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Comedy Festival January 2024

NTC proudly presents the next in our wildly popular series of Comedy Festivals.

The best of the Bay Area stand-up talent right here on our stage.

Friday January 12, 2024, 8:00pm
Saturday January 13, 2024, 8:00pm

Novato Theater Company, 5420 Nave Dr #C, Novato, CA 94949

$25 per night!

$40 for both nights!

Tickets at the door, or on-line in advance below


Sponsored by

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Organized and MC'd by John Griffin

Friday, January 12, 8:00pm

Natalie Diaz
Jonny Stein
Martin Marrufo
Steve Ausburne

Cody Smit

Saturday, January 13, 8:00pm

Marcus Howard

Daniel Lewis

Alexia Nye Jackson
Austin Carr

Holly Shaw*


Line-up subject to change. Photos and Bios in no particular order.

* replaces Gina Stahl-Haven who had to withdraw for personal reasons


Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw has been featured on stand-up comedy showcases all over the Bay Area and Northern CA including Cobbs Comedy Club, Alameda Comedy Club, Sacramento Punchline and the Oakland Comedy Festival. A lifetime of an entertainer includes such credits as starring in an ABC Afterschool Special and hosting the UK TV show, the Edinburgh Revue. She is the author of two bestselling books, The Creative Formula and Making Art in the Middle of Madness. To learn more, please visit


Marcus Howard


Born and raised in Oakland, Marcus Howard is a comedian who's been making audiences laugh for years. With a sharp wit and a unique perspective on life, Marcus has become a regular on the Bay Area comedy scene. He's performs regulary at the SF Punchline, Cobbs Comedy Club, and Rooster T Feathers. His comedy touches on everything from kids to race to relationships. Marcus is known for his ability to turn everyday situations into hilarious stories, and he's not afraid to tackle tough topics with humor and heart. Whether he's riffing on the absurdities of being a liberal or sharing his thoughts on the state of the world, Marcus is always entertaining, insightful, and funny.


Steve Ausburne

Steve Ausburne is a Northern California based comedian but started his comedy career by getting a lifetime ban from a church Grant’s Pass Oregon. Buoyed by that taste of success, he has since embraced the stage as a place to present a spoken word memoir of all the embarrassing life moments that lurk in a place that only stand up or therapy sessions can reveal. Steve is a regular at the San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club as well as a cohost of multiple mildly popular podcasts. He is also allergic to cats.


Cody Smit

Before doing stand-up comedy, Santa Rosa native Cody Smit started out as a rapper under the stage name, C-Smitty. After realizing he was tone-deaf and possessed no rhythm, he gave up on his dreams of becoming a white rapper and took to stand-up comedy. His first gig was at a slam poetry open mic and consisted of him jotting down jokes about an ex-girlfriend on a bar napkin. His would-be set quickly escalated into a dreary tirade about her infidelity. Before he knew it, Smit was producing and hosting comedy shows throughout Sonoma County. At 22 years old, Smit learned the art of what it truly means to “bomb” on stage in the preliminary rounds of the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Now he does so with class and dignity.


Natalie Diaz

A new face to the Bay Area comedy scene, Natalie’s journey into the world of comedy began as a spontaneous decision to try her hand at the art of stand-up during an open mic night at a local bar. Not long after that she won the "So Your Friends Think You're Funny" competition at Sonoma County’s Barrel Proof Lounge, and has been on the rise ever since. Born and raised in rural Northern California, Natalie has a unique perspective on the absurdities of life and delights audiences with her infectious energy. 

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Jonny Stein

Jonny Stein is a comic based in Petaluma, CA.  He has performed at the Punchline SF, Broadway Comedy Club in New York City, and the Ice House in Los Angeles.  He was a finalist in the US Comedy Contest in 2020.  Jonny has opened for comics from across the country, including Ryan O’Flanagan and, most recently, San Francisco’s legendary Scott Capurro.


Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis, originally from Detroit, is an Oakland-based stand up comedian. Winner of the 2022 East Bay Comedy Competition, he is a regular host and feature at the Alameda Comedy Club. He enjoys cheese sandwiches, and in his free time he likes to count.


Martin Marrufo

In 9 years of comedy, Martin Marrufo has delighted audiences by blending stories of his big-city upbringing with his many neuroses, creating an unforgettable experience for audiences all over. Martin has performed in comedy clubs all over the Bay Area, including Punch Line San Francisco, Cobb's Comedy Club, Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, and Tommy T's. He has also produced and hosted several comedy shows over his career. You'll be calling him Marty in no time.


Austin Carr

Austin Carr is a Stand Up Comic based in the Bay Area. He is the creator & producer of the hit live show “Talking After Sets” as well as the co-producer of “Comedy on the Bay” putting on some of the most exciting shows in San Francisco! His debut album “Nice to Meet You” hit #2 on the iTunes billboard charts in 2021 & he performs all over the country!


Alexia Nye Jackson

Alexia arrives on stage with one simple question, “For the love of God – can someone please tell us how to parent?” Her comedy looks at the state of humanity through the lens of procreation and the skill set of our collective parenting – or the lack thereof.  Alexia made her LA debut in October 2022 at The Hollywood Improv, The Lab. She produced her first comedy line-up show in January 2023 co-headlining with international comic, Maureen Langan, to a large sold-out audience in her benefit production for The Lion’s Club in Marin County, California. She has written and directed her first one-woman stand-up comedy show, You’re Not the Boss Of Me, which she performed in 2019 to a sold-out audience at McGrail Winery in Livermore, CA, and which will finally return to the Bay area in 2023.  She has performed all over the SF/Bay area as well as in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition.

* Volunteers for House Manager and Box Office positions MUST have taken our training (sessions held regularly - please enquire)

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