Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sep. 1: Donald E. Lacy Jr. at Fenix in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Actor, director, comedian and devoted father Donald E. Lacy Jr. has the type of well-rounded talent making him one to watch. He’s been on TV’s Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, announced for Bay Area radio stations and released several comedy albums. He also directed the film LoEshe, about his daughter’s life and untimely death at age 16; he subsequently founded the LoveLife Foundation. Performing alongside Lacy are Vallejo up-and-comer G. King, and Northern California comedian and Improv club regular David Lew. Get your laughs on when these three comedy pros take the stage on Sunday, Sep. 1, at Fenix. 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10. 415.813.5600.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 28 and June 29: Chris Garcia at Murphy's Irish Pub

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The name Chris Garcia might not ring any bells, but it deserves to. Originally from Los Angeles, Garcia moved to San Francisco and has since accumulated an impressive résumé of various festival appearances, such as Outside Lands and SF Sketchfest. He’s also worked alongside Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt and some newcomer named Robin Williams. Garcia is like a triple-threat with comedic skills, writing experience and hunky good looks (the Portland Mercury said this, not me). Garcia headlines with openers Matt Lieb and Bert Divietri on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, at Murphy’s Irish Pub. 464 First St. E., Sonoma. $20. Friday, 9pm; Saturday, 7pm and 9:30pm. 707.935.0660.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 19: All-Female Comedy Night Hosted by Helen Pachynski at Gaia's Garden

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Ever heard that song “Where the Boys Are?” Well, I’ll tell you where they aren’t—and that’s in comedy. I mean, can men even be funny? Let’s be serious here. Males traditionally make a living in masculine, serious jobs, like business and sports. There’s nothing funny about the stock market or getting a concussion during football, so it’s no surprise that men simply aren’t the funnier of the sexes. It’s just not the environment they’ve been nurtured for. Though it’s sad that men can’t give laughter to others, hopefully someday they will. In the meantime, at least there’s the ladies: the All-Female Comedy Night hosted by Helen Pachynski is on Wednesday, June 19, at Gaia’s Garden. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $4. 9pm. 707.544.2491.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 11: Comedy Overload at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

For anyone who spent even two seconds in a high school drama class, the word “improv” conjures cringe-inducing memories of awkward theater games performed by even more awkward drama geeks. But the World’s Biggest Comedy Duo actually do improv the way it should be, turning the potentially embarrassing into something slightly subversive and fun. The Comedy Overload event at Hopmonk also features Opposing Media doing a Mystery Science Theater 3000—style take on a Star Trek episode, local standup comedians and, most incongruously, a performance by the Joweh BellyDance troupe. Comedy Overload goofs it up on Saturday, May 11, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $12. 707.829.7300.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 25: Reverend Billy at Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Praise the Lord! This week, Reverend Billy comes to save America from the evils of out-of-control consumerism. The zany preacher is a quasi-character played by Bill Talen—but make no mistake, when it comes to the messages in the Reverend’s sermons, Talen is a true believer. For years, Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping have been evangelizing and sticking it to the man with hilarious protests: YouTube is littered with videos of the good Reverend invading Starbucks, Walmart and other such dens of sin, with his choir delivering gospel songs about free trade coffee and unions, and performing exorcisms on the cash registers before he typically gets arrested.
Currently, Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping Choir are touring around the country performing their newest song, “Extinction Revolution,” a hymn about the extinction of the Golden Toad due to climate change (never fear—the Toad comes back from the dead, haunts Jamie Dimon, and regulates Wall Street, hallelujah!) Reverend Billy brings his choir and message of salvation from corporate corruption on Thursday, April 25, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 7pm. $12—22. 831.419.1058.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb. 24: Forbidden Hollywood at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Big belly laughs and watery eyes come easy at ‘Forbidden Hollywood.’ The show is a spoof of well-known movies like Titanic, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Shrek, created by Gerard Alessandrini, who also wrote Forbidden Broadway, a parody of Broadway classics that has been running for over 20 years. Alessandrini has been waiting a long time to include film to his repertoire. “I love movies as much as I do theater,” he says. “I don’t really separate them in my mind.” See Forbidden Hollywood, where even Disney princesses aren’t safe, on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 3pm. $30—$45. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Feb. 8: Bill Cosby at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

King of random noises that no one can quite understand, television star and veteran standup performer Bill Cosby returns to the Wells Fargo Center this week. Parent-approved Cosby would have been a shoo-in to deliver the free Jell-O pudding promised to distraught San Francisco 49ers fans this week—if only he could have arrived in town sooner! At 75, Cosby still retains his insightful stance on Thanksgiving, dentists and children, though don’t expect the famous sweater; he’s usually seen in public wearing printed hoodies these days. Follow his wild mind on Friday, Feb. 8, at Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $69—$99. 707.546.3600.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jan. 12: Celebrity Autobiography at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

If you’ve ever read Motley Crüe’s The Dirt, you know the power of a properly awful autobiography. Writers Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel saw gold in these stories, and created Celebrity Autobiography, a monthly reading series that features comedians reading straight from tell-alls by Hollywood characters like Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Vanna White, Hedy Lamarr, Britney Spears and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The series has run for three years in New York City, receiving acclaim from the New Yorker and New York Times, and it now comes to Sonoma County for the first time. Featured readers include original SNL cast member Laraine Newman, Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s, anyone?) and Fred Willard, who we hope will be remembered more for his hilarious turn in Best in Show than for being arrested under suspicion of masturbating at Hollywood’s Tiki Adult Theater. Celebrity Autobiography spins words into laughs on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $40—$59. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Aug 4: Holy City Zoo Players at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

All right, Newt Gingrich, you’re a ditzy bachelorette on a dating game show, and Herman Cain, Joe Biden and Ron Paul are the contestants. Freeze! What movie style is it, audience? Sci-fi? Go! Now, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney: find 20 unconventional uses for this cucumber! Barack Obama, dub Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry’s silent conversation! Freeze! Rick, now the room’s getting inexplicably warm. Even warmer! Go! No, unfortunately the 2012 election won’t do improv for you this weekend. But you can see the 2012 election interpreted through sketches, music and improv when the Holy City Zoo Players present an “Improvised Guide to the 2012 Election” this Saturday, Aug. 4, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $16. 8pm. 415.383.9600.

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Aug 1: Scott Capurro at George's Nightclub

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

During a set in Paris a few years ago, comedian Scott Capurro illustrated his job by drawing a line in the air with his fingers. “Line. Crossing it. Moving line,” he explained. Much of the rest of the set wouldn’t be tremendously wise to reprint in all its graphic detail, but really, should anyone be that offended by a gay man joking about gay sex in 2012 anyway? Watch Capurro move the line forward while expertly shutting down hecklers and stroking the microphone stand on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at George’s Nightclub. 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. $10—$15. 8:30pm. 415.226.0262.

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