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click to enlarge Actor and comedian Jay Mohr's stand-up gig at Cobb's this weekend coincides with the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade and celebration. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Actor and comedian Jay Mohr's stand-up gig at Cobb's this weekend coincides with the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade and celebration.

Nobody told actor and comedian Jay Mohr that his stand-up gig at Cobb’s this weekend coincided with the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade and celebration.

“That is fantastic,” he says. “I’m not gay, but I am certainly on the waiting list. I’ve got my Rufus Wainwright CDs, I have my Hermés man-bag, and I’m very much aware that bear Alec Baldwin is much hotter than twink Alec Baldwin.“

However, to paraphrase a song from “Avenue Q,” if he were gay? “I have to decide. I used to be quite the twink, and now I’m sort of in that no man’s land in between. I’m not a bear, but I’m not a twink, I’m just sort of a dad,” he laughs. “Maybe I’m on the down-low.”

Mohr is, indeed, a dad of the traditional sort. He’s got a son from his first marriage, and he and his wife, “Las Vegas” player Nikki Cox, welcomed their first child just over a year ago.

 He has also, as the saying goes, played one on television. The popular series “Gary Unmarried” recently had Mohr as a divorced ne’er-do-well dad for two seasons on CBS.

This was hot on the heels of three seasons as a professor of the paranormal on “Ghost Whisperer,” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt and fellow stand-up Jamie Kennedy.

With the additional career facets of screen actor (“Jerry Maguire,” “Hereafter”), funnyman (“Saturday Night Live,” “Last Comic Standing”) and author (“No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad”), he’s always had plenty of stories for his stand-up gigs.

Now he’s added “Mohr Stories,” a free podcast available on iTunes. “All of my opening acts kept asking me to be on their podcasts. I knew that Marc Marrin had an enormous podcast. I knew Joe Rogan had an enormous podcast. It took me a while to realize that they were playing larger rooms because of those podcasts.”

The uncensored format — each of the 50 episodes is labeled “explicit” — allows him to be something of a blue Jay when it comes to language. He also likes the incontrovertibly fact-based nature of the format.

Unlike television and radio, the numbers are absolutely concrete — “iTunes hands you a printout of the exact amount of the downloads to hand to a sponsor. There’s no guesswork. I’ve had 8 million downloads this year,” he says.

“Kevin Smith really educated me on this,” says Mohr of the film director and Internet entrepreneur. “He took me under his wing when I started and I asked him, ‘So is this the wave of the future?’ and he said, ‘No. This is right now!’”

Jay Mohr
Where: Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $27.50
Contact: (415) 928-4320,

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Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and a lifelong arts supporter. Diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!)... more
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