Cobb's Comedy Club

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Cobb's Comedy Club
Cobb's Comedy Club entrance, 2017-02-10.jpg
Former names Cobb's Pub
Address 915 Columbus Avenue
Location San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°48′10″N 122°24′51″W / 37.8029°N 122.4143°W / 37.8029; -122.4143Coordinates: 37°48′10″N 122°24′51″W / 37.8029°N 122.4143°W / 37.8029; -122.4143
Owner Live Nation
Type Comedy club
Capacity 400
Opened 1982 (1982)

Cobb's Comedy Club is a stand-up comedy venue in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. It was founded in 1982 and has had many top comedians on its stage.[1][citation needed]


Originally known at Cobb’s Pub, Cobb’s Comedy Club was opened in 1982 on Chestnut Street in San Francisco’s Marina District. In 1987, it moved to the Cannery Shopping Center in the historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco neighborhood,[2] where it thrived for over a decade with owner and booker Tom Sawyer, who went on to run the venue for more than 25 years.

In March 2002 a five-alarm fire broke out at The Cannery.[3] Damage from the fire and subsequent flooding closed Cobb’s for a month before forcing Sawyer into a lawsuit which eventually resulted in the club’s eviction from the building.[4] With the help of some prominent comedian friends, Sawyer raised enough money to reopen Cobb’s in November 2002 at 915 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood,[5] in the rock club formerly known as Wolfgang’s, where, as of February 2017, it remains.

Sister clubs[edit]

Punch Line San Francisco is San Francisco’s longest-running comedy club, and a sister club of Cobb’s Comedy Club. The Punch Line was owned and operated by Bill Graham in 1978 in the rock venue formerly known as the Old Waldorf.

Punch Line Sacramento, a comedy club in Sacramento, was opened and operated by Bill Graham Presents in 1991 as an expansion of the comedy club of the same name in San Francisco.


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