Search Currents Currents Archives Contact Currents UC Santa Cruz Home Page
Currents Online


Comedy show to benefit KZSC Radio

The Second Annual KZSC Laugh Riot is bringing world-class comedy to Santa Cruz on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Kresge Town Hall.

The show will feature a broad spectrum of comedy from stand-up to music to sketch to film. The event, which is presented by KZSC, The Sound of Young America, and the SF Sketchfest, is a benefit for KZSC community radio. Tickets are $9 door/$8 in advance and students.

Featured acts include:

Hard N Phirm
Comedy duo Hard and Phirm

Hard N Phirm's Chris Hardwick (left) and Mike Phirman

This music duo, featuring stand-up comic and television personality Chris Hardwick (Singled Out, Shipmates) and partner Mike Phirman, perform musical comedy with guitar and melodica. They've twice been featured on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and were a hit at this year's SF Sketchfest. Their music has been heard on the late John Peel's BBC program, Dr. Demento's nationally syndicated comedy music show, and on LA's Clear-Channel-owned alterna-rocker "Indie 103." They've also been seen in San Francisco as Patton Oswalt's hand-picked featured act at Cobb's Comedy Club. They will be headlining San Francisco's Punchline the week following the Laugh Riot.

Jasper Redd
In the past two years, Jasper Redd has earned a reputation as San Francisco's funniest young stand-up. The 25-year-old Tennessee native has traveled from janitorial roots to a full-time career on stage. He was recently featured on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and his unique style has been featured at all three of the now-legendary 826 Valencia comedy benefits alongside performers like Greg Proops, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, and Al Madrigal.

Prank the Dean
Fifteen months ago, Prank the Dean were four disaffected Santa Cruz youths, most likely headed to juvenile delinquency and a life of petty crime. Today, they're the Bay Area's hottest new sketch comedy group. How did they do it? Hard work, discipline, and respect for their elders. Today they're proud to have been featured at the 2005 SF Sketchfest, where they were called "delightfully hilarious" by Pat Craig of the Contra Costa Times, and "hilarious from the start" by the Stanford Daily.

Brent Weinbach
Photo of Brent Weinbach

Brent Weinbach

Brent Weinbach has crafted a unique niche in the Bay Area stand-up comedy firmament. His distinctive performance style recalls a Joe Frank radio program or the great Andy Kaufman more than it does Jerry Seinfeld or Robin Williams. He has been featured at comedy clubs across California, and regularly performs with The Brainwash All-Stars, a group of young comics who have sold out many Monday nights at the Punchline.

and your host... Jordan Morris
UCSC graduate Jordan Morris has made his name by writing the kind of surprising, left-field jokes that are heard all too rarely in traditional comedy clubs. He's performed at clubs and alternative comedy rooms across the Southland, and is making his Bay Area debut.

For more information, go to

Email this story
Printer-friendly version
Return to Front Page