Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June 2: Adam Carolla at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

It was in 1998 when a caller to the popular sex-advice radio show Loveline asked what sort of measures might be appropriate to help curb teenage pregnancy. What followed was an eight-minute rant about absent fathers, daughters in need of attention, and unsupportive boyfriends—as well as murdered liquor store owners, prison structure, deadbeat carpenters, welfare, city permits and Joseph Stalin. In other words, what followed was classic Adam Carolla, the hard-talking former construction-worker-turned-comedian. Carolla never censors himself, so bring your game face when he appears Saturday, June 2, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $40. 707.259.0123.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 20: Mike Birbiglia at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Birbiglia? It’s Italian. But not real Italian—more like “Olive Garden” Italian, as Mike Birbiglia likes to describe himself. This comedian makes everyone else’s uncomfortable moments in life look like minor, silly misunderstandings when he talks about his experiences. A regular contributor on NPR’s This American Life, this one-man show keeps the crowds feeling sarcastically satisfied with his outlooks on life’s experiences. His shows “Sleepwalk with Me” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” have won and been nominated for many awards as an outstanding solo act, and “Sleepwalk with Me” was recently turned into a film that won the audience award at the Sundance Music Festival. Come watch Mike talk about the embarrassing escapades that most people would rather forget on Friday, April 20, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30–$45. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7: Cafe Theatre Comedy Series at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Ha-ha, very funny. Jokes can be repetitive and dull after you hear about the chicken crossing the road for the hundredth time. Still, everyone can all use a good laugh from time to time, and finding one is as simple as the Cafe Theatre Comedy Series. Mike Pace has excelled at cracking up a crowd with jokes about childhood bullies, awkward restaurant situations and other controversies. Mike knows what he’s doing—he’s already been on shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Club All Stars and Very Funny Live, and has worked with other comedians like Dana Carvey, Chris Rock and Rodney Dangerfield. He’s joined by standup performer and storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan on Wednesday, March 7, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7:30pm. $15. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Jan. 13: Lewis Black at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

lewis.jpgAll comedians have a certain trademark, be it Patton Oswalt (drinking), Robin Williams (prattling like an ADHD child with Tourette’s) or Dave Chapelle (only playing secret shows announced hours before that start at midnight and go until 5am). Personally, I’m a fan of Lewis Black’s trademark: when he relates a story of unfathomable stupidity, perhaps involving Republicans, he shakes his head sharply, letting his jowls wiggle across his mouth, creating a distinctive “blubba-da blubba-da” sound. One never knows when the blubba-da blubba-da will strike, but when it does, it never fails to get a laugh—especially when combined with Black’s sharp wit. Blubba-da blubba-da the night away with Black on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $40—$75. 415.473.6800.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oct. 16: Steven Wright at the Uptown Theatre

Posted on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM


Mention Steven Wright in the Bohemian newsroom, and various off-putting monotone impersonations of the famously apathetic comedian will swiftly follow. Since tickets to our oh-so-hilarious newsroom aren’t for sale, you may have to settle for seeing the lethargically voiced funnyman in person. Famous for his one-liners and impeccable comedic timing, Steven Wright and his “this joke is so not funny that it’s funny” style come to the West Coast on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.

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Oct. 15: The Gong Show at The Toad in the Hole

Posted on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM


As Tyler Durden says in Fight Club, “You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.” Although many of us, myself included, have been told from childhood that we can be or do anything our hearts desire, the judges at Santa Rosa’s Gong Show may strongly disagree. Though acts of silliness are encouraged and expected, only the real deal will earn the grand cash prize. Bring your “A” game against a real-live gong on Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Toad in the Hole. 116 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. Free. 707.544.8623.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oct. 8: Gilbert Gottfried at the Lincoln Theater

Posted on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM


Love him or hate him—and boy, do people hate him—Gilbert Gottfried is still alive and kicking. Even after some ill-timed tsunami jokes cost him his job as the all-knowing and equally annoying Aflac duck, Gottfried still manages to keep his sense of humor intact. If you enjoy the sound of nails on a chalkboard, have a preference toward awkward jokes that make you want to hide under your seat or simply still love his incredible scene in The Aristocrats, Gottfried performs on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Dr., Yountville. 8pm. $35–$55. 707.944.9900.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Aug. 31: San Francisco Mime Troupe at Mill Valley Community Center

Posted on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM

When I was a kid, Shields and Yarnell ruled the school. I’d do that “trapped in a box and can’t get out” routine on a disturbingly regular basis. But make no mistake, the 52-year-old San Francisco Mime Troupe won’t be doing any of that silly stuff when they bring 2012: The Musical to Mill Valley. “We are satirists seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life,” they declare; see them on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Mill Valley Community Center. 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 6:30pm. Free. 415.285.1717.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aug. 26: Joan Rivers at the Uptown Theatre

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Famous for her insult standup comedy, fashion critique, acting roles and bountiful cosmetic surgeries, Joan Rivers certainly isn’t afraid of offending anyone. When she isn’t bashing on Betty White and making married couples uncomfortable, she’s actually fairly charming. Come hear and fear the glamorous little lady with the New York accent on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. $60–$75. 8pm. 707.259.0123.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 4-5: Pride Weekend in Santa Rosa and Guernville

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

There are two main events for Pride Weekend, and neither is to be missed. Julie Goldman, a self-described New York “butch-lez,” and Ali Mafi, “maybe the world’s only gay Iranian comic,” headline Pride Comedy Night on Saturday, June 4, at 8pm at the Wells Fargo Center (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; $19–$35; 707.546.3600). The next day sees the fabulously titled celebration Gay Sera, Syrah, with a morning parade down Main Street in Guerneville and ending with a festival featuring Coyote Grace, Sistahs in the Pit, Ananta, Polkanomics and others on Sunday, June 5, at the Guerneville Lodge (15905 River Road, Guerneville; 12pm; free). For more information, see
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