Any successful comedian knows that humor is a skill to be exercised every day. The owners of Ha Ha Café Comedy Club agree: hosting laugh riots seven days a week. Of course, the stage has plenty of room for established talent, too. During New York Comedy Hour, host Mike Citera introduces a slew of up-and-coming comedians culled from New York City and Los Angeles. Held on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., All Star Comedy combines such headlining comedians as Jeff Garcia (from "Mr. Box Office" and "Happy Feet"), Adam Hunter ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Chelsea Lately"), and Erik Griffin ("Arrested Development" and "Workaholics"), with appearances from such humor royalty as Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler. Other regular events include "Tickle my Belly" hosted by Robert Zapata.
Recently brought under by new management, The Comedy Palace spotlights a rotating cast of six to eight headliners for its Thursday through Sunday evening performances that are backdropped by a signature red curtain. Flash your Groupon VIP entry, skip the line, and head toward swanky preferred stage seating, optimal for dodging pointed punch lines from comics looking to single out your taste in ring tones from the stage. Peruse a calendar of talent in advance and reserve a space for yourself, your date, your soon-to-be tickled funny bones, and your two drink minimums.
The Dark Room is a 50-seat performance space plunked in the Mission’s exact center, serving as a powerhouse of stand-up and underground theater for years. While not a black box, student-run space per se, guests definitely shouldn’t expect any frills at this former bar. Far from bad drapes and the standard comedy club’s brick wall background, this eccentric space pops with personality, including bathrooms plastered in historical tidbits from the SF theater scene from years past. Frequent shows include indie stand up sets, local talent shows and, lately, live renditions of classic TV episodes and a Sunday Bad Movie Night, which is something of a local tradition. For those looking to inquire, The Dark Room also doubles as a rentable space for rehearsals or shows.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
For nearly 50 years, the Improv chain has incubated standup talent?notable alumni such as Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Robin Williams all conquered their stage fright there before their big breaks. The Ontario location carries on the Improv?s tradition of catching rising stars before they turn into supernovas spewing dangerous molten punch lines with a calendar of up-and-comers and nationally touring talent.
During each beginner improv class, students learn the basic skills of improvisational success, honing in on focus, concentration, teamwork, trust, stagework, and scenework skills. Classes meet for 3.5 hours and take place once a week at ComedySportz' theater at 733 Seward Street. Under the tutelage of experienced funnypersons, students quickly become comfortable and poised to unleash quick-thinking, off-the-cuff remarks.