Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 27: Seth Meyers at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 1:53 PM

At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last month, Seth Meyers roasted the shit out of Donald Trump. On television, fantastic cutaway camera shots caught “the Don” iron-jawed, the “fox on his head” practically wiggling to get free. Hopefully, the fresh-faced Saturday Night Live head writer and host of “Weekend Update” will dust off some of his sardonic Trump jokes (and maybe the one about Larry King) when he brings his very funny standup act to Napa this week. Seth Meyers gets smart on Friday, May 27, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third Street, Napa. $45–$55. 8pm. 707.259.0123.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Feb. 12: Bill Cosby at the Marin Center

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:11 PM

In 2008, none other than Karl Rove credited Bill Cosby with indirectly steering the American consciousness toward the historic act of electing a black president. Cosby set such a positive family example with The Cosby Show, Rove implied, that he paved the way for Obama’s victory. And yet Cosby—notoriously critical of modern lifestyle trends among young black men offstage—never talks politics in his act. Instead, he serves up the usual bits about dentists, doctors, children and wives on Saturday, Feb.12, at the Marin Center. Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 5pm and 8pm. $38–$75.415.499.6800.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jan. 14: Shelly Berman at 142 Throckmorton Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Like Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory, the button-up mind of Shelly Berman turned the world diagonal in the 1960s though “comedy” albums that were more cerebral exercises than cheap guffaw-inducements. A common party trick when records like Inside Shelly Berman were released was to play Berman’s routines on the stereo and single out the squares from the with-it guests based on who “got it” or not. Since 2002, he’s appeared as Larry David’s dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and onstage, Berman usually does a few of his classic routines mixed with new material. For this event, he’s extended his show to include even more older material, and he’ll be introduced by none other than Mort Sahl on Friday, Jan. 14, at 142 Throckmorton Theater. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 8pm. $25–$35. 415.383.9600.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

November 6: Sandra Valls at San Geronimo Community Center

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Who is Sandra Valls? This much we know: in her lifetime, she’s rapped with Charo, joked about costumes with Lucy Liu and buttered up Uma Thurman. She’s been a regular at Los Angeles clubs like the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store and appeared at LGBT pride events all over the country. The Nebraska-born, Texas-raised comedian survived the red states of her upbringing to make it in California as the West Coast’s premier Latina lesbian stand up gal, where her side-splitting theories about the female ass inspire the audience to fall in love with her every night. Count the U-Haul trucks outside when Valls performs on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the San Geronimo Community Center. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 8pm. $16–$20. 415.488.8888.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 29: Rob Schneider at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM

When I first noticed that Saturday Night Live alumnus Rob Schneider had scheduled a show for late October, I couldn’t help but think: O ye of little faith! Schneider, a dedicated Giants fan often seen at the ball park, apparently could not have predicted his team would be in the World Series. Wouldn’t it have been funny if his show in Santa Rosa fell at the same time as a game against the Rangers? As it is, Schneider got very, very lucky, and he’ll be cracking jokes onstage during a travel day for the ballplayers. You’ve seen him in those ridiculous Deuce Bigalow movies and reciting a weirdly contagious line in The Waterboy; now see him live when Rob Schneider yuks it up on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $15–$30. 707.546.3600.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 26: Handcar Regatta at Depot Park

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Unless you’ve got tickets to see the pennant-racing Giants play that day, there is no understandable reason for missing out on the fantastic Third Annual 2010 Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta & Exposition of Mechanical & Artistic Wonders, otherwise known as the Handcar Regatta. For the uninitiated, the Regatta is the region’s foremost cultural hodgepodge of all things wildly imaginative, including but hardly limited to art, music, costume, magic, vaudeville, marching bands and sculpture. The Regatta’s raison d’être is ostensibly the foot- and hand-powered vehicles of all crazy design barreling down the railroad tracks, but the carnival atmosphere surrounding the races is worth the price of admission alone. Oh, you hadn’t heard? Yes, the Regatta is charging admission this year. Here’s the great thing: it’s only $1. Don’t miss it on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Depot Park. Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 11am–6pm. $1.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 5: Lewis Black at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Remember when comedians were actually worried about Barack Obama’s election? Remember when they’d make jokes about how they wouldn’t be able to make jokes anymore, when George W. Bush wouldn’t be providing them with a constant supply of material? Well, the joke’s on them! There are even stupider morons in the country now! Some are even angry about a proposed cultural center with a basketball court and swimming pool on the exact site of the former Burlington Coat Factory in lower Manhattan! Most of them think Obama is a Muslim! As long as tea partiers continue to loudly hate our freedom-hating socialist al-Qaida president, comedians like Lewis Black will have no end of material. Hear him sear the Palinites and worse on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $65–$80. 707.259.0123.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July 4: Will Durst at Silo's Jazz Club

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:39 PM

When we see that some guy named Durst is playing town, we always have that same knee-jerk: Fred Durst?! Nooooo!!!! What sublime relief we find, then, in discovering that’s it’s almost always comedian Will Durst. Being mistaken for the goateed bro from the constipated gurglings of rap-metal losers Limp Bizkit isn’t a compliment—although Durst, as usual, would surely mine the situation for comedic gold. The satirist’s main quarry is politics, and what with teabaggers complaining about BP’s $20 billion escrow fund to clean up the oil spill, Carly Fiorina’s anti-abortion stance touted as “new feminism” and a popular Facebook group to nominate Werner Herzog governor of California (why the hell not?), Durst will be on fire when celebrating our nation’s independence with blues band Top of the Top on Sunday, July 4, at Silo’s Jazz Club. 530 Main St., Napa. 6pm. $50. 707.251.5833.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 26: Comedy Benefit at Toby's Feed Barn

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Who among us hasn’t wanted to feed the yen for laughter while feeding one’s cows and chickens? Before the show of hands, let it be known that hilarity is promised when three comics take the stage hay bales at Toby’s Feed Barn this weekend in what’s being billed as a Benefit to Benefit the Benefit. To wit: the Far West Fest, thrown annually by KWMR to benefit West Marin nonprofits, needs a little funding itself. In step five comedians to put the West Fest’s stress to rest. Among them are two-time San Francisco Air Guitar Championship winner Alex Koll, Sarah Silverman Show alum and West Coast Cannabis publisher Ngaio Bealum, creator of the standup comedy game show Get It Joe Klocek and clean comic Carla Clay. Beer, wine, food and burlesque are on hand at the 18-and-over laugh fest on Saturday, June 26, at Toby’s Feed Barn. 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 7:30pm. $20. 707.663.1223.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 14: Smothers Brothers at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM

It’s hard to imagine a time when only a small handful of channels comprised the television landscape, but in 1967, there weren’t hundreds of networks dedicated to every political view under the sun—which makes the Smothers Brothers’ sly political commentary during national tumult all the more brave. David Bianculli’s recent 400-page book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ covers in excellent detail the Smothers Brothers’ subtle infiltration of network television and, ultimately, the clashes with CBS that led to their firing; it’s a definitive and often nostalgic guide to the hurdles Tom and Dick Smothers faced. In a rare performance, the pioneers in topical comedy appear on Friday, May 14, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $40-$50. 707.546.3600.Gabe Meline
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