Robert Townsend, Jason Segel, and More Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off

Robert Townsend, Jason Segel, and More Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off


One female singing duo with an album titled Slippery When Moist, pimps, and Jason Segel reading his book about childhood nightmares make up this week's roundup of comedy shows.

Jason Segel: Nightmares

He's an actor from some of the best comedic films (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man) and the best TV shows (How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks), and can now add children's book author to his resume. Join him as he reads from his book, Nightmares!, based on his childhood dreams. You better act quick before this show sells out—or watch the live stream of it here.

When: 7 pm, Thursday, September 18
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street

Scott Capurro

Remember Harvey Fierstein's boyfriend in Mrs. Doubtfire? Yup. He was played by Scott Capurro. The award-winning San Francisco-based comic brings us his thought-provoking comedy realness to the stage.
When: Various times, September 18-20
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

Todd Barry

The New York City native has an extensive resume of late night shows, a notable podcast, HBO's Flight of the Conchords, and, most recently, FX's Louie where he plays a stand-up comedian named Todd — which is perfect because he is a stand-up comedian named Todd!
When: Various times, September 19-20
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus

Monster Energy Presents: Garfunkel & Oates

Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci make up the dynamic duo known as Garfunkel & Oates, who make quirky, inappropriate music that keeps us laughing. Now, they have a show on IFC. These gals are a big deal, and they are talented as much as they are magical.
When: Various times, Saturday September 23
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus

Robert Townsend: Shakespeare, Pimps and Hollywood

Shakespeare, pimps, Hollywood—what more can one ask for in a comedy show? Veteran writer, director, and actor returns to the stage to do what started it all for him: stand-up comedy. Watch as he talks about everything from his Chicago childhood living amongst gangbangers and pimps, to the disastrous screening of his first film, to going to Frank Sinatra's 77th birthday party, to being heckled by Don Rickles. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and then you'll laugh some more.
When: 8 pm, Wednesday September 24
Where: SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street

Phil Hanley

Splitting his time between New York City and Vancouver, Phil Hanley has been working the comedy circuit for years and has probably been on all of your favorite late night shows.
When: Various times, September 24-27
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

Guy Branum, Janine Brito, and Kevin Shea

Guy Branum is probably best known as the "staff homosexual" on Chelsea Lately. Janine Brito has been called a "mean lesbian" and a San Francisco comedy treasure. Kevin Shea is a laid back Asian comedian who avoids doing Asian accents and has a white momma. The three make a glorious trifecta of comedy.
When: Various times, September 25-26
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus

Branded Funny Presents: Shaun Latham

Hosted by San Jose native Melanie Bega, this comedy showcase puts the spotlight on some of the best up-and-coming comedy talent in the Bay Area. Headlining the event is Shaun Latham, a self-deprecating comic who wants you to not be offended by his lazy eye.
When: 7:30 pm, Sunday, September 28
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus

Estrogen Entree with a Side of Balls

Producers Tuesday Thomas and Laura Franzese bring another installment of their popular stand-up show which brings together four women and one gay guy. Joining them on the stage is Sam DiSalvo, Journey Roberts, and Jesus "You Betta Work" Fuentes.
When: 8 pm, Tuesday, September 30
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

Comic Confessions

Part showcase, part guessing game, Comic Confessions has some of the funniest comics in the Bay Area sharing their funny stories and confessions. At the end of the night, the audience has to match the story with the right comedian. The show will feature Shanti Charan, Brandon Garner, Irene Tu, Chris Conatser, Duat Mai, and Dash Kwiatkowski. And did we mention there's a prize for the person who guesses correctly?
When: 7:45 pm, Wednesday, October 1
Where: StageWerx, 446 Valencia Street

Ian Karmel

The Portland native was a roundtable regular on Chelsea Lately and made his late night premiere on Conan. I tell ya—this kid is going places.
When: Various times, October 1-4
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

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