It was 1975, and comedian Jose Simon had a dream. Barbra Streisand did it. A number of rock ‘n’ roll bands had done it, too. Even the symphony gave it a go. Free outdoor concerts were becoming more commonplace in music. So, why not one featuring comedians? A free outdoor performance in The City that is considered the cradle of civilization for comedy would be a great way for local comedians to say thank you to their fans.
It took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 600 of the world’s funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for over a half-million people at the original outdoor comedy concert, Comedy Day. It started in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse (affectionately known as the Band Shell), moved to the Polo Fields in 1987 to accommodate larger crowds and, for the past few years, has found a home in Sharon Meadow.
San Francisco’s professional comedy community joins together each year to produce the five-hour show. The Punch Line, Cobb’s Comedy Club, SF Sketchfest, Rooster T. Feathers and Comedy Day each contribute their favorite comedians to produce a highly entertaining, five-hour set.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
12PM – 5PM
Sharon Meadow • Golden Gate Park • San Francisco