NYE Comedy: John Oliver, Greg Proops, Marga Gomez, and Emo Phillips (Videos)
There are at least four big comedy shows in San Francisco tonight and the good news is that you can't go wrong no matter which one you pick. Greg Proops -- San Francisco native and star of Whose Line is It, Anyway? -- returns for an evening of astute, vocabulary-expanding riffs on politics, culture, and hypocrisy ($23.50). Proops also recorded an episode of his hit podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, on Dec. 30).
A refugee from the empire across the pond, The Daily Show's John Oliver graces us with his energetic, satirical, and often topical comedy ($35). Marga Gomez is headlining a benefit show and "comedy fiesta" along with funny lady friends like Pippi Lovestocking and Aundre the Wonderwoman ($30-$50).
Finally, "Not Your Normal New Year's Eve" returns with a variety show headlined by the '80s comedy legend Emo Philips (who, some believe, is the eponym of the musical genre) with support from a master of deadpan Brent Weinbach and San Francisco's Jill Bourque. As on almost any weekend, the city hosts some of the best comedians in the world; but in a holiday season already marred by tragedy, the emotional logic of ringing in the New Year with laughter is especially convincing.
"Not Your Normal New Year's Eve" starts at 7 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), S.F. Admission is $25-$45.
Emo Phillips (forgive the Italian subtitles)