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Friday, December 30, 2011

What to Do New Year's Eve

Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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Jill Bourque, Liz Grant, and Natasha Muse - SHANNON CASEY SPLAIN
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  • Jill Bourque, Liz Grant, and Natasha Muse

Not Your Normal New Year's Eve: Nothing Is Sacred

Liz Grant makes fun of alcoholics. "I love it when people in [A.A.] meetings say, 'Thanks for letting me share.' Oh, as if we had a choice?" She also makes fun of other people in recovery. "Who designed the barstool? ... It was probably some frustrated codependent. 'Here! Drink all you want! Good luck staying on!'" Grant took a break from comedy to run a massage therapy business, and now she makes fun of former clients. (See: "Please wash before you get waxed.") Grant also makes fun of herself. Her solo show, Deja Wince: Lessons From a Failed Relationship Expert, ran 23 weeks in San Francisco. "Being with an angry guy is like getting a VIP pass through life," she says. "People just get the hell out of your way! It's like walking through a crowded restaurant with sizzling fajitas -- or a wet plunger." We saw her perform an excerpt at a weeknight variety show in the Mission -- she experienced major prop-failure but killed nonetheless. So what we're saying is that Grant is perfect to host Not Your Normal New Year's Eve. Other abnormalities on the bill include local favorites Alex Koll, Jill Bourque, and Natasha Muse. Muse guarantees to be "at least the second-funniest transsexual you know." There's also Kevin Camia and Brent Weinbach. Weinbach won the Andy Kaufman Award at the HBO Comedy Festival. Steve Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong but moved to Kansas City for high school, subjects his physical disability and bicultural background to the same derisive treatment that Grant unleashes on her former addictions. Sounds like no one will be safe.

Not Your Normal New Year's Eve starts at 8 p.m. at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), S.F. Admission is $25-$59. -- Keith Bowers

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