Comedy

We support new talent and big name acts. We believe in making comedy more accessible for audiences and comedians.  We believe in providing a stage for the weird, the wonderful, the well established and creating accessible space where artists can meet, create, rehearse and perform. Where they can learn. Where they’ll be supported – by us, by the community, by other creatives and by other comedians.

We have been offering Tuesday Night Comedy now for over 12 years!  Here are some of the talent that has graced our stage:

Chad Opitz

Based out of Santa Cruz, CA., Chad Opitz is a comic who unique takes on sometimes odd subject matters are making him an oft booked staple at Bay Area clubs and showcases. Chad was the winner of Bay Area legend Jimmy Gunn’s “Best Newcomer” award as well as a finalist in the Rooster T. Feathers New Talent Competition and 1st place winner of the Walk the Plank comedy competition, beating out 100 comics for the top prize. Veering between one-liners and short story jokes, Opitz’ writing is as well-regarded as his character and performance work.


Keith Lowell Jensen

Keith Lowell Jensen has become known for his subtle, smart approach, and his meandering story telling. He has appeared on The History Channel, Spike TV, and The Starz Network. His latest special Atheist Christmas appeared on Hulu. Jensen is signed to Stand Up Records who will release his next special, Bad Comedy For Bad People in 2016. He regularly features for Roseanne Barr, Doug Stanhope and is a favorite at festivals around the world, most recently headlining the China International Comedy Festival in Shanghai.


Mark Pitta 

Mark Pitta is a national headliner coming from the fervent San Francisco comedy scene of the 1980s. Mark’s career flourished in LA, first, fulfilling his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson then subsequent appearances with Jay Leno. Mark landed a job as host of Totally Hidden Video for the FOX network and then hosting Friday Night Videos for NBC. He has appeared on numerous shows on Comedy Central including Premium Blend, The A-List, Dr. Katz, and Make Me Laugh. A favorite on the comedy club, college, and corporate circuit, Mark has also opened for Chris Issak, Celene Dion, Vanessa Williams, Paul Anka, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton John, Smokey Robinson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Rick Springfield. www.markpitta.com


Liz Grant

Liz Grant has been performing comedy from the time she could get a decent fake ID. Her credits include being a writer for George Carlin’s Laugh.com and winner of The Brian Regan Impression Contest. Grant has performed all over the country, sharing the stage with comedy greats such as Robin Williams and Dana Carvey. Her one-woman comedy show, “Deja Wince: Lessons From a Failed Relationship Expert,” ran for 23 weeks in San Francisco and is now a DVD.

 


Steven Kravitz

Steven Kravitz has been performing as a standup comedian for over 32 years. He was once a finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition and one of the original outlaws of comedy with Sam Kinison. Steven has worked with numerous comedic talents including Drew Carey, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Rob Schnieder, Bobcat and Bill Hicks to name a few. He has 7 years of theatre training and has appeared in over 17 films and numerous TV shows, including a recurring role on The Drew Carey show and the Nash Bridges show, as well as a series regular on SyFy’s short lived series Black Scorpion.


 

Huck Flyn

Huck Flyn also known as the “Rock n’ Roll comedian” started his career by performing a guest set in the East Bay. Crowds quickly took to him and viola; he became a regular on the comedy circuit. Huck started performing at places such as the Punch Line and The Comedy Underground and eventually clubs and colleges all across the country. He’s worked with Rob Schneider, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Bobby Slayton, and Elayne Boozler to name a few. With guitar in hand, Huck continues to rock comedy audiences!

 


Mike Capozzola

Mike Capozzola is a San Francisco-based Stand Up Comedian and a published cartoonist. He’s appeared at SF SketchFest, the East Bay Comic Con, The Sacramento Comedy Festival, Woodstock Comedy Festival, SatireFest, The Twin Cities Jewsh Humor Festival and the Berkeley Comic Festival. Additionally, he’s performed in Canada, Jerusalem and the U.K. You’ve probably seen him in a few TV commercials that you’ve shut off. His work has appeared in TED Talks, WIRED, The Best of McSweeney’s and Mad Magazine.

 

 

Jim Short

Jim Short was born in Australia, moved to Texas where he began his stand-up career and worked for years in San Francisco and now lives in Los Angeles. Jim’s television credits include Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” “The Late Show with David Letterman” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and NBC’s “Late Friday”. Jim Short has appeared at the Montreal International Comedy Festival in 1998 and 2003 and the 2004 Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Jim is the winner of the 2004 San Francisco International Comedy Competition.

 


Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson is a 27-year-old Los Angeles based stand-up comedy phenom. Getting his start at age 18 in rooms around San Francisco, he relocated to Los Angeles following graduation from college and has been pursuing stand-up ever since. He has written for National Lampoon and most recently for the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase. He is a graduate of the UCB improv and sketch programs and is a regular host and performer at The Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv, where he hosts his own live monthly late night talk show called The Late Night Show. Otherwise, he was featured on Robert Rodriguez’s MATADOR on the El Rey Network; placed 3rd in the 2015 San Francisco International Comedy Competition; and regularly opens for Iliza Shlesinger, Steve Rannazzisi, Steve Treviño, and Bobby Lee.


 

Anna Valenzuela

Anna Valenzuela is a Los Angeles based comedian and real woman. Always fond of comedy, she worked for 10 years in the mental healthcare industry before deciding to try stand-up in Long Beach in 2014. After a year of performing in Long Beach and Orange County, she began making moves in Los Angeles, appearing at the Broke L.A. Comedy Festival and as a frequent competitor on Roast Battle at The Comedy Store. Her joyful delivery of biting roast jokes and stories highlighting her troubled childhood has won audiences over time and time again, eventually earning her a spot on the second season of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle-The Regional’s, which premiered in 2017 and on Roast Battle 2- War of the Words, where she made it to the Quarter Finals. Anna can also be seen performing in all over Southern California and heard as the host of the podcast 12 Questions.


 

Mean Dave

Mean Dave is a Californian comedian from the SF Bay Area with a rock and roll style for any occasion or function. Starting with a background in music, Mean Dave was a musician of many years who found he was a comedian the way Happy Gilmore thought he was a hockey player who found himself to be a golfer. With a manic, intelligent approach to material about modern day life, you will be thoroughly entertained with clean-to-adult humor about a variety of subjects. Mean Dave has performed regularly at San Jose Improv, San Francisco Punchline, LA Comedy Store, Tommy T’s in Pleasanton and all kinds of shows and events all over.

 

Johnny Steele

Johnny Steele is a veteran comedian, some-time talk show host, writer, humorist, political satirist, acclaimed actor and all-around loud mouth commentator. He’s the former host of several radio and TV shows including The Live 105 Morning Show, THE SHOW on KRON 4/Bay TV, The War On Error Radio Hour on Green 960. Johnny is a past winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and has performed comedy across the US, Canada, and overseas for 30 years. Johnny has been teaching comedy for 15 years and is currently wrapping up his book, 50 Quick Comedy Tips. He has written for corporate CEOs, Grammy winning musicians, and Academy Award winning actors.

 

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is the 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee, Wanda Sykes and satirist/humorist Mark Russell) presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus. KQED named her one of the twenty “Women to Watch” a series celebrating women artists, creatives and makers in the San Francisco Bay Area who are pushing boundaries in 2016. Dhaya is also a TV host and storyteller. She hosted the premier year of the Emmy award-winning series High School Quiz Show on PBS’s WGBH. She is a frequent comedic storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgment and has appeared live in Austin on The Risk podcast. She is currently the host of San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM after winning a Moth StorySLAM and competing in the GrandSLAM at the Castro Theater (capacity 1400). ON24 awarded her the grand prize for “Best Travel Disaster Story.”


 

Jeff Kreisler

Jeff Kreisler is just a typical Princeton educated lawyer turned award-winning comedian, author, speaker, pundit, host and advocate for behavioral science. He uses humor to understand, explain and change the world. Jeff won the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, is a regular on-TV face, Executive Producer of The Final Edition Radio Hour, writer for Comedy Central, Huffington Post, and IFC, cast member of Shoot The Messenger (from the co-creator of “The Daily Show”), and star of the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Calgary, Asheville, New York, Chicago Fringe and San Francisco Sketch Festivals. His specialty is political absurdism and he’s performed comedy of all stripes on over 2000 college, club, and theater stages around the world.


 

Mateen Stewart

Mateen Stewart is one to watch in the Los Angeles comedy circuit! He has appeared in several screen roles working with the likes of Ben Stiller, Ken Marino and Ron Hubel. He has played the token Black Guy in a National McDonald’s commercial and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Last Week Tonight. Mateen is a founding member of the Wellspoken Comedy Tour and has participated in SF Sketchfest, SLC Comedy Carivale, Women in Comedy Festival and the San Diego Comedy Festival.


Ian Harris

Ian Harris has appeared on the Top 100 Comedians list of the Entertainment Business Journal and he was a semi-finalist in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots Competition. Backstage West called him Top Character Comedian in Town, and he was a finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Harris has toured with comedians Jason Relser and Maurice Northup, doing a secular comedy show The Evolution of Comedy Tour. Ian is also a regular contributing writer for US Weekly magazine’s Fashion Police.


Papp Johnson

Oakland native Papp Johnson offers audiences thoughtful stupidity that will make you feel bad for laughing at his observations that are politically incorrect but right on the money.  His deep voice and monotone delivery sucks in the crowd and leaves them hanging onto every word.  Winner of San Francisco’s Death at a Funeral comedy contest, Papp Johnson is a sure fire star to keep your eyes on.


 

Adrian McNair

Adrian McNair is an up and coming stand up comedian based out of San Francisco. In addition to recently making his television debut on Viceland’s Flophouse, he’s also been featured in multiple comedy festivals including The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and The Crom Comedy Festival. You can catch him at any of the local shows he produces and hosts including “The Mission Position” and “Verdi Wild Things Are” in San Francisco, “Laugh Function” in Berkeley, and “Comedy Night at The Uptown” in Oakland.


 

Dick Bright 

Dick Bright has been entertaining audiences from the Venetian Room to AT&T park. For seven years Dick was the musical director for the prestigious Venetian Room in the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel working with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, B.B. king, and James Brown. As musical director of the first twelve BAMMIES (bay area music awards), he also worked with some of rocks biggest names. Dick also has an established acting career. He has landed roles in national commercials and in hit films such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Metro.

 

Quinn Dahle

With appearances on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, Lopez Tonight and Carson Daly, Quinn is a smart, clean and witty stand-up comic with impeccable timing. He has worked with such names as Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Dane Cook, Dana Carvey, Norm McDonald, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Frank Caliendo, David Alan Grier, John Witherspoon, Tommy Chong, John Pinette and Harland Williams. Originally from Minnesota, Quinn has lived in Colorado and Arizona before settling in Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in comedy. He tours from coast to coast and has even entertained our troops as far away as Japan. Quinn’s comedy appeals to all age groups and ethnicities and he loves to talk about them all. To learn more, visit www.quinndahle.com.


 

Eric Schwartz

Deep in the California suburbs, multimedia and comedy collide in a freak accident to create Eric Schwartz, a mild man-nerd who unleashes a mind-blowing show filled with musical comedy, physical antics, multicultural satire and social commentary. This multi-dimensional showman has earned the description, “Everything there is to love about entertainment.” (First Order Historians). With appearances on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comics Unleashed, BET and more, GQ India names him one of “5 International Comics You Must Catch.” His viral videos have aired on E!, G4, CNN and OMG Insider, while YouTube named him one of its prestigious NextUp Creators. Forbes.com applauds him for having “a minor industry in pop music parodies.” To learn more, visit www.ericschwartzlive.com.


 

Susan Jones

Susan Jones brings her 20 years of comedy and radio experience to the stage with some seriously funny girl talk. Larger than life, Susan uses her attitude and experiences with size acceptance and being a single mom to deliver consistently funny, crowd pleasing performances. She recently opened for “The Roast Master General” Jeffrey Ross and Brad Garret (Ray Romano’s big brother Robert on the hit CBS series “Everybody Loves Raymond”) and can frequently be heard, on the Bob Rivers show. Susan won Jack FM and Snoqualmie Casino’s Funniest Comedian in Washington contest, and was a finalist in the “Funniest Woman in California” competition. She has also worked with other great comics like Doug Stanhope, Josh Wolfe, Emo Phillips, Rick Overton, Judy Tenuta, Brad Upton, Susan Rice, Rod Long, and a host of others. To learn more, visit www.susanjonescomedy.com.


 

Larry “Bubbles” Brown 

Larry “Bubbles” Brown is a San Francisco based comedian and a favorite of the Throckmorton. Larry tried stand up comedy in 1981 at the Holy City Zoo in SF and has stayed with it ever since. He has appeared on over 25 tv shows, including numerous appearances on David Letterman. He was also in the move “The Kiterunner.” Larry is a frequent opening act for Dana Carvey and Dave Attell. www.larrybubblesbrown.com.


 

Nathan Habib

Nathan made his 8th grade math teacher laugh so hard, he had to end the lesson early.  It was at that moment he knew comedy was his way to bring more joy to the world and shorter math classes to students.  Nathan brings a friendly personality on stage while delivering a confidently vulnerable attitude, quick banter, and tightly written bits.  His achievements mark him as a rising comic in the Bay Area performing in top venues including the iconic San Francisco theatre, the Fillmore.  He has performed for numerous organizations and showcased in noteworthy festivals like San Francisco Sketchfest.  His unique perspective on the most ordinary situations not only elicits laughter, but is also critically appreciated by a diverse audience.  He is a favorite at the SF Punchline, Cobbs, and Rooster T Feathers and has opened for respectable comics such as Josh Blue, Chad Daniels, and Eddie Pepitone.  He is also the Executive Producer and co-host of the Be Happy What Ever The F*** That Means podcast with his brother Roni Habib. To learn more, visit www.nathanhabib.com.


 

Benjie Wright

A finalist in the 2016 Joshua Tree Comedy Festival and former radio personality, Alabama native Benjie Wright has endeared himself to a wide range of audiences with a contagious laugh and friendly, almost intoxicating demeanor. Alambama’s Radio Personality of the Year for 2007, he jumped on the comedy stage and within a year was the field emcee for the 1st season of Nashville Star. Benjie has performed at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta and the Stardome Comedy Series in Birmingham. His standup has also been featured on Funny or Die and Comcast on Demand. Aside from comedy, Benjie has been featured on Fox’s Hole In The Wall, and TNT’s Leverage, and the independent film “Kill Hole.” To learn more, visit benjiewright.wixsite.com/benjiewright.


 

Liz Stone

Liz Stone is a corporate attorney who spent one too many weekends in the office and nearly hung herself on a rope fashioned from financial documents. Fortunately Liz discovered stand up comedy as a balance to the corporate grind and has been entertaining audiences with her unique perspective ever since. She performs all over the Bay Area, in small towns throughout America, and was voted one of “America’s Funniest Lawyers”. She also performed in the 2017 SF Sketchfest Festival. To learn more, visit https://lizstonecomedy.com.

 

Abhay Nadkarni

Abhay moved from South-India to South Central Los Angeles for grad school. “But Why?” would be an obvious reaction. Maybe he had a death wish or maybe he wanted to see if Training Day was legit or maybe USC was the only school willing to give him an education. Dodging bullets en-route to grad school armed him with plenty of stories and stand up was his only catharsis for combating culture shock. His act is an eclectic mix of his experience as an immigrant in the US.

 

Arish Singh

Arish Singh is a Chicago-based comedian who has opened for national acts like Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) and W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased). Singh has been featured in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition, and the Crom Comedy Festival. In Chicago, Singh co-produces SolidHilarity, a comedy show that raises money for activists and labor unions, is a producer for Woke-Up Stand-Up, and is a contributing writer for the progressibe talk show Good Evening with Pat Whalen.

 

Karinda Dobbins

Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Dobbins moved from Michigan to California’s Bay Area and responding to repeated dares from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda finally took the stage at Woody’s Café. To date, she has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for Hari Kondabolu, Trevor Noah and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.


 

Pallavi Gunalan

Pallavi is an Indian American comedian from Los Angeles. She has performd all over USA & India, and also runs her own weekly mic/show – Mom Party at Next Stage Theater

 

Richard Sarvate

Richard Sarvate is a San Francisco based comedian with an alternative sense of humor. He is Indian, though his last name was butchered during an immigration debacle. He is a programmer by day and also a programmer by night. But he also finds time to talk about weird stuff on stages. His act consists of quirky observations, impressions, and surreal one-man sketches.


 

Kabir Singh 

Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh is Fresh off his “Comedy Central” Debut on the hit comedy show “Gabriel Iglesias’s Stand-Up Revolution,” A high-energy, crowd-pleasing comic with an in-your-face attitude and razor-sharp wit, Kabeezy’s won numerous comedy competitions, including taking first place two years in a row at the Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Competition, but most importantly won the 2014 39th Annual “SF International Comedy Competition”by coming in first place in all 5 shows in the Final Round which was the first time that happened in It’s rich 39 year history.


Samson Koletkar

Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. Growing up in the world’s most crowded city, he spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles for earning a Masters Degree in Computer Software, thereby fulfilling his parent’s dreams. He then moved half-way across the world, to the technology headquarters and a hotbed for emerging comics – San Francisco. Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a first-generation immigrant perspective. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his subtle satire addresses religious and political hypocrisies, social issues, and day-to-day absurdities of human nature.


Zahid Dewji

Zahid Dewji is a stand-up comic of East African/Indian descent currently residing in Houston, Texas. Zahid actively features in clubs around Texas and is the current host of the popular monthly showcase BAD IDEA and producer of the weekly $2 Bill Show at The Secret Group. In addition, Zahid has been on Oddball Comedy Fest (Houston), Hell Yes! Fest, Come and Take It Comedy Festival, & Houston Whatever Fest and has shared the stage with great acts like Mark Normand, Myq Kaplan, Eric Andre, & Tom Segura.

Zack Chapaloni

Zack has been a semi-finalist in the TBS National Comedy Competition, the San Diego Comedy Competition and runner-up in the Central Valley Comedy Competition. He has established himself as a prominent comedian in the Bay Area, performing regularly at San Francisco’s Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club.

Ritch Shydner

Ritch Shydner has made numerous appearances on TV, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, “One Night Stand.” He played Al Bundy’s co-worker on “Married with Children”, and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as “Designing Women” and “Roseanne.” Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as “Roseanne”, “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” and HBO’s “The Mind of the Married Man.” Ritch wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grammy nominated comedy albums, “Totally Committed,” and “Big Fun.” He also wrote for Ron White and Jay Leno. In 2010 Ritch produced and performed in an award winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, “I Am Comic”.


Gary Conrad

Comedy hypnotist Gary Conrad has performed in 49 states and 9 other countries for the last 25 years…and is interested in working your venue….corporate, college, military or club! Nationally, Gary was last seen on ABC-TV’s “THE VIEW”, and has been on air with Danny Bonaduce; FOX-TV’s Mancow Muller; Opie & Anthony; Crook & Chase; Don & Mike; Dr. Dre & Ed Lover; Rick & Bubba; Big D and Bubba and many more TV and radio stations. He has also shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Cher, Barbara Walters, Lenny Kravitz, Ron White, Bill Engvall, and even the late, great, Tiny Tim!


Doug Cordell

Doug Cordell is a comedian, National Public Radio storyteller and Emmy-nominated writer. His true-life radio stories air on NPR’s Snap Judgment, APM’sMarketplace and WLRN-Miami’s The Public Storyteller. He has been featured at theaters and clubs across the U.S. and abroad, and has led workshops onstory and performance in New York , Los Angeles, San Francisco and Marrakesh, Morocco.  A member of the Writers Guild of America with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University, his television credits include PBS, Disney and Nickelodeon.


Connor McSpadden

Connor McSpadden started his comedy career at age 16 and since then he has established himself as one of the rising stars of the new roast comedy movement. After working his way up through the ranks of The Roast Battle at the The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood he made his television debut onRoast Battle II on Comedy Central in early 2017. Shortly after Connor was featured as a regular “talking head” on MTV’s High Crimes. His stand up has been showcased on FoxHulu andComcast. In 2016 he beat out over 100 comedians to win theVentura’s Funniest Person contest and has made additional festival appearances at Riot LATrial By Laughter, The World Series of ComedyThe San Francisco Comedy Competition,Broke LA and The Golden Spike Comedy Festival where he was named “Best of the Fest”. A favorite of the college market Connor has performed at schools nationwide and showcased for NACA West & Northern Plains. He stars in the street roasting web series Burn Booth which has garnered hundreds of thousands of views. Connor co hosts the weekly scripted comedy podcastMean Boys which has produced thousands of jokes and hundreds of games and sketches. As a writer he has contributed to The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, The Roast of Snoop Dogg and @midnight. Connor currently lives in Los Angeles and enjoys audio books about 20th Century politicians and heated games of Connect Four.


Dave Burleigh

Comedian and Impressionist Dave Burleigh tours the world over 36 weeks each year and headlines all the major casinos in Las Vegas. His uncanny ability to impersonate just about anyone landed him the starring role as Charlie Sheen in “Not Another Celebrity Movie.” Burleigh’s multiple characters, voices and impressions were also showcased on Season 7 of America’s Got Talent. As a two time finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, Burleigh now shares the first runner up spot with past participant comedy legends like, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Marc Maron, Dane Cook and Kevin Pollak. Burleigh’s laid back and easy going style and persona on stage contrasted with his unique facial and body expressions are guaranteed to leave audiences amazed and impressed.


Del Van Dyke

Raised in Marin County, California, Del Van Dyke began performing comedy in 1984 after finishing college. Sharpening his skills in the booming 80’s San Francisco comedy scene, he “Worked every club that had a microphone”. In addition to working the club circuit, Del took first place in the Northern California, Inland Empire, and Alameda County Comedy Competitions. He was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition. Del currently resides in Sacramento, CA. His time is split between club appearances, corporate shows, charity events, and his popular comedy workshops.


 

Doug Ferrari

Doug Ferrari is a California comedy icon, performing over 5,000 stand up shows including national headlining appearances at major clubs. Doug won first place in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 1984. He has opened for everyone from Bob Hope to Robin Williams and has performed alongside big names including Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Seinfeld, Paula Poundstone, and Patton Oswalt. Doug has numerous television and film credits including Showtime, MTV, Fox, Comedy Central, A Fine Romance ABC, and Comedy Express A+E.

 

Forrest Shaw

Forrest delivers his stand-up with an intriguingly unique perspective on life. He became a comic after a decade of life as a marine biologist. Forrest is a sharp, cynical critic of our shortcomings as a species, and points out these observations with precision in his hard-hitting, quick-witted act. He made his television debut on Conan in 2014 and appeared on Gotham Comedy LIVE on AXS TV in early 2015. He has performed in numerous festivals such as, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Big Sky Comedy Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, World Series of Comedy, & the Comedy Central Open Mic Fight and was awarded 2013’s Ultimate Miami Comedian. Forrest is featured in season 2 of the FXX show Legit and has also appeared on Animal Planet.  Forrest is a co-writer (and lead actor) of the award winning web series Labor Days. He is co-creator of the weekly What’s What Podcast. He can also be heard on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, Pandora, and Spotify. His debut album ‘Mister Grizzly’ was released on November 18, 2014 on Comedy Records.


Sean Keane

Sean Keane is one of San Francisco’s top standup comedians. He’s a staple at comedy festival and clubs, appearing on bills with name-brand headliners such as Todd Barry, Kyle Kinane, Tig Notaro, and Twitter’s DadBoner. In San Francisco, Sean has won too many awards to count, including Iron Comic (3X) and the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie. Every time Sean hits the stage, he delivers a head spinning, gut-bursting performance you wouldn’t want to miss.


Robert Berry

Robert Berry has produced more than 30 comedy shows at Sacramento Comedy Spot, including The RetroCRUSH Variety Show, The Top 10 Podcast, and album recordings for Alfonso Portela, Stephen Ferris, and his own debut comedy album. Robert regularly hosts at the Comedy Spot, Punch Line, Laughs Unlimited, casinos, bar shows, and fundraising events. He’s opened for acts as diverse as political comedy legend Will Durst, to Sacramento punk icons, The Secretions. Robert has been part of the Sacramento entertainment scene for nearly 15 years. His offbeat style that goes from bizarre pop culture stories, to corny one liners, to screaming rants, always gets a crowd going.


Fred Reiss

Fred Reiss is a stand-up comedian, writer, radio host and inspirational speaker who is also currently battling cancer for the third time. He gives motivational talks for the American Cancer Society and various nonprofits, dubbing the gigs “Fred Talks” – a play on the popular “Ted Talks” lectures. Fred is also a PEN-award-winning novelist and has appeared on national television and radio. Despite his battles with cancer, Fred still performs standup at least 4 nights a week at local comedy clubs.

 

Tom Rhodes

Tom Rhodes is a world traveling comedy veteran. The New York Times describes him as “A mostly natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism.” Tom has built a career that not only includes stand-up specials, a sitcom, a travel show, a late night talk show, numerous live CD’s & DVD’s, his critically acclaimed podcast Tom Rhodes Radio, as well as being a travel writer for the Huffington Post. Tom moved to SF when he was 22 and quickly became a regular at the comedy giants of the city: The Punchline, The Improv, & Cobbs. He’s opened for James Brown and the Everly Brothers and has appeared on shows like An Evening at The Improv, Comic Strip Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, and MTV’s Comedy Half Hour. Fresh from releasing his new hour special Light Sweet Crude on Netflix , Rhodes has had a long raucous career covering every corner of the globe.  His latest TV recording on Comedy Central Comedy Underground with Dave Attell aired in 2014. In 2012 Rhodes was featured in the Showtime stand-up series, Live From Amsterdam (2012).  His three half hour stand-up specials include two Comedy Central Presents… (2009 & 2001) and Raw, recorded in Stockholm for Swedish television (2009).  He had his own sitcom television show on NBC called Mr. Rhodes (1996 – 1997), his own Late Night Talk show on Dutch television, Kevin Masters starring Tom Rhodes  (2002 – 2003),  and traveled the world as a TV presenter on the Dutch travel program, Yorin Travel (2004).


 

Mickey Joseph

A Mickey Joseph performance is filled with a multitude of characters. His impressions are flavored with nostalgia. He goes from Woody Allen to Stevie Wonder, Bruce Dern to Jack Nicholson, Elvis to Ricky Ricardo. He flat out does the best Phil Silvers in the business. Mickey headlines comedy clubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Reno and Las Vegas. He’s opened for Willie Nelson, Huey Lewis, Michael Bublé, Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez, Craig Ferguson, and Drew Carey. This rubber-faced, non-stop, comic genius should not be missed! He brings out the best in his audience with his jackhammer delivery, manic facial expressions and timely physical humor.


Allie Zisfein

Comedian Allie Zisfein was born on January 10, 1991, in New York City.  She spent the spring semester of her junior year in Los Angeles, working with the hilarious and creative minds at Funny or Die.  After graduating from Syracuse University the following year, Zisfein over-packed her bags and flew back to Los Angeles.  Since arriving in LA a little over a year ago, Zisfein focused on the stand-up comedy circuit and has performed at the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store Belly Room & Main Room, I.O. West, Second City and more. A recent review by the North Hollywood based publication, The Geek Authority said: “Allie Zisfein was vivacious and full of spunk as she talks about all that is her and her concerns in life.  She was cute and clear and always right there connecting with the audience while being funny and witty with her personal observations of life. This made her very fun to watch!” Written By Lorenzo Marchessi.


Nick Aragon

Nick Aragon is a writer and performer from Stockton, California. He’s been doing stand-up for over 6 years and features at clubs and festivals all over California including the The Punchline, The Purple Onion and the Comedy Store. Nick made his television debut on the show “Laughs” on Fox and he hosts and guest features on numerous podcasts and YouTube channels.

 


 

Jack Gallagher

After moving to Los Angeles, Jack became a regular at The Improv and added big screen credits to his resume by landing a major role in the feature film Shakes the Clown with Bob “Bobcat” Goldthwait. He has also appeared in Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood and was featured in the made for television movie Incident at Ruby Ridge. Jack can currently be seen as the co-host of the popular nationally syndicated Public television show MoneyTrack. Gallagher’s work on network television includes his own ABC sitcom Bringing Up Jack as well as a recurring role on the HBO Original Series Curb Your Enthusiasm. A favorite of talk/variety show hosts and audiences, Jack made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno as well as NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In addition to headlining virtually every major comedy club in the country, Gallagher has appeared in concert with Dolly Parton, The Four Tops and Tony Bennett to name a few.


Betsy Salkind

Betsy Salkind is an actress, comedian, writer and former drummer for the PHENOBARBIDOLLS. She was a founding member of the TERRORIST BRIDESMAIDS (4 comediennes determined to get a second use out of those dresses), and alumna of the improv troupe GUILTY CHILDREN and the sketch comedy group THE OTHER WHITE MEAT. She was also a staffwriter for “SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL” and “ROSEANNE” (the sitcom), and a jokewriter for Anthony Robbins. is a regular at NY’s Comic Strip and LA’s Comedy Store, and has appeared on “Girls Night Out,” “Stand-Up, Stand-Up,” “ARLI$$,” “Pet Shop with Andy Kindler,” the “TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO,” and most recently in the SHOWTIME special “Fierce Funny Women.” She has written and performed 3 one woman shows to date, including “ALL MY LIFE” (the darkest comedy this side of hope), “MASTER OF SCIENCE” (an irreverent look at science and scientists), and most recently “ANNE FRANK SUPERSTAR: THE ETHEL SPILIOTES STORY” (a satire of Anne Franxploitation).


 

Johan Miranda

Described by a college freshman in a student newspaper review as “kind of prepared but unprepared at the same time,” Johan Miranda has been featured in Riot L.A., SF Sketchfest, & Bridgetown Comedy Festival. To learn more, visit www.johanmiranda.com.

 


Pippi Lovestocking

Pippi Lovestocking, drag queen comic extraordinaire, has insulted audiences from down under to over there with international performances in England, Ireland and Japan. Pippi’s television appearances include HBO’s Looking and Jerry Springer.

 


 

 Bob Johnston

Bob Johnston has been performing stand-up comedy around California and the Pacific Northwest for the last 20 years. Johnston started Contra Costa Comedy, a live event producer whose mission is to have quality, independent comedy shows which support local charities, and promote comedians. His vision is to let laughter and giving flow where it is needed. Johnston has spearheaded the Comedy Under the Stars benefit show in Martinez.

Bill Santiago

Formerly an award-winning journalist, Bill Santiago turned to a career in stand up comedy. Currently, Santiago is touring his show “The Immaculate Big Bang” at Fringe Festivals around the country, to critical and audience acclaim. He has appeared on numerous television networks and shows including Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America Now, ABC News, BBC World and CNN to name a few. His first television special “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago” quickly won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish and his second half-hour special for Showtime LOL aired in 2011. Santiago’s comedy is heard regularly on SiriusXM Radio and other global digital platforms. Animated by his famously emphatic delivery, and facial expressions, Santiago’s material challenges the audience to keep pace with is own mental gymnastics. To learn more, visit www.billsantiago.com

Barbara Gray

Barbara’s ebullient stage presence combined with vulnerable material and goofy style has made her a quickly rising star in the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene. In 2016 she filmed sets for Viceland’s “Flophouse” and Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage” and she has written for the past three seasons of the hit show “Billy on the Street”. She recently co-starred in Comedy Central’s digital series “Deadliest Chef”, and she can be seen in the upcoming Nick Swardson series “Typical Rick” and MTV’s “Acting Out”. Along with touring all over the country, Babs has made multiple visits to SF Sketchfest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Her comedy has been featured on Huffington Post and Ellen. She is also a regular at the top shows and venues in Los Angeles, including the Improv, Comedy Store, Meltdown, and Good Heroin. Barbara also co-hosts the hit podcast “Lady to Lady”, which recently surpassed 2 million downloads from listeners all over the world. To learn more, visit www.myjokesareuphere.com.


Jon Schabl

Jon Schabl is a stand up comedian and writer originally from Toronto, Canada. In 2012 he recorded a half-hour stand-up special for iChannel and released an EP through Comedy Records; Canada’s first and only independent comedy label. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Jon began touring with Jimmy Pardo and was a featured performer on Never Not Funny’s ‘Write Now!’ for the Nerdist Network. He has made numerous festival appearances including 2012 and 2014 NXNE music festivals, 2014 and 2015 San Francisco Sketchfest and 2015 Riot LA festival. Currently he is one half of the sketch duo Terrible Burglars and a contributing writer to CBC Comedy. Earlier this year he was chosen for the semi-finals of the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition and was featured on TruTV’s You Can Do Better. To learn more, visit www. jonschabl.com.


Eddie Pence

The Hollywood Reporter named Eddie Pence one of the Top New Faces of the Montreal Comedy Festival in 2004, he was also invited back to perform there again in 2006. In 2007 Eddie performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival as well as HBO’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. In 2010 Eddie was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. A favorite of the World Famous Improv, Eddie can be seen at clubs and colleges across the country. His credits include Comedy Centrals “Live at Gotham” and “Crossballs”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield on Fox News, History of the Joke and Surviving The Holidays w/ Lewis Black on The History Channel. HE’s recently appeared on “Gotham LIVE” on AXS TV and “comics Unleashed with byron allen”. Eddie was recently cast in “How to be a grown up” on TRU TV. To learn more, visit www.eddiepence.com.


 

Allan Havey

Allan Havey is considered one of the best stand-ups working today and he is an accomplished actor, recently starring in eleven episodes of AMC’S highly acclaimed Mad Men as character Lou Avery. Allan recently guest-starred in Man in the High Castle on Amazon, and is featured in the 2016 Coen Brothers film, Hail Caesar! Allan’s other TV credits include 10 appearances on Late Night With David Letterman, as well as Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Up All Night, The Sarah Silverman Program, Men of a Certain Age and The Office. He also guest-starred on the Emmy Award winning show “Louie.” Allan’s standup has been represented at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, the Kilkenny Comedy Festival in Ireland, the Aspen Comedy Festival, Comic Relief IV and V, and the New York Comedy Festival. He has toured Australia and Europe, and currently headlines in clubs and colleges across the U.S. To learn more, visit www.allanhavey.com.


Rocky LaPorte

Rocky LaPorte’s appeal comes from his everyman, streetwise style of comedy. Delivering laughs in his trademark Brooklyn accent, he has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country, and he just recently appeared on on the season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing! Rocky received 5th place out of 10 contestants. Rocky was the featured comic on Showtime‘s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics. On the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies – Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog. Rocky traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops and was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie. He has filmed his own Comedy Central Presents special and was voted the network’s second most popular comedian in a nationwide poll. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E‘s Evening At The Improv and VH1‘s Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show. Rocky has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few.  To learn more, visit www.rockylaporte.com.


Marc Yaffee

Marc is an award-winning comedian featured on the Showtime special, Goin’ Native: The American Indian Comedy Slam. Marc has also been seen on the PBS special, Crossing The Line, SiTV’s, The Latino Laugh Festival and Comics Unleashed With Byron Allen. Marc has been heard on Sirius XM Radio, Bob & Tom and NPR. Marc is a founding member of the Pow Wow Comedy Jam, who were honored as North American Indigenous Image Awards’ Comedians of the Year and the National Indian Gaming Association’s Entertainers of the Year. Marc has performed five times overseas for the troops in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He won the Ventura Comedy Festival’s Funniest Person Contest in 2012 and is a guest columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network. From clubs & colleges to casinos & corporate events, Marc leaves a trail of laughs that is funny not filthy. To learn more, visit www.laughwithmarc.com.


Jeff Applebaum

Jeff’s clean comedy examines his particular life experiences, which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens and having a Chinese wife and raising children who call themselves “Jewnese,” because he says it sounds better than “Chine-ish.”Jeff made his national TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed and Comedy.TV, Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated Entertainment Studios program, ABC-TV, America’s Got Talent on NBC and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Mort Sahl, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollak, Elayne Boosler, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, and more. He’s also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, AM810 in San Francisco. Jeff was cast by Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett’s son, to play the principal role of Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute “The Rat Pack Is Back,” in San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Jeff is also credited and appears in the blockbuster film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith. To learn more, visit www.jeffapplebaum.com


Sean Keane

Sean Keane is one of San Francisco’s top standup comedians. He’s a staple at comedy festival and clubs, appearing on bills with name-brand headliners such as Todd Barry, Kyle Kinane, Tig Notaro, and Twitter’s DadBoner. In San Francisco, Sean has won too many awards to count, including Iron Comic (3X) and the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie. Every time Sean hits the stage, he delivers a head spinning, gut-bursting performance you wouldn’t want to miss.

 

 


Sal Calanni

Sal is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, hit the road and began doing stand up in San Francisco. He has crawled through the ranks and has appeared at clubs all over the country working with some great performers such as Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, Greg Giraldo, Iliza Shlesinger, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and many more. Sal recently worked with director Spike Lee for his film in NBA2K16. He was featured on NBC’s Trauma, appeared in numerous commercials, and has starred in and co-wrote the film, Lucifer’s Crewcut which includes such talent as Maria Bamford, Arj Barker, Jello Biafra, and GWAR. He is a part of the popular comedy sketch group Four in the Back, which has been featured on the Funny or Die homepage. He has performed at the Oddball Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and the Bumbershoot Film Festival. His album Real Job, Real Paycheck has been played on SiriusXM and he has a popular weekly podcast available free on iTunes called Sal & Deezy vs Hollywood. To learn more, visit www.salcalanni.com

Kira Soltanovich

screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-12-44-40-amSan Francisco native, Kira was a series regular on How To Be A Grownup for TruTV, the hidden camera show Girls Behaving Badly and was a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 8 years. Recently, Kira co-hosted the game show Winsanity with Donald Faison for the Game Show Network. One of Kira’s greatest achievements is shooting her latest 1 Hour Stand Up Special,You Did This To Me, which was completely self-produced and she shot it while over 7 months pregnant. Kira has appeared on The Jay Leno Show, Hello Ross! with Ross Mathews, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Hell’s Kitchen, Last Comic Standing, Set List TV, and The World Stands Up on Comedy Central. She has written for Joan Rivers, Scott Baio, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. To learn more, visit www.kiracomedy.com.

 

Johan Miranda

johanheadshot-e1411727333735Described by a college freshman in a student newspaper review as “kind of prepared but unprepared at the same time,” Johan Miranda has performed in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, & Memphis Comedy Festival. To learn more, visit johanmiranda.com.

 

Yuri Kagan

efztqqkt_400x400Yuri is a dry-humor, observational, dead-pan comedian who talks about growing up with an entire family from the Soviet Union without holding anything back.  He has been profiled in SFWeekly and the Vallejo Daily Republic.  He has also performed in SF Sketchfest 2014&16, on Comedytime.tv, for corporate events and in comedy clubs all over the country.  He is a contributor to Queerty.com along with Savage Henry Magazine.  Yuri also received much acclaim for his blog and new book “Vodka and Limelight.”

 

Chris Voth

voth-square_profile_thumbChris Voth is an accomplished comedian, a published author and a licensed teacher. Chris made his late night debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also appeared in three seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and was chosen for the prestigious Great American Comedy Festival.  Chris is a comedic veteran who is a past winner of the Denver Comedy Works Competition; he’s worked with everyone from Dave Chappelle to Larry the Cable Guy to Linda Ronstadt. To learn more, visit chrisvoth.com.

 

Aviva Siegel

12513578_1016316331762533_4093247352057536125_oAviva is a stand-up comic by day, and a stand-up comic by night. Her jokes are silly (clown horn sound) yet personal (awooga), and she really just wants to have fun up there. Aviva lives in Oakland and produces shows like “Talkies” at The Roxie, Witches’ Brew at Black Hammer Brewing, and YETI! in Oakland. She’s been featured in SF Sketchfest, The Nevada City Film Festival, Heeb Magazine, and on NPR.

 

Kirk McHenry

163978_479188247636_526062636_5954572_7071570_n_400x400Kirk was born and raised in Oakland, CA and blends all of his experiences together into a story-telling brand of comedy that has been likened to Bill Cosby with a Richard Pryor twist.From entertaining troops overseas to being featured on BET’s ComicView, BET’s One Mic Stand, and Jamie Foxx Laffapalooza, Kirk is well on his way to becoming a household name. Kirk has opened for comedic stars such as Paul Mooney, Bobby Slayton, Gary Owen, Charlie Murphy, Tommy Davidson and Eddie Griffin. We’re thrilled to welcome Kirk back to the Throckmorton with more of his dynamic side-splitting comedy.

Ngaio Bealum

Stand up comedian, writer, musician, actor, Ngaio Bealum co-hosted “Cannabis Planet”, published “West Coast Cannabis Magazine”, and performs live all over the USA. Born in San Francisco to hippie parents, he never tires of telling how he got his name. A frequent guest on “Getting Doug with High” hosted by fellow comic Dug Benson, Ngaio has many TV and film credits including these few, Laughs (2014), Sarah Silverman Program (2007-2008), Hey Monster Hand off my City (2014) many more. Check out his CD “Weed and Sex”.His great storytelling ability, combined with hit razor sharp wit and engaging stage presence never fail to leave any audience howling with laughter.