Karl Hess is the headliner as comedy, hosted by Torio Van Grol, takes over Murphy’s Irish Pub for two shows, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Appearing with Hess are Andrew Holmgren and Matt Louv.
Hess is a stand-up comedian and actor who lives in Los Angeles. He enjoys tacos and leisure. He has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland the past three years, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta at which he was a finalist, HellYes Fest in Austin, and numerous others whose inclusion might render this biographical blurb unwieldy and verbose.
His stand-up has been featured on G4 TV, and he plays regularly at the top shows in LA, as well as colleges and clubs across the nation. Hess was voted by RooftopComedy.com as one of the Best Underground Comics of 2011 and was included on their Silver Nails album, which can be purchased on iTunes.
Holmgren is a sharp-shooting merrymaker, hardboiled in the San Francisco Bay, who finds utmost joy in disseminating his humor across the country. One-part noble knave, one-part calming confidence man, and one-part evergreen mocker, Holmgren speaks with frank sarcasm and idyllic crassness.
A budding star, he has performed at the San Francisco Punch Line, Noise Pop Festival, the International Hemp and Cannabis Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, San Francisco Comedy Day, and the Sacramento Comedy Festival (earning the Best of Fest award). Also, he has opened for the reputable Will Franken and Moshe Kasher and curates the popular Get Yucked Up comedy showcase under Bay Area comedy outfit, Sylvan Productions, of which he serves as producer/artist.