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Laughter Against the Machine: New Years!
Phoenix Theatre (San Francisco)
San Francisco, CA
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Laughter Against the Machine: New Years!

Location 414 Mason 6th Floor San Francisco, CA

W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green and Janine Brito, touring as Laughter Against the Machine, offer a unique kind of comedy where the comedians and the audience to expect to be challenged, to laugh, and think at the same time. It's an issue-oriented, no-holds-bar show with no preconceived expectations, no party lines, and certainly no cheerleading - because they have beef with everybody, including themselves.

These shows mark the end of LATM's biggest year ever. LATM delivered one of the most popular shows of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, which included Margaret Cho, Jimmy Dore, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla. Collectively they visited seven of the nation's Occupy Wall Street encampments. And after an extremely successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, they toured and shot a documentary of the most politically polarized places in the USA. In addition to visiting Occupy Wall Street actions across the country, they crossed the border in Arizona, marched with striking hotel workers in Chicago, went to a Mosque in Michigan, touched the levee in the lower 9th ward in New Orleans, and hung out with street artists against oil pipelines in DC.

ABOUT The Comedians

W. KAMAU BELL, One of the fastest-rising socio-political comics in the United States. Praised by Punchline Magazine as "one of our nation's most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit," Kamau has been voted San Francisco's best comedian by three different publications. His new stand up album, Face Full of Flour, made the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010 list at iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau recently performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where his set was filmed for HBO Canada. He also performed at the New York Comedy Festival, where he was a critic's pick in Time Out NY, who gave his solo show "FOUR STARS" and offered that, "Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality." Robin Williams declared him, "ferociously funny." He is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour." The SF Weekly has called Kamau "smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho," though he was more excited that they called him "handsome." Visit him online at wkamaubell.com

NATO GREEN, former union organizer and San Francisco native was named SF Weekly's Best Comedian of 2010 for getting "smarter and faster" and putting on "legendary" shows that keep audiences "doubled over." Punchline Magazine called Nato a "more aggressive white gentleman." Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show that packed houses at SF Sketchfest for four years. The East Bay Express reported that onstage Nato "has a knack for pushing boundaries," the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Nato "had the hordes howling." Nato's humor commentaries has appeared in Huffington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, The Bold Italic, and more. Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, said Nato is, "Righteous and hilarious, bracing and a hoot, Nato Green is like finding a shot of bourbon at your co-worker's stupid vegan potluck." www.natogreen.com

JANINE BRITO started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and has performed at clubs and theaters throughout the US and Hong Kong. A rising star on the San Francisco scene, she is a regular at the Punch Line, winner of the 2009 SF Women's Comedy Competition, and recipient of Rooftop Comedy's 2010 Silver Nail Award. Praised by 7x7 Magazine as "one of SF's more daring voices" and one of "the 7 funniest people in town," she was just named the 2011 "Best Comedian with a Message" by the East Bay Express. A sarcastic, snarky smart bomb of comedy funk straight from the 80's, Janine has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and The SF Weekly called her "a mean lesbian." But she's pretty sure that they meant it in a good way. www.janinebrito.com


Phoenix Theatre (San Francisco)
414 Mason Street (6th Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Comedy > Stand Up
Other > Political
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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