Facebook profiles are free game for local performers


The “In Your Facebook” group performs at a previous show. The show also happens once per month at the Sacramento Comedy Spot.

Janice Daniels

There is another reason to be cautious of Facebook profile posting.

Brian Crall, owner and managing director of the Sacramento Comedy Spot, selected five comedians to join him in humiliating audience members using their Facebook profiles.

At the beginning of each show, an audience member is brought on stage and is told to sign in to his or her Facebook account. From there, the comedians will scavenge through that person’s profile, photographs, wall posts, info and then do a scene inspired by all of that information.

“The trick is to pick a well-rounded, interesting person. The more information we get, the better the show,” Crall said.

Inspiration for this show, titled “In Your Facebook,” came from The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, which did something similar with MySpace. The group went on to using Facebook due to MySpace’s decline in popularity.

Performers include Crall, Jason Casey, Becca Costello, Micaela Smith, Nick Pettigrew and senior mechanical engineering major Maziar “Maz” Salimi. The performers have taken advanced comedy classes, performed on a Harold Team and been a part of other Comedy Spot shows. The Harold is an improv structure which starts with suggestions from audience members and inspires many scenes which come together at the end of the show. It is performed by many comedy theaters in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Crall is a Sac State theater alumnus who graduated in 2000 and went on to perform with a sketch comedy group called Free Hooch Comedy Troupe. He opened the Comedy Spot in 2005, which offers classes and shows for those who seek some hilarious fun.

Current Sac State student Maz Salimi started performing three years ago when he began taking improv classes at the Comedy Spot.

“After I started going to improv classes, I was hooked,” Salimi said. “Doing improv, for me, is like busting meth-heads for ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter.’ I don’t think I could ever stop.”

Salimi said he loves the comedy business and would love to continue doing comedy even while holding down a day job. Salimi also has a YouTube channel in which he has created short animated videos about cats and “singles night” for a man at a bar. The channel only has a few videos so far, but has had quite a few hits already.

The “In Your Facebook” group performs with an open mind; therefore, there may be a lot of unfiltered joking going on.

“I hate performing at a venue (where) the first thing they say is, ‘Keep it clean, please,’” Crall said. “Really? Lesson one in comedy: Tell a comedian to do something (and) they usually do the opposite.”

Along with the show tomorrow night, “In Your Facebook” is also held one Friday per month at the Sacramento Comedy Spot for a cover charge of $10.

Crall said he encourages students to come to the show and give themselves a break.

“Masturbation in your dorm room gets old,” Crall said.

“In Your Facebook” is Thursday night in the University Union Ballroom

at 7:30 p.m.

It is a free event.

 Janice Daniels can be reached at [email protected]