Info The Improv in San Jose, formerly known as the San Jose Theater, is the oldest theater in the entire city. Built in 1904, it is officially a historical landmark. During its initial launch, events at The Improv consisted of vaudeville acts and stock company parties. Early appearances included the legendary magician, Harry ... more
62 S. Second Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Info Touted as the longest-running comedy club in San Francisco, the Punchline Comedy Club in Downtown SF features shows five to seven nights a week, including a weekly Sunday showcase of Bay Area comedians. Punchline Comedy Club is an 18+ venue with a standard two-drink minimum, a 200-person capacity, and an average ticket ... more
444 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Info Located in the North beach neighborhood of San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club is currently in its 30th year, boasting 400 seats and a rotating line-up of the best comedians in the industry. Its performers are often regular guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman, have their own comedy ... more
915 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
San Francisco may only be a seven square-mile town, but there is still a bunch of great SF comedy clubs where on any night you could see a headlining star or tomorrow’s next big thing.
For starters, some of the biggest names in comedy have performed in comedy clubs in SF, like Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., and others.
One of the best comedy clubs in the city is Cobb’s Comedy Club in North Beach. Hosting comics for three decades, Cobb’s is the quintessential SF comedy club and anyone who is anyone performs on their stage. The Punchline, meanwhile, is located Downtown and also features top-rate comedians in a more intimate setting.
For those in an improv mood, there are great shows at BATS Improv, which has been serving up off-the-cuff humor since the 80s. And then there’s the Purple Onion, a small comedy club and Italian restaurant that has seen the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Judah Friedlander, Richard Pryor, and the Smothers Brothers on its illustrious stage.
Regardless of what you’re looking for, comedy clubs in San Francisco will always find ways to make you laugh, no matter how much the fog might try to get you down.