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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Siblings Nate and Emily Heller Team Up for Holiday Weekend Variety Show

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Emily Heller (Photo by Mindy Tucker)
  • Emily Heller (Photo by Mindy Tucker)

San Francisco comedy has always had a special place in the comedy industry across the nation. In recent years, the scene has spawned a crop of comedians to remember, as well as hosted the filming of four top Comedy Central specials just this summer. Some of our best and brightest have made the move onto bigger things, but they won't forget their roots. This Thanksgiving weekend, our own Emily Heller returns from New York with a special show to remind us all where her heart remains.

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San Francisco Comedy is Taking Over the U.S.

Bay Area Contestants on America's Got Talent Share Sneak Peek

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Comikaze Lounge at Cafe Royale Brings Awesome Comics to the Tenderloin for Free

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

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"What is better than lots of laughter on a Wednesday night while sipping a fine adult beverage?" asks The Comikaze Lounge co-producer Stefani Silverman. "Not much." And she's right, isn't she? That's why Silverman and fellow San Francisco comic Kate Willett came together to produce the free monthly comedy showcase at Café Royale.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Web Series Shines a Light on the Lives of Unknown San Francisco Comedians

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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"Everybody's a Comedian is a sad but true depiction of a struggling comedian in San Francisco," says EAC social media coordinator Haley Klarfeld on the new web series based in San Francisco.

Created by Sammy Wegent and Greg Rowan, the series exists not only entertain viewers with this hilarious look at the life of a comedian, but also to expose them to the unknown comedians and actors involved. The project was given a boost by a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, which raised over $7,000 to help fund shooting and editing of the first episodes.

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The Purple Onion Comedy Club Closes Its Doors

Video of the Day: "Young Woody Allen" Simon Amstell Comes to S.F.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Beards and Boobs Comedy Show Is Like Ultimate Fighting Championship with Free Pizza

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

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The Notebook's Ryan Gosling. The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis. San Francisco's Matt Louv. What do these fine gentlemen have in common?

It's that sexy beard. We can't get enough of it!

"The beard fad is in full swing right now," says comedian Justin Alan, producer of the monthly Beards and Boobs Comedy Show. As for that second part? "Who doesn't like boobies?" he replies simply.

And so a show was born.

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Top Comedy Shows in San Francisco for Under $10

Don't Fear the Beard: Documentary on Facial Hair

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Friday, October 19, 2012

We Vote Yes for these 2012 Election Comedy Shows

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Despite the serious ramifications for the future of our country and all that, everyone knows politics is hilarious. The memes alone are worth staying abreast of the latest political gaffe. We're especially amused by what the Internet did with Romney's "binders full of women" comment over at Amazon.com. So what better way to spend the days leading up to November 6 than by laughing your ass (or elephant) off?

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Will Durst's Elect to Laugh -- Political Comedy for People who Don't like Politics

Ten Memorable Political Comedies

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Q&A with Tony Baker: Winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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This year's San Francisco Comedy Competition is one to remember. It's been an honor and a thrill to follow these performers through the month of top-notch sets to a photo finish at last week's final show at the Cache Creek Casino.

L.A.'s Tony Baker and Wisconsin's Mike Merryfield were neck-and-neck throughout the five shows of the finals, and it was anybody's game going into Saturday night. In one of the closest battles in the competition's history, Tony Baker ultimately prevailed, leaving Merryfield with a close second, trailed by Prashanth Venkataramanujam, The Greg Wilson, and Dave Williamson.

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Final Lineup of S.F. Comedy Competition Is Stacked with Underdogs

The Purple Onion Comedy Club Closes Its Doors

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Final Lineup of S.F. Comedy Competition Is Stacked with Underdogs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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After the first two nights of the finals, SFCC 37 is still anyone's game. Top contenders Mike Merryfield, Tony Baker, Dave Williamson, The Greg Wilson, and Prashanth Venkataramanujam will duke it out for three more nights to find out who takes the title this year.

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Comedians Face Off in Month Long Competition to Become the Next Robin Williams

Top 10 Comedians Face Off in the SFCC-37 Semi-Finals

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Top 10 Comedians Face Off in the SFCC-37 Semi-Finals

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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A riveting two preliminary weeks has concluded and the top 10 comedians of SFCC 37 are set to kick off the semi-finals tonight in Redwood City. Chicago's Tony Baker dominated Week two, ranking first overall, followed by Kortney Shane Williams, Mike Merryfield, Dom Pare, and Tanyalee Davis.

S.F.'s own Justin Lucas is also in the running, the only local still competing for laughs/cash. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Week Two of the S.F. Comedy Competition

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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As we enter Preliminary Week 2 of the 37th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, the field has been narrowed. Producers officially announced yesterday the five comics from Week 1 who will be going on to the semi-finals that begin September 26.

See also: Comedians Face Off in Month-Long Competition to Become the Next Robin Williams

San Francisco's own Justin Lucas made the cut, along with Mo Alexander of Memphis, The Greg Wilson of Dallas, Dave Williamson of Miami, and L.A.'s Prashanth Venkataramanujam ("Venkat"), who was promoted from sixth place when Kellye Howard announced she'd been signed for a T.V. show that begins shooting next week. Competing for one of the remaining five spots in the semi-finals will be a new crop of 16 comics, including two more San Franciscans, Mike Drucker and DJ Real, along with:

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Comedians Face Off in Month-Long Competition to Become the Next Robin Williams

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Prashanth Venkataramanujam
  • Prashanth Venkataramanujam

This week begins the 37th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, one of the most prestigious North American competitions in the industry. Throughout its history, such greats as Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dana Carvey have taken the challenge and gone on to fame and fortune. This year, 32 hopefuls will take the stage for the rigorous four-week-long competition, hoping to make this a stepping stone to a career as memorable as those who have gone before.

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