The Red Room Orchestra play the music of "The Big Lebowski"

Audible Presents the 18th Annual SF Sketchfest

The Red Room Orchestra play the music of "The Big Lebowski"

Tom Ayres, Allyson Baker, Marc Capelle, Eli Crews, Toby Dammit, Bart Davenport, Karina Denike, Dina Maccabee, Todd Roper, Ben Goldberg, Kelley Stoltz, Eugene Robinson, Tom Griesser, Carroll Ashby, Amber Lamprecht, Margaret Cho, Kevin McDonald, James Adomian, Stephen Yerkey

Sat · January 12, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$35 adv / $40 DOS

This event is all ages

Hosted by "The Stranger" (James Adomian as Sam Elliott)

After tackling the soundtracks of Wes Anderson's "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" at last year's SF Sketchfest, the Red Room Orchestra set their sights on recreating the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers' classic comedy "The Big Lebowski." From Bob Dylan and Meredith Monk to Kenny Rogers and Yma Sumac, no musical stone will be left unturned. Hold out some hope for the Creedence, and love it or hate it, we're playing the f*ckin' Eagles, man. Come dressed as your favorite Lebowski character, order a white Russian, and abide.

The Red Room Orchestra
The Red Room Orchestra
"SF's premier soundtrack interpreters and experimental large ensemble." -- CBS

Formed by San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Marc Capelle in 2017, the Red Room Orchestra is a collective of popular, jazz, classical, and electronic composers and performers who’ve played and recorded alongside the Bad Seeds, the Plastic Ono Band, Cibo Matto, Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, CAKE, American Music Club, Lou Harrison, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Nels Cline Singers, Rodriguez, Iggy Pop, Tune-Yards, Bill Frisell, and more. They’ve offered live renderings of the music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, reinterpretations of the soundtracks of Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, and for SFFILM they composed and performed original scores for the short films from Stephen Parr's Oddball Films archive. The Red Room Orchestra projects are co-curated and co-produced by SF Sketchfest’s David Owen.

Members include Tom Ayres, Allyson Baker, Toby Dammit, Bart Davenport, Karina Denike, Ben Goldberg, Tom Griesser, Devin Hoff, Yuka C. Honda, Dina Maccabee, Todd Roper, William Winant and more
Tom Ayres
Tom Ayres
The era of guitar phenom Tom Ayres began in his high school days with a dance cover band called Jasmine T, and has been in perpetual motion ever since. The Monterey High grad has played with The Cubes, Cowboy Satellites, the Tom Ayres Band and Free Ears. More recently, Ayres has split his time between local blues rockers Mike Beck and The Bohemian Saints and Euro synth-pop outfit Persephone’s Bees, which led him to leave the Peninsula for New York City a few years ago.
Allyson Baker
Allyson Baker
Allyson Baker is known for two things, playing guitar and being Canadian. She only does one of those things well. Dirty Ghosts is her main musical vehicle and when flagged down will hop out and join others on their musical adventures. Amongst them have been playing guitar on albums by Kelley Stoltz, El-P, Kimya Dawson, The Dwarves, Aesop Rock, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and more.
Marc Capelle
Marc Capelle
Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer.

He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers, The West Coast Spiritual Corinthians. He is the bandleader of "Marc & the Casuals," a soul pop collective in its 15th year.

A Sketchfest regular, he has previously performed with Bruce McCulloch, Robert Smigel’s "TV Funhouse," and "The State."
Eli Crews
Eli Crews
Eli Crews is a musician and record producer based in New York. He played bass and guitar in numerous Bay Area bands in the '90s and '00s, the most well-known being Beulah. He is currently head engineer at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, where he has lived and worked since 2012. He has also recently built a getaway recording studio in the Catskills, by the name of Spillway Sound. He has been lucky enough to work closely with artists as great and diverse as Gotye, Laurie Anderson, Tune-Yards, Yoko Ono, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Deerhoof, Mirah, WHY?, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Colin Stetson, and Kathleen Hanna. You can find out more about him at www.elicrews.com.
Toby Dammit
Toby Dammit
Toby Dammit (born Lawrence Edward Crooke, December 13, 1966, Knoxville, Tennessee), is an American producer, composer and percussionist. He has often been credited as Larry Mullins, his adopted name. He is currently performing live as drummer with Iggy and The Stooges and Silver Apples. In 2015 he began performing live as multi-keyboardist with Nick Cave.

Career

In 1990 he appeared as Larry Mullins on his first professionally released album with the band The Ringling Sisters, produced by Lou Adler (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cheech & Chong, Mamas & Papas). Dammit is best known as Larry Mullins for his 1990–1999 collaboration with Iggy Pop as his drummer. During this time, he recorded three albums with Iggy Pop: (American Caesar, Naughty Little Doggie and Avenue B) and made several soundtrack appearances: (Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare, Fast Track to Nowhere, The Crow: City of Angels, Coffee and Cigarettes, Monster Men - Space Goofs). His percussion work appeared throughout the entire score for Johnny Depp's film The Brave starring Marlon Brando. During this period, Dammit also toured extensively with Iggy Pop and performed at more than 700 concerts worldwide together. Their legendary live concert at the original Paris Olympia in 1991 was released as the DVD Kiss My Blood and serves as a genuine document of their energetic work together.

He joined Swans in 1995, again as Larry Mullins and continued to work with front man Michael Gira after he disbanded Swans and formed The Angels of Light. In all Dammit collaborated on ten releases with Gira.

For years, rumors have circulated regarding his musical collaborations with The Residents, although he has denied details of involvement, often referring interviewers to The Cryptic Corporation, the management of The Residents. Toby Dammit is credited on numerous releases by The Residents as a "sound contributor" but his actual contributions to these releases remain unclear.

He has worked on many other feature films as both a composer or musician, including: School of Rock, Premium Rush, End of Watch, Capitalism: A Love Story, Apple Jack, Monsieur N., Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Eierdiebe, Dead Dogs Lie, Dead Man Down and most recently Connasse, Princesse des cœurs.

In 2000, Toby Dammit started a Hamburg-based record company with The Residents European label impresario Guido Randzio called Hit Thing Records specializing in rare re-issues by Yello, Die Haut & Nick Cave, Liaisons Dangereuses and Georges Montalba as well as his own collaborations with Thomas Wydler of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Luther Hawkins.

In 2011, he was invited to join Iggy and the Stooges onstage in England and has remained their live drummer for 60 concerts worldwide to date.

Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of international artists, notably in France, including: Keren Ann, A.S Dragon, Fred Avril, Bertrand Burgalat, MeLL, Marie Modiano, Chloé Mons, Ndidi Onukwulu, Paul Personne, Raphaël Haroche, Brisa Roché, Rosemary Standley and Zaz (singer).

Outside France he has worked with: Nick Cave from Victoria, Australia, Mick Harvey from Victoria, Australia, Iggy Pop from Muskegon, Michigan, Stephan Eicher from Bern, Switzerland, - Ely Guerra from Mexico City, - Rufus Wainwright from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, - Jessie Evans (singer), as well as Mark Eitzel from San Francisco, California, - Lydia Lunch from Rochester, New York, - Cano Caoli, as well as Masatoshi Nagase from Tokyo, Japan, - Miguel Bosé from Panama City, Panama, - Peter von Poehl from Malmö, Sweden, - Dave Sardy from Brooklyn, New York, - Frank Black from Boston, Massachusetts, - Depedro from Madrid, Spain, - Arno from Brussels, Belgium, - Jesse Malin from Queens, New York, - Bee and Flower from New York City, - April March, as well as Chuck E. Weiss from Los Angeles, California, - Mount Sims from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, - Anna Clementi from Rome, Italy, - N'Dea Davenport from Atlanta, Georgia, - Alex Maas, as well as Okkervil River from Austin, Texas, - The Living Things from St.Louis, Missouri, - Both Ben Becker and his sister Meret Becker, as well as Katharina Franck from Berlin, Deutschland - Gemma Ray from Basildon, England, - MSTRKRFT, and King Khan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, - Serena-Maneesh, as well as Turbonegro, The Last Hurrah!!, Eirin Kinn, Kjartan Kristiansen, and Sivert Høyem from Oslo, Norway, - Sharon Corr from Dundalk, Ireland, - Edyta Bartosiewicz from Warszawa, Poland, - Simeon Oliver Coxe III of Silver Apples from Knoxville, Tennessee, - Tav Falco of The Panther Burns from Hot Springs, Arkansas, - Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols from Paddington, London, England, and most recently Luke Elliot from New Jersey.

An extensive chronological discography and tour date history can be found on the official Toby Dammit website.

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Bart Davenport
Bart Davenport
Bart Davenport might be a multitude of things, depending on whom you ask. He’s been a mod, a blues singer and a softrock troubadour. He’s an eccentric guitarist and singer with the timeless voice of a real crooner. He lives and writes songs in Los Angeles. His work transports us to an imagined past or future that is curiously both the 80s and the 60s. Like most speculative fiction, Davenport’s stories might just be a reflection of now, taking place in a fantasy world but conveying personal and universal truths. He performs and records with his band The Bedazzled, featuring bassist, Jessica Espeleta, guitarist Wayne Faler (Dream Boys) and drummer Andres Renteria. The group recently spent 11 days at a studio in Boyle Heights with producer, Aaron Olson (L.A. Takedown) recording ‘Blue Motel’ the latest Bart Davenport record scheduled for release in February 2018 on Lovemonk Records.
A native of Oakland, California, Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first band, The Loved Ones performed a rawkus style of r&b, opening for the likes of Junior Wells and John Lee Hooker. In the 00s Davenport went solo and turned the volume down but not the intensity. Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience singer, Erlend Øye, has called him the “best one-guy-and-guitar performer there is”. It made pragmatic sense to tour “solo” but Davenport’s heart was always in ensemble band arrangements and his recordings often reflect his affection for collaboration.

Released in 2002, Bart’s self-titled solo debut was an indie pop layer cake filled with drums, organs and vocal harmonies. He quickly followed that in 2003 with ‘Game Preserve’ on Antenna Farm Records. Next came ‘Maroon Cocoon’ in 2005, a carefully honed lo/hi fi record. In 2007, a side project called Honeycut released ‘The Day I Turned To Glass’ on Quannum Projects. Their tune, ‘Exodus Honey’, was featured on an iMac ad campaign as well as the installation disc for Mac OS Leopard and Snow Leopard. Bart Davenport returned in 2008 with his fourth solo album, ‘Palaces’. Featuring production help from psychedelic main man Kelley Stoltz, the album would be referred to by Sylvie Simmons of MOJO as “a fine example of San Fran’s vinyl and thrift shop culture, turning stuff people throw out into something new”.

Between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011, Davenport released three European records and spent much of his time touring the continent. There was a covers album, ‘Searching For Bart Davenport’ (Tapete Records, Germany) and two from side projects; ‘With All Due Respect’ by Incarnations (Lovemonk, Spain) and ‘Comedians’ by Honeycut (Discograph, France). In 2012, Bart Davenport’s ‘Someone2Dance’ b/w ‘Cheap Words’ saw the return of longtime compatriot, Sam Flax, as Producer. The Flax production opened a new chapter in the Davenport saga, with synthesizers reminiscent of 80s new wave. Following that, Davenport relocated to Los Angeles where he gathered together the band that would eventually record ‘Physical World’, released on Lovemonk and Burger Records in March 2014 to some critical acclaim. Indeed, Pitchfork described it as “sophisticated and cheap-sounding at once, it's likeable within five seconds of hitting your ears”. In 2017 Bart & The Bedazzled recorded a follow up album titled, ‘Blue Motel’ produced by Aaron Olson whose signature sounds give the new album a darker, cinematic atmosphere.
Karina Denike
Karina Denike
San Francisco's darling Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing any song that comes her way”.(KQED’s California Report). Denike’s self-titled group have performed in New York, Los Angeles, at dOCUMENTA 13 arts festival in Kassel Germany, London and Japan and locally have been presented by SF Jazz, The Flower Pianos series, the centennial celebration of SF City Hall, Noise-pop, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Undercover Presents, among others. She is also known for her past work in groups Dance Hall Crashers, Stara Nova, and Jezebelle, Deniké is a current member of bands NOFX, her own The Cottontails, The Bluebelles, Marc and The Casuals, and recently toured with Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions for their 2017 album. She has released over 30 albums as on labels MCA, Warner, FatWreckords, Discovery, Moon, 510, Pink and Black, Portofranco, and Hellcat, contributed to soundtracks and compilations and toured extensively internationaly. Her acclaimed 2015 release "Under Glass" was named one of the TOP 10 JAZZ ALBUMS of 2015 by KQED, and her song Musee Mechanique was on the 2016 compilation by Fat Wreck Chords.
Dina Maccabee
Dina Maccabee
Dina Maccabee is a composer, songwriter, and violinist/violist/vocalist who works in variety of styles, from traditional music to pop to experimental composition. An original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and half of Bay Area duo Ramon & Jessica, she has toured internationally with Julia Holter and many others, and she can be heard on countless recordings including albums by Feist, Thao, Beats Antique, Vienna Teng, Mark Orton, and Aaron Novik. She wrote music for Sweet Land the Musical, produced in St. Paul MN in 2017, and she has released 3 solo albums of original music including 2017's The World is in the Work for solo viola and voice.
Todd Roper
Todd Roper
Master trap drummer, Todd Roper performs with CAKE, Gregory Loiacono, and Virgil Shaw . He also has worked with Chuck Prophet, Lee Bob Watson, and Sean Hayes. He is affectionately knownas Mr. Pringles for all the right reasons.
Ben Goldberg
Ben Goldberg
American jazz clarinetist
Kelley Stoltz
Kelley Stoltz
Extra fine songwriter and longtime bedroom-pop auteur Kelley Stoltz delivers on the promise so many of his records slyly hint at. Que Aura is the platonic ideal of a Kelley Stoltz record, which is a very exciting thing indeed. Stoltz embraces his best synth-pop tendencies, with this incredibly self-assured set of tender tunes, combining in his own hangdog fashion both a disco-lit abandon and the attendant post-party sighs of dread and remorse.

Great songs come out of Stoltz at an alarming rate on any given day but this particular collection is some of his most effortlessly catchy stuff yet. Ennui under the disco lights suits him very well—there’s a hearty sip of Pulp-ian white Brit shimmy with a wink, a dash of Fleetwood Mac’s cynically professional late ’70s sheen, and even a spritz or two of Echo and The Bunnymen, which should surprise no one who’s noticed Stoltz has been playing guitar with McCulloch and Company for the past year or so. This record cements Stoltz’s place in the power-pop pantheon where he belongs, right between Dwight Twilley and Martin Newell. Let the Hall of Fame know!
Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson
Tom Griesser
Tom Griesser
Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

In the early 1990's, Tom began playing with a band that played a prominent role in the swing revival, St. Vitus Dance, while also performing with his own jazz quintet, the Section 8 Project. In 1997, he joined the New Morty Show, a local swing band, as their baritone saxophonist. His tenure with the New Morty Show included regular performances at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas as well as three national tours and a performance on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Hollywood.

Soon after leaving the New Morty Show, Tom joined the highly-acclaimed Marcus Shelby Orchestra and was an original member of Brass Monkey Brass Band. He continues to perform with both groups. With Marcus Shelby, he has performed on alto, tenor and baritone saxes and on Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, recording on four albums with his orchestra. With Brass Monkey, Tom has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for the Meters and the Neville Brothers.

Tom has performed and recorded with Marc Capelle for over 15 years, and has been a member of Marc and the Casuals for almost a decade.

In addition to these ensembles, Tom has a jazz organ quartet, B3B4, a jazz trio, the Tom Griesser 3, and performs regularly with the Cottontails, a group that plays jazz and early R&B.
Carroll Ashby
US trombone player.
Amber Lamprecht
Amber Lamprecht
American oboist
Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. “It was different than any other place on Earth,” she says. “I grew up and went to grammar school on Haight Street during the ’70s. There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts, drag queens, and Chinese people. To say it was a melting pot – that’s the least of it. It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time.”

Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret’s father a Korean joke book writer. “Books like 1001 Jokes for Public Speakers – real corny stuff,” Cho says. “I guess we’re in the same line of work. But we don’t understand each other that way. I don’t understand why the things he says are funny and the same for him.”

What Margaret did know is that being a kid was hard. Racing toward adulthood as fast as she could to escape the constant bullying she endured, Margaret began writing jokes at 14 and professionally performing at age 16. Getting picked on, and not having a feeling of belonging, is a subject that’s not only near to Margaret’s heart, but something she still feels very deeply despite all of her successes. In that sense, Margaret has gladly and graciously become the “Patron Saint for Outsiders,” speaking for those who are not able to speak for themselves, and encouraging people who can to use their voice to promote change.

Soon after starting her Stand Up career, Margaret won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early twenties, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for “Campus Comedian of The Year.” She performed over 300 concerts within two years. Arsenio Hall introduced her to late night audiences, Bob Hope put her on a prime time special and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a national celebrity.

Her groundbreaking, controversial, and short-lived ABC sitcom, All-American Girl (1994) soon followed. Oddly, while chosen because of who she was – a non-conformist Korean American woman with liberal views – the powers-that-be decided they preferred for Margaret to “tone it down” for the show. She soon realized that though she was an Executive Producer, this would be a battle she could not win. “For fear of being too “ethnic,” the show got so watered down for television that by the end, it was completely lacking in the essence of what I wanted to accomplish.”

The experience was a traumatic one, bringing up unresolved feelings left over from childhood, and Margaret developed an eating disorder as a response to criticism about her body. She was so obsessive in her goal to try to be what she thought others wanted, that she landed in the hospital with kidney failure. Through out this period of self-abuse, Margaret continued performing to sold-out audiences in comedy clubs, theaters, and college campuses, working to channel her anger in to something more positive.

In 1999, her groundbreaking, off Broadway one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a best-selling book and feature film of the same name. After her experience with All-American Girl, Margaret wanted to make sure she would only ever have to answer to herself, putting herself in charge of the distribution and sales of her film, which garnered incredible reviews and broke records for “Most Money Grossed per Print”. In 2001, after the success of her first tour, Maragaret launched Notorious C.H.O., a smash-hit 37-city national tour that culminated in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Notorious C.H.O., hailed by the New York Times as “Brilliant,” was recorded and released as a feature film. Both films were acquired by Showtime, and produced by Margaret’s production company, a testament to the success of Margaret’s business model.

In March of 2003, Margaret embarked on her third sold-out national tour, Revolution. It was heralded by the Chicago Sun Times as “Her strongest show yet” and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy for Comedy Album of the Year. In 2005, she released Assassin, with The Chicago Tribune stating “(Assassin) packs passion in to each punch.” The concert film premiered in select theatres and on the gay and lesbian premium channel Here! TV.

In 2007, Margaret hit the road with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure, along with indie faves The Dresden Dolls and The Cliks, to host the True Colors Tour, benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. An entertainment pioneer, Margaret also created and starred in The Sensuous Woman, a live variety show featuring vaudevillian burlesque and comedy, which she took for an extended off-Broadway run in the fall.

Margaret returned to TV in 2008 with the VH1 series, The Cho Show. Describing it as a ‘reality sitcom,’ Margaret said at the time, “It’s the closest I’ve been able to come on television to what I do as a comic.” The Cho Show followed Margaret, her real parents, and her eccentric entourage through a series of bold and outrageous experiences, shaped by Margaret’s ‘anything goes’ brand of stand-up.

The aptly titled Beautiful came next, exploring the good, bad and ugly in beauty, and the marketers who shape our world. The concert premiered in Australia at The Sydney Theater, marking the first time Margaret debuted a tour abroad. While touring through the US, the concert was filmed at the Long Beach theatre, aired as a special on Showtime in 2009, and then released as both a DVD and a book.

In 2009 Margaret nabbed a starring role in the comedy/drama series Drop Dead Diva, which aired for six seasons on the Lifetime network. Margaret enjoyed not having the sole responsibility for keeping things afloat. “(Drop Dead Diva) was a very fulfilling experience. It let me taking about the things I talk about, like body image, and women feeling good about themselves.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Margaret stepped right up to the plate when asked to do Season 11 of the highly- rated Dancing with the Stars. Paired with pro Louie Van Amstel, Margaret was on the show’s most controversial seasons. Margaret got a very strong reaction to her Rainbow Dancing Dress during a time when the issue of bullying, especially among gay teens, was being heavily covered in the media. “I am very proud to have been able to wear a gay pride dress on a show that is so conservative.”

2010 culminated with another high honor, a second Grammy Award nomination for “Comedy Album of the Year” for Cho Dependent, her incredibly funny collection of music. Featuring collaborations with Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee and more, the album received critical acclaim. The album is funny, but also quite musical, featuring not only her surprisingly strong singing voice, but her skill on the guitar, banjo and dulcimer. “I was inspired to make beautiful music with a comic edge. I took this very seriously, taking vocal and guitar lessons while I was touring.”

Margaret self released Cho Dependent on her own Clownery Records, and was encouraged by the acclaim, since there are only a handful of artists putting out true albums of comedy music – “Weird” Al Yankovic, Flight of the Conchords, The Lonely Island, to name a few – yet no women. In 2011, Margaret released the live concert film of Cho Dependent, which also had its cable network debut on Showtime. Shot at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, she remained uncensored, with a characteristically no-holds-barred show.

In 2012, Margaret spent whatever free time she had crafting her all new standup show, the uproariously and aptly named MOTHER, which kicked off with both a US and European tour. According to Margaret, “MOTHER offers up an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture.”

Margaret’s creative side moved ahead at full speed with an Emmy nomination for “Best Guest Performance” on Thirty Rock. After the death of her mentor, Robin Williams, overwhelmed her, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin’. The hashtag #BeRobin was born, as Margaret began setting up shop in different places around San Francisco in an effort to raise money for the Homeless community. “All I do and create a distraction – comedy and music – for several hours and collect goods and donations for people who need them.” The GoFundMe page Margaret set up has raised over $20,000.00 in donations.

In 2015, Margaret was one of the hosts of TLC’s All About SEX, a late night call-in talk show with Margaret covering sex toys and alternative sexuality. “I wanted to remove the stigma of women not only buying sex toys, but experimenting with what makes them feel good.”
2015 also brought Margaret back to the stand up stage, where she filmed her Showtime special/DVD psyCHO at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Called “wildly kinetic” by the New York Times, psyCHO “is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.” In keeping with the show’s theme, the artwork, a portrait she commissioned from artist Vincent Castiglia made entirely of her own blood.

There’s no break for Margaret in 2016: The three-time Grammy and Emmy nominee will release her next studio album, American Myth, on April 29th on her Clownery label. The follow up to Cho Dependent, it’s the first collection of new music from Margaret in 6 years. She has already debuted three music videos: “Ron’s Got a DUI”, “Fat Pussy”, and the song that set the Internet on its ass (take that, Kardashians), “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist”. Salon magazine called the song “A new anthem” and UK’s The Guardian reminded anyone who was offended that “Cho is famed for her boldness, her taboo-breaking humour.” Margaret spoke to Billboard about the song saying, “I’m a victim, and now a survivor, of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it. It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me.”

American Myth, made with her longtime collaborator Garrison Starr, also showcases Margaret’s first efforts as a composer. Margaret says the album is “my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate.”

In what is a fitting tribute, Margaret has also been named special co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, covering the biggest award shows of 2016. Since Joan Rivers was not only a friend, but also a vocal supporter of Margaret, this has a unique significance. “Although I am not quite a fashionista, I would love to look at it like I am changing it up – Fashion Police: Special Victims Unit. It makes me happiest to spend time with Melissa (Rivers), and when I see her laugh at my jokes, I feel like Joan is smiling.”

And in typical “go-go-go” style, Margaret has signed on to develop Highland, a dramedy for Amazon. The hour long show follows Margaret, who after court-0rdered rehab, gets a chance to start over by moving in with her (dysfunctional) family who run a pot dispensary. Co-created by Margaret and writer Liz Sarnoff (“Deadwood, Lost, Alcatraz) Margaret is set to star and executive produce as well.

With so much success in her artistic life, Margaret has never turned away from the causes that are important to her. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, advocating for the homeless and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication. She was the recipient of the Victory Fund’s Leadership Award and the first-ever “Best Comedy Performance Award” at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards. She also received the “First Amendment Award” from the ACLU of Southern California, and the “Intrepid Award” from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Margaret has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), PFLAG and LA Pride, who gave Margaret a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for leaving a lasting imprint on the LGBT community.

Through her hard work, Margaret has had the opportunity to be heard, to extend her point of view and become regarded as a true pioneer in her field. She takes none of it for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people. People come to see me, or buy my records and/or DVDs because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there. More than anything, that makes me really proud.”
Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald
Born in Montreal Canada. Drama major at Humber College, but kicked out for only being good at comedy. Enrolled in an improv class and met Dave Foley. They began working as a comedy team while employed as movie ushers. In 1984 they merged with another comedy team and formed The Kids in the Hall.
James Adomian
James Adomian
James Adomian is a comedian and actor well known for his standup, characters and impressions. As Bernie Sanders, James is one-half of “Trump vs. Bernie,” a comedy debate act that includes a memorable guest appearance on Comedy Central and two TV specials for Fusion, along with a live international tour in 2016.

James has performed standup on “John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show” on Comedy Central, and on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where he was a Top 10 finalist. James has also performed to much acclaim over the years at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and many other top comedy festivals.

He can be seen in David Cross’ feature directorial debut “Hits,” and in feature films “Love After Love” (IFC Films), the animated feature “Adventures Of Drunky,” and the new film from Chris Morris (HBO’s VEEP) starring Anna Kendrick. He has guest starred on Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” “The Meltdown” and “Drunk History,” on Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” as a variety of guest characters.

James has done recurring voiceover on numerous animated shows, including “Our Cartoon President” on Showtime, “Bob’s Burgers,” “Bojack Horseman,” “American Dad,” “Future Worm,” “Talking Tom,” and “Pig Goat Banana Cricket.” He is also a beloved regular podcast guest, particularly on the Earwolf podcast network.
Stephen Yerkey
Stephen Yerkey
1950 West Virginian born singer/songwriter
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
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