Sketch Comedy & Stand-Up Comedy Alive and Well in The Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2016 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Sketch comedy and stand-up comedy are enjoying a healthy renaissance all over including in the Bay Area. With an already rich history for stand-up comedy, more Bay Area venues have begun accommodating comedy nights in recent years. Most of these are not the traditional two-drink minimum styled styled comedy club. A good example is tonight's (and every Monday night's) popular weekly East Bay event Move Along, Nothing to See Here at The Night Light at 311 Broadway near Jack London Square (8pm, no cover). Tonight's lineup includes Joey Devine, Cameron Vanini, Ben Kolina, and Gabby O'Poccia. Night Light co-owner Johnny "Scobey" Nackley said that with the East Bay's vibrant comedy scene it's important to include comedy shows alongside music nights.

Meanwhile, tonight in San Francisco Nato Green (SF Sketchfest / Iron Comic) will be at Doc's Lab at 124 Columbus Ave. (8pm, $8 - $10) - the former site of the famed Purple Onion.  Presented by local NPR station KALW, tonight's show features Janine Brito, Chris Thayer, David Gborie, Trevor Hill, Matt Lieb, Kurt Weitzmann, and Emily Epstein White. Another show in SF tonight is the monthly comedy night “Am I Rite?” with Torio Van Grol headlining at the Rite Spot Cafe  at 2099 Folsom St. (near 17th) (9pm, no cover).

The ongoing Oakland comedy night with the perfect name is Jokelandish is happening next on Wednesday (Jan 20th) at The Hatch downtown at 402 15th St. (8pm, no cover). But this week's big event is the ongoing, two-week-plus long, 15th annual San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest 2016 (SFSF) that ends this Sunday, January 24th. There's still lots of great showcases for this final week. Held at various venues around town, these include a showcase at PianoFight on Friday with Jumbo Mumbo, Onassis, and Straitjacket Society that will be hosted by Rob Christensen. PianoFight is in the Tenderloin at 144 Taylor (7pm, $15, food). Other clubs hosting SFSF 2016 include longtime North Beach comedy spot (established back in 1982) Cobb's Comedy Club at 915 Columbus where this week shows will include such SFSF showcases as Joe Machi and Lachlan Patterson on Thursday (Jan 21) and 2 Dope Queens with Jessica Williams & Phoebe Robinson (7:30pm shows, ticket info). Find more general info on SF Sketchfest 2016

Below is sketch by Onassis. Troupe members have written and performed for Inside Amy Schumer, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, SNL, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Funny or Die, and Above Average. The sketch below, entitled "Drug Deal Goes Very Long," features Frank Hejl, Jocelyn DeBoer, and Rob Michael Hugel. 


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