As the East Bay’s premiere all-female comedy team, Femikaze brings the finest in pro-feminist, pro-funny sketch comedy. Founded in 2011 by Kelly Anneken and Isa Hopkins, Femikaze strives to create opportunities in comedy for ladies of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and orientations. The group sold out their first three independent productions at Berkeley’s Subterranean Arthouse in their 2011-2012 season. In addition to performing and writing their own material, Femikaze is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. They are developing a curriculum to cultivate comedic voices in young women ages 12-19 with a special focus on those in low-income areas.
Do you enjoy ten year old’s birthday parties? Have you ever dreamt about a jar of mayonnaise? Do you acknowledge that you have the potential to be the worst amateur magician ever? Great. Whatever it is you said, we agree. Now that you’ve gotten to know us, you should watch our show. It has everything to do with the aforementioned topics. Which is to say it might have nothing to do with any of them. Makin’ Friends is a new San Francisco production company that loves sketch comedy. Makin’ Friends also loves you. Makin’ Friends wants you to be havin’ fun.
ForePlays produces original sketch comedy written and directed from the female perspective. Its variety show format includes original comedy shorts, musical acts, and stand-up comics, uniting up-and-coming female artists in the Bay Area. ForePlays has premiered over fifteen original productions with more than 50 performances, in addition to special showcases at SF Improv Festival, SF SketchFest, SF TheaterFest, WomenROCK , Comedy Brains, A Funny Night for Comedy and an 80th birthday party for an awesome woman named Norma. ForePlays is written and produced by Ruth Grossinger, Nicole Hammersla, Kate Jones, Jessica Mele, Rachel Rockwood, Emma Rose Shelton, Meredith Terry, and Sarah Wright-Schrieberg.
Nathan Brannon takes the audience on an unexpected ride full of witty stories, clever punch lines, and amusing shadow puppets. He brings smiles and hilarious anecdotes to the stage every time he grabs the microphone. Nathan also added this sentence because he needed a higher word count. Nathan has participated in competitions such as the San Francisco & Seattle International Comedy Competitions. He was the winner of Helium Comedy Club’s “Portland’s Funniest Person Comedy Competition” in 2012, and winner of the Yakima Valley Comedy Competition in 2010. Nathan also participated in Comedy Festivals all over the country. He has opened for national headliners such as Dave Chappelle, Matt Braunger, Maria Bamford, Arj Barker, Shang, Larry Miller, and has photoshopped himself into photos with many more. Nathan was also seen in NBC’s new series, Grimm. Make Nathan your vote for student body president this spring. Go Hawks!
Saturday, February 2nd, Midnight, The Dark Room