Nothing tops off a day spent touring and tasting better than a quiet chuckle or a deep belly laugh. Humor adds spice to life, and Sonoma County offers several venues to catch live comedy shows.
Here's a quick round-up of chances to relax, kick back, and enjoy a good laugh in the Sonoma Wine Country.
Sally Tomatoes, Rohnert Park
This nightclub and café hosts a national headliner comedian monthly presented by Barrel Proof Comedy. On the first and third Tuesday of each month Tony Sparks of San Francisco hosts the Laughing Tomato Comedy Showcase, with a line-up of seven or eight local and San Francisco Bay Area comics.
Admission for the headliner show varies from $25-$40, depending on who is performing. The comedy showcase is free. Sally Tomatoes offers full bar service and a café-style menu, with burgers, buffalo wings, soups, salads, and more.
Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, 707-665-9472
Crushers of Comedy, Sonoma Valley
This group brings stand-up comics from Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area for periodic performances (about every other month or so). The shows usually offer a line-up of up to six professional comics.
Venues vary, and can include tasting rooms, barrel rooms, wine caves, vineyards, and other Sonoma Wine Country locations, generally in the Sonoma Valley. Wine and food is typically available for purchase. Check the Crushers of Comedy schedule for upcoming shows and prices for specific events.
Crushers of Comedy, Kenwood, 415-350-6433
Double Decker Lanes Comedy Night, Rohnert Park
The second Tuesday of each month, laughs from Comedy Night fill the lounge area at this 50-lane bowling alley. Shows are from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free.
The lounge offers a full-service bar with a large selection of domestic and imported beers. The adjacent snack bar serves burgers, sandwiches, snacks, and, on weekends only, breakfast.
Comedy Night is produced by Nick Hoffman Entertainment and Brian Thomas.
Double Decker Lanes, 300 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, 707-585-0226
Various Breweries & Bars in Sonoma County
Many bars, pubs and breweries host weekly or monthly comedy shows to watch while enjoying some craft beer.
At 8pm one Sunday each month, a selection of comics from around the Bay Area and beyond take over the Fogbelt Brewing Company taproom in Santa Rosa to make people laugh. This show is a $5 cover and hosted by Cody Smit.
In addition to Fogbelt, some other places that hold weekly or monthly comedy shows include Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, Spancky's Bar in Cotati, Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, Thumbprint Cellars in Healdsburg, and the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. See a full schedule here.
You might also want to check the schedule for:
Barrel Proof Comedy is a brand that was developed to produce comedy shows and weekly podcasts which are recorded in Santa Rosa. You can see the full calendar of all Sonoma County comedy shows here.
The Barrel Proof Comedy Podcast features local comedians Steve Ausburne and Casey Williams. Each week they taste a new whiskey (many of them local) and review it while discussing pop culture from the 80’s and 90’s. It’s like reliving your childhood, but this time with bourbon! They also record a live show once a month at Sally Tomatoes where they taste whiskey with the audience and feature 3 stand up comics who perform, taste, and chat with the hosts.
Sonoma Laughfest brings more than 100 comedians from all over the country for nine one-hour-long shows of stand-up, improve, sketch comedy, and comedy bands over three nights in October. It also hosts Sonoma Luaghnights, presenting one-night-only comedy shows throughout Sonoma County at other times of the year.
Jaded Toad is a family- and pet-friendly barbecue restaurant and beer garden that hosts comedy nights from time to time (275 Windsor River Road, Windsor, 707-838-8336)
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.