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Who Books That?

Ben Evans, stand-up and manager of Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia, has captured a brutally honest comic experience. My hat is off to Ben for having the foresight to make this documentary and I’m proud to see Tushar Singh bravely representing for comics everywhere. TUSHAR IS HILARIOUS and proves it moment by moment while the camera is rolling. Here’s the situation in Ben’s own words…

“Late last spring I followed fellow Atlanta-based Indian-comedian Tushar Singh to a one-nighter he was booked to do in Birmingham, Alabama and documented the entire experience. The result of my efforts was a 36 minute documentary  which I shot, directed, narrated, and edited by myself. What enticed me about this particular show was the parameters of the gig which required Tushar to do two separate 30 minute sets of clean material to a group of Isma’ili’s (Muslim Indians) in a hotel conference room with no alcohol – pay was $500. However, Tushar does not have 30 minutes of material.., let alone a separate hour dedicated to folks who are expecting some clean wholesome family wise cracks. And what low-level comic turns down $500!?

What came out in the end was what I believe to be a solid depiction of a good comedian and person, a lesson in preparation/or a lack-there-of, and what it can be like to be a comedian starting out.”

If you’re a seasoned comic looking for a trip down memory lane or a new comic drooling over a paid set, this will take you on the emotional roller-coaster that can potentially be stand-up.


Thank you Ben and Tushar for allowing us this glimpse into the real world of comedy!

WATCH: Mo Mandel Kills It On Conan

Here’s some advice:

Watch Rooftop fave Mo Mandel kill it on last week’s Conan:

 

Then check out some mo’ funny Mo on his Rooftop page!

rooftopcomedy.com/momandel

You won’t regret it! I promise.

-Not Jono

Rooftop Gives You 4 Great Shows This Weekend Because Rooftop Loves You!

Hey Dudes and Dudettes!

Not Jono here, and I’m really proud to tell you all about some amazing shows we have coming up this weekend! Rooftop Comedy is getting together with SF Sketchfest again to sock you in your face with four comedy shows this weekend alone! You should come! Well, unless you hate fun, then you should probably stay home. Hopefully we’ll see you non-fun haters there!

Love,

Not Jono and the whole Rooftop Crew

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 10:30PM, EUREKA THEATRE

Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura

With James Adomian, Kate Berlant, James Urbaniak, The Mutiny, and more!
Former Governor and wrestling legend JESSE VENTURA is on the ground in Chicago and he’s assembled a team of investigative experts to uncover some explosive information that will unravel the biggest conspiracy yet. The New World Order might keep Jesse off the air, but they can’t cancel the truth! A hit show at festivals around the country, Conspiracy Theory Live is heading for JFL Chicago in June! Featuring James Adomian as Jesse Ventura, and a panel of comedians in character as inside experts, you’ll want to be at ringside for the action.

Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3255224&pl=sfsketch

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 8PM, STAGEWERX

Rooftop Comedy & SF Sketchfest Stand Up Show Case

Rooftop Comedy and SF Sketchfest present some of the best emerging stand-up comedians from the nation and beyond! Every Saturday night at 8pm and 10pm at Stagewerx in the Mission.

Kunal Arora, Kate Berlant, JC Coccoli, Francoise Gordon, Ian Karmel, Phoebe Robinson, Derek Sheen and house band Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children MacNuggits

Hosted by Katie Compa

TICKETS: www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3261454&pl=sfsketch

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 10PM, STAGEWERX

Rooftop Comedy & SF Sketchfest Stand Up Show Case

Rooftop Comedy and SF Sketchfest present some of the best emerging stand-up comedians from the nation and beyond! Every Saturday night at 8pm and 10pm at Stagewerx in the Mission.

Paul Cibis, Kelly Collette, Joey Devine, Tabari Douglas McCoy, Joe Nguyen, Rob Schultz, Jim Tews and house band Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children MacNuggits

Hosted by Casey Ley

TICKETS: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3261464&pl=sfsketch

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 8PM, THE INDEPENDENT 21+

Dr. Brown

Dr. Brown is the absurd comedy character of Philip Burgers – a world-renowned clowning skills instructor and actor who trained with the infamous Philippe Gaullier, another of whose pupils, Sacha Baron Cohen, called him “the greatest living teacher of clown”.

His credits include Dr. Brown Because (2010) and Doctor Brown Becaves (2011). He was also awarded the Top Ten pick of the Fringe 2010, Malcolm Hardee Award for Most Original Comedy nomination 2010 & 2011, The Sunday Times’ Best Comedy Newcomer 2010, Total Theatre Award nominee 2011, BARRY award for Best Comedy Show 2012, Total Theatre Award for Innovation 2012, Foster’s Edinburgh Best Comedy Award 2012 and global sell-out runs everywhere.

Burgers’ act much of which is mimed, and much of which is highly uncomfortable and a tad repulsive, nonetheless makes for compelling viewing.

‘About as bonkers an hour of comedy as ever you would find – part Mr Bean, part Buster Keaton, all odd.’ Sunday Times ★★★★

After a spectacular run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and numerous international festivals, Doctor Brown presents his BARRY Award and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 winning show Befrdfgth. His cult following spreads to Prague, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, New York and Toronto, Dubai, Hong Kong and London’s Soho Theatre to name a few; Dr Brown is fast becoming one of the most talked about alternative comedians on the international circuit.

Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/eventV2/198891?utm_medium=bks&wrKey=5F5C3A22083A7FEAACC7AD0D9E653E5C

Watch the First Season of UnCabaret Online

In case your streaming queue is lacking any share of top-quality stand-up, the popular LA comedy show UnCabaret is now available on Amazon Instant. UnCabaret is a mix of stand-up and special musical guests and has long been one of LA’s most popular comedy events. These filmed shows are now available to stream as episodes and season one looks awesome. Dana Gould, Tig Notaro, Rory Scovel, and Rob Delaney are among the featured comedians. Watch a clip from episode one (which features Delaney, Sandra Bernhard, Alec Mapa, and Andy Dick) and let us know what you think!

Watch Dan Soder Perform on Conan

New York comedian Dan Soder performed on Conan last night and was full of advice. What sort of wisdom was he dishing? Well, let’s just say if you are a child of a single parent or a New Yorker who wants to know how to avoid getting mugged, you need to watch. Dan is rising fast in the comedy world and we totally have his back. Great job Dan!