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12 Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off

Doug Benson 

From drag re-enactments of Friends to stoner comedians to stars from Arrested Development, there are loads of reasons to laugh in the next two weeks.

The Write Stuff
The real-life trials and tribulations of playwrights are funny. So funny that they decided to make a whole one-act play about it.
When: 
8 p.m., Thursday through Saturdays, October 17-26
Where: Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St.

Maz Jobrani 
Are you ready for a whole lotta Axis of Evil comedy realness? Because Maz is going to bring it with a vengeance. 
When: Various times, October 17-20
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.

John Heffron
The winner of Last Comic Standing comes to San Francisco to show you that he won for a reason...and that reason is because he's funny.
When: Various times, October 17-19
Where: Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.

Alex Koll 
He has been compared to Mitch Hedberg and Zach Galifianakis, but he is all Koll. Also, according to his bio, he is flightless and unable to lay eggs.
When: 8 p.m., October 22 & 23
Where: Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.

Maria Bamford 
If you are a fan of Arrested Development, then you are sure to know Maria. If you don't know her from that, then you probably know her from her stand-up or her Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy Tour. If you don't know her from any of that, then now is the time to get to know her.
When: 8 p.m., October 22 & 23
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave

Friends Live! 
Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Monica are all back...sort of. A gender-bending cast re-enact two episodes from the '90s sitcom in their own way which is sure to be just as good, if not better, than the original.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, October 24
Where: Rebel, 1760 Market St.

Brent Weinbach
His stand-up act has been called obscene, disturbingly brilliant, scary, hilarious, and best of all, "weird in the best way." Those are only five reasons why you should see this fine gentleman.

When: Various times, October 24-26
Where: Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.

Erik Griffin
The talented comic from Comedy Central's Workaholics is in San Francisco for a boatload of shows so there are many opportunities to bathe in his humor.
When: Various times, October 24-27
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave

Doug Benson
The Sultan of Stoners comes back to San Francisco with not one, but two shows! His 4:20 stand-up show will prep you for the taping of his popular podcast, Doug Loves Movies the next day...and make sure you bring your nametags.
When: Stand-up ahow at 4:20 p.m., October 26; Doug Loves Movies Podcast taping at 4:20 p.m., October 27
Where: Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.

Incredible Handsome Comedians
They're incredible. They're handsome. They're comedians. Tim Lee, Monty Franklin, and Andrew Norelli come to San Francisco to teach us about what it means to be handsome and why they got deported from Saudi Arabia for being so handsome.
When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 29
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.

Kevin Shea
He honed his comedy chops in San Francisco and has been to his fair share of comedy festivals and specials. Now he brings his own brand of not-your-typical Asian comedy to the stage.
When: 8 p.m., October 29 & 30
Where: Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


I Eat People Like YOU for Breakfast!
It was a hit at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is still making people laugh. In it, stand-up comedian Steven Alan Green tells the story of his friendship with his childhood hero Jerry Lewis – which includes Lewis’s much-talked about backstage collapse at the London Palladium.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 30
Where: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St.