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Calendar, Night&Day Here's Johnny!

Here's Johnny!

The narration in 1967’s rollicking exploitation film Mondo Teeno: Teenage Rebellion is delivered with the seriousness of an STD public service announcement: "Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Words Collide

When Words Collide

Describing the powerfully funny comedy of Brent Weinbach may be best accomplished with abstract means, such as shapes. Weinbach’s deadpan delivery of absurdist scenarios and characters is like a circle colliding with a triangle while it’s in a fight with…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Bad He’s Still Good – 30 Years On

So Bad He’s Still Good – 30 Years On

Seminal comedic weirdo Andy Kaufman (famous in his own right, then famously represented in all his famousness by Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon) claimed to have encountered hack joker Tony Clifton in a comedy club in 1969. From…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bent Brent

Bent Brent

Local comedian Brent Weinbach’s second full-length album, The Night Shift (on S.F. label Talent Moat), is a surrealist audio collage far removed from conventional comedy. Sure, there are some funny jokes — albeit odd ones — but there’s no shortage…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mary Go-Round

Mary Go-Round

Mary Van Note comes from the awkward-silence school of humor, meaning she’s the kind of comedian who gets labeled "Andy Kaufman-esque." She also makes wince-inducing sexual references, dresses like a perverted schoolmarm, and doesn't wear makeup — she's kind of…
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Music, Bouncer

Drinking with the Grim Reaper

"It's not good," my friend Fred says flatly. "They found a tumor in my head." The tumor sits on his pituitary gland and is about a millimeter across. As of yet, his doctors don't know if it is benign, actively…
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Film, Ego Trip

Ego Trip

Ah, what a miracle that Andy Kaufman was. So sublime his wit, so pioneering his spirit. Astonishing! A hero to be loved, adored, and emulated by all artists and performers for the rest of eternity. An opener of doors; a…
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Second Time Around

A Tribute to Larry Cohen It's hard to put a claw on what makes some moments in Larry Cohen's films so disturbing -- maybe it's a stretch of hysterically off-kilter dialogue and clumsy storytelling, followed by a genuinely frightening shot…
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