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Bay Area Comedians Bring Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy to 111 Minna Gallery for First-Ever "Multicultural Mass Mixer"

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco doesn't seem the same after the Purple Onion closed last month after 60 years of laughter and applause. That's why a select group of Bay area comedians teamed together with Christelyn Karazin and Janice Littlejohn, the co-authors of "Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed," to bring some laugh-out-loud comedy to 111 Minna Gallery for the first-ever multicultural-mass-mixer on October 13, 2012. The event is geared toward celebrating the lighter side of multiculturalism, mixed race dating, and the "browning of America."

The "multicultural-mass-mixer" is the brainchild of Rob Thompson, founder of and Rudy Tabasa, founder of Halfbreed Clothing Co., the first clothing line that encourages multi-racial people (the fastest growing demographic according to Census data) to proudly embrace and celebrate their status and heritage. Thompson wanted to create a series of offline singles mixing events for people from any cultural background to meet like-minded people who choose "character above color". Thompson teamed with Tabasa, a San Francisco Native, after wide-spread success of the Halfbreed Comedy Tour throughout the Bay area. "What better place than San Francisco to kick off our events? It's one of the most diverse, "swirl-friendly" cities in the world," says Thompson, who also used to live in the Bay Area.

The "Swirling" social mixer will feature an engaging discussion on navigating mixed race, culture and faith relationships. A book signing and live comedy performance follows, with a lineup of comedians including the hilarious Filipino comedian, Ricky Del Rosario. Once voted by HBO as one of the top ten up and coming urban comedians in the United States. Del Rosario travels the country bringing unique humor and in-depth characters to thousands of comedy fans and performed several seasons on "Comic View," and the very first HBO series, "Laffapoluza." 

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Advanced tickets are $25 and available at; $30 at the-door or groups of 4 or more $20. Price includes a copy of "Swirling" to the first 50 people.

Local San Francisco media welcome to attend free of charge with proper press credentials.

DATE: Saturday, October 13, 2012
TIME: 6:30 PM-9:30PM with after party following comedy show
LOCATION: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco CA 94105