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Best Escape Artist in Comedy San Francisco 2013 - The Purple Onion - CLOSED

The Purple Onion

The Purple Onion

140 Columbus

San Francisco, CA 94133


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This historic local "comedy club" has gone through several iterations since its founding in 1952, including a stint as a grunge music club in the '90s. It holds a special place in the hearts of the local comedy scene, and it can never die. Even when the building was sold late last year, signaling the inevitable demise of the club, the comics picked up the famous name and set up shop with The Purple Onion at Kells. Like alumni offering perennial donations to support the majesty of their alma mater and the value of their degree, San Francisco comedians keep the myth of The Purple Onion alive and bask in the prestige of performing on its stage — wherever that may be.

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