Novato Comedy Festival Feb. 24-26, 2017
Here is a sampling of your entertainment during this Festival weekend. “Plus more” The entertainment does not stop here —- more comics will be hitting the stage as well each night!! Buy your tickets today!
Fri 2/24 7pm
Humor Resources Presents
Jason ditched his corporate job to make fun of it on stage, and he’s never looked back. He’s appeared on MTV, National Geographic, Discovery and the REELZ Channel, and in commercial campaigns for Toyota, Chevy and DELL. He’s the Founder/ Owner of Humor Resources, a company specializing in creating hilarious content and live corporate comedy shows. Jason uses his high energy and improvisational style on the crowd, either making people shriek in laughter or nervousness, but usually it’s a more than pleasurable combination of both.
Natasha is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an “Artist to Watch.” Natasha features at the SF Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Roseanne Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God. Natasha’s comedy is so good, it’s not even funny.
Buried deep within the most luxuriant beard in comedy lives DJ Sandhu’s silver tongue just aching to get out and spread its diabolical thoughts. From Sacramento, CA, Sandhu decided to break his parents’ hearts by sharing his absurd opinions with strangers rather than going to med school like a responsible, well-adjusted adult. From the World Series of Comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and everywhere in between, Sandhu has worked with some of the industry’s legends including Bret Ernst, Dat Phan, Carl LaBove, Tommy Davidson, and Godfrey…all of which leave his mother incredibly disappointed that he didn’t choose a better life path.
Originally from Philadelphia, Joe Tobin has been a regular at SF/Bay Area comedy clubs for over 10 years. An East Coast personality trapped in a West Cost lifestyle, Joe Tobin’s standup has been featured on the Independent Film Channel and local television, and he is a regular on local radio as well. He is a three-time participant at the SF Sketchfest. Despite its lack of scrapple or Wawas, Joe is proud to call SF home. (Joe Montana once shook his hand and said, “good job.” This may have been the highlight of his career.) You can see him around town in either his comedy/music show “Tobin Mic Night” or his sports comedy show “Switching Teams”, both of which he co-produces and co-hosts.
Lance Woods is one of the hottest, most sought after young comedians working today! His high-energy style, unique storytelling ability and clever punchlines give him universal appeal. He has performed at all the top venues in San Francisco, Seattle, Vegas, Denver – just to name a few. He’s performed in Japan for the U.S. Marine Corp troops and has been featured on Hulu and Fox. Lance Woods is truly a comic to watch!
Friday 2/24 9pm
BATS Improv is a professional theatre company and an artistic community that cultivates and innovates the craft of improvisation theatre through engaging, playful, creative performance and training. Founded in 1986, we are the most highly acclaimed and longest running improvised theatre company and school in San Francisco and all Northern California.
Kasey has served as BATS Artistic Director since 2011. Kasey was first exposed to improvisation in high school. After discovering BATS Improv (via True Fiction Magazine), Kasey and his frequent accomplice, Mike Barnett, founded Devil Mountain Improv League in early 1997, the same year Kasey began taking classes at BATS. Since then he has performed in hundreds (thousands?) of shows at BATS and represented BATS Improv in Theatresports tournaments in Austin, Edmonton, Los Angeles, and Ventura, as well as with BATS Sunday Players, the Belfry, the long-form groups People of Earth!, Improv Factory Outlet, and he is an original cast member of The A**hole Monologues.
Jason has been studying improv and performing since 2002. He has had the privilege of performing with some of the Bay Area’s best improvisors and ensembles. Jason hails from Fresno but pretends he’s a San Francisco native. He also knows all the words to Poco’s 1979 hit “Crazy Love.”
Sat 2/25 7pm
Leaving Dublin, Ireland, where he was born and raised until the age of 22, Dave got drunk on travel and never quite hit the sobriety of it. A bestselling author, Dave has been featured in INC, NPR, and the Huffington Post, was recently part of the Irish Kings of Comedy Tour, the Ventura Comedy Festival, the Kansas City Irish Festival, and is a multiple Moth Grandslam finalist and occasional host. Always a witty storyteller, he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit.
A writer, comedian and creator of satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, which attracts 100K+ readers per month, Sarah’s work has appeared on The Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Huffington Post. Previously the design lead for Google Docs, she now focuses on writing and speaking on corporate and tech humor. Her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, was published October 2016 by Andrews McMeel.
Best known for his 1,001 day streak of consecutive comedy performances. It began on December 26th, 2010, and concluded on September 21st, 2013– four days after appearing on TBS’s Conan. Breaking the old world record on Day 731, Sammy set the new one at 1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy. Over the course of the streak, he appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and became the first comedian to perform on The Food Network in Throwdown with Bobby Flay. He was profiled in TIME Magazine, the New York Times, Splitsider and LA Weekly. Sammy has toured nationally and his debut album, Get Funny or Die Trying, was named a Best Comedy Album of 2013 by iTunes.
Sat 2/25 9pm
Secret Improv Society
Secret Improv features a variety of fast-paced sketches and songs all created on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions.
Sun 2/26 6pm
Riches to Rags: Techies Turned Stand-up Comics
Joe is known for a not very popular job in San Francisco. Software Developer. But his comedy. My oh my, his comedy. Subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging, Joe Nguyen is the smart slacker beloved by audiences for his easygoing delivery and good writing. At home in all venues from clubs to cafes, Joe is a regular at the Punch Line and other Bay Area clubs and a member of local group Nightlife on Mars.
A standup comedian and writer based in San Francisco who works all the top comedy clubs including the Punchline, Improv, Cobb’s and Rooster T. Feathers, and tours all over the coast. Named one of the Best Comics to Watch by SF Weekly in 2013, Ben Feldman’s acerbic wit is provocative yet playful, delivered with glints of absurdity as he teeters back and forth along the thick line between aggression and charm. In other words, he’s a heavily sarcastic but likable smart ass.
A former Product Manager, Silicon India listed him in “10 Indian Comedians Who Found Success in the U.S.” Samson is the world’s only Indian Jewish Stand-Up Comedian, married to a Hindu woman, and father of an adopted American child. He has performed his cerebral, intelligent, clean brand of humor with biting social, political, and religious commentary across USA, Canada & India. Samson’s sharp comedy has been featured on CBS, NBC, KRON4 and NPR.