Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Laugh Tracks


Hella Gay Comedy Festival

Kazumi Kusano
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It's all over town –well, two towns. And with women and men, straight and gay performing, the inaugural brings five nights of naughty laughs and revelry. Most are 21 and over, with no drink minimum, and plenty of mature content (so hire a sitter and keep the kids at home). Here's the schedule, which is also online at

Nov. 5  - Underwear Comedy Night @ Club OMG, 43 Sixth St. SF. (415) 896-6473. Opening night featuring straight guys telling jokes in their underwear.  $10, Show at 8pm, 21 & over, no drink minimum; mature content; hosted by Sampson McCormick with Matt Gubser, Steve Post, Jake Hirschfeld, Mark Burg, Griffin Daley, Ken Hamlett, Michael Brandon and Trevor Shane Rogers.

Nov. 6 Fag Hag Comedy Night @ Club OMG, 43 Sixth St. SF. (415) 896-6473. Local favorite funny ladies battle it out for the title of Miss Fag Hag 2014. $10. show at 8pm, 21 & Over, no drink minimum, mature content. Hosted by Jon Gomora with Aviva Siegal, Iris Bensen, Georgia Mae Louise, Cheryl White, Eloisa Bravo, Kazumi Kusano, Lilybeth Helson & Gloria Magana.

Nov. 6 - Cougar Pride Comedy Show @ Rooz Cafe, 1918 Park Blvd., Oakland. (510) 267-0110. The local comedy scene's most experienced funny ladies. $10. show at 7pm, 21 & Over, no drink minimum; mature content. Hosted by Ira Summer with Sandra Risser, Rosalee Wollman, Suzy Vincent, Susan Maletta and Lael Gold.

Nov. 6 - Butch vs. Femme Comedy Show @ White Horse Inn, 6551 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. (510) 652-3820. This all-lesbian comedian line up pairs gal with gal; may the best Butch or Femme lesbian win! $10. Show at 8:30pm, 21 & Over, no drink minimum, mature content. Hosted by Ash Fisher with Kimberly Rose Wendt, Kate Willett, Carrie Avritt, Jenn Dronsky, Faith Choyce and Kelly Doyle. 

Nov. 7 - Sausage Fest Comedy Night @ Club OMG, 43 Sixth St. SF. (415) 896-6473. Comic straight guys tell jokes without their shirts in a gay bar. $10. Show at 8pm. 21 & Over. No drink minimum; mature content. Hosted by Charlie Ballard with Jon Alcabes, Nick Palm, Chris Ferdinandson, Demar Randy, Junior Dorsey, Andrew Orolfo, Paul Green and Connor Martin.

Nov. 7 - Homo Says What? @ Club 21, 2111 Franklin St. Oakland. (510) 268-9425,  Enjoy an all-LGBT comedy show in Oakland. $10. Show at 8pm. Hosted by Ash Fisher and Kimberly Rose Wendt, with Jessica Sele, Irene Tu, Loren Kraut, Faith Choyce and Sampson McCormick.

Nick Palm

Nov. 8 - Its Okay, My Friend is Gay @ Layover, 1517 Franklin St., Oakland. (510) 834-1517. This queer-friendly line up features some favorite straight comics. $10. Show at 8pm. Hosted by Steve Ausburne, Kevin Monroe, Kelly Anneken, Anthony Medina, Stephani Silverman, Priyanki Wali, Susanna Chovnick & Bryant Hicks.

Nov. 8 - LGBT Comedy Night @ Club OMG, 43 Sixth St. SF. (415) 896-6473, This night features an all-LGBT comedian line up. $10. Show at 7pm. Hosted by Charlie Ballard with Diana Hong, Jon Gomora, Emily Van Dyke, Kate Willett, Loren Kraut, Tammy Power, Robert Parra and Savannah Stewart.

Nov. 8 - Queers & Allies Comedy Night @ Magnet, 4122 18th St. SF. (415) 581-1600. a hodgepodge of queer and queer-friendly performers in San Francisco. Free. Show at 8pm. All ages, with mature content. Hosted by Jesus Fuentes with Clay Newman, Sampson McCormick, Irene Tu, Michael Patten, Erin Loftus, Victor Cruz Perez and Jon Gomora.

Carinda Dobbins

Nov. 9 - Girl Power Comedy Night @ Pa'ina Lounge, 1865 Post St. SF. (415) 829-2642. It's gal pal night, featuring an all-ladies line-up of Lesbian, Fem, Straight, Butch, Lipstick wimmin in an estrogen-fueled comedy show. $10. Show at 7pm, 21 & Over, two-item minimum, mature content. Hosted by Carrie Avritt, with Irene Tu, Kelly Lynch, Kate Willett, Jennifer Dronsky, Valerie Branch, Loren Kraut, Karinda Dobbins and Ash Fisher. 

Nov. 9 - Best of Hella Gay Fest @ Club OMG, 43 Sixth St. SF. (415) 896-6473. The mid-market nightclub hosts a night with the top performers from the . $10. Show at 7pm.

Nov. 9 - Big Gay Gala @ Supper Club, 657 Harrison St. SF. (415) 348-0900. The big big blow-out finale show will feature Shawn Pelofsky, male strippers, burlesque dancers and comedians. $15, with $30 VIP Admission available at the door.


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