If there's one thing 2014 could use to help it fade to black, it's comedy.
Add a triple shot of estrogen to make a hilarious fiesta – that's what Marga Gomez, Diane Amos and Betsy Salkind are hoping for as they share the bill in the third annual Brava's New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta at The Brava Theater in The City.
“What I love about this is that it's a group of strong women performers in a great community,” says Salkind, who does a riotious squirrel impression and has gained a following with her appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She adds, “It's rare in comedy to get to work with other women headliners, and the fact that we are friends makes it even better.”
Amos (aka The Pine Sol Lady from TV commercials) notes that beyond each of the performers' individual comic nuances, there's another winning element that's made the event popular for several years now.
“I think what people really like is that it's three smart women,” she says. “You get this broad comedy from three woman who each have a unique way of looking at life. Personally, I just love watching Betsy and Marga. They have a special way of crafting their comedy.”
Gomez, a darling of the Bay Area comedy scene and a GLAAD Award Winner, brought the idea of a New Year's Eve comedy fest to Brava back in 2012. “It was a risk the first time,” she admits. “But it sold out. And it was sweet. You know, a lot of New Year's comedy shows, you just have the show and then you basically have to find somewhere else to hang out [for the countdown to midnight] and try to get a kiss. But Brava is really like a club – there's young and older people, straight and gay. It's very festive.”
Popular San Francisco performer Betty Pazmiño (“My Dinner With Betty”) is the event's emcee. Meanwhile, DJ Page Hodel (KSOL, KMEL, Club Q) is at the helm with the music. Proceeds benefit Brava Theater Center.
Asked for specifics on what attendees can really expect, Salkind quickly points out that in addition to laughs, it's all about “comfortable seats.”
“And attractive, festive people,” she jokes. “And intoxicants, silly hats, heat, a squirrel and clean toilets.”
IF YOU GO
Brava's New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta
Where: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Tickets: $35 to $50
Contact: (415) 641-7657, www.brava.org