The Comedy Club

  • Downsizer Downsizer


Hammer Theatre SJ Sat, Mar 5, 2016 9:30 PM
California Theatre, San Jose Sun, Mar 6, 2016 9:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Section:Documentary Feature Competition
Rating:Not Rated
Premiere Status:World
Production Country:United States
Cast/Crew Info
Director:David C. Schendel
Producer:David C. Schendel
Daniel Riviera
Music:Arlen Hart
Dana Carvey
Greg Howe
Cinematographer:David C. Schendel
Editor:Lasse Jarvi
David C. Schendel
Cast:Bob Saget
Dana Carvey
Paula Poundstone
Kevin Pollak
Bobcat Goldthwait
Arj Barker
W. Kamau Bell
Michael Pritchard


They found their voice amidst unlikely odds.
Cobb's Comedy Club grew to be the "it" spot of San Francisco's fledgling comedy scene, helping discover young comedians such as Dana Carvey, Bob Saget, Paula Poundstone, Ellen DeGeneres, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Maher, and Robin Williams. When fire nearly destroyed all but the spirit of Cobb's, owner Tom Sawyer gave his all to restore the beloved venue. The emotional rollercoaster that Cobb's faced mirrors Sawyer's passion for comedy as he frequently asked himself, "Can San Francisco truly support comedy?" The Comedy Club is an exclusive insight into the rise and fall of San Francisco's effervescent comedic scene through interviews and recorded performances of the famous comedians themselves. - Zarin Khan

Preceded by the short film: Downsizer; dir. Joe Pavlo; United Kingdom; 12 min.

Included Shorts

Downsizer (11min) More

Additional Information

Screening sponsored by Jennifer Krach