Dave Chappelle rallies to save Punch Line comedy club in San Francisco

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Dave Chappelle rallies to save Punch Line comedy club in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Dave Chappelle was among several comedians to rally in San Francisco Tuesday to save the Punch Line comedy club.  

“Any storied comedian would tell you that the Punch Line is not just a San Francisco phenomenon, it’s an American phenomenon,” Chapelle said on the steps of City Hall with comedian W. Kamau Bell and Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

“It’s one of the premiere comedy clubs in all the country,” Chapelle explained. “It’s a legendary room.” 

The Punch Line Comedy Club is being forced to close its doors this summer after being unable to renew its lease with the current property owner. 

The comedy club is now searching for a new home.

But Chapelle says if the club moves, it won’t be the same. 

“It would be like burning down the Louvre,” he said. 

Chapelle said that room is special to him: it’s the last place he saw the late Robin Williams. It’s also the room where he learned he was having his first child. 

The comedy club first opened in 1978.

A Google spokesperson told KRON4 it has leased the space next door to the Punch Line and said it is “committed to trying to find a way for the Punch Line to remain a vibrant part of the Bay Area community for years to come.”

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