Monday, May 10, 2010
This Week in NorCal Comedy (week of 05/10/10)
(Again, this is not meant to be a comprehensive list. Just a few highlights I'm noting for y'all...).
Wow. Big day. Take a deep breath, and...
VICE ULTRA LOUNGE, Walnut Creek, 7:00 PM - Well, comedy is hitting Walnut Creek in a BIG way. Ambitious comedy nights going on at Vice, folks, and they smack of "can't miss" to me. Comedy JAM Wednesdays include Open Mic and Showcase from 7:00 to 8:00, then the Headliner (with openers) from 8:00 to 9:30. This particular Wednesday looks awesome for the listed Showcase comedians alone, because that list includes my boys Willie Mac, Mac McDonald and Roland Mothershed (as well as Melanie Bega, Jesse Elias, Tamarah Masdon and Chris Schiappacasse)! As if they weren't enough of a draw ALONE, the Headliner for the eve is Candy Churilla, she of the Last Comic Standing fame and one painfully funny lady on stage (as I witnessed at Luna's a while back). Opening for Candy are Susan Maletta and Liz Grant. The show is run by TV's Mark Roman and comedian Kelleen, and celebrity guests are brought in each week representing their favorite charity. This week, the celebs include Jacqueline Williams (Miss 2010 California Gold Coast) and Frankie Simmons-North (Mr. US, former Armani Model of the Year). Did I say ambitious? Do you get why now? The party's in Walnut Creek, ladies and gents! No cover.
TOMMY T'S, Rancho Cordova, 7:30 PM - Season 2 of the Tommy T's Talent Search continues as the next finalists take their shot in round 1 of the competition. Which ones will advance to round 2, and which will go home? Got to show up at Tommy T's to find out! Finalists in this round include Jake Ward and Queenie TT. And for all you stalkers out there, this is where you'll be able to find me Wednesday. Five bucks at the door, two drink min.
PUNCHLINE, Sacramento, 8:00 PM - Assuming they can manage to keep the parking lot from flooding this time (last week's busted fire hydrant at the Howe 'Bout Arden center yielded awesome Noah-like pics), Punchline is set to knock you OUT Wednesday night. It's that time of the month (not THAT time...), and that means Sacramento Comedy Showcase! Seriously, if you look around you on Wednesday night and notice you can't seem to find any comedians in sight? Chances are that's because they're all HERE. This is always an amazing night, bringing the best in Sac and the Bay on stage together. And your host is one of California's funniest, the amazing John Ross. Ten bucks will get you through the door. Two drink min.
T2'S, Sacramento, 9:00 PM - Itching for some Wednesday night open mic action, Sacramento comics? Then why the hell aren't you at T2's? Maybe it's because you're used to that open mic being at Trino's, and you haven't figured out yet that it's the same building but with a new name. Come toss your best punchlines with Sac-Town faves at the room hosted by Ruben Mora. No cover. Many laughs. Good times.
TOMMY T'S, Rancho Cordova, 7:30 PM - Originally from Detroit but a Californian now, Tony Roberts has been all over TV comedy - from HBO to BET to his lastest Showtime special. One of the funniest guys currently in the biz (I have seen him live and speak the truth), he'll be bringing the roof down at Tommy T's on both Thursday (7:30 show only) and Friday (7:30 and 9:30 shows). Tickets fifteen bucks. WORTH it.
SACRAMENTO COMEDY SPOT, Sacramento, 9:00 PM - Your Friday night comedy needs are handled. In fact, here's MORE than you can handle. It's double improv action! The Comedy Spot improv shows start at 9:00 PM with the Anti-Cooperation League ($8 tix). Then, at 10:30 PM, you've got the 3 On 3 Improv Tournament ($5 tix). You can save some scratch and increase your chuckles by spending $10 on an all-night pass and catching both shows. Local comics...crazy make-em-ups! Check it out!
CAFE NOSTRA, El Dorado Hills, CA - Holy smokes, what a lineup! Appearing this weekend at Comedy Night at the fantastic venue at Cafe Nostra is a trio of comedy KAPOW! Your headliner is the aforementioned Jason Resler. Your feature set is the amazing Joey Gonzalez, who's been lighting it up around the state since his Final Four showing at the Tommy T's Talent Search got him so much notice. And your special guest host for the evening is the woman who's bringing sexy back to comedy, Jennifer Rutherford. This is worth the trip up the freeway, people! What a way to spend an S-A-T-U-R, D-A-Y, night! No cover, no minimums, just good times and one tasty-ass sandwich.