SAN FRANCISCO, California (CROWN) – Beware of San Francisco, comedians on bikes come through!
Three friends who simply love to laugh and cycle hope to deliver some joy back into everyone’s lives through a new web series called Comedians on bikes.
The show combines cycling, laughter, donuts and more.
The first section Comedians on Bikes: Get Bobs highlights the reality of working towards creating 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 glides through the once-turned Panhandle Park and “Car Free JFK” and discusses everything from historic bike infrastructure to the Curb street fight.
Possibly inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show Comedians in cars get coffee, Katz-Hyman did not seem so worried about any legal issues, “I’m not so worried about that. I’ve read that he’s a little kind to shows of that kind. thoughts to keep the show going. ”
Seinfeld already has be revealed in some to make an impact and do similar shows on wheels.
“We are proud that others have noticed our style and have been inspired by it. The only comment we would like to make is, ‘If you want to turn us off, do it right,’ Seinfeld said in an interview with CNN.
Read the entire KRON4 interview with the show’s host Sarah Katz-Hyman (which took place on a bicycle)!
What inspired the idea for Comedians on Bicycles?
My good friend Al Hawley has started cycling more and more from scratch the last many years. And what made him ride a bike is that he made a deal with himself that if he rode a bike, he would have to reward himself with a donut.
During the pandemic, when he was thinking about joy, thinking about what will make us happy right now, he saw a well-known show of a similar name and was like, “I think it would be pretty cool on bikes if it was car-free and if we went to local businesses.” We also have Kristin Tieche, a filmmaker who has actually made bike-based film recordings before. Al reached out and we all started talking about chicken and beer like you do. That’s how the show started. We decided to just go for it!
How are you so good at cycling and interviewing? Any tips?
The first thing I’m most nervous about is, to be honest, cars. Trying to really pay attention to my space. I’m really lucky that I have a bit of a history in cycling education and I feel very comfortable being aware of my surroundings. We have many good resources in the city, such as Cycling Coalition – they make hours that can help people increase that self-confidence. It’s step one. Feel like you have the tools if you need to make a maneuver, so whether it’s a bump in the road or you see a car coming out of a driveway. Beyond that, I’m just riffing … I’m just going!
We also have a great group of guests who already love the city so much and so you are talking about something we all have in common. We do something among some of the best parks, the best public spaces in the country, and eat delicious food for local businesses. It just so happens that we do it on a bike!
I think it’s a really fun way to disarm the people you talk to. Cycling in itself is so joyful and so much fun! The wind in your hair, you always smile. I do not know, it is very difficult to be angry on a bike. It makes it quite natural to want to do all of that.
Are you at all worried that Jerry Seinfeld and his lawyers may contact you?
I’m no lawyer, but if say the person you mentioned said ‘you’re doing something familiar with this format or taking the name’, we can cross that bridge when we get there. I’m not that worried about that. I’ve read that he’s a little kind to shows like that. But if we are to cross that bridge, we have some ideas and thoughts to keep the show going.
Tell me through the filming process … Are you afraid for safety?
We have an amazing crew. Our manufacturer, Al Holley on his bike, called it a longtail bike. The front looks like a normal bike, but like a truck, the back of the bike allows people to ride it. Kristin sits on her back with her camera equipment facing us. So basically, Kristin’s life is in Al’s hands, and I’m just chatting and eating donuts with anyone. We all keep an eye on and are very aware of our surroundings.
What’s Next for Comedians on Bicycles?
Our hope is that we get to see all the different neighborhoods and tastes of San Francisco, the different types of people who live here. Admittedly, there are some differences in the safest cycling infrastructure in the whole city, but I also think there are ways to show that there can be joy in cycling in all parts of the city. We plan to go to more neighborhoods and more bike routes, popular and not so popular, to somehow show it.
I think there is something very real and grounded fear around cycling and I understand that well. But I also think it’s far more accessible and close to people than they think. So that’s part of the show. Only two people are hanging out on bicycles. We are not in a hurry. It helps, I just think in a way to take some of it away, this idea that there is such an agenda. And it’s really just a fun way to get around.
So far, you have had city officials as guests. Who can we expect to see next time?
I would love to have a bus driver, journalists, food critics, theater critics! Let’s talk to parents or people who make art in the city. Let’s talk to business owners, let’s talk to kids! I think we just want to show the many different people in San Francisco, but again, we just happen to be on a bike!
Last but certainly not least, why is cycling and laughing so important?
I’m very lucky to have a lot of positive memories of cycling, and I think it’s such a fast way to get around the city. It is also, not for doomsday, it down, but we have a bit of a climate crisis happening. And cycling is an environmentally friendly mode of transport. I can carry my stuff, sometimes my dog walks in my basket and I look around at San Francisco skies. Maybe some fog rolls in, maybe you hear music on JFK and you stare at your perfect dog and you say, Goldberg, we live the dream buddy!
People know how hard the last year has been, but even before last year, I think we all struggle with different things. I think it can be a balm for some of it to be able to weave in ways that one can be happy and happy and see his neighbors in his everyday life.
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