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April 13, 5 p.m. Third Pig Bar, Litquake's Lit Crawl A literary event in Sebastopol, this reading features stories on the theme "How about them apples: Stories about the unexpected surprises life throws at you." Note the picture of Keli tossing an apple to your right! She'll be there.

Oct. 16, 2023 7 p.m. - Litquake's We ❤ SF

Fifteen talented writers read 3-minute pieces on why (in spite of it all) we can't stop loving San Francisco. Keli will read an excerpt from "Surviving San Francisco." At Page Street Co-working $5 suggested donation

June 10, 2023 5:30 p.m. -

Babylon Salon

The San Francisco literary series is back, and Keli's bringing some laughs. Come to the Sycamore in the Mission District if you love stories.

May 7, 2023 4 p.m. - Bay Area Book Festival

Keli is emceeing the LitCamp stage (and reading work!) - this year's storytellers will be tackling the theme "Unreliable Narrator: Stories about con artists, liars, and people we generally don't trust."

March 28, 2023 5:30 p.m. - Shine Bright author & famed culture journalist Danyel Smith at Mills College at Northeastern

Ready for a bold celebration of Black women in pop music? ALWAYS! Come hear a reading from Danyel's new amazing memoir & biography Shine Bright, and join Keli in conversation with this amazing human (whom you also know as the host/creator of the Black Girl Songbook podcast + former EIC of Vibe AND so much you should really be up on Danyel, y'all. Come to the Mills Hall Living Room to meet this hometown (Oakland) and towering creative.

SF Sketchfest Jan. 20, 2023 - Surviving San Francisco: Still Got That Weak-Ass 'Fro

Guess who's performing for SF Sketchfest?  Doing 25 minutes of blistering takes on America's most $$$$ city?

Nov. 3, 2022 - Muni Diaries Live!

More adventures in urban storytelling, this time focused on the transit behemoth whose logo is a "worm." Disclosure: Keli once worked for Muni...wuh woh. [Listen to the podcast episode here]

Oct. 16, 2022 - Litquake

Keli's at it again...The lapsed Buddhist is reading at Page Street's LitQuake event, "Welcome to Enlightenment."

May 7, 2022 - Bay Area Book Festival

Drive over to Berkeley by 2 p.m. That's when Keli's hosting "2-Minute Reads: The Plot Twist" on the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park, featuring fun readings by Lit Camp and Page Street writers (Keli's in the latter group and reading surprising stuff, too).

March 7, 2022 - Global Women’s Rights Forum, University of San Francisco

Keli creates a panel on the state of female representation in global storytelling. That's BIG! It's called "Women Need the Media/The Media Needs Women."

May 21, 2021 - TALKIES

Keli joins the streaming edition of TALKIES, with host George Chen and some cool Cali comedy types. Free show.

December 14, 2019 - LMAO Comedy Show

Hosted by comedy legend Tony Sparks, this Milk Bar stand-up showcase features Keli doing a tight 5 minutes.

November 1, 2019 - "Surviving San Francisco - The Sister-logues" Back by popular demand! Keli and Karen Taylor present comedy monologues about Black ladies surviving the most expensive city in America. The show is part of the Reimagine End of Life festival, which makes total sense. 826 Valencia in the Tenderloin hosts. 7PM. $15. Ticket deets here. 

September 14, 2019 - More stand-up comedy Here's a "save the date" for anyone willing to brave San Francisco to see Keli's comedy, in a lineup curated by SRGO Productions.

August 24, 2019 - "Young" Gifted & Black Comedy Show

Arrested development qualifies as young? Keli joins a lineup of Black jokers, including Bay Area comic legend Tony Sparks, in this stand-up show at Manny's in San Francisco's Mission District, a SRGO Productions production.

Doors 7:30PM, tickets here.

August 11, 2019 - Surviving SF excerpt @Solo Sundays VIEW ON YOUTUBE HERE

See a snippet of "Surviving San Francisco: The Sister-logues" when Keli joins the monologue lineup of performers at Stage Werx theater. 7PM, deets here.

July 22, 2019 - Surviving SF excerpt @Monday Night Marsh

See a snippet of "Surviving San Francisco: The Sister-logues" when Keli joins the monologue lineup of performers at the Marsh theater. 7:30PM, deets here.

July 18, 2019 - Surviving San Francisco: The Sister-logues VIEW ON YOUTUBE HERE

Come through for monologues about Black women surviving the city, featuring Keli and her special guest Karen Taylor. $5 Eventbrite/$10 door. With support from the SF Arts Commission and Media Alliance. 8PM at Stage Werx Theatre.

July 8, 2019 - Monday Night Marsh

Keli joins the monologue lineup for this regular series at the Marsh. 7:30PM, deets here.

July 7, 2019 - Surviving San Francisco: The Sister-logues

Come through for monologues about Black women surviving the city, featuring Keli and her special guest Karen Taylor. $5 Eventbrite/$10 door. With support from the SF Arts Commission and Media Alliance. 2:30PM at Stage Werx Theatre.

July 3, 2019 - "Surviving San Francisco: The Free Advice Show"

Keli's leading this panel at the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium. Come through for some high-spirited input on maintaining your life in the Promised Land of Tech Jobbing. Cold Brewing. Life Hacking. App Dating then Ghosting. Unsorted Garbage Shaming. Black People Exiting (Blaxiting). Porch Package Pirating. Sidewalk Feces Dodging. Golden Gate Bridge Jumping. And a Light Jacket All Summer Long. Free, 5:45PM. Deets here.

April 27, 2019 - "Surviving San Francisco: Another Night of Comedy"

Keli's popular stand-up comedy night returns to Manny's in the San Francisco Mission District. She brings together a cast of comedians so intersectional the Harvard Lampoon can't "get" them. But you can, bb. Tickets $15 on Eventbrite. 

March 15, 2019 - Stand-Up Comedy

Catch Keli's filthy-but-thinky set after 7:30 p.m. at the One Story Building in San Leandro. This show's put on by the great comedian Kethia Chheng.

March 11, 2019 - SXSW

Keli teams up with Pilot Media Initiative to discuss "The Democracy Show? - Satire TV for Global Markets" at Austin's giant South by Southwest conference.

Jan. 12, 2019 - "Surviving San Francisco"

Get SF survival tips from comedians, with Keli as host, for a night of stand-up comedy at Manny's in the Mission District.

Jan. 3, 2019 - "50 First Jokes" Comics take the stage to share their first joke of 2019 - see some of the Bay Area's funniest (and Keli). Tickets

March 13, 2018 - SXSW

Catch this panel, "Memes + Monologues: Lessons in Laughter for the News." Keep up with Keli 'splaining the power of comedy.

Oct. 2017 - The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Keli does Canada! And talks about where journalism and comedy meet, on TVO's current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Watch that segment here.

May 8, 2017 - NewsFest

4 - 6 p.m. Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University

Keli emcees an interactive news festival highlighting the work of this year's John S. Knight Journalism Fellows.

March 14, 2017 - SXSW

Making People Accidentally Enjoy Learning
12:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5-7

Keli joins a panel coordinated by to talk about comedy's role in education.

SXSW schedule.

Oct. 27, 2016 - Saint Mary's College of California

Keli moderates "Parties, Populism and Polarization," an election panel with academics and experts in legal and government affairs. Details.

Sept. 29, 2016 - Saint Mary's College of California

Keli moderates "Voting Rights & Wrongs," an election panel with national academics, media and voting advocates. Details.

Aug. 13, 2016 - Las Vegas

Keli moderates a Q&A with Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Ronny Chieng. 2016 AAJA National Convention, Caesars Palace. Details.


Listen to the Muni Diaries podcast
San Francisco's public transit provides crazy tales. Hear this one.
Watch the documentary "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
Enjoy this award-winning 2020 short film about San Francisco's historic Fillmore neighborhood.

Binge the BAVC "SF Nonprofit Spotlight" series Produced by SF Commons TV, this interview show highlights San Francisco do-gooders during the pandemic.
Stream more videos, here.
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