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Hey kids! Its your friendly neighborhood hostel worker here to tell you about the comedy scene here in San Francisco. What comedy scene you ask? Well once upon a time San Francisco was the place to be for "alternative comedy" whatever that means. Greats like Patton Oswalt and Robin Williams have spent a good chunk of their career here in SF and to our credit we still have some pretty great clubs still operating in the city, most of which are right in our neighborhood. Cobb's Comedy Club (cobbscomedyclub.com) and the Punchline (punchlinecomedyclub.com) are the two more traditional clubs but we also have the smaller more personal, Purple Onion (caffemacaroni.com/purple.shtml) not a block away from our front door.
And for the last 10 years we have opened our figurative city gates to the SF Sketchfest. A comedy extravaganza that lasts over 2 weeks. Half the venues are in our neighborhood and the other half are super easy to get to from the Tortoise.
A few highlights of the festival are Mike Birbiglia's one man show "My Girlfriends Boyfriend" that is making its making its stop here before it heads out to New York for its Off-Broadway run. A ton of podcasts are going live shows like Jimmy Pardo's "Never not Funny", Chris Hardwick's "Nerdist", and Mark Maron's "WTF". A couple big names on the show include Neil Patrick Harris, Bob Odenkirk, and David Byrne.
For ticket and venue information go to sfsketchfest.com