Movers and Shakers – Ocean Beach Comedy

by on April 9, 2010 · 24 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Left to right: Steven Kendrick, Jesse Egan, Andrew Deans and Bob Hansen

Originally posted June 17, 2009

Editor: OB Comedy is performing Friday night, April 9, 2010,  at Winston’s in Ocean Beach at 1921 Bacon Street. The show begins on Friday, April 9th at 7 pm for only $5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Taggers defacing OB, Iranian election upheaval, Homelessness, Carrie Prejean, Bird Porn.   While these are all important issues, except maybe Prejean, the overload of bad news can be enough to make you want to take a nice warm bubble bath with your toaster.  So if you start to find yourself overloaded with stressful political, social issues, do yourself a favor.  Laugh.

When I started this column, my goal was to shine a light on people who live in Ocean Beach that contribute something to their community in the way of art, activism, music, or anything else that helps define what this town is about and what makes it so special.  The guys at Ocean Beach Comedy (OBC) fit the description of what I’m looking for to a tee.

Were you aware that Ocean Beach is rapidly becoming a Mecca for comedic talent in San Diego?  Forget all you know about comedy clubs, in fact forget all you know about comedy.  There is a new underground movement in the comedy world that is young, smart, edgy and creative, and it’s roots are taking hold right here in our front yard,  every Friday night at Winstons Beach Club.

I recently sat down with the founding fathers of OB Comedy to find out how this all started and what they have been doing to benefit our revered seaside village.  Today we will be talking with Steven Kendrick, Jesse Egan, Bob Hansen and Andrew Deans.  And let me tell you, interviewing four comics at once is akin to herding cats.  You never know what to expect.  But these guys were a lot of fun to be around and very accommodating.

JonThanks for taking the time out to talk with me guys.  Let’s start with some history.  How long has OBC been running and who’s idea was it to bring a live stand-up comedy show to Winstons in OB?

Jesse – It all started about 3 ½ years ago with the Drunk Poets Society which is held on Monday nights at Winstons.  We had a few comics that would perform there including Steven, so we thought we should just start our own night of strictly comics.

Steven – I had just been banned from playing the Comedy Store in La Jolla, so the next logical step was to crash a poetry reading.

Jesse – His poems didn’t rhyme at all, and they always ended in a punch-line.  Andrew still has that same approach to poetry.  In fact, the only one whose poems always rhyme is sacrilegious Dave (aka: Old Hermit Dave).  He believes all poems should rhyme.

Jon What would you say has changed the most from those early days of OBC in the past 3 ½ years?

Bob – Quality!  In the beginning some comics would just make references to every orifice, bodily fluid and drug known to man.  Some guys were good at it, others weren’t, and they have long since disappeared.  I’m the exception.  I tell clean, corny jokes because that’s what I like.  But now we have such a variety of comedic talent with locals coming in for open-mic between 6 – 7pm and then more experienced professionals coming from 7-9pm from all over the county, L.A., O.C. and Riverside, that it makes it a much more diverse experience.

Steven – In the beginning we couldn’t even get anybody to do the show.  Nobody had heard of Comedy in OB.

Bob – We went from not being able to get comics to do the show to booking 8 weeks in advance because everyone wants to do it!  I hate to turn people away, but it’s a time management issue.  We have a lot of talent out there, especially in OB.

Jesse – We also have an arsenal of great comics that we’ve had perform here including, Doug Stanhope, Tom Rhodes, Sam Tripoli, Joey “Coco” Diaz, Jimmy Shubert, Sean Rouse, Michelle Biloon, Wyatt Cenac of the Daily Show, and many more.

JonBeing a comic can sometimes be very unrewarding.  Tell me about the worst show you’ve had.

Jesse – July 4th.  It was comedy vs. Fireworks and we lost that battle.

Bob – When you run a show every Friday of the year, you’re going to run up against a lot of holidays.

Steven – But the reality is we have way more good shows than we do bad.

JonYes, let’s not focus on the negative.  Tell me about your best show, or your proudest moment hosting OBC.

Steven – We really have a fun time doing this show all the time.  I love anytime Doug Stanhope comes to town and hits the stage.

Jesse – The proudest moment for me was when we had our 3rd year anniversary.  We didn’t have any big name comics on the ticket.  It was just us with our favorite local comics and the crowd was really into it.  It was this huge, triumphant show that we had without any help from big names and I honestly think it was our best show ever.  I really do.

JonThis isn’t your typical Jeff Foxworthy or some other family comedian type show.  Some of the comics get pretty edgy, maybe even raunchy.  How would you respond to critics saying that the jokes are too dirty?

Jesse – The show is 21 and up, but I’ve never heard anyone say, “Oh that show’s too dirty for me.”  I think the show is just more relatable to the average person.  We’re not going to get up there and do a bunch of “mother-in-law” jokes or “airline food” jokes.  The jokes may be a little edgier, but I wouldn’t say it’s a dirty show all the way.  You’re going to get a really good variety.

Andrew – I think there’s actually more intelligence to the jokes being told here as opposed to some other comedy clubs.

Steven – We’re really getting comedians best shows here because they feel they have the freedom to say whatever the fuck they want.  And they like it because it’s a fun room!  It’s not your typical stuffy comedy club with overbearing ushers seating you at a table for two and making sure you have your two drink minimum and “haha-jalepeno poppers” ya know?  All we have is beer and funny.  (Side-note, Winstons does have a full bar)

Jesse – The one thing that does not work in our room is overtly racist comments, and that’s something we’re very proud of.

Steven – And jokes about homosexuals are totally gay.

JonYou guys hosted a comedy show to benefit the local food bank.  How did that go?

Jesse – It was great.  I actually received a letter today from the San Diego Food Bank thanking us for the $409 donation we were able to raise for them from that show.  I was very proud of that.

As we will end every OB Movers and Shakers column, it’s time for the fast five…
How long have you been a resident of OB?

Steven – 7 years

Jesse – 14 years

Bob – 6 years

Andrew – 7 years

Favorite restaurant in OB?

Steven – Newport Farms

JesseBBQ House

Bob – Nicks at the Pier

Andrew – Hodads

Favorite watering hole?

Steven, Jesse, Bob, and Andrew all answered Winstons.  Big shocker.

Favorite OB annual event?

Steven – Mortimer Perrywinkles Walk For Sobriety

Jesse – OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off

Bob – OB Global Rock Fest (It was a fun event and Bob didn’t have to work it!)

Andrew – July 4th Marshmallow fight

Favorite Store?

Steven Luna Video Games

Jesse – Luna Video Games

Bob – Apple Tree

Andrew – Temptress (

Thanks again to the guys at OBC for taking time out to sit with me and share their stories.  I have been down to a few of their shows, and believe me, they will make you laugh.  This is a great way to start your weekend.  Admission is only $5.00 and they have some great drink specials.  So next time you’re thinking of something fun to do to start off your weekend, think of OB Comedy.

Winstons has fun events and live music every night of the week.  Don’t miss Drunk Poets society (Mondays), Think and Drink Trivia (Tuesdays), Local Artists Showcase (Wednesdays), Game day featuring Guitar Hero (Thursdays), of course Ocean Beach Comedy (Fridays), OB-o-ke (Saturdays).

The guys wanted to recognize their #1 fan Tommy George who drove from Oceanside every week to be at their show.  Sadly, Tommy passed away from asthma complications shortly after his 28th birthday.  He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.  There will be an annual benefit show for the asthma society held in Tommy’s memory.  Tommy never met a joke he didn’t like.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Frank Gormlie June 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Calling Shawn Conrad … where are you?


avatar jon June 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Correction – OB-o-ke is actually on SUNDAY nights, hosted by the one and only Jose Sinatra. A must-do for any local.


avatar mr fresh June 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

it’s about time you did some comedy around here, unless you want to count that lame stuff that porter puts up. ocrap!, indeed.


avatar Kristin C. June 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Great article, Jon! Thanks for taking the time to get the word out about the show – you rock!


avatar Dave Sparling June 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Great article Jon, I could only add one word to your underground movement in comedy of YOUNG, SMART, CREATIVE AND EDGY, The word is OLD since Sacrilegious Dave turns 76 this July 12th.

But I love the fab 4 and I will forever thank them and Winstons for the best damn senior citizen open mike comedy stand up in the world.


avatar fstued June 18, 2009 at 7:49 am

did a Fridy at Winstons What a great funny deal. the comics for the most part were great the show just kept rolling a long.One of the best entertainment deals in town. Definately money well spent Good job to the OBC Guys thanks


avatar jon June 18, 2009 at 8:07 am

Dave, I had a feeling I might hear from you as I was writing that. lol. Old guys rock, and you are no exception my friend. Just because you’re a little longer in the tooth does not mean you can’t still be creative and edgy. Thanks for calling me out on that one. And a happy early birthday to ya!


avatar Bob Hansen June 18, 2009 at 11:27 am

I have a question. Do you have mostly male writers? Or are there several girls on the OB Rag?


avatar Editor June 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

Jon – great job!
Dave – we knew we’d hear from you. Cheers!
Bob – please check our Posts by Author list on the side bar – scroll down abit.


avatar jon June 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Frank…comedians. Like herding cats. Nice one Bob.


avatar OBSteven June 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Good lord Bob. Just couldn’t let it go by.


avatar Kristin C. June 18, 2009 at 5:31 pm

If anyone is interested in checking out the upcoming lineups for OBC, please check out the website at or


avatar Dave Sparling June 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

As a public service a new personality joins the Old Hermit and Sac Dave today. This is the first of many interviews with GITMO-Dave.


avatar Patty Jones June 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Yukkity, yuk, yuk, Bob! How many constitutes several?

We should all get together sometime, not only could you be surrounded by women on the Rag, but uppity women on the Rag! And maybe that’s better than be surrounded by not so uppity pre-Rag women… ;-)


avatar jon July 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Don’t forget everyone, Friday night is comedy night at Winstons! Open mic starts at 6pm, then the main show is at 7. Hope to see you there!


avatar jon September 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

Hey gang, word on the streets is there’s a really special show tonight at Ocean Beach Comedy. Bob Hansen, who I interviewed for this article, will be making his final appearance on the Winstons OBC stage. Bob is a great guy and VERY funny! If you’ve seen his act before, I’m sure you will agree. I’m not certain what time Bob will be going on, but try to get down there because I’m sure it will be special and should not be missed!


avatar Jon April 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

In case you haven’t been to one of their comedy shows, here is a piece I did on the guys last summer. Tonight is their 4th anniversary show and should be a lot of fun! I will be attending sans-mustache. Sorry Steven.


avatar Editordude April 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

Jon, thanks for the idea. Decided to repost your original. I’ll leave it to OB Steven to let us know about any changes to the original comedy crew.


avatar Dave Sparling April 10, 2010 at 12:01 am

Thanks for posting this again. As I always say, there is no such thing as BAD PR.


avatar Frank Gormlie April 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

Patty and I attended last night’s show – and there were actually more than a half dozen OB Ragsters and our loved ones at the event (Jon and Tanya, OB Cindy and Sunshine, Shane and Kirsten). OB Steven was great – he was the last act. There were some good women comedians as well. I don’t remember anyone’s name and it was a good thing I wasn’t driving.


avatar obsteven April 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thank you very much for attending the show. It’s was great to see so many Ragsters there. I have a pounding headache and my liver and I aren’t on speaking terms this morning.


avatar obsteven April 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

WTF is wrong with me? It was great. Not it’s was great. Me fail English, that’s unpossible.


avatar OB Cindi April 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Congrats Winstons and OB Comedy for 4 GREAT YEARS!!! Keep the laughs coming!


avatar Sunshine April 12, 2010 at 2:16 am

What fun I had at OBC’s 4th Anniversary Show last Friday nite! Without a doubt, you guys (and gals) definitely think outside the box ~ way past the edge of reason ~ and I loved every minute of it. I’ve been to other comedy shows and clubs in LA and let me tell you, they’ve got nothing on Winston’s OBC show.

So many comedians performed that night. Most filled my head and belly with laughter and I’m still smiling. Even now, at random moments throughout the day, I’ll remember a piece of someone’s performance and laugh out loud. Ah, another OB joy!

Laughter is the best medicine! and you guys are my (second) favorite Rx.


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