The Comedy Lab featuring Phil Johnson and Tim Babb
The Comedy Lab is a comedic playground featuring nationally touring comedians Phil Johnson and Tim Babb. Both are creating fresh material for upcoming DVD releases and you will be part of the creative process. Plenty of surprises in store, including a special music performance by humorous jazz artist/Uke Diva Melissa Dinwiddie.
10% of Phil Johnson's merchandise proceeds from the evening will be donated to Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit offering guitar lessons to underprivileged and in-danger youth.
Note from Phil: In case the notion of "freshly created comedy material" fills your head with pictures of terrible open mic'ers with notebooks in hand, THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF SHOW. 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: Stupid and Closed-Minded people are not welcome at this event.
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.
Tim Babb Bio: www.tancast.com/tim/
To be funny, TIM BABB doesn't need to be dirty, he finds it more fun to be nerdy. As a multiracial father obsessed with Disneyland, Star Trek, and the internet; Tim brings his own unique perspective to the stage. Before moving to Los Angeles, Tim Babb began his career as an air personality on Mix 106.5FM in San Jose, California. Doing stand-up for so many years in the shadow of San Francisco resulted in an act that takes the edge of the big city and combines it with the geek factor of the Silicon Valley and adds the energy of a human cartoon. Tim's not trying to change the world, he just wants to make it laughone audience at a time.
Tim has successfully worked with such varied acts as Christopher Titus, Sinbad, Shang, and 'Weird Al' Yankovic. He is also the creator and co-host of the TANcast podcast, he makes the "Tim Babb's Kingdom Comedy" series on You Tube, he was featured in the PBS documentary Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians, and his humorous creations have been featured on Cracked.com.
Melissa Dinwiddie Bio: www.MelissaSings.com
Is this jazz, folk, or comedy? Performer (and "Uke-Diva") Melissa Dinwiddie is a winning combination of all three. Interactive music and comedy with a ukulele.
Inspired by the absurdities of modern life, Dinwiddie crafts songs evocative of the Great American Songbook but dealing with 21st Century themes. She has an ear for a witty turn of phrase, and her vocal chops and improvisational comic timing delight audiences of all ages. She's not limited to laughs, though. With her years of training as a jazz vocalist, and a repertoire of classic tunes in addition to her originals, Dinwiddie deftly covers the emotional spectrum. (Keep your tissues handy.)
The San Jose Mercury News called Dinwiddie's latest CD, Online Dating Blues, "a sassy session featuring sharply observed originals." She's best experienced in person, though, where her skill with an audience really shines.
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 (View)
2221 The Alameda
Santa Clara, CA 95050
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|