Jamie DeWolf of Tourettes Without Regrets

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Jamie DeWolf is a writer, performer, film director, teaching artist, show producer and circus ringmaster from Oakland, California. Known for his fast-paced mix of stand up, theater, and hip hop with a style called “over-the-top, raw, and raucous” with “moving, intense verse,” DeWolf “brings that same inimitable, avant-garde style to everything he does.”

He first exploded into national prominence in the competitive lyrical battles of poetry slams, winning his first title on the Oakland Slam team in 1999. The team went on to win the Western Regional Championships and made the Finals Stage the same year. DeWolf went on to become the Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, and the champion of the Lyrical Death Match, Ill List, Chi-Town Classic, the Battle of the Bay, Indie Slam Showdown, the $1000 Berkeley Grand Slam, and the War of Words Tag Team Bout. He won his way onto Bay Area slam teams every year he competed and is also an Individual finalist for the International World Championship and the New Word Series.

He’s been awarded “Performer of the Year” by NPR’s Snap Judgment and was a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, 60 Minutes, UPN, BBC, Vice, NBC and CBS. DeWolf premiered two stories for Snap Judgment Live, The Girl in the Hallway (about the disappearance of his neighbor Xiana Fairchild) and Exit Interview (a story of surviving suicide), were regarded as two of the most powerful stories ever featured on the show and were both picked up by UpWorthy. Voted “Best Poet” of the Bay Area by the East Bay Express two years in a row, Jamie is also a mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading presenter of Spoken Word education. He coached their slam team of young poets to the Brave New Voices Finals on HBO in an event hosted by Common and Rosario Dawson. He’s performed and lead writing workshops at over 130 universities, high schools and juvenile detention centers across the U.S, and hosted the first-ever slam poetry competition for inmates at San Quentin Penitentiary.

As a founding member of the Suicide Kings performance trio (with fellow poets Geoff Trenchard and Rupert Estanislao), Jamie’s toured the country with acts ranging from hip hop legends Sage Francis and B. Dolan to punk bands such as The Dwarves. The Suicide Kings were the recipients of various grants from the National Performance Network Creation Commission, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the City of Oakland to write In Spite of Everything, a play on youth violence that layered poetry-performance, storytelling and spoken word over a haunting live cello score. The show was described by the East Bay Express as “a poignant, chilling, knockout of a play…that beautifully incorporates their visceral verse into the brutal narrative of a school shooting”.

The three-man show premiered at the Living Word Festival in 2007 and toured worldwide, performing at the Public Theater in New York for the Under the Radar Festival, Washington D.C’s Living Word Festival, and the first hip hop theater festival in Moscow, Russia. It was listed as one of the “Top Ten Plays of the Year” by East Bay Express, and resulted in the Telly-Award winning short film Ricochet In Reverse, which reconstructs the Columbine shootings going backwards, directed by DeWolf.

In 1999, DeWolf created the live show Tourettes Without Regrets, “the longest running and most outlandish variety show in the Bay Area”, called “one of the best underground performance art shows in America” (Huffington Post) and “the most consistently spectacular event that Oakland’s ever seen.” The show features circus performances, freestyle rap battles, stand up comedy, burlesque, slam poetry, break-dancing, dirty haiku bouts, audience interactive contests, and “psychotic erotic vaudeville”. The show was awarded the “Best of the Bay” by the SF Guardian and the “Best Underground Cultural Event” by the East Bay Express. DeWolf continues to host and curate the show every First Thursday at the Oakland Metro Operahouse.

DeWolf created several spin off shows such as the What the F*ck Game Show and Game of Thrones Live: Hodor’s Revenge which brings the Tourettes vaudeville style to the violent fantasy universe, featuring circus and burlesque reinventions of fan favorite characters and the audience at war with each other to change the ending of the show. Voted one of top five “Storytellers of the Year” at Bawdy Storytelling, DeWolf and producing partner Wonder Dave also created Story Showdown, chosen as one of the “10 Best Storytelling Events” in the Bay Area.

As one of the most in demand hosts in the Bay Area, DeWolf has hosted and produced showcases at Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Daisy Carnival, Art N Soul Festival, Cabaret Perilous, Bohemian Carnival, Symbiosis Music Festival, the Edwardian Ball, North Bay Cabaret, PianoFight, Seducion Feroce, Fallen Cosmos, Story Showdown, the Folsom Street Fair, Laganitas Beer Circus, New Bohemia, Kiss Kill Consume, Sacramento Horror Film Festival, Beast Crawl, Camp Tipsy, Briefs Erotic Film Festival, Scream Horror Film Festival, Lit Crawl, and more

A filmmaker since his teens, DeWolf wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film Smoked, a “fast paced, smart, witty dark comedy crime caper” about a botched Cannabis Club robbery in Oakland. The film is described as “Mean, bloody and demented. It’s also piss-your-pants hilarious, maddeningly nihilistic, oddly sentimental, weirdly moral, extremely silly and an insanely energetic romp.” In 2012 the film premiered at the Oakland Underground Film Festival, and played at the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas and Rio Grind Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada the same year. Smoked was picked up for international distribution by Indican Studios, who also released the cult film Boondock Saints.

DeWolf’s original written and directed short films, known for their provocative and boundary pushing subject matter, have won multiple awards from “Best Acting Performance” (A Girl and a Gun Briefs 2013), “Most Terrifying Storyline” (Scream 2013), “Best Cinematography” (Scream 2014), and “Best Writing” (Rio Grind 2014). His short films Hey Baby Hey and OK Monster both won the Grand Prize Audience Award the year of their premiere. Double Agent was a gender bending reimagining of a James Bond title sequence, and was featured at the CineKink Film Festival in NYC. His short U Turn was selected for a The Invoking 2, a feature length horror film anthology franchise by Ruthless Pictures. He was voted “Best Film-Maker” by the East Bay Express in 2016. He continues to host the annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival and teach high school students documentary and narrative film-making with Lunchbox International.

The great-grandson of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard, Jamie is an outspoken critic of the church, chosen as one of “Top 25 People Crippling Scientology”. His battles with the cult have garnered interviews with Inside Edition, the Young Turks, CBS, BBC and NBC. He was the host of the first ever anti-Scientology summit in Clearwater, Florida and a keynote speaker at the first international Scientology conference in Dublin, Ireland and the “Getting Clear” conference in Toronto. His live NPR performance about his lineage entitled “The God and the Man” was awarded Snap Judgment’s “Performance of the Year” and quickly became a viral hit, garnering national press from the the Washington Post, the Village Voice and the Huffington Post. In 2015 he premiered the Holy Sh*t Showa performance game show lampooning Scientology. He continues to work with families that have been devastated by great grandfather’s creation.

Currently DeWolf is performing with the Fou Fou Ha clown collective, working on a feature length documentary, writing narrative film scripts and touring with the circus companies Vau De Vire Society and Circus Automatic.


Wonder Dave of Tourettes Without Regrets

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WONDER DAVE is a writer and performer from Minneapolis, MN, now living in California. He has toured the country performing at poetry venues, schools, cabarets, science fiction conventions, burlesque shows, and bowling alleys. Dave’s poetry has been published in anthologies by Write Bloody and Lethe Press as well as in several literary journals. He is currently the host of Oakland’s Queer Burlesque show Seduction Feroce and co-host of Story Showdown at the Awaken Cafe. You can find him online at youtube.com/teamwonderdave , facebook.com/teamwonderdave , @teamwonderdave on twitter, Wonderdave.tumblr.com and www.WonderDave.org.


SYzYgY of Tourettes Without Regrets

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SYzYgY is a beat-boxer and emcee internationally renowned for his dizzying versatility, wildly inventive rhythm patterns and the ability to transform his voice into any instrument or personality. Called The Maniac of the Mouth for his wildman, sideshow antics co-hosting the monthly variety show Tourettes Without Regrets, sYzYgY (pronounced sizz-uh-gee) is no stranger to the stage and is on a mission to boom his insane throat bass from every mic, speaker and stage that he can get his hands and mouth on.

He has southern roots in Huntsville and Nashville. His journey has led him to his current hometown of San Francisco, where he honed his skills after finding mentors in Kid Beyond, Tim Barsky, Infinite and Soulati at a local beatboxing salon called the Vowel Movement. His inspiration for becoming a one man beat machine can be traced to Michael Winslow as well as other influences including Bobby McFerrin and Rahzel. sYzYgY’s sound is genre bending, drawing from elements of hip hop, dubstep, drum and bass, ragga, dancehall and hyphy with ridiculous levels of bass that resonate, with throat singing effects that make for a spellbinding boom. sYzYgY gets around, performing and bringing his style which sometimes includes collaborating or a live looper. He has shared the stage with many artists including KRS One, Rahzel and Scratch of the Roots, Butterscotch, and his local mentors. sYzYgY’s love for music is his driving force. When he’s not at his day job as a bellhop, he’s either at home making beats or searching for an opportunity to share his passion from the mic. This man will not quit,and has just released his first full length feature self-titled album available now on Itunes, expect to hear more from this exciting and awesome talent.


Hunny Bunnah of Tourettes Without Regrets

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Hunny Bunnah is the Bendy Barbie of the Barbary Coast! This Bay Area native performance artist is a regular at Tourettes Without Regrets and produces the No Cover Cabaret every Friday Night at the Skylark Bar in San Francisco’s Mission district. Hunny Bunnah is also an accomplished actress, and has starred in many of Jamie DeWolf’s short films such as A Girl and a Gun, which she won Best Acting Performance, and is the star of SuperEgo’s “Liar” music video.


Jesi Ringofire of Tourettes Without Regrets

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Jesi Ringofire is the midwest madman who’s practically grown up as a performer on the Tourettes stage. He’s the ringleader and founder of Cirquedelic, a fire spinner, dancer, and burlesque performer… you never really know what to expect when he steps on stage, but you know it’s going to be a ridiculous good time.


Duke the Bossman of Tourettes Without Regrets

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DRE aka DUKE THE BOSSMAN was born and raised in East Oakland, Ca. and is a graduate of Skyline High Schools. He started competing in poetry slam at the age of 14, with his first slam performance at Tourettes without Regrets. He competed in the Youth Speaks Slam until he found The Berkeley Poetry Slam. He started hosting the Berkeley Slam in 2007 where he meet producer Kelleth Chin who offered Duke a record deal. In 2008 his band The High Decibels placed #3 on CMJ top 200 Hip-Hop Charts. That gained the attention of Riptide Music Group in Hollywood, Ca who offered them an exclusive licensing deal. Since then Duke has had his music placed in blockbuster movies such as Ted, Cabin In The Woods, and Central Intelligence. His music has been placed in dozens of TV shows including Blunt Talk, Shameless, Broad City and many more. Currently Duke is a new father, releasing new music, and is a cast member of The Darling Clementines Burlesque show, Co-Founder of Digital Storytellers Non-Profit, Co-Producer/Host of The Oakland Poetry Slam and a member of the one and only Tourettes Without Regrets Crew. You can find his music on Itunes, Amazon, and Spotify. The High Decibels and his most recent album Color Me Black was produced by The Rondo Brothers of Handsome Boy Modeling School and Foster the People.


Jordan Ranft of Tourettes Without Regrets

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Jordan Ranft is a jack-of-all-trades bay area performer. As an emcee he has shared stages with members of the mythic Living Legends and Hieroglyphics crews as well as Mistah F.A.B., Gift of Gab, and Brother Ali. He was a member of the 2015 Berkeley Poetry Slam team, which took 3rd place on finals stage at the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland. In addition to rapping and spoken word poetry he also performs burlesque, sketch and stand up comedy, and whatever else gets him onstage in front of a mic. Jordan is also a community educator and has led several creative writing workshops in high schools and treatment facilities across the country with the hopes of creating higher quality of life through the arts. He has been a recurring performer at Tourettes since 2011 and an assistant stage manager since October of 2014. When he isn’t at a show you can probably find him up at UC Davis banging his head against a stack of books while finishing up his undergrad in literature. Check out his music below and his spoken word performance on the Finals stage at NPS2k15.


Xzist of Tourettes Without Regrets

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A psychedelic disciple of the Hip Hop fine arts expanding over 15 years, b-boy Xzist explodes onto the floor in sublime olympian athleticism, cosmic rhythm, and extreme contortion, weaving labyrinthian body threads ushered with extraordinary character and lavish showmanship. Xzist engages the crowd in participatory antics, aesthetic seduction, and quantum galactivation. A magician bending reality and redefining the possible, Xzist occupies time space with potent presence, reckless abandon, supreme stream of consciousness, and ultra magnetic radiance!


Krystal Ashe of Tourettes Without Regrets

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Co-Producer Krystal Ashe has been a part of Tourettes Without Regrets for 11 years. Previously she was the founder and producer of Mental Graffiti in Chicago, and involved heavily in The National Poetry Slam. Krystal handles Social Media, front of the house operations, and most of the things that an audience doesn’t think about when seeing the show, as well as does some of the booking.  When not working on TWR stuff, you can find her on a mountain hiking or camping.


Ophelia of Tourettes Without Regrets

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With flowers in her hair and sparkles in her eyes, international burlesque performer Ophelia Coeur de Noir, ‘Le Petite Phenomenon,’ has combined her passion for theatre, music and dance to create unique burlesque performances & choreography since 2005. Ophelia’s been featured at events all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She’s one half of the musical clown duo ‘Nettles & Lala’, a core cast member of Naked Girls Reading – San Francisco, and performs regularly with San Francisco’s Hubba Hubba Revue, Oakland’s Tourettes Without Regrets, Sacramento’s Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience, and teaches Cancan with the Fishnet Follies Classic Burlesque Revue. She’s ten feet of woman in a five foot package! Find out more at www.opheliablackheart.com.