San Francisco’s Free Comedy Day: The 33rd Time’s the Charm!

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April 25, 2013

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San Francisco’s Free Comedy Day: The 33rd Time’s the Charm!

Comedy Day, presented on Sunday, September 15 in Golden Gate Park, is dedicated to combating violence in our communities and to the eradication of lung cancer.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – This year marks the 33rd annual presentation of the world’s first outdoor comedy concert. The free, five-hour laugh fest featuring 40 comedians in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow from noon till 5pm on Sunday, September 15, is themed “Live to Laugh, and Laugh to Live” and is dedicated to the eradication of lung cancer through research, early detection, education, treatment and prevention as advocated by our long-time sponsor, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Yes, laughter truly is the best medicine. Studies have shown that laughter reduces pain, stress, autoimmune diseases and improves activity of natural killer cells, which may benefit cancer patients. Laughter can also help create awareness about lung cancer. That’s why San Francisco’s Comedy Day, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is borrowing Milton Berle’s famous quote, “Live to laugh, and laugh to live” to help promote awareness for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s mission to end lung cancer once and for all.

Comedy Day will also confront violence head on during this year’s performance. All comedians will be banned from using the following phrases both on stage and backstage:

  • Break a leg
  • Knock ’em dead
  • Knee-slapping
  • Side-splitting
  • Laugh till it hurts
  • And other similar pejorative phrases

This year’s Comedy Day lineup features a combination of up-and-coming talent in our hour-long New Faces of Comedy Day set, as well as Bay Area favorites and national headliners. “You never know who’s gonna drop in,” hints Debi Durst, Board President and Executive Producer of Comedy Day. “It’s been a brutal year; now more than ever we need a good laugh,” she continues. “I can guarantee that the 40 comedians we present will be able to find the funny in the economy, natural — and unnatural — disasters, and I know at least one guy personally who’ll skewer politics and, more important, the politicians.”

The complete cast of comedians will be announced in late August and updates will be made daily to the ComedyDay.org website. Also on tap will be the annual Stand-up Comedy Legend Award, given to a comedian who has excelled at the craft of comedy, amusing multitudes of fans throughout their career. Past winners include Ronnie Schell, Michael Pritchard, Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Enrico Banducci (impresario and former owner of the hungry i), Wavy Gravy, Frank Kidder, Rebecca Erwin Spencer, José Simon, Pat Morita, Pat Paulsen, Robin Williams and Will Durst. Who will be this year’s award winner? Stay tuned!

Founder Jose Simon’s dream of a free, open-air comedy celebration became a reality in 1981, and since that time, nearly three-quarters of a thousand of the world’s funniest comedians have performed gratis for more than a half-million happy people. Comedy Day has hosted many of the biggest names in stand-up, among them: Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle, Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Izzard, Dana Carvey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Rob Schneider, George Lopez, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Tom Kenney (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), Dave Attell, Arj Barker (Flight of the Conchords), Brian Regan, Jake Johannsen, Kevin Meany, Kevin Pollak, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Brian Copeland, Greg Proops, Scott Thompson & Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and others.

Comedy Day will arrange access to select comedians for media representatives seeking interviews and broadcast appearances. A media kit is available at http://bit.ly/mediapix. A B-roll is available upon request. Acts are subject to change. Comedy Day is rated PG-13.

Along with The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, our other major sponsor is Pat Paulsen Vineyards, founded in 1976 by comedian and mock presidential candidate Pat Paulsen, one of the first celebrities to launch a winery. Pat’s son, Monty Paulsen, a graduate of the UC Davis School of Winemaking, has revived the winery and the brand, and is continuing the tradition of producing outstanding wines of great value and high quality. Pat Paulsen Vineyards, features wines from California’s finest grape-growing appellations. Each wine is a unique and limited blend that is made to compete with the best wines in the world. Small lots, single vineyards, guest winemakers and other collaborations have resulted in fine wines with solid pedigrees. With target shelf prices of $18-$30, these wines deliver outstanding quality at competitive prices.

Other participating sponsors include NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Examiner, KGO News Radio 810AM, SF Weekly, Villa Venice hotel, Gordon Biersch, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Magners Irish Cider, FunCheap SF, Nob Hill Pizza, Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, U.S. Pure Water, San Francisco Park & Rec Department and Sylvan Productions.

Comedy Day is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) event that has turned into a long-standing tradition in San Francisco. Heavily supported by the leading Bay Area media companies, the event has attracted more than 60,000 attendees in a single day. Contributions to Comedy Day help in three ways:

  1. Supporting the production of each year’s annual event;
  2. Providing our outreach program presenting workshops teaching conflict resolution through the use of humor to Bay Area public schools;
  3. Producing comedic entertainment for nonprofit benefits, as well as to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, homeless shelters and wherever people can use a good laugh.

Most recently, Comedy produced a comedy benefit for Housing 1000 in Santa Clara, CA that raised enough money to provide permanent housing for three homeless individuals.

For more information, visit http://www.comedyday.org or call 415-820-1570.

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FOR CALENDAR EDITORS

WHAT: San Francisco’s Comedy Day, Sunday, September 15, Noon till 5 pm

Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

1 Stage • 5 Hours • 40 Comedians • A Million Laughs • Absolutely FREE!

PERFORMANCE: Live entertainment (2013 performers TBA). Food and beverages vended.

Many celebrity comedians perform at Comedy Day. When in town and available, they support Comedy Day with a surprise appearance. We hope to have one or two of them back this year: Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle, Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Izzard, Dana Carvey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Rob Schneider, George Lopez, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Tom Kenney (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), Dave Attell, Brian Regan, Jake Johannsen, Kevin Meany, Kevin Pollak, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) and Scott Thompson & Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall).

New in 2002 was the presentation of the San Francisco Stand-up Comedy Legend Award to Ronnie Schell and Michael Pritchard. Since then we have honored Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Enrico Banducci (impresario and former owner of the hungry i), Wavy Gravy, Frank Kidder, Rebecca Erwin Spencer, José Simon, Pat Morita, Pat Paulsen, Robin Williams and Will Durst. Who will be this year’s award winner? Stay tuned!

WHEN: Sunday, September 15, 2012 from Noon till 5 pm.

WHERE: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

ADMISSION: FREE!

PHOTOS: High-resolution photos available at http://bit.ly/mediapix. B-roll available upon request.

PAST & PRESENT BENEFICIARIES:

Bay Area comedy fans, Bay Area hospitals, the S.F. Unified School District, School for the Arts, Rock Medicine/Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Boy Scouts of America, Oakland’s LoveLife Foundation, San Francisco Food Bank, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Housing 1000 and others.

MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Katzmann, phone: (510) 839-3280, email: [email protected]

 

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