Barrel of Laughs: Best of San Francisco Comedy Competition
December 27 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
We’re excited to present another installment in our Barrel of Laughs Comedy Series with The Best of San Francisco Comedy Competition!
Friday, December 27th in The Barrel Room at Folktale Winery & Vineyards
General Admission: $30
Wine and Food reception begins at 5:30pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Show begins at 7:00pm
Chef Todd Fisher and his culinary team will be there cooking delicious cuisine available for purchase. Wine, beer & soda will be available at one of our bars and during the show for table service.
Here’s the line up!
Comprised of past San Francisco Comedy Competition Competitors, First Runner Up Finalists and more…
Tom Rhodes is a world traveling comedian who is now celebrating his 30th year as a stand-up comedian. The New York Times describes him as “A mostly natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism.” An adventurer forging his own path, Rhodes has built a career that includes stand-up specials, a sitcom, a travel show, a late night talk show, numerous live CD’s & DVD’s, his critically acclaimed podcast Tom Rhaodes Radio, as well as being a travel writer for the Huffington Post.
Fresh from releasing his new hour long special “Light Sweet Crude” on Netflix, Rhodes has had a long raucous career covering every corner of the globe. In 2012, Rhodes was featured in the Showtime stand-up series, Live from Amsterdam (2012). His three half hour stand-up specials include two Comedy Central Presents… (2009 & 2001) and Raw Rhodes, recorded in Stockholm for Swedish television (2009). He had his own sitcom television show on NBC called Mr. Rhodes (1996 – 1997), his own Late Night Talk show on Dutch television Kevin Masters starring Tom Rhodes (2002 – 2003), and traveled the world as a TV presenter on the Dutch travel program Yorin Travel (2004).
His latest LIVE recording as a double CD Colossus of Me released in 2012. In 2009 Laughspin.com named his DVD Rhode Scholar the Number One Comedy DVD of 2009. As a featured travel writer for Huffington Post his travel story ‘A Tragedy, A Miracle and A Brawl… Welcome to Ireland’ was awarded by the Huffington Post one of the Top 10 Best Travel Stories of 2011. His podcast Tom Rhodes Radio was named one of the Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2011 by Matador Network and was praised as the best newcomer in The Onion AV’s Club (December 2012). Since 2013, Tom Rhodes Radio joined Bill Burr’s & Al Madrigal’s All Things Comedy Network. Tom has been a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience (#248, 364, 420 & 500), The Adam Corolla Show, Marc Maron’s WTF, Aisha Tyler’s Girl on Guy, London Real, The Artie Lange Show, Ron & Fez Show and NPR Snap Judgement.
They say there are two sides to every story–when it comes to Laura Hayden there are about twenty. As a medical professional, comedian and shoe fanatic, Laura combines her experience as a physical therapist with her ability to entertain in order to show people how to let loose, laugh, and avoid professional and personal burnout. Laughter is one of the best weapons against stress and burnout, which makes Laura the A-bomb of comedic therapy. Laura’s arsenal of burnout fighting techniques include articles on how to fight the stress, entertaining and enlightening keynotes, and straight shots of stand-up comedy. Like she says, “it only hurts when I don’t laugh!”
You’ve likely seen one of Nat’s jokes online, as they’ve garnered tens of millions of views and been shared hundreds of thousands of times across MTV.com, BuzzFeed, the Chive, Cheezburger, College Humor, ‘Laughs’ on Fox, Rolling Stone, and the front page of Reddit dozens of times. His debut album “Be Nice!” reached #1 and #5 on the Amazon and iTunes Comedy Charts respectively. Nat has also been heard on Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand-Up Revolution on XM Radio, and performed on ‘Inside Joke with Asif Ali’ on Amazon Prime. As a writer, he was a semi-finalist in the highly respected NBC Writers On The Verge as well as the Nickelodeon Writer’s Program, where he placed in the top ten out of thousands of applicants. Nat has performed at the prestigious Laughing Skull and Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festivals, San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and headlined internationally at the 7th annual Hong Kong Comedy Festival.
Trenton Davis was finalist in NBC’s Standup for Diversity competition. He was also runner up in the 41st San Francisco International Comedy Competition and logged impressive 3rd place finish in the 2015 Laughing Skull Festival as well as 1st place finish in the 2013 Sacramento Comedy festival. Trenton was born in Greensboro, NC and began his comedy journey in Chicago, IL. His unique experiences have shaped his views and created one of the best new comedic writers and performers of our generation. Trenton has lived in three major comedy cities and he is a comedian to watch.