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San Diego’s Best Comedy this December and January

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San Diego has a variety of comedy clubs and venues that feature some of the hottest comedy acts. From one-night shows and touring comedians to ongoing improv shows, there is no shortage of laughter to go around.

Over the next two months, several shows are worth checking out.

Carlos Mencia

December 20 – 23, 2016 at the American Comedy Co.

Carols Mencia is best known as the host of the Comedy Central show Mind of Mencia which went off the air in 2008. In 2011, he was featured in a Comedy Central special titled “New Territory.” He currently records Laughin’ and Livin’, a podcast that’s available on his website, http://carlosmencia.com.

The show at American Comedy Co is 21+ only. Tickets are $25, but be aware that there is a 2 drink minimum.

818 B 6th Ave (Gaslamp Quarter)
San Diego, CA 92101

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Chris D’Elia

December 30, 2016 at The Observatory North Park

Chris D’Elia is a comedian and actor, known for playing Alex Miller on the NBC sitcom Whitney and for the role of Danny Burton on the sitcom Undateable, also on NBC. He has also been featured on Comedy Central as well as on Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy.

The show will be at The Observatory North Park and is 18+. Balcony Table tickets are available (table seats 4). Cost is $40 total. Dinner, drinks, bottle service via waiter are available for an additional fee.

The Observatory North Park
2891 University Avenue,
San Diego, CA

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Maria Bamford

January 14, 2017 at the Balboa Theatre

Maria Bamford is a comedian, actor and voice actor with a long resume of success. She has voiced characters for CatDog, American Dad!, BoJack Horseman and more. She is also the subject and lead actor in the 2016 Netflix series, Lady Dynamite. Her work has drawn critical acclaim (and some criticism). Her rather unique style allows her to cover light and dark topics in a surrealistic, quirky, and sometimes awkward way.

Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, 92101


Tig Notaro

January 14, 2017 at The Observatory North Park

Tig Notaro released her first stand up album in 2011. Since then, her career has skyrocketed her to fame. She has appeared multiple times on Conan and acted in This American Life. She has been featured on Comedy Central, on The Sarah Silverman Program, and works regularly with Amy Schumer. She co-hosted podcast Professor Blastoff until July 2015. During this time span she was diagnosed with C. Diff, her mother died, she went through a break up, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That may sound awful, but for Tig, sharing her story about this terrible span of events catapulted her to fame. The audio from the show (titled “Live!”) was described as “instantly legendary”, with many comedians praising her work.

Tig Notaro is well known for many of her stand-ups, including one in which she took off her shirt (post double-mastectomy). Despite such dark times in her life, her comedy is surprisingly light. She has gone on to beat cancer, get married, adopt babies, and is absolutely worth catching live.

The Observatory North Park
2891 University Avenue,
San Diego, CA


Improv Shows

The nationally acclaimed National Comedy Theatre Mainstage Cast takes the stage every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. at the National Comedy Theatre.

National Comedy Theatre – San Diego
3717 India St.
San Diego, CA 92103

Also, check out the Old Town Improv Co. Ensemble which performs Fridays (including Dec 9 and Dec 16) at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.

Old Town Improv Co.
2415 San Diego Ave #103
San Diego, CA 92110

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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