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Comedy Returns to El Rio. 10th Anniversary Show! (Friday, May 17)
El Rio
San Francisco, CA
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The popular monthly comedy night Comedy Returns to El Rio! is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary! (We miscalculated and said last year was our 10th Anniversary so were doing it again and getting it right this year!) The show, produced by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's Lisa Geduldig, takes place at El Rio in San Francisco's Mission District on the third Friday of the month, with a roving eclectic mix of smarty pants comedians from the Bay Area and beyond. Geduldig created the event in 2008, bringing back to life a comedy show that took place at El Rio in the 80s and 90s. The Bay Area Reporter (BAR) just named the show Best Comedy Night for the second consecutive year.

On Friday May 17th, we will celebrate our 10th Anniversary Show with Ian Williams, Justin Lucas, Arjun Banerjee, Judi Leff, and Lisa Geduldig.

Ian Williams began performing in comedy clubs in the Midwest after leaving graduate school in 1984. He has appeared on MTV, A&E, Star Search, and Showtime. Williams has lived in San Francisco for more than two decades and appears at Bay Area clubs including Cobb's and The Punchline. He also has worked as a teacher while partnering with his spouse to run a family that has stayed in operation since 1995.

Justin Lucas, a San Francisco native, can be seen acting on both stage and film when hes not writing sketch comedy. Having performed stand up since 2011, he has won several competitions, and was given the 2015 Bay Area Reporter award for Best Male Comedian. He has nice hair.

Arjun Banerjee is a young up and coming stand up comedian in the Bay Area comedy scene. His therapist has described his style as "warm, inviting yet witty." He has performed in both the Desi Comedy Fest and SF Sketchfest.

Judi Leff, a San Francisco native and Duchess in the Court of Emperor Norton, has been making people laugh ever since she took her first math test.  For decades Judi has taught, lectured, written, performed, directed, and/or produced short and long versions of comedy in the Bay Area Jewish community and specializes in parody songwriting.  After a long seriocomic career at Congregation Emanu-El, she currently sorts the mail and a few other things out at the Institute on Aging.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comic and comedy producer whos the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ (which celebrates its 27th Annual shows this December), Comedy Returns to El Rio, and the monthly comedy show, Comedy at Ashkenaz! on the second Thursday of the month at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Lisa moonlights as a freelance arts publicist.

Must be over 21 as it's a bar.  
Tickets on sale on a sliding scale basis: $10 to $20.

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Advanced ticket sales will end at 4pm today, but THERE WILL BE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR as of 6:30pm. Cash only. The next show, The 10th Annual Obligatory June Gay Comedy Show, will take place on Friday, June 21st.


El Rio (View)
3158 Mission St @ Precita
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Comedy > Stand Up

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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