You can find San Francisco comedy shows almost every night of the week. The shows in SF range from local comedians to the most famous comedians worldwide. If you are looking for something a bit more off-beat, 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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Cobb's Comedy Club has been one of the best places to catch San Francisco comedy shows since it opened in 1982.
Located at 915 Columbus Avenue in the famous North Beach district, Cobb's is a thriving part of both old SF and the hottest nightlife. They are open Tuesdays to Sundays and closed on Mondays.
The club seats 400 and offers a full dinner menu and a full-service bar. Their big-name acts have included Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle, Dana Carvey, Anjelah Johnson, and more.
The Punch Line has been bringing outstanding stand-up 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.
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 Schumer, Bill Burr, Aziz Ansari, and many more.
Who 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?
It was built in 1958 as a Free Masons meeting place, and the recently renovated venue now boasts a tiered general admission open floor that gives it a capacity of 3,300.
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.
Head to SF's Mission district to check out Stage Werx for something a little more independent and off-beat. This intimate, volunteer-run 70-seat theater has brought improv, standup, sketch, variety shows, and more to the Bay Area since 2011.
They help mentor and promote emerging artists and are known for their eclectic and daring performances. Take in a show at 446 Valencia Street.
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. Head to 533 Sutter Street, just a block north of Union Square, to support them and check out a show.
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 will surely be a night to remember. BATS is located in the Bayfront Theater, Suite 350 on the 3rd floor of the Landmark Building B in the Fort Mason Center.
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