Legendary Club to Close This Week

The legendary North Beach comedy club The Purple Onion will close this week after hosting amazing acts since 1952.  If you’ve never heard of The Purple Onion, you’re not alone.  But it’s never to late to learn about a great stage, and in this case, you still have one last chance to visit before they close their doors.  The Purple Onion is one of the most historic stand-up comedy venues in the world and hosted a long list of bands as well.

In the past 60 years, diverse performers such as the late Phylis Diller, , and have performed there. Lenny Bruce was arrested there and Maya Angelou performed poetry there as well. In 2005, recorded a DVD there, called Live at the Purple Onion and the Smothers Brothers recorded their first album there.

It’s also been featured in our own Blue Centerlight Pop.

The last comedy show will be September 24th, produced by Dan Dion under the name Jim Short & Friends and will feature “a marathon of great comics.”

Read more at sfstation.com and visit purpleonionlive.com.

(photo via purpleonionlive.com)


  1. gavin_b

    September 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Zach Galifin… Galafa… Gallu…
    that fat guy from the Hangover movies released an excellent DVD filmed here. You know, if you like funny comedy and that kinda thing.

    • Bison

      September 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

       @gavin_b your fucking typing, the joke doesnt work asshole

  2. TheDenRadio

    September 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    And the band played on…..

  3. jerkstoresean

    September 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    What strip club is it going to turn into now?

  4. jerkstoresean

    September 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    So what’s the name of the new strip club in town, the Purple nurple?

    • DeathProof

      September 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

       @jerkstoresean The Funyun! 😛

      • the jerm

        September 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

         @DeathProof  @jerkstoresean The Blue Onion Bag

    • Ziggy Stardust

      September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

       @jerkstoresean “Blue Balls” 

  5. Toin Coss

    September 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Ah if only those walls could talk….No Seriously…. Think of what people would pay to see talking Walls.

    • DeathProof

      September 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

       @Toin Coss I screamed at a wall once. It accomplished nothing.

      • Elwood

        September 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

         @DeathProof  @Toin Coss I put my fist through one. Same results.

      • ecupirate

        September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

         @Elwood  @DeathProof  @Toin Coss I put my dick in one, I accomplished lots and lots

      • DeathProof

        September 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

         @ecupirate  @Elwood  @Toin Coss Hope you got a look at who was on the other side first! 🙂

  6. ecupirate

    September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Wonder if fez will buy ron a Salt and Pepper shaker from this place to match his toots shor ash tray

  7. Beer

    September 21, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Is it Jim shorts from WLUP circa 1990’s