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A Message from DNA’s Comedy Lab

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A Message from Partners at DNA’s Comedy Lab

March 12, 2020

After careful consideration, the owners and directors of DNA’s Comedy Lab have decided to pause all events at this time for at least two weekends through March 22.

Above all else, we love our artists, audiences, and employees—as well as our greater community. Therefore, we are following the guidelines advised for public health needs and staying true to our core values. We are in the business of spreading joy, not germs.

Meanwhile, our Lab Techs are experimenting with new programming to offer remotely. We are also collaborating with a fiscal sponsor and will …

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03/16/2020

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Current List of Shows Postponed

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Shows impacted by COVID-19 are in bold and italicized. Updated daily. 

Sunday:
The Crow’s Nest, showcase of 3 different comics each week. 9 pm, $7.

Monday:
: The Poet & The Patriot Irish Pub, Comedy at the Poet open mic with host Sam Weber. Sign-ups at 7:30 pm, show at “8” pm, free.

Tuesday:
On hiatus due to COVID-19: Your Place, open mic with host James Vergon. Starts at 8, free.

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03/14/2020

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DNA’s Comedy Lab is HERE!

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A brand new Comedy Theatre is in downtown Santa Cruz featuring stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, improv comedy, live pod casts, award ceremonies, movie riffing, game shows, community-minded events and original theatre. DNA’s Comedy Lab will be located in the old Riverfront Twin movie theatre. Two rooms, wine/beer, food (coming soon) and a new place for building community through laughter.  This Weekend it’s 4/20 with Myq Kaplan (Conan, Comedy Central) 7:30 and 10pm   He’s recording his new album! Come be a part of it!

Join our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ComedyDna

Join our Instagram page: http://instagram.com/dnascomedylab

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01/17/2019

INTERVIEWS

Sam Tripoli: King of the Zag.

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From his conspiracy driven podcast Tin Foil Hat

to his new release Live from the Viper Room: Zero Fucks comedian Sam Tripoli is the personification of hustle. And, below his Zero Fucks attitude is a compassionate, call it almost a zealot yearning, to help fellow comedians. Basically he just wants us all to wake up and not die with our eyes closed. So buy his latest release, see him and live and check out some pearls of wisdom from the Armenian comedian: Sam Tripoli.

(editors note: this transcript is from That’s That Podcast #19, so if you want …

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11/28/2018

EVENTS

The Santa Cruz Comedy Festival

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The 5th Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival is coming October 4th-7th!! Here are the highlights!
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Oct. 4th Kick-Off Party at Blue Lagoon 8:30 FREE
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Oct. 5th The World Premiere of Stand Up Santa Cruz: The Movie at the Santa Cruz Film Festival The Tannery 9:15/ After Party at Poet and Patriot
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Saturday October 6th 60 comedians/11 venues Comics from HBO, Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent, Conan and more invade downtown!!
11am Comedy Brunch at Food Lounge $5 Comedy Show and Brunch
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5pm Bookshop Santa Cruz hosts 4 comics/4 authors https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event/four-authors-four-comics-one-night
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FREE 6pm Free Show at Abbott Square 6pm Free Show at Streetlight Records …

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10/01/2018

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Jackie Kashian: Punching Up!

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One of America’s greatest unsung comedians is Jackie Kashian. Last time SUSC did an in-depth origin story on Jackie (http://www.standupsantacruz.com/jackie-kashian-better-with-a-punchline/), but this time was a bit more off the cuff. A comic book buff (listen to her podcast The Dork Forest), Jackie has a new project writing her first comic book for STARBURNS (Dan Harmon’s company): https://www.comicscomicskickstarter.com/. But it’s on the stage that Jackie shines. From Comedy Central to entertaining the troops, Jackie is a must-see! She will be in Santa Cruz on September 8th. Tickets here. https://www.facebook.com/events/661382160902200/

 

Jackie: How’s it going?

SUSC: Good. I’m excited because

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08/26/2018

EVENTS

5th Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival

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WELL, it’s that time again, The 5th Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival is coming October 4th-6th!! Here are the highlights!
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Oct. 4th Kick-Off Party at Blue Lagoon 8:30 FREE
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Oct. 5th The World Premiere of Stand Up Santa Cruz: The Movie at the Santa Cruz Film Festival The Tannery 9:15/ After Party at Poet and Patriot
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Saturday October 6th 60 comedians/11 venues Comics from HBO, Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent, Conan and more invade downtown!!
11am Comedy Brunch at Food Lounge $5 Comedy Show and Brunch
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5pm Bookshop Santa Cruz hosts 4 comics/4 authors https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event/four-authors-four-comics-one-night
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FREE 6pm Free Show at Abbott Square 6pm …

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08/20/2018

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Paul Mecurio: The Wolf Of Broadway

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When it comes to comedy resumes, scholar and comic, Paul Mecurio has one of the most impressive. Wall Street power player, joke writer for Leno, staff and Emmy winner on The Daily Show, writer on  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and has appeared on everything from ESPN to HBO. He currently appears as a commentator on the venerable, “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and CBS News. And, Paul is now on the heels of his first one-man show on Broadway. Let’s take a deep/deep dive into Paul’s origin story. You can see Paul at Rooster T. …

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05/23/2018

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Sal Calanni and The Close Shave

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Bay Area Comic Sal Calanni recently moved to LA to pursue his dream of acting, stand-up and finding pick-up basketball games. Working the NorCal scene for the better part of a decade, Calanni hit all the checks on the comedy bucket list and now has a brand new comedy album out.

His album, Little Dago, is based off something his father used to say, and this album is kind of a nod to him since it’s the first time Calanni revisited material about his dad since he passed in 2012. It also covers Calanni’s journey from Cleveland, to SF to …

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06/04/2017

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Comedy Fans Guide to 3rd Annual Chico Comedy Festival

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On Saturday April 8th, get ready, as 50 comics from Chico, LA, SF and Sacramento converge on downtown Chico. This is a chance to laugh, in some cases for free, and take a deep breath. For a change.

It can be confusing to wrap your mind around a festival atmosphere, you  want to be able to see as much as you can, so here’s what it looks like.

On Saturday, April 8th starting at 6pm comics will begin checking into our HQ at The Naked Lounge. This is a good place for fans to check out, as you can questions from …

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03/28/2017

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