Santa Cruz Good Times

Wednesday
Aug 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Crow’s Nest Comedy Comp

blog_noise_ComedyKeeping Santa Cruz funny
You might think that Santa Cruz is off the beaten-track for humor—located on the outermost spoke of the Bay Area comedy hub—but you would be mistaken. For 30 years the Crow’s Nest, on East Cliff Drive in the Santa Cruz harbor, has been presenting four comics on Sunday nights to a mostly sold-out crowd—which means Santa Cruz has one of the longest running comedy rooms in all of California. Locals and tourists jam pack the upstairs area and through the din, clamor and, at times, extremely rowdy environment, road weary stand-up comics and newbies attempt to tickle strangers’ funny bones.

 

For the last two weekends at the Crow’s Nest, Sept. 19 and 26, the final preliminary rounds for the 35th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition took place. Thirty comics from around the globe (hence the competition’s mascot—Globie the globe) have been jockeying for position against each other and galloping towards the finish line. With past winners including Dane Cook, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres and that guy from Reno 911—it’s one of the most desired competitions for stand–up comics and also one of the most nerve-wracking.

Bringing all of this funny business to Santa Cruz is Jonathan Fox, founder of the SF International Comedy Competition and the man behind booking the Crow’s Nest (and originally The Albatross) for a third of a century. Fox might well be best known for starting one of the most famous comedy clubs in America—the SF Punchline in 1978. He’s a one-of-a-kind trendsetter with a sharp wit and volumes of stories who is responsible for keeping Santa Cruz funny.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the comics congregated nervously outside the Crow’s Nest, smoking, joking and sweating bullets as the room upstairs filled with a loud, large unruly crowd. Unbeknownst to me or the audience, a special guest had arrived to be the MC.

blog_Comedy2From appearing on the Daily Show to Saturday Night Live, A. Whitney Brown has been a big player on a big stage, so I was pretty surprised that he was in our little beach town to host the evening. As previously noted, while the audience was enthusiastic for the string of new contestants, they were not so kind to Mr. Brown. I must interject that I had seen Brown perform the week before at the illustrious free Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park—and amidst many heavy hitters, including Sir Robin Williams, Brown’s voice was strong.

All-in-all, this year’s competition is thick with talent and a breakaway star may be waiting to be born. The competition moves around Northern and Central California with the closest next round set for Oct. 3 in Half Moon Bay, and Oct. 5 at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Ticket prices average $20 to 25 and are well worth the opportunity to catch some seriously funny people.

 


Follow the competition online at http://sanfranciscocomedycompetition.com. For more information about the Crow’s Nest, go to http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com.

 

 

Comments (1)Add Comment
...
written by Green Girl Friday, September 29, 2010
Awesome new blog and I'm committed to helping you Keep Santa Cruz Funny!

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Trending Now

Whether you live by the Vogue bible or choose to go into your day wearing what you slept in, odds are you wear clothes.

 

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.