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The West Coast Funnies with Kurt Swann starring Barry Diamond

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The West Coast Funnies is San Diego’s longest running comedy variety show. The one of a kind show successfully blends sketch, satirical, video and stand-up comedy.  The show is part Saturday Night Live, part Daily Show and part Tonight Show. The monthly event’s centerpiece consists of an amazing list of comedians that have graced the stage. The show has boasted some of the best funny men and women from late night network television to premium cable specials. It truly is the best kept secret in San Diego comedy.  If it were a Jeopardy question it would read like this:  Currently in its 10th year of production, this show’s talent over that time has credits that include: over 60 Tonight Show appearances, 20 Late Show with David Letterman appearances, 15 Comedy Central specials, 2 Last Comic Standing winners and over 100 other television appearances. The answer: What is THE WEST COAST FUNNIES?!


Headlining this month is Barry Diamond. Barry is a multi-talented Actor, Singer and Stand-up Comedian. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY ("A great place to grow up, if you were a bullet") Diamond’s credits are impressive. He has appeared on HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Friends", and "Seinfeld."


The San Francisco Examiner described his act as "A Cast Of Thousands In A One Man Show.” Diamond is an absolute hit on stage; he’s a cut above the rest, with a high-caliber repertoire, which sees him numerous personality changes with great effect. He also has a powerful singing voice and opens and closes his performance with two superb numbers. His act is difficult to describe, he doesn’t tell one-liners, instead he prefers to weave different stories into his act. He introduces his various characters early in the show; they then appear throughout the act, often in the same sentence. The characters aren’t impersonations of famous people; instead they’re impersonations of everyday people, complete with hand gesturing and facial expressions. It’s very unique, very wild and very funny."


Time Warner Cable says, “Barry Diamond is unlike any comedian you’ve ever seen in your life.


Also appearing on the show will be Mark Fernandez and the Pearl St. Players


“The cure for the common comedy show”…The Inlander- Spokane, WA


“The West Coast’s answer to Saturday Night Live”…Inside Southern California- Time Warner Cable


“Really, this is upscale”…The San Diego Union Tribune

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