San Francisco’s Comedy Day


By L Chin

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

September 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Location: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Event Description

1 Stage • 5 Hours • 40 Comedians • A Million Laughs • Absolutely Free

Live entertainment with food and beverages vended.

Side effects of the 31st annual outdoor comedy show in Golden Gate Park on September 18 could also bring about world peace.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Is laughter really the best medicine? I’m not sure. If I had lung cancer and the doctor offered me the choice of watching a Three Stooges movie or taking a powerful medication to treat and hopefully cure my disease, I think I’d go with the medication.

But research studies have shown that laughter appears to reduce pain, stress, ease autoimmune diseases and improve activity of natural killer cells, which may benefit cancer patients. Laughter can also help create awareness about lung cancer. That’s why San Francisco’s Comedy Day has partnered with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

This year marks our 31st annual presentation of the world’s first outdoor comedy concert. The five-hour laugh marathon featuring up to 40 comedians in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 18 is themed “Live to Laugh, and Laugh to Live.” and is dedicated to the eradication of lung cancer through research, early detection, education, prevention and treatment.

Oh, that “world peace” reference? It may have been a slight exaggeration.

Comedy Day is borrowing Milton Berle’s famous quote, “Live to laugh, and laugh to live.” But the late “Thief of Bad Gags” wouldn’t mind…he was upfront about how he amassed one of the largest joke collections in the world. Berle’s quote lends itself perfectly to the 31st annual free Comedy Day, because we’re helping the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation promote their third annual San Francisco "Your Next Step is the Cure" Walk/Run in support of Lung Cancer survivors and in memory of those who have passed. Unlike Berle, however, all of the comedians performing at Comedy Day will be doing original jokes!

This year’s lineup features a combination of up-and-coming talent, Bay Area favorites and national headliners. “You never know who’s gonna drop in,” hints Debi Durst, Board President and Executive Producer of Comedy Day. “It’s been a brutal year; now more than ever we need a good laugh,” she continues. “Comedy Day guarantees that the comedians presented will be able to find the funny in the economy, the upcoming elections, even natural disasters." And Durst knows at least one guy personally who’ll skewer the politicians.”

This year’s cast of comedians includes: Yayne Abeba, Diane Amos, Jeff Applebaum, Marcella Arguello, Rebecca Arthur, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Ngaio Bealum, J. Raoul Brody, Dave Burleigh, Tessie Chua, Al Clethen, Brian Copeland, Jabari Davis, Danny Dechi, Debi Durst, Will Durst, David Feldman, Will Franken, Don Friesen, Tina Allen Gallo, Chris Garcia, Marga Gomez, Liz Grant, Nato Green, Max Gstettenbauer, Robert Hawkins, Anthony Hill, Linda Hill, John Hoogasian, Phil Johnson, Sean Keane, Connor Kellicut, Samson Koletkar, Nick Leonard, Suli McCullough, Kevin Meany, Rick Overton, Steven Pearl. Wiley Roberts, Paco Romane, Dan St. Paul, Shang, Tom Smith, Carrie Snow, Tony Sparks, Mike Spiegelman, Johnny Steele, Kris Tinkle, Joe Tobin, David VanAvermaete, Del Van Dyke, and Barry Weintraub. Plus very special guests. More top name comedians to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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