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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Local Comedy Shows Around the Fourth of July Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

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We hope you've secured a few vacation days for the upcoming holiday week, not only for picnics, cookouts, and an opportunity to reflect on the grandness of our nation, but also to get out around the Bay for these spectacular local comedy showcases!

Comedy Off Broadway Oakland

Oakland's beloved comedy club, which has featured local talent for over three years in Jack London Square, commences its final weekend tomorrow night with a show to benefit the Downtown Y. Local crowd work phenom Joe Klocek will headline Friday's show, and Jillarious producer Jill Bourque will play the club's final set on Saturday night. Tickets are $10.

Comedy Bodega

This weekly show in the Mission offers a special treat for diehard Bay Area comedy fans this week. Former San Franciscan Emily Heller, who has been taking New York City comedy by storm since she moved East last fall, will be stopping by Esta Noche Nightclub for a set. The show is free, with a one-drink minimum.

Chinese Ballroom

Stop in Saturday, June 30 at the Phoenix Theater Annex for Chinese Ballroom's first show of the summer! The San Francisco-based improv comedy team specializes in both long- and short-form performances -- remember "Who's Line is it Anyway?" Kinda like that, but live and local, and therefore, a little bit more awesome. Show starts at 9 p.m. and is $5 at the door.

Punch Line Comedy Showcase

Don't forget a local favorite! Punch Line's weekly Sunday comedy showcase offers new and seasoned local comics a chance to strut their stuff on the club's coveted stage. Tickets are just $12.50 in advance.

Self-Esteem(Less) Comedy

Did you know there was such a thing as "the self-esteem generation?" Also known as the "millenials," or "kids who were born in the nineties -- weird!" The demographic also includes some youngsters who don't hold themselves in such high esteem. Luckily for them, there's stand-up comedy. Sam Davidoff and David Studebaker lead the lineup of Bay Area favorites for this show July 3 at Punch Line, ready to delight the audience with their quirky self-depreciation. Tickets are $15.

Jillarious

On Independence Day eve, and every Tuesday, Tommy T's Showroom offers a great lineup of local comics, headed by Jill Bourque, Kevin Camia, and Justin Lucas. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Tickets are $20.

A Funny Night for Comedy

Wrap up what we hope will be an incredible and LOL-inducing holiday week on July 8 with A Funny Night for Comedy, a monthly show that puts a unique spin on the traditional late-night talk show format. This time around, host Natasha Muse and her sidekick Ryan Cronin welcome comedians Jason Wheeler, Jill Bourque, and Josef Anolin for stand-up followed by a variety of strange questions and what is indeed guaranteed to be a funny night. The show starts at 7 p.m. the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Actors Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.

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