Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 16: Jerry Seinfield at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

His name is synonymous with comedy, and for the last three decades Jerry Seinfeld has dominated the worlds of standup and sitcom television with sharp observational humor. Recently, the comedian has also moved into the world of the web with his popular online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” where the classic auto enthusiast takes his funny friends out to jabber over java. Seinfeld is also still active onstage, and this week he brings his acclaimed standup back to the North Bay with two shows on Friday, May 16, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm and 10pm. $78—$128. 707.546.3600.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 10: Anthony Jeselnik at Cotati's Green Music Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Comedian Anthony Jeselnik might be a sociopath. That’s the only way to explain how the razor-sharp humorist could dare say the things he says on his Comedy Central show, The Jeselnik Offensive, or on his recent comedy album Caligula, or on his many appearances on shows like Comedy Central Roast. Finding the funny in tragic times comes easy to Jeselnik, and the comic brings a red-hot iron poker of mockery to the Green Music Center for a night of skewering satirical insanity. Jeselnik appears on April 10 at the Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. $20—$35.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 14: Dave Barry at Book Passage and Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

There’s no topic that humorist and author Dave Barry won’t take on, no matter how little he knows about it. The Pulitzer Prize—winning writer of a nationally syndicated column that ran for 22 years tackles everyday subjects like travel and money in humorous, insightful ways. Barry’s latest book, You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, includes stories of parenthood and family in a fast-paced modern world. Looking back on chaperoning a Justin Bieber concert and bat mitzvahs alike, Barry offers up his signature witticism twice on March 14, first at noon at Book Passage as part of the store’s Literary Luncheon series (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera; $55 with lunch and book; 415.927.0960), then at an evening appearance at the Mystic Theatre (23 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma; $15—$35; 707.765.2121) at 8pm.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Feb. 21: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

In the annals of television comedy, improvisation has proven to be a fickle mistress. Either you get it—like the late Sid Caesar—or you don’t. Even the idea of putting on a program sans scripted laughs seems unlikely given the big bucks behind it. So how is it that a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway? could be so dominating, and so funny, on both U.K. and U.S. TV sets for decades? Look no further than stars of both incarnations Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two of the original stars now performing as a two-man group delivering “Live and Dangerous Comedy.” Just like the format of Whose Line, the funnymen will take audience suggestions and run wild. This never-to-be-repeated night of comedy happens Friday, Feb. 21, at the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $30—$60. 415.499.6800.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feb. 15: Bill Cosby at Marin Center's Veteran's Memorial Auditorium

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Consummate storyteller and comedian extraordinaire Bill Cosby simply will not stop. Nearing 80 years old (he’s 76) and blind in one eye, Cosby’s presence in the spotlight saw a significant decline at the beginning of this century. After 40 years of game-changing comedy albums and ground-breaking television shows, the legendary performer has recently returned to the stage more regularly and even recorded his first television concert special in 30 years, Bill Cosby: Far from Finished, late last year via Comedy Central. The Coz brings his stories and his humor to the stage once again on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenue of the Flags. San Rafael. 8pm. $40—$75. 415.499.6800.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Feb. 1: KWTF Comedy-Palooza at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

If you’re a standup comedian, the point of your act is to get people to laugh. But what if you inspire in an audience member a laugh that’s downright evil—a slow, honking bleat in a descending tone of diabolical plotting? That’s the quandary Sal Calanni found himself in recently, when during his set, a man in the audience repeatedly emitted an insane laugh that threatened to steal the show. Of course, Calanni rolled with it, as seasoned standups do. This week, Calanni heads a comedy festival featuring 16 comics and hosted by local funny girl Lila Cugini on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. $10. 707.528.3009.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jan. 16: Colin Quinn at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

You might think the 1987 classic Three Men and a Baby is all about Steve “hunkalicious” Gutenberg, but you’d be overlooking the scene-stealing Colin Quinn, credited in his first film role as “Gift Shop Clerk.” Of course, over the years, Quinn would go on to expected greatness—most notably trying, in trademark affected grouchiness, to fill the enormous shoes left by Norm MacDonald on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” Never known to say nice things about his time working for the SNL Rockefeller Peacock, Quinn turned to comedy clubs, where good Lord, he shines. See him cover 226 years of American history in his show “Unconstitutional” on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $37. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nov. 30: Daniel Tosh at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Comedy Central Tosh 2.0 host Daniel Tosh has the type of crude humor that makes it impossible not to laugh—no matter how obscene his material may be. Local fans of Tosh’s show noted last month his pick for “unfortunate high school name of the week”: Analy High School, which led into an onslaught of ass jokes. (“Located up your butt and around the corner, just off of the Hershey Highway in NorCal.”) Tosh brings his annual “Tosh Saves the World” comedy show to town on Saturday, Nov 30, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65—$75. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oct. 13: Dave Chappelle at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Best known for his eponymous TV show, Dave Chappelle’s stand-up comedy style is frequently raunchy, constantly hilarious, and oftentimes explores sophisticated issues surrounding race. At a recent performance in Hartford, Conn., Chappelle was drowned out by a predominantly white audience of crude hecklers that he later called an “arena full of suburban torturers and young, white alcoholics.” Chappelle had no problem plopping down onto a stool, lighting one up, and reading a few excerpts from a book tossed at him by an audience member to kill time, proving that an expensive ticket doesn’t give a crowd the right to be disruptive and rude. One of the most clever comedians of our time, Chappelle plays two sold-out shows on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm and 10pm. Sold out (at press time, tickets on StubHub start at $100). 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept. 14: Drew Carey at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

For those of you who think you know Drew Carey from watching him host Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Price Is Right or even his personal sitcom The Drew Carey Show, think again. In his autobiography Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, Carey reveals his frustration dealing with censors that force him to tone down his off-color humor on the screen. To fight back, Drew Carey will be off-screen and in the flesh this week, going back to his standup comedy roots where an audience can enjoy his unrefined stories and racy jokes—without losing any of the saucy humor to mass media censors. Don’t miss Carey’s comedy show on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7 and 9pm. $40. 707.226.7372

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