SUPER BOWL COMEDY SPECIAL!
Bitch and Tell: a real funny variety show
The shows in this popular, ongoing series hit a nerve with audiences who want innovative and hilarious hybrid creations. The internationally known and award-winning performers share the stage in a variety format of stand up, physical comedy, clown, juggling, music, magic and improvisation. In this round, a special Super Bowl theme for the week of the 50th game being played in Santa Clara features comedy players who perform their own original material--all new for these shows! Paco Romane, Allison Mick each write from a personal perspective with stories and characters from their real lives. Professional circus talents Windy Wynazz, Bri Crabtree, and Mary Hicks will bring their sensational concepts and designs that broaden our visual and physical perceptions of clowning. And choreographer, Pearl Marill, who always gives back with funny, excellent dances that are real audience pleasers, has a new solo.
SF Weekly March 12, 2014: The Undergroundlings: Bitch and Tell Heralds a Comeback for Highbrow Comic Variety Shows by feature writer Lily Janiak: "A variety show could hardly be truer to the genre than Bitch and Tell...And all are comedians - in their own ways. Yet these acts are not your typical comedy club routines, so that's where producer Mary Alice Fry came in.... The comedians, broadly defined, in Bitch and Tell specialize in thoughtful, observational humor, and they also play with the form of comedy in exciting ways." Read full article at .
WINDY WYNAZZ is an award-winning variety arts performer (2014 Best SF Comedienne/Bay Area Dance Watch), director, and actor based in the Bay Area. Wynazz is an Artistic Associate with Ragged Wing Ensemble, a graduate of the Circus Center of San Francisco's Clown Conservatory (Professional Training Program), and has trained with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Naked Empire Bouffon, Naked Comedy Lab, Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, and with Hiroko Tamano in butoh dance. She received her B.A in Theatre Arts from Rollins College and this past summer toured the U.S & Canada with her critically-acclaimed show "UnCouth" (co-created & directed by Dan Griffiths). She will be touring again this coming summer with her latest show "Windy Wynazz is Rich & Famous" created in collaboration with Deanna Fleysher of Butt Kapinski fame. windywynazz.com
PEARL MARILLL is a San Francisco actress, dancer, and choreographer who has not stopped moving since landing here after graduating from UC Santa Cruz. She has been a regular Footloose guest artist for over ten years in three Women on the Way Festivals, Bitch and Tell comedy showcases and more. Other residencies include ODC's Pilot program, West Wave Festival, and CounterPulse. A runner up in the AWARD show at ODC in 2012, Pearl was awarded a grant to create new work called Crunch Pop. It premiered on ABC's "Dancing Fools" competing for and winning a cash prize. Pearl won an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) in 2013 for Best Ensemble Performance for "Missed Connections," and recently was awarded a Lifetime Inspirational Dance Achievement Award from BayAreaDanceWatch and SafeHouse for the Performing Arts. Her company just completed a run at Piano Fight with the hit interactive show "So You Think you Can Lap Dance." ModernOnCommand.com
Photo by Jim Hendrickson
BRI CRABTREE is a San Francisco based circus artist specializing in juggling and variety entertainment. For over 10 years, this sought-after performer has been honing her juggling and unicycle skills on stages from Dubai to France, for clients such as Dreamworks, Google, and Netflix. Bri is also a member of the International Jugglers Association and World Clown Association. Combining elements of juggling, clown, dance, physical theater and illusion, Bri evokes magical experiences and characters. Eccentric behavior is her forte, comedy is her gift, and the stage is her dreamscape. Bri Crabtree is the "goddess of gravity," and you won't want to miss the world she weaves out of balls and ropes, parasols and hats, applause and disbelief. bricrabtree.com
Photo by Maiki Nope
MARY HICKS' professional stage background is in musical theater and operatic singing. At the Circus Center of San Francisco's Clown Conservatory, she studied with clown masters, Joe Dieffenbacher and Dan Griffiths. As a member of the Subterranean Arthouse Collective in Berkeley where Mary teaches Play Attention! she is developing her one woman show, "A Muse Amusing," an experiment in vulnerability and transparency seen through the lens of her clown, Dr. Professor Mesmerizer.
Photo by Aleksandra Shira Dubov
ALLISON MICK is an Oakland-based comedian and writer originally from Rochester, NY. She draws from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender, and serial killers. Allison is a contributor to BrokeAssStuart.com and has been written about on earmilk.com. She's also performed in such festivals as San Francisco Sketchfest and the S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival in Humboldt County.
PACO ROMANE appears everywhere including Huffington Post, NBC, NPR, Funny or Die, Youtube, Cracked, NY Times, KQED, Comedy Day, SF Fringe Festival, even Comedy Central's Drunk History and was twice voted "Best Comedian" by the San Francisco Weekly and San Francisco Bay Guardian. He recently recorded his debut comedy record "Shaped Like A Thumb" in San Francisco. Quickly established as one of the favorite comedians in the San Francisco comedy scene due his energetic, self-deprecating comedic style that is a hit with audiences across the country. Paco can use his experience as an improv/sketch comedian to take just about any live moment and spin it into his act which has been described as a mix of your favorite uncle with just a pinch of Jack Black. Paco has worked with Robin Williams, Norm MacDonald, Jake Johannsen, Margaret Cho, Kids In The Hall, Nate Bargatze, Moshe Kasher, Robert Hawkins, Will Durst, Maria Bamford and many others. He was a company member and Managing Director of San Francisco's Premier Sketch Comedy group Killing My Lobster where he wrote, acted and directed for many of their sold-out performances, produced one of San Francisco's longest running comedy shows, The Romane Event, and has appeared in numerous national commercials, films and plays and is a sought after voice over actor.
Romane is "a favorite with crowds because he brings energy, improv and great observations into his act and he is one of the most engaging comedians!" KQED wrote, "Paco keeps audiences coming back with gigs and TV appearances" NBC Bay Area added, "Years of success have kept Paco Romane at the top of the Bay Area comedy scene" Digital Journal remarked, 'to call Paco Romane an original is no exaggeration' SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival producer, Cole Stratton weighed in "...Paco is a mash up of all things funny - sketch, stand-up, improv, you name it. We're thrilled to shed some light on Paco's stand-up, which is really strong." The Onion retorted "hilarious." pacoromane.com