Well, the world didn't end today (yet?). Whether you're feeling thrilled or bummed or neutral about this fact, it's certainly lucky for us because these local comics have some killer comedy shows planned to usher us through the holidays and into the New Year!
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish Comedy on Christmas
The cleverly-denominated local production embracing the diversity of San Franciscan culture celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! Early and late shows happen each night December 22-25 at New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown for those who prefer a dose of self-deprecating humor to eggnog and "Jingle Bells." Partial proceeds of the tickets, which are $64 for dinner and $44 for cocktails, benefit The Brown Twins/Jewish Family and Children's Services Emergency Assistance Fund and the Bay Area Women's and Children's Center.
The Cynic Cave
At the beginning of this month, this beloved film and comedy series in the basement of the Mission's Lost Weekend Video store expanded to include a weekly comedy showcase. Every Saturday night at 8 p.m., San Francisco's top local talent performs stand-up with rotating host/producers George Chen and Kevin O'Shea. This Saturday, December 22 for $10, catch Matt Gubser, Josef Anolin, Lydia Popovich, and Steve Lee. Join the mailing list to keep up with future lineups.
This free comedy showcase takes place every second and fourth Thursday at Emma's Coffee House at 20th Ave. and Geary. Hosted by S.F.'s Danny Dechi, "comedian and world's only pencil musician," the show features up-and-coming comedians from around the Bay Area. The next show is Thursday, December 27.
Not Your Normal New Year's Eve
The fourth annual Not your Normal New Year's Eve extravaganza begins at 7 p.m. at the grand Herbst Theatre. The evening will feature music from Foxtails Brigade, as well as comedy starring stand-up veteran Emo Philips, whom Jay Leno described as "the best joke writer in America," and Brent Weinbach, creator and star of the web series "Weinbach in Wonderland," hosted by S.F.'s own Jill Bourque, comedian and creator of the international improv smash hit How We First Met. It's all topped off with a balloon drop at 10 p.m. -- midnight in Normal, Illinois. Tickets are $25-$45 and are available at NYNNYE.com.
Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.