January 2012 afforded the opportunity to do a show in Oakland, CA at the rapidly expanding Vitus. Over six months the affair took many twists and turns, ultimately turning the dead prelude to evening music into a vibrant and lauded comedy night featuring locals, visitors and bone fide stars. Then, with one quick swipe, Vitus’ partners ended their relationship and the club was closed permanently. The Vitus Show, so young, died too soon.
Then, in an unforeseen opening, the producers of the Vitus experience were called to produce a show at the historic Dirty Trix Saloon, dubbed Courting Comedy: The Show.
That night’s success allowed for another night captured with great affect by Andrew Moore.
Then, on the endorphins of an unbeatable spirit, old pals reached out to restart what once began in Jack London Square.
Started on November 29th, 2012, the Storking Comedy show has begun the arduous task of reestablishing a fresh new comedy show in Oakland, California. Taking residence in the infamous Stork Club, the show is a proper caper, barely escaping with toothy grin and a fist full of dollars. OJ Patterson provides structure and vision to the open-mic/showcase while offering an additional platform for the show’s greatest attraction: the interview.
As heard on the recently launched Sylvan Productions SoundCloud, each comedian is prodded and poked about their powerful jokes (or the audience’s lackluster response). Check out the Stork Club’s official recording of the first night: here. And you are welcome, as always, to spend some time at Sylvan Production’s latest East Bay haunt, the Stork Club. Every Thursday, 6:30-9PM. Open Mic Sign-Ups, 6:00PM. New Line-Ups Every Week. Always Absolutely For Free.
It’s a rainy day in the city by the Bay. And all of the comedians are are out to play.
Well. Not really. They’re waiting for the sun to go down. Like snipe hunting, you gotta wait for the sun to go down for the hahas to come out.
Time to get some of the work out of the way. I wrote about tonight’s show Fresh Like Cadaver and tomorrow’s Get Yucked Up in the last post en masse. Nonetheless, it serves a purpose to repeat myself. GO! GO SEE EM! RUSH THE STAGE!
“Let’s just fuckin write – wait – no – this has gotta be… somewhat coherent.” – @LLDABEAST
That’s how we’re doing it tonight at Sylvan House, ladies and gentlemen. We all just trotted down to the Balboa Theater for a showing of Wreck It Ralph. It was a heart warming Toy Story where in an kid’s room old arcade toysvidya games characters come to life become sentient programs. A classic hero story in a memorable universe, with hilarious and insightful call-backs to popular video game franchises and tropes. Not only was the movie hilarious, but David Gborie and Keith D’Souza (fresh from the road and running on very little sleep) fell asleep towards the end of the movie. As the film ended, the protagonist uttered his final inspirational line… And then, with comic timing so precise he couldn’t have planned it better, Gborie let out a snore that shook the heavens. Many a lawls were had, and we staggered out of the theater like a pack of old-school chums.
Tonight is the Sylvan Open Mic at Dirty Trix. Sign ups are in a mere hour, dear readers. So get on your Vespa and get down to Dirty Trix NOW!
What are you doing Friday night, audience people?!
Cause you should be going to Fresh Like Cadaver.
FRESH LIKE CADAVER! is a horror themed, LIVE movie riffing comedy show in the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000 held at The Cinecave “Micro-Theater” located in the basement of Lost Weekend Video in The Mission District of San Francisco. It’s the brain child of Andre Parker. And Andre Parker is pretty damn funny. So get yourselves there and into some seats ASAP! I don’t care if it’s a few days till Friday, GET DOWN THERE!
We don’t have much in the way of promotions for you today, silly readers. Mr Sylvan webmaster has spent all of my non-day job hours today establishing the brand new blackstronauts.com.
If you haven’t checked out Blackstronauts yet then you are depriving yourself of some SERIOUS entertainment. We’ve collected all of the released episodes together on the new site to make it look as impressive as it sounds. So do yourself a favor, and get over to blackstronauts.com and listen to some podcastin’ already!
Keith D’Souza and Andrew Holmgren are still on the road…
“Keith and I got lost in the woods, got picked up, cuddled with dogs in giant bean bag chairs, and now someone is taking us snowboarding!”
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Saturday night. Yeah, that’s the video that popped up when I searched “It’s Saturday Night”. Maybe I laughed A LOT harder than you did when you watched it, but now I’m really pumped to write the rest of this post.
Next Saturday is another installment of the infamous showcase named Get Yucked Up. Brought to you by David Gborie (@thegissilent) and Andrew Holmgren (@andrew_holmgren) this show is hands down our most popular show. If you want a seat, show up to Dirty Trix early, say around 8. This show is always packed out the door, and it’s one of the funnier things you can find in the city on a Saturday night.
Well. There’s a lot to write about. First and foremost, Andrew Moore (@amofoshoyo) and myself (Justin Gomes [@waytogomes]) just finished performing at the International Hostel for an international crowd. Needless to say, they appreciated our universal language of laughter. Or at least they understood the word “beer”. Nonetheless, many a hahas were had, and we’ll be performing there regularly on Fridays. But, don’t get your hopes up about attending, it’s for guests on the hostel only, so if you want to check out the show you better book a room.
Two Sylvanites have traveled far from their homes, dear readers.
Andrew Holmgren (@andrew_holmgren) and David Gborie (@thegissilent) are currently making funny things in Seattle. Well, they were. We can only assume as much as communication with the duo has been difficult. Rumor has it after rendering an entire syncopal with a dual headlining set they had to go off the grid. While comedy on the lam is difficult, it isn’t impossible. If they’ve managed to maintain their itinerary, Gborie should be performing in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Holmgren should be somewhere around Portland, OR.
Tonight Kollin Holtz (@KollinHoltz) will be making some funny hahas at his signature Laughing Stock comedy show at Bar 4N5. The Headliner will be the hilarious Hector Rodriguez. John Hoogasian, Kollin Holtz, and Charlie Ballard will make up the meat of the show, while Anthony Sandoval will be handling the hosting duties. Head down to Bar 4N5 quickly! It’s only $5!
We’ve got even MORE fun writings and news coming your way tomorrow! And yeah. I missed the posting last night. I totally dropped that ball. You see, we were cleaning Sylvan House, and then afterwords we all fell into a pizza/rum induced coma. It was maddening, but we’re prepping the house for… drum roll… A HOUSE SHOW! BOOM!
I FORGOT TO MENTION BLACKSTRONAUTS! THERE’S A NEW EPISODE!
It’s one of the only regular pieces of internet media we’re dropping, so do yourself a favor and listen in on OJ and Gborie’s podcast: Blackstronauts!
No matter how many times it the universe tries to kill Open Improv, it keeps coming back.
If you’ve read the bio on this site, you know that Open Improv was started a few years ago in Justin and Andrew’s backyard. But did you know that their roommate David-John Schamber became Sylvan’s first and only Audio Visual Engineer through the Open Improv? Keeping true to the spirit of improvisation, the guys would use literally every tool at their disposal in order to make the show more chaotically entertaining. DJ became the show’s DJ, and the show began using audio and video cues. By using youtube videos, random family photo albums from flickr, and epic instrumentals, a new spark was added to an already hilarious experience.
We kinda-sorta lost that magic when we moved the show from the Dark Room Theater to Sub/Mission. Don’t get me wrong, we love Sub/Mission, and we love doing comedy at a venue that’s just asway more punk than we are. But the intimacy of the space was lost, in the cavernous Sub/Mission main room DJ was thrust to the back of the room, and we didn’t have access to all the audio and video equipment we had before. Consequently, a bit of the magic was lost and the show never really set well in the space.
Fortunately, we’ve made a bit of an impression on the wonderful and beautiful proprietors of Dirty Trix Saloon, and they’ve agreed to let us move Open Improv to Dirty Trix. We couldn’t be more excited.
A. We love Dirty Trix.
B. It’s a smaller, more intimate space.
C. They have access to video and audio that we’ve been missing/craving.
D. We love Dirty Trix.
E. We’re bring DJ back up to the front of the show.
So tomorrow night, come down and watch/make some funny stuff with us at Dirty Trix. While you’re there, imbibe some sweet, sweet, booze poured by Sylvan’s favorite bartender, Damon. And the election results will be coming in, so let’s figure out which party is going to take the Senate together!