Bitch and Tell: A real funny variety show
Photo of Tracy Shapiro by Lynne Fried / graphic design by Bruce Yelaska
Bitch and Tell performers get to the heart of what makes us laugh without being gross, moronic and pandering. The first shows sold out and hit a nerve with audiences who are asking for more variety in the standard comedy format. March 2014 lineup includes stand up comedian Paco Romane; magician Christian Cagigal; comedienne/dancer Pearl Marill; singer/songwriter, Tracy Shapiro; clown duo Genie Cartier and Audrey Spinazola with host, David Facer whose one-man show, The World of Paradox runs Mondays, Feb. 24 through April 7, 2014 at The Garage (see below).
Christian Cagigal was recently named one of "Ten Bay Area artists on their way to becoming icons" by the SF Weekly and voted Best of the Bay for the second time by the Bay Guardian. Cagigal has been a magician, actor, writer and storyteller, performing his unique brand of "slightly creepy" magic and theatre as Artist in Residence at EXIT Theatre since 2006 and Beyond the Mountain in Montreal since 2012. His previous shows The 13 Steps, the popular The Pandora Experiment, the long running OBSCURA, the secretive happenings of The Collection which ran for a marathon of 13 straight nights of shows and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour (which has been seen in New York, Montréal, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco) have played to sold out houses and extended runs. He's currently working on the performance film of Now and at the Hour directed by internationally recognized SF filmmaker, H.P. Mendoza. www.christiancagigal.com
Photo of Christian Cagigal by Gil Riego Jr.
Pearl Marill is an actress, dancer, and choreographer. Pearl's work has been shown at venues and festivals including ODC Theater, The Garage, Women on the Way Festival, StageDor, Traveling Jewish Theater, CounterPULSE and WestWave Festival. A runner up in the acclaimed AWARD show at ODC in January, 2012, Pearl was awarded a grant to create new work from which she created a short dance fllm called Crunch Pop, which premiered on ABC Family's "Dancing Fools" and won the cash prize. She received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) in 2013 for Best Ensemble 2011-1012 for Missed Connections and recently the "Inspirational Dance Award - 2010 to 2013" from BayAreaDanceWatch. www.pearl4pearl.com
Photo of Pearl Marill by Elazar Harel
Paco Romane was voted "Best Comedian" in the SF Weekly and Bay Guardian "Paco Romane really knows how to deliver the laughs." He has produced the critically acclaimed Romane Event Comedy Show for 8 years. He appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History-San Francisco. NPR recently named Romane "an up-and-coming" comedian and he was invited to perform live on Michael Krasny's Forum. He is an actor, writer, director and company member of the sketch comedy group, Killing My Lobster. Paco has worked with Robin Williams, W. Kamau Bell, Moshe Kasher, Eric Andre, Brendan Walsh, Kids In the Hall, Matt Braunger, Will Durst, and many others. He has performed at many festivals including SF Sketchfest, Comedy Day, SF Fringe Festival and is considered "a favorite because he brings energy, improv and great observations into his act!" NBC Bay Area. www.pacoromane.com
Photo of Paco Romane by Stuart Locklear
Tracy Shapiro is a musician/comedian who is singlehandedly responsible for the emergence of the groundbreaking and boundary pushing Elevator RiotGal movement. Tracy's courtship of music and comedy breeds stream of consciousness with rap ballads, cheeky punk and not-so-ladylike confessionals. While playing music venues, comedy clubs, warehouses, and theaters throughout New York City and Brooklyn, Tracy slowly gave in to the sweet intoxication of audience laughter. She is now doing shows in the Bay Area while preparing for the debut of her one woman punk-rap opera. Tracy is also in the rock band Steel Cranes. They are not funny. www.totallyprofessionalrockstar.com
Photo of Tracy Shapiro by Lynne Fried
Genie Cartier and Audrey Spinazola are a unique circus duo who have individually performed, trained and taught at a wide variety of venues, events, schools and hospitals. They teamed up for the Santa Cruz Fringe and San Francisco Fringe in 2013 and walked away with "best of" awards. Genie and Audrey's Dream Show! is a quirky, absurd comedy depicting the erratic dream logic of a night's slumber with acrobatics, juggling, and clowning, along with poetry, dance and music. www.genieaudrey.com
Photo of Genie Cartier & Audrey Spinazola by Elazar Harel
David Facer will be your host. His one man show, The World of Paradox runs Mondays, Feb. 24 through April 7, 2014 at The Garage. He is an award winning magician and illusionist with spellbinding paradoxical mysteries designed to captivate and excite. Part magic, part dance and performance art, David's eccentric characters and dreamlike visions are unique. He has been showcased at the San Francisco Zoo, Six Flags, Castro Street Fair, The Alcove Theater, plus many nightclubs, cabarets and private events. www.paradoxmagic.com
Photo of David Facer by Lynne Fried