Comics love to record their CDs and DVDs in San Francisco. They LOOOOOOOVE it! Even if they don’t live here. Even if they didn’t come up doing comedy here. Even if they don’t spend that much time in the bay. They still love to record those permanent records known as “specials” here. And they even used to love to record them here when those permanent records were actually records.
Here is a quick list off the top of my Googler of notable CDs, DVDs, and albums that were recorded in San Francisco:
1. Paul Mooney’s Race – 1993 (The San Francisco Punch Line)2. Steve Martin’s Comedy Is Not Pretty – 1979, and Let’s Get Small – 1977 (both at The Boarding House in San Francisco)
3. Margaret Cho’s I’m The One That I Want (The Warfield — this reset the bar for the modern special.)
4. Lenny Bruce’s Live At The Curran Theater – 1961 (Apparently the actual show was — GULP! — THREE HOURS AND SEVEN MINUTES LONG!)
5. Mort Sahl at The Hungry i - 1960 (Yup, before it was a seedy strip club it was home to the best comedy the country has ever seen.)
6. Zach Galifinakis‘ Live at The Purple Onion – 2007 (You can hear our very own Alex Koll* introduce Zach at the beginning of the DVD.)
7. Sandra Bernhard’s I’m Still Here… Damn It! - 1998 (Slim’s)
8. Bill Burr’s Let It Go – 2010 (The Fillmore)
9. Phyllis Diller’s Live in San Francisco – 2001**
10. Kevin Avery’s Hardcore 2007 (The San Francisco Punch Line)
11. Daniel Tosh’s Happy Thoughts - 2011 (Yerba Buena Center)
12. Eddie Izzard’s Dress To Kill - 1998 (Stage Door Theatre, I was in the flippin’ audience the night it was recorded for HBO. I didn’t get it. I do now.) FOR THE REST OF THIS POST GO HERE!