The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXI
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
He is a 5 time Emmy nominee; has been fired by PBS three times; told jokes in 14 countries; racked up 7 nominations for Stand-Up of the Year; and his 800+ television appearances include Letterman, HBO, Showtime, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, the BBC and many more. The critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run of his one man show: "The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing," was subsequently turned into a book of the same name by Ulysses Press. His hobbies include pinball, the never-ending quest for the perfect cheeseburger and his heroes remain the same as when he was 12… Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. Not necessarily in that order. Durst's performances are made possible by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Debi Durst has been a Bay Area comedy favorite for decades. An improv whiz and board president for Comedy Day, she also acts and does voice over roles.
Johnny is an east bay native well known for his fast-talking, stream-of-consciousness brand of irreverent social satire. He has headlined across the US, Canada, overseas, and is a former winner of the San Francisco Int'l Comedy Competition.
Johnny has also hosted his own daily radio and TV shows in San Francisco, at Live 105, NBC KRON TV, and Green 960 AM. Johnny is currently a regular guest on several stations including Santa Rosa's The Drive and SF's KGO.
Johnny has written for many clients ranging from Grammy Award winning musicians, Academy Award winning actors and comedians, several websites, local TV and radio stations, and corporate executives
Bossier grew up in Daly City, California. He claims to be one of the first reversed bussing students. (He attended Oceana High School in the neighboring coastal community of Pacifica.) He likes to joke that he majored in 'Library' during high school. Given his ability to rapid-fire impressive encyclopedic and literary patter in order to corral that stand-up trail-blazing punch line – the man deserves his diploma. Mike and also teaches Improvisational Comedy at SF State. Michael has studied Improvisation for over forty years with such giants as Viola Spolin from Second City, Del Close of The Committee Theatre, Paul Sills of Story Theatre and Stephen Book from the Spolin Games Institute. Researcher Michael Bossier has been involved in Comedy for over thirty years. He began as a volunteer for The Committee Workshop and went on to and study under Viola Spolin. He founded the Comedy Store Players and Spaghetti Jam, as well performed and directed countless Improv groups. He is (along with Debi Durst) one half of the comedy team Deb and Mike who have performed in London, Paris, Hawaii, Golden Gate Park, and all parts in between. He is teaching Improvisation this fall with Debi at San Francisco State University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Nicknamed "Mr. Media," Bossier has a noteworthy ability to absorb, store, and retrieve information.
Mari Magaloni is a classically trained actress and has performed in theaters from NYC to San Jose. She is also an accomplished impressionist as well as a hilarious comedian.
The comedy of Arthur Gaus is a study in contradictions. His perspective is both youthful and cynical. His material is feather-light as frequently as it is dark and nihilistic. His delivery seamlessly moves from machine-gun staccato punchlines to artfully told stories to richly crafted characters. One moment he will stand on the edge of the stage defiantly and dynamically telling the audience precisely what he wants them see, the next he will silently retreat to the microphone stand, allowing the audience to unearth subtleties for themselves. Nonetheless, while many descriptions do not fit Arthur's act precisely, the most important ones do: funny, sharp and unique.