12/28. Club Chuckles 10th Anniversary Bash @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St. SF. 9pm. $5. Featuring Joey Devine, Donny Divanian, Jesse Elias, Caitlin Gill, Sean Keane, Chris Thayer and more. 

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. 

12/28. Club Chuckles 10th Anniversary Bash @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St. SF. 9pm. $5. Featuring Joey Devine, Donny Divanian, Jesse Elias, Caitlin Gill, Sean Keane, Chris Thayer and more. 

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. 

Daily Random: (11/30/2013)
courtingcomedy:

Mike Spiegelman @ Club Chuckles

[Originally Posted: 3/3/2012]

Daily Random: (11/30/2013)

courtingcomedy:

Mike Spiegelman @ Club Chuckles

[Originally Posted: 3/3/2012]

12/12. Club Chuckles: Kyle Kinane [Two Shows!] @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St., SF. 7:30&9:30pm. $12-15. Featuring Anna Seregina & Bucky Sinister; Caitlin Gill & Nato Green. Click words to buy tix. 

[Club Chuckles is sending 2013 (and its 10th year) off with a bona fide champion. If you’re loyal to this site, it’s values, and it’s sentiments, you already love Kyle Kinane. For all his accomplishments and well-crafted, well-recieved, subtle takeover as a symbol (and voice) for the embodiment of “Comedy”, Kyle keeps it ghetto. He’s still for the everyman, still a product of humble hard work, a lyrical lush of charming deprecation. Spread the word, be apart of the Club Chuckles movement, and enjoy the illustrious privilege of San Francisco’s many hidden gems.]

8/16. Kurt Tub!: Kurt Braunohler’s Record Release Party @ Verdi Club. 2424 Mariposa St. SF. 8pm. $18-$20. Featuring Laura Kightlinger, Sean Keane, Bucky Sinister, Nato Green, and musical guests The Wrong Words. Presented by Club Chuckles and The Business. 

[This show will most likely fill up: Kurt Braunohler has been rising for a number of years (with a high potential for “discoverability”); he compliments San Francisco (especially the demin-and-plaid parade of the Mission); and comes constipated with goodies and intangibles. I’ve heard How Do I Land?, the cause for celebration. It’s good. Braunohler has bottled charisma and earnest into a handsome offering. Stay tuned for a review, get ready for the bash.]

8/16. Kurt Tub!: Kurt Braunohler’s Record Release Party @ Verdi Club. 2424 Mariposa St. SF. 8pm. $18-$20. Featuring Laura Kightlinger, Sean Keane, Bucky Sinister, Nato Green, and musical guests The Wrong Words. Presented by Club Chuckles and The Business

[This show will most likely fill up: Kurt Braunohler has been rising for a number of years (with a high potential for “discoverability”); he compliments San Francisco (especially the demin-and-plaid parade of the Mission); and comes constipated with goodies and intangibles. I’ve heard How Do I Land?, the cause for celebration. It’s good. Braunohler has bottled charisma and earnest into a handsome offering. Stay tuned for a review, get ready for the bash.]

Rob Cantrell @ Club Chuckles

Rob Cantrell @ Club Chuckles

Mike Spiegelman @ Club Chuckles

Mike Spiegelman @ Club Chuckles

John Hoogasian @ Club Chuckles

John Hoogasian @ Club Chuckles

Caitlin Gill @ Club Chuckles 

Caitlin Gill @ Club Chuckles 

2/23. Club Chuckles @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St. SF. 9PM. $8. Featuring Rob Cantrell, John Hoogasian, and Caitlin Gill.

2/23. Club Chuckles @ Hemlock Tavern. 1131 Polk St. SF. 9PM. $8. Featuring Rob Cantrell, John Hoogasian, and Caitlin Gill.

Sheng Wang via Club Chuckles

Sheng Wang via Club Chuckles