See your favorite local headliners before they make it to the big time and stop returning your calls! This showcase features the best stand-up veterans in town on stage at the newly opened Purple Onion at Kells. Like the Phoenix, the Purple Onion and its legendary comedic prowess will forever regenerate and keep the laughs coming. Support local comedians! Show line-ups change every weekend. Tickets $10 + one drink minimum ($7 - you'll receive your drink ticket at the door.)
Jan. 31-Feb 1: The Cellar Dwellers
The Cellar Dwellers uphold the tradition of quirky and offbeat San Francisco humor. Each ‘Dweller’ is a professional comic with a unique voice. Some have Southern accents, some have Indian accents… you get the joke. They each call The Purple Onion home, and a few even have their own apartments.
Two nights a week the Dwellers descend into the basement of Kells to test the brick and mortar foundation with uproarious laughter (some of which comes from the audience). Their chief weapon is stand up comedy. Stand up comedy and Monty Python references. Two chief weapons. Audiences stay on the edge of their sitting chairs. Hecklers are destroyed in ways that would nauseate a Roman emperor. Come witness their meteoric rise to comedy stardom…
The Purple Onion at Kells
Opened in the 1950s, The Purple Onion has hosted comedy legends such as Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller and Richard Pryor. More contemporary stand up heavy-hitters like Robin Williams, Zach Galifianakis and Todd Barry have also performed at the historic comedy venue. In 2012, the club moved around the corner to Kell’s Irish Pub, keeping the speakeasy charm of an underground comedy club. Now featuring the best new talent comedy showcases in the Bay Area. Shows start at 8:30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.