San Francisco Comedy Shows

2018 Calendar of Performances in SF

You can find San Francisco comedy shows almost every night of the week. The shows in SF range from local comedians to big name stars. You can also find improv theater and performances that include audience participation.

San Francisco is also home to large comedy festivals. One of the biggest is SF Sketchfest, which is held from mid-January to mid-February every year.

Below you will find an up-to-date list of SF comedy performances in the upcoming weeks and months. Shows are usually confirmed just a few months in advance, so check back often for additions and changes to this schedule.

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San Francisco Comedy Shows by Venue


Cobbs Comedy ClubCobb's Comedy Club has been one of the best places to catch San Francisco comedy shows since 1982. Located at 915 Columbus Avenue in the famous North Beach district, Cobb's is a thriving part of both old SF and the hotttest nightlife.

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The club seats 400 and offers a full dinner menu and full-service bar. Their big name acts have included Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle, Dana Carvey, Louis CK, Anjelah Johnson, and more.

Punch Line Comedy Club

punch lineThe Punch Line has been bringing outstanding standup to San Francisco since 1978. You can find top shows here six nights a week. It is located in the Financial District at 444 Battery Street, close to the Embarcadero.

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Many comedy greats got their start here, including Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, and Drew Carey. Other headliners include Zach Galifianakis, Amy Shumer, Bill Burr, Aziz Ansari, and many more.

The Masonic

SF MasonicWho would have guessed that inside the large, concrete, mid-century California Masonic Memorial Temple, you would find a state-of-the-art auditorium that hosts fabulous San Francisco comedy shows? Built in 1958 as a Free Masons meeting place, the newly renovated venue now boasts a tiered general admission open floor that gives it a capacity of 3,300.

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In addition to comedy performances by stars like Kathy Griffin and Lewis Black, the Masonic hosts several concerts each month. They're located across from Grace Cathedral on California Street.

The Purple Onion at Kell's

Purple Onion at KellsSince the 1950s, this underground comedy club has hosted some of the biggest legends in American comedy, including Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, and Richard Pryor. In more recent years, the club has been proud to welcome standup stars Robin Williams, Zach Galifianakis, and Todd Barry.

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In 2012, the Purple Onion moved to Kell's Irish Pub in the Financial District, but it still has the same great vibe. Catch a show from Wednesday to Saturday.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket 200Discounted Tickets: Up to 50% off on Goldstar

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Beach Blanket Babylon is a long running musical comedy. The show's content is updated constantly to reflect current pop culture and events. This satire runs every week from Wednesday through Sunday, with an additional 'family-friendly' performance on Sunday afternoon. All other performances are 21 and over only.

Learn More: Beach Blanket Babylon FAQ

Stage Werx

Stage WerxFor something a little more independent and more off-beat, head to SF's Mission district to check out Stage Werx. This intimate, volunteer-run 70-seat theater has been bringing improv, standup, sketch, variety shows, and more to the Bay Area since 2011.

Tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar for their SF Tonight show

Find tickets for all of their shows on their website.

They help mentor and promote emerging artists, and are known for their eclectic and daring performances. Take in a show at 446 Valencia Street.

Un-Scripted Theater Company

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If improv is more your thing, the Un-Scripted Theater Company is where you'll want to catch your San Francisco comedy shows. The company has been giving hilarious, entertaining performances since 2002, in addition to stage plays and experimental works.

They are one of the few companies that specialize in theatrical improvisation. To support them and check out a show, head to 533 Sutter Street, just a block north of Union Square.

BATS Improv

Bats ImprovDiscounts at up to 50% off on Goldstar

BATS Improv is San Francisco's longest running improv comedy theater group. Each show is unique, using audience suggestions and participation.

Some of their top shows include head-to-head improv battles (a local favorite), murder mysteries, and musicals. This mix of comedy and theater is sure to be a night to remember.

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