Comedy Festival 2022

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.

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May 6 & 7, 2022
8:00pm

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Hosted by John Griffin

Organized by Jason Kyle of Humor Resources

FRIDAY MAY 6

Iris Benson
Charlie Adams
Mikey Walz
Cody Smit

Gina Stahl-Haven

SATURDAY MAY 7

Nina G

Mean Dave

Duat Mai
Jeanette Marin

Paco Romane

WINE AND BEER WILL BE AVAILABLE!

(thanks to Drakes Brewing Co. for the beer donation)

Photos and Bios in no particular order...

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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.

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Gina Stahl-Haven

Hey Hey! I’m Gina Stahl-Haven, and I am brimming with enthusiasm to be competing in the 44th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition.

I have been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area Improv Comedy scene for over 15 years and have been featured at the Un-Scripted Theater Company, San Francisco Improv Festival, and lots of shady clubs and bars.

I am a Professor of Communication by day, comic by night, and hot mom by always. I have made an abstract art of balancing work, family, comedy, and keeping up with all the recalled children’s products that could potentially kill my kids.

My Netflix special has not yet been released, nor scheduled for release, nor even filmed. Some would say it doesn’t even “exist”. Don’t worry about those haters, it will be epic. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram @MamaBeCray for lots of irreverence and tom-foolery.

Can’t wait to see you at a show and share some laughs and a kombucha!

(replaces the previously-billed Justin Lockwood) 

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Mikey Walz
 

Mikey's Stand-up is a smarmy, silly, surprisingly lighthearted ride through his harrowing life-experiences. After years of doing comedy, he was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer that set his life (and comedy) on a whole new path. In order to live, Mikey underwent the amputation of his left leg. Good news is; the loss of his leg hasn’t hobbled his sense of humor, nor has it kept him from getting on the stage. If anything, it’s literally made it harder for him to get back down off the stage! Mikey performs regularly on some of the Bay's best stages, such as Punch Line SF and Cobb's. He’s been an officially selected performer at SF Sketchfest, as well as Oakland Comedy Fest, Chico Comedy Festival, and the Santa Cruz Comedy Festival.

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Charlie Adams
 

“Everyone's favorite uncle” is how Uncle Charlie Adams has been described by other comics. He started doing standup in his 60s and has been well received from small parties to the Sacramento and San Francisco Punchline and the San Jose Improv.  After hunkering down during covid, he's ready to come back in full Geezer form!

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Nina G

Nina G is a comedian, professional speaker and author of Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen.She has been featured in/on everything from NPR's 51%, BBC's Ouch, Psychology Today, Tedx, multiple day time talk shows, Howard (Stern) 100 News and even the Stuttering John Podcast. Nina is currently working on her third book on the history of San Francisco Bay Area Comedy

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Mean Dave

 

Mean Dave is a regular at Cobb's Comedy Club, Punch Line in SF and Sacramento and has opened for headliners such as Judy Tenuta, Eddie Pepitone, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Allan Havey, Tom Rhodes, Neil Hamburger, Josh Blue, Brent Morin, Bret Ernst and most importantly, Barry Sobel. Most of Dave's life has been littered with utter disappointment and flat out betrayal that only a sarcastic, cynical sense of humor can remedy. Hopefully this information helps you in your decision as to whether Mean Dave's comedy will help you attain laughter in this existence

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Duat Mai

Duat Mai is a Bay Area comedian with a very unique, observational style. He specializes in off-the-wall topics with a skewed point of view. Duat is a staple at the SF Sketchfest comedy festival and the Punchline comedy club.

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Jeanette Marin

 

Jeanette Marin is a stay-at-home mom by day and a stand-up comedian by night. She gravitates towards jobs with long titles and very little pay. When she is not hiding from her children in a closet, she delights audiences by saying what mothers are never supposed to admit in public! Her humor, in fact, is often described as a cry for help. She has competed in the S.F. International Comedy Competition, was a featured comedian at the Cinequest Film Festival and one of only 40 chosen as a featured comedian at the 2021 San Francisco Comedy Day in golden gate park.

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Paco Romane

 

Paco Romane is one of those guys who’s done a little bit of everything, from stand-up, acting, writing, and improv to voice-overs and podcasts. He has been seen on Comedy Central’s Drunk History, HBO, and Funny or Die and even recorded a track as Casey Kasem with E-40 and shot a commercial (and hoops) with Klay Thompson. Twice voted Best Comedian in San Francisco (SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian), his “hilarious comedy” (The AV Club) is engaging and authentic and has established him as a crowd favorite. Known as a “versatile mash-up of everything comedic” (SF Sketchfest), Romane is a natural entertainer ready to riff with the crowd, tell hilarious stories or turn anything in-the-moment into his act. He has worked with Ali Wong, Hasan Minaj, Norm MacDonald, Robin Williams, Nate Bargatze, Roy Wood Jr, and Dana Gould. If you head to his show, “prepare to be charmed by Romane and his easy-going, self-effacing ways, but remember no hugs. Romane is a strict non-hugger” (Santa Cruz Sentinel).

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Iris Benson

Iris Benson is a comedian because no other profession will have her and that includes drug dealing and prostitution. Since her comedy debut in 2011 she's garnered such praise as 'bleak and honest', 'pleasantly dark', 'wonderfully weird' and 'pretty good for a woman' by no one worth mentioning.  Iris has performed all over the United States, making appearances at Comedy Festivals such as The Laughing Devil Comedy Festival (NY, NY), Trial by Laughter Competition (Indianapolis, IN), The She-Devil Festival (NY, NY), The She-Dot Festival (Toronto, ON) and the Cape Fear Comedy Festival (Wilmington, NC).

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