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Grin & BEAR IT: Comedy & Bearrison Party, presented by Bearpad Art & Safe Words

June 22, 2023 - June 23, 2023

$15 – $25

It’s PRIDE MONTH, and this time we’re bringing you a bear of a ball along with an unusually star studded lineup for our regular monthly comedy night. Join us for an unforgetable LGBTQ+ party and comedy show for San Francisco Pride! Taking place on Pride Wednesday (the 3rd wednesday), GRIN & BEAR IT is a Bear-licious lineup followed by a massive after party and fundraiser for Bearrison Street Fair. Come join us for the usual Safe Words Comedy Showcase, a monthly queer comedy event at the SF Eagle Bar in San Francisco’s Leather Cultural District – stay for the Pride Wednesday of your life featuring art, installations, and psychadelic erotic projections by local artist Bearpad. All in all, it’s a big, bear, body positive, bash!

Safe Words is on a mission to create a safe space for Queer Audiences and Comedians to be their authentic selves, while accelerating the careers of Queer Comedians in the Bay and Beyond. We’d be thrilled to have you join us in supporting that mission, and have a good time with laughter and merriment while we do it.

Comedy Line Up

Headshot of Comedian Chris Grace in front of Bub Pile artwork by artist bearpad.

Chris Grace (@chrisgracecomedy) he/him | gay

Chris Grace is best known for playing Jerry on NBC’s Superstore (think Sandra & Jerry) and can also be seen in PEN15, Broad City, Atypical, and more. He performs stand-up all over the world, and recently won 1st Place at the Riot Festival National Comedy Contest in Houston. He also recently was awarded Best of Fest at Big Pine Comedy Festival, Burbank Comedy Festival, Comedy Chateau Comedy Festival, and Laugh After Dark. This fall he will debut his solo comedy show “Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson” at the Edinburgh Fringe. Read Chris’ Interview in Bear World Magazine where he discusses his experience with Standup, Bears, and Pride – and gives a shout out to GRIN & BEAR IT!

Headshot of comedian Joseph Schles holding a rose in front of Bub Pile artwork by artist bearpad.

Joseph Schles (@josephschles) he/him | queer, gay

Joseph Schles won first place at the Los Angeles Pride Comedy Festival, is featured on Season 3 of Laugh After Dark on Amazon Prime, and has a comedy album called Soliciting D*ck Pics available to stream everywhere. Joseph grew up in Southern California in the Inland Empire, went to school in NYC for musical theater like a real cliche and ended up doing a brief stint as a boylesque dancer named Joe Blow Anybody. His comedy videos have gotten him millions of views and a decent following on TikTok and Instagram ( his fan’s have dubbed themselves ‘Schlesbians’ ) but his Twitter remains a barren wasteland.

Headshot of comedian and multi-hyphenate artist Baruch Porras Hernandez looking snazy in a suit jacket in front of Bub Pile artwork by artist bearpad.

Baruch Porras Hernandez (@baruchporrashernandez) he/him | gay

Baruch Porras Hernandez has performed comedy at fancy universities, strip clubs, bars, a cave once, but his most impressive accomplishment is having had a donut named after him at Dynamo Donuts in San Francisco. He is the creator and host of the latinx comedy showcase “Donde Esta Mi Comedy?” that has been a part of SF Sketchfest three years in a row! He’s done comedy at the legendary Ruckus and Rumpus Review, hosted and performed at the Alameda Comedy Club, and YEAH, WHATEVER! He’s been featured at the Santa Cruz Comedy Festival, Oakland Comedy Festival, and has done comedy all over the Bay Area, LA & California. He’s appeared at both Marga Gomez’s legendary SF comedy shows “NYE Comedy Fiesta” , “Marga’s Comedy Bodega‚” & “Who’s your Mami“ He was born in Mexico, lives in San Francisco and will make out with your Dad.

Headshot of comedian Chelsea Bearce in front of Bub Pile artwork by artist bearpad.

Chelsea Bearce (@chocnilla) she/her | bisexual

Chelsea is award winning comic, actor and karaoke singer. (Yes, really.) She’s the mom of a dope kid, a custom cake maker, and a top finalist in 45th San Francisco International Comedy Competition. You’ve seen her on ABC and Hulu, and you’re about to see her on stage at Grin & Bear It; presented by Safe Words Queer Comedy Showcase! She’s got her first comedy special taping this August – follow her for more info!


Jordan Fickel (left) holds up a large piece of Bearpad Art while Patrick Stephenson (right) signs it.

Patrick Stephenson & Jordan Fickel (@bearpadart) he/they | queer

Get ready to feast your eyes on the colorful and affectionate are of BEARPAD.

BEARPAD is a coupla fuzzy bubs who make big, colorful art of cuddly affectionate men. As a solo artist, Patrick Stephenson has been making art as BEARPAD for the past 10 years or so, including a show at Strut in 2018. Joining BEARPAD in 2021, Jordan Fickel has helped BEARPAD grow into a bigger presence in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Their installations have captivated audiences at bars, festivals, and events all over the country. recently did installations at OUTsider Fest in Austin, Texas, Lazy Bear in Guerneville, California, and Western Xposure in Palm Springs, California. They currently reside in Santa Cruz, CA, where we are both pursuing graduate degrees in art.



Like Bear Hugs? So Do We!

Hosted by Bearrison Street fair, the GRIN & BEAR IT after party will be a highlight of your 2023 Pride season. From a 360 Degree Video Camera to atmospheric installations and projections by Bearpad Art, this party will be a night to remember. Beats by DJ Ayumi and the pour the SF Eagle is known for will keep you partying all night long.

Logo for Bearrison Street Fair


The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence And The Bears Of San Francisco Invite You To The 3rd Annual Bearrison Street Fair On Saturday, October 14, 2023 From 12-6pm.

Bearrison Street Fair is a collaboration between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., (SPI) and the Bears of San Francisco (BOSF). The inaugural fair was held on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Bearrison seeks to provide an inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTQ+ community which promotes body positivity for all and builds a more supportive, welcoming, and inclusive bear scene by representing a diverse arena of cultures.

DJ AyumiPlease posing in front of art by bearpad

DJ AyumiPlease (@ayumiplease) he/him | queer, gay

AyumiPlease is a pan-genre party DJ, event coordinator, and nightlife personality currently residing in San Jose, CA. An activist and community organizer for over 20 years, the main focus of their work is developing and implementing safe and accepting environments for people who identify within the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We’re super thrilled to have AyumiPlease at GRIN& BEAR IT with us this Pride


June 22, 2023
June 23, 2023
$15 – $25
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Team Wonder Dave Productions
Bearrison St Fair
Bearpad Art


398 12th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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