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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, 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.

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


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
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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


Lucy Fest Comics

Rooftop Comedy is thrilled to help produce 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, like Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone, and rising stars including Nate Bargatze, Christina Pazsitzky, Costaki Econompoulos, Lamont Price, Jamie Ward, and Justin Schlegel. Schedule info and tickets are available at

With Lucy Fest just around the corner, we’ll be publishing interviews with some of the featured comics. Jamie Ward is one of Atlanta’s hottest comics, performing regularly at the renowned Laughing Skull Lounge, and has shared the stage with Natasha Leggero, Ronn White, and more. Winner at this year’s Port City Top Comic Contest, Jamie’s comedy is sharp, witty, with just a speck of niceness.

Rooftop Comedy: How would you describe Lucy’s influence on comedy? Why are you excited to participate in Lucy Fest?

Jamie Ward: Lucy’s influence can only be described as legendary. She was an absolute comedy genius. My sister and I grew up watching old episodes of I Love Lucy, that in my opinion are still hilarious. There are not many “classic” comedy shows that stand the test of time as well.

RT: It’s Lucy’s 100th birthday – what gift would you like to get her?

JW: I’d gather people together to celebrate laughter. I think this Lucy Fest is the most fitting tribute/gift you could give someone. In the short time I’ve been doing comedy, I’ve come to realize there is no greater feeling than sharing laughter with others. There is no object you could give her as a gift that would be more enjoyable.

RT: The Festival will host an attempt to set the Guinness World Record of the most amount of people dressed like Lucy Ricardo. Are you going to participate?

JW: I’d love to participate. I’m going to be pretty busy my short stay, so I’ll have to see if it fits in.

RT: How would you like your own 100th birthday to be celebrated?

JW: For my 100th birthday, I wish for the coherency to perform somewhere, and just enough people who care that I’m alive to share it with.

RT: As Lucy and Desi had hoped, the Lucy-Desi Center has announced a long-term plan to develop a center for comedy including a Comedy Hall of Fame. Who would you propose as the first three inductees?

JW: This is such a hard question. There are so many amazing options so the only way to answer that is pick the three that I look to the most. Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Bill Hicks.

RT: Any other shows or events that you have this summer that you’d like to share with us?

JW: I’m going to be performing at one of my favorite alternative comedy spots in Atlanta. I’m a special guest on the stand-up showcase at the Basement Theatre on the 28th of July.


Our favorite beardos “The Beards of Comedy” (Andy Sandford, Dave Stone, TJ Young, Joe Zimmerman) return to the world famous Laughing Skull Lounge June 9-12 to record their 2nd live comedy album for Rooftop Comedy Productions. Special guests appearances by Atlanta favorites Mike Kaiser, Paul Gallois, Matt O’Meara, Shalewa Sharpe, Tushar Singh and Benjamin Evans. Get it, Atlanta!

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Pick up the first Beards record at the Rooftop Comedy Shop.


Rooftop Comedy is proud to co-present a benefit for the Hearing and Speech Center in San Francisco, Ca.

When: Friday, June 3rd at 8pm
Where: The Purple Onion at 140 Columbus Ave, SF
Featuring: Will Durst, Michael Meehan, Tony Sparks, Melissa Gans, and Leo Gilreath
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Sign language interpretation available upon request.

The Hearing and Speech Center is a nonprofit dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with hearing loss. We are a community agency serving people of all ages and income levels through clinical, social and educational services. Event proceeds will support our early educational programs.

Interview: Gallery Show co-creator Leslie Winchester

The Comedy Gallery is a brand new show combining the visual arts and the comedic arts into one big goopy mess. On display will be drawings of comedians by the lovely and talented Leslie Winchester as well as photographs of comedians by Ameen Belbahri. The Comedy Gallery takes place Monday April 18th at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show will also feature performances by Baron Vaughn, Kris Tinkle, Jules Posner, Janine Brito, Brendan Lynch, Joe Gorman, and special guests.

We caught up with Leslie Winchester to talk about the show.

How did you come up with the idea for The Comedy Gallery?

I was thinking about how comedy has become a big part of my life. I’ve been working as a cocktail server at Punch Line Comedy Club in SF for two and a half years, and I’m exposed to comedy four or five times a week there. I found myself wanting to be involved in that industry somehow because I’ve grown to love comedy. I’ve always enjoyed drawing portraits of my friends and classmates since I was young, and I took a bunch of portrait and figure drawing classes in art school. The majority of my friends are comedians now. I decided to combine my passion for portraiture with comedy, and the result is The Comedy Gallery.

It seems like many artists have worked at the SF Punchline. Aiyana Udesen. Ameen Belbahri. Kris Struble. Is there something in the water at the Punchline that makes people really good artists? Do you ever collaborate with your fellow waitstaff on art projects or shows?

Comedy is all about being creative and being inspired, and I think it attracts artist types naturally. It’s a great place to work. I was in two art shows with Aiyana Udesen at Show Cave and Dose of Art Gallery in LA this past Halloween. Ameen Belbahri will display his photographs of comics in The Comedy Gallery. He’s also helping me produce the show.

Your artwork tends to be more abstract. How did it feel to switch from your usual style to taking portraits of comedians.

I like to make abstract images, but I’ve always struggled with the style and the process. Those images come from my head mostly, and the contents tend to be vague and almost isolating to the viewer. By drawing people from real life, I get more passionate feedback, and it’s much more relatable and engaging in general. I also like that it’s a collaboration between me and the comics. For example, Alex Koll put a chair on his shoulders. I love it when they come up with random ideas like that.

What have you discovered about comedians from taking their portraits?

They’re excited to be drawn! Also, I’m completely intrigued by the reasons they become comics. I like to talk to them about where they came from and why they talk about the things they talk about on stage.

Your depiction of comedians tend to portray them in a childlike manner. Is this intentional?

It’s not intentional, but I’m more aware of it as I keep making more. I think it’s because I grew up drawing from Japanese comic books, and they all have big eyes and child-like qualities to them. Also, comedians speak without censoring themselves on stage, a bit like kids tend to speak. That’s one way of interpreting that aspect, but it’s not intentional.

What are you planning to do with the portraits? Are they for sale?

I want to make zines, which are hand-made books, with the portraits. Once I make a hundred drawings, I’ll make zines and sell them. I also want to make individual prints to sell, then the originals, eventually. I’m planning to hold The Comedy Gallery in Los Angeles in May, as well as other shows here in SF soon, so I’d like to keep the originals for a while.

The Comedy Gallery takes place next Monday April 18th. Tickets are available through brown paper tickets.

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In addition to the three Purple Onion shows Rooftop will be presenting at this year’s Sketchest, we’re also very proud to be co-presenting a ton of other amazing shows. Here they are:

Dr. God Improv with Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini
Friday, January 15, at The Eureka Theater
8pm (with The Midnight Show) Click here for tickets.
10:30pm (with Teenager of the Year) Click here for tickets.

Dr. God is a nationally recognized comedy team specializing in long form improvisation. The group is comprised of Sean Cowhig, Neil Garguilo, Brendan McLoughlin, Brian O’Connell, Dave Park and Justin Ware. Individually or as a group, they have appeared on or created comedy content for Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Fox Atomic, Fox, Imagine Television, Warner Brothers, The Reelz Channel, National Lampoon, TV Guide Network, IFC, AMC, MTV, CNN and many others. They are regular performers at iO West in Hollywood with mainstage shows on alternate Saturdays at 10 p.m. More information on the group can be found at

About their improv form: DR. GOD REVIVAL is a long-form improvisational format that showcases not only the talents of the Dr. God troupe, but also the host who kicks off the comedy. Based on a suggestion from the audience, the host delivers monologues over the course of the show that serve as inspiration for a series of hilarious, interconnected scenes. Though previous Revivals in Los Angeles have included such superlative Guest Evangelists as Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), Guillermo Diaz (Weeds), and Julie Powell (of Julie and Julia), the most-requested and lauded host has been Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo) who has appeared with Dr. God at the LA Improv Festival as well as in DR. GOD’S HALLOWEEN EVE and DR. GOD’S CHRISTMAS SHVITZ. Dr. God is pleased to appear with Matt again in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest.

Celebrity Autobiography
With Laraine Newman (Friday only), Will Forte, Rachael Harris, Joe Pantoliano, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Silverman, Laura Kightlinger, and more

Friday, January 14, 8pm Click here for tickets.
Saturday, January 15, 5pm Click here for tickets.

Celebrity Autobiography is a smash hit comedy sensation. The hilarious evening where celebrity tell-alls are acted out live on stage began a decade ago in Los Angeles, and as the show’s profile grew and celebrities started attending and participating, the show blew up into a must-see event that resulted in a critically acclaimed Bravo TV special. In 2007, the show opened in New York to rave reviews and sold out houses and won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

For the show’s third visit to SF Sketchfest, co- creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel are joined by Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show), Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Rachael Harris (The Hangover), Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) [Saturday shows only], Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy) and more to be announced soon.

The Dave Hill Explosion
with Moby, Martha Plimpton and Thao Nguyen

Sunday, January 16, at Cobb’s Comedy Club
7pm Click here for tickets.

Dave Hill returns to SF Sketchfest in what critics are already calling the most incredible thing that has ever happened in North America and what he is calling the Dave Hill Explosion. As they say in proctology circles, brace yourself as Dave talks, reads, sings, dances, shows a short film or two, and just sort of touches hearts in general. Special guests include multi-Grammy winning musician Moby, acclaimed actress Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope, The Goonies) and singer, guitarist and songwriter Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour
With Alison Brie, John DiMaggio, John Ennis, Colin Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Samm Levine, Donal Logue, Busy Philips, Danny Pudi, Paul F. Tompkins, James Urbaniank and more

Saturday, January 22, at Marines’ Memorial Theatre
7pm Click here for tickets.
9:30pm Click here for tickets.

Acker & Blacker’s The Thrilling Adventure and Supernatural Suspense Hour is a staged comedy production in the style of an old-time radio show that proves radio is still the king of all media!

The cast includes Alison Brie (Mad Men), John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama), John Ennis (Mr. Show), Colin Hanks (The Good Guys), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) [9:30pm show only], Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks), Donal Logue (Terriers), Busy Philips (Cougar Town), Danny Pudi (Community) [7pm show only], Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever), James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers) and more.

Theme Park Improv
With Simon Helberg, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Danny Pudi, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney

Saturday, January 22, 10:30pm at The Eureka Theatre (with Convoy) Click here for tickets.
Sunday, January 23, 4pm at The Eureka Theatre (with The Riot Act) Click here for tickets.

The Theme Park Improv Show’s improvisers take a single suggestion of a theme from the audience, and wing an entire set of fast-paced long-form scenes and characters. After two sold-out years, they return to SF Sketchfest with a spectacular new lineup: Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), Michael Hitchcock (Best in Show), Jessica Makinson (Halfway Home), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Danny Pudi (Community), Cole Stratton ( and Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie).

The SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award:
James L. Brooks in conversation
with a screening of Spanglish

Tuesday, February 1 at The Castro Theatre
7pm Click here for tickets.

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to present its third annual Comedy Writing Award to James L. Brooks. Brooks is a three-time Academy Award-winner and nineteen-time Emmy Award-winner. He began his television career as a writer who then later produced such television hits as Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Lou Grant, Room 222, The Tracy Ullman Show and The Simpsons. Brooks began working in film in 1979 when he wrote and co-produced Starting Over. He wrote, produced and directed Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News, directed I’ll Do Anything, co-wrote, produced and directed As Good As It Gets, and wrote and directed Spanglish and How Do You Know. He co-wrote and produced The Simpsons Movie and has produced or executive-produced such films as Say Anything, War of the Roses, Big, Bottle Rocket, Jerry Maguire and Riding in Cars with Boys.

James L. Brooks will sit down for an in-depth conversation about his remarkable work and introduce his 2004 film Spanglish, which features fellow 2011 SF Sketchfest honoree Cloris Leachman in a hilarious supporting role. Spanglish is about a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have afforded his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new housekeeper who has recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico, and is trying to find a better life for her remarkable daughter who is rapidly embracing the American way of life. Starring Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega and Cloris Leachman, written and directed by James L. Brooks.
Past recipients of the SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award include Robert Smigel and John Hodgman.

Murphy Brown Tribute
to Candice Bergen and Diane English

Wednesday, February 2 at The Castro Theatre
8pm Click here for tickets.

In this special tribute to Murphy Brown, SF Sketchfest welcomes award-winning creator, writer and producer Diane English and “Murphy Brown” herself, acclaimed actress Candice Bergen to the Castro Theatre stage for a look back at the remarkable ten year run of the groundbreaking CBS series. Murphy Brown received sixty-two Emmy nominations, eighteen Emmy Awards (including two for Best Comedy Series), a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, and the George Foster Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. Diane English recently received the prestigious Crystal Award from Women in Film for writing, producing and directing The Women, an adaptation of the iconic play and film. Candice Bergen is “a beautiful actress who projects intelligence, humor, vulnerability and self-reliance – all more or less simultaneously,” wrote critic Vincent Canby in the New York Times. She has received multiple awards and extraordinary critical acclaim for performances in film and television including Getting Straight, Carnal Knowledge, Starting Over, Boston Legal and many more. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these two great artists discuss their collaborative process.

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To celebrate five years online, our dear friends at Punchline Magazine are producing two live shows — one in New York and one in Los Angeles — with an incredible cast of not to be missed comedians.

Christian Finnegan will host the New York City installment at Comix comedy club on Oct. 5 with Michael Ian Black, Todd Barry, Hannibal Buress and surprise guests scheduled to appear. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased here. Get there early and get some free goodies from Comedy Central. Stay late, and get some free Punchline Magazine birthday cake!

For comedy fans in Los Angeles, Greg Proops will host an all-star show featuring the likes of Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Whitney Cummings and Chris Hardwick.
It’s all going down at Largo on Oct. 11. at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Buy your tickets online, e-mail proof of purchase to and they’ll give you a free 3-month national WiFi subscription, compliments of!

Happy Anniversary, Punchline!


Alex Koll received a really great shout out in this week’s SF Weekly. Read the glowing review below and make sure to check out Alex’s live album recording at the San Francisco Punchline next Tuesday, August 17th at 8pm.

By Paul M. Davis, SF Weekly

If there was a lifetime achievement award for exemplary Internet bullshittery, Alex Koll would be in the running. Since there isn’t, Koll will have to be content with his two-time wins at the San Francisco Regional Air Guitar Championship, which he won as his alter ego, Awesome. He retired the moniker after winning in 2009, though judging from a cryptic online video in which Awesome was reborn from the smoke of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the phantom shredder may rise again. Being crowned the Eddie Van Halen of air guitar isn’t Koll’s only unique skill: He also creates absurdist videos for the Revision3 network’s ROFL video podcast. But it’s Koll’s standup which is most deserving of Internet acronyms denoting laughter.

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