Bay Area fun: 25+ comedy shows to catch in Oakland, SF, Half Moon Bay and beyond – The Mercury News

Bay Area fun: 25+ comedy shows to catch in Oakland, SF, Half Moon Bay and beyond – The Mercury News

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Comedy All Stars: 8 p.m. Aug. 30, Sept. 27, & Oct. 11, Punchline SF, 444 Battery St., San Francisco. Catch an array of our favorite professional local comedians, some of whom have appeared on Comedy Central and late night talk shows such as Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. $20-28.
My Parents Came To America And All They Got Was A Kid Who Does Comedy: 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 1-10, PianoFight Oakland, 1540 Broadway, Oakland. They came here for the American dream. They had us. Now we’re doing sketch comedy, and it’s not even on TV. Join the fun for an hour and watch a bunch of non-doctors disappoint their parents in more than 30 different languages. $16-$40. Eventbrite:
Cougars on the Loose: various times and locations Sept. 8 to Oct. 21. Cougars on the Loose is a special series dedicated to showcasing comedy from comedians of a certain age. The show isn’t just about tell jokes or being middle aged. It’s also about connection and community. At each show, we make a human connection with our audience that is palpable, tenacious, and unforgettable. Prices vary.
VENT! An Interactive Comedy Show for Malcontents: 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and Oct. 6, PianoFight Second Stage, 144 Taylor St., San Francisco. Have something to b*tch about? Get ready to air your gripes, grievances, rants and raves, then watch a panel of hilarious comedians discuss your issues. The rest of the world might not care about your meaningless problems, but they do! $15-$20. Eventbrite:
LoLGBT+ Presents Queens & Comedy: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and Oct, 23, Punch Line Comedy Club, 2100 Arden Way #225, Sacramento. Maybe you’ve seen a comedy show before, and maybe you’ve seen a drag show before, but have you ever seen both at the same time? This hot mezz extravaganza will have you laughing and cheering. *fan snap* $33. LiveNation:
Minority Reportz Desi Girls Night Out: 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Cobbs Comedy Club, San Francisco, and Sept. 22, Punchline Comedy Club, Sacramento. Mona Shaikh presents Minority Reportz Desi Girls Night Out brings you a lineup of all South Asian female comedians seen on NBC, Comedy Central, Netflix. We’ve been featured in LA Times, Forbes, Hollywood Reporter etc. Minority Reportz made history at the NY Comedy Festival in Nov 2021 by being the first show with an all South Asian and Middle Eastern female lineup to sold out shows. $20-$30.
Marina Comedy Nights at Essi: 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Essi Wine Bar, 3330 Steiner St., San Francisco. Tuesday night is Tinder night so bring your date to Essi for some live standup comedy from some of the best comedians in the Bay Area. The rotating lineup includes comedians seen on Conan, James Corden, SF Sketchfest, The Punch Line and more. $10. Eventbrite:
Stand-Up at Milk Bar – Haights Debates: 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., San Francisco. Brought to you by the fun master general, Connor Marshall, Haight’s Debates has two comedians going head to head in a laugh battle, debating topics from race and religion to farts and freaks. The show lasts 90 minutes and features comedians who have performed on Comedy Central, Viceland and more. Free. Eventbrite:
Comedy Nights at The Valencia Room: 7 p.m. every Wednesday, 647 Valencia St., San Francisco. Enjoy an amazing night of stand up comedy featuring comedians who have been on Comedy Central, Netflix  and HBO. You never know who will drop in for a guest set. $15. Eventbrite:
Comedy Nights at Gilman Brewing: 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Gilman Brewing, 706 Main St., Pleasanton. Hear a different line up every week of comedians from comedy clubs and TV, such as Ryan Goodcase, Marcus Howard, and Matt Curry. $12. Eventbrite:
The Lowdown Stand-Up Comedy Show: 8 p.m. every Wednesday, Low Bar, 2300 Webster St., Oakland. Every week, Lowdown Comedy features the very best stand-up comedians passing through the Bay Area, with comics you may have seen on Conan, Comedy Central, Netflix and The Late Late Show with James Corden. $10. Eventbrite:
NutHouse – A Professional Stand Up Comedy Show: 8 p.m. every Wednesday and 8:30 p.m. every Saturday, The Golden Squirrel, 5940 College Ave., Oakland. This bi-weekly comedy show at a gastropub in the heart of Rockridge features local and touring comedians, many of whom have been featured on Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Amazon Prime, Conan and James Corden. Free. Eventbrite:
Just Laugh SF – Open Mic Stand Up Comedy: 7 p.m. every Thursday, FAME Venue, 443 Broadway, San Francisco. Every week, Just Laugh SF provides a night of laughter from local stand-up comedians, plus a DJ mixing music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Free. Eventbrite:
‘Puff Puff Laugh’ SF’s Cannabis Lounge Comedy Show: 7 p.m. every Thursday, Barbary Coast Cannabis Lounge, 952 Mission St., San Francisco. Barbary Coast upholds a tradition of “higher” quality. Now HellaFunny is taking over the lounge for a night of “Puff Puff Laugh.” Free. Eventbrite:
Taco Thursday Comedy Show: 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, 2010 Mandela Parkway, Oakland. Come out every week to check out the Bay Area’s hottest comics and enjoy great tacos, a live band and DJ. $10-$50. Eventbrite:
You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit!: 9 p.m. every Thursday, Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., San Francisco. Had a nightmare job now or in the past? Tell us about it to get petty revenge in the form of a comedy show. Our team will use your terrible 9-to-5 tales of  employment to give you an hour of great laughs. $15. Eventbrite:
Comedy Sharks: 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month, Hop Dogma Brewing Co., 270 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. Every month, five of the best stand-up comics from the Bay Area and beyond perform at the brewery. Free. Eventbrite:
BoozeLand Comedy Clubhouse Nights: 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of every month, Emperor Norton’s BoozeLand, 510 Larkin St., San Francisco. Join Mutiny Radio to see the Bay’s favorite comics and enjoy laughs and drinks. Free. Eventbrite:
Comedy and Cocktails at The Hungry Howl: 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of every month, Hungry I, 546 Broadway, San Francisco. Comedy is back at the Hungry I, where legends like Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers and Mort Sahl once performed. Now you can watch the new generation of locals and out-of-town comedians who have been featured on late-night TV, Comedy Central and more. Enjoy amazing secret line-ups, then hang out afterward for karaoke and DJs. $15. Eventbrite:
The Confessional: 8 p.m. every Friday, Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., San Francisco. From the mild to the wild, all of us have guilty pleasures, moments of being bad and downright awful. Audiences submit written sins and secrets, which the performers use to weave a fully improvised comedy show. $15. Eventbrite:
Your F*cked Up Relationship: 9 p.m. every Friday, Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., San Francisco. Since 2011, San Francisco’s hottest improv show is fueled by your terrible relationship stories. Come and share, then laugh. $20.
Big House Comedy: 7 p.m. the last Friday of every month, Big House Beans, 4770 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. This Temescal cafe offers edgy comedy from a fresh and diverse line-up of the Bay Area’s top comedians, including acts that have been on Comedy Central and Netflix. Free. Eventbrite:
Stand Up Comedy in Downtown San Mateo: 7 p.m. alternating Fridays and Saturdays, Bobabia, 271 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. Each week Near Me Comedy brings the best comedians in the Bay Area and beyond right to San Mateo, featuring comedians seen on Comedy Central, Netflix, late night shows, SF Sketchfest and more. $25. Eventbrite:
Secret Improv Society Live Comedy Show: 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., San Francisco. Laugh out loud with Secret Improv Society, San Francisco’s award-winning comedy show. These unique interactive experiences feature fast-paced scenes and songs inspired by audiences and made up on the spot. $25.

Comedians with Criminal Records: 7 p.m. every Saturday, Broadway Studios Venue, 435 Broadway, San Francisco. Crime is no laughing matter in San Francisco… unless it’s HellaFunny’s Comedians with Criminal Records, a unique showcase of some of the Bay Area’s top professional comics who’ve had a bit of trouble with the law in the past, but have hilarious stories to share because of it. $10. Unation:
The Neighborhood Show – Comedy & Community: 6:30 p.m. every other Saturday, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. The best neighborhood comedy show in the Bay Area showcases the funniest comedians in the Bay Area in a relaxed, low-key atmosphere. Free. Eventbrite:
S. F. Comedy Showcase: 8 p.m. every Sunday, Punchline SF, 444 Battery St., San Francisco. For the last 30 years, Punch Line’s weekly SF Comedy Showcase has showcased such legendary talents as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker. Come see the comics of tomorrow today. $16-$24.
Free to Laugh Comedy Show at The Roaring Donkey: 8:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of every month, Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, 146 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Hear California’s best professional club comedians in Petaluma. Free. Eventbrite:
Sunday Funday Comedy Show: 4 to 9 p.m. once a month on Sundays, Hometown Bowl, 237 El Camino Real, South San Francisco. Stand up comedy and bowling — what more can you ask for on a Sunday afternoon? Have some laughs and knock some pins. $20. Eventbrite:
Cheaper Than Therapy: 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun. every week, Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., San Francisco. Spend an intimate evening enjoying unadulterated stand-up comedy with some of the best comedians from the Bay Area and beyond. $20. CTT Comedy:
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