Thanksgiving is upon us and before we know it, the holidays will be in full swing. That said, there is plenty of opportunity to laugh your ass off before approaching the hectic magic that is the holiday season. God knows you'll need it.
Sammy Obeid is one of many who are out there representing the comedy greatness that comes out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Attention sad sacks, Eeyores, and Ms. Deborah Downer: your time is up. A bevy of delightfully demented comedic minds storms the city for SF Sketchfest starting Thursday, ready to chip away at your seasonal affective disorder. The festival brings together the country's best and brightest stars and schleppers from the worlds of stand-up, sketch comedy, sitcoms, improv and films—including a special screening of The Naked Gun starring the late, great Leslie Nielsen at the Castro Theatre—featuring onstage interviews with director David Zucker and leading lady Priscilla Presley—proudly sponsored by 7x7.
I'm mid-interview with Sam Brown and Zach Cregger from the sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U'Know, searching for the words that might explain what makes them hilarious, as if they needed one more testimonial. They don't, of course — their IFC show and millions of YouTube video fans are proof that something they're doing is working. But what is it, exactly, that runs through all of their sketches?
For one, they know when to not say "When." They'll often take ideas and extend them and milk them until no surplus jokes remain, and then they'll milk it a bit more.
A good way to tell if Norm MacDonald is killing a standup set is to just watch how much he’s giggling to himself. For whatever reason, when the cameras aren’t rolling, the comic icon lets his guard down and drops the trademark deadpan just a bit, but only when he knows he’s really hit on some new bizarre thought — the kind of thought that only he and his cultish, devoted following could find laughable.
Killing My Lobster straps on rocket boots to stamp their crustacean brand of funny on the final frontier. These intrepid comedic souls brave worm holes and time portals to defeat wizards, Italians, and other impingers on space justice, with phasers that may or may not be made of cardboard.