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, Torio Van Grol & Adrian McNair. 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.
Described by the Chicago Tribune as “a physical expression of an exclamation point”,Kevin White approaches topics like death, addiction and heartbreak with a cheerful cynicism and an urgent stage presence. His stand up is personal, engaging and visual.
In 2009 Kevin founded Punch Drunk Comedy (now known asBare Knuckle Comedy) in his home town of St. Louis, MO, where he performed both stand up and sketch comedy. The show has become the city’s longest-running independent comedy showcase, and is still going strong as the premiere destination for comedy in St. Louis. Since then his jokes have been used by Microsoft to promote their Windows phone and featured on the home page of RooftopComedy.com.
Kevin now lives in Chicago where his writing helped win “Best Sketch Troupe”from theChicago Reader for his work with late night showTalk Hard.
He performs all over the U.S. and has worked with the likes of Kyle Kinane,Ben Kronberg, Eddie Pepitone and more. Additionally, Kevin placed 1st in the 2nd annual Gateway To Hope “Laughter For Life” cancer benefit & comedy competition, as well as making it to the semi-finals of the “Funniest Person in Cincinnati” competition and the Riverfront Time’s“Stand Up Throwdown”.
Kevin currently produces the comedy debate show Arguments & Grievances in Chicago, which was awarded 2014’s “Best Variety Show” by Chicago Magazine, and hailed as “smart, high-stakes tomfoolery disguised in a brilliant, faux-brainy conceit….This show is a riot.” by the Chicago Tribune.
Clare O’Kane is an actress, comedian and writer from San Jose, California. She has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, FunFunFun Fest, and other wonderful, independent festivals around the country. She has been described as “sarcastic” and “half-Asian”. Along with being a stand up, Clare is also one-third of the sketch group Blessed. They have made a couple of very funny videos, none of which have gone viral. When she’s not sneezing or whatever, Clare travels around the country to perform stand-up comedy and “seize the day”. She hopes to get that tattooed on her lower back (for free) someday. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with a guy and a cat.
Zach Peterson creates thoughtful and different comedy with uncommon takes on common subjects. When Zach is not touring the country with the likes of Dave Ross or Timmy Williams from The Whitest Kids you Know, he makes his home in Chicago IL. In Chicago, Zach helps run the Arguments and Grievances comedy debate show that was just named “Best Variety Show” by Chicago Magazine and recently featured at LA’s Nerdmelt Theater. He is also one of the organizers of the Comedy Exposition of 2014 Chicago’s first DIY stand up festival. In the past he has featured for Joe DeRosa and Matt Braunger for such clubs like Up Comedy Club and The Comedy Attic.
Nicole Love, born and raised in the bay area and currently based in Oakland, isn’t all sugar and spice as her name might imply. Whether she’s co-hosting at local bay area comedy hot spots like Brainwash Café and Mutiny Radio or open micing at places as varied as San Francisco’s favorite leather bar/dungeon, this woman rarely misses an opportunity to tell her biting jokes with a unique social perspective. She can be seen spreading her outlook on race, gender, and turtle penises at comedy clubs such as Punchline SF, and Cobb’s Comedy Club, but this grass roots comic is truly a fixture at dive bars, “ultra lounges”, 2 star restaurants, pool halls, and laundromats all over Northern California.