From Doc’s Lab: the inaugural Monday Open Mic, 9/15/2014. 

Pictured:
Zack Chapaloni and Joe Gorman
Loren Kraut
Samantha Gilweit
Jimmy Gunn
Host Jeff Cleary
Keith D’Souza
Christopher John
Jane Harrison
Kevin Munroe

Sep 16. 1 Notes.
From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:Leslie Small (competitor) and Paco Romane (judge for the evening) outside Second Act on Haight Street. 

From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:

Leslie Small (competitor) and Paco Romane (judge for the evening) outside Second Act on Haight Street. 

Sep 14. 0 Notes.
From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:Samantha Gilweit performing at Second Act on Haight Street. 

From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:

Samantha Gilweit performing at Second Act on Haight Street. 

Sep 14. 0 Notes.
From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:Matt Gubser onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre. 

From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:

Matt Gubser onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre. 

Sep 14. 0 Notes.
From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:Dan Gabriel performing at Second Act on Haight Street. 

From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:

Dan Gabriel performing at Second Act on Haight Street. 

Sep 14. 0 Notes.
From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:Andrew Holmgren onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre. 

From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:

Andrew Holmgren onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre. 

Sep 14. 1 Notes.
From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:Nardos Osterhart (Grand Rapids, Michigan) onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre. 

From the San Francisco Comedy Competition week 1:

Nardos Osterhart (Grand Rapids, Michigan) onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre. 

Sep 14. 1 Notes.
This is coming on Friday night. I’m excited for this show, because I can finally use the phrase “so I had this crazy dream” without everybody having a legitimate reason to murder me.Tickets available here. 

This is coming on Friday night. I’m excited for this show, because I can finally use the phrase “so I had this crazy dream” without everybody having a legitimate reason to murder me.

Tickets available here

Sep 14. 1 Notes.
Imran G onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre for the San Francisco Comedy Competition. 

Imran G onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre for the San Francisco Comedy Competition. 

Sep 13. 2 Notes.

Another Big Night For The San Francisco Comedy Competition In San Rafael

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(Marin Showcase Theatre)

San Francisco Comedy Competition Website
Get tickets for September 13th in Lake Tahoe
The SFCC 2014 Calendar

The 2014 San Francisco Comedy Competition’s first round rolled into San Rafael on Friday night. There were some firsts for the competition and a few mic stand problems for the performers to contend with, but this year’s great group of competitors once again hit the stage determined to make an impression. 

"I feel good," said Thursday night’s 2nd-Place finisher Dan Gabriel, relaxing backstage prior to the show. “I think I’m going to stick to my guns, unless I get a vibe that I need to switch it up. But I’m probably going to stick to the set that I feel like I should do. I’m shooting for Top Five.” 

image(Leslie Small and Imran G backstage)

Performers gathered backstage at the beautiful Showcase Theatre and were able to take a closer look at their scores from opening night. In many cases, there are only a few tenths of a point separating the performers and it only takes one great set to rocket a comic to the top of the heap. 

It was also a night for lots of friends and family for the competitors. Many performers have ties to the Bay Area and for some, it would be the first time their relatives or old friends were seeing them do comedy. That was not the case for Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, who pulled into the venue about an hour early with his mother. Kabir is a swaggering, confident comic onstage but was the epitome of the devoted son while getting her seated for the show. 

Veteran comic and two-time San Francisco Comedy Competition champ Don Friesen did the honors of warming up the excited Marin crowd, who came ready to party after a few glasses of wine in the lobby. 

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(Don Friesen onstage at the Showcase Theater)

A first for the competition was the addition of a toddler running around backstage. Competitor Samantha Gilweit had her adorable daughter with her at the beginning of the show, who took advantage of the spacious backstage by running laps around the room. 

"After 39 years, you think there’s nothing new under the sun," said Producer Jon Fox smiling as she sprinted from one side of the room to another. "But that is a first." 

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(Samantha Gilweit and daughter backstage at the Showcase Theatre)

It was another night of big performances for the San Francisco Comedy Competition. With a large stage and nearly 300 people in the audience, comedians rose to the occasion. Once again the big personalities and high-energy performances were rewarded by the crowd. 

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(BT Kingsley)

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(Kabir Singh)

"I feel confident and I’m going to focus on the things I can control," said Thursday night 3rd Place finisher Joe Manente. “My goal is to establish and heighten as fast as possible.” 

That strategy was fairly universal amongst the First Round competitors. The time limit of 5-7 minutes can be somewhat small, so the comics who had the biggest impact were definitely the ones who came out swinging with their jokes and personalities.  

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(Andrew Holmgren)

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(Nancy Lee)

Thursday night’s First Place finisher Scout Durwood faced some difficulty when the mic stand suddenly stopped supporting the weight of the mic and wouldn’t stay extended up to her mouth. Faced with the choice between playing a song on her ukelele or skipping the music, Scout did the only thing she could in that situation - and played the song while on her knees onstage. 

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(Scout Durwood performs on her knees with her ukelele)

The audience rewarded her determined performance with a raucous applause after she finished. And host Don Friesen brought out a new mic stand, which would also somehow break before the end of the show…but luckily nobody else had to perform while on their knees. 

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(Nardos Osterhart)

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(Joe Manente)

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(Nancy Lee and Leslie Small watching from the wings of the stage)

The large stage and audience offered a chance for some of the comics to strut and stretch a bit. Whereas Virginia Jones' set on Thursday night felt a bit tight and rushed, for Friday night's she was more loose and comfortable, engaged the audience and had some of her punchlines hit harder. 

Andrew Holmgren also took advantage of the big space and seemed relaxed and calm, relating to the older audience with ease. He delivered a confident set and ended with a story about Craigslist that garnered a huge applause as he left the stage. 

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(Matt Gubser)

With so many giant performances, the judges for Friday night were once again going to have some tough choices to make. After Nardos Osterhart closed down the show, the final votes were tallied and nobody was sure who would be in the Top Five for the evening. 

The top finishers for the night:

5th Place: Lance Woods
4th Place: Scout Durwood
3rd Place: Virginia Jones
2nd Place: Dan Gabriel
1st Place: Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh

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(The Top Five for Friday Night in San Rafael)

It was Kabir’s confident swagger and energetic material that won him the prize for the night, with his proud mom beaming from the audience as his 1st Place win was announced. Kabir greeted audience members in the lobby after the show, until he saw his mother, tears in her eyes, and gave her a big hug and then walked her out to their car. 

It was an emotional night with big performances that are most likely going to continue as the First Round makes its way to Lake Tahoe for Saturday night and Santa Cruz on Sunday night. Be sure to catch this group at one of the remaining shows in the First Round! 

San Francisco Comedy Competition Website
Get tickets for September 13th in Lake Tahoe
The SFCC 2014 Calendar

(Written By Drew Harmon)

Sep 13. 1 Notes.
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