The Crunchies are next week and we’ve already sold out the beautiful Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco…. Well, we had sold out, but then we found a little more space in the balcony. We opened up that space, so you can still buy a few more tickets if you’re fast, right here.
And one other thing before the show starts — voting ends tonight. Please help us decide the hottest new thing, the greatest founder, the most inspiring overall startup, and the rest of the awards by casting your opinions here.
Aside from that, and on behalf of our cohosts GigaOm and VentureBeat, and the TechCrunch staff, we think you’ll love what we have planned entertainment-wise:
Our host is John Oliver. A writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2006, he’s also had his own Comedy Central series, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, since 2009. He’s won multiple Writers Guild and Emmy nominations for his writing on The Daily Show, including the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing In A Comedy or Variety Series in both 2009 and 2011.
Legendary musician GZA/The Genius, the first signed member of seminal hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan and one of its most distinguished lyricists, is also joining us onstage. In addition to his work with the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA’s 1995 solo effort, the RZA-produced Liquid Swords, met with critical and commercial acclaim, and is largely considered one of the best albums to come out of the Wu-Tang camp.
Finally, DJ Mark Farina will wind up the musical experience for the evening. Shortly after Mark befriended Derrick Carter in 1988 at a record store in Chicago, his passion for House music, and sharing it with the world, exploded. Since then, Mark has been traveling the globe performing hundreds of shows, to more than 1 million club goers, every year. His House sets take fans on journeys to the jazzy side of Chicago House mixed San Francisco style. Some of these sets have been known to last up to 8 hours. And sometimes you’ll find Mark playing in two different rooms at the same party, showcasing his range of big room sound to the uber-chill.
And, for those who know the Crunchies statue over the years, look out for the new gorilla. Let’s just say he’s evolved. We’ll leave it at that.
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