Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park

Event has passed (Sun Sep 18, 2011 - Sun Sep 20, 2015)
Comedy, Family, Food Event, Food & Drink, Park, City


1 Stage. 5 Hours. 40 Comedians. A Million Laughs. Absolutely FREE!

San Francisco’s 35th Annual Comedy Day 
Sunday, September 20
Noon until 5 pm
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Live entertainment (2015 performers TBA). Food and beverages vended.
Many celebrity comedians perform at Comedy Day. When in town and available, they support Comedy Day with a surprise appearance. We hope to have one or two of them back this year. Past performers include: Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle, Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Izzard, Dana Carvey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Rob Schneider, George Lopez, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Tom Kenney (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), Dave Attell, Brian Regan, Jake Johannsen,  Kevin Meaney, Kevin Pollak, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Diane Amos (The Pine Sol Lady), Greg Proops, Scott Thompson & Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and others. 
New in 2002 was the presentation of the San Francisco Stand-up Comedy Legend Award to Ronnie Schell and Michael Pritchard. Since then we have honored Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Enrico Banducci (impresario and former owner of the hungry i), Wavy Gravy, Frank Kidder, Rebecca Erwin Spencer, Jose Simon, Pat Morita, Pat Paulsen, Robin Williams and Will Durst. This year's winner is...Diane Amos (The Pine-Sol Lady)!
Comedy Day is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Bay Area comedy fans, Bay Area hospitals, the S.F. Unified School District, School for the Arts, Rock Medicine/Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Boy Scouts of America, Oakland’s LoveLife Foundation, San Francisco Food Bank, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Housing 1000 and others.
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.

Jose Simon and Robin WilliamsIt took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 700 of the world's funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for more than 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. Comedy Day looks to the Bay Area's major comedy forces, such as The Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club, SF Sketchfest, Rooster T. Feathers and others to help produce a highly entertaining, five-hour set.

The State of California and The City support it, too. The Governor of California, San Francisco's Mayor's Office, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Star 101.3 iHeartRadio, Pat Paulsen Vineyards, San Francisco Examiner, KGO News Radio 810, NBC TV Bay Area Channel 11, SF Weekly, Lagunitas Brewery, Villa Florence, Common Cider, FCCFree Radio, Reality Check TV, RushTix, FunCheapSF, General Mills, Grants for the Arts (San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund), plus tons of food trucks, and many other organizations all contribute generously to Comedy Day.

Comedy Day is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

Comedy Day also provides outreach programs. Comedy workshops teaching conflict resolution through the use of humor are available for Bay Area public schools throughout the year. We can also arrange for comedians to perform for charitable organizations/benefits, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and hospices throughout the Bay Area.

Comedy Day has no salaried administrative staff and relies solely on the efforts of our volunteers. We derive income from donors, vendors, sponsors and SF Grants for the Arts. Please patronize our benefactors! Thank you.


Sharon Meadow
320 Bowling Green Drive
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Sharon Meadow
    320 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, CA