Stand-Up Comedy at The Purple Onion at Kells
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We attended new talent night on a Wednesday evening and had a great time. We enjoyed the performance and would recommend it to others. There were MANY new performers trying out their material, and the emcee/host kept things on pace to ensure all performers had an opportunity to get on stage. There were several routines that had me laughing to tears. My guest especially enjoyed the emcee/host. Overall, we had a very good time and this was a great value. We hope to return again soon, perhaps to see a weekend show.
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Don't waste your time on this one! I got there right before 7pm, only to be told the show would start at 7:30. I told them I would grab a bite and wait. I was sitting near the entrance waiting for the host to tell me to come down...and he didn't...continued
May 30-31, 2014: Tom Smith
Tom Smith is a twelve-year veteran of the stage and has performed stand-up comedy in diverse venues across North America and Ireland, sharing the stage with such diverse acts as Jackie Kashian, Dean Edwards, Johnny Steele, Joe Klocek and Will Durst. His comedy is intelligent, challenging and accessible at the same time.
June 6-7, 2014: Yuri Kagan
Yuri Kagan is a nice Jewish boy, or at least that’s what it says on the JDate profile his mother created for him. He grew up in San Diego where he learned that while other people tan, he ignites. He moved to San Francisco to get a degree in bad habits and telling jokes. Yuri is a dry-humor, observational, dead-pan comedian who talks about growing up with an entire family from the Soviet Union without holding anything back. He performs all over the country on any stage that will let him. He has also received much acclaim for his blog. Look for his book Vodka and Limelight, due out in late 2014.
June 13-14, 2014: Red Scott
Growing up in San Jose, CA, Red Scott never saw things the same way as other kids; he thought he was cool. Born in the early 80s, he established himself as a trend-setter: fat, asthmatic, and socially inept years before Asperger’s was a syndrome or obesity an epidemic. On his way to finding the stage, Red had several diversions, ranging from working as a software developer to delivering for Pizza Hut in South Central Los Angeles. Red combines obscure and outdated references with the crazed insistence of a mental patient. His act encompasses everything from politics to absurdism to wordplay, all combined with deft crowd work. When not on stage, Red explores the myriad of ways an individual can be indoors and fully protected from the sun. His podcast discussing Game of Thrones, Boars, Gore, and Swords, has twice been featured on BoingBoing. He’s performed in SF Sketchfest 2011-2013 and is a regular at The San Francisco Punch Line, The San Jose Improv, Rooster T Feathers, as well as the usual dive bars and laundromats.
June 27-28, 2014: Sal Calanni
Long ago, on the enchanting Cleveland shores of sunny Lake Erie, Sal Calanni contented himself as a bio-med lab assistant cleaning various sizes of rabbit and rat feces. One morning, he work up feeling unfulfilled, so he decided to pack up his rusty, Chevy Cavalier hooptie, drive beyond the majestic farms of the Midwest and head for California. He had no job and no place to stay. His journey ended in San Francisco. And although the picturesque views of the Bay paled in comparison to the waterways of Cleveland, he made it his new home and ended up finding solace in stand-up comedy. Over the past few years, he has appeared all over the Bay Area, working at the Punch Line, Cobb’s and the Improv in San Jose. He was also the weekly host at the Sea Biscuit.