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The Private Ocean Business Owner Services team (L to R): Greg Friedman, Bill Bockwoldt,
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own and decided to start our own production
company. DL: We traveled all over the country covering eating competitions for the Food
Net work. Then we did a reenactment series
called What Really Happened? And we did a
piece on Dolly, the cloned sheep. RC: Discovery
Channel called us up after those and asked if we
would take on a story for Shark Week.
So where did you get the idea to look at the
San Francisco comedy scene? RC: We both
had been living here in the ’80s. We recently
started talking about the comedy scene over
dinner with our friend Tim Didion. DL: We
both really enjoyed the scene. Dana Carvey at
the Other Cafe. Robin Williams popped into
the Holy City Zoo when I was there one night.
It was also a way to reconnect to the city for
us. So we decided to explore it. RC: We met up
with Will Durst at San Francisco’s Comedy
Day in 2010. And we saw Johnny Steele that
day. Then Tim wanted us to meet Larry Brown
and we started to get a sense that there was
even more of a story here. Comedy was this
amazing, eclectic thing in the ’80s, but then
there was this kind of crash. DL: At first we
thought it was just going to be a short piece.
We thought this was just going to be our valentine to a scene we loved. But the more we
talked to people, the more we realized it’s not
just about what was — today’s scene is really
interesting in a different way.
Will Durst, Johnny Steele and Larry Brown
— what drew you to those three specifically? RC: It was largely serendipitous. But
there really was something about Will, who
does all that political comedy, and Larry is
this kind of sad sack in the Steven Wright
tradition — the other end of the spectrum
— and Johnny is just a ball of energy. DL:
Upbeat. Johnny uses his family stuff, which
the others don’t do very much. His dad, his
mom, and growing up in the East Bay, in
Pittsburg. They’re three different points
on the comedy spectrum and by looking at
them we could look at the larger universe of
the San Francisco comedy scene.
When you say “the San Francisco comedy
scene,” it intrinsically includes the whole Bay
Area. There was no complete scene without