L-R: Broke-Ass Stuart, Jeff, Michelle, Larry Dorsey, Jr., Pam Benjamin (in front)
Photo by Erin Lim
Folks, we did it! Last night, we hosted a live event with real human beings! There were drinks, food, merch, a raffle (which we've extended; see below), San Francisco-themed trivia, and comedians making us laugh so hard it hurt a little (in a good way).
First, we have to thank the fine, fine folks at Casements (Gillian [Part 1 / Part 2], Sean, Eric, Yonny, and others whose names escape [sorry!]) for hosting and doing such an amazing job serving our guests while also staying safe and helping keep everyone safe. Events during the pandemic, y'all ...
We kicked things off with SF Pub Quiz, hosted by Pam Benjamin. The questions were written by bartender and trivia wizard Matt Sterling. Folks organized and came up with some creative team names (more on that in a moment) and Pam led us through three rounds: city landmarks, SF general knowledge (not the hospital LOL), and San Francisco in movies, TV, and literature.
Team Meat Sweats were the big winners, taking or tying for the win in all three rounds. We let the audience applause-vote for the best team name, and Monkey Knife Fight took home that prize.
We broke for a quick 15 and came back roaring with comedy. Pam returned as the comedy host, opening with a good 20 minutes or so of side-splitting and, ahem, insightful observations.
Pam then handed it over to Arthur Gaus (Part 1 / Part 2). Just before he went on, Arthur let Jeff know that when he's on stage, he's "a different person." "A maniac," as he put it. He couldn't have been more right. Arthur started and we're not sure he took a breath during his set, it was such boom-boom-boom delivery. Among other things, he shared some notes on life in Berkeley that had many in the crowd in tears.
Larry Dorsey (Part 1 / Part 2) came on next, right around the time that the sun set and it started to get autumnal outside. Larry started out with some joke-jokes, then shifted to what he calls "stories" (not at all less funny, mind you).
Michelle worked our merch/raffle booth, where we sold shirts, hats, (all-new) tote bags, and Michelle's new photo coasters. About that raffle ...
We decided to extend raffle sales through Sunday evening. We realize that coming out these days, especially on a weeknight, isn't the easiest thing. We also simply wanted to open it up for more folks to join in. The prizes, from our generous sponsors, are really incredible:
Raffle Ticket Prices
$5 for 1 ticket
$10 for 3 tickets
$20 for 5 tickets
Please use our Venmo for payments and let us know in the notes that that's what it's for. Sales will stay open through this Sunday (Sept. 12) at 7 p.m. Pacific time.
Good luck, everyone!
And thanks to those who braved it and joined for an exciting, fun-filled evening!