Lineup for July 16th
Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.
The Mission Position is a popular independent comedy showcase, hosted by five of San Francisco’s most accomplished comedians – Matt Lieb, Kate Willett, Jessica Sele, Richard Toomer & Torio Van Grol. 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
This Weeks Guests:
Dave is a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. Sometimes his comedy is vulnerable and personal. Other times his comedy is loud, stupid and about butts. You can find him stumbling around L.A. and the country, performing at every festival, club, theater, bar, fire hall or bombed-out stone building that will have him. He’s in a sketch group called WOMEN that makes sketches for Comedy Central and IFC’s Comedy Crib. He hosts the podcast Terrified on the Nerdist Network. He won a MOTH Grand Slam, he got interviewed on WTF with Marc Maron, and he told a story on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. He likes his cat. His cat’s dope.
Allen Strickland Williams
Salutations. I live in Los Angeles writing and telling jokes. I’ve performed stand-up comedy on CONAN. One time, I got a standing ovation for telling a single joke. I’m featured on the Holy Fuck. live comedy album. Illegally download it. I’ve performed on Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, CROM Comedy Festival in Omaha, Comedy Carnivale in Salt Lake City, Hell Yes Fest! in New Orleans, and the RIOT Festival right here in Los Angeles. I am one-fourth of the sketch group WOMEN, which has been featured on IFC.com’s Comedy Crib, Tosh.0 and L.A. Weekly’s 10 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014. I run the monthly show WHATEVER at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock with my best friend, Eric Dadourian. One interesting personal fact about me is that I like having sex, because it feels good.
Casey Ley’s comedy is silly. And smart. And dirty. And dark. And handsome. It’s a lot like him actually. So it is also self-centered, flakey and relatively promiscuous.
The readers of SF Weekly voted him best comic in San Francisco in 2012 (which had nothing to do with his homosexuality), and in 2013 he was runner-up in The Advocate Magazine’s Next Great Queer Comedy competition (which was wholly the result of his homosexuality). Apparently he wasn’t quite gay enough last year. In 2014 he kicked it up a notch and headlined the Rainbow Connection Queer Comedy Tour or as it was described in a slightly homophobic review, “the gaygegaygaygegaygay comedy tour.”
Sure, you are right, that is a lot of gay. But don’t worry because Casey and his shows have also appeared in national comedy festivals like SFSketchfest, the Moontower Comedy and Arts Festival in Austin, TX, Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR, on the radio on the relatively popular NPR station, and he has shared the stage with comics you know like Hannibal Buress, Doug Benson, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Laura Kightlinger and some other people you’ve heard of if you like comedy and are straight or whatever you want.
Jono Zalay started life and standup in San Diego. In 2006 he moved to Boston where he became a staple at New England comedy clubs, all while earning his Doctorate in Neuroscience. Since 2008 he has been invited to perform in over 25 comedy festivals, winning all of them in the “most fun” category he made up. Jono now lives in New York City where he has been featured in Time Out New York and Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ talent search. His informed background brings a perspective to stand-up comedy unequaled by almost any PhD in Neuroscience.
Chris was adopted into a loud, white family and started comedy in Seattle. He now lives in Boston, and was recently on Cameron Esposito’s Put Your Hands Together show and podcast at the UCB Theater.