The Marsh's Saturday Night Comedy Special in Berkeley
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The last date listed for The Marsh's Saturday Night Comedy Special was Saturday October 30, 2010 / 8:00pm (Merle Kessler, Johnny Steele, Ann Randolph).
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More than 35 years ago, Michael Bossier founded a comedy troupe called "Spaghetti Jam," bringing together stand-up acts and improv pros for the first time, with all-star alums that included Dana Carvey, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. Now, Bossier is back with Marsh Jam, a brand-new troupe that uses the same formula of the prior group and sprinkles in a bit of sketch comedy based on current events, along with cool local music acts. With the intimate setting of the cabaret, you'll get to be up close as these gifted comics make immediate, tailor-made theater. Learn More
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Ann did parts of her earlier shows. Merle did bits from an up-coming show. Johnny Steele was the traditional stand up kind of comedian and he killed. Special guest told a pretty amusing tale about breadmaking. Great value for local comedy.
October 16, 23 & 30: Merle Kessler, Johnny Steele, Ann Randolph
Merle Kessler is a founding member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre. Besides chewing the scenery with the Ducks for years, he also created his vitriolic alter ego, Ian Shoales, whose words have appeared in The New York Times and Washington Post, among other places. His alarming visage was also seen on ABC's World News Now for years, and he can still be heard on KALW's popular show Philosophy Talk (which frequently records live at The Marsh.) Kessler has a long history of collaboration with the theater, including his first hit show, Table For One, back in the eighties and
continuing with Marsh hits, Roadkill On The Information Highway, Don't Even Think Of Parking Here, Broke and Slouching Towards Disneyland in 2007.
Johnny Steele began performing comedy in 1984 after quitting graduate school in a move his parents named: 'Operation $40K Down The Drain.' But he quickly got the hang of the craft and for the next ten years performed at top comedy clubs and comedy festivals, winning many comedy competitions. He also logged over 20 national TV appearances. In 1997 he left the comedy scene to host San Francisco's Live 105 Morning Radio Show which both the SF Weekly's annual readers' poll and the SF Publicity Club picked as the city's best show. The San Francisco Chronicle, which also called it the 'best morning chatter show,' dubbed it 'clean and smart.' Therefore, Steele says, "It was cancelled in the summer of '98 to make room for the Howard Stern 'Poop and Wiener Hour.'" A year later, he started a three-year run as co-host of KRON/Bay TV's 'The Show.'Steele is currently working on a solo show about his dog who passed away in April. It's about a guy who never wanted responsibility until he adopted this mangled little mutt. He performed it in June at StageWerx to much laughter.
Ann Randolph is currently performing her sold-out show Loveland at The Marsh Berkeley. Her previous show, Squeeze Box, an off-Broadway hit and the winner of both LA Weekly’s Best Solo Show for 2002 and the Los Angeles Times Ovation Award for Best Solo Show 2002, also enjoyed an extended run at The Marsh last year. A resident of Los Angeles, Randolph is a former member of the Groundlings and Unsafe Sketch, and has received LA Weekly’s “Best Female Comedy Performer” award.
As an actress she has appeared in numerous plays including the long running cult classic, “Bob’s Office Party,” for which she created two of the most beloved characters that later appeared in “Squeeze Box.” The LA Times critic wrote of Randolph’s performance, “In a pair of wickedly hysterical roles, Randolph steals the show.” In the theater, Randolph has acted in "Eight Ways To Meet Your Neighbor" (for which she was nominated for Best Comedy Female Performance by the LA Weekly), Betsy Loves Snap Beans, Hair and Waiting for Godot.