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Comedy Returns to El Rio! (Mon, Aug 12)
El Rio
San Francisco, CA
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Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Presents...
Comedy Returns to El Rio!  

Now in its 5th year, this monthly (every 2nd Monday of the month) multicultural comedy show features the best of Bay Area comedians and beyond. It takes place at El Rio, where SF comedian/comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (Kung Pao Kosher Comedy) began her stand up comedy career 24 years ago.

This month's show feature one real Brit and one fake one. With: Shazia Mirza (Pakistani Muslim comic from London), Will Durst (SF's premiere political comic), Nigel Arrisson (Capitalist and Theatre Critic for The London Fog), Casey Ley ("Bay Area's Best Comic" SF Weekly 2012), and Lisa Geduldig.

Shazia Mirza, a native of Birmingham, England, has sold out shows across the US and Europe with her taboo-breaking, button-pressing, smart, sly, deadpan humor. Her credits include Last Comic Standing and the BBC's Have I Got News For You. She fuses contemporary issues with personal experiences. The London-based comedian grabbed national attention in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks by performing her act in a hijab and beginning with, "My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that's what it says on my pilot's license." That was the year she won her first award, at the London Comedy Festival. Since then, she's been on a meteoric rise: she has appeared on 60 Minutes, been featured in the New York Times, and performs sold-out shows all over the world including such hot spots as Dubai, Kosovo, Pakistan, and Texas. Shazia recently got her own BBC TV show whose working title is Shazia Stands Up; recorded a special comedy show for BBC Radio this past March; and this year alone has performed sold-out shows in Sweden, Denmark, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Cyprus, and Los Angeles. But San Francisco is her favorite place in the whole world to perform.

Will Durst is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country. He has patched together an incomparable comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voiceovers and stand- up into a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. The New York Times calls him, "quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today." He writes a nationally syndicated humor column and is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News & Current TV. He has told jokes in 14 countries and racked up 800+ television appearances. Despite blistering reproach, he continues to slather ketchup on hot dogs.

Nigel Arrisson is publicly alcoholic and yet, "privately gay" at least that's what he tells his audiences. An alternative character creation of stand up comedian/actor and writer Steven Alan Green, Nigel is everything nobody wants to be, but he can't help it.
Presenting himself as "Capitalist and Theatre Critic for The London Fogg," Nigel is definitely from the upper class of England, but at the same time, is subject to wanting to fit in, just like the rest of us. Nigel tries to ease us, the audience, with funny explanations and insights as to the differences between American and British cultures, and thus our different ways of thinking. A genuine philosophical shift, Nigel elucidates on everything from the overuse of the word "sorry" to the public embarrassment of asking where the Starbucks "executive lounge" is. He is neither judgmental nor real. Though, just like Geppetto's Pinocchio, Nigel wishes nothing more, than to be "more American" and yet, tragically and comically, he can never truly be. For Nigel is merely a stage character, ultimately a sad reflection on the lonely everyman. Nigel Arrisson's creator is an American comedian who reviews live stand up comedy in his popular blog "Enjoy the Veal."

Casey Ley is a San Francisco-based comedian.  He hears this a lot: "Hey! You're that funny gay comic, aren't you?" Casey's comedy has been featured nationwide in clubs from LA to NY and festivals like Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR and the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, TX. He is the host and creator of the weekly comedy game show "Mayhem Trivia" at Dr. Teeh and the Electric Mayhem.  His comedy has appeared on NPR, and in 2012 he was voted "The Bay Area's Best Comic" by readers of The SF Weekly.

LISA GEDULDIG is the creator, producer, & MC of a variety of annual comedy shows: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy in Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (which celebrated its 20th Anniversary last December); The George Bush Going Away Party; Funny Girlz; A Muslim, A Mormon, and A Jew Walk into A Bar; The Color of Funny; Charo...
Must be over 21 as it's a bar.  Tickets on sale on a sliding scale basis: $7 to $20.
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6pm update: Advanced tix sales have ended, BUT there WILL be tix available at the door tonite as of 7:30pm. Show begins @ 8pm. Cash only. The next El Rio show will be on Mon Sept 9.



El Rio (View)
3158 Mission St @ Precita
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Comedy > Stand Up

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Presents
On BPT Since: Jul 06, 2007
Lisa Geduldig

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