Bay Area Stand-Up Comedy: A Humorous History (Paperback)
Comedians of the San Francisco Bay Area changed comedy forever.
From visiting acts like Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg to local favorites who still maintain their following and legacy, the Bay Area has long been a place for comedians to develop their voice and hone their stand-up skills. Popular spots included Cobb's, the Purple Onion, Brainwash, and the holy grail of San Francisco comedy during the 1980s boom, the Holy City Zoo. For over seventy years, these iconic venues and others fostered talent like Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher and the Smothers Brothers, introducing them to local crowds and the world beyond.
Join comedians Nina G and OJ Patterson on a hilarious and thoughtful tour through the history of Bay Area comedy.