1. obsessionsandobservations:

    Inspirational quotes from one of the world’s most amazing women people, Amy Poehler.

    (Source: dailylife.com.au, via hellogiggles)

     
  2. courtingcomedy:

    Tonight: Hand to Mouth Comedy @ Dark Room Theater. 2263 Mission St. SF. 10pm. $5–8. Featuring John Ross, Jessica Sele, Land Smith, Stefani Silverman, Eli Olsberg, David Nguyen, Paco Romane and hosted by Trevor Hill.

    handtomouthcomedy:

    Trevor Hill presents Hand to Mouth: a monthly, topic-based comedy show where each edition explores a specific social, cultural or political issue. One show, one topic.

    November’s Topic: Fear!

    On November 1st, comics John Ross (Comedy Central’s “Up Next”), Paco Romane (Best Comedian -SF Bay Guardian), Eli Olsberg (E!’s “Chelsea Lately”), Jessica Sele (Seattle Comedy Underground), David Nguyen (Colossal Show), Land Smith (Talkies) and Stefani Silverman (Tickled Pink!) will join Trevor in exploring fears, phobias, anxieties, panic attacks, nightmares, goosebumps and heebie-jeebies. So come find out what gives these funny peeps the creeps.

    Hand to Mouth: Fear
    Friday, November 1st @ 10:00PM
    The Dark Room (2263 Mission St.)
    Cover: $5 Advance, $8 at the Door.

    Every First Friday of the Month!

    Facebook: facebook.com/handtomouthcomedy

    Eventbrite - Hand to Mouth: Fear!

     
  3. thecolossalshow:

    Summer Jams! Hilarity! BYOB!

    On August 3rd, MACLA Art Gallery will be the host of the Colossal Show, a variety show featuring some of the funniest comedians and most talented musicians.

    Having an art gallery as a venue allows comedians to practice an alternative brand of comedy and musicians a very intimate setting for a memorable performance. Audiences are also afforded the opportunity to support the local performing art scene away from cover charges and the two-item minimum.

    It’s also BYOB! Beer and Wine only, but bring as much as you’d like. Food is also welcomed.

    Ben DelCastillo will be hosting a stellar line-up. The show features comedians: David Nguyen, Imran G-i, Clare O’Kane, and Nick Aragon! We’re also excited to have musicians Shaanz and Brooke D share the stage!

    $10 is all we ask. Most of the proceeds goes towards covering the cost of producing the show

    RSVP online @ thecolossalshow.ticketleap.com or call (408) 256-2690

    Doors open at 7:30pm and show starts at 8pm on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013.

     

  4. thecolossalshow:

    Illusive Comics & Games

    The Colossal will be hosting their newest comedy showcase, the Funny Pages, at Illusive Comics and Games in Santa Clara. On the evening of June 20th, in the back room of Illusive Comics and Games that host weekly D&D and Magic the Gathering battles, comedians will be waxing humorously about their love of comic books, movies, TV shows, games, and anything else worthy of being shoved into a locker.  

     

    Having a comic book store as a venue allows comedians to practice an alternative brand of comedy. Audiences are also afforded the opportunity to support the local comedy scene away from online convenience charges and the two-item minimum. The Funny Pages will be a show that will allow people to come together, geek out, and laugh about weird and obscure things they love.

     

    The inaugural Funny Pages will be hosted by David Nguyen, featured by Imran G, Clare O’Kane, and headlined Red Scott. The showcase will take place on Thursday, June 20th at 8pm. Admission is free to all audience.

     
  5. thecolossalshow:

    The Colossal show is the Bay Area’s newest variety show where eclectic comedians will be sharing the stage with immensely talented musicians. The showcase will serve as an incubator for a diverse range of sharp and scintillating performers, encouraging them to embrace their idiosyncrasies and explore their creative frontiers. In the heart of the city’s SOFA District in downtown San Jose, the lucky audience of MACLA Art Gallery will be treated to an aural delight of laughter and live music.

    BYOB (Beer and Wine only with ID)

    Comedians:
    Sean Keane
    David Nguyen
    Imran G
    Jules Posner

    Musical Guest:
    The Parade
    and more!

    Door: 7:30pm
    Show: 8:15pm

    Tickets: $10

    RSVP online @ thecolossalshow.ticketleap.com

    or call (408) 256-2690

     
  6. Victory! #49ers

     
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  8. I’ll be hosting at Rooter T Feathers Oct 18-21. (Taken with Instagram)

     
  9. Filling out my W-9, because that’s what you do when a comedy club pays you! (Taken with Instagram at Punchline Comedy Club)

     
  10. Showing off my new hat! (Taken with Instagram at Stage Werx 446)

     

  11. "

    It’s not fun to be single at 41. I was married for 10 years, I’m divorced, I have two children. It’s hard to start again after a marriage. It’s hard to really look at someone and go ‘Maybe something nice will happen’. I know too much about life to have any optimism. I know even if it’s nice, it’s going to lead to shit. I know if you smile at somebody and they smile back, you’ve just decided something shitty is going to happen. You might have a nice couple of dates but then she’ll stop calling you back and that’ll feel shitty. Or you’ll date for a long time and then she’ll have sex with one of your friends or you will with one of hers and that will be shitty. Or you’ll get married and it won’t work out and you’ll get divorced and split your friends and money and that’s horrible. Or you’ll meet the perfect person who you love infinitely and you even argue well and you grow together and you have children and then you get old together and then SHE’S GONNA DIE.

    That’s the BEST CASE SCENARIO, is that you’re gonna lose your best friend and then just walk home from D’agostino’s with heavy bags every day and wait for your turn to be nothing also.

    "
    — Louis C.K. on “Louie”. (via iguanamouth)
     

  12. "My dad tells me stories about how when he was young, he fought in a war and got lost at sea fleeing an oppressive govt. I’ll be telling my kids about how when I was young, Vietnamese sandwiches cost $1."
     
  13. gq:

    Tig Notaro’s Unforgettable Set Last Night at The Largo

    flamelikeme:

    “Tragedy + time = comedy. But I don’t have the benefit of time. So I’m just going to tell you the tragedy and know that everything is going to be okay.” 

    So began Tig Notaro’s set last night at her show “Tig and friends” at the Largo. 

    Actually, that wasn’t the beginning of her set. It began when Ed Helms welcomed her to the stage and she crossed over, took the microphone, and said “Thank you, thank you, I have cancer, thank you, I have cancer, really, thank you.”

    Applause gave way to reticent laughter as she explained how she had planned a set about bees flying alongside her car on the 405, but that she couldn’t possibly do her “silly jokes” when all this was going on. And that’s when she told us that 3 days ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, in both breasts. 

    But she didn’t just have cancer. She went on to explain that in some manic twist of fate, while her career is at an all-time high — she is moving to New York to work on Amy Schumer’s new television show, she was on This American Life — concurrently, all these terrible circumstances have befallen her over the past 3 months: pneumonia made way for a debilitating bacterial infection in her digestive tract for which she was hospitalized and lost 30 pounds off of her already small frame, days after being released from the hospital, her young mother died suddenly and tragically (fell, hit her head, died), then she and her girlfriend broke up, and then, now, cancer. In both breasts. (“You have a lump.” “No, doctor, that’s my breast.” — one of her most renowned bits is about someone remarking upon her small breasts)

    For the first half of her set, even though she was telling the story in perfect grace and humor, I couldn’t laugh. For the second half, for the first time in my life, as far as I can recall, I genuinely laughed and cried at the exact same time, bewildered at the tragedy and the remarkably calm, clever prism through which she assessed her terrible set of circumstances.

    While telling us anecdotes from these personal tragedies, all along the way, she assured the audience “it’s okay, I’m going to be okay.” At one part, when she reached a dark place wherein most of the audience could not find the will to laugh, she said “maybe I’ll just go back to telling jokes about bees. Should I do that?” there were several “NOs” and one insistent loud male voice who cried out

    “NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. THIS IS FUCKING INCREDIBLE.”

    She looked genuinely taken aback, and relieved. She’d managed to make the tragic not only palatable but overwhelmingly engaging. She’d done it.  

    Tig’s been one of my favorite comedians for a couple of years now. I told her how much I loved her work after a set at UCB one night, and she received my words so kindly that she came towards me and gave me a hug. I’ve gone downtown to bars by myself and sat for hours alone, just waiting to see her headlining set. 

    At the end of her routine last night, everyone in the audience gave her a standing ovation, for me her wowed, grateful, happy face blurry with my own salty eyes. She’d released her horrific story into the hearts of her fans. I’m sure we all felt like I did; we were made witness to a truly historical moment in comedy, by one of the industry of comedy’s absolute greatest. 

    Bill Burr followed her set, inexplicably able to make the whole audience uproarious with laughter by the end. Bill Burr then brought on Louis C.K., the surprise guest of the night, which was a shock - it was my first time ever seeing him live - but it was very difficult to give him my enrapt attention after Tig’s on-stage confessions.

    My head is still swimming around what happened last night. We all saw the ultimate embodiment of what comedy is supposed to do: deeply personal tragedies somehow transformed, with the enormous, necessary power of an open-hearted audience, into brilliantly-written truths that we’ll all take home with us and keep with us as long as we’ll have a sound-enough mind to remember that show. If schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others, we all shuffled into another corner last night, schadenfreude’s cousin; we’re not laughing at you, we’re crying with you but trying very hard to accept this avalanche of misfortune through the more edible prism of humor.

    I’m so grateful I could bear witness to what happened last night, and more than that I’m grateful to comedy and to Tig Notaro for being not only courageous enough and not only spirited enough but for being so endlessly, achingly HONEST with all of us, the stunned, mouth-breathing strangers in the dark. 

     

  14. "I think about suicide a lot - not mine, other people’s."
     

  15. "I invented a new drinking game, I call it Old Yeller. You and a buddy start chugging beers, first one to foam at the mouth has to go behind a barn and take a shot."