In Marin / CONVERSATION
At Sutter Health’s Novato Community Hospital,
we’ve added prominent bay area orthopedic
physicians to our growing program. Along with
anesthesiologists who specialize in your personal
pain management, you’ll receive a whole team of
physical therapists, orthopedic nurses and case
managers – partnering with you through your
hospital stay and home recovery. Expert care every
step of the way, it’s just another way we plus you.
Bone and joint care,
now more experts in Marin.
Marin, Concord, Fremont, Sunnyvale, and even
all the way down into San Jose. DL: Yes! It was
just that factor that allowed people to stay here,
in the Bay Area, and make a living doing comedy. RC: Johnny talks about how he could hit
four or five clubs in a night. There was an amazing plethora of venues and a community where
you could walk in and do your set. Will and
Johnny were both headlining at the time and
that’s something that struck us: Oh, you can’t
headline anymore. Because headliners are now
people with TV deals and movie deals. So you
headlined for 15 years and you’re a great comic
but you don’t have a TV following. We felt these
guys had so much in common with so many
Americans who, for whatever reason, got their
work outsourced or downsized.
One of the things that allowed you to connect with a lot of comedians for this project
was Mark Pitta and Friends, a show that’s
been going for more than 10 years on Tuesday
nights at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in
Mill Valley. What was that like? RC: I think
it’s great. Audiences’ tastes today are different
and they call for a bit more. So that’s a viable
model today — to have five people performing
20 minutes apiece. DL: The other thing about
the Throck is that it’s created this atmosphere.
It’s comedy-friendly. It’s just so important to
comedians to be in front of an audience who’s
smart and willing to explore different things.
Comedians have told us it feels like home there.
Can you describe what “home” is to a comedian?
A regular crowd like the Throck draws knows
they’re going to get a good show, even if they
don’t know the comedians. RC: Being part of
that community of comedians where comics are
willing to help other comics along. They’ll give
each other a tag or a button for a joke. And only at
a place like the old Holy City Zoo or the Throck
does that happen. And I think it’s wonderful
that the Throck has fostered this community of
comedians who are there for the art of stand-up
comedy. Another element no other club has is
the fact that comedians like Robin Williams and
Dana Carvey were comfortable dropping in from
time to time. DL: The audiences at the Throck
are responsive, forgiving, and smart. Robin told
us over and over again how important it is to
have a place to perform where you feel safe.