Whatever your New Year's resolutions might be, perhaps you should consider adding "laugh more" to the list. After all, San Francisco is a haven of comedy gold. Whether you like sharp stand-up, insightful conversations, or more traditional theater, there is no shortage of quality laughs to be had at venues around the city in the months ahead.
Fresh off the release of Netflix's With Bob and David, a series that reunited Mr. Show creators David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, the cantankerous comic returns to his roots: stand-up comedy. Past albums like Shut Up, You Fucking Baby! and Bigger and Blackerer have placed the spotlight on Cross's dark, brilliant takes on society, and this rare opportunity to see him live should be no different.
Jan. 28, at Davies Symphony Hall.
Chris Hardwick, best known as the man behind the Nerdist empire, brings his brand of geek-infused comedy to two shows at the Palace of Fine Arts. The outing, dubbed "The Funcomfortable Tour," will assuredly feature Hardwick's takes on matters like dating, social media, and most likely some thoughts on the latest Star Wars film.
Jan. 29, at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Maria Bamford is one of the best stand-up comics in the business. Her sets, which combine wonderfully eccentric impressions of her family and friends with refreshingly frank takes on topics like depression and companionship, have made her the comic that every comic you love cites as one of their favorite. Don't miss this chance to see her as part of the Spring 2016 City Arts & Lecture series.
March 24, at the Nourse Theater.
Sean Hayes in An Act of God
An Act of God moves from Broadway to the Tenderloin for a limited run of the one-man show that sees Sean Hayes play God himself as he answers "some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation." The Will & Grace star has always known how to steal a scene and capture a room, so this show, written by former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum, has all the makings of a tour de force.
March 29 – April. 17, at the Golden Gate Theater.
Trevor Noah went from the auspices of a rising stand-up career into the mainstream when Comedy Central tapped him to replace Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. Noah has settled into the role admirably, bringing his background and views to the hit show. Noah's opportunities to perform are certainly limited by his new occupation, so this a great way to get up close and personal with a comic we'll be seeing for many years to come.
Feb. 20, at the Masonic.