Presents The People Need to Laugh! Sunday Comedy Matinee Series
Sundays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2:00pm
SF Comedy Festival has been growing their fan base in Nevada County for the past decade, with nearly 10 consecutive years of bringing their comedy competition to the Foothills. Following the success of the sold out 42nd annual SF Comedy Competition and the 2017 Best Of SF Comedy, The Center for the Arts and SFC are excited to team to bring you a 4-part comedy series, because let’s face it, The People Need To Laugh! Four consecutive Sunday afternoons in February and March we’ll be shaking things up and transforming the Off Center Stage into a comedy club! Each showcase will feature 3 comedians, hosted by special guests.
Sunday, February 11
Myles Weber, Shawn Felipe, & Clara Bijl
Sunday, February 18
Jim Short, Tony Le, Noah Gain
Sunday, February 25
Auggie Smith, Ben Feldman, Shane Rogers
Sunday, March 4
Alex Elkin, Julie Ash, Big T
When Auggie takes the stage, audiences across the country quickly realize that they’re in for an evening of riveting, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy. During Auggie’s set, pop culture and political targets are dissected piece by piece into intelligently written manic rants. His seamless rapid fire style has developed a loyal following across the country. He has spent most of the last two decades keeping a constant road schedule honing his craft and creating a truly memorable, relevant, and constantly evolving live experience.
At the age of 19, Auggie Smith moved from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in stand up comedy. After a few years of toil and struggle, he first achieved acclaim by winning the 1994 Sam Adams Comedy Contest, whose prizes earned him his first national exposure on the television show Evening At the Improv. Auggie truly found his comedy voice in 1997, when he placed second in the Seattle Comedy Competition to legendary comic Mitch Hedberg. This earned him an invitation to the 1998 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he performed a remarkable 12 shows, including New Faces, Danger Zone and The Nasty Show.
Keeping a continuous road schedule of clubs across the nation, Auggie introduced himself to a new legion of fans in January of 2004, with a now legendary appearance on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. The morning was a mix of signature rants and brilliant improv highlighting his sharp point-of-view. His outstanding debut has become one their most replayed treasures.
This led to performing in theaters across the country on the very popular Bob & Tom Comedy Tour, where audiences quickly became aware that the only thing better than listening to Auggie on the radio was sharing the energy he creates in his live performance.
“His energetic, hysterical rants leave audiences breathless with laughter.” – The Oregonian
“When Auggie Smith takes the stage, get ready for a non-stop barrage of fantastic rapid fire comedy. Auggie’s show is always filled with raw edged, intelligent laughs… The man whose cult following and comedy is quickly giving birth to a new religion.” – Comedyspeak.com
“Auggie Smith resuscitates stand-up with a dose of pop culture and jaded hip…his style will be part of a youth movement attracting younger, hipper crowds to stand-up.” – Willamette Week
“Brilliant, non-stop laughs!” – Seattle Times
“Auggie Smith is probably one of the most vitriolic, sharp witted comedians on the circuit right now, melding political and social commentary with a clarifying view of where our collective actions may lead us, if we let them.” – The Plain-Dealer
Winner of the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition, Alex Elkin started his comedy career in the clubs of Hollywood California before he was old enough to be allowed in the front door. At age 18 he took on the wilds of the Jungle Cruise as a skipper for the Disneyland Resort cracking jokes on and off the boat. He was selected as a finalist in the Laugh Factory’s International Donald Trump Impersonator contest. Headlining clubs alongside national acts such as Carlos Mencia, Joe Rogan, Judd Apatow and Bill Burr, Alex Elkin is creating a buzz in the comedy world. Alex Elkin has been seen on Inside Edition, CNN, E!’s The Simple Life Season 5, TNT’s LEVERAGE, NBC’s GRIMM as well as heard regularly on XM Sirius’ Raw Dog comedy channel.