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Monday, March 5, 2012

San Francisco Has a New Comedy Club -- Tommy T's Showroom

Posted on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM


A new comedy venue -- and a recognized Bay Area club name -- opens Tuesday night in San Francisco. The first thing on the calendar for Tommy T's Showroom at 1000 Van Ness is a recurring show called Tuesdays Are Jillarious, hosted by one of our favorite local comedians Jill Bourque. Her first lineup includes another local comic we're watching, Sammy Obeid, along with seven others.

Three nationally recognized names are on the calendar for March: George Lopez, Christopher Titus, and Andrew "Dice" Clay. Lopez had a sitcom called George Lopez as well as a talk show called Lopez Tonight. Titus, who was born in Castro Valley and grew up in nearby Newark, has made numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (We previewed a San Francisco appearance by Titus about a year ago.)

Clay rose to fame in the 1980s but eventually sparked controversy by his "red state" style of stand-up that some viewed as homophobic, misogynistic, and racist. Clay might not be as much of a draw as he was 15 years ago, but the fact that he's scheduled along with Lopez and Titus shows the venue has booking power.

The Don Lee Building at 1000 Van Ness is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Don Lee Building at 1000 Van Ness is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tommy T's has two other Northern California locations, including Pleasanton and Rancho Cordova. The San Francisco venue it occupies has a history -- albeit brief -- for stand-up comedy. In the fall of 2010 the venue in the historic Don Lee Building was opened as Holly's Comedy Club by retired actress and former comic Holly Horn but closed after about a month.

Tommy T's Showroom will have cocktails and food, according to a press release sent by Bourque on Monday morning, but the menu had not been posted on the venue's website as of 10 a.m. Admission for Lopez's two shows on March 9 is $60-$80. Admission for Titus' shows is $20-$30. Clay's performances cost $40-$50. Bourque's Tuesday night show is $10.

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