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Laughing In San Francisco With Cobb's Comedy Club
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Laughing In San Francisco With Cobb's Comedy Club

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco does not look like much from the outside. In fact, it is likely that many local North Beach dwellers walk right past it on a daily basis. However, if you like laughing and you like drinking, Cobb’s Comedy Club is the place for you.
Cobb's Comedy Club © Rick/Flickr
Cobb’s Comedy Club | © Rick/Flickr

The club opened in 1982 on Chestnut Street, which now acts as the Marina District’s own foodie Mecca. Cobb’s Pub, as it was then called, later moved to the more touristy neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf and resided in the Cannery Shopping Center until a tragic fire destroyed the venue. Thus, since 2002, Cobb’s Comedy Club has brought stand-up comedy enthusiasts to the hip neighborhood of North Beach.

Unlike any other comedy club, Cobb’s is a large, sophisticated open space with two floors. Although the second floor is not always open, the ground floor provides ample seating in the case of a full house. On the ground floor, there is a full-service bar offering an assortment of food and beverages. While there is a two-drink minimum, all ages are welcome and IDs are checked at the door. The two-drink minimum is not difficult to reach with items such as an Oreo Cookie Shot and a Mellow Cocoa cocktail (hot cocoa and marshmallow vodka) on the menu.

Interior of Cobb's Comedy Club © torbakhopper/Flickr
Interior of Cobb’s Comedy Club | © torbakhopper/Flickr

The venue is perfect for dates as you can purchase your tickets ahead. While general admission seating is first-come, first-serve, those willing to pay an additional fee may upgrade their table for certain performances. Be wary of sitting in the front row though, as comedians frequently pick on those within reach. If you’re truly trying to impress your date, feel free to bring your own wine, but also be ready to pay a $35.00 corkage fee. Group dates? No problem. Cobb’s Comedy Club can also accommodate larger groups, although the club advises large groups to arrive early.

No matter who you come with, you will enjoy your time at Cobb’s Comedy Club. The most important part of this comedy club is its selection of comedians. Many comedians featured at Cobb’s have had guest spots on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Past guests have included beloved Dave Chappelle and snarky Heather McDonald, but the true gems are the lesser-known comedians. For example, MC Butch Escobar does not hesitate to speak the truth about SF culture. He frequently jabs at the city’s open drug use, bizarre tech culture, and obsession with being green (he drives a black Nissan cube). Lesser-known acts like Trenton Davis and current headliner Tommy Davidson also do not disappoint. Both have a refreshing ability to laugh at their own jokes, with Trenton Davis reflecting in between giggles that ‘some jokes are for me’.

Tommy Davidson © LOL Comedy/Flickr
Tommy Davidson | © LOL Comedy/Flickr

Upcoming acts you won’t want to miss include Comedians with Criminal Records on June 14th, Craig Robinson on June 21st, #HellaFunny and Funcheap’s Best of SF on July 3rd, Russell Howard on July 9th, or Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) on July 10th. Either way, be sure to add Tommy Davidson’s Obama impression into your Sunday night plans, and maybe Monday morning won’t seem as dreadful.

Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 (415) 928-4320