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Please Don’t Tell Anyone You Saw Me: Comedians on The Edge

June 1, 2017
6:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum

Like contemporary art, comedy disrupts our expectations of the status quo and engages with difficult topics, such as religion, race, sexuality, or politics--while making us laugh. The artists #CaryLeibowitz and #RozChast both use variants of traditional Jewish humor to disarm the viewer. Comedians Nato Green, Natasha Muse, Karinda Dobbins, and others perform and discuss edgy comedy. ADMISSION: $5 Members, $10 General ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Nato Green Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, "erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug." Green is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show he sometimes co-hosts with Moshe Kasher. Nato has a regular column in the San Francisco Examiner, and his humor commentaries have appeared in VICE, Truthdig, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. He also hosts FSFSF, a short spotlight on Bay Area comedy that airs every Tuesday during NPR's All Things Considered on 91.7FM KALW. Karinda Dobbins Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator. Dobbins moved from Michigan to California's Bay Area and responding to repeated dares from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda Dobbins finally took the stage at Woody's Cafe, and killed. Sure, she tried to fill the seats with supportive family and friends, and true, she had no competition since nobody else had signed up for stage time, but everybody, from the show's host to strangers in the audience, was amazed that she was able to do 10 funny minutes of stand-up material her first time onstage. (She'd shrewdly spent a month writing her act in preparation, never anticipating she'd be put under pressure to perform all of it at once.) Spurred on by the enthusiastic feedback, Dobbins decided to see where comedy would take her and began honing her craft at more venues. To date, she has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb's; opened for Hari Kondabolu, Trevor Noah, and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Dobbins made her primetime national television debut on "Coast-to-Coast Episode 1" (2013) on NickMom Night Out. Natasha Muse Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she's a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a DzComedian to Watchdzin 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an DzArtist to Natasha features at the SF Punchline and Cobb's Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Roseanne Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God. Natasha's comedy is so good, it's not even funny. Image: Installation view of "Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show." Photo by JKA Photography. #CaryLeibowitzCJM #RozChastCJM

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