The Bay Area's unique mix of clever and quirky is an amazing breeding ground for comedy. Comedians from the area tend to stand out from the crowd, and some of our greatest entertainers have come from this area: Dana Carvey, Greg Proops, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho and more. The Do What You Love Comedy series seeks out the next generation of Bay Area stand-up stars. Every month, this independent comedy showcase highlights five of the most accomplished Bay Area comedians. Check out the full event description for this month's scheduled performers.
MVP Admission tickets include access to the 21 and older happy hour with open bar (beer and wine ONLY while supplies last) at 5:30pm. MVP Admission seating is in reserved sections in the front half of the venue.
March 25, 2016
Headliner Richard Toomer (Punchline, Cobb’s, SF Sketchfest): Richard’s jokes and stories are fueled with rapid-fire punchlines, intelligent observations and the highest energy that coffee can provide. Common topics include the classics like race and sex, and his unique experiences, tragedies and neurotic victories contained within.
Other featured artists:
Pam Benjamin (Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, HIGHlarious Comedy Festival), Bryant Hicks (Punchline, San Jose Improv), Gabrielle Poccia (Punchline, Cobb’s, SF Sketchfest) and Paloma Rosa (Stand Up Scottsdale, featured with Dan St. Germmaine)
April 22, 2016
Headliner Irene Tu (SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival): Irene is a Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Finalist. Her comedy is described as “sarcastic” by West Coast terms. But hailing from the Midwest, Irene feels like she tells it like it is.
Other featured artists:
Christopher Conaster (Cynic Cave, Heny Miller Library), Iris Benson (The Laughing Devil Laughter Competition, The SheDot Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival), Juan Medina (SF Sketchfest, Indiefest, Savage Henry Comedy Festival) and Ron Chapman (SF Sketchfest, Punchline, SF Sketchfest)
May 20, 2016
Headliner Sampson McCormick (The White House, Kennedy Center, BET, MTV’s Real World, Comedy Store, Punchline, Harvard University and the Oprah Winfrey Network): Sampson is a Grammy nominee for his 2014 comedy album, That Bitch Better Be Funny: Live at the Howard Theater. Besides being an award-winning stand-up comedian, Sampson is a writer and activist who can make audiences double over in laughter whether he’s joking about his wacky and beloved Aunt Jackie, his twink neighbor, being raised in the South or addressing homophobia, poverty and religion.
Other featured comedians includes:
Ash Fisher (SF Sketchfest, Punchline), Phil Griffiths (Rooster T Feathers), Dro Knows (SF Sketchfest, Punchline, Tommy T’s) and Dom Gelin (Purple Onion, Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival)