SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Watch out in San Francisco, the bike comedians are coming!
Three friends who just love to laugh and ride a bike hope to bring joy back to everyone with a new web series called Comedians on a Bike.
The show combines biking, laughing, donuts and more.
The first episode Comedians on Bicycles: Getting Bobs highlights the reality of working to create a sustainable city. Host and comedian Sarah Katz-Hyman takes a light-hearted approach during her first interview with guest Andy Thornley of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
With Bob’s donuts in hand, the couple glide through the once-turned-Panhandle Park and “Car Free JFK” freeway discussing everything from historic bike infrastructure to Curb Street combat.
Perhaps inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Katz-Hyman didn’t seem overly concerned with legal issues, “I’m not too worried about this. I read that he is quite friendly with these kinds of shows. But if we have to cross this bridge, we have ideas and thoughts to continue the show. ”
Seinfeld has called some before for gaining influence and doing similar shows on wheels.
“We are proud that others have noticed our style and have been inspired by it. The only comment we’d like to make is, “If you want to take us down, do it right,” Seinfeld said in an interview with CNN.
Read KRON4’s full interview with show host Sarah Katz-Hyman (which took place by bike)!
What inspired the idea of Comédiens à Vélo?
My good friend Al Hawley started to cycle more and more the last years. And what drove him to ride a bike was the fact that he made a deal with himself that if he rode a bike he had to reward himself with a donut.
During the pandemic, thinking about joy, thinking about what is going to make us happy right now, he saw a familiar show of the same name and thought to himself “I think that would be pretty cool on a bike, if that was car-free, and so we went to local businesses. We also have Kristin Tieche, a filmmaker who once filmed on a bike. Al reached out, and we all started talking about chicken and beers, like you do it. This is how the show started. We decided to just go!
How are you so good at biking and maintenance? Advices ?
The first thing that worries me the most is, to be quite frank, the cars. Trying to be really aware of my space. I’m really lucky to have a little history in teaching cycling, and I feel very confident to be aware of my surroundings. We have a lot of great resources in the city, like the Bicycle Coalition – they run classes that can help people build their confidence. This is the first step. Feel like you have the tools if you need to make a maneuver, whether it’s a bump in the road or seeing a car coming out of a driveway. Beyond that, I just riffed… I just went!
We also have an amazing group of guests who already love the city so much, so you’re talking about something we all have in common. We’re doing something among some of the best parks, the best public spaces in the country, eating delicious food going to local businesses. It turns out that we do it by bike!
I think it’s a really fun way to disarm people you talk to. Cycling in itself is so joyful and so fun! The wind in your hair, you always smile. I don’t know, it’s very hard to be angry on a bicycle. It is only natural to want to do all of this together.
Are you worried that Jerry Seinfeld and his lawyers are contacting you?
I’m not a lawyer, but if let’s say the person you mentioned said “you’re doing something that’s familiar to this format or named after,” we can cross that bridge when we get there. I’m not too worried about it. I read that he is quite friendly with these kinds of shows. But if we have to cross this bridge, we have some ideas and thoughts to continue the show.
Tell me about the filming process … Fears for safety?
We have a great crew. Our producer, Al Holley on his bike called a long tail bike. The front looks like a normal bicycle, but similar to a truck, the rear of the bicycle allows people to sit on it. Kristin is sitting in the back with her camera gear facing us. So basically Kristin’s life is in Al’s hands, and I’m just chatting while eating donuts with anyone. We all keep an eye on ourselves and are very aware of our surroundings.
What’s next for cycling comedians?
Our hope is that we can show all the different neighborhoods and flavors of San Francisco, the different types of people who live here. Granted, there are differences in the safest cycling infrastructure across the city, but I think there are also ways to show that there can be joy in cycling in any part of the city. the city. We plan to go to more neighborhoods and more bike paths, popular and less popular, to show it in a way.
I think there is a very real and well-founded fear around cycling, and I fully understand that. But I also think it’s a lot more accessible and close to people than they think. So that’s part of the show. It’s just two people hanging out on bikes. We are not in a hurry. It helps, I think you just need to take part of that, this idea that there is like this agenda. And it really is just a fun way to get around.
So far you have had representatives from the city as guests. Who can we expect to see next?
Would love to have a bus driver, journalists, food critics, theater critics! Let’s talk with parents or people who make art in the city. Let’s talk to entrepreneurs, let’s talk to children! I think we just want to show the variety of people in San Francisco, but again, we’re just cycling!
Last but not least, why is cycling and laughing so important?
I am very lucky to have many positive memories of cycling, and I think it is such a quick way to get around town. It is also, not to condemn it, but we have a little climate crisis happening. And the bicycle is an environmentally friendly mode of transport. I can carry my things, sometimes my dog goes in my basket, and I look around me at the San Francisco sky. Maybe a little fog sets in, maybe you hear some music on JFK, and you watch your perfect dog, and you say, Goldberg, we are living the dream pal!
People know how difficult the last year has been, but even before last year I think we are all struggling with different things. I think being able to weave in a way that you are happy and cheerful, and seeing your neighbors in your everyday life can be a balm for that.
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