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Darryl Henriques is an author, satirist, stand-up comedian, and actor on stage and radio, and in TV and film.


Henriques, a Cheese Board Collective worker,[1] coined the phrase Gourmet Ghetto.[2]

Darryl Henriques joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1967,[3] later El Teatro Campesino, the East Bay Sharks (street theater) and the Bread and Puppet Theater.[4]

KSAN (1968 to 1980) Scoop Nisker's Last News Show news comedy characters included: Joe Carcinogenni, Rattus Rat,[5] Jacques Kissmatoe,[6] Rev. Clyde Fingerdip[7] and The Swami From Miami.[8] VIDEOWEST[9] cable access show was hosted by Scoop Nisker with Henriques, Laura Daltry, Joe Lerer, and Jane Dornacker.[10]

He appeared in FTA Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek VI,[11] Jumanji (1995) and the Star Wars franchise.

On October 27, 1936, the play It Can't Happen Here opened in 22 theaters in 18 cities across the USA. Henriques initiated the 2011 national readings, mostly on Monday, October 24, co-sponsored by the San Francisco Mime Troupe and Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California.[12][13][14][15]

Personal life

Henriques left the San Francisco Bay Area for the Los Angeles area in 1984.[16][5]


  • Henriques, Darryl (1990). 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Pave the Earth. Ulysses Press. ISBN 978-0-915233-31-1. OCLC 22975079.

See also


  1. ^ "Darryl Henriques: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 8:00 pm". The Freight and Salvage. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Ask Nosh: Where did the term 'Gourmet Ghetto' come from?". Berkeleyside. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2021. At least one insider disagrees with this story, however. L John Harris is a former Cheese Boarder, author of the book Foodoodles, and a historian of Berkeley and the Gourmet Ghetto. By Harris’s account, Kahn certainly used the term and likely popularized it, but did not invent it herself. To that, he credits Darryl Henriques.
  3. ^ Krassner, Paul (September 26, 2007). "Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love". the strip project. Retrieved 8 March 2021. I began my professional show business career in 1967 when I joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe, earning the princely sum of $5 a performance. We were doing an antiwar Commedia play called The Military Lover. The Fillmore, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, the Doors, the Beatles, the Stones, the Byrds, the Animals--all of God’s creatures--you remember, don’t you? That was the year Captain Kirk hot-rodded around the galaxy in the Starship Enterprise and Dustin Hoffman graduated with Mrs. Robinson. Allen Ginsberg was Howling, Paul Krassner was realizing, Abbie Hoffman was freeloading, and Scoop Nisker on KSAN in San Francisco was telling everyone, “If you don’t like the news, then go out and make some of your own!”
  4. ^ "Media Ecology Soul Salon at Cafe 212 Pier, 212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica". laughtears. July 9, 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2021. In 2011 he persuaded 20 theaters across the U.S. to do a reading of Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here," all on the same night to honor the 75th anniversary of the Federal Theatre Project's performing the play in 17 cities on October 27, 1936.
  5. ^ a b Krassner, Paul (19 April 2006). "Save the Gefilte Fish". LA Weekly. Darryl now runs the Leaning Pizza Catering Company. He goes to his clients’ homes, cooks pizza and performs comedy.
  6. ^ "KSAN COMMERCIALS". jive95.com. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  7. ^ "What ever happened to..." jive95.com. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  8. ^ Scoop Nisker with Energy Crisis (1976). "Scoop's Last News Show". discogs. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Alumni H - M". Videowest. Retrieved 8 March 2021. In the seventies and early eighties, he was regular contributor to Scoop Nisker’s Last News Show on KSAN, where he played comic characters like Joe Carcinogenni and the Swami from Miami, who made occasional appearances in our early Videowest shows.
  10. ^ Valdez, Anna (November 2, 1979). "VIDEOWEST: TV Alternative". The San Francisco Foghorn. San Francisco: University of San Francisco. p. 18. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Darryl Henriques: Friday, January 30, 2009". The Freight and Salvage. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  12. ^ "A nationwide theatrical reading this week will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Federal Theatre's production of It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffitt". Broadway To Vegas. October 23, 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  13. ^ Blust, Erica (October 19, 2011). "SU Drama to present reading of 'It Can't Happen Here'". Syracuse University News. Syracuse University. Retrieved 8 March 2021. This 2011 national reading project was initiated by Darryl Henriques, formerly of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT), and is co-sponsored by the SFMT and Dell’Arte International of Blue Lake, Calif. Henriques hopes to call attention to an important piece of American history and to alert today’s audiences to the Federal Theatre Project, which employed thousands of theater workers, circus performers and cabaret and vaudeville acts.
  14. ^ "Wandering and Wondering: It Can't Happen Here". The Mercury News. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2021. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Federal Theatre Project’s production of the play “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffitt, join a nationwide event on October 24 by organizing a local reading or performance of the play.
  15. ^ Scigliano, Eric (October 20, 2011). "'It Can't Happen Here' happens here again". Crosscut. Cascade Public Media. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Riff Raff". SF Weekly. 1 September 1999. Retrieved 8 March 2021. And then there's Darryl Henriques, the Tom Lehrer-esque political satirist, author, and KSAN radio personality who spent the late '60s and '70s as a member of groups like the San Francisco Mime Troupe and East Bay Sharks, “making the world safe for Ronald Reagan.”
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