What are the best comedy clubs in San Francisco?

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Katie Sweeney

Many legendary comedians including Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Margaret Cho got their starts doing stand-up in San Francisco. Thus, the city by the bay is a great spot to check out up and coming talent as well as established profesionals on tour.

The best place to catch a show is Cobb's Comedy Club in North Beach. This old-school comedy house is large and in charge (it seats 400 people) with a two drink minimum per person. They also have an assortment of food including chicken and waffles, meatball sandwiches, and steak with French fries. All of the seating is first come first serve, so if you've got a big group, try and get to your show early. Upcoming comedians include Tom Cotter, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jay Larson, and Cecily Strong.

Another popular comedy spot is The Punchline Comedy Club. The oldest club in San Francisco, Punchline is managed by the same group as Cobb's so the same rules apply. Comedians with shows in the near future are Adam Ray, Julian McCullough, and The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour.

Kimberley Lovato

They say laughter is the best medicine so here's your prescription for the best of San Francisco's funny spots. 

Cobb's Comedy Club presents the finest comedy talent working today, and has for over 25 years. Located in San Francisco's famous North Beach (Little Italy), Cobb's is a 400 seat venue with a full dinner menu and full-service bar. Make a night of it!

Punchline Comedy Club has been tickling our funny bones for over 25 years, and has welcomed some of the the nation's best comics including Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey, to name just a few who have graced this stage. 

For something a little non-traditional-comedy-club, check out the Secret Improv Society. Their popular theatrical shows blend comedy, music and improvisational theater to create a unique and fun form of entertainment. 

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