Just for laughs: The best BARTable comedy clubs and shows

In these serious times, we have more reason to call on professional help when it comes to having a good laugh. Fortunately, you can momentarily counterbalance the heaviness of news headlines with a night out in the wild, witty and often uncouth world of a comedy club.

With plenty of BARTable spots to soak up stand-up, it’s your choice whether you want to hide away in the dark or make yourself a target as a daring heckler. Local and touring comedians light up the following five stages with their own brand of calculated punchlines and off-the-cuff exchanges with audience members, all so that crowds can leave remembering how to have a sense of humor. And that’s no joke.

Punch Line

Big names do weeklong residencies while Sunday showcases spotlight hoping-to-be-big emerging locals.

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Punch Line

Embarcadero (SF)
Comedy Oakland

Nestled in the upstairs loft of Spice Monkey restaurant every Thursday through Saturday, Comedy Oakland is two blocks from 19th St./Oakland Station.

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Comedy Oakland

19th St. Oakland
The Setup

One-time jazz club green room, now a cozy comedy club every Thursday through Saturday in the downstairs of the The Beer Basement loungey bar, The Setup keeps it simple with all the basics to be one of the best.

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The Setup

Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF)
Cheaper Than Therapy

This regular comedy show got the name right. Cheaper Than Therapy features Bay Area joke slingers dedicated to keeping things lighthearted.

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Cheaper Than Therapy

Powell St. (SF)
Tommy T’s Comedy Club

Looking like a big yellow house, Tommy T’s may appear innocent and quaint on the outside, but inside harbors raucous nights that put Pleasanton on the edgy comedy tour map. 

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Tommy T’s Comedy Club

Dublin/Pleasanton

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