"In 1960, a young comic released an LP of his first-ever stage performance called, 'The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.' It was the largest selling album ever, to that point.
Is there a Button-Down Mind for the Digital Age? It's George Chen!"
George Chen was a musician
, writer, and event organizer
before finding a place in standup comedy. As an upstart producer, Chen put on comedy shows on a moving bus
at Occupy Oakland, backyards, and still-life drawing classes. He ran the weekly showcase Cynic Cave at Lost Weekend Video from 2012-2016, known as one of San Francisco's comedy gems.
Now based in Los Angeles George has been putting on shows at Giant Robot Gallery, Machine Project, and Coaxial.
He has performed at the SFMoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Crash Test with Huebel and Scheer, as well as multiple appearances at SF Sketchfest and Put Your Hands Together.
Chen has hosted shows and shared stages with the likes of Aparna Nancherla, W. Kamau Bell, Karen Kilgariff, Cameron Esposito, and Kate Berlant.
He hosts the documentary discussion podcast Sup Doc
, worked on the bill-splitting app EquiTable
, and has appeared on HBO's Looking
is an EP recorded Leap Day 2016 at the Cynic Cave before it closed its doors. It's about half an hour of jokes about gentrification, discomfort, meta comedy, and going over life's mistakes with a fine-tooth comb.
Recorded by Will Scovill, mixed and mastered by Kip Uhlhorn (Cloudland Canyon), cover art by Stephen Olson
. Released digital-only, available on iTunes
"a unique style of comedy that mixed silly, slow-burning punchlines with biting takes on modern politics" - Kevin Jones, KQED
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Brock Party Jan 2015
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