INTERVIEWS

Jason Mewes Has Paid His Dues

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When Clerks hit the big screen in 1994, for millions of mostly young adults, it was like lightening split the theatre in two. And it wasn’t just New Jersey youth who related to the characters and their syntax, it was the birth of a new comedic duo Jay and Silent Bob.

There was something classic about the interplay between Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith). Like an X-rated version of Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy and Martin & Lewis, Mewes solidified his place in comedy history.

From a rough and tumble beginning to stardom, Mewes has been vocal …

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Interviews
04/19/2018

INTERVIEWS

Bob Saget puts the X in Gen X.

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Here’s a disclaimer: I’ve never seen Full House. I am aware of the characters and where the house is located in San Francisco, but the daily tribulations of the Tanner family escaped me. And yet, I feel like I grew up with Bob Saget. I saw him on Johnny Carson and the other talk shows of the day. I saw him as the host on AFV. To me he was, in some ways, the archetypal comic. A guy who could clean it up onscreen and throw it down live onstage. And when I look at his vast multi-faceted career …

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Interviews
03/07/2018

INTERVIEWS

Carlos Mencia: Defintely Not Normal Part Deux

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In our first interview with Carlos Mencia we went back in time and revisited Mencia’s first decade in the business. This time around, Mencia is about to record 5 shows at the San Jose Improv (tix here), for his latest album(s).

Transparency: the recorder glitched at the beginning. So let’s dive into Carlos Mencia talking about his new 3 hours of material and breaking it down for the new album.

Mencia: When I do current jokes I try and tie it into an emotional idea. But once those moments go away, I can’t really use that material again. Last year I …

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Interviews
01/22/2018

INTERVIEWS

Chris Titus: Champion of the People.

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Chris Titus: Champion of the People.

Christopher Titus has to be one of the longest running, hardest working comedians in the business. From his major success at 35 on his own television show, Titus, to his ground breaking comedy albums, the guy’s work ethic is staggering. Last time SUSC talked with Titus, he was angry at life, angry at love and angry in a downhearted, but hilarious, way. Now that the entire planet is coming apart at the seams, Titus has found his stride and new confidence. Like Hunter S. Thompson said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn …

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Interviews
11/13/2017

EVENTS

Barry Crimmins in Santa Cruz

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The big man will be at the Food Lounge on Saturday April 15th

Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2922415

A brief bio of Barry Crimmins looks like this: Former Air America Radio writer and correspondent, internationally renowned political satirist and author of the acclaimed Seven Stories Press book Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal helped bring the Boston Comedy scene into the modern age when he founded two of Boston’s most fabled clubs: The Ding Ho and Stitches. Such acts as Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth in the rooms …

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Events, Interviews
04/10/2017

INTERVIEWS

Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero Up A Tree. . .

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It’s fascinating when you see your comedy friends and acquaintances taking huge strides forward. It’s as if there is a veil between this regular ordinary world and the world of fame and they have managed to pierce it. SUSC was nervous about interviewing Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, Moshe has always been a pretty brilliant and intense Mofo and Natasha is a fast rising star whose stage persona is barbed and sharp. Natasha is crushing it on her co-written, produced and directed Comedy Central show Another Period and Moshe just launched a “coming to Showtime”  series slated to …

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Interviews
05/19/2016

INTERVIEWS

Matt Lieb and the Sunshine Fortress of Solitude.

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Matt Lieb is a thirty-one year old comedy powerhouse: writer, actor and street musician/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony cover band. He was named “one of my all-time favorite Bay Area performers” by the award-winning SF blog Courting Comedy and described as “extremely talented, charmingly dark and genuinely pleasant.” He won 2nd place at the 2004 KZSC Comedy Competition, but the guy who won 1st place no longer does comedy so Matt basically won 1st place. He also won 1st place at the 2013 Rooster-T-Feathers Comedy Competition, which was very validating for him. Matt Lieb has opened for many legendary …

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Interviews
05/02/2016

INTERVIEWS

Kathleen Madigan: A Singular Sensation

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Kathleen Madigan is a firestorm of jokes, advice and more jokes. She is the way of the comic samurai. Beholden to none besides her hard-earned fans, Madigan came up with people like Ron White and Lewis Black. All iconoclasts, all hilarious.

She will be appearing at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on May 5th, get your tickets here: http://www.riotheatre.com/events-2/2016/5/5/kathleen-madigan

SUSC: You seemed to have a different kind of start then most comics. You got into the club system early on. You started hitting mics after college?

Kathleen: I didn’t do any comedy in college. I bartended in college …

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Interviews
04/21/2016

INTERVIEWS

Carlos Mencia: Completely Juicing That Orange

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When interviewing Carlos Mencia, the elephant in the room can be heard breathing heavy in the corner. You know it’s there, he knows it’s there. But, fuck that elephant. Let’s ride that elephant, let’s see what fucking tricks that elephant knows. At a certain point, a man, a comedian has to be seen beyond his accusers and given a chance for redemption.

I would much rather hang out with Carlos Mencia than anyone I’ve met that has harsh words for the guy, because I love comedy. Look at just this one blurb from his lengthy bio:

“Mind of Mencia” …

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Interviews
04/18/2016

INTERVIEWS

Greg Proops Doesn’t Care What Universe You’re From: Be Kind.

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Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really. The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? He can be seen on the New Season on the CW. Greg has a brand-new stand up special called Live at Musso and Franks available at gregproops.com recorded at the legendary Hollywood eatery. Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He has recorded it live in London, Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Francisco, Oslo, …

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Interviews
02/23/2016

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