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LIVE at the Purple Onion

140 Columbus Ave, San Francisco

$12 Stand-Up Tickets at The Purple Onion

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  • Shows available 7/17–8/29
  • No minimum drink purchase
  • Past performers include Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Maya Angelou, Phyllis Diller, the Kingston Trio, the Smothers Brothers, and Richard Pryor

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In the most recent installment of Consumer Reports, stand-up comedy was named the far superior postural form of comedy, beating out sit-down, lying-on-your-side, spread eagle, Indian-style, running-in-place, crucifixion pose, hunched-over-out-of-breath, kneeling-on-your-right-knee-while-tying-your-left-shoe, Statue of Liberty, King Tut, Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Heisman. The magazine's editors concluded that other comedy stances proved too distracting and greatly limited the comic's material (most jokes told in the King Tut pose went something like "Hey, somebody let me outta this coffin, I'm dyin' in here…").

Come see the premier postural form of comedy for 40% off at The Purple Onion.


Laugh where Woody Allen once made people laugh. Today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of comedy for $12 on Friday or Saturday night at the legendary Purple Onion cellar club, located in North Beach at 140 Columbus Ave. There's no drink minimum—you won't need liquor to laugh at the stand-up joint where Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce once performed.

Shows are available from July 17 to August 29. See the Beatnik show at 8 p.m. or the edgier Hepcat show at 10 p.m.; each features six of the best Bay Area comedians and one top-notch headliner. If you don't like laughing on an empty stomach, dinner is available (though not a part of this Groupon). Shows sell out, so call in advance to make reservations.

The Purple Onion was a popular Beat-era haunt, and in the 90s it was a garage-rock spot. Now it's funny again, as evidenced by the comedy special recently taped there by The Hangover funny-guy Zach Galifianakis. Grab a few Groupons and bring some friends for a night full of laughs.


Reviewers on Insider Pages and Citysearch say you're looking for laughs in the right place, giving The Purple Onion four funny stars. Some Yelpers grinned at the plebeian jokes and decor, others guffawed; they give it an average of 3.5 stars. Here's what they're saying:

  • I didn't know an evening of comedy could be so much fun without costing a fortune. It was better than Cobbs, better than The Punchline and way better than what I heard at the Riviera in Las Vegas. – Sandra1950, Citysearch
  • Never been to a comedy club before this but I had a great experience and will go again. Good environment with friend [sic] staff. Great for a date or just to hang out with friends. Great preformers [sic] and comedians. Can't wait to go back. – brian l., Insider Pages
  • This is such a great, intimate comedy venue. I love those big booths, very luxurious indeed. When I go here I feel like I am in a secret underground meeting of the minds. – Katie M., Yelp

Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 30, 2009. Amount paid never expires. 1 per person May purchase multiple as gifts Must call to reserve seats Shows are only Fri and Sat evenings at 8pm or 10pm Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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