We all ponder our mortality at some point, whether as a precociously grim child or while staring into the abyss of an unwise ski slope or when our jowls sag toward our knees in a cruel gravitational conspiracy. But few of us are as entertaining as master performer Geoff Hoyle when we do.
Trained by Marcel Marceau’s teacher in Paris, Hoyle’s comic physicality has been legendary in the Bay Area since his days with the Pickle Family Circus. He’s performed in Paris, London, Berlin, England, and on Broadway as the original Zazu in The Lion King.
Frannie Potts is the last person you want in the seat next to you on a long flight. Twitchy, judgmental, and prone to reenacting masturbatory fantasies, she'll make you long for an Ambien and a fifth of whisky - until you actually start listening to her.
Ann Randolph’s solo show about compulsive oddball Frannie is hilarious, irreverent, and lauded by just about everyone. SF Bay Guardian calls it “riotously demented and brilliantly humane.” SF Bay Times says, “Ann Randolph is a comic genius.” The list of raves goes on. And the woman knows her comedy - she co-starred with Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri in LA’s Groundlings and Mel Brooks compared her to the late, great Gilda Radner.
There was no valet parking on Mission or Valencia streets 15 years ago. No one was no waiting 10 minutes in line for Tartine or Ritual coffee. The only slightly gentrified business on the Valencia strip was Val 21 – (now Dosa) right next to the lesbian bookstore. 23rd Street was inhabited by Radio Valencia (serving up pre-mp3 mixed music), instead of people drinking absinthe at Beretta.