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Club Chuckles Ten Year Anniversary Bash
Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco, CA
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Club Chuckles Ten Year Anniversary Bash
Club Chuckles Ten Year Anniversary Bash with Chris Thayer, Donny Divanian, Caitlin Gill, Sean Keane, Jesse Elias, Joey Devine, Couples (ex-Something With Genitals), Freakotronic and more!!

Saturday, Dec. 28th at Hemlock Tavern. 9pm, $5. Mostly seated show.

Outer-echeclon comedy showcase Club Chuckles is turning the ripe old age of 10. Launched in 2003 by Hemlock Tavern live music booker Anthony Bedard as a "Safeway Select"-style ploy to book less bands, Club Chuckles has achieved the cold-comfort distinction of becoming the currently longest-running "comedy-in-a-rock-club" monthly series in Americapresaging the alt rock/alt comedy crossover wet-dream of the 2000s, predating Patton Oswalt's "The Comedians of Comedy" tour, and even birthing a comedy record label (Talent Moat). Club Chuckles also instituted the comedy world's first-ever 10 drink maximum policy in the wake of the heckler uprising at Todd Barry's impromptu crowd-work set at Hemlock in 2006. Sure, every late-to-the-party, ambulance-chasing Johnny Come(dy) Lately rock club is now trying to pad out their schedules with laffs & yuks, and the whole comedy-in-a-rock-club thing is now the toast of greater Brooklyn, but back in the early 2000s, this kind of programming nearly got Bedard sh*t-canned from his job until Neil Hamburger smashed the Hemlock's all-time bar sales record.

Over the past decade, Club Chuckles has presented a harrowing, dazzling array of stand-up, sketch, musical and otherwise unclassifiable comedy in a rock club setting. A rolling, bated-breath mess of orgasmic hilarity and painfully uncomfortable liminal moments, rank professionalism and existential stunt work, Club Chuckles has actualized a spit-take saturated bone zone relatively free from the strictures of traditional comedy clubs, and at substantially lower prices than the typical comedy world wallet gouge.

With a killer lineup of some of Club Chuckles' current favorites, this 10 year anniversary show is sure be one for the new Dark Ages! See you there, comedy fans!

PRESS QUOTES

"Club Chuckles: a pivotal force in giving comedians opportunities to reach new audiences - people who regularly go to rock shows but rarely step into established comedy venues such as the Punch Line or Cobb's." - SF Chronicle

"Club Chuckles opened the rock music doors to a bunch of jokers and the local comedy landscape is far better for it. They've shaken their metaphorical full moon at the two-drink minimum and high ticket prices of traditional comedy clubs, and instead offers a ten-drink maximum and lesser dollar tickets to those hungry for something other than the modern-day equivalent of 'Take my wife.' Club Chuckles has committed itself to relentlessly weird, reliably hilarious performers." - SF Weekly

"There's certainly no shortage of live comedy in the Bay Area, but you have to hand it to Club Chuckles for keeping it weird. Avoiding line-ups packed with middle-aged men whining about their therapy bills, or cosmonaut princesses with pubic hair obsessions, Club Chuckles can often be found lurking in the rock-saturated shadows of the Hemlock Tavern's back room performance space, infused with the kind of punk rock vibes you'll never pick up at the buttoned-down, two-drink minimum comedy clubs. The sold out, eight-year anniversary show at the considerably swankier digs of the Verdi Club might have been better lit, but the rowdy element still prevailed, as an entire line-up devoted to the comedy of the awkward braved the hecklers to bring the laffs." - SF Bay Guardian

"Club Chuckles has hosted an impressive variety of cutting edge local and out-of-town comedians monthly at the Hemlock Tavern. It's a non-traditional venue for comedy, appropriate to showcase some non-traditional acts." - KQED

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Hemlock Tavern (View)
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States


Categories

Comedy > Other
Comedy > Sketch
Comedy > Stand Up

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No

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