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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
Get directions


Over his 20 year career, Tim Wilkins has gained a reputation as a dead-on impressionist, but his new impression of Barack Obama is clearly one of his best. Have a look!


Our friend Baron Vaughn (Fairly Legal, The Awkward Comedy Show, Cloverfield) did a stellar job on Conan last night. He discusses the KKK website, being bi-racial, and beating the odds. Check it out.


Our pal Baron Vaughn will be making his late night television debut on Conan tonight! He’ll be performing a set and promoting his new album “Raised By Cable.” Joining Baron on tonight’s program is Roseanne Barr and Paul D. Fantastically random.

Here’s a classic clip from Baron to tide you over!


10 years after the tragic events of September 11th, CNN looks back on comedy in New York City following the attacks. Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Jon Stewart, and others, reflect on what it was like to perform during such a strange, dark time. Have a look.


Janine Brito, Nato Green, and W Kamau Bell, collectively known as Laughter Against the Machine, are on the brink of kick starting their upcoming tour of America, and they can use your help. If you’re a fan of political comedy in the vain of Mort Sahl, Dick Gregory, or the Daily Show, then please consider contributing a few bucks to their efforts. Their project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Friday Sep 9. They’re currently at 18,200. So close!

Learn about their project:

In Janine’s words:

This country is in turmoil, our economy is in shambles, corporations count as people, and homophobic Puerto Rican senators are posting nude photos of themselves on Grindr to “document their weight-loss regimen.” But we don’t have to tell you this. If you are a fan of Rooftop that probably means you know all this and use comedy to take a break and/or get new perspective on the world out there. Well, three comics/Rooftop Favorites, Nato Green, Janine Brito, and W. Kamau Bell are going to go directly to some of the sources of the “trouble” and see if we can help or at least if they can use a laugh. We are Laughter Against The Machine. We are going on tour to a few of America’s current (and classic) political hotspots: Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL, Dearborn/Detroit MI, Madison WI, New Orleans, Washington DC, and Oakland CA. And we need your help! We leave THIS Saturday and we literally only have hours to go to raise the money we need for the tour and a documentary about the tour. We are asking the questions: Is there hope for America? And can comedy help? Please check out our Kickstarter where you can pledge money and get some cool rewards. And if we happen to be in one of your cities, then please come see the show live. And if you can’t do either but want to help, then please spread the word to your like-minded peoples. Laughter Against The Machine wants to be the campfire for the revolution!

Contribute to Laughter Against the Machine


We have copies of Adam Newman’s new and hilarious “Not For Horses” album signed by the funny man himself.

BUT WAIT… there’s more! The next 20 people to buy the CD off can use the coupon code “horsie” and get 30% off their purchase.

Offer available for a limited time. Orders ship same day!

Speaking of good bargains, here’s an alternate version of one of the jokes on the album.

Pick up your signed copy of” “Not For Horses”

Laughing Skull Comedy Festival – Registration Closes Today!

Today is the last day to submit for The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival! Come be a part of this nationally-renowned festival, a great way to get seen by club managers, talent agents, and major industry execs (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, Fox, and Letterman, to name a few). Now in its third year, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival brings together top notch talent, including past headliners like Margaret Cho, Christopher Titus, and Gary Gulman. There’s cash prizes and months of club work for the taking, so don’t miss today’s deadline.

After they play a sold-out show, participating comics can enjoy festival parties, a poker tournament, and a Civil War-themed kick ball game. Want even more incentive? The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival has some serious reach, partnering with Comcast and Sirius XM. All comics who make it to the festival are also eligible to be a part of a “Best Of” album.

Rooftop is thrilled to once again partner with The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Get your best 3-10 min worth of material and submit now! More festival info here or contact info(at)


Dozens of comedians will have a chance to square off against each other for their own TV special and over $80,000 worth of cash and prizes in Comcast’s “Trial By Laughter” comedy competition. Taping Tuesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 13th at Morty’s in Indianapolis, Trial By Laughter features three rounds of fierce competition. All three rounds will be taped and aired on Comcast, and all three rounds will be sent to Sirius/XM. Submit an audition clip on the Trial By Laughter website.
Good luck!


The great reviews keep on rolling in for Adam Newman debut album, Not for Horses.

First there was Ed Placencia’s review, followed by a glowing review on Laughspin, and now entertainment blog Under the Gun has chimed in.

Here’s a teaser of the review written by UTG’s comedy writer Angie Frissore.

“Newman’s material is not only hilarious and well-timed, but also personal. Each of his jokes shows you a glimpse of Newman’s true personality – and this openness instantly generates a huge amount of likability that keeps you eager for more.”

Read the rest of the review on Under the Gun

Pick up your copy of Not for Horses