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FREE Comedy Tickets for Cole Valley Alley Readers

Five-time Emmy nominee Will Durst

The infamous ’80s Cole Valley comedy club, The Other Cafe, is launching a new comedy showcase series, with its first SF show next Saturday Night, March 26th. This one night only event will feature Boston’s top comedian Don Gavin with SF favorites Will Durst and Johnny Steele. Three true headliners in ONE show! And based on KQED’s rave review of The Other Cafe reunion show last fall, this upcoming event is sure to be a pee-inducing good time.

The comedy club’s founder, Bob Ayres, is inviting folks from the old neighborhood to the show as special guests of Cole Valley Alley. Tickets are $35 for the general public, but if you grab the comps before Thursday March 24th (and while they last), you can be part of a FREE block of seats set aside especially for CVA supporters. Tickets will given on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay, as supplies are limited.

Come laugh with us and get to know your neighbors (old & new). Be sure to sign up by Thursday, March 24th, or before the block of tickets are all claimed (whichever happens first).  And don’t forget to tell your neighbors about this amazing deal and show.

DON GAVIN, WILL DURST, AND JOHNNY STEELE.  Sat March 26th, 8 PM at the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.

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The Other Cafe

Ever wonder what that sign above Crepes on Cole is all about? When I first got to the neighborhood, I thought maybe there used to be (or still was) a club upstairs, or that it was actually Crepes on Cole that had “nitely” entertainment.

Well, turns out that corner space was a performance venue/club started by Bob Ayres and Steve Zamek back in 1977, and featured performances from the likes of Kate Wolf, Utah Phillips, R. Crumb, Robin Williams, Paula Poundstone, and Dana Carve.

The club was shuttered in 1989 when the landlord refused to renew the lease, opening a short-lived Chinese restaurant in its place before it became what it is today.

The old club may be no more, but Bob Ayres is still producing The Other Café Comedy Showcase series in SF & Berkeley, including a recent 30th reunion show that included Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Pollak, Paula Poundstone, and Will Durst… just to name a few.

Read the full/official story of The Other Cafe here.


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