Current Projects

Comedic Ventures currently has the following projects

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our Marin based event is called TEDxMarin, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMarin event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Comedic Ventures with the help of many others produces TEDXMarin. Sign up to be part of TEDxMarin here.


The Next 20 Years project sponsors an on-going industry salon… entitled TwoDegrees. The TwoDegrees gathering is a curated “by invitation only” event and typically free to attend. Invitations are extended to members of our invitation list only. If you’d like to request to be on the invitation list please apply here. Gatherings are held roughly on a quarterly basis in Northern California. In essence these gatherings are vibrant cocktail parties, but one with an embedded purpose: we connect interesting beloved friends of interesting beloved friends within intersecting industries, companies, organizations and social causes… More



Since 1997, the Project has always been about engaging and more importantly connecting, industry leaders, visionaries, press, policy makers, VCs, analysts, local entrepreneur’s and start-ups in a long-range exploration of what lies ahead. Connecting interesting with the interested, has always been ground zero for us. The Next 20 Years project,  affectionately known as TNTY, is now organized as a non-profit foundation.

TNTY was originally born from a series of SF industry salons called LastSaturdays held the last Saturday of every month in a private SF home or lounge….More


The Other Café started in 1997 by Bob Ayres was renowned for presenting a brand of comedy rooted in topical, character driven and non mean-spirited stand-up and sketch comedy. Alumni include Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Paula Poundstone, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres, Kevin Pollak, Geoff Bolt, Elayne Boosler, Will Durst, Tom Kenney, Sue Murphy, Bob Sarlatte, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Meaney to name just a few. Today Comedic Ventures carries the torch and presents upcoming Bay Area comedy showcases featuring this thoughtful brand of Stand-up, Improv, and Sketch comedy. Sophisticated and thoughtful comedy for Bay Area audiences in an on going  series, with a percentage of proceeds to benefit local non profits. Sign up to get notified