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The Purple Onion moved locations on September 24, 2012. The Purple Onion at Kells now exists just around the corner of its original location. The original club was one of the most historic stand-up comedy venues in the world. The 80-person intimate nightclub was a popular influence in local music and entertainment during the beat era. Our new location has brought along this same intimacy and influence to recreate the Purple Onion's allure. Many legendary comedians performed in the original room including Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce. The Smothers Brothers recorded their ground-breaking debut comedy album there in 1961. Housewife-turned comic, Phyllis Diller, began her career at the Purple Onion, playing for a record-breaking 87 weeks straight. With this new venue, the Purple Onion is keeping its tradition of producing some of the finest talents to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area.