Chris Rock, Hannah Gadsby and more are ramping up the comedy scene at Bay Area this summer.

Chris Rock, who got out of his Oscar altercation with Will Smith, will be a major headline during the Bay Area’s busy summer comedy season. Photo: Theo Wargo / NBCUniversal 2015

You’ll be burning in the Bay Area this summer.

While the details of the weather may remain unknown, the comedy’s forecast is set to send thermometers to an extreme as a result of the appearances of Academy Award-winning star Chris Rock, Peabody Award winner Hannah Gadsby, and “Little Strangers” creator Jenny Slate.

They’ve been honored with impending dates at smaller venues from rising talents like “Saturday Night Live” cast member Sarah Sherman and “Hacks” star Hannah Einbender.

With summer plans filling up quickly, be sure to take the time to let in some laughs.

Hannah Gadsby of Australia will present her new show “Body of Work” to San Francisco and Oakland on June 22-25. Photo: Brian Beder/Getty Images

Hannah Gadsby

Australian Hannah Gadsby is on her way to success. After critics praised her own performance of “Nanette,” Gadsby ultimately chose not to leave the stand-up comedy world behind. Instead, she’s moved on with another hour—the thought-provoking “Douglas” of 2019—and is now back in San Francisco with her latest show, “Body of Work.”

Presented in partnership with the 46th season of the Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival in San Francisco, Gadsby will feature three nights at the Palace of Fine Arts and a fourth show across the bay at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

7 p.m. June 22-24. $39 – $99. Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, SF www.palaceoffinearts.org; 7 p.m. June 25th $39 – $99. Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Auckland. thefoxoakland.com

Chris Rock will present his new show “Ego Death” in San Francisco and Oakland July 6-9. Photo: Laurie Van Buren/Albany (New York) Times Union 2017

Chris Rock

Few comedians have a better story to tell right now than Chris Rock. Just months after his infamous altercation with Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards, Rock is now on tour with “Ego Death,” a new stand-up watch that may or may not go deeper into the slap heard around the world.

Either way, those lucky enough to score tickets to his local dates — including stops in San Francisco and Oakland — will no doubt be in good hands with one of the medium’s undisputed kings on mic.

8 p.m. Jul 6, $49.50 – $138.50. Freemason, 1111 California Street, SF www.livenation.com; 8 p.m. July 7-9. $49.50 – $138.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Auckland. www.paramountoakland.org

Moshe Kasher, a native of Oakland, returns to San Francisco for six shows at Punch Line in early August. Photo: Submitted by Moshe Kasher

Moshe Kasher

Although Oakland native Moshe Kasher has lived in Los Angeles for many years, the Bay Area is never far from his heart. Whether he’s touring a podcast he co-hos with wife and fellow comedian Natasha Legero (“The Endless Honeymoon”) or writing remarkably funny memoirs about his messy upbringing (2012’s “Kasher in the Rye”), Kasher’s compass always seems to point our way. Cashier welcomed home when he returned to San Francisco in August for four nights and six shows at Punch Lane.

8 p.m. August 3-4; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. August 5-6. $27.50. Punch Line, 444 Battery Street, SF www.punchlinecomedyclub.com

Jenny Slate, best known for her work in films and television, is returning to the stand-up ring and performing at Cobb’s Comedy Club from August 19-20. Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images

Jenny Slate

If stealing scenes in movies and TV series was a punishable crime, Jenny Slate would serve a life sentence. Beloved for her roles as Mona-Lisa Saperstein on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Pretty Liz on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show and the titular voice of the upcoming live-action animation/film “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” a rare treat to see Slate Walk around the club’s reserve circuit.

For a preview of what you can expect, check out Slate’s 2019 Netflix Special, “Stage Fright,” and her 2014 movie, “Obvious Child,” in which she plays the stand-up comedy in Brooklyn.

7:30 and 9:45 p.m. August 19-20. $35. Cobb Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., SF www.cobbscomedy.com

Hannah Inbender, who is quickly becoming a force in comedy, is staying for one night at The Independent in August. 20. Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

Hannah Einbinder

Daughter of original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Laryn Newman, Hannah Einbender rose to prominence herself as the star of Brilliant Jean Smart on the popular HBO Max comedy series “Hacks.” Debuting in 2021, the show’s first season received a total of 15 Emmy nominations, including a nod for Best Actress for Einbender. The previous year, Einbender became the youngest person to perform a stand-up show on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”.

Come see why Einbender quickly became a force in comedy when she hit the San Francisco theater for just one night in August.

7 p.m. August. 20. 25 dollars. The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, SF theindependentsf.com

Sarah Squirem introduces her trademark quirky comedy to Club Verdi on September 15th. Photo: Scott Dudelson / Getty Images 2019

Sarah Squirm

If you love Sarah Sherman (aka Sarah Squirem) from her breakout role as a featured player on the final season of “Saturday Night Live,” prepare to see a whole new side to this horrific comedic legend.

Mixing shock, decadence, performance art and one-liners, Sarah Squire’s Show isn’t the bottom line. But if you can stand a little blood, Squirm’s trademark comic is a fine tribute to the dark weirdness that lies within us all.

7:30 pm. Sept. 15. $27. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, SF www.verdiclub.net



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