The Center For The Arts Presents
The Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition
Saturday, November 25th, 8:00 PM, Main Stage Theatre
One Show, One Night!
See a handpicked selection of the best bay area comedy talent who excelled in the San Francisco Comedy Competition.
2017 SF Comedy Competition Champion
Born in Boston, Ellis Rodriguez is by far the funniest of nine children raised by loving immigrant parents from Panama. Living in a multi-racial, uni-cultural family gave him a unique perspective on life. He grew up speaking Spanish at home, English at church, and Ebonics in school.
Ellis spent his early twenties serving in the United States Marine Corps but found his calling when he picked up a mic, entertaining anyone who would listen. Now, countless are listening and laughing. His commanding presence, charming personality, and hilarious material make him one of the best up and coming comics today.
Ellis Rodriguez’s passion for standup comedy is evident whenever he performs, he is a favorite at comedy clubs across the West Coast including the Improv, Laugh’s Unlimited, Tommy T’s, PepperBelly’s, and the Laugh Factory. He has also performed in filmed showcases including Shaq’s All-Star Jam, Laugh’s On FOX, and Comedy Central & Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City. He even gives his time to support the military with his national show Semper Funny, in addition to supporting cancer treatment, the homeless, and the arts. An energetic performer, his comedy is appealing to any comedy audience.
In addition to being a hilarious comic, Ellis Rodriguez is also a charismatic actor and stellar writer. He has been the lead in commercials and the film Shrinkage. Ellis is currently focusing on expanding his brand. Look out for his upcoming projects, the film “Fight 4 Your Life” and a Cartoon Strip titled Plato’s Cave coming soon.
Krista Fatka is an Oakland-based comic and writer. With over a decade of performance experience in circus and theater, she’s as comfortable on stage as she is in a room full of clowns. Which is to say, pretty comfy. She produces a regular show at The San Francisco Punch Line called The Charm Offensive. She has performed at festivals in the Bay Area like SF Sketchfest, Outside Lands, and is a semi-finalist in the 2017 San Francisco International Comedy Competition. She won first place in The Sacramento Comedy Competition 2017.
Chad Opitz is a comic whose unique takes on often times odd subject matters are making him an oft booked staple at Bay Area clubs and showcases. Chad was the winner of Bay Area legend Jimmy Gunn’s “Best Newcomer” award, 2nd place finalist at the 2016 Sacramento Comedy and 1st place winner of the Walk the Plank comedy competition. Veering between one-liners, short story jokes and sometimes even song, Opitz’ writing is as well-regarded as his character and performance work. He’s opened for Neil Hamburger, Gad Elmaleh, Scott Thompson and Michelle Wolf.
Sammy Obeid graduated UC Berkeley with a degree in Applied Mathematics, then turned down a job at Google to be a full-time comedian. He’s best known for setting a world record for performing stand up comedy 1,001 consecutive nights and was featured in The New York Times and Time Magazine. In the last few years, Sammy has performed at over 200 colleges across the US and was voted Fastest Rising Star by Campus Magazine. He also tours internationally, including trips to the UAE, Qatar, and Russia. In 2016, Sammy was invited to headline Moscow’s first ever comedy festival, making him the first American comedian to ever headline a show in Russia. He’s also made TV appearances on NBC’sLast Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent, TBS’s Conan, and was the first comedian to ever tell jokes on the Food Network.
The San Francisco Comedy Competition is an annual, multi-week, judged, stand-up comedy contest. Over thirty comedians, out of hundreds who apply, perform in shows held in comedy clubs, bars, restaurants, casinos, and theaters in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. These comedians are a result of this year’s competition.