Throck ‘Til You Drop

Multimedia Monday moves into the realm of live comedy shows this week.

That’s right, ladies and germs, actual human beings performing without the benefit of subtitles/rewind capabilities. He said what? Oh, no he didn’t…did he?

throck onIn 2003 Lucy Mercer bought the old Odd Fellows Hall in Mill Valley, CA and turned it into the 142 Throckmorton Theatre. A ballsy move considering that she had no experience in show business.

Known locally as the Throck or 142, the theater has been the home to Mark Pitta & Friends Tuesday Night Comedy for the last 10 years. Mark is a local comedian whose popularity led him to a morning television gig and then on to the weekly show at 142. A varied lineup of comedians from seasoned veterans to those just breaking into show business appear each week.

Change is in the air now as Mark has stepped down from his hosting duties and taken a leave of absence. The Lioness and I were there a few weeks ago and Johnny Steele was our Host for the evening.

Although we had a good time that night, we did miss one aspect of Mark’s shows: His musical parodies and hilarious videos. The following three videos will give you a glimpse into Mark Pitta’s brand of comedy.

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What if there were celebrity-voiced GPS devices available for our vehicles?


Mark’s tribute to Pablo (Panda) Sandoval—upon hearing the news that the San Francisco Giants traded him to the Boston Red Sox.


Stopwatch Theater—All of the drama, a fraction of the time.


In honor of the talented folks who appear onstage across the country, I offer this look into the business of the art of laughter and its roots in the Comedy Boom of the 1980s.


Good luck, Mark. We hope to see you in Mill Valley again.

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  2 comments for “Throck ‘Til You Drop

  1. March 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 23, 2015 at 12:09 PM

      Thanks, Al. It feels good to have our thinking challenged and our sense of humor stimulated, doesn’t it?


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