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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 Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for Trevor Noah, Greg Proops and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.

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Tonight I am headlining this show at The Punch Line. If you want to get in free send me a message!

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RT @JuanCommonName: Tonight at @punchlinesf : @KarindaDobbins,@thefunnytommy, @vilaska,@2tallrn, & @leresatee! $20 18+w/ID! Show @ 7:30pm h…

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May 19 at 8pm @punchlinesf I will close out this show. Send me a DM with your name to get on my free guest list! http://t.co/GxWwScVdLx

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Help @ArtActivistNia produce her next book. Give what you can. These artists need their voices to be heard! https://t.co/geBkgQxMYo

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RT @DhayaLive: Nerd Nation (Still in Beta) May 30th Presented by @APICC_SF @exittheatre TIX: http://t.co/eYGUm5kmo9 #SparkingLight http://t

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RT @hatertuesday: Wednesday May 13 @ImprovSanJose 8pm FREE GUEST LIST retweet or DM jokes from @KarindaDobbins @thefatling http://t.co/83Ix

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George Zimmerman was shot at during a road rage incident. That car owner probably feared for his life after following George around.

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I am blessed to have my mother and to be a mother to a wonderful young woman. This is first Mother's Day without my Grandmother. Miss her.

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Karinda Dobbins

My first show in San Jose. I am looking forward to it. South Bay lets do this!

Ladies Love the Improv

Ladies Love showcases top shelf comedic talent. The talent just happen to be female. Expect an evening of original voices and unique storytelling from a diverse selection of comics. Let the ladies love you. Produced by @[216043771754037:274:Lydia Popovich] Featuring ... @[1300752146:2048:Karinda Dobbins] @[726779781:2048:Susan Maletta] @[507331675:2048:Kelly Anneken] @[1256751561:2048:Athena Rodriguez] @[503643958:2048:Emily Catalano] MESSAGE ME or COMMENT with your FULL NAME for FREE guest list. 2 item minimum. Doors 7:15pm http://sanjose.improv.com/event.cfm?id=384590

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Do you know the way to San Jose?(sorry I couldn't resist):) Have a great show.

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RT @hatertuesday: Ladies Love the Improv next Weds 5.13 @ImprovSanJose 8pm w/@KarindaDobbins @thefatling @sheshinesforyou & me Retweet/Repl…

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RT @lauraspiekerman: @vinaeco @Trevornoah saw him last night, did not disappoint. His opener @KarindaDobbins was incredible.

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RT @dreamhampton: I wish I lived in this fantasy world where an arena full of people booed the domestic violence of black women

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For the people who say voting doesn't matter: Marilyn Mosby was voted into office four months ago. Imagine the outcome without her there.

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RT @voxdotcom: Criminal charges filed against police officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest: http://t.co/8O1FqrnX5j http://t.co/SQME9LM

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RT @Blklivesmatter: #BlackSpring. It's here. http://t.co/1VNUQ08ojf

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RT @TheDiLLon1: Theory Stacey Dash and Kanye were at the airport in the All Falls Down vid to travel to the United States of Idiotic Social…

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RT @jelani9: Worth remembering that today is the 23rd anniversary of the Rodney King riots in LA. The déjà vu of history. #Baltimore #Fredd…

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Great show tonight with a super audience @comedywomb. Thanks @zerotofunny! I had such a good time closing out this amazing show. #NoHate

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 27 Apr
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Who shows up for black women being killed by police? http://t.co/yc32PTCUIL

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 23 Apr
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RT @MotherJones: Detroit just had the single largest tax foreclosure in American history http://t.co/IlDChTx2TJ http://t.co/8A9L1kPB8P

Reply · Retweet · Favorite · 22 Apr
Karinda Dobbins

I am coming back to Seattle! If you live there come and see me if you don't tell your friends who live there to come and see me! We are going to have a really good time April 26 at 7pm.

The Northwest Network and the Comedy Womb Presents: KARINDA DOBBINS!

The Northwest Network and the Comedy Womb Presents: Karinda Dobbins! The fourth instalment of the 2015 Comedy Womb Presents series happens at Theatre Off Jackson on Sunday, April 26th, 2015. Our headliner for April: Karinda Dobbins! Plus phenomenal local host: Andy Iwancio (Bumbershoot's 'In and Out', the Comedy Womb Tour) and feature: Brett Hamil (Producer of Bundt Cake, writer for City Arts). Our local sampling of comics has been announced as well! New emerging comics doing five minutes up top! -D.j. Martinez -Kelly Hannah -Phoebe Moore -Andrew Murphy -Alyssa Yeoman Doors open at 7pm, Show stars at 7:30pm sharp! at Theater Off Jackson 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 $20 in advance, $25 at the door Bio for 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 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 Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for Michael Che, Greg Proops and W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out. Why is the Comedy Womb Presents series so exciting?! The Comedy Womb is a safer space for everyone, with hate-free (no misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc...)material guidelines. We focus on getting more diversity of voice into stand up comedy and celebrating the hilarious work of comics who punch up and not down. We will be bringing in an exciting out of town headliner every month from now until June, and showcasing some of the wonderful comics on the national scene including: Heather Thomson, Karinda Dobbins, Rye Silverman, and Aparna Nancherla! Plus on each show there will be local talent as well, both hosts and featured acts plus a short sampling of new, excited up and coming comics drawn from the talented curated mic every Tuesday night at the Rendezvous, at 7pm and 9pm! http://www.comedywomb.com

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Karinda Dobbins

I will be opening for Aamer Rahman on April 13th at The New Parish in Oakland. The 8pm show is sold out but you can still get tickets for the 10pm show!

Aamer Rahman

After taking the internet by storm with his viral video on 'Reverse Racism,' Aamer Rahman is returning to the US with his solo show The Truth Hurts.

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I'm going!

Like · 7 Apr · 1 Likes

Karinda Dobbins

Trevor Noah was just announced as the next host of the Daily Show. I will be opening for him on May 1-3 at Cobb's Comedy Club in SF. Can't wait!!

Trevor Noah, the Next Host of The Daily Show | Comedy Central

Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Noah has hosted numerous t…

Like · Comment · Share · 30 Mar

I hope he will have you on his new show!

Like · 30 Mar · 1 Likes

So cool!!

Like · 31 Mar · 1 Likes

Great setup for you to be the next TDS host!

Like · 30 Mar · 1 Likes

California Theatre

Where are you going to be on Friday, May 8th? We think you should be here at the California Theatre with Auggie Smith, Robin Cee and Dan Mires for our monthly comedy show. Our intimate stage has been host to Darren Carter, Ryan Stout , Nicole

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Karinda Dobbins

A little love from East Bay Express.

These Comedians Are Shaking Up the Stand-Up Scene

When Aundré Herron first started doing stand-up comedy twenty years ago, she sometimes struggled to connect with her audience. As an inexperienced comic, Herron was...

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Nice!!

Like · 26 Mar · 1 Likes

Congratulations!

Like · 25 Mar · 1 Likes

Karinda Dobbins

March 27th at 8pm. Oakland are you ready?

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Karinda Dobbins

Celebrating 5 years in comedy today. Who wants to buy me a shot of ginger ale?

Like · Comment · Share · 19 Mar

I will! Plus ice cream?

Like · 20 Mar

Congrats! Keep going! You rock!!!

Like · 22 Mar · 1 Likes

Make it a root beer float, you deserve it! :P

Like · 20 Mar · 1 Likes

Doc's Lab

Tonight Lydia Popovich presents Ladies Love Doc's Lab an evening of original female voices and unique storytelling from a diverse selection of comics featuring Marga Gomez Karinda Dobbins Natasha Muse Kelly Anneken Jane Harrison.

Ladies Love Doc's Lab - Tickets - Doc's Lab - San Francisco, CA - March 18th, 2015

Produced and hosted by Lydia Popovich, Ladies Love showcases top shelf comedic talent. The talent just happen to be female. Expect an evening of original voices and unique storytelling from a diverse

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KGO Radio: The Bay Area's News and Information Station

What's so funny about the news? Find out when Steven Pearl, Ronn Vigh and Karinda Dobbins join Brian for a free-wheeling discussion of the week's news and events - Producer Lara

Like · Comment · Share · 8 Mar

How about if you get rid of weekend infomercials and John Batchelor?

Like · 8 Mar · 1 Likes

Where is Karel?

Like · 8 Mar

The fired Karel so they could run syndicated crap all night.

Like · 9 Mar

Karinda Dobbins

Do I know anyone in Petaluma? Or someone who knows someone in Petaluma? Either way I will be there tomorrow night with some really funny folks. Show starts at 8:30.

Nicklaus

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Rachel Decker maybe you just need a few hours of laughing

Like · 25 Feb · 1 Likes

Karinda Dobbins

I am headed to the Emerald City. It's the last stop on the Oh Everything tour and W. Kamau Bell is recording a CD!! We have two shows tomorrow night so come out and bring your friends!! Lets have fun Seattle.

Tickets - W Kamau Bell

Merchandise, T-shirts, Memorabilia, for Musicians and performers

Like · Comment · Share · 23 Jan

I really enjoyed your set in Seattle - although I'd hate to see the demographic stats in the biotech industry take a big nose dive, I look forward to more comedy from you!

Like · 26 Jan · 1 Likes

Karinda Dobbins

If you know anyone in Atlanta tell them to get to this show! I will be joining W. Kamau Bell and Zach Sherwin at Vinyl!!

W. KAMAU BELL | Saturday, January 17 | Vinyl

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Karinda Dobbins

Tomorrow night in SF at Blush! there will be comedy and wine. Don't need to sell this one. Starts at 8.

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Oakland Local

40ish, lesbian, and a mother, Oakland's Karinda Dobbins isn't your stereotypical comedian.

Karinda Dobbins: Not your typical comedian on the rise (Community Voices)

By Sauda Burch Karinda Dobbins is 40ish, lesbian and single. A mother and Detroit native, Karinda began standup four years ago during a mid-week open mic at Woody's Cafe in Oakland. Her first outin...

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Doc's Lab

Tonight we have Kelly Anneken's CD Release party with many special guests including Jessica Sele Joey Devine Natasha Muse Karinda Dobbins Bryant Hicks Johan Miranda Mimi Vilmenay Kaseem Bentley. Don't Miss It!

Kelly Anneken Rooster T. Feathers 9/10/2014

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Karinda Dobbins

Thursday at 8 catch me with some amazing comics at Lost Weekend Video. The Mission Position show is going to be a blast!

Mission Position with Molly Sanchez, Kelly Anneken, Jeff Anaya, Karinda Dobbins, Josef Anolin and Richard Toomer

@[441446585926574:274:The Mission Position] is a popular independent comedy showcase, hosted by four of San Francisco’s most acclaimed comedians — Matt Lieb, Kate Willett, Trevor Hill and Jessica Sele. Every Thursday, audiences fill Lost Weekend Video’s famous CineCave comedy den, for a show that provides club-level talent without irritating drink minimums or filler comics. The Mission Position welcomes a new lineup of special guests every week that include SF’s brightest comics alongside nationally touring headliners from NBC, TBS, E! and Comedy Central. www.missionpositionlive.com THIS WEEK'S PERFORMERS: @[1300752146:2048: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 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. @[507331675:2048:Kelly Anneken] Kelly Anneken is what happens when Kim Kardashian looks like Bette Midler and tweets like Roseanne. This Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal performs standup comedy at clubs and dive bars, including the SF Punchline, Cobb’s, Crackers, and Go Bananas. Kelly has appeared at Iowa’s Green Gravel Comedy Festival and Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. She has shared a stage with Jim Gaffigan and Anthony Jeselnik at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival and has appeared “in conversation” with Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, and John Waters. Kelly is well-known as the co-host of the internationally popular Downton Abbey podcast “Up Yours, Downstairs” and official third chair of Game of Thrones recap “Boars, Gore & Swords.” She is also artistic director for feminist sketch troupe Femikaze. @[579006723:2048:Josef Anolin] Josef Anolin was born and raised in Oakland, CA thanks to his parents. Josef likes to tell jokes that offer audiences fresh perspectives on “hot button” issues like race, class, gender that are simultaneously respectful and tongue in cheek offensive. Josef has been peddling his humor to audiences throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii and may have been the first comedian to do a joke about NY Knicks Point Guard, Jeremy Lin (albeit back in 2010 when he was still a Golden State Warrior and irrelevant). @[1641604176:2048:Molly Sanchez] A plucky brunette comic taking the foggy city by storm. No she will not make out with you, how could you even ask that. What kind of girl do you take her for. Her mom is looking at this for god’s sakes. Have some decency you neanderthal. @[100000493520859:2048:Richard Toomer] Richard Toomer is a hilarious San Francisco-based comedian and writer. He is the host of Storking Comedy, an acclaimed comedy showcase that takes place every Thursday at Oakland’s Stork Club. @[609914917:2048:Jeff Anaya] Jeff Anaya doesn’t so much perform his comedy as live it. Standing at 6 foot, this garish twenty something comes onto the stage with a cherubic grin to deliver a perspective on a world where scraping by is the best option. Jeff has performed at every major venue in the bay area- honing his chops with stories of romantic awkwardness and endearing naivete. Jeff hates writing about himself- but loves talking about him and other things he finds weird on stage. Check him out and delve into a big, bright, beautiful world of silly stupidity.

Like · Comment · Share · 21 Oct
Doc's Lab

Looking forward to Kelly Anneken Twenty Minutes to Sell - Release Party tomorrow - Wednesday! Plus we have with a crazy lineup of Bay Area comics like Jessica Sele Joey Devine Natasha Muse Karinda Dobbins Bryant Hicks Johan Miranda Mimi Vilmenay

Kelly Anneken Comedy CD Release

About Kelly Anneken and Twenty Minutes to Sell Join Kelly Anneken to celebrate the release of her comedy album "Twenty Minutes to Sell."…

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And Kaseem Bentley!

Like · 21 Oct

Karinda Dobbins

I will be a part of Word Performances at the Lit Crawl in SF October 18 at 7:15pm. They obviously think I have read the classics and let's just say there may be some comedy that results from that assumption.

Word Performances

Joshua Mohr, Tina D'Elia, Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe, Crystal Jo Reiss, Daniel Fabricant on double bass, Todd Siegel, and Cybele Zufolo Siegel

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