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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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Paula Poundstone: Puts It All In Perspective.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone has it in her contract that the promoter must put a clock onstage. “I can’t tell how long I’ve been onstage when I’m performing.” Known for Springsteen like sets that top several hours, Pondstone has perfected the art of working a crowd. Stories splinter, drawing in several audience members, weaving ideas and reflections until the crowd is enchanted and falling out of their chairs laughing. From her early days in the Boston Comedy scene in the 80s to her recent ascent as a favored performer on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Poundstone is relevant and a force …

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02/25/2017

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Win Tickets to Maria Bamford!!

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Win a pair of tickets to see Maria Bamford at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM!!!!

You know her. You love her.  We have two pairs of tickets to give to two different lucky winners.

All you need to do to win is answer this question. A close friend of Maria’s is her comedy buddy Jackie Kashian. Where did Jackie work when she went to Europe in the 1980s?

What you thought this was going to be easy??? Put your brain to it and send your answer in the comments on our FB …

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07/08/2016

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Kaseem Bentley: Growing from the Heart

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The Bay Area is blessed with a menagerie of comics, but outstanding alone in the field of “insult” comics, is Kaseem Bentley. With Roast Battles on the rise and the general malaise of snarkiness, every comic thinks they are the undisputed king of insult comedy, but there can only be one king, and that person is Bentley. With negotiations brewing on live podcasts, a web game show and a movie, Kaseem is on the move.

 

SUSC: You involve yourself in a lot of comics projects.

Kaseem: You know why I will do things for people, appear on local podcasts …

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01/21/2016

INTERVIEWS

Carmen Lynch: Always Ready to Kill.

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Carmen Lynch will be appearing at Rooster T. Feathers on January 2-4th. From her multiple appearances on Late Night with David Letterman to her weekly web series Apt C3, Carmen Lynch is establishing herself as a bilingual, multi-talented, international stand-up comic.

 

SUSC: Hey Carmen. How is it going?

Carmen: Pretty good. It’s still early.

There’s plenty of time for things to go wrong.

Exactly.

Are you in NYC?

I live in Brooklyn.

You grew up on the East Coast, looking forward to winter?

I hate it. I don’t want to be here this time of year. I want to leave, but yet I stay. I’ll be very happy to …

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12/20/2014

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Christopher Titus: A Full Glass of Juice

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Had a hard day? Think you’re life is so out of control you don’t know how you will possibly continue on? Unless you’re from Darfur, comedian Christopher Titus probably has you beat in the boo-hoo department. His personal history reads like a mash-up of Charles Dickens and Maury Povich. And yet, Titus has managed to transmute the lead of his life into comedy gold. Hot on the heels of his latest tour The Angry Pursuit of Happiness, Titus is fired-up, fed-up and finally, happy?

DNA: Hello

Titus: Hey Christopher Titus calling

Hey Chris, this is DNA in Santa Cruz, how are you?

I’m …

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07/01/2014

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Ian Harris: Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!

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Take a look at Ian Harris’ poster for his Critical & Thinking Tour—there’s an apocalyptic vision of a masticated skyline and in the foreground is a bald headed dude that looks like he might have either caused it, or somehow escaped it. That’s a pretty accurate visual description for Harris. His free-thinking brand of comedy although revered by skeptics, atheists and muckrakers is considered wholesale dangerous by the religious right. Why? Because Harris has the gall to question long held beliefs in a humorous manner. Sacrilege! SUSC talked to Harris about his formative years grinding in the clubs and …

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06/23/2014

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