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Divine Comedy

Posted By Christina Kowalski On Jun 11, 2011 @ 8:35 pm In Arts,Sandbox | Comments Disabled

laughterWith the borderline hysteria induced by school, we sometimes forget to take a step back and get in a good, knee-thumping laugh. Now that summer has finally dragged itself here (though the weather would suggest otherwise), it’s the perfect time to unwind.

The Marsh Berkeley is providing the perfect opportunity [1] with the first Berkeley Gay Comedy Festival. Although Berkeley is not typically a hub for comedy, Deborah Badhia, Operations Director at the Downtown Berkeley Association, stated that the scene is on the rise.

With a monthly showcase at Shattuck Down Low, occasional shows at Freight & Salvage and biweekly shows at Saturn Cafe’s Space Lounge, it does seem that comedy has managed to find a few footholds in Berkeley.

The festival aims to make a more diverse group of comedians available and to present more forward-thinking comedy, according to Marga Gomez, founder of the festival. It will reject run-of-the-mill toilet humor for more thought-provoking comedy.

We’re thinking a little more Stephen Fry, and a little less Will Ferrell.

Image Source: Matthew Grapengieser [2] under Creative Commons
Berkeley does comedy, goes beyond hipsters and dudes [Berkeleyside [1]]

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