Comedy

Diedrich Bader will reminisce with fellow "Office Space" cast members at the Castro on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Diedrich Bader revels in ‘Office Space’s’ cult classic status

Venerable character actor Diedrich Bader is proud to have one of the…

Diedrich Bader will reminisce with fellow "Office Space" cast members at the Castro on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)
David Cross appears Jan. 12 in one of several interactive SF Sketchfest shows at The Speakeasy. (Courtesy Daniel Bergeron)

SF Sketchfest vet David Cross not taking comedy too seriously

Whether inhabiting unforgettable characters like the “never-nude” Tobias Fünke, rewriting the rules…

David Cross appears Jan. 12 in one of several interactive SF Sketchfest shows at The Speakeasy. (Courtesy Daniel Bergeron)
TV comedy writer Carol Leifer (of "Seinfeld" and more) brings her standup act to The City. (Courtesy Carol Leifer)

At long last, Carol Leifer returns to Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Southern California comedian Carol Leifer couldn’t more thrilled about returning to San…

TV comedy writer Carol Leifer (of "Seinfeld" and more) brings her standup act to The City. (Courtesy Carol Leifer)
Hannibal Buress brings his standup act to The City. (Courtesy Marcus Price)

Hannibal Buress eases into comedy world

Horror stories abound of comedians’ first forays onstage. Jokes bomb, crowds are…

Hannibal Buress brings his standup act to The City. (Courtesy Marcus Price)
Samson Koletkar is co-founder of the Desi Comedy Fest, running Aug. 9-19 all over the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo)

Desi Comedy Fest has Indians, Pakistanis laughing together

Comic Samson Koletkar has a great response to the not-quite-rhetorical question: “Where…

Samson Koletkar is co-founder of the Desi Comedy Fest, running Aug. 9-19 all over the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo)
Ross Everett plays “transformation artist to the stars” Dale Thorhammer at The Marsh. (Courtesy Richard M. Johnson)

‘Stop Stopping’ an amusing, if slight, self-help satire

On opening night of his presentation at The Marsh in San Francisco,…

Ross Everett plays “transformation artist to the stars” Dale Thorhammer at The Marsh. (Courtesy Richard M. Johnson)
Headliner Jon Stewart closed out the second Clusterfest in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. (Courtesy Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, ‘Daily Show’ cohorts serve up politics, profanity at Clusterfest

Though it seemed like a huge commercial for Comedy Central, the network’s…

Headliner Jon Stewart closed out the second Clusterfest in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. (Courtesy Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Comedy roast pro Jeff Ross appears Sunday at Clusterfest. (Courtesy photo)

Slinging insults a lifelong pursuit for Jeff Ross

Before comedian Jeff Ross performs in a city, he conducts careful research,…

Comedy roast pro Jeff Ross appears Sunday at Clusterfest. (Courtesy photo)
Nemr’s family moved to the San Diego area when he was a toddler after fleeing civil war in Lebanon. (Courtesy photo)

Comedy comes from Beirut with ‘Love’

Lebanese-born, U.S.-raised comedian Nemr has his share of crazy tour stories. Like…

Nemr’s family moved to the San Diego area when he was a toddler after fleeing civil war in Lebanon. (Courtesy photo)
Danny McBride appears in a SF Sketchfest tribute to the cult classic "The Foot Fist Way" at the Castro on Jan. 21. (Courtesy photo)

McBride, Hill grateful for groundbreaking ‘Foot Fist Way’

In the past decade, Danny McBride has perfected the art of portraying…

Danny McBride appears in a SF Sketchfest tribute to the cult classic "The Foot Fist Way" at the Castro on Jan. 21. (Courtesy photo)
John Hodgman, left, and Jesse Thorn begin SF Sketchfest with a Judge John Hodgman podcast at the Castro. (Courtesy photo)

John Hodgman brings dry wit, warm heart to SF Sketchfest

For many, Maine is a wonderful summer destination -- a place to…

John Hodgman, left, and Jesse Thorn begin SF Sketchfest with a Judge John Hodgman podcast at the Castro. (Courtesy photo)
Clever BATS Improv actors create a musical on the spot in “Spontaneous Broadway,” for one night only, at Fort Mason's Bayfront Theater. (Courtesy photo)

Usher in 2018 with music and laughter

Don’t yet have New Year’s Eve plans? Here are a few festive…

Clever BATS Improv actors create a musical on the spot in “Spontaneous Broadway,” for one night only, at Fort Mason's Bayfront Theater. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Cathy Ladman, Gary Gulman, Wendy Liebman and Lisa Geduldig appear in the 25th annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy. (Courtesy Kung Pao Kosher Comedy)

Catching up with Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’s Lisa Geduldig

Lisa Geduldig, standup comedian and founder of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, took…

From left, Cathy Ladman, Gary Gulman, Wendy Liebman and Lisa Geduldig appear in the 25th annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy. (Courtesy Kung Pao Kosher Comedy)
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes is hosting “Girls Nite Out for Laughs,” a standup comedy show at the Paramount Theatre this weekend. (Courtesy Drexina Nelson)

NeNe Leakes having fun talkin’ trash on ‘Girls Nite Out’

Since 2008, NeNe Leakes has earned laughs, roasting her fellow cast mates…

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes is hosting “Girls Nite Out for Laughs,” a standup comedy show at the Paramount Theatre this weekend. (Courtesy Drexina Nelson)
Heather McDonald appears this weekend at Cobb’s Comedy Club, on her annual trip to San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Heather McDonald gets ‘Juicy’ on podcasts

Heather McDonald isn’t entirely unhappy that her long-term gig on the late-night…

Heather McDonald appears this weekend at Cobb’s Comedy Club, on her annual trip to San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Colossal Clusterfest's “South Park” area had a huge plastic bubble filled with purple Member Berries. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

Seinfeld closes first Colossal Clusterfest with panache

Is it a candy bar? Or curse word? On Sunday’s final night…

Colossal Clusterfest's “South Park” area had a huge plastic bubble filled with purple Member Berries. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
Demetri Martin, left, costars with Kevin Kline in “Dean,” a movie about a man what a man does after his mother dies. (Courtesy CBS Films)

Demetri Martin chats about his directorial debut ‘Dean’

Demetri Martin was inspired by the great standup comic Steven Wright, but…

Demetri Martin, left, costars with Kevin Kline in “Dean,” a movie about a man what a man does after his mother dies. (Courtesy CBS Films)
T.J. Miller, of TV and movie fame, is introducing his standup act to some who might not be familiar with it at this weekend’s Colossal Clusterfest. (Courtesy Jesse Grant)

Meet T.J. Miller, standup comedian

Unlike his fat-headed, pot-smoking techpreneur character Erlich Bachman on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,”…

T.J. Miller, of TV and movie fame, is introducing his standup act to some who might not be familiar with it at this weekend’s Colossal Clusterfest. (Courtesy Jesse Grant)
Jennifer Lawrence says she isn't sorry for her pole dance (captured on a video that went viral) at a club in Austria. (Courtesy Facebook)

Scoop: J-Law not sorry at all for pole dance

Radar Online called its post of Jennifer Lawrence -- which, of course,…

Jennifer Lawrence says she isn't sorry for her pole dance (captured on a video that went viral) at a club in Austria. (Courtesy Facebook)
Rita Rudner appears at Feinstein’s at the Nikko -- a nice, intimate room, this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Rita Rudner enjoying doing exactly what she wants

“Some things work out perfectly,” says comedian Rita Rudner upon answering the…

Rita Rudner appears at Feinstein’s at the Nikko -- a nice, intimate room, this weekend. (Courtesy photo)