Comedy

Funny Maureen Langan appears in an entertaining solo show at The Marsh. (Courtesy Bitten By A Zebra Media)

Maureen Langan an engaging garbageman’s daughter

The title of Maureen Langan’s solo show, “Daughter of a Garbageman,” now…

Funny Maureen Langan appears in an entertaining solo show at The Marsh. (Courtesy Bitten By A Zebra Media)
Veronica Echegui and Gael Garcia Bernal make the most of the material in “You’re Killing Me Susana.” (Courtesy photo)

Appealing acting elevates Mexican infidelity comedy ‘Susana’

The actors supply sizzle, but the their characters’ disagreeable behavior makes viewer…

Veronica Echegui and Gael Garcia Bernal make the most of the material in “You’re Killing Me Susana.” (Courtesy photo)
Kathy Griffin brings her stand up act to the Masonic on Jan. 21. (Courtesy photo)

No celebrity is off limits for Kathy Griffin

Promoting her new book “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins,“ the veteran comic known…

Kathy Griffin brings her stand up act to the Masonic on Jan. 21. (Courtesy photo)
Robert Townsend talks about his movie “Hollywood Shuffle” in a 30th anniversary event on Jan. 24, part of the 16th annual SF Sketchfest. (Courtesy photo)

16th annual SF Sketchfest bigger and better than ever

SF Sketchfest 2017, opening Jan. 12 and running through Jan. 29, is…

Robert Townsend talks about his movie “Hollywood Shuffle” in a 30th anniversary event on Jan. 24, part of the 16th annual SF Sketchfest. (Courtesy photo)
Jeff Goldblum -- a jazz pianist as well as actor -- appears with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, on Saturday in The City. (Courtesy SF Sketchfest)

Jeff Goldblum, jazz pianist, plays SF Sketchfest

Woody Allen has played an instrumental role in Jeff Goldblum’s career: He…

Jeff Goldblum -- a jazz pianist as well as actor -- appears with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, on Saturday in The City. (Courtesy SF Sketchfest)
Alex Edelman has been doing standup comedy since he was 15. (Courtesy Will Bremridge)

Standup comic Alex Edelman takes on big TV writing job

For Alex Edelman, performing at this weekend’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy in…

Alex Edelman has been doing standup comedy since he was 15. (Courtesy Will Bremridge)
Claudia Pickering, left, and Monica Ammerman star in “Frisky.” (Courtesy photo)

SF-set comedy ‘Frisky’ gets local Roxie premiere

Describing their project as “a truly underdog film created by a group…

Claudia Pickering, left, and Monica Ammerman star in “Frisky.” (Courtesy photo)
Comedian Dean Delray, a former San Francisco resident, brings his standup act to The Punch Line. (Courtesy photo)

After a mid-life career change, Dean Delray laughs at the pain

In the past year, comedian Dean Delray was evicted from his apartment,…

Comedian Dean Delray, a former San Francisco resident, brings his standup act to The Punch Line. (Courtesy photo)
The Mess, a “comedy collective of rabble rousers and self-styled iconoclasts,” opens a two-weekend run at the Shelton Theater. (Courtesy Devin Cooper)

The Mess stages sketch comedy in SF

The Mess -- self described as “a sketch comedy troupe made up…

The Mess, a “comedy collective of rabble rousers and self-styled iconoclasts,” opens a two-weekend run at the Shelton Theater. (Courtesy Devin Cooper)
Neil Hamburger headlines "Comedy Night at The Indy" on Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Not concerned with mass appeal, Gregg Turkington thrives as Neil Hamburger

With his ultra-greasy comb over, garish lounge tuxedo and array of cringe-worthy…

Neil Hamburger headlines "Comedy Night at The Indy" on Sunday. (Courtesy photo)
Sebastian Maniscalco brings his observational and physical humor to  Montalvo Arts Center this weekend. (Courtesy Todd Rosenberg)

Love of cooking, family fuel Sebastian Maniscalco’s comedy

When Sebastian Maniscalco is truly in his element onstage, he’ll wait just…

Sebastian Maniscalco brings his observational and physical humor to  Montalvo Arts Center this weekend. (Courtesy Todd Rosenberg)
By day, Priyanka Wali is a board-certified internal medicine physician. By night, she makes jokes about dating in San Francisco and fast food. (Courtesy Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest)

S.F. doctor helps kick off South Asian comedy fest

Priyanka Wali’s résumé would gladden the heart of any stereotypical South Asian…

By day, Priyanka Wali is a board-certified internal medicine physician. By night, she makes jokes about dating in San Francisco and fast food. (Courtesy Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest)
John Leguizamo offers amusing lessons in Latin American history in his one-man show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

John Leguizamo’s funny, educational ‘Latin History’

For many of us, back to school is still some weeks away.…

John Leguizamo offers amusing lessons in Latin American history in his one-man show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Will Durst serves up timely jokes in “Elect to Laugh 2016” at The Marsh. (Courtesy Junior Hansen)

Election season’s prime time for funny Will Durst

Even though he gets some healthy chuckles when he says, “I aspire…

Will Durst serves up timely jokes in “Elect to Laugh 2016” at The Marsh. (Courtesy Junior Hansen)
Comic Arj Barker, who started his career in Marin and The City, is in town this week playing Cobb’s, his “home club.” (Courtesy photo)

Homegrown Arj Barker is a global comedian

For two years on the beloved HBO comedy “Flight of the Conchords,”…

Comic Arj Barker, who started his career in Marin and The City, is in town this week playing Cobb’s, his “home club.” (Courtesy photo)
Comedian Jimmy Carr says his first job in marketing -- involving telling lies to strangers -- was similar to his current gig. (Courtesy photo)

UK comic Jimmy Carr: ‘There’s nothing you can’t say’

British comic Jimmy Carr, who started in comedy in 2000, has paid…

Comedian Jimmy Carr says his first job in marketing -- involving telling lies to strangers -- was similar to his current gig. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco native Margaret Cho brings her “PsyCHO Tour” to the Castro. (Courtesy Mary Taylor)

The serious side of Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho doesn’t find anything funny about police brutality, violence against…

San Francisco native Margaret Cho brings her “PsyCHO Tour” to the Castro. (Courtesy Mary Taylor)
Dana Could is among the performers slated to appear in Tuesday Night Live. (Courtesy photo)

Tuesday comedy thrives at Throckmorton

Now entering its second decade in a new format, Tuesday Night Live!…

Dana Could is among the performers slated to appear in Tuesday Night Live. (Courtesy photo)
Karen Ripley reminisces about being a lesbian in the 1970s in the Bay Area in her funny solo show at The Marsh in Berkeley. (Courtesy Karen Ripley)

‘Oh No’ amusingly details 1970s lesbian journey

The title of lesbian comic Karen Ripley’s solo show “Oh No There’s…

Karen Ripley reminisces about being a lesbian in the 1970s in the Bay Area in her funny solo show at The Marsh in Berkeley. (Courtesy Karen Ripley)
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