Comedian Richard Stockton on Civil Disobedience

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In August, 22-year-old Takiyah Thompson was arrested in Durham, North Carolina, for helping to topple a Confederate statue. A member of Workers World Party and student at N.C. Central University, Thompson climbed the statue and attached a rope to it. Demonstrators then pulled it down and began beating the crumpled bronze monument. Thompson said at…

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The Underground Comedy Scene in Santa Cruz

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Approximately 10,000 years ago, on a Thursday, a pre-historic man named Grrock slipped on a banana peel. His crusty friends laughed uproariously before falling out of their cave and evolving. Thus, underground comedy in Santa Cruz was born. Today, one-off local comedy shows happen in pop-up restaurants while cult favorites like Mike Birbiglia headline the…

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Fire Up That Gene Machine!

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Last week scientists, legal experts and advocacy groups from more than 20 countries attended a global summit on genetic engineering in New York City to establish a set of guidelines that would cover the use of gene-editing in humans. While the assembly acknowledged that gene-editing in humans has opened up vast possibilities in medical research, it…

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Pop-Up Comedy Club Takes Center Stage

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Break out the belly laughs for a star-studded series of comedic events hosted by Santa Cruz’s own comic and MC extraordinaire, DNA, during the month of July at The Center Street Theater in downtown Santa Cruz. With help from some of the Bay Area’s most talented funny people, DNA, who put on the Santa Cruz…

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Bill Maher Broke My Funny Bone

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The heckler quickly learned Bill Maher came to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium prepared. No joke. Well, it was a joke but it was also true and awed the cheering sold-out house and hushed the heckler instantaneously with a single blow. You had to be there. And you should have been. There’s a sobering hilarity in Maher’s…

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Q&A: Comedian Sammy Obeid

Sammy Obeid has the world record for most consecutive days of playing comedy shows.

Sammy Obeid decided two years ago to do stand-up comedy for 1,000 consecutive days. If all goes according to plan (no panic attacks, measles, etc.), his Tuesday show at the Blue Lagoon will be number 829. The show is part of a new weekly comedy showcase hosted by local comedian DNA. We caught up with Obeid on the phone before a show at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, Calif.

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