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Comedy Festival January 2020

NTC’s Next Comedy Weekend!

Friday, January 10, 2020 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:00pm

Tickets are $20 for each evening

There will be wine and beer!

The weekend is organized by Jason Kyle of Humor Resources, and hosted by our very own John Griffin. See below for info on the performers.
(line-up and order subject to change)

Your Host

John Griffin

Everyone’s favorite local Real-Estate Agent, NTC Board Member and Treasurer, and Sweeney Todd actor, Mr John Griffin is once again your host for these two evenings of hilarity.




Friday, January 10

Zorba Hughes

From Louisville, Kentucky. 20 plus years as a stand up comedian. Winner of multiple comedy contests including 2014 Killer Laugh Competition at Bunjo’s Comedy Lounge, and 4-time Spice Monkey comedy champion.

Florentina Tanase

Florentina Tanase is a Bay Area stand up comedian, born in Romania and raised on dad jokes. Florentina started performing in 2015 and has since performed at Cobb’s Comedy, The Punchline, The World Famous Comedy Store and Poland. She’s earned a spot on the Road to Funny Co-Finals and a spot at the SHE-DEVIL Comedy Festival, Lady Laughs Comedy Festival and SF Sketchfest. Florentina’s captivating anecdotes about living in rural Romania will leave you wanting to call your mom and tell her, “Thank you for giving us running water.” She likes to think of herself as an elated pessimist. She co-produces Bottomless.

Justin Lockwood

Justin’s revealing style and hilarious observations have made him a favorite of audiences around the Bay Area and beyond. His act spans from stories about growing up on a marijuana farm to jokes about raising his own son to one-liners about sex and dating. He’s opened for Jay Mohr, Eliot Chang, Kevin Camia, Aidan Park, Reggie Steele, Steve Bruner, Mark Pitta and many others. You can see him on his popular Craft Comedy show in Oakland every month as well as clubs and venues up and down the West Coast.

Arjun Banerjee

Arjun was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been doing stand up there since he graduated High School. His comedy has been described as “great and definitely funny enough” by his therapist. He has performed at SF Sketchfest, the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and the Desi Comedy Fest.

Paco Romane

Paco Romane is a comedian, actor, writer, voice-over actor, improviser, and podcaster. His hilarious, engaging, and authentic comedic style has established him as an audience favorite. Paco had been described by Cole Stratton (Co-Founder SF Sketchfest) as a “mashup of all things funny – stand up, sketch, improv, you name it”, and he’ll regularly spin any unpredictable moment with the crowd into his act. He recently recorded his debut comedy album “Shaped Like A Thumb” on iTunes and he’s the creator and co-host of the documentary/comedy podcast Sup Doc (100+ episodes). He has appeared on Comedy Central, Drunk History, Nickelodeon and was a writer for the Gilbert Gottfried Roast. He’s also been a frequent guest on “The Todd Glass Show!”

Saturday, January 11

Joey Avery

After starting his career in Cape Town, South Africa Joey Avery brought his positive and energetic brand of comedy to San Francisco and received the Jimmy Gunn award for Best Newcomer to the Bay Area comedy scene. He was recently honored by the SF Chronicle as one of the Bay Area’s Comics to catch. Joey has appeared on Fox and AJ+ as well as in the San Diego Sun God Music and Arts Festival. He hosts the “Chubbies” podcast, the “Pier 69” podcast, and creates content for Chubbies Entertainment.

Phil Griffiths

As far as mid-life crisis go, Phil Griffiths’ wife stacks his career in stand up comedy as better than a drug addiction but worse than him having a mistress. With his dry deadpan humor, Phil performs all over the state and shares his slightly off observations on life. Phil has opened for Jermaine Fowler, Chad Daniels, Brad Williams and Laurie Kilmartin. Recently Phil performed in the 2017 San Francisco Sketchfest and was a top ten finalist in the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition. He has also performed in the San Diego, Sacramento, Chico and Santa Cruz Comedy Festivals. Phil is a regular at the San Francisco Punch Line and Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale and also hosts, Comedy Sharks, a successful comedy showcase in the Bay Area.

Chelsea Bearce

Chelsea Bearce got her comedy start in Los Angeles and quickly headed to New York, where she performed at over a dozen comedy clubs regularly, including Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and Caroline’s, where she performed along-side Darrell Hammond. She also studied at Upright Citizens Brigade in both their sketch program and improv program. Her blend of observational comedy and self-deprecation combined with her comfortability with talking to the audience and making them comfortable enough to make fun of themselves too, makes for a very enjoyable time had by all. Chelsea has written multiple parodies as well, including Curvy (which went viral)

M.K. Paulsen
Originally from a small town in Texas, M.K. Paulsen is a Los Angeles-based comedian who misses Austin all the time.  Recently, M.K. attained Internet fame with his viral blog “BurritoMakesThree.com” that features newborn baby pictures of him with a Chipotle burrito.  He has appeared on numerous comedy festivals across the country including the Moontower Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, and the 202 Comedy Festival.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a financial contribution directly to him.

Milt Abel

Milt has appeared on Showtime, Comedy Central, and the A & E Network. He’s performed in comedy clubs, theaters, and campuses all across Canada and the United states. Milt is also a frequent performer on cruise ships and for private corporate events. Clean, clever, and funny: that’s Milt Abel.