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DNA’s Comedy Lab is dedicated to helping comics find venues, helping bookers find comics and helping fans find their favorite funny people.

The Lab

DNA’s COMEDY LAB opened in March of 2019, and after 288 performances in their first year, closed in March of 2020, due to plague. During quarantine, the virtual edition of The Lab, produced over 150 comedy and storytelling events. Our plan is to reopen by the end of the year and continue our excellence in programming.


DNA has appeared on NPR’s Snap Judgement, been Timothy Leary’s chauffeur, had a hit song in Northern California called The Oroville Song, sang one of the first five cross-over country/rap songs, has written and produced several  parody plays including, Surprise Party for Jesus,  SkÜby-Doo, The Batbabes save Christmas and The Zonepranos and has performed his meta-play The Last Late Night Show, where each production the entire cast is replaced, over two dozen times.

Along with his cinematic soul brother. Matt Kazee, DNA has written and starred in the web series, Stand Up  Santa Cruz, which was made into a feature film that debuted at The Santa Cruz Film Festival. DNA has interviewed everyone from Desmond Tutu to Astronaut Edgar Mitchell and from Judy Mowatt to Sarah Silverman and has been published internationally since 1989. DNA ran for mayor several times, published several zines and a novel, was mistakenly the editor of three Republican newspapers, worked as an editorial assistant at Magical Blend Magazine, ran a record label, ran a pirate radio station, worked as a DJ at KZFR for five years, created a concert series that ran for 14 years, took over an abandoned turn-of-the-century movie theatre and transformed it into a non-profit community performance space, created some of the largest parties in Northern California including Nowhere X Nowhere that featured 150 bands, a film festival, a guitar expo, a poetry slam, raves and Rock n’ Roll Golf where you putt with a guitar. 

His first time performing comedy was at a Showtime Comedy Competition where he was introduced by Will Durst and won first place, he then took a 20-year break before starting comedy again in the Bay Area. This culminated in creating several festivals, running a room for 14 years, being on the BOD of Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park (with Will and Debi Durst) for a decade, and ultimately opening DNA’s Comedy Lab in Santa Cruz, CA. The journey continues. 


From big name comedians to next wave talent, DNA’s Comedy Lab is dedicated to manifesting quality live entertainment. Stand Up Comedy, Sketch Comedy, Improv, Hilarious Variety Shows, Live Podcasts, Game Shows, Magic and Puppetry.