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The Center For The Arts Presents The People Need to Laugh! Sunday Comedy Matinee Series
Sundays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2:00pm
Off Center Stage
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
Myles Weber is a Comedian on a mission. He handily took first place in the 40th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. (Past competitors include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad, Ellen Degeneres, Louis CK, and Dane Cook.) Weber was the second youngest to win the competition and one of only two comics to ever sweep the whole thing. He has also faired well in festivals, having been voted “Best of The Fest” at the Burbank and San Luis Obispo Comedy Festivals.
Myles has appeared on MTV’s Greatest Party Story Ever and hosted for Portico TV and Popular Science. A writer as well, Myles wrote for and Smosh Pit Weekly on Smosh’s YouTube Channel. (The biggest gaming channel in the world.)
Blending together silly mannerisms, honest material, positive crowd interaction and story telling, seeing Myles Weber means you will never see the same show twice.
Honolulu, Hawaii comedian, actor and personality, Shawn Felipe is known for his laconic and clever real-life stories as they expand internationally. His Live, Stand -Up Comedy stretches around the globe from the USA to Countries overseas such as Singapore, Canada, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. He is no stranger to colleges and universities Nationwide along with adding color to an array of corporate industries. Performance has earned him a nomination for Best New Artist in the Hawaii Music Awards; Best Take Out Comic in Hawaii; And the Most Recognized Comedy Competition in the USA. Shawn was also noted the Top 7 Comic at the World renowned 36th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition.
Shawn’s Stand-Up Comedy has been featured on various international networks including WorldAsia TV, AZN TV, IA TV, TFC Channel, Sprint Comedy, Time Network, and National Lampoons Comedy Radio. Shawn has also been a guest star on NBC’s cop TV series “Hawaii” and has been on several national commercials. Not to forget mentioning, Shawn was a part of a team to win first place on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race!” He and his team, Aloha Plate, won $50k and a State of the Art Food Truck that is now in operation.
Clara is an internationally-unknown stand-up comedian: one of the few humorists to be unknown in the entire world! Clara was raised in both the French Alps and Germany before she attended college in South Carolina; as you do when you come from France.
Clara’s humor is witty and observational and comes with a European twang. Clara has appeared in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, SF SketchFest, the Charleston Comedy Festival, the Montreux Comedy Festival, the San Diego Comedy Festival.
She’s performed with Richard Lewis, Dana Gould, Jake Johannsen, Patrick Timsit, Gad Elmaleh, Anne Roumanoff, Robin Williams, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser, Laurie Kilmartin & many more.
Clara’s a contributing writer to several humorous websites like her Twitter account, her Instagram account or her Medium account. She wrote for “Le Petit Silvant Illustré,” a successful French/Swiss TV comedy for several years and worked with Jack Burditt in punching up the pilot episode of his sitcom “Last Man Standing.” She wrote and directed a mockumentary reality TV comedy show about two refugees “The Refugees; a sitcom,” she created a French comedy series, “Le Shrink,” and even more recently she produced “My Review of Your Yelp Review.”
She was once stranded for hours on a broken escalator due to a power outage.
Jim Short was born in Australia, moved to Texas where he began his stand-up career and worked for years in San Francisco and now lives in Los Angeles.
Jim’s television credits include Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” “The Late Show with David Letterman” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and NBC’s “Late Friday”.
Jim Short has appeared at the Montreal International Comedy Festival in 1998 and 2003 and the 2004 Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Jim is the winner of the 2004 San Francisco International Comedy Competition.
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.