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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nato's Comedy Picks: Torio Van Grol & Kyle Mizono

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Apparently, during Christmastime, people can go bonkers or get depressed or need a break from their relatives. I'm here to help with recommendations of live comedy for you to enjoy.

On Wednesday, check out Torio Van Grol at the Tabernacle Show at Pianofight. Pianofight is a cool new performance venue and bar in the Tenderloin, and Tabernacle is their Wednesday night stand-up show. Torio is a funny comic who built his own comedy empire up north when he was a student at Sonoma State. San Francisco provides endless opportunities to compare gentrifiers to Nazis, or make fun of clueless techies. I love Torio's jokes about being a hapless bystander in gentrifying San Francisco. He's a great writer and is very likable on stage.

On Saturday, go to Cynic Cave at Lost Weekend. Once again, the holidays mean that fun people come back to town. This week, Cynic Cave will host expat local heroes Sean Keane (of Another Period on Comedy Central), Brendan Lynch (of Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central), Anna Seregina (of short film Stepsister, which I believe was the first SFSU film to go to Cannes), and Kyle Mizono. Kyle has a bold, absurdist comedy. It's very surprising and compelling and I dig it.

Follow these recommendations every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. during FSFSF on KALW public radio 91.7FM.

Nato Green is the Subcomandante Marcos of San Francisco comedy. Communiques sent from @natogreen.
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