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Culture, The Exhibitionist Reason to Hope for More <i>Reno 911</i>: Five Highlights of Sketchfest Comedy Nightlife

Reason to Hope for More Reno 911: Five Highlights of Sketchfest Comedy Nightlife

Comedians stood in front of hundreds of guests for Sketchfest Comedy Nightlife at the Academy of Science. "Where are my nerds?" one hollered, which was just one of the many punches thrown at nerds for attending a nighttime event at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Will Franken Crams His Multiple Personalities into a So-Called "One-Man Show"

Will Franken Crams His Multiple Personalities into a So-Called "One-Man Show"

The phrase "one-man show" is sometimes mistaken for nature's way of saying "stay home and watch Netflix." The form has been so diminished by plodding self-indulgence that its mere mention among certain comedy nerds serves as a punchline without need…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hear All the Voices in His Head

Hear All the Voices in His Head

The phrase “one-man show” is sometimes mistaken for nature’s way of saying “stay home and watch Netflix.” The form has been so diminished by plodding self-indulgence that its mere mention among certain comedy nerds serves as a punchline without need…
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Calendar, Night&Day Polanski, Beethoven, and Dingos on Trial

Polanski, Beethoven, and Dingos on Trial

We’ve told you before what a supreme weirdo Will Franken is. Take the whole cast of Monty Python, add the Firesign Theatre, mix in one of those amateur improv shows that defies expectations, and, well, you’d be close to what…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Will Franken Stays Weird in <i>Part One of the Fourth Dimension Trilogy</i> Friday

Will Franken Stays Weird in Part One of the Fourth Dimension Trilogy Friday

We've told you before what a supreme weirdo Will Franken is. Just look at him in the clip above, turning the crucifixion into The Greatest Murder Mystery Ever Told (with Christ as narrator). With Franken, you can take the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Inter-gay-lactic Farce

Inter-gay-lactic Farce

We’ve told you before what a supreme weirdo Will Franken is. Take the whole cast of Monty Python, add the Firesign Theatre, mix in one of those amateur improv shows that defies expectations, and, well, you’d be close to what…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dismembering the Holidays

Dismembering the Holidays

For those overwhelmed by the omnipresent carolers, poinsettias, bedecked halls, and holiday wreaths, S.F. vagabond comic Will Franken would like to share his chainsaw with you. He’d also like to show you his Texas Chainsaw Yuletide, a delirious one-man show…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Make It Look Easy

They Make It Look Easy

So Will Franken walks into a bar. No, really! At Comedy Speakeasy, that actually happened, when the weekly showcase featured the much-laughed-at actor/comedian in his last San Francisco show before he winged it off to NYC. Thus, Will Franken no…
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Music, All Shook Down Comedian Will Franken Interview on his Two Shows At SF Sketchfest

Comedian Will Franken Interview on his Two Shows At SF Sketchfest

By David Downs Former top comic of SF, Will Franken moved to New York late last year after a stellar, multi-year rise to stardom in our little city. Tonight, he plays the Eureka Theater and tomorrow the Purple Onion as…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Eavesdropper. It's easy to identify with the young man who finds himself trapped in a bathtub for the entire duration of S. Lamar Jordan's play. On the run from the cops (though the reason for his flight is never quite…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Eavesdropper. It's easy to identify with the young man who finds himself trapped in a bathtub for the entire duration of S. Lamar Jordan's play. On the run from the cops (though the reason for his flight is never quite…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

All in the Timing. Playwright David Ives' much-celebrated and often-performed collection of quirky, comedic short plays gets a mixed production at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. When it's firing on all cylinders, this show is a delight to behold. In "The…
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Culture, Stage Tailored for San Francisco

Tailored for San Francisco

A few months ago, Will Franken announced that he would be moving to New York. I was saddened by the news. It wasn't just that Franken's imminent departure put an end to the cover profile I'd been hoping to write…
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Calendar, Night&Day Will's World

Will's World

When Will Franken turned 34 last week and toasted himself with The Will Franken Birthday Show, it struck us as odd: Franken actually has an age? (And it's only 34?) He always seemed above ages, above the predictability of the…
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Music, All Shook Down

Arj Barker, Almost Famous

Who was that San Francisco comedian on national television telling a joke about a puffy parka and drawing applause and subsequently getting through to the next round on the premiere episode of Last Comic Standing? No, it wasn't Will Franken.…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Hot Hot Hot

Hot Hot Hot

ONGOING 4/23-6/19 It might sound like a steamy sauna or a private home gone up in flames, but Hothouse is nothing of the sort. Created last year at the Magic Theatre, it's a series of world premieres by the country's…
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Calendar, Performance Quirky as Folk

Quirky as Folk

SUN 7/11 Devendra Banhart is a strange bird who refuses to be pigeonholed. You can't write him off as just another wandering-minstrel folk singer -- though he was named by an Indian mystic, has shaggy hair, and writes incomprehensible lyrics…
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Culture, Stage

The Circus Head Show

Will Franken calls himself an "avant-garde, experimental comic." I'd call him a talented mimic with a hyperactive imagination. The nervous energy of The Circus Head Show starts with a video about a housewife, played by Franken in drag, driving to…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Cassidy Curtis documents the way graffiti changes over time using "interactive timelapse collage," a Flash/Photoshop confection. Barrett Fox teaches mini-computer animation classes. Kris Bell demonstrates a Nyx Illuminated Jacket, the latest in interactive clothing. Is it…
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