Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The "Comedians with Disabilities Act" Hits San Francisco Punch Line 02/01/2011!

With their sold-out debut performance behind them, the "Comedians with Disabilities Act" is bringing their "special" brand of humor to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco on Tuesday, February 1st, at 8:00 PM.

The trio of Eric Mee (sight-impaired), Steve Danner (little person) and Michael O'Connell (wheelchair) will be rocking the Bay for one night only, joined by special guest Nina G, San Francisco's renowned stuttering comedienne, and producer/host Keith Lowell Jensen of the heralded "Coexist? Comedy Tour".  Covered in print (The Sacramento Bee), on radio (Capital Public Radio's "Insight") and on television (CW31's Good Day Sacramento), the comedy group is about to storm the San Francisco media, and plans to drop another standing-room-only performance on the California comedy world.

"There's a big difference between laughing at someone with a disability and laughing with them," says O'Connell, the show's headliner.  "We have a great time poking fun at our disabilities, at ourselves, at the absurd and hilarious things that happen to us in our lives.  And even at each other.  And we invite the audience in on the joke with us.  While we're there to make people laugh, we also give the crowd a chance to look inside our worlds and learn a few things they wouldn't have otherwise known.  There are a lot of things people don't know about disabilities just because they don't happen to know anyone with a disability.  After our show, they feel like they do."

Tickets are on sale through LiveNation or half-priced through Goldstar.  While tickets are also available at the box office, advance purchase is recommended.

The Punch Line Comedy Club
444 Battery Street
(Between Washington and Clay)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Spend an evening with the "Comedians with Disabilities Act" and find out what happens when adversity meets hilarity.

Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 - My Year in Comedy

So...THAT was a good year...

2010 is now behind, 2011 stands ahead, waiting with promises of new adventures, new surprises and new people.  But before I start the major forging ahead, I thought I'd pause to take a look back - via musical photo slideshow - at my year in comedy in 2010.

And let me apologize to all the people who should have been in this thing that may not have made the cut.  I put together a timeline of photos that did a pretty good job covering the whole 2010 experience, and then realized I had right about twice as many photos as I could actually fit with one song.  My choices were to either make a video with two songs (which is not kind to ask people to sit through) or make the painful decisions and create the best map of my comedy year I could in the time available.  Had to go with pain.  But it breaks down the month by month pretty good.  I do now, though, want to make another video that's just photos of me with people, because it's the people - fans, friends, family, fellow comics, the occasional famous person - that made 2010 the most exciting and fulfilling year of my life to date.  I will get around to that dedication, f'sho.

Maybe after LA.  And San Francisco.  :)

Please take a little time travelin' trip with me (and that's high quality video, so go ahead and use the option to view full screen for best watching), and if you were in any way a part of it with me (whether you pop up on this video or not), thanks for everything.  And let's do it again...all 2011 long!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

'Ello, LA! Michael O'Connell one night only in LA on Tuesday, 1/11!

Say "hello" to Hollywood.

Well, to Burbank, at least.

LA peoples, you will be able to find me perched upon a stage at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank on Tuesday night, January 11th, at 8pm.  I'll be appearing a part of "Bobbie Oliver's Too Funny Tuesdays", a show hosted by the lovely and hysterically talented Sally Mullins, and will be rocking it SoCal-style for one night only.  Not two nights...ONE!

I, with a selection of LA's finest comics, will be doing the funny for your delight.  Drinks will pour, lines will be punched, a good time will be had by all.  Not some...ALL!

Tickets for the show are $15.00.  If you're a fan and plan to be in the house, please contact me directly about getting tickets from me, either via Facebook or by email at  Please feel free to spread this news far and wide to friends, family and Farmville buddies in the LA area, as I'd love to meet them all.  I do hope you can make it out yourself!

Again, that's:

Flappers Comedy Club
102 East Magnolia 
Burbank, CA 91502
818 845 9721

And Happy New Year to all.  No wait, not all...ONE!  No, "all" was right in that case, wasn't it?

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