San Francisco to Host 3-Day Comedy Festival in June

Kevin Hart speaks onstage during CinemaCon 2016  (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

How much comedy can San Francisco handle? Apparently a lot, as it will be hosting another festival in June.

Comedy Central and Superfly, the company behind Outside Lands, teamed up to bring the Colossal Clusterfest to the Bay Area on June 2-4.

The Clusterfest will feature what's described as a "jam-packed, multiformat festival experience" covering a wide spectrum of the comedy genre (standup, sketch, podcast, digital) as well as comedy-themed music and food, the co-producers announced Tuesday.

Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr are scheduled to headline, with others on the bill to include Fred Armisen, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman & Friends, Chris Hardwick, Broad City co-stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Bob Odenkirk, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts and more.

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"Comedy Central has been involved with different comedy festivals along the way, but in a more limited capacity," said network president Kent Alterman in an interview. "This time, we wanted to create a comedy-driven event that allows us to connect directly with our fans."

In contrast to other comedy festivals, which Alterman said are typically scheduled in "disparate kinds of venues at disparate locations, we will offer a centralized communal experience."

That centralized location is the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where performers will be seen on five indoor and outdoor stages.

"The single site will really lend itself to discovery," said Superfly co-founder Jonathan Mayers. "You may be coming for Jerry or Kevin, but you're bound to stumble on other, emerging talent."
Mayers identified his company's core mission as "bringing people together around their common interest."

San Francisco has quite the history with comedy, being the training grounds for numerous popular stand-ups, starting with pioneers like Lenny Bruce and Robin Williams, to Ellen Degeneres, Margaret Cho and Ali Wong. It also hosts other comedy festivals, most notably SF Sketchfest, which just celebrated its 16th year, and is primarily sketch and improv comedy but includes standup and podcasts as well.

Prices for the Clusterfest range from $199 to $250, with VIP tickets (providing special viewing areas and other benefits) priced at $600. Tickets go on sale Thursday at clusterfest.com.

But for those who can't make it in person, Comedy Central plans a live 90-minute special to be aired June 4.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report

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