For this month’s RIFFER’S DELIGHT, Alamo Drafthouse has assembled a crack team of movie mockers to travel to the heart of one of the most ridiculous 90s disaster flicks and blow it into delightful bite-size bits. Join Natasha Muse, Torio Van Grol and Molly Sanchez as they ponder some of catastrophe cinema’s toughest questions, such as: is it possible to score the obligatory happy ending while still getting to see shit obliterated? AND, if actual NASA astronomers described DEEP IMPACT as being more scientifically accurate, then why O why is everyone so bonkers for ARMEGEDDON. I mean, come on! Science!
From the pens that brought you GHOST and THE PLAYER, comes the heart-warming tale of a 7-mile wide comet that is hurtling towards Earth and could mean full-on extinction to all human life as we know it. The U.S. government keeps the crisis under wraps, but no-nonsense ace reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) uncovers the truth -- forcing U.S. President Beck (Morgan Freeman) to announce his brutal triage strategy (sorry Nana!) and his super-scientific comet-destroying plan. Grizzled astronaut Spurgeon "Fish" Tanner (Robert Duvall) and his American / Russian combo team will land on the comet and lay explosives, hopefully deterring the object from its doomsday course. If not, humanity must prepare for the worst.
Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an “Artist to Watch.” Natasha features at the SF Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Roseanne Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God. Natasha’s comedy is so good, it’s not even funny.
Torio Van Grol was first discovered by a gentleman naturalist in 1676, causing an uproar among the clergy, who claimed that he was placed on Earth by God as a test of faith. After much careful study, Torio has been widely accepted as real, though some controversy lingers. Many people believe that early humans coexisted peacefully with him, even caring for him and riding on his back as a form of transportation. But Torio is not strong enough to carry people, instead relying on speed, cunning and a bulletproof eBay rating for survival.
In 2016, he was listed as one of the Bay Area's best stand-up comedians by SFist. He won the title, "Best Joke of 2015" by the award-winning SF blog Courting Comedy. Torio has performed at SF Sketchfest for the past three years, as well as many other comedy festivals including Comedy Central's Cluster Fest.
Molly Sanchez is a writer, comedienne, and lover of burritos everywhere. She writes with Killing My Lobster and has performed improv and standup at SF Sketchfest, Los Angeles Comedy Store, The Del Close Marathon, and various other hives of scum and villainy. She also cohosts the podcasts, Failure to Launch and Red All Over: A Handmaid's Tale Recap