The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series brings the Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition to the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, featuring competition winner Bengt Washburn with special guests Christina Walkinshaw, Johnny Cardinale and MC Carlos Rodriguez.
Bengt Washburn grew up in a large Utah town (1,200 people) as the fifth child in a small Mormon family (7 children). He and his wife, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, have lived in 6 different cities, (and 2 countries) over the last 11 years. Since winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2001, Bengt has performed in 48 states and 10 countries and made appearances on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen and Conan O’Brien. He recently filmed a clean comedy special “Poking the Grizzly” and a less-clean comedy special, “Hole Person.”
You may know Carlos Rodriguez from Comedy Central, Doug loves movies, and Hulu Quick laffs. Carlos was thrown into comedy, being born into a large family he quickly became a fast talking entertainer which eventually led him to comedy. Taking the stage you see the inner child come out with all the passion, excitement and energy of a new performer with the grace and comfort of a seasoned pro. He brings a clever, silly and approachable voice to comedy. In a fun and relatable way his observational humor touches beyond daily occurrences to deep rooted memories of his childhood, views on the simplest ideas and the most off beat subject matter.
Christina Walkinshaw is a Vancouver born stand up comic now living in Los Angeles. Her half-hour comedy special often repeats in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping. She’s been nominated for multiple Canadian Comedy Awards, performs on CBC’s “The Debaters,” and has a top selling album on itunes called “It’s Taking A Long Time To Become Famous…” She’s appeared at Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, and has entertained troops overseas.
Johnny Cardinale has been seen on Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel and the feature film “Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood,” he’s also done seventeen tours overseas for the troops.
Content and photos submitted by Peter Wilson