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UPCOMING SHOWS:

Bad Movie Night
Every Sunday
February 1, 2015:
xanadu

February 2015's theme:
The Fat Ladies Sing.
The Terminator Live:
A Dark Room Parody

Fridays and Saturdays in March

Live on stage!
SF Sketchfest
in the Mission

January 23 - February 7

Sketchfest at The Dark Room!
 
The Tabernacle
Every Wednesday

Stand up comedy!
 
Too Short to Suck
First Saturday of the Month

We'll give you more of
what you want more of !
 


Past Dark Room events: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008








The Terminator Live:
A Dark Room Parody

The Terminator Live

Skynet is very dangerous, but not very smart. Pandemonium reigns as their Terminator, sent back in time, fumbles about 1984 California trying to kill the right Sarah Connor in a vain attempt to save Skynet from being destroyed in the future!!! Join us here at Dark Room Productions as we discover there is no fate but what we make up.



Tickets: $20 at the door, or $16 at
eventbrite.com/e/terminator-live-a-dark-room-parody-tickets-15161574678.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
March 6 - 28, 2015





SF Sketchfest in the Mission

SF Sketchfest in the Mission

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Hip.Bang! / Daniel Shar: Lame and Fortune / White Women
Hosted by Joe Nguyen

Friday, January 23, 2015: 10:30pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Joseph Scrimshaw / Not Related / Peter n' Chris
Hosted by Samantha Gilweit

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Peter n' Chris / The Flat Earth / Sad Vicious
Hosted by Adam Pearlstein

Saturday, January 24, 2015: 10:30pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Daniel Shar: Lame and Fortune / Living Impaired / The Flat Earth
Hosted by Anita Drieseberg

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015: 8:00pm $10 BUY TICKETS
The Tabernacle with Matt Lieb, Steve Post, Torio Van Grol and guest Joe Klocek
The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle is a weekly stand-up comedy showcase that takes place every Wednesday at the beloved Dark Room Theater - located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district. The show features the best local talent in the bay area and headliners from all around the country including Janine Brito (FX), Thai Rivera (NUVO TV), Dan St. Germain (VH1) and Brad Williams (Comedy Central). This show stands out from every other show in the bay area because it features comedians doing longer sets and never has more than 5 comedians perform at one show. The Tabernacle is produced/hosted by four hilarious white, cis-gendered male gentrifiers: Torio Van Grol, Joe Klocek, Stevie Post, and Matt Lieb.

Thursday, January 29, 2015



Thursday, January 29, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Charles / Hot Thespian Action / Steve Seabrook: Better Than You
Hosted by Jen Seaman

Thursday, January 29, 2015: 10:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Carlie & Doni / The Great Difficulties / Thunderstood
Hosted by Joey Devine

Friday, January 30, 2015



Friday, January 30, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Carlie & Doni / DJ Faucet / Hot Thespian Action
Hosted by Gabe Dinger

Friday, January 30, 2015: 10:30pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Last Slice / Vanessa Gonzalez: "I Don't Know Words" / Whiskey Tango
Hosted by Brian Frange

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Clyde McFly / Last Slice / Vanessa Gonzalez: "I Don't Know Words"
Hosted by Keith Lowell Jensen

Saturday, January 31, 2015: 10:30pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Clyde McFly / The Grind / DJ Faucet
Hosted by Sarah Kenny

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
The Tabernacle with Matt Lieb, Steve Post, Torio Van Grol and guest Dan St. Germain
The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle is a weekly stand-up comedy showcase that takes place every Wednesday at the beloved Dark Room Theater - located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district. The show features the best local talent in the bay area and headliners from all around the country including Janine Brito (FX), Thai Rivera (NUVO TV), Dan St. Germain (VH1) and Brad Williams (Comedy Central). This show stands out from every other show in the bay area because it features comedians doing longer sets and never has more than 5 comedians perform at one show. The Tabernacle is produced/hosted by four hilarious white, cis-gendered male gentrifiers: Torio Van Grol, Joe Klocek, Stevie Post, and Matt Lieb.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Chase & Stacey's Joyride / Chinese Ballroom Improv / The Comic Thread
Hosted by Cameron Vannini

Thursday, February 5, 2015: 10:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Erin and Melissa Presents: One Night Only / The Paul Thomas Effort / Your F!#&ed Up Relationship
Hosted by Kevin Whittinghill

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Big Grande / Duchess Riot / Erin and Melissa Presents: One Night Only
Hosted by Brian Barlow as Abhay Nadkarni

Friday, February 6, 2015: 10:30pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Nancy -- Songs in the Key of Life / The Comic Thread / The Paul Thomas Effort
Hosted by Joe Kwaczala

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015: 8:00pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Big Grande / Duke / Good Cop Great Cop
Hosted by Steve Ausburne

Saturday, February 7, 2015: 10:30pm $15 BUY TICKETS
Duke / Nancy -- Songs in the Key of Life / Kristen Studard
Hosted by Dinah Foley



Wednesdays - Sundays
January 23 - February 7, 2015





WEDNESDAY COMEDY
Dark Room Productions and Back Alley Comedy
Present:

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle

The sounds of laughter return to Wednesday nights here at the Dark Room with the Tabernacle. Every week on Wednesday night at 8PM, Matt Lieb, Torio Van Grol, and Steve Post host the Mission's newest stand up comedy show, all for a measly Five bucks!



Tickets: $5 at the door.

Every Wednesday 8PM $5





Too Short to Suck



Too Short to Suck

When it comes to entertainment, we want the best, we want it fast, and we want it now.

Whether it’s magic, dance, comedy, or performance art…cut the crap and get to the good part.

In other words, keep it TOO SHORT TO SUCK !

As you may have noticed, many performers tend to be hams. Once they get started, it’s hard to get them off the stage. The solution: Time limits !

Here’s the situation: We’ve challenged a number of performers, representing a wide variety of presentation styles, to show us their best. They each have 3 minutes and 40 seconds to convince the audience that they deserve a longer set, later in the evening. We'll give you more of what you want more of !

January 3, 2015 lineup: Brian Giroux, Frisco Fred Anderson, Alison Fenner, Curtis Taylor III, Erin Rose Connor, Christine Navarrete, and participation from our multi-talented audience.



Tickets: $15 at the door,
or at brownpapertickets.com/event/986278.

First Saturday of the month, 10PM $15





Bad Movie Night

Bad Movie Night


Every Sunday 8PM $6.99

In the tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000,
except you can't tell which ones are the robots.
- David Manning

Cinema is our culture's dominant art form.
It holds up a mirror to who we are.
It reflects our society, our dreams, our hopes, our fears.
Our films are how future generations are going to judge us.

Unfortunately, most of them suck.

Seriously, though - ever notice how you can't walk down the street or open a magazine or stand in line at a store or simply exist without ads for some dumbass multi-zillion dollar movie about a talking kangaroo being shoved down your throat?

And then they expect you to pay fifteen dollars to see it in some googolplex, and after sitting through a half hour of commercials? Or watch it on DVD and have to sit through even more commercials and anti-piracy ads that you can't skip past? Doesn't it all just piss you off?

If so - or if you just like to have a good time - then Bad Movie Night is for you.

Laugh with the hosts riffing on the movie. Yell your own comments. Try to figure out what the hell "Skull Films!" means. Help yourself to the free popcorn. Enjoy the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice purchased from the store across the street. Don't worry if the guy behind the counter glares at you. He does that to everyone.

Best of all, only pay six measly bucks (and ninety-nine measly cents).

Join us.

Read!Sherilyn Connelly's 2007 essay about Bad Movie Night at Medialoper.
The Top 10 "Wait, What?" Moments from Bad Movie Night, Part 1: A - M,
and Part 2: N - Z, from 2011 on sfweekly.com.
Listen!A bootleg of our 1/6/08 show (Snakes on a Plane),
recorded by Giannii.
Obey!The Bad Movie Survival Guide on io9, written by us.
Pine!All the Bad Movie Nights you missed from
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2005-2006!
If you'd rather not wait for several dozen MBs of graphics to load,
here's a bare-bones alphabetical list of all the movies we've done.
Scroll!Through the previous monthly banners, just because.
Listen More!Peter Finch's Fog Files covering Bad Movie Night,
Mystery Science Theater 3000, and movie riffing in general.
Every Sunday 8PM $6.99


Hey! Bad Movie Night is
ending on March 29, 2015.

Join us before it's too late!




Sunday, February 1, 2015
8PM, $6.99


xanadu
(xanadu)



xanadu This week's feature was nominated in seven categories at the first-ever Razzies, though it only won for Worst Director.

Some say this movie is the reason why the Razzies were created, though considering this was also the year of Can't Stop the Music and the Neil Diamond remake of The Jazz Singer, it's clear the Razzies needed to exist either way. (They don't need to exist anymore, but that's a whole 'nother issue.)

Can't Stop the Music actually got more nominations and won more awards than Xanadu, which makes sense if you've seen both movies.

And if you've seen both movies, you have our sincerest condolences.

I'd like to take this moment to publicly confess that I have a thing for Soul Kiss-era Olivia Newton-John. There! I said it, and I'd say it again if I had to.



Anyway, for as legendarily bad as this movie is—and it ain't good, we'll tell you that much up front—it's a whole hell of a lot more fun than Can't Stop the Music, which is far more leaden and boring than a musical starring The Village People should be.

Something else Xanadu has over Can't Stop the Music? Broadway, baby!





That's right: it was turned into a Broadway musical. A big hit, too.

And when it inevitably comes to San Francisco, we're all goin'. It'll be a Bad Movie Night Field Trip!

But until then...



Your hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Rose Lacy, and Mike Spiegelman
have lost their muses, but still have plenty of snark.



Upcoming Phlegms:









February 8, 2015 KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park
There was a time when cocaine was plentiful enough for this movie to seem like a good idea, and that time was the 1970s.
Detroit rock pandemonium reigns.

Hosts: Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, Ira Emsig, and other black diamonds.


February 15, 2015 Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Gwen Stefani was right—this shit is bananas. Sure, she was referring to something else entirely, but it doesn't change the fact that this movie is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
Wackiness which is neither bad, dangerous nor invincible ensues.

Hosts: Sherilyn Connelly, Tristan Buckner, Chris Rockey, and other bad touchers.



February 22, 2015 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton in a very, very seventies movie sorta kinda not really based on Abbey Road. Or maybe it was Pet Sounds? One of those Rolling Stones albums.
Bell-bottomed pandemonium reigns.

Hosts: Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, Mikl-Em, and other lovely meter maids.




3/1/15:The Last Boy Scout

3/8/15:The Last Action Hero

3/15/15:The Last Dragon

3/22/15:The Last Airbender

3/29/15:6pm: Red Dawn (1984)
8pm: Red Dawn (2012)
   (Our 10th anniversary, and final show!)





The itty-bitty Bad Movie Night Archive links: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005-2006