The Setup: Stand Up Comedy

The Setup: Stand Up Comedy, San Francisco: Hours, Address, The Setup: Stand Up Comedy Reviews: 4.5/5

The Setup: Stand Up Comedy
4.5
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
The Setup is an underground stand-up comedy show in the heart of San Francisco. This venue used to be the green room for the legendary Blackhawk jazz venue. Miles Davis used to snort coke in this room. That's comedy feng shui. We feature established comedians from around the country as well as local up-and-coming stars. San Francisco is known for indulging and incubating the absurd whims, oddities, and genius of the freaks who call it home. Think Lenny Bruce, Robin Williams, and Margaret Cho. In this crazy spirit, The Setup provides a truly unique and memorable San Francisco comedy experience. The show is every Saturday. The bar opens at 7pm, and show starts at 8pm. Come early for cheap drinks and great seats.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Address
Neighbourhood: Downtown San Francisco
How to get there
  • Civic Center • 6 min walk
  • Civic Center • 6 min walk
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Mike M
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Something Witty About Good Comedy and Beer
Dec 2018 • Couples
I've been going to The Setup for the past few years and they always have a solid rotation of comedians and for the price can't be beat. Add in a really good beer bar and comfortable couches, seating in a just big enough venue = perfect Friday night activity.
Written 29 April 2019
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kfultronic
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
Fun date night!
Apr 2019 • Couples
My boyfriend and I had a lot of good laughs and have continued referencing the funny insights in our daily lives after attending the show last week.
Written 26 April 2019
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sean_moxy
Napa, California2 contributions
fun and funny
Jan 2019 • Couples
I had never been to a comedy show before, but a roast of tech workers sounded like a great place too start. The atmosphere was fun and casual, the bar has a great craft beer and wine selection and everyone there was there to have a good time. My wife and I had a great casual night out for not too much money.
Written 23 April 2019
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Shu L
3 contributions
very relaxing way to spend a weekend night
Nov 2018 • Friends
the show is very good. u definitely want to get there at least 10 min earlier to grab a drink and choose a nice seat (pretty small audience). The outside area is not the best part of the city though so I'd recommend to uber there directly.
Written 23 April 2019
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Odyssey52998740851
1 contribution
Hidden Gem
Feb 2019 • Solo
Not just a bar, it's an adventure. Soaking in history it's a real hole in the wall. It's a real experience just getting to the front door. Once inside you feel as though you are experiencing something to remember.
Written 23 April 2019
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Jeff K
2 contributions
Laughing in a Lounge
Dec 2018 • Friends
High-fives to The Setup for featuring standup comedy in the first place. For someone like me, spoiled in the scintillating '80s, there can never be too many places with chances to laugh. The setup at the Setup is a bit odd, having to wait upstairs in a bar until they're ready to seat you downstairs, then having to carry your drink down the stairs, is a bit weird, but if you're reasonably friendly and high, it's not too bad. The quality of much of the comedy left much to be desired, but, as I've inferred, my standards are pretty elevated. The emcee was actually among the evening's best funnypersons. I strongly suggest you position yourself as close as possible to the head of the waiting line, because comfortable spots with good sightlines are few and far between.
Written 23 April 2019
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mayorofeasystreet
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
Great local comedy in downtown SF
Apr 2019 • Friends
Really enjoyed the comedy at the The Setup, the comedians were really funny and the content was generally pretty clean and intellectual which is always good. Like most comedy venues in America, they require you to buy a drink to see the show but you can buy a non alcoholic drink. This is a beer bar so they specialise in beers, no well drinks/ cocktails.
Written 18 April 2019
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Vacation57378159441
1 contribution
Great time
Feb 2019 • Friends
Comics are great, intimate setting - unique and hilarious way to spend your evening with very talented comedians
Written 17 April 2019
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David Z
1 contribution
Fun and cozy
Dec 2018 • Friends
Best place for dates or to go with a group of friends. I have been there on dates and I have been there with a group of friends. Cute and cozy place!
Written 17 April 2019
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G P
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
A little gem of a comedy club, with great beer too
Apr 2019 • Couples
We have been going here for years, and really love the place. It's the only "NYC feel" club in the city. Our own tiny Comedy Cellar, just without a ton of new talent. That's our only complaint is that the club runners also often headline and/or take a slot. I know it's tough to come up with new material all the time, but they tend to keep theirs for years. So... if you are first timer, no issues at all. But if you are a local, it's a once a year place, and even then you may catch three already heard routines. Conversely, the Ale Basement (ironically, upstairs) has a great selection of very fresh rotation beers.
Written 17 April 2019
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