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Spit Take Saturday: High Plains Comedy Festival

HPCF-logo_small_new-330x207Welcome to Spit Take Saturday, courtesy of Brown Paper Tickets’ Comedy Doer Julie Seabaugh and her professional comedy criticism site The Spit Take. Julie’s goal with the site is to “elevate the public perception of stand-up comedy to that of a legitimate art form, and to enable comedy criticism be taken as seriously as that of theater, film, music, food, even video games. No a**-kissing. No bias. No mercy. Just honest, unfiltered, long-form reviews written by professional, knowledgeable comedy critics.” 

Every week Julie will select an entry from the site to be included on our blog and hand-pick some related events happening that week that she feels all you comedy lovers out there will appreciate.

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to this week’s Spit Take Saturday!


Denver has been in desperate need of a national-quality stand-up festival for years. The explosion of open mics and alternative showcases, plus the city’s growing reputation as an incubator of new talent has nevertheless failed to put it on the same footing as similar scenes in Austin, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon. Newer events like the Laugh Track Comedy Festival or the punk-rock Too Much Funstival are stacked with talented locals and a few out-of-towners, but neither have the resources or attention to compete with something like Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

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BPT’s Featured Venue: Rhythmix Cultural Works

The San Francisco Bay area has become a hot bed of great comedic talent. This blog has featured comedians like Will Franken, events like the San Francisco Improv Festival and venues like the Purple Onion in the past and now we’re excited to highlight another incredible venue for live comedy.

The venue is Rhythmix Cultural Works, a beautifully renovated 150-seat theater that’s just five minutes from downtown Oakland in Alameda. They host a wide variety of events: live dance and music performances, art exhibitions and education, cultural exchange programs and even bingo. What we’ve really been noticing, however, is that they’ve been hosting top-notch comedy shows such as their monthly Rhythmix Comedy Jam and the upcoming preliminary week of the 36th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition.
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SF Improv Fest: Propelling Improv Into the Mainstream

Are you a fan of Saturday Night Live? Or, for that matter, any of its offshoots, like 30 Rock or Parks and Recreation? This programming is made possible by a specific secret — and increasingly, not-so-secret — weapon of comedy: Improv.

Yes, improv made this exchange between Tim Meadows and Christopher Walken possible.

Speaking of Tim Meadows, he’ll be headlining the San Francisco Improv Festival with his improv trio Uncle’s Brother! Also leading this two-week Bay Area improv takeover are flash mob pioneers Improv Everywhere, who you might remember from hilarious stunts like this one:
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