San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club to close after 41 years, looking for new location

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Is this the end of comedy as we know it in San Francisco? 

The city’s legendary Punch Line Comedy Club is closing its doors this summer and is now searching for a new home after being unable to renew its lease with the current property owner. 

The club has hosted several comedy greats — including the late Robin Wiliams, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and Margaret Cho. 

The comedy club first opened in 1978, with rock promoter Bill Graham at the helm. 

The club’s talent buyer Molly Schminke said in a statement this week that they are searching for another venue and are looking forward to the club’s future. 

“It’s a sad moment for us, but we’re excited at the future’s potential,” she said.“We want to thank all the fans and extraordinary comedians that have helped make  Punch Line an entertainment landmark in this city. Our best days are yet to come.”

Punch Line will officially close its doors in August. 

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