Committee Doc Trunk Show in San Francisco, November 30th.

Committee Invite 2018 Nov 30 - FINAL2

On Friday November 30th, we’re presenting a show and tell of choice material from our project The Committee: A Secret History of American Comedy in San Francisco. The Committee Doc Trunk Show will include a display of photos and poster art by Jerry Wainwright & Howard Hesseman and John Byrne Cooke and a slide show and silent film roll featuring favorite finds from our multi-year deep dive into The Committee, their comedy, and their influence.

This is a casual “happy hour”-style event for supporters of our doc and friends of The Committee, and if you are in the Bay Area, we hope you can come by. The event takes place in the bar at PianoFight, our favorite independent theater and bar megaplex. PianoFight has a full dinner menu and an evening of performances (we recommend Fuck Tinder if you want to make a night of it). Max Chanowitz, Jazz Banshee will be ticking the ivories all night long. See you there or see you soon!

Committee Doc Trunk Show
With Sam Shaw and Jamie Wright
Friday Nov 30th
PianoFight, 144 Taylor, San Francisco

Dr. Kertia Black


Many thanks to Dr. Kertia Black, who visited us in San Francisco this weekend! For a turbulent and unforgettable year (1969-70), Kertia performed with The Committee at 622 Broadway with a cast of newer faces, helping to hold down headquarters while the old guard stormed Los Angeles.

Kertia offered a fresh perspective on The Committee’s latter days and vivid memories of her Committee castmates and director Del Close, The Committee’s workshops, and the emotional toll that the work ultimately took on her.

The interview took place at PianoFight (pictured here) which lent us their bar and support for the shoot. PianoFight, a bar and theater complex, is an amazing resource for theater artists in San Francisco, hosting performances and live music every night of the week. We encourage a visit!

Committee Doc and SF Improv Fest on Born Ready podcast


PianoFight is a San Francisco-based comedy and theater cartel that’s opening an incredible new venue in the Tenderloin (multiple spaces, kitchen, bar, recording studio, and other fun stuff). They also host a podcast that’s funny and provocative. They had us on to talk about arts funding and arts criticism, improv, and our Committee doc. Enjoy!