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Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator.

Dobbins moved from Michigan to California’s Bay Area and responding to repeated dares from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda finally took the stage at Woody’s Café, and killed. Sure, she tried to fill the seats with supportive family and friends, and true, she had no competition since nobody else had signed up for stage time, but everybody, from the show’s host to strangers in the audience, was amazed that she was able to do 10 funny minutes of stand-up material her first time onstage. (She’d shrewdly spent a month writing her act in preparation, never anticipating she’d be put under pressure to perform all of it at once.)

Spurred on by the enthusiastic feedback, Karinda decided to see where comedy would take her and began honing her craft at more venues. To date, she has appeared at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MichFest); featured at Bay Area comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for W. Kamau Bell; and headlined at San Francisco’s legendary Purple Onion. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.

For booking please email KarindaDobbins@gmail.com
Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

Some people are upset that it took the President a week to make a statement on what's happening in Ferguson. I contend that he still hasn't.

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

Just swap out Mississippi for Missouri and 50 years later we need our own Freedom Summer. The photographs will be eerily similar #Ferguson

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @Karnythia: #Ferguson looks like Chicago, Detroit, Philly, Rosewood, Tulsa & every other site of massive brutality in American history.

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @marcellacomedy: I would bet money that the black folks of Ferguson all voted for Obama and those cops did not. Where the fuck is he? If…

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Amanda Chandler

Just noticed today is the Birthday of my long time good friend and former University of Detroit Basketball teammate... Just a shout out to you "Rin" ...... a perfect time to say keep an eye out for my friend now performing around Cali and

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Thanks Amanda Chandler! We had so many good times! Lady Titans :)

Like · 13 Aug · 2 Likes

Comedy central for sure!! ;-)

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You both made me laugh!

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @micnews: Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone http://t.co/proHdd2VSD http://t.co/1gDbYLJgUj

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

@theclarences Thank you!

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @dreamhampton: Journalist @idabeewells traveled to Detroit from L.A. to cover Ted Wafer's trial because #RenishaMcBride matters. http://…

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Rhonda Lucile Hicks

Tonight! Tonight! One Night ONLY!!! Karinda hosts our monthly comedy show at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Tickets are $20 and we'll have tickets at the door tonight. Just come on down to the beautifully restored

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

I have two shows with Dennis Regan this weekend, Friday in Vallejo and Saturday in Pittsburg. Check the fliers!! http://t.co/zkYBWpyOpo

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @SFBACN: Tonight's #Top #Oakland #Comedy @oaklandlayover 1517Franklin 8:30 w @Spiegelmania @KarindaDobbins @ryanpapazian @JoeyDevine @Th…

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @friedmannj: #snaplive NPR Snap Judgment at Nourse Theater http://t.co/4nxZbOzBjn

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @janegideon: Great show tonight in SF! Storytelling with a beat. #snaplive http://t.co/6WHhmxBW9J

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @LLWriter: @KarindaDobbins You were hilarious last night....Great meeting u!

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 31 Jul
Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

@LLWriter Thank you! So glad you came out to see LDM!

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 31 Jul
Karinda Dobbins

August 1st and 2nd I will be opening these awesome Snap Judgement shows at Nourse Theater in SF. Can't wait!

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Like · Comment · Share · 31 Jul

I will Estee King Hafassa :)

Like · 31 Jul

😊 I have a teenage daughter
I laughed so hard I cried when Teah King Graham showed me your stand up about the work call 😂

Like · 31 Jul · 1 Likes

Post if you ever do shows in DC or Maryland/northern Va!

Like · 31 Jul · 1 Likes

Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @darealgogi: @wkamaubell also, thx for letting us know about funny ppl @janinebrito @guybranum @harikondabolu @DwayneTKennedy @KarindaDo…

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @rhondalucile: Check out your Contra Costa Times! Comics @dennis_regan @roadsidephil and @KarindaDobbins are in the Time Out section htt…

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @JoshuaSafran: Honored to be meting out literary justice with fellow Judge @KarindaDobbins at July 30 @litdeathmatch http://t.co/3ogtCS7

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 24 Jul
Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @LaPenaCultural: Stand Up Sit Down is on @berkeleyside 's It List! The show is tonight, so come out! @KarindaDobbins @bryantterry htt…

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

Tonight there will be an awesome SUSD show at LaPena in Berkeley. Starts at 8. Tickets: http://t.co/C4G4YaNxNb http://t.co/R3v14Asofc

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Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @punchlinesf: The very funny Karinda Dobbins (@KarindaDobbins) hosts the SF Comedy Showcase tonight at 8PM! Tickets>>http://t.co/z9Vt6v

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 13 Jul
Karinda Dobbins @KarindaDobbins

RT @punchlinesf: #FF On stage tonight at 8PM & 10PM: @CheThinks @jimtews @KarindaDobbins TIX>>http://t.co/9IUnITfDc1

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 11 Jul
Karinda Dobbins

Michael Che is one of the hottest comics in the country right now. He is a writer for SNL and new Daily Show correspondent. I will be hosting 6 shows with him July 9-12 at the Punchline in SF. Get your tickets here: punchlinecomedyclub.com

Michael Che at Punch Line Comedy Club SF | Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Find Punchline Comedy Club SF full schedule for live events. Get available ticket information and full event details.

Like · Comment · Share · 10 Jun

You GO Karinda!

Like · 10 Jun · 1 Likes

That's awesome, Karinda!!

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Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Bitch Media published this great Bridgetown article spotlighting Caroline Bassett, Eliza Skinner, Karinda Dobbins, Becca O'Neal, Kiran Deol, Rhiannon Archer & Baron Vaughn. All spectacular performers, we wholeheartedly agree!

Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don't Know Yet—But Should | Bitch Media

These women are killing it. Soon they will be famous. So famous!

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Karinda Dobbins

I am on this list! How cool is that?

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yay!

Like · 15 May · 1 Likes

awesome!

Like · 14 May · 1 Likes

Very cool

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All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival

Our pals at Bridgetown Comedy Festival have added TWO All Jane No Dick showcases! Thursday 5/08 at Curious Comedy Theater: Kristine Levine, Bri Pruett - Comedian, Karinda Dobbins, Adrienne Iapalucci, Joselyn Hughes, & Molly Fite. Then Sunday

Like · Comment · Share · 5 May
Karinda Dobbins

If you know anyone in Portland tell them to come and see me May 8 -11 at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival!

Like · Comment · Share · 29 Apr
Karinda Dobbins

I will be opening up for W. Kamau Bell at The New Parish in Oakland on March 19 and 20. My shows with him are always amazing! Get your tickets soon!

Calendar

CalendarDateCityVenue Tour: Oh, Everything! March 12http://www.wkamaubell.com/calendarW. Kamau Bell in Bloomington, IN The Comedy AtticAddAdd to Google CalendarDownload iCalTime: 7:00pm.Age restrictions: All Ages.Buy TicketsMarch 13http://www.wkamaubell.com/calendarW. Kamau Bell in St. Louis, MO Blu...

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Monday Happy Hour Comedy

Wow - what a great show for SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival. Many thanks to all the comedians for their great performances: the awesomest host Matt Lieb from The Mission Position, COMEDIAN Ronn Vigh, Johan Miranda, Kevin Munroe,

Like · Comment · Share · 30 Jan
Monday Happy Hour Comedy

Tonight, 7pm! Happy hour with a special SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival edition at Cafe Royale with fabulous comedy including Reggie Steele, Steve Lee, Johan Miranda, Kevin Munroe, COMEDIAN Ronn Vigh and Karinda Dobbins! $10

Buy tickets to Monday Happy Hour Comedy on Wednesday!

Ages 21+ show. Monday Happy Hour Comedy celebrates its 5th anniversary with a Wednesday showcase for SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival! Bring some food, buy a drink and get your stand-up comedy happy on in this intimate cafe near Union Square...

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Monday Happy Hour Comedy

Thrilled to be featured at 2014 SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival with Reggie Steele, Steve Lee Comedy, Johan Miranda, Karinda Dobbins, Ronn Vigh, Kevin Munroe and more! Get your happy on this Wednesday - get in the door by purchasing

Like · Comment · Share · 25 Jan
Karinda Dobbins

Monday Happy Hour Comedy on Wednesday is happening on Jan 29 at 7pm as part of SF Sketchfest. I will be there and so should you! Check it out!

Karinda Dobbins

Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing lon...

Like · Comment · Share · 24 Jan
Karinda Dobbins

Tomorrow at 8pm I will be at The Dark Room with some really funny people so get your tickets now!

Like · Comment · Share · 21 Jan
Deb Bonifield Bibart

just watched you on nick mom you are a HOOT

Like · Comment · Share · 19 Jan

Not yet. I hope to though!

Like · 19 Jan · 1 Likes

Thank you Deb!

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Karinda Dobbins

I have always loved David Alan Grier and now I get to open for him at Cobb's! Feb 27 - Mar 1. Get your tickets now!!

David Alan Grier at Cobbs Comedy Club | Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Find Cobb's Comedy Club full schedule for shows and live events. Get available ticket information and full event details.

Like · Comment · Share · 22 Dec

I love both of you! So great. I have to see that!

Like · 4 Jan · 1 Likes

So happy for u we got a celeb in the fam 😃

Like · 22 Dec · 1 Likes

Good for you Karinda Dobbins GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Like · 22 Dec · 1 Likes

Karinda Dobbins

Saturday Dec 14 at 7:30pm I will be headlining Comedy Oakland at Bella Ultra Lounge. Get your tickets now!!

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Like · Comment · Share · 9 Dec

Damn, we're scheduled to be in Santa Cruz. :(

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Karinda Dobbins - "Militant Family"

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Karinda Dobbins - "Don't Call Me At Work"

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Karinda Dobbins - "You Can Say It"

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Karinda Dobbins - "Beauty Shop Beatdown"

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