The Legendary Punch Line Comedy Club is CLOSING
The Legendary Punchline San Francisco is closing this summer after over 40 years of hosting some of the biggest names in comedy. According to a source close to the Punchline, all staff was notified this week that the owners of the building have refused to renew the club’s lease which ends on Agust 20th.
Punch Line is part of Livenation (along with Cobb’s Comedy Club, The Fillmore & The Masonic), and they are actively searching for a new venue in order to continue Punch Line San Francisco.
Punch Line is truly a legendary place for comedy, Dave Chappelle has famously been working out his newest material there since the 1990s, I once saw him perform there for over 4 hours, just riffing and speaking to the audience as if he were in his own living room. SF comedy stars like Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Margaret Cho & Greg Proops frequented Punch Line, and everyone from John Mulaney to Amy Schumer have performed there. It’s a pretty magical spot and a true piece of America’s comedic history.
It was started by Bill Grahm in 1978 and this venue not only caters to the biggest stars it also gives provides an excellent stage for young, local and up and coming comics to hone there craft. We hope they land on their feet somewhere in the city soon.
Meanwhile, there is definitely going to be comedy performed there 6 nights a week at least until August 20th, so check out the Calendar here, and go see a show before they move.