36th ANNUAL COMEDY DAY...YAY!!!

Comedy Day, the Original, Longest-Running, Outdoor Comedy Festival in the World. One • Five Hours • 40+ Comedians • A Million Laughs • Absolutely FREE!

Comedy Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all- volunteer organization. Founder Jose Simon’s dream of a free, open-air comedy celebration became a reality in 1981, and since that time, more than 750 of the world’s funniest comedians have performed gratis for more than a half-million happy people.

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.


It took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 750 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 support this highly-entertaining, five-hour show. The Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club, SF Sketchfest, and others help make Comedy Day the most anticipated comedy event of the year.


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, California State Senator Mark Leno, California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Star 101.3, Pat Paulsen Vineyards, San Francisco Examiner, KGO News Radio 810, NBC Bay Area TV, SF Weekly, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Villa Florence, Common Cider, The Bay Guardian, FCCFree Radio, SF Sketchfest, FunCheapSF, Reality Check TV, The Punch Line San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club, U.S. Pure Water, Doc’s Lab, Sylvan Productions, Rock Medicine, Grants for the Arts (San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund), Sam's Chowder Mobile, Gyros & Cheesesteak Trolley, The Slider Shack, ForeverSprung Spring Rolls, Ben & Jerry's and many other organizations all contribute generously to Comedy Day.

Comedy Day is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is: 
94-2945255.


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.

 
WHAT:
San Francisco’s Comedy Day
Sunday, September 20
Noon until 5 pm
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
 
1 Stage • 5 Hours • 40 Comedians • A Million Laughs • Absolutely FREE!
 
PERFORMANCE:
Live entertainment (2014 performers TBA). Food and beverages vended.
 
WHO:
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), Greg Proops, Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), to name a few.
 
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 sensational standup and incredible improv artist Diane Amos — also known as The Pine Sol Lady.
 
WHEN:
Sunday, September 14, 2014 from Noon until 5 pm.
 
WHERE:
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
 
ADMISSION:
FREE!
 
PHOTOS:
High-resolution photos and B-roll available at http://comedyday.org/about/media.
 
PAST & PRESENT BENEFICIARIES:
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.
 
Our funding is secured from private donations, sponsorship sales, vendor proceeds, and grants. There is no paid administrative staff and all of the funds received are allocated to support:

1 ) Production of each year’s annual event;

2) Providing for our outreach program presenting workshops teaching conflict resolution through the use of humor to Bay Area public schools;

3) Producing comedic entertainment for nonprofit benefits, as well as to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, residents of homeless shelters, and wherever people can use a good laugh.

Comedy Day has hosted many of the biggest names in stand-up, among them: 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, Arj Barker (Flight of the Conchords), Brian Regan, Jake Johannsen, Kevin Meaney, Kevin Pollak, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Brian Copeland, Diane Amos (The Pine Sol Lady), Greg Proops, Scott Thompson & Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and others.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Address: 
320 Bowling Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118