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This Summer's Hottest Comedy Shows 

Wednesday, Jun 3 2015

San Francisco summers don't always provide the best conditions to hit the beach, but good comedy warms the soul in a way only a wholehearted laugh can. Here are some comedy acts you shouldn't miss this summer.

Janine Brito

Once described in these pages as a "mean lesbian," Janine Brito has got the bite to match the bark. A proud product of the Bay Area comedy scene, Brito's brand of humor is of the "oh she went there!" type. Even though, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell lived a short life, Brito, her rants, and her women on the street bits were a consistent bright spot on the show. 8 p.m., July 14 at The Punchline, $16.50.

Comedians with Criminal Records

If your interest isn't instantly by piqued by the name of this show, then this type of comedy may not be your bag. Unlike other comedy events, the name is as literal as it gets, as all performers have caught the ire of the law in their past. Standup comedy has a rich history of making the seemingly unfunny into side-splitting humor. 7:30 p.m., June 14 at Cobbs, $15.

Amy Schumer and Friends

Every morning after Amy Schumer's TV show Insider Amy Schumer airs, viral videos of her sketches populate nearly every corner of the internet. Her recent wildly popular bits include a "12 Angry Men" stylized riff deliberating whether or not Amy is fuckable and an on-point biting satire of toddler beauty pageants. Though the price is equivalent to one night in the average one-bedroom San Francisco apartment, you'll get to enjoy the talents of comedy bigwigs Judd Apatow, Dave Attell, Vanessa Bayer, Colin Quinn, and Mike Birbiglia, not to mention all proceeds go to nonprofits and charities. Trainwreck Comedy Tour, 8 p.m., June 19 at the Nourse, $100-$250

The Cable Car Nymphomaniac

If you like your humor San Francisco-focused and skewering archaic gender roles all in the form of song and dance, boy, do we have an event for you. The riotous musical The Cable Car Nymphomaniac is back by popular demand for a limited summer engagement. Set against the cable car sex scandal of the '70s and burgeoning sexual exploration, the play delves into the thorny process of achieving gender equality, making its audience simultaneously laugh and think. Various dates and times through June 28, FOGG Theatre, $30.

The Cynic Cave

One of the few places you'll find in the city that has a basement, the Cynic Cave is your best option to witness raw and hilarious comedic talents before they quit their day jobs and make that move to L.A. Hosted by George Chen and Kevin O'Shea in a setting more cramped than a micro apartment, the weekly show features a diverse and different lineup every Saturday night. Local comedy luminaries like Nato Green, Sean Keane, David Gborie, and Kevin Camia have all had a go at the Cynic Cave. Every Saturday, 8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, $10.


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