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Opening weekend of Panderfest went fantastically well – here’s the ridiculous (and ridiculously kickass!) promo from the weekend’s madness put together by Mission Control’s comedy overlord organization, PianoFight!!


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Twilight Zone at the Dark Room
We’re staging Rod Serling’s “The Time Element”, as part of Twilight Zone V at the Dark Room. Pete Jenson, a bookie, has a recurring dream in which he wakes up in a Honolulu hotel room on the eve of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Jenson eventually becomes convinced that he is in fact a time traveler and tries to prevent the attacks. Directed by Chris Hayes, dramaturged by Sam Shaw, and starring Bryce Byerley and a bevy of local improvisers, “The Time Element” is often called “the lost pilot” of the Twilight Zone. The episode, penned by Serling when he was in college, was purchased but never used in the Twilight Zone series. It ended up as an episode of “The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse”, with Desi Arnez in the Serling/Narrator role.

Crisis Hopkins presents:
Rod Serling’s “The Time Element”

3 performances only!
April 4th 8pm
April 5th 8pm
April 6th 3pm matinee
At The Dark Room
2263 Mission at 19th, SF

Directed by Chris Hayes
With Bryce Byerley, Sam Shaw, Aimee Miles, Dan Foley, the Libby Boys, and a special appearance by Paul Jennings as Desi Arnez.

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Creepshow Live

“If you grew up in the Connecticut River Valley in the 1980’s, you were most likely witness to some of Shaw’s pioneering efforts in inappropriate children’s television. His ground-breaking series – all short-lived and most leading to drawn-out legal disputes – include Blood Valley, Torture Time!, and Your Uncle’s Basement.”


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Hopkins’ Chris Hayes & Sam Shaw will perform in a longform double-bill as part of the Revolution All-Stars at the Dark Room in the Mission on Friday & Saturday May 25th & 26th. The Revolution All-Stars is a band of renegade improvisers that has performed at locally at Off-Market, as well as at the Providence Improv Festival. The ensemble also includes Chris Libby, Lily Harvey, and other very special guests. Joining the All-Stars will be Middle School Poetry, which supplies longform improv that replicates that first tingly feeling. A pair of troupes that bring true improv madness, rocks Memorial Day weekend. Check it out Friday and join the crew at El Rio for Julie’s cd release party. Either way, don’t miss it!

Improv Revolution
Longform Improv with The Revolution All-Stars & Middle School Poetry
Friday & Saturday May 25th & 26th, 8pm
at The Dark Room
2263 Mission St. at 19th, SF
tickets: $10

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Sam made his network television debut Thursday May 3rd with an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. As Plastic Bag Jones, Sam threw plastic-bag missiles into San Francisco’s 3,000 seat Orpheum Theater while clad head-to-toe in newly illegal plastic shopping bags. He is proud to say he did not vomit or stumble in his performance. Thanks UCBT!

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Sam was recently interviewed by local actress/improviser Diana Brown for the RadioStar Network’s Studio Interviews podcast series. In this two-part interview, Sam talks about his experiences as a San Francisco improviser, producer, and director, and relates the story of how Bryce Babcock was chased out of Berkeley’s People’s Park. Also available on iTunes.

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Bio: Sam


SAM SHAW has performed, directed, and produced improvisational theater in the Bay Area since 1998. Co-founder of the San Francisco Improv Co-operative, The Monday Night Improv Jam, and the San Francisco Improv Festival, Sam has trained at BATS Improv, and guest performed with ComedySportz San Jose. He has also worked locally in scripted productions with Impossible Productions (Twilight Zone, Creepshow Live!), Killing My Lobster (Tales of a Lonely Planet), Unidentified (The Book of Liz), Cassandra’s Call (Pharmarsupial, Get it Got it Good), and the Exit Theater (Ubu Roi). He is proud to have produced the Japanese improv quartet Yellow Man Group, “discovered” and managed The Babcocks, and toured the country with the troupe-in-a-van The Wild Rumpus. Sam is an alumnus of This is Pathetic (Emerson) and Gag Reflex (Wesleyan) and in 2007 made his network television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He first played games at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, CT.

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