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Introducing: Today in the Park

We’re very proud to announce the debut of “Today in the Park”, Rooftop’s new comedic web series, made for MSN’s Lifestyle page. Are you a mom? Do you know any moms? Do you have a mom? If you answered yes to any of these, then you’ll definitely enjoy this new series chronicling the adventures of a new mom and her son as they visit their neighborhood park. Watch the first episode below and visit MSN to watch them all!

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The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show


Weinbach, Walsh, and Cooperman

The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show returns this weekend with the wickedly funny Brent Weinbach (Lopez Tonight, Comedy Central, FunnyOrDie.com) Brendon Walsh (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, HBO), Eric Andre (Lopez, Comedy Central), Lizzy Cooperman (Tosh.0, MTV, Last Comic Standing) and hosted by DJ Douggpound (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). Local comedy group Best Friends Club open up the show.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

10pm-Midnight, $15, Ages 16+, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA.

Click Here for tickets

Here are a few clips from Nevada City Film Festival performers Brent Weinbach and Brendon Walsh. Enjoy!

JOHNNY BEEHNER’S TOP 5 COMEDY ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

To celebrate the release of his debut album, “Tiny Wiener“, we’ve asked Johnny Beehner to make a list of his Top 5 favorite comedy records of all time. Read his comments below and make sure to pick up “Tiny Wiener” on iTunes.

5. Jim Gaffigan. King Baby.

Jim Gaffigan always impresses me because he has hilarious bits about how lazy he is and I can totally relate, yet he is clearly a very hard working person. I loved his previous album, Beyond the Pale. I wasn’t expecting as strong of a follow up album, and was thoroughly impressed by King Baby so I chose to include that album. He takes topics that have been done over and over by comics and he somehow finds an original take on it. You listen to him and think he is somehow cheating. He’s just great.

4. Louis CK. Shameless.

I am a big Louis CK fan. I loved his old stuff. He had an album, “Live from Houston” that was pretty much his old style, very abstract and odd and silly. I was a fan of him from all that, but then he seemed to change gears when he did his HBO half hour special. He is very honest and says things that everyone thinks, but would never admit out loud. He just has a very unique way of looking at things and explaining them in a very simple, yet hilarious and original way. He is one of those comics that makes me want to sit down and write right after listening to him.

3. Emo Philips. E=MO2.

I found out about Emo Philips when I was in college. I went to the Comedy Café in Milwaukee when he was there and just loved it. His comedy is so unique and smart and silly. I really like his persona onstage, how he innocently tells these short story jokes that are hilarious as if he doesn’t understand it, or like he is the victim of these odd scenarios. I really like that. It’s like the dumb victim that isn’t really a victim. He has a few albums and they are all just great. I listened to his stuff a lot around the time that I started doing stand up. I was lucky enough to get to work with him in Madison, WI at the Comedy Club on State a few years back and Emo couldn’t have been a nicer guy. That’s always a treat.

2. Brian Regan. Live.

I think it is safe to say that Brian Regan is in a LOT of comedians’ top 5 lists. I have been a fan of his since the first time I ever saw him. His Comedy Central half hour special made me laugh harder than I had ever laughed at a comedian on tv. When I got his cd, “Brian Regan: Live,” I listened to the whole thing laughing my guts out, then I ran to my friend’s place down the hall and listened to it all over with him and just laughed. He really is one of those comics that me feel like, “What the heck am I doing calling myself a comedian?” You watch him and you just feel like he could take ANYTHING and make it funniest thing in the world just by his way of talking about things. I admire and am inspired by his work ethic. He is writing machine. I once saw him two nights in a row in Chicago with different friends and I probably only heard about 5 minutes of material repeated. He’s just amazing.

1. Steve Martin. Comedy is Not Pretty.

I love all of Steve Martin’s comedy albums. I love his comedy because I love silly comedy. He is silly and wacky, but his act was a very calculated smart plan. I read his book, Born Standing Up, and learned that Steve didn’t just go for the laugh. He really dissected humor and figured out what caused the laugh and challenged it and took risks, and it worked out great for him. So many comedians feed off of negativity and complaining, which can be funny, but Steve Martin’s off the wall and truly ORIGINAL style of comedy is always a very happy breath of fresh air. Listening to his albums makes me feel like a 3 year old laughing at my brother hitting himself in the face.

Want more comedy? Watch clips of Johnny Beehner in action on his profile page.

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MARC MARON’S 5 COMEDIANS TO WATCH

New York Magazine’s “Vulture” published Marc Maron’s “5 Comedians to Watch” list today. We were very pleased and not at all surprised to see a few very familiar Rooftop faves on the list.

Kyle Kinane

The cranky guy. The cranky guy is one of my favorite comedy archetypes. If it doesn’t come naturally and is forced, it stinks. There is a fine line between being a crank and a complainer. Kyle is a seamless raconteur with a genuine voice of the ageless, cranky poet. – Maron

Amber Preston

The brassy gal. I like ballsy women who know their way around a stage. Amber Preston kicks ass. She has great jokes and she doesn’t take any shit. She’s the kind of comic who could play a one-nighter at a bowling alley or a 1,000-seat theater and just nail it. I think she could beat me up. – Maron

Ryan Singer

The absurd optimist. Ryan Singer is the most intentionally happy person I know. Which either means he is really happy or is about to lose his fucking mind. I like Ryan because he is weird onstage and commits to it. It’s not an alienating weird; it’s a happy, embracing weird. If people don’t embrace it, he just gets weirder. I love that. – Maron

Congrats to Amber Preston, Kyle Kinane, Joe Mande, Pete Holmes, and Ryan Singer. Being on Maron’s “Comedians to Watch” list is like being anointed by god.

Check out the rest of the list on Vulture.

Pick up Marc Maron’s new album, “This Has to be Funny”, which was released today.

GIRL TALK IS BACK!


Janine Brito (Outloud Fest, Laughter Against the Machine) and Emily Heller (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, 2011 Silver Nail Award Winner) are bringing their wildly popular “Girl Talk” show back to the San Francisco Punch Line tonight! With a whole new line-up of ladies, this is probably your LAST CHANCE to see Janine and Emily together before they both move to New York! Will they finally break the sexual tension with a giant tongue kiss? THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!

Featuring local favorites:
Mary Van Note and Natasha Muse!
and from New York:
Erin Judge and Phoebe Robinson!

$15, 2 drink minimum
Buy tickets

RON FUNCHES MAKES TV DEBUT ON CONAN

What a delight to see the adorable and profoundly hilarious Ron Funches make his television debut Conan last night. He’s a huge favorite of ours and we’re sure you’ll love him, too. Watch below.

You ought to know… that you can watch clips from Ron’s equally funny performance at this year’s San Francisco Sketchfest Rooftop Showcase on his Rooftop page and that you pick up his contribution to this year’s Silver Nails album on iTunes. Congrats, Ron!

NEW RELEASE: JOHNNY BEEHNER’S “TINY WEINER”

We’re proud to to announce the release of our latest comedy album – Tiny Weiner by Rooftop favorite Johnny Beehner.

With a name like Beehner, one can either resign to be the butt of other people’s jokes or write their own. The hilarious Johnny Beehner chose the latter and has been touring extensively, bringing his stories of childhood missteps, newly married life, and The Olive Garden to fans all over. Self-described as a “fifth grader trying to figure out how to be the newly married responsible pet owner”, Beehner began his comedy career in Milwaukee while attending college. As he grew in popularity on the local scene, he also spent summers honing his chops in Los Angeles and New York, competing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and being featured on The Bob & Tom Show. With one listen to Tiny Wiener, you’re destined to learn a lot. Most notably, you’ll find out what not to do when robbing a Taco Bell.

Pick up Tiny Weiner on iTunes

COMEDIENNES FLOCK TO JAMESTOWN FOR LUCYFEST

The concept of a comedy festival in Lucille Ball’s legacy was discussed with the honoree, herself, shortly before her death in 1989. Above all other ideas, the festival concept resonated with her as a way to not just preserve her legacy, but showcase emerging talent. This year The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center and Rooftop Comedy will realize that idea by presenting the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy from August 3-7th in Lucy’s hometown, Jamestown, NY. In addition to 100th birthday celebrations and I Love Lucy tributes, the festival will present a lineup of stand-up legends, including headliners Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone, as well as rising talent like Tammy Pescatelli and Christina Pazsitzky. Oh, and we invited some guys, too—like Nate Bargatze, Costaki Economopoulos, Andrew Norelli and Lamont Price.

“We know that Lucy and Desi’s intentions were for their legacy to live on in the form of living, breathing comedy that would be as progressive and contemporary as they were,” said Executive Director Journey Gunderson.

Living, breathing, and kicking, the Festival presents comedic icon, Joan Rivers, on Thursday, August 4th at 8pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Rivers was the only guest host to ever appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a host of her own late night show on FOX, winner of an Emmy for her work on daytime television and has 50 years of stand-up experience. Rivers actually co-starred with Lucille Ball in an episode of Here’s Lucy during which the two reportedly had great respect and affinity for one another.

Paula Poundstone, the first woman to ever earn a Cable ACE award for stand-up, joins the Festival lineup as the headlining act on Saturday, August 6th at 8pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Poundstone has two HBO stand-up specials under her belt along with a self-titled show on ABC and numerous appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street. In addition to her chops in stand-up, Poundstone is an accomplished author and a panelist for National Public Radio on the popular program Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Audiences will enjoy Poundstone’s hilarious take on any subject, from politics to housecats.

The Rooftop Comedy Showcase on Friday, August 5th at 8pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center will feature Los Angeles comedienne Christina Pazsitzky. Pazsitzky demonstrates her sharp wit not only through performance but writing as well and these talents have helped her gain quick momentum in the comedy world. Pazsitzky has been a writer and regular guest on the E! show Chelsea Lately and was a finalist on Season 6 and 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. While Pazsitzky does perform around the country she has also gone global to entertain the troops in the Middle East, Africa, and South Korea. She represents an important part of this festival and its goals: to showcase not only what’s hot in comedy but also what’s coming.

Pazsitzky recognizes the gravity of being selected to perform in Lucy’s honor and says of the icon, “Lucy is the OG Gangster of comedy. I don’t think there is a more beloved female comedian in history. Lucy was daring. She played a housewife who wanted more and went out and got it. She ignored the limitations of her time. I think that’s what any great comedian does. She also had a thing for Latin guys, which I can relate to.”

The festival has also attracted comedy-veteran, Tammy Pescatelli, who resides nearby in Meadville, PA. Pescatelli was a finalist on Season 2 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing which secured her reputation as one of the funniest women in the comedy world. Tammy has appeared twice as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and recently was featured in her own special for Comedy Central. Pescatelli’s newest endeavor is starring in WE TV’s A Stand Up Mother where she attempts to balance her family and her growing career with a lot of laughs. Coincidentally, the show was originally pitched as a modern day I Love Lucy, only Tammy is Desi, trying to keep her husband, Luca, out of the act.

Pescatelli looks forward to her involvement in the Festival which includes a performance on Saturday, August 6th at the legendary Tropicana Room. She says, “Like all of America, I love Lucy. The fun is going to be non-stop all weekend, so eat your Vitameatavegamin.”

Want to check out the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy? Schedule info and all tickets are available at LucyComedyFest.com.

“HEART OF DARKNESS” LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO 8/7

San Francisco, you’re in for a treat. Greg Barris is bringing the deviant hilarity of the Heart Of Darkness from NYC to SF’s Café Du Nord on Sunday, August 7th!

Backed by live band The Forgiveness, the psychedelic stand-­-up show is a visceral experience, featuring cutting-­-edge comedy, mind-­-expanding music, and a scientifically based spiritual ceremony. ‘Whoa’ is right. In the midst of a five-­-month residency at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, where the likes of Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan and Janeane Garofalo have performed on the show to sold-­-out crowds, Barris and his bi-­-coastal community of performing misfits are coming to unite San Francisco audiences on a transcendental trip that combines original music and ridiculous insight into the human experience.

Watch the Heart of Darkness trailer:

This Heart Of Darkness will feature the extraordinary comedic talents of Chris Garcia, Emily Heller and Karl Hess. Heart Of Darkness also features appearances by accomplished thinkers to enlighten the audience on topics ranging from transhumanism to the cosmos, and this show’s featured presenter is Columbia University Ethnomusicologist and composer Alexandre Tannous, who will invite the audience in to the world of microtones through an immersive sound ceremony.

Artist and musician Dima Drjuchin (Avrodesign.com/dima/) heads up the house band, which seduces the audiences into the unique show experience. The Forgiveness is a choreographed element that sets the Heart Of Darkness apart from other shows featuring stand-­-up comedy. Instead of appearing solo, each performer becomes a part of the group sound when they join the band on stage. The band backs each comedian up to add color tot heir stories with original music, thus making the Heart Of Darkness one big seamless collaborative party that leaves the freedom for inspired instances of improvisation as the artists involved weave their work together. As the creator, host and curator, Greg Barris invites audiences to open themselves up to expand their minds and appreciate the absurd and hilarious communal experience.

Visit our facebook page this week and enter the Heart of Darkness ticket giveaway for a chance to win two free tickets to the show.

RSVP to the show on the Heart of Darkness Facebook Page

Buy tickets on Ticket Web

Visit Greg Barris’ Website

WATCH JARROD HARRIS’ LATE NIGHT TV DEBUT


Long time Rooftop favorite Jarrod Harris made his late night television debut on Lopez Tonight last night. Highlights include an impression of his thugged out Alaskan neighbor, a genius idea for outsmarting creditors, and a wild impression of a Vietnamese lounge singer.

Watch more clips from Jarrod on his Rooftop page