August 28th: All-Guest Extravaganza!
This week at The Mission Position, all four of our producers (Matt, Trevor, Jessica and Kate) will be out of town. We will instead have a guest host with Mission position favorite Kelly Anneken quarterbacking this all-guest extravaganza, featuring some of our local favorites, as well as some fantastic out-of-towners.
Featuring: Nato Green, Greg Edwards, Erin Judge, Karinda Dobbins, George Coffey, Lyall Behrens, Phil Griffiths & special guest host Kelly Anneken. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved in advance by calling Lost Weekend Video at (415) 643-3373. The show will begin at 8pm.
Tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite.
Just added: special guest Greg Edwards!
Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” He performs on Mondays at the legendary alternative comedy show at Lost Weekend Video, The Business. His podcast The Nato Sessions is produced by 3200 Stories. His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS.
Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show he co-hosts with Moshe Kasher. Nato’s humor commentaries have appeared in Huffington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX and toured nationally with W. Kamau Bell & Janine Brito as Laughter Against the Machine. Laughter Against the Machine filmed a tour documentary from the front lines of American controversy.
Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator.
Dobbins moved from Michigan to California’s Bay Area and responding to repeated dares from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda finally took the stage at Woody’s Café, and killed. Sure, she tried to fill the seats with supportive family and friends, and true, she had no competition since nobody else had signed up for stage time, but everybody, from the show’s host to strangers in the audience, was amazed that she was able to do 10 funny minutes of stand-up material her first time onstage. (She’d shrewdly spent a month writing her act in preparation, never anticipating she’d be put under pressure to perform all of it at once.)
Spurred on by the enthusiastic feedback, Karinda decided to see where comedy would take her and began honing her craft at more venues. To date, she has appeared at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MichFest); featured at Bay Area comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for W. Kamau Bell; and headlined at San Francisco’s legendary Purple Onion. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.
Kelly Anneken is what happens when Kim Kardashian looks like Bette Midler and tweets like Roseanne.
This Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal performs standup comedy at clubs and dive bars, including the SF Punchline, Cobb’s, Crackers, and Go Bananas. Kelly has appeared at Iowa’s Green Gravel Comedy Festival and Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. She has shared a stage with Jim Gaffigan and Anthony Jeselnik at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival and has appeared “in conversation” with Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, and John Waters.
Kelly is well-known as the co-host of the internationally popular Downton Abbey podcast “Up Yours, Downstairs” and official third chair of Game of Thrones recap “Boars, Gore & Swords.” She is also artistic director for feminist sketch troupe Femikaze.
Erin Judge is a (hilarious) comedian and (thoughtful) writer and (human) being. She’s been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (2014), on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham (2008), and at lots of comedy festivals, and she has performed in more than 40 cities with the Pink Collar Comedy Tour. You can read all about her in TimeOut New York, the Boston Globe, the New York Times and the Ithaca Times. Her debut comedy CD, entitled So Many Choices, is available via Rooftop Comedy. Life offers us all so many choices, but choosing this album needn’t be one of them. Definitely choose it. And everything Erin does. In addition to being hilarious, she is insightful, caring, fascinating, wise, and even more hilarious.
Erin’s writing has appeared on Salon, Thought Catalog, the Good Men Project, and in the Boston Phoenix and the Dallas Observer. She has written for the stage with The Meaning of Wife & as a contributor to Wake Up World!, Lizz Winstead’s satirical off-Broadway show. Her debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, is about a bisexual stylist, an anonymous blogger, secrets, dreams, lovers, closets, and showing the whole world who you really are. She is currently seeking a publisher. Erin blogs at somakeitup. She thinks and says good/smart/reasonable/kind/funny things about sex, sexuality, gender, feminism, society, and everything. You should listen to her say these (or any) things. The world will be better. And funnier.
George Coffey is a Los Angeles comedian. He was part of the End Of the World Show.
George is also a web designer, which is why he has a nicer web site than he deserves.
Lyall Behrens honed his skills in bay area comedy clubs. He covers human foibles, race, social commentary,and pop culture with irreverent swag. Lyall is also known for hilarious, spot on impressions of celebrities and recently just opened for Paul Mooney.
Lyall’s Stand up has appeared on Hulu Network, Comedytime and Clear Channel radio, The Brian Copeland Show on KGO Newstalk and has appeared on two episode of Discovery Network’s “I Almost Got Away With It.”
Lyall currently produces a showcase throughout the Bay Area under the moniker “Laugh City” in San Francisco & Berkeley while also appearing at clubs such as Laugh Factory, Improv, Comedy Store, Cobb’s, Punchline and casino’s & comedy clubs in Seattle, Nevada and Arizona.
Phil Griffiths is a native of the UK. Luckily, when he was a young boy his family realized the weather there is complete shit and moved to the Bay Area… where they quickly realized that if they really cared about the weather, they should have moved to Los Angeles. So, young Phil grew up impersonating an average American Boy, eschewing a British accent despite the fact it would have really helped him pick up chicks, deceiving friends and family for years until becoming a citizen in 2012. (DUAL citizen – take that CIA Watchlist!) After honing his comedy craft for years on private audiences (very, very private audiences of one, in his bathroom, alone, with his “thoughts”), Phil decided to start performing in front of audiences of living, breathing people. As far as mid-life crisis go, Phil’s wife stacks his career in stand up comedy as better than a drug addiction but worse than him having a mistress. Phil was a finalist in the 2013 & 2014 Rooster T. Feathers New Talent Competition and has performed at other major comedy venues throughout the Bay Area.