Nick Karvounis

Comedy In San Diego: NBC's Last Comic Standing & Nightly Laughs

Comedy In San Diego

There’s something to laugh about in San Diego

When it comes to comedy, San Diego keeps them rolling in the aisles. From up-and-coming local talent to established A-list TV stars, comedy clubs across the city offer guests classic stand-up comedy in traditional and non-traditional venues. Whether you’re hoping to see your favorite sit-com star in person or catch an improve troupe create on-the-spot sketches, there’s something funny waiting for you in San Diego.

Comedy In San Diego – Last Comic Standing

You”ve seen them on TV, you voted for them; now see them live on stage! Enjoy an evening of great stand-up comedy featuring the hilarious finalists from NBC”s hit show Last Comic Standing. Catch these five rising stars as they ignite the stage with the jokes and laughter that made them the finalists in America”s funniest show. Comic legends Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and SNL alum Norm Macdonald presided over the weekly telecast, shared their expert advice, and poked fun at the contestants. See what made the judges choose these five finalists as they take the stage in San Diego.

Comedy In San DiegoLocation: Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Date: Friday, Nov 27 – 7PM

American Comedy Company

Locally owned and operated, this A-list comedy club and restaurant features nationally known stand-up comedians including superstars like Drew Carey, Gabriel Iglesias, Adam Carolla and Marlon Wayans.  Don’t let the location fool you – a simple marque entrance leads underground to a cavernous venue with an awesome vibe. With a traditional stage setup, every seat in the house has a great view of the performer. Grab a burger, nachos—or even a salad—and enjoy some side-splitting comedy.

Comedy In San DiegoLocation: 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Date & Time: nightly – check online schedule
More Info: American Comedy Club

Mad House Comedy Club

Funny goes to new heights at the Mad House Comedy Club – literally. High atop downtown’s Horton Plaza shopping epicenter, touring comedians and local stars dish out the zingers. Comics hot off their appearances on The Tonight Show, MTV, HBO and Comedy Central make appearances at this unique roof-top casino online club.  With an extensive menu custom created by Chef Gabriel Egea, the food gives the comedy a run for its money. For the really unexpected, check out Open Mic Night. No cover. No drink minimum. No promises! Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s awful, sometimes, it’s so terrible – it’s hilarious!

Comedy In San DiegoLocation: 502 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Date & Time: nightly – check online schedule
More Info:  Mad House Comedy Club

The Comedy Store (La Jolla)

Taking a cue from the original location in Hollywood, The Comedy Store in the village of La Jolla doesn’t hold back when it comes to booking top name talent and cutting-edge comedy. Dan Cummins, Eleanor Kerrigan, The Veterans of Comedy and even Pauly Shore are upcoming headliners at the club. Founder Mitzi Shore originally opened The Comedy Store in Pacific Beach as a vacation gig for the comics she booked.  In 1977, the club moved to its current location in La Jolla and the laughs have endured for nearly 40 years!

Comedy In San DiegoLocation: 916 Pearl Street, San Diego, CA 92037
Date & Time: nightly – check online schedule
More Info: The Comedy Store

National Comedy Theatre (NCT)

For more than two decades, the improv comics at National Comedy Theatre have been making people laugh with their unique sketch comedy. Each show is completely different as the story and jokes are inspired by audience suggestions. Be careful what you wish for because these incredibly witty comedians will turn your comments into a story line—and a punchline.  If you’re feeling the funny bone tickling inside you, you can also sign up for an improv class and launch your way to stardom right here in San Diego!

Comedy In San DiegoLocation: 3717 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Date & Time: nightly – check online schedule
More Info:  National Comedy Theatre

The Comedy Palace

If you’re looking for more up-and-coming stars and some variety, check out The Comedy Palace in the San Diego neighborhood of Kearny Mesa.  Catch a back-room magic show on Saturday nights with Nicholas Gentry or one of many promotional nights including Freakin’ Funny Females and Pulp Pinup-A Comedy Burlesque Show. From headliners to open-mic night, there’s always a joke waiting for you at the palace.

Comedy In San DiegoLocation: 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123
Date & Time: nightly – check online schedule
More Info:  The Comedy Palace

Nick Karvounis

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 4-9, 2014

Mardis Gras in the Gaslamp

The rain storms have passed and San Diego is back to its fabulous winter weather – sunny with a chance of perfect!  Check out some great things to do this week:

Fat Tuesday: San Diego Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

Mardis Gras in the Gaslamp

It’s a carnival atmosphere in the Gaslamp during Mardi Gras

Those who think only NOLA knows how to celebrate Fat Tuesday have clearly never been to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for Mardi Gras. The biggest block party of the year features 22 city blocks with 3 main stages and 3 satellite stages, a DJ appearance by Snoopadelic, and a parade for more than 30,000 revelers.

Where: Market Street & 5th Avenue, San Diego 92101
When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Cost: $35-75
>Find out more about the San Diego Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

A Side-Splitting Night of Comedy with TJ Miller

He’s been named one of Variety’s “Top 10 comics to watch”, and that’s for a good reason.  His unique delivery of jokes and perspective on current affairs will leave you rolling in the aisles. Aside from a genuinely funny persona, his comedy is smart and on-the-edge.  You may recognize him from various TV and film appearances including Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carrell, and Rock of Ages opposite Tom Cruise!  Watch him in the Moto X “Lazy Phone” commercial above for a quick laugh!

Where: The American Comedy Company, 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, March 6 – Saturday March 8, 2014
Cost: $24
>Read more about TJ Miller and American Comedy Company

Run with the Best: 3rd Annual San Diego Half-Marathon

san diego half marathon

Have you been training? It’s half-marathon time!

Grab your runnin’ shoes and enjoy the scenic beauty of San Diego along this 13.1 mile course though the city. This fantastic course begins at Petco Park under the Omni San Diego Hotel Sky Brige and winds throughout America’s Finest City. Enjoy spectacular views of San Diego Bay, Liberty Station, neighborhoods including Mission Hills and Hillcrest, and a final downhill stretch along Balboa Park. And what better way to finish than a block party at the historic Gaslamp Quarter! You can also participate in less rigorous events including the 2-person relay (you and a partner complete the race together) and a 5k for all ages.

Where: Varies – Runners, see your final registration instructions for meeting points.
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cost: 5k – $45; Relay – $80; Half Marathon – $109
>Find out more about the San Diego Half Marathon

9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Full Bloom

japanese friendship garden cherry blossom

Enjoy the sights and smells of cherry blossoms this weekend.

Winter may not officially end until March 19th, but in San Diego, the colors of spring bloom earlier than most parts of the country. Be part of the Japanese tradition of hanami, which means “enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms.”  For the eighth year, the Japanese Friendship Garden invites guests to stroll along the picturesque paths featuring more than 150 cherry trees. Cultural performances, samples from the Sapporo Beer Garden, authentic Japanese street food, and activities for the entire family round out a memorable day in Balboa Park.

Where: Balboa Park, 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cost: $6 adults; $5 Seniors, Military, Students; Kids under 6 free
>Find out more about the 9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

San Diego Opera Presents a Masked Ball

San Diego Opera 2014

Get some culture: the San Diego Opera puts on a terrific show.

If you don’t speak Italian, that’s just fine.  Supertitles are projected in English above the stage for a complete translation during the show. Plus, the music alone is worth the price of admission. Giuseppe Verdi’s A Masked Ball is the story of friendship, love, jealousy and cold-blooded murder – all told through spectacular sets, award-winning music, and of course, legendary operatic ballads. With an all-star cast of world-renowned opera singers, the San Diego Opera production is sure to leave you cheering Bravo!

Where: San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 8-16, 2014
Cost: $35 – $225
>Read more about the San Diego Opera’s production of A Masked Ball

La Jolla Music Society Presents SIRO-A, an Interactive Hi-Tech Performance

Siro-A San Diego

You’ll have to see SIRO-A to understand…

It’s hard to compare this unique act to anything else on the planet. To say that they are Japan’s answer to the out-of-this-world vaudeville troupe, Blue Man Group, might be a close start. Fusing visual effects, mime, dance, puppetry, and a rockin’ electro soundtrack, SIRO-A is a collaborative show from six talented performers who interact with technology like you’ve never seen before.  Lasers, animation, and video projection are just some of the enhancements you’ll see when the lights go down this Sunday!

Where: La Jolla Music Society, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cost: $27 – $67
>Read more about the innovative group SIRO-A

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 20-24, 2013

San Diego Zoo Play Days - Top Things in San Diego

Escape to San Diego for the first weekend of Spring and bask in the warm sunshine while enjoying these fun top things to do:

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

Hands on edutainment and experiments at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

Join the largest single-day science and engineering event in Southern California at Expo Day at Petco Park. Future scientists can engage in hands-on activities, meet real scientists and engineers and learn how their discoveries and research affect our daily lives, the Festival is a unique opportunity to reach students of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 23, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

San Diego Zoo Play Days

San Diego Zoo Play Days - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Mark your calendar with Play Days at the San Diego Zoo

Starting this Saturday, the San Diego Zoo becomes one big playground – for visitors and animals alike! San Diego Zoo Play Days offers up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors, special activities and presentations at animal exhibits all around the Zoo, keeper talks, opportunities to see animals enjoying enrichment and munching on their favorite food treats, the Camp Critters live animal show, a digital Easter egg hunt around the Zoo using your smartphone, and even visits with the Easter Bunny himself.

Where: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 23 – April 7, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about San Diego Zoo Play Days

Spring Busker Festival

Spring Busker Festival - Seaport Village

Step Right Up! See amazing feats of human strength at the Spring Busker Festival

The Spring Busker Celebration brings colorful street performers from across the country to perform their bizarre talents like sword swallowers, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. The extraordinary and bizarre talents will provide outdoor amusement unlike any other festival in the region.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 23-24, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Spring Busker Festival

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest

Enjoy live music while sample beer from 30 local breweries and food from 20 local chefs

Come for the beer, stay for the food or come for the food, stay for the beer! The Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest believes beer and food are natural partners and offers a wide variety of both with 30 breweries and 20 chefs. Add to that 3 fantastic bands and a partnership with Wounded Warrior Homes and you have a spectacular day of food, beer and fun for a great cause.

Where: Handlery Hotel San Diego – 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 24, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about the Mission Valley Beer & Food Fest

The Second City’s Laughing Matter Tour

The Second City's Laughing Matter Tour

Legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City, returns with their Laughing Matters Tour, featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from the company’s 53-year history. Whether it’s ripped from the morning headlines or a classic gem from their archives, The Second City is always a laugh out loud hit.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: March 20-23, 2013
Cost: Starts at $30
> Find out more about The Second City’s Laughing Matter Tour

Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical - Historic Balboa Theatre

This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

Where: Historic Balboa Theatre – 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 22-23, 2013
Cost: $52.50-$67.50
> Find out more about Menopause the Musical

1st Annual Authentic Street Food Market

San Diego Market Presents the First Annual Authentic Street Food Market

The San Diego Public Market’s 1st Annual Authentic Street Food Market will celebrate the diversity of San Diego and its food scene with authentic and innovative takes on traditional street foods from many cultures, utilizing fram fresh, local ingredients and the imaginations of mare than 40 incredible chefs.

Where: 1735 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
When: March 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $65-$85
> Find out more about the 1st Annual Authentic Street Food Market

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 19-23, 2012

Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

If you have already finished all of your holiday shopping, below are out top things to do this weekend.

1. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

Will the hometown Aztecs take home the Poinsettia Bowl championship?

The hometown San Diego State University Aztecs will take on the Brigham Young University Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium during the San Diego’s first bowl game of the season (Holiday Bowl is next week). To kick things off, both team bands will invade Gaslamp Quarter on December 18 for the free Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March.

Location: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
Date: December 20, 2012
Time: Kick Off at 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$65
> Find out more about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

2. Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

San Diego Symphony Orchestra

The sound of the holidays really pop with the San Diego Symphony

Join the San Diego Symphony for a quick visit to the Emerald Isle while never leaving San Diego. The orchestra will be joined by award winning all-Ireland Fiddle champion Eileen Ivers for a night of traditional and Irish holiday favorites including The Holly Tree, Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem) and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing and more.

Location: Copley Symphony Hall – 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 21-22, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$85
> Find out more about Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

3. An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

Lamb's Players' An American Christmas

Step back in time at the Lamb’s Players’ An American Christmas

Travel back in time over 100 years for a Christmas feast and celebration performed by the Lamb’s Players Theater inside the Hotel del Coronado’s ballroom. The night will be filled with music, dance, stories, laughter and a 5-course holiday meal.

> More Holiday Theatre in San Diego

Location: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)
Dates: December 17-26, 2012
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $120-$165
> Find out more about An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

4. Dive-In Theatre: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel - Things to Do

Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

Join the Pearl Hotel family along with the Griswolds for the holiday classic (at least it is in my family :-)), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Lounge in the pool or a cabana with a warm drink hand while you laugh as Sparky (Clark Griswold) tries to create the perfect family Christmas.

Location: The Pearl Hotel – 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Date: December 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dive-In Theatre: Christmas Vacation

5. Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

Jay Pharoah at the American Comedy Company - Things to Do

Looking for something not holiday related? Then head to The American Comedy Company to laugh your tookus off with Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live. (The San Diego Travel Blog cannot guarantee that holiday jokes will be omitted :-)).

Location: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 20-22, 2012
– Thursday at 8:00 PM
– Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Cost: In Advance – $24. At the Door – $27
> Find out more about Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.