Bay Area Comedy Invasion 2016
Back by popular demand
Bay Area Comedy Invasion
Our audience loved the first "invasion" last summer and host Ash Fisher
will return with three new guests to Arena Theater for a second round of
cutting edge stand-up comedy that will keep you laughing all through the
The line-up for the January show includes headliner Phil Johnson, Shanti
Charan, and Bryant Hicks.
PHIL JOHNSON is a man who gets mistaken for a woman, but only by those not
paying attention. That revelation kicks off a battle for self-awareness
where comedy and music are the weapons of choice. It's a battle that has
taken Phil to such esteemed festivals as the Edinburgh Fringe and Sundance
Film Festivals and the Top 8 Finals of the World Series of Comedy.
"I've always been the guy who isn't quite what people expect," says Phil.
Using that experience, Phil pokes holes in the medical marijuana argument,
discusses being a white guy at a hip hop show (and the innocent gestures
that can get him in trouble), and reveals why Hawaii isn't the paradise we
think it is.
From Shakespearean bees to redneck vampires to anthropomorphic cell phones
with weight issues, Phil Johnson fills the stage with quirky characters that
combine social satire with absurdist flights of fancy. Then the guitar comes
out and kicks the show into an even higher gear with songs about the bright
future (and dark past) of babies and what he would do if he woke up one
morning as an actual woman.
On stage, Phil's playful humor and likeable, endearing manner allow him to
shake things up without antagonizing the audience. In the end we can only
be who we are, try to understand others, and hope they understand us.
Feature: SHANTI CHARAN's bubbly personality and contagious smile lure in
audiences and her comedic abilities keep them laughing. She is a Bay Area
favorite and a regular at every local club including both San Francisco and
Sacramento Punch Line, Cobb's, Rooster T Feathers and The Improv. She also
produces one of the best comedy shows in the East Bay, Oakland Comedy Shop.
Shanti has had the opportunity to work with talented people such as; SNL's
Sasheer Zamata, Rob Delaney, Nate Bargatze, Dan Cummins, Pablo Francisco,
Tom Rhodes and Arj Barker. Charan was awarded SF Weekly's 2012 Best Stand-Up
on the Way Up. SF Weekly says Charan's writing "is clever and confident
beyond her years."
Feature: BRYANT HICKS is a stand-up comic who has lit up the comedy stages
of the San Francisco Punchline, San Jose Improv, and all over the West
Coast. He co-produces the monthly standup show Top Shelf Comedy at Drexl
Bar in Oakland, featuring the best comics in the Bay Area.
The host, ASH FISCHER is a comedian, actor and writer. She is not a
comedienne, an actress or a writeress. Switched at birth and raised on the
East Coast, she has since found her home in Oakland, California. Ash was
the 2012 Newcomer Runner-Up in the Ladies of Laughter Contest at Gotham
Comedy Club in NYC. She has performed at San Mateo Pride; Win River Casino
in Redding, CA; The Punch Line SF and is a regular at Gladys's Early Show
at The Comic Strip in NYC. Ash co-produced the 2014 Hella Gay Comedy
Festival in Oakland; does voiceovers whenever someone lets her; and has
written for The Advocate, Wear Your Voice Mag and GuyTalk. She is a
self-proclaimed selfie expert. Ash holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU's
Tisch School of the Arts, and Sallie Mae will never let her forget it.
Saturday, January 16, 2015
Start time: 8:00 p.m.
Doors open: 7:30 p.m.
$20 General Admission br/>
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