Mort Sahl will bring his one-man show, Mort Sahl's America, to San Francisco's Alcazar Theatre, for a five-week engagement opening Oct. 7.
Sahl, the first humorist on the cover of Time magazine, has spent 40 years delivering Will Rogers-style political satire with a gentle, coffeehouse demeanor. His trademark is coming onstage wearing a sweater (which, in the 1950's, was a big change from the traditional suit and tie) and carrying the daily newspaper.
"The act changes 25 percent every night," Sahl has been quoted as saying. Joseph Lillis, of Entertainment Marketing Management notes that the skeleton of the show has remained the same since Sahl's "Hungry I" days. Lillis is especially excited about the booking, because the 500-seat Alcazar has been woefully underused of late. (The last show there was Ray Davies' two-week acoustic gig.)
Mort Sahl's America, which played an extended Off-Broadway engagement at Theatre Four last year, will run at the Alcazar through Nov. 3. For tickets and information, call (415)441-4042.
-- By David Lefkowitz