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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comedian Chases His David Letterman Dream through Shocking Cancer Diagnosis

Comedian Chases His David Letterman Dream through Shocking Cancer Diagnosis

A lot of people get into comedy with some notion of chasing a long-held dream. Comedian Steve Mazan has perfected the art of chasing your dream, and he wants to make sure others know they can do it too. His…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Week Two of the S.F. Comedy Competition

Week Two of the S.F. Comedy Competition

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…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Free Hump Day Comedy Shows in the Bay Area

Free Hump Day Comedy Shows in the Bay Area

Don't miss out on these free local shows tonight and ongoing in the Bay Area! You can't ask for a better price to see dozens of local comics.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay Area Comedy Roundup: Gay Pride 2012 Edition

Bay Area Comedy Roundup: Gay Pride 2012 Edition

If San Francisco is known across the nation for one thing, it's our Pride. And maybe that one bridge -- but, don't worry about that right now. This weekend, it's all about the Pride. The SF Pride festivities officially kick…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Big Dork Jackie Kashian Got Her Stand-Up Start Heckling Sam Kinison in 1984

Big Dork Jackie Kashian Got Her Stand-Up Start Heckling Sam Kinison in 1984

Jackie Kashian is a stand-up comedian and dedicated dork. As a comedian, her act is sharp and warm, biting and personable. She talks about her Midwestern upbringing and salesman father; her marriage to a fellow dork and video game…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Bitter Buddha" Eddie Pepitone Sees Comedy as a Way of "Subverting Life"

"Bitter Buddha" Eddie Pepitone Sees Comedy as a Way of "Subverting Life"

Comedian Eddie Pepitone is a Brooklyn-born teakettle who boils over with fear, anxiety, and dread. His frenzied reactions to American society and culture, and to the minutiae of his own daily existence, spring from his willingness to confront and pull…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF Sketchfest: Proops, Pepitone, Peretti -- and (Surprise!) Robin Williams -- Master <em>Set List</em>

SF Sketchfest: Proops, Pepitone, Peretti -- and (Surprise!) Robin Williams -- Master Set List

The concept of Set List is simple. Yet to most comedians (even the most seasoned) the idea represents a yawning hell's mouth of the purest terror. Set List requires that each comic take the stage without any prepared material. Each…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Women Aren't That Funny?" You Haven't Seen Barbara Gray

"Women Aren't That Funny?" You Haven't Seen Barbara Gray

Barbara Gray closed a recent set at Holy Fuck, a free monthly comedy show in Los Angeles, with the following: "I know what you're thinking right now," she said. "'Women aren't funny.'" It was a direct jab at the antiquated…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Greg Proops: Political Affairs Are So Bad It's Hard to Make Fun of Them

Greg Proops: Political Affairs Are So Bad It's Hard to Make Fun of Them

Greg Proops leaps across multiple topics with a verbal felicity that brings to mind a particularly energetic, sartorially astute, and vodka-loving gazelle. Proops, who appears at the Punch Line starting Thursday, got his start in San Francisco in the 1980s.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Louis CK Is the Heavyweight Champion of Comedy

Louis CK Is the Heavyweight Champion of Comedy

Whether you realize it or not, we are living in a special time for stand-up comedy. It doesn't happen that often. But right now, the most talked about comedian in America is also acknowledged by comics as one of,…
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