Pacifica Tribune columnist Lynn Ruth Miller started warming up for her comedy gig at the age of 67, with the release of an autobiographical novel about her eating disorders. Because there’s nothing funnier than bulimia, tyrannical mothers, and failed marriages. Somehow Miller makes it all work 10 years later; having established herself at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on Britain’s Got Talent, she’s still charming audiences with her Phyllis Diller-cum-Rodney Dangerfield one-liners about aging in the computer age (“I love going through airport security now because they explore your sensitive areas … and my two husbands couldn’t ever find them.”) Miller is the perfect old-school variety show guest, made better still by the company she keeps. Tonight, she shares a bill with the irrepressible, nostalgia-inducing hoof-stompers of the Devil-Ettes go-go troupe, as well as host Danny Dechi, a self-appointed pencil musician who has been described as “Woody Allen doing vaudeville.” The Barbary Coast Belles & Whistles Variety Show! promises a full night of giggles, gags, and girls, including the visual polyphony of belly dancer Rasa Vitalia and nearsighted juggler Fred Anderson, as well as Michael Meehan’s positive spin on Steven Wright-esque surrealism, and DJ Real’s guileless songs about evil paper bags.
Sun., Sept. 16, 9 p.m., 2012