Bitch and Tell: A real funny variety show
Like San Francisco’s weather, if you don’t like what’s happening, wait a few minutes and the variety of comedic talent will change from standup to slapstick; from magic to storytelling; from circus to improv. The Bitch and Tell ongoing series is a hit with audiences who want innovative and hilarious hybrid creations. The internationally known and award-winning performers get to the heart of what makes us laugh and happily share the stage. Alicia Dattner, Paco Romane, Bob McIntyre, Baruch Porras Hernandez, Erica Sodos and duo Slater Penney/Cason McBride each write and perform personal material and interact with the audience. Talented professionals from the SF Circus Center's Clown Conservatory, Windy Wynazz, Drea Lusion, Lars Adams, Katy Lynn, and Mary Hicks have been in an intensive training under the direction of Joe Dieffenbacher and Dan Griffiths. In solos and duets, they will bring their sensational concepts and designs that broaden our visual and physical perceptions of clown performance.
ALICIA DATTNER is writing a new show and will bring excerpts to EXIT April 24 and 25. After years of doing standup comedy at clubs like The Improv and Gotham Comedy Club, in San Francisco, New York, Hollywood, Bombay, Chennai, and London, Alicia's one woman shows including The Oy of Sex, The Punchline, The Latest Show on Earth Circus and Eat, Pray, Laugh! have racked up numerous awards. The SF Bay Guardian called her "Goofy, messy, and fun!" The LA Theater Review says "Charming, likable, and funny!"
Alicia has appeared on NPR, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, The Lady Brain Show, J Magazine, BeliefNET, Elephant Journal, Elevate, Inspyr, Integral Yoga Magazine, The Mindful Word, Awaken.com, Taoish.com, and more. She created The Spiritual Comedy Festival and has written a humorous number-one best-selling book on Amazon, Getting Shit Done.
Photo by In Her Image. aliciadattner.com
WINDY WYNAZZ is creator and performer of UnCouth - A Showgirl, A Yearning, And Her Jewish Mother, directed by Dan Griffiths. In a crystal studded fantasy world, a wannabe showgirl tries to make it big in spite of her Jewish mother's eagerness to inflate and quickly deflate her ego. This provocative, original, character driven work by Wynazz, one of the Bay Area's freshest physical theater artists, is being developed for a summer tour of the U.S. and Canada. She mixes circus arts with interactive theater and treats each show as a living experiment. She is an Artistic Associate with Ragged Wing Ensemble in Oakland. Wynazz trains at the Circus Center of San Francisco's Clown Conservatory and Athletic Playground in Emeryville; has studied with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Naked Empire Bouffon, Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, Hiroko Tamano; and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Rollins College.
Photo by Lynne Fried. windywynazz.com
ERICA SODOS is one of the rare female mentalists in the world and was recently featured on National Public Radio exploring why there are so few women magicians. Under the tutelage of top magicians, Erica has quickly become highly regarded in her field. Her magical brand of entertainment inspires audiences from Las Vegas theaters to universities, at The Denver Center for Performing Arts, Taste of Colorado and New Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Drawing on her extensive experience as a drama professor, psychic entertainer, magician and actress, Erica skillfully crafts keynotes that thoroughly entertain while also providing attendees powerful tools at conferences for Fortune- 500 corporations. Her key clients include Southwest Airlines, Andarko, IKEA and the Alliance of Professional Business Women. She returns to her stage roots in San Francisco with The Magic Within.
Photo by Lisa Siciliano. ericasodos.com
BOB MCINTYRE is torn between being a waiter and a comedian. He is really good at both jobs. After 34 years working in 24-hour diners, TGI Fridays and sports bars, Bob was prompted by Producer Mary Alice Fry to put it all together in a one man show called Please Wait to Be Seated. His hilarious storytelling can be seen at EL RIO and other clubs. In last year's holiday hit, Strangers With XXXMas Candy, Bob starred in the role of beloved 46-year-old junkie, whore, high school student, Jerri Blank. Dreams on the Rocks Productions will reprise the show with live episodes in May at EXIT Theatre and will present Barbella: Live on Stage and In Space in July this year.
Photo by Jennifer McKay.
PACO ROMANE appears everywhere including Huffington Post, NBC, NPR, Funny or Die, Youtube, Cracked, NY Times, KQED, Comedy Day, SF Fringe Festival, even Comedy Central's Drunk History and is considered by NBC Bay Area "a favorite because he brings energy, improv and great observations into his act!" SF Sketchfest producer, Cole Stratton, weighs in, "...Paco is a mash up of all things funny--sketch, stand-up, improv, you name it." He was twice voted "Best Comedian" by the SF Weekly and Bay Guardian. He produces the critically acclaimed Romane Event Comedy Show; is an actor in t.v. shows, films, commercials, plays and podcasts; a writer--the Gilbert Gottfried roast, director and company member of the sketch comedy group, Killing My Lobster.
On March 11th, Paco is recording his debut comedy album at Doc's lab formerly the legendary Purple Onion in San Francisco. READ more in a current article San Francisco comedian at a crossroads in his career: digitaljournal.com
Photo by Stuart Lochlear. pacoromane.com
BARUCH PORRAS HERNANDEZ is making a full length solo show, ¡Agárrate! and brings two excerpts that are incomparable Baruch to Bitch and Tell: When I Was a Color Kid was seen recently at SF Oasis in PERFORMARA with Marga Gomez; and Every Night I Burn, his teenage angst filled Halloween with a sweet, sexy surprise is getting rave reviews. He is a true original whose work has been presented in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Canada and all over California. A Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, his poems are in several anthologies. Past solo shows, It Gets Gayer, First Gentleman, and A Heartbreaking Unbearable Weightness of Being a Mexican Queer Immigrant he developed at The Marsh. As part of the All Stars A.I.R.space residency program at The Garage, he premiered his first solo show, Reasons To Stay On The Ground, for the 2010 National Queer Arts Festival presented by the Queer Cultural Center. Born in Toluca, Mexico, he grew up eating nothing but gummy bears.
Photo by Sarah Griffin. baruchporrashernandez.wordpress.com
KATY LYNN is a practicing dichotomist who believes cheese is only cheese if it contains dairy. She performs stand-up in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco at clubs including Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Bonkerz, The Comedy Store and Flappers. Katy tours this summer with Joanie Fagan of Three Blond Mom's fame. Katy spends her days at the San Francisco Circus Center's Clown Conservatory with the mission to end coulrophobia (fear of clowns) through adorableness. Her first ever theater character, a clairvoyant clown, is in the works and will debut on April 24.
Photo by Michael Schwartz.
SLATER PENNEY and CASON MCBRIDE, award winning performers in their own right, team up in a new collaboration where the audience is pulled into this eccentric duo's ride through the imaginarium of The Box Club where a new member is found every night. Do they have what it takes to survive the Tech Bowl winds blowing through San Francisco? Will they be able to feed their shared hunger to create and play as they roam the streets? Photo Left is a selfie.
SLATER PENNEY has two original productions, Le Projet Migration with Christine Germain, and The Submarine Show with Jaron Hollander. He won an EMMY in 2001 with Tech TV for body performance for motion capture. His teaching credits include Berkeley Repertory, Kinetic Arts Center, UC Davis, Marin Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, Sacramento State, SF Circus Center and Teatro Zinzanni.
CASON McBRIDE won an IZZIE award in 2013 for Best Ensemble Performance with Pearl Marrill for Missed Connections. He has worked with Diavolo Dance Theater, Troy Emry Twigg, Eddie Madril, Scott Wells & Dancers, Fou Fou Ha!, The Vau Du Vire Society and Bay Pointe Ballet. Cason competes in First Nation powwows, performs clown and acrobatic dance and is developing a performance group based on his approach to the Sacred Clown.
DREA LUSION was born at the crossroads of dance, mime, clown and puppetry. Her work is a world of curious and hilarious magic. She is a graduate of San Francisco Clown Conservatory (Joe Dieffenbacher) and Clown through Mask, Vancouver, Canada (David MacMurray Smith). Her work has been featured in The Yippee Ki Yay Cabaret, New Eccentrics, Moisture Festival, Umbrella Festival, Oakland's Tourettes without Regrettes, Mr. Nobody's Spookeasy and The Flow Show. She has toured her solo and duo acts with New Old Time Chautauqua and The Emergency Circus.
Photo by Eric Parthum. drealusion.com
MARY HICKS is developing a play therapy program she calls "Play Attention!" Naturally, this led her to clown, and then to the SF Circus Center's Clown Conservatory where she is currently in training. Her professional stage background is in musical theater and operatic singing. Her newest work will be a hybrid of all her talents.
LARS ADAMS started off as a humanitarian clown 14 years ago in his youth, going to hospitals, orphanages, prisons, nursing homes and refugee camps with his world renowned father, Patch Adams. This showed him the healing power of clowning and its ability to make intimate human connections. He began studying at the SF Clown Conservatory one year ago, which brought him into the new world of stage clowning. His latest stage work mixes absurdity and playfulness and is a feast for the imagination.
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