The Comedy Lab featuring Phil Johnson and Erikka Innes
The Comedy Lab is a comedic playground featuring nationally touring comedians Phil Johnson and Erikka Innes. Both are working on brand new shows for upcoming DVD and CD releases in 2012 (providing the world doesn't end, of course). Come and be part of the creative process. Plenty of surprises in store, including a special music performance by jazz artist Armelle Delaney.
Note from Phil: This IS NOT going to be the kind of show where comedians read off a notebook in a monotone looking to see if it generates a reaction. We really don't like those shows. You will get a full fledged, professional quality comedy show in a safe haven, away from the prying eyes of the "comedy industry", where we can do comedy without a net. Tickets for this show are very inexpensive because it's more fun for you and us to have a full room.
Warning: If you're stupid or closed-minded, this isn't the show for you.
Phil Johnson Bio: www.PhilJohnsonComedy.com
Being human is a constant struggle between defining ourselves as individuals and trying to fit in with "the group"...
Phil Johnson, who has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, uses comedy and music to dissect that dilemma in both his own life and others.
In pieces like "Vertical Eyebrows", "Gangsta Pooh", and "State Hats" Phil discusses the challenges and rewards of being different and proud of it. Though sometimes people misplace their self-worth into meaningless objects like in "Truck Nuts".
But we also have to be concerned with how we relate to the thoughts and feelings of others around us. From dealing with new social issues ("Robots" and "Gay Children's Books") to keeping the relationship fire alive ("Bad Porno Sex" and "Geeks Don't Care").
Phil Johnson, like everyone else, sometimes gets it and sometimes wonders what the heck people are thinking. On stage his playful humor and likeable, endearing manner allow him to shake things up without antagonizing the audience. In the end we can only be who we are, try to understand others, and hope they understand us.
Erikka Innes Bio: www.ErikkaInnes.com
Nationally touring comedian and award-winning writer, Erikka Innes, is scoring high marks in comedy clubs all over CA. Her high-energy performance is captured on the New Wave Dynamics release of her debut comedy album SEX WITH NERDS. The album is a guided tour through a wonderland filled with unique, sometimes surreal observations about every day life, where D& D is the national pastime and William Shatner's rendition of Rocket Man is the national anthem. Her act is smart, insightful, and her quirky innocence masks a dark, biting undertone.
Erikka's credits include national tours with "Five Funny Females," "Women Who Kick Comedy Butt," and "The High School Reunion Comedy Tour." She is a former writer for the television show, "Fondle the Fear" and a columnist for "The OC Voice." She has written articles for the "Vacaville Reporter" and the "SF Bay Guardian," and produced her own wildly popular show "Geek Comedy Night" at venues all over California. She has had the honor of working with comedians Brad Williams, Michael Winslow, and Arj Barker, to name a few. Recently, Erikka completed work on a short film "Pool Pirates." When Erikka's not writing or performing she's probably busy dreaming about being a starship captain.
If you like intelligent, adult comedy that has sacred cow between two pieces of bread for lunch, you'll love this show.
Mission City Coffee
2221 The Alameda
Santa Clara, CA 95050
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|