

Being your stereotypically effete, latte-swilling elites, we’re not usually fans of broad, populist comedy: Our tastes run more toward David Cross than Jeff Dunham; 30 Rock rather than Two and a Half Men. If there aren’t jokes about the impending…
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Calendar, Night&Day Super Cross

Super Cross

David Cross has made a career offending people who offend him, which isn’t a bad way to go for a stand-up comic. A few years back he had to defend himself from fans, who objected to his starring role in…
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Film, Worth the Gamble

Worth the Gamble

For pure cinema, nothing rivals a high-stakes, full-tilt poker game — unless it's somebody landing on Ventnor Avenue with two houses, or sending an opponent to the backgammon bar with double threes, or laying down a four with a bloodcurdling…
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Music, All Shook Down Mr. Show's Cross, Odenkirk Star in New HBO Series

Mr. Show's Cross, Odenkirk Star in New HBO Series

Get ready for more unorthodox hilarity, as Variety reported that HBO has picked up a new show from David Cross and Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show fame. Titled David's Situation, the show stars Cross as himself and will be…
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Calendar, Night&Day The General

The General

By now, everyone should know (as much as these things are generally known) who voiced the lead rat Remy in Ratatouille -- Patton Oswalt. Although the role seems more in line with a mainstream figure like Tom Hanks or Robin…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The snorification of indie rock

The snorification of indie rock

"When did indie rock get so boring?" That was the question posed by my fellow showgoer at Noise Pop's opening-night bash once Tapes 'n' Tapes launched into their set. And I hate to say it, but he was right. Here…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

From the hipsto-nihilist media empire that brought you "The Vice Guide to Fisting" and "The Vice Guide to Being a Whore" comes The Vice Guide to Travel DVD, an offering that pretty much plays like a video version of Vice…
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Film, Nuts to You

Nuts to You

Hollywood's a sucker for cross-dressing. When the American Film Institute chose the 100 greatest comedies of all time, a pair of drag films -- Some Like It Hot and Tootsie -- earned the top two slots. From Operation Petticoat to…
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Calendar, Performance Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

ONGOING 6/8-8/31 With an over-the-top story line about a batty spinster slowly decaying in her antebellum mansion, the 1964 Bette Davis film Hush ... Hush Sweet Charlotte was ripe for a drag queen sendup. And with the original's train-wreck scenes…
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Music, OK Then

The Tinkerers

It all started back in the mid- to late '90s. As neo-grunge, nu-metal, teeny-pop, and bling-bling ruled the airwaves, the underground was thriving. Indie rock was everywhere, electronic music was splintering into dozens of subgenres, and "conscious" hip hop was…
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Music, OK Then

Me Talk Pretty

It's been a rough couple of weeks, hasn't it? Hurricanes have ravaged Florida, Johnny Ramone has gone to that big CBGB's in the sky, and John Kerry can't seem to capitalize on Dubya's piss-poor record. Personally, I'm in need of…
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Music, OK Then Drum Circles of Confusion

Drum Circles of Confusion

So I got someone to sub for me this week. His name's David Cross, a nice man, whose comedic gifts have graced the idiot box, the silver screen, and countless stages across this great land. In addition to having a…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots It's all too easy to dismiss the cyberculture as being a really groovy club where you're not a member. That would be an obvious initial conclusion to draw from last week's Digital Be-In at the SOMAR Gallery, held in…
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