Lineup for February 26th
Nato Green, Tess Barker, Bucky Sinister, Barbara Gray and Matty Goldberg will be joining us this week. 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.
The Mission Position is a popular independent comedy showcase, hosted by four of San Francisco’s most accomplished comedians – Matt Lieb, Kate Willett, Trevor Hill and Jessica Sele. Every Thursday, audiences fill Lost Weekend Video’s famous CineCave comedy den, for a show that provides club-level talent without irritating drink minimums or filler comics. The Mission Position welcomes a new lineup of special guests every week that include the Bay Area’s brightest comics alongside nationally touring headliners from NBC, TBS, E! and Comedy Central.
“…the best comedy bargain in SF.” –SF Gate
Named one of the “Top 10 Events in San Francisco” by Time Out World (November 2014)
“The next great San Francisco comedy tradition.” –Courting Comedy
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 Wednesdays at the legendary alternative comedy show at the Dark Room Theatre, The Business. His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, through Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS.
Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. 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 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.
“Righteous and hilarious, Nato is like finding a shot of bourbon at your co-worker’s stupid vegan potluck.” –Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket
“Nato is funny, smart, thoughtful, goofy and political. As of now, I suffer no consequences for my steadfast belief that Nato is one of the funniest comics in our country, but I would stage a sit-in. If it fits in between my Ashtanga yoga and zine-making classes.” –Maria Bamford, Comedian
“Nato Green is the real deal; cogent, hilarious and indispensable.” –Greg Proops, Comedian, The Smartest Man in the World podcast
“I’ve always tried to provide the soundtrack to the revolution. Nato Green provides the laugh track.” –Boots Riley of The Coup
Since moving to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City in 2008, Barbara Gray has quickly made a name for herself in the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene.
She recently featured for Kyle Kinane and hit the festival circuit with performances at San Francisco Sketchfest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. In 2012 she toured the south with the LA Invasion Comedy Tour and starred alongside Jeanne Garofalo in “The Assistant.” Her comedy has been featured on Huffington Post and her underground comedy show One-Two Punch, run out of her own living room in Silverlake, had a spread in the LA Times. She recently recorded a set for the first compilation album of Holy Fuck, one of the biggest alt comedy shows in the city, along with comics such as Dana Gould, TJ Miller, and Moshe Kasher.
Barbara is also a co-host of the popular live talk show and weekly podcast ‘Lady to Lady’, which can be seen at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. The show, recently featured in RE:Comedy magazine, combines the roundtable discussions of The View with the antics and characters of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
Barbara’s comedy ranges from absurd to obscene and everywhere between. She didn’t mean for that to rhyme but it just happened, okay?
Tess Barker is a Los Angeles based comedian and writer. She performs stand up at clubs and colleges all over the country and throughout Los Angeles, where she has performed at The Comedy Store, Improv, and Comedy Central Stage, as well as on Beer in the Shower, a weekly stand up show she co-produces. She is also one of the creators of ‘Lady to Lady,’ a monthly live talk show based in Los Angeles, that features a number of well established female comedians as guests and contributors. Tess recently wrote the screen adaptation of the best selling novel ‘Sold,’ which is set for production in 2013. She also co-authored ‘Time Between Us,’ an original, two-person musical, which premiered as Backstage’s ‘Critic’s Pick’ in the New York Musical Festival, and is currently running enjoying regional runs nationwide. She also co-wrote and produced ‘Two Drink Minimum,’ an original pilot that was chosen as a finalist in the Las Vegas Film Festival. She is also super into dogs and cheese.
Bucky Sinister is a poet, self-help author, and a comedian. He’s also published a little journalism, film reviews, and a few short stories.
Bucky entered the world of poetry in 1987, while still figuring out where he was going to live. Fresh from Boston, he started with an open mike at the DMZ coffeehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas. Then he went to St. Louis and found little there in the way of poetics. After bouncing to Los Angeles in the fall of 1988, he found the underground poetry scene and decided to make a go of this poetry thing, so he moved to the land of poets, San Francisco in 1989. He’s lived in the Bay Area ever since, now residing in Oakland. He counts nine chapbooks to the best of his knowledge, and three books of poetry. His fourth book, Time Bomb Snooze Alarm, comes out in Spring 2012, on Write Bloody Press. There’s also going to be a vinyl release of some of his poems from the Post Consumer record label. Most of his poems are about drugs and alcohol.
Bucky was long interested in standup comedy, but aside from trying the open mike at the Holy City Zoo the week he turned 21, he didn’t pursue it until the age of 37. He currently participates in a weekly show at the Dark Room called The Business. Most of his jokes are about drugs and alcohol.
The self-help thing surprised him as much as it did anyone else. Bucky’s been clean and sober since 2002. He has a very unconventional take on the world of 12 Step recovery, which led to him writing two books, Get Up and Still Standing. He’s a staunch atheist but also a strong proponent of the higher power part of 12 Step, and doesn’t see a conflict there. Most of the self help books are…no, all of the 12 Step books are about drugs and alcohol.
After surviving a brain tumor and failing out of college, Matty Goldberg began his comedy career in 2001. Before making his move from New York to Los Angeles, Matty appeared on BET and starred in an online advertising campaign for Converse called “Out of Your League Guy;” where he inspired kids to go for their dreams, while simultaneously creeping out girls all over the globe.
When Matty is not acting, he is performing stand-up everywhere and anywhere people want to laugh. His upcoming memoir is highly anticipated and starts with the diagnosis of his tumor to the death of his best friend in life and in comedy a little over a year ago. Matty gives an honest portrayal of starting out in the New York comedy scene to finding the meaning of life through the odd ball characters he has met along the way.