Comedy Roundup: Where to Get Your LOLs in San Francisco
Comedy in San Francisco is a rare treat: entertaining, affordable, and the perfect cathartic remedy for whatever's annoying the heck out of you this week. If you're looking for a laugh, here are just a few top-notch comedy haunts guaranteed to do the trick.
BATS Improv is the longest-running and most highly acclaimed improv theater company and school in San Francisco. Their improvised performances mix theatre, comedy, and acting in hilariously themed shows that leave nothing off limits, all while keeping it semi-clean with a PG-13-ish rating that everyone can enjoy.
2 Marina Blvd
Landmark Building B
San Francisco, CA 94123
Not technically in San Francisco, but just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away so you won't even notice. With five shows each week from Thursday to Sunday, Comedy Oakland is a hotspot for the Bay Area's most refreshing comedy talent. Located upstairs in Oakland's trendy Spice Monkey restaurant, Comedy Oakland was named the "Best Place for Comedy" in East Bay Express's 2016 Readers Poll.
1628 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Best of SF Stand-Up Comedy
Every Friday, San Francisco's most promising comedians perform at the Variety Preview Theatre in the iconic Hobart Building for a hilarious night of comedy for a good cause. The proceeds from concessions are donated to the Variety Children's Charity of Northern California, and Best of SF Stand-Up has already raised over $19,000 for children with special needs.
582 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
A full-service restaurant and bar with two theaters and a cabaret stage, PianoFight's round-the-clock entertainment offerings include sketch comedy competitions, stand-up, comedic choose-your-own adventure productions, and full-scale plays and musicals, in addition to concerts and other cultural events.
144 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Cobb's Comedy Club
Comedians like Dana Carvey, Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, Russell Peters, Jo Koy, Anjelah Johnson, Bill Burr, and Louis CK are among the many familiar faces to perform at Cobb's Comedy Club, the famous 400-seat comedy venue located in San Francisco's North Beach.
915 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Punch Line Comedy Club
Sister-club to Cobb's Comedy Club, Punch Line is another popular venue for top-tier comedy talent, with guests that include Zach Galifianakis, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Hannibal Buress, and Dave Chapelle, who has been a regular at the club since the 1990s.
444 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
The intimate and much-loved show takes place every Saturday at the newly opened Ales Unlimited: Beer Basement, offering up-close-and-personal comedy where established comedians and rising stars perform material just a few feet from the audience.
222 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94102