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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Don't Think Twice</i> Director Mike Birbiglia Second-Guesses <i>Suicide Squad</i> and Donald Trump

Don't Think Twice Director Mike Birbiglia Second-Guesses Suicide Squad and Donald Trump

Director and comedian Mike Birbiglia is fucking pissed at Hollywood. His Sleepwalk With Me follow-up, Don't Think Twice, about a group of six improv performers struggling to make it in New York City, happens to come out the same weekend…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nato's Comedy Picks: Sketchfest Week Three, Iron Comic and more

Nato's Comedy Picks: Sketchfest Week Three, Iron Comic and more

It's the final weekend of Sketchfest. We made it, everybody. One more weekend, so clear your calendars and see more shows. Good news/bad news: The good news is that the good people of the festival piled a lot of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sketchfest 2016 Brings <i>Waiting for Guffman</i>, Jeff Goldblum, <i>Bob’s Burgers</i> And More

Sketchfest 2016 Brings Waiting for Guffman, Jeff Goldblum, Bob’s Burgers And More

Once again, the holidays will truly arrive on Jan. 7 when the SF Sketchfest returns for its 15th serving of prime time laughs. Boasting over 200 shows across 19 venues and 16 days, the joint venture of David Owen,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Matt Besser Talks About the SF Improv Festival

Matt Besser Talks About the SF Improv Festival

San Francisco is a “crazy great” town for improv, at least as far as Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Besser is concerned. It’s why, along with his fellow mainstays Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts, and occasionally fourth member Amy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: <i>Family Drama</i>

Video of the Day: Family Drama

Have you ever been at a long and boring show and wished you could change it to fit your own preferences? That's exactly what happens at Family Drama, a completely improvised stage play inspired by the audience's suggestions. See also:Louis…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Podcast Review: <em>The Grimaldis Are Dead</em>

Podcast Review: The Grimaldis Are Dead

The Grimaldis Are Dead, a co-production by Dane Ballard productions and Circus Center San Francisco, is spectacular in theory. It combines circus, magic, improv, and musical theater, backed up by a live band and filmed projections; it follows generations of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Improv Fest 2012 Starts Tonight

S.F. Improv Fest 2012 Starts Tonight

BATS is the Bay Area theater scene's longstanding reminder not to plan everything so rigidly. A little bit of spontaneity can lead you in unexpected directions, and the joy of turning happy accidents into compelling art drives the veteran improvisational…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Free Hump Day Comedy Shows in the Bay Area

Free Hump Day Comedy Shows in the Bay Area

Don't miss out on these free local shows tonight and ongoing in the Bay Area! You can't ask for a better price to see dozens of local comics.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Local Comedy Shows Around the Fourth of July Weekend

Local Comedy Shows Around the Fourth of July Weekend

We hope you've secured a few vacation days for the upcoming holiday week, not only for picnics, cookouts, and an opportunity to reflect on the grandness of our nation, but also to get out around the Bay for these…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF Sketchfest 2012: Greg Proops, Kevin Smith, Keegan Michael-Key -- and That's Just Three

SF Sketchfest 2012: Greg Proops, Kevin Smith, Keegan Michael-Key -- and That's Just Three

All throughout the year we look forward to SF Sketchfest's lineup announcement -- starting on the last day of each year's festival. You want to know why? Look at some of this year's names: Greg Proops. Kevin Smith. Sally Kellerman.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Un-Scripted Theater's Improvised Dickens Musical Is Hard Times Indeed

Un-Scripted Theater's Improvised Dickens Musical Is Hard Times Indeed

Here's a testament to the make-it-up-as-it-goes ethos of improv. If a show isn't going anywhere, really, the cast might have it in themselves to fix it as they go. Such a phenomenon occurred last weekend at a performance of Un-Scripted…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Improvised Hitchcock</i> at BATS Improv Is More Than a Killer Tribute

Improvised Hitchcock at BATS Improv Is More Than a Killer Tribute

For all the laughs it generates, perhaps the most impressive thing about BATS Improv's feature-length Improvised Hitchcock shows is the moments of genuine tension. Seriously. At last Saturday's show, where the troupe whipped up a prime faux-Hitchcock flick titled (as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Bard Meets Improv in the Form of Shakespeare's Stepchild

The Bard Meets Improv in the Form of Shakespeare's Stepchild

Shakespeare's Stepchild performs improv different than what audiences may expect. Its members do not play short games, engage in slapstick, or rely on jokes and punchlines. Instead, the comedy arises from how the group weaves the recognizable hallmarks of a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 3 for All in Town for Two Shows: the Improv Troupe that Looks Like a Jazz Trio

3 for All in Town for Two Shows: the Improv Troupe that Looks Like a Jazz Trio

Improvisational sketch comedy is supposed to be about the unexpected, the unscripted. Yet there are certain things that an audience does, in fact, expect from an improv theater crew: youth, a somewhat manic approach, and clothes that can kindly…
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Music, All Shook Down Theater Festival: SF Weekly Takes notes on the 4th Annual San Francisco Event

Theater Festival: SF Weekly Takes notes on the 4th Annual San Francisco Event

By Chloe Veltman It's been a couple of years since I attended the San Francisco Theater Festival (I was away last Summer when it happened) and it's changed significantly in my absence. Two summers ago, a theater critic friend…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Phish keyboardist Page McConnell at The Fillmore

LastNight: Phish keyboardist Page McConnell at The Fillmore

(Photo by Scott Van Velsor) Page McConnnell June 10, 2007 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA. Better than: Bursting into flames from a mid-summer lightning strike. Download: Page McConnell, Roy McNeill While Page McConnell -- the spastic and highly skilled…
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