Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Headlining SketchFest and a Million Other Things

Hello and Happy New Year!

With 2009 in the can and a new decade in front of us, it is PianoFight's New Year's resolution to kick more ass more often. And we're starting by kicking the crap out of January.

PianoFight's SHIT Show Headlines the Eureka Theater in SF SketchFest this Thursday

Thursday, January 21, 8:00pm - Only it's second year in the SF SketchFest, PianoFight's SHIT Show is headlining at a 200 seat house, the Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson St, with a killer group from Chicago, The Cool Table, opening the show. It will be the biggest SHIT Show to date, with our best material. Tickets/Info at: - check out the first promo video below:

The SHIT Show will also be playing a one-night only show at the Asylum Lab in Hollywood (6320 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038) on Saturday, January 30, 8:00pm. If you're going to be in LA or know a few peeps who dig The Comedy, all are welcome and brown bags encouraged.

PianoFight's First-Ever Full Length Drama, The Position, Premieres Feb. 4

WANTED: Six finalists for The Position - must be willing to relinquish clothing and identity, be recorded around the clock, and engage in dangerous psychological games ... survival not guaranteed.

Starting January 23, The Concern will be accepting applications for The Position at - every applicant will receive a discount for $5 off tickets and will be entered in a chance to win two free tickets to the show. Also set to release on January 23rd is a helpful video designed to walk you through the steps of applying, while giving a bit more information about The Nation's most caring company, The Concern.

All Star Ladies Line-Up Returns in Monday Night ForePlays

Monday nights at 8:00pm, from Febraury 15 - March 29, mark the return of the Bay Area's only Monday night variety show featuring all new comedic sketches, dance routines, musical guests and stand-up comics.

The Ladies are also accepting script submissions for future shows, so if you happen to be female or know a couple who write, feel free to forward The Funny to

Audience Judged Playwright Battle, ShortLived 3.0, now in SF & LA

Due to widespread demand (mostly from PF company members), PianoFight is now challenging Los Angeles (along with SF) playwrights/theater companies to put their work up to be judged by an audience in ShortLived 3.0. The winning writer in each city will receive a one-month run in SF and LA of a full-length they pen.

Check out the rules and format and how to get involved here ( if you've got the balls.

PianoFight Reaches Out To (Drinks Beer With) Community

T.F.N. - Tilted Frame Network: Two Cities, One Show, Live Improv

PianoFight bro-homie business partner Combined Artform's TFN kicked off last weekend to big crowds in SF and LA who waited anxiously to see how two casts in two cities performed live improv while being hooked up by an internet video stream.

The resulting premiere (last weekend) was damn hilarious as SHIT Show regular Alex Boyd joined the TFN improv team while PianoFight AD Rob Ready jumped in to be the SF Host and PF's Exec Dir. Dan Williams signed on to help produce. T.F.N. runs Fri & Sat nights at 8:00pm through January 29. Tickets/Info:

PianoFight Tapped as Producing Partner for Bay One Acts Festival

PianoFight is producing Sam Leichter's razor sharp and dark one act play "The Philadelphian" in the BOA Festival, starting Feb. 18 - March 13 at the Boxcar Theater.

Starring the SHIT Show's own Ray Hobbs in his first dramatic role with the company, and PF newbie Brian Trybom rounding out the cast, "The Philadelphian" is directed by PianoFight AD Rob Ready. Tickets/Info:

PianoFight / Combined Artform filling Off-Market with Crazy Awesome Acts

As the resident companies / managing partners of Off-Market Theaters, PianoFight and Combined Artform have been hard at work filling out the line-up of knock-out Bay Area performers hitting the stage at Off-Market. Here'a the rundown:

Alicia Dattner's Eat, Pray Laugh! returns from World Tour, Lands at Off-Market

Jewish princess seeks Indian guru for one life stand in Alicia Dattner’s Eat, Pray, Laugh! Stand up comic and solo artist Alicia Dattner, winner of SF Fringe's 2008 "Best Female Solo Act," returns to the Bay Area after a world tour with stops in London and Mumbai, with her award winning solo show Eat, Pray, Laugh!. Alicia chronicles her three-month solo trip across India and everything from seductive French yoga teachers to scary Indian toilets, the Italian fashion exporter with a Krishna fetish and mosquitoes the size of small ponies, to Chabad Jews on the Ganges and ultimately, the true meaning of mustaches and masala chai. Wednesday nights at 8:00pm through Feb 24. Tickets/Info:

San Francisco Solo Artists Team Up for City Soulo

A culturally diverse collection of the finest solo artists in the Bay Area perform excerpts from their own full-length shows in. Thao is gay-er than a rainbow-farting unicorn but her parents have no idea. Vanessa is terrified of having a baby because of breastfeeding four-year-olds, eight hundred dollar strollers and nipples that look like monkey fingers. Zahra is struggling with middle school, specifically being seen as a Muslim fundamentalist who happens to be a fan of the greatest rapper of all time, MC Hammer. And Nicole is searching for self as she stumbles through drugs, sex, shoes and Jesus. See the heart of San Francisco in City Soulo. Sunday evenings at 7:00pm through Jan 31. Tickets/Info:

Tilted Frame opens up signature technologically-driven improv format to public in Techno Improv Jam

Combined Artform’s Research and Development department, publicly known as Tilted Frame, has been lighting up Bay Area improv for the last five years with its unique brand of technologically driven improv. Originally conceived as an evolving platform to test out the heights and pitfalls of tech in theater, the format has grown to include an ever-widening array of gadgets, games and genres. Now the R&D Department is giving the reigns to you. The most cutting edge improv platform in the Bay Area opens up its stage to the public with Tilted Frame’s Techno Improv Jam. Running Thursday nights at 8:00pm through January 28. Tickets/Info:


And, for all of these events, brown bags are most certainly encouraged.

See you in the New Year!