Punch Line San Francisco
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The Punch Line is San Francisco’s longest running comedy club. The original Punch Line Comedy Club opened on the site of X San Francisco radio, operated by former ksan dj's who'd.been fired under new ownership . known as x's, formerly the backstage room of the old Waldorf at night, of a quasi-English pub at lunch.The old Waldorf, a rock venue owned by Jeffrey Pollack, later sold to Bill Graham, who had been promoting rock shows there since the late seventies. When Bill Graham opened Wolfgang’s in 1983 (at 915 Columbus Ave., also formerly owned by Jeffrey pollack, also operated as the final location of The Boarding House and The old Waldorf, the current home of Cobb’s Comedy Club), the majority of the space used by the Old Waldorf was split off and the remainder was renamed the Punch Line and dedicated to presenting live comedy. It was so successful that in August 1986 a second Punch Line was opened in Walnut Creek (but closed in 1995.) The third Punch Line opened on New Year’s Eve 1991 and is still presenting shows 7 days a week in Sacramento, California.
All three clubs were owned and operated by Bill Graham Presents up until the death of Bill Graham in 1991. The company was taken over by a group of employees who later sold it to SFX Promotions. It was then sold to Clear Channel Entertainment. Eventually, Bill Graham Presents along with other independent promoters formed Live Nation, which is now the largest concert production & promotion company in the world.
Comics such as Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey took their first comedic steps on the Punch Line stage. The Punch Line's dedication to comic tradition has earned it the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle's readers' choice award for the best comedy club. Today, the Punch Line is the only full-time comedy club in San Francisco, hosting comics Dave Chappelle, Margaret Cho, Bobby Slayton, Wanda Sykes, Greg Giraldo, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Dave Attell, George Lopez, David Cross, and Greg Proops, among others.