Beers and Laughs

Telegraph Hosts Stand-Up Without a Net

Few things go together quite so well as a good pint and a good laugh. Lucky for us, it seems the folks at Telegraph Brewing Company agree. This Saturday, December 6, the brewery’s tasting room plays host to four real-life comics for Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net. This adventurous mash-up of improv and stand-up is a far cry from the normal comedy club shtick, and it’s featuring four industry vets that are undoubtedly up to the challenge.

The lineup includes resident Santa Barbara comedienne Kimmie Dee, along with Eliza Skinner (of College Humor and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell fame), Henry Phillips (from Comedy Bang! Bang! and Punching the Clown), and Jimmy Dore (who you’ll surely recognize from late-night TV stints on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show).

The setup is also worth noting: All four players will be fed “absurd, original, never-before-seen” (by them) topics. With no time to prepare, they’ll deliver a spontaneous — and probably ridiculous — stand-up set based on the material, live in front of an audience. If the formula sounds inspiring, it’s for good reason. The Set List challenge, which was also turned into a 14-episode UK TV series, has been attempted by some of comedy’s heaviest hitters. Fred Willard, Maria Bamford, Reggie Watts, Paul F. Tompkins, Drew Carey, Gilbert Gottfried, and the late Robin Williams have all stepped up to the Set List plate. Additionally, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist YouTube channel has revived the idea for a 60-episode web series. The concept also currently tours to comedy festivals around the globe.

Saturday’s show starts at 8 p.m. and is open to guests 21+. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For a chance to catch these four in action (and chug fancy beer while you do it), visit

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