Revisit the Laughter!
Back by popular demand! The Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition returns with a showcase of four of today’s most talented comics in a night of irresistible laughs.
- 2001 SF Comedy Competition winner Bengt Washburn has been described as ditzy, original, intelligent, and truly hilarious. He has been seen on “The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen,” “Live at Gotham” on Comedy Central and, most recently, Conan on TBS, as well as heard on the radio, at comedy festivals, and on stages across the country.
- Los Altos native, Dave Burleigh is a two-time SF Comedy Competition finalist known for his multiple characters, voices and impressions. In addition to appearing on the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent.” Burleigh’s uncanny impersonations landed him a starring role as Charlie Sheen in “Not Another Celebrity Movie.”
- Kevin Shea was born in Korea and adopted into an Irish family in Pennsylvania. He moved to San Francisco for a job after college, but soon discovered a talent for stand-up. Shea won NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity Showcase in 2009 and has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and HBO’s “Down n Dirty.”
- With a comic style that ranges from observational to edgy, Julie Ash is a rising star in the Bay Area comedy scene and has performed at the SF Punchline, as well as at The Stand in NYC and other venues.
Since 1976, the San Francisco Comedy Competition has helped launch a Who’s Who of comic champions including such legends as Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Ellen DeGeneres. The competition’s format makes winning particularly challenging, with preliminary rounds in different types of venues and six intense semi-final rounds before the final event. At the Bankhead Theater, one of the last stops on the semifinal circuit since 2015, audiences have had a chance to enjoy the talents of the finest rising comic talents around.