Comedy

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)
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)