Now in its 10th hysterical year, Comedy Night at the Geary has become one of the most popular comedy events in San Francisco. Held at the historic Geary Theater in Union Square, Comedy Night brings out a brilliant "who's who" of the funniest entertainers around: past performers have included Robin Williams, Will Durst, Mark Lundholm, Greg Proops, Mark Pita, Jim Short, Jake Johannsen-the list and the laughs keep getting bigger.
The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show cocktail party in the lower level lounge of the Geary Theater. Mix and mingle while enjoying spirits (no-host) and delectable treats, provided by Angelina's. At 8 p.m. sharp our featured comedians take the stage for an evening of uncontrollable laughter. This year’s talent includes the Bay Area’s famed sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster!*
Comedy Night at the Geary, sponsored this year by Jean & James E. Douglas, Jr. and Macy's West, is the annual fundraiser for the ACT One Scholarship Fund. This scholarship goes to one student in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program, fully funding his or her education for the program's full three years. ACT One 2002 scholarship recipient Allison Jean White will graduate from the program in May, after performing on the Geary stage in The Real Thing and A Christmas Carol. A member of the M.F.A. Class of 2008 will soon be announced as the next recipient.
Killing My Lobster is a San Francisco sketch comedy group and film production company. Voted "Best Laugh Factory" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and two-time winner of the Best of the Fringe Award at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, Killing My Lobster has produced more than two dozen theme-based comedy shows (with the science-themed Killing My Lobster Splits the Atom opening this July; details to be announced). The group has also made 14 short films that have screened at over 40 film festivals-including Sundance and the San Francisco International Film Festival, where the Lobsters took home a Golden Spire Award. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Killing My Lobster "the closest thing the Bay Area has to its own Second City." This summer the troupe will make its New York City debut in the first Sketchfest NYC at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre June 9, 10, and 11.
Past performers at Comedy Night at the Geary have included Robin Williams, Greg Proops, Will Durst, Mark Lundholm, Jim Short, Bill Rafferty, and sketch comedy troupes Totally False People and Kasper Hauser.
Cobb's Comedy Club is in its 22nd year as one of the top clubs in the country for stand-up comedy. It continues to cement its status in its new location at 915 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco's famous North Beach area.
Founded in 1995, ACT One is a social and educational affiliate of A.C.T. ACT One's members demonstrate their love of theater through performance attendance, special events, volunteer work, and fundraising. For the 2004-05 season, Comedy Night at the Geary is ACT One's main fundraiser. For more information about ACT One membership activities and benefits, which include discount tickets, priority seating, and invitations to parties and receptions, please call 415.439.2308.
Ranked as one of the top programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the A.C.T. M.F.A. Program was the first theater training program in the country not affiliated with a college or university accredited to award the master of fine arts degree. Functioning as the cornerstone of the conservatory, which also includes the Summer Training Congress, Studio A.C.T., and the Young Conservatory, the M.F.A. Program currently trains 51 students in its three-year curriculum.