Oct 282014

We have a new comedy show coming to SOMA. Every first Wednesday of the month, stop by the S.F. Eagle from 8-10pm for our new showcase, “Safe Words.”

Stand up comedy at a gay leather bar hosted by a straight man.

Stand up comedy at a gay leather bar hosted by a straight man.

“Safe Words” is a stand up comedy show at a gay leather bar hosted by a straight man. Verbal lashings are rare, but have been known to occur when people misbehave. The safe word (as always) is alcohol, served up by none other than the Bay Area Reporters “Best Bartender,” Steve Dalton. Kollin Holtz hosts the show, and introduces a monthly lineup of outstanding comedic talent.

Jun 122013

We’ve always thought highly of ourselves. Sylvan Productions is essentially a group of collaborators who approve of and appreciate each others work. Now, somebody else shares that sentiment.

The good folks of the SFWeekly namechecked a slew of our members and the group itself in it’s most recent annual “Best of” publication. It’s unquantifiable how huge the honor is for a comedian, but it’s damn exciting to see your name in the newspaper.

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In other news, we have a newsletter dropping soon, a bunch of individual tours and tasks are being filled, and we’re all revving up for something huge (probably).

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Jan 252013

Ask yourself, is there anything more romantic than whisking your love away to the basement of a parking garage to see the Bay’s best stand up comedy?

The correct answer is no. Nothing is more romantic than saying, “Hey, I’m going to drag you into the basement of this parking garage,” making everyone you’re with extremely uncomfortable. Imagine their relief and delight when they realize you only brought them there for cheap beers, and belly laughs. This month, Scott Capurro (Comedy Central) leaves one foggy city (London) for the love of another.

The show is hosted by Kollin Holtz, and features the comedy musings of Daryus Monday, Juan Medina, Andrew Holmgren, and Caitlin Gill.      21+. Get you and your friends in for $5 total when you come together! Free with valid college ID or weed card.

Join the last “sporadic” show of Laughing Stock before it moves to the regular date of the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in March!

Jan 232013

We, the comedians at Sylvan Productions, take over the Mission’s favorite FREE comedy show, Comedy Bodega tomorrow night!

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Hosted by Kollin Holtz, the show features the comedic talents of Sylvan’s own Clare O’Kane, David Gborie, Justin Gomes, Keith D’Souza, Andrew Holmgren and special guest from L.A., Stuart Thompson!

Jan 082013

At an art gallery, in the basement of a parking garage, comedian Brendan Lynch headlines the Laughing Stock comedy show.

Sylvan Productions and Gallery and Bar 4N5 are happy to announce, with it’s six month anniversary rapidly approaching, that Laughing Stock (the comedy show) will become a regular fixture at the venue voted “Best Nightlife Spot” by SF Weekly 2012. Starting March 21st the show will debut it’s new, regular time slot every third Thursday of the month.

The show will stay the same! The same quality comedy, same draft beers, and the same quirk and allure of a comedy show in an art gallery in the basement of a parking garage. The only things changing about this show are the date to every third Thursday, and the lineup of comedians.

Comedian Tim Harmston (Comedy Central) performing at a Sylvan show at the Gallery.

The next show is Thursday (surprise!), January 17th. $5 At The Door. 21+.

Get you and your friends in for $5 total when you come together!
Show your college ID and get in for free.

Hosted by Aaron Barrett. Featuring Kollin Holtz, Melanie O’Brien, Keith D., Eloisa Bravo. Headlining Brendan Lynch.

Get ready for the Valentines Day show on Feb. 14th.

Dec 182012

Welcome ladies and gentleman to the humdrum of your average Tuesday…. But wait!!! What’s that on the horizon? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s Top Ten Tuesday! You may be wondering what this Top Ten Tuesday even is, well allow me to explain. Every Tuesday Sylvan will bring to you a list of the top ten answers for that week’s category: Sandwiches, places to hide the body, and other topics of all varying shape and size. Feel free to tweet @SyvlanTweets with suggestions of lists you would like to see in the future.  Without further ado enjoy the first Top Ten Tuesday.

 Top 10 signs that Christmas is on its way

1. SantaCon *shivers*

2011 SantaCon in London, dear lord they’ve even organized a dance (Photo by Flickr user “Annie Mole”).

2. There are less homeless people, but way more Santas

SantaCon is over but Saint Nick is still drinking a 40 oz. in the park (Photo by Flickr user “John Aho”).

3. DVD Sales of the film ‘Elf’ are actually a thing again

Wait….. I’m getting money from that….?…Ok then (Photo by Flickr user “Eva Rinaldi”).


4. Eggnog 

Yes! Eggnog! (Photo by Flickr user “Pinkmoose”).

5. Jewelry commercials tell you so

Every kiss begins with Okay I’ll buy you jewelry for Christmas (Photo by Flickr user “Jewel’s Globe”).


6. Your fridge smells like old Thanksgiving leftovers

It’s time to clean, the turkey’s green (Photo by Flickr user “Konomike”).

7. People start talking about presents and you realize you haven’t gotten anything yet.

Hope my mom likes……..napkins from Starbucks (Photo by Flickr User “Shockingly Tasty”).


8. Listening to grocery store music is more painful than usual

No more Mariah Carey… NO more I say! (photo by Flickr User “OddHarmonic”).

9. It’s cold as balls outside

Winter in Alabama may trump the SF chill but I’ll be damned if my fingers ain’t numb (Photo by Flickr user “Smile4camera”).

10. People who aren’t hipsters are wearing Christmas sweaters

This isn’t ironic in the slightest, it’s very toasty (Photo by Flickr User “TheUglySweaterShop”).


Dec 122012

Closet Talk features the ramblings of Kollin Holtz, the music of Ash Clayton, and the riffs of Alex Q. Huffman.

Watch out Marc Maron, this kid records his podcast, guests and all, in his closet. If you think chats in a garage can get uncomfortable, imagine fitting three grown men and a guitar into a closet converted bedroom. Coming from San Francisco, that might not be surprising, but what is surprising is that Kollin has been living in a closet for the past year and a half (pictured above). Seated on his mattress, the three of them make cozy bedfellows in his $300 a month accommodations. Over Ash Clayton’s melodic guitar, Kollin and Alex Q. Huffman offer a fresh look at everything in a 15min time span from comedy to personal experiences growing up, entertainment, politics, and everything in between his closet and the bathroom across the hall. The first episode of Closet Talk With Kollin Holtz (available on iTunes and Stitcher) is live, check it out below.

You should follow him on Twitter here.

Follow Sylvan on Twitter here.

Nov 142012

“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 toys vidya 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!

Fresh Like Cadaver commercial #1 by Andre Parker on GoAnimate

Animation Software – Powered by GoAnimate.

Anyway, I’m gonna get down to Trix, I’ll see you all there.

Buenos Noches, dear readers.


Sep 042012
Gallery and Bar 4N5 @ 863 Mission St, San Francisco, CA – Doors Open at 7pm

Mary Mack (WTF with Marc Maron, and Comedy Central) headlines with her mandolin folk humor, and is joined by feature comic Tim Harmston (Letterman, Last Comic Standing).

Mary - A quote from a rooftop comedy clip.

Join the fun Tuesday, the 11th of Sept., and welcome Mary Mack as she makes a rare San Francisco appearance. 21+

Grab your tickets early & take advantage of the limited $5 off pre-sale with DISCOUNT CODE: 4n5

Tim Harmston - At Gotham Comedy Club in NYC

With an array of cheap beers on tap, Gallery and Bar 4N5 is the perfect place to bring some friends, grab a brew, have a laugh and catch up with each other after the show.

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