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Kevin Avery

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KEVIN AVERY is a writer and comedian originally from San Francisco, CA, whose high-energy brand of stand up has brought him to the finals of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and earned him a spot on Metropolitan Magazines list of Top 99 People to Watch. A regular opener for Dave Chappelle and David Alan Grier, Kevin has appeared at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the 2009 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the 2009 LA Comedy Festival and the 2008 and 2010 SF Sketchfest. Kevin just wrapped up a series of headlining shows at the Punchline in San Francisco with fellow comic and co-conspirator W. Kamau Bell, which the SF Weekly called “as rare and magical as a sparkle-unicorn doing West Side Story choreography under a liquid light show.” Kevin has been praised by the Oakland Tribune for his “sharp-witted” style and “impressive physical comedy.” Of his animated style of stand up comedy and storytelling, the San Francisco Chronicle raves, “Avery is Amazing!” Kevin has appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Comedy.TV, and and can be seen in the indie film Harrison Montgomery opposite Martin Landau. Kevin is one half of the popular comic radio and podcast duo “Siskel and Negro” (available on iTunes). His first comedy CD, Hardcore, recorded live at the Punchline in San Francisco, is now available on iTunes and at Kevin wrote, produced and stars in the popular web videos “Black Guys on a Beautiful Day” and “Not in a Gay Way.” He is currently in pre-production on his first short film, "Thugs, The Musical," which he wrote and will star in and is fan-financing through Kickstarter. "Thugs, The Musical" is about a mediocre, slightly delusional, and very “non-urban” black actor in Hollywood who, after years of auditioning but not being considered “black enough” to be cast in any of the roles that his fellow black actors have been getting - the Gangsta, the fast-talking Sidekick, the one doomed Black Guy at the party in the horror movie - decides to write, direct, and star in his own theater production – an epically bad play called Thugs, The Musical – to show Hollywood (and the world) that he, too, can “act black.” The film, shot as a faux documentary, chronicles the making of the play, from rehearsals through its disastrous opening week, and spotlights a well meaning, but horribly inept cast performing musical numbers like “Who’s That Keepin’ It Real?”, “Drive-By” and “Oh No She Di-in’t” in what may possibly be the worst musical ever conceived. Kevin has bribed and bullied some of his friends and heroes into starring in “Thugs, The Musical” including David Alan Grier, Margaret Cho, Baron Vaughn, W. Kamau Bell, Rachel True and Prodigal Sunn from Wu Tang Clan, and he has brought on YouTube sensation Liam Sullivan to direct! You can learn more about "Thugs, The Musical," or donate at


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