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Monday, April 1, 2013

Apologetic Morrissey Announces Month-Long S.F. Residency, With Ticket Insurance

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 4:01 AM

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Perhaps, as Morrissey once sang, "Sorry Doesn't Help" -- but the singer is going to try anyway. Acknowledging for the first time the six Bay Area concerts he's cancelled in a row, Morrissey today announced plans for a month-long live residency in San Francisco this summer.

"Dear San Francisco, I'm sorry ... I'm feeling better, and I'll do my best to play for you this time," the England-born, Los Angeles-based former Smiths singer said in a statement, alluding to his recent health problems. "We shall be together for a whole month -- as long as you keep the smell of burning animals away."

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hella Weights: Ask a Metal Dad, with Brian Posehn!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

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When you think of the No. 1 metal comedy dad, one name usually comes to mind: Jimmy "James" Hetfield. But comedian Brian Posehn comes in at a close second. We first came to know Brian from the HBO cult sketch comedy Mr. Show. He has since blown the fuck up, appearing in things like The Sarah Silverman Program and The Comedians Of Comedy, writing for Marvel Comics and directing and appearing in videos for bands like Red Fang and Steel Panther. We caught up with BriPo, a native of NorCal and father of a 4-year-old son, to talk metal and ask him some fatherly advice in anticipation of his stand-up appearances at Cobb's Comedy Club, April 11-14.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dave Chappelle Announces Three More Shows This Week, at the Chapel

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

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Update, 12:26 p.m.: And, as expected, the shows are all sold-out.

Original post: Fresh from his Monday night appearance at the Independent, Dave Chappelle is putting on three more shows in San Francisco this week, all of them at plush new Mission venue the Chapel. He'll be there tonight, March 27, for an 11:30 p.m. show. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 28, Chappelle will perform at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Bobby Joe Ebola Laments the Indignities of Dog Shit in "Blues Turn Brown"

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

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Recession stories: Many people have 'em, and some are worse than others. Here's one from local funnymen Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits about the sad, shitty things one must do to make rent. Shitty, like, literally: "Blues Turn Brown" finds Mr. Ebola rather depressed by the piles of mutt feces whose removal has now become his occupation. The video finds the bandmembers working in a grocery store, contemplating theft, and impersonating elderly ladies in order to poach a bottle of wine. It's pretty funny. And it's catchy enough that you might find yourself humming about "scooping up dog shit from my uncle's lawn" for a good portion of the day. Also, it has dogs -- lots of dogs:

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Friday, November 11, 2011

R. Kelly Previews New Music, Remains Completely Hilarious

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM

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Remember when Dave Chappelle did his "(I Wanna) Pee On You" skit? The one that provided us all with huge laughs at the expense of R. Kelly, after the singer was accused of peeing on, and having sex with, an underage girl? "Pee On You" was one of Chappelle's most memorable and brilliant moments, but these days, R. Kelly doesn't need comedians impersonating him to make us laugh -- he's probably the most hilarious guy in music. The truly perplexing thing about this, though, is that it's not clear whether he's being so funny on purpose or not.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meet the Taco-Loving Creator of That Funny Kreayfish "Fishy Fishy" Kreayshawn Parody

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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Instead of ragging on high-end fashion labels, what if Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" was about loving fish tacos?

Comedy students Jeremy Burke and Will Reese took that weird question and turned it into an exacting -- and funny -- video parody of the Oakland-via-L.A. rapper's breakout single. The "Fishy Fishy" clip, credited to a Natassia Zolot-lookalike named Kreayfish, went live on YouTube last Thursday and has since racked up more than a quarter-million views. It was featured on World Star Hip-Hop, Funny or Die, and of course, this blog.

Disguised as a parody, "Fishy Fishy" is also a comedic appreciation for the food of Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, a "low-key" favorite of Burke's in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood. The idea for the clip was suggested by his friend, Will Reese, who helped with writing the lyrics and directing the video. From the beginning, their idea was to stick as close to the original "Gucci Gucci" as possible. It helped that Reese's roomate, Richard Figone -- the guy who plays Lil Debbie in the video -- made a beat that sounds remarkably similar to the song's quasi-dubstep backing track.

From there, Burke says, "I printed out her lyrics and pretty much dissected [them] syllable for syllable. I wanted everything to be the same rhyme scheme, almost to the point where our lyrics could rhyme with her lyrics."

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Balls Cost Money: Donate To Local Comedians Killing My Lobster

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 10:44 AM


This just in: a (kind of) impassioned plea from a burrito, a snowwoman, a BLT, and more to reach out this holiday season by donating money to support local sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster, which is hurtling hilariously toward its fourteenth season as a relief organization: "relief in the form of laughter. Relief in the form of jobs for local

artists and classes for writers and comedians looking to hone their

craft." Also relief in the form of telling like it is about the foibles of our fair city, including coffee snobbery and the siren call of the East Bay and how every would-be parking spot is a goddamn driveway.


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Would You Pay $250 To Meet John Waters?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM

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$250 to meet this guy? Is that a dirty shame?
Well, here's your chance. The Pope of Trash is doing his one-man "A John Waters Xmas" comedy show as a fundraiser for the Mission's newly nonprofit Roxie Theater on Dec. 11.

You'll need two Benjamin Franklins and a Ulysses Grant ($250) to get inside, but the night will be more like a party than a formal show -- "or it wouldn't be so expensive," says publicist Karen Larsen.

"I don't know whether they got that figure out of the air -- but I guess because John is so funny, and it will be such a rare event, they thought people would be willing to pay that much to come," she says.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Director Judd Apatow Talks Filmmaking, Pee Wee Herman, and S.F. (VIDEO)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

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Back in September, we gave our readers a chance to interview director Judd Apatow-- the man behind the TV show Freaks and Geeks, and director of movies like Knocked Up and The Forty Year Old Virgin. Readers sent in three sample questions they would ask Apatow, and we picked the ones we liked best. The winner was Cory Sklar, a self-described comedy nerd who works at a music software company in SOMA. In his interview with Apatow, the two discuss the director's youthful propensity for stalking the famous, the Mexican-Jewish part of town, and the anthology Apatow edited for McSweeny's, I Found This Funny.

Read our edited version of the interview below, and for a longer version (in which you will get to hear why Apatow will never do a re-make and the new Pee Wee Herman movie) watch the video after the jump. For more video awesomeness, subscribe to SFWeekly TV.

C: So I won a contest to interview you.

J.A.: You did. That's how most people get to interview me.

C: I thought I was special. So I feel a bit like a Make a Wish Foundation kid right here.

JA: Well ...

C: I'm not dying.

JA: Yet.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Comedy Club Set to Open in San Francisco

Posted on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM

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The Don Lee Building at 1000 Van Ness is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Retired actress and former comic Holly Horn plans to open a comedy club, bar, and restaurant in the historic Don Lee Building in San Francisco.

Opening night for the venue, Holly's Comedy Club, is set for Nov. 4 with comedian David Crowe headlining, according to a news release dated Oct. 14.

"It's been my dream for the last 30 years to open my own comedy club," Horn said in the release.

The club will seat 200 people and share the building at 1000 Van Ness with the AMC Van Ness 14 movie theaters. 


It will be open Monday through Saturday, according to the release, with specific nights set aside for open-mic events, improv and sketch comedy, and local performers.


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