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Follow the Talking Heads

Ellen Cushing | January 21, 2014 | Lifestyle Story Culture

Caitlin Gill: To see what comedians can do on their toes, go to Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction (1/31), which is exactly what it sounds like.
Nato Green: I’ve done that before and both times I felt uncomfortable onstage, saying out loud the things I’d written.
Caitlin Gill: Say that after you draw Little Miss Sunshine. There’s also Competitive Erotic Science Fiction (1/30) this year, which should be excellent.
Sean Keane: Somebody’s going to draw Jurassic Park, and it’s going to be amazing and filthy and defy the laws of morality, and probably the laws of physics.
Anna Seregina: I’m definitely going to Slipnutz (2/1), which is three guys who throw a bunch of peanuts on the floor and slip on them.
Sean Keane: They’ve literally opened for Slipknot before. I don’t think they were well received.
Caitlin Gill: I like that Sketchfest gives an evening to an act like that, which is such a dumb concept—but, when performed by brilliant comedians, could be the standout performance of the whole festival.
Bucky Sinister: A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. (2/8). Even if you hate improv, they’ll blow you away. It’s all the top UC Berkeley names, not just some guy who’s enrolled there.
Nato Green: Can’t miss Iron Comic (1/24), the Iron Chef–spoofing show that I started several years ago.
Anna Seregina: Comedians get ingredients for routines like contestants on Iron Chef. So instead of octopus, you might get [jazz trumpeter] Wynton Marsalis.
Nato Green: It’s really about seeing the comedians’ essence. It favors comedians who have a really developed comedic voice.
Anna Seregina: Nato, Caitlin, and I also happen to be in the show, but we’d go even if we weren’t entertaining people with our delightful comic wit.

Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco

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