Comedy Talks is a hosted panel discussion that brings the classic late night talk show format to the live stage. Host Robert Strong talks with a panel of three comedy legends about their careers, personal lives, insider gossip, and tips of the comedy trade. A Q&A period lets the audience in on the conversation, too. Meet comedy luminaries so familiar that they feel like old friends, as well as the behind-the-scenes geniuses responsible for some of the biggest laughs of your life.
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Watch this short video of highlights from our first three shows (Aug 2010).
Our first season took place in August 2010 at the University of San Francisco's Prsentation Theater. Our inaugural panelists included actor George Segal, director and writer Paul Mazursky, actor and comic Ronnie Schell, master impersonator Rich Little, stage and screen star Carol Channing, comic and singer Steve Rossi, Tony Award winner Robert Morse, legendary comedian Shelley Berman, and political satirist Will Durst.
According to journalist Jennifer Gordon of America's Comedy, Comedy Talks “was inspiring, refreshing, beautiful, the pure art of comedy at its finest, most poignant and nourishing... The show’s format was perfect for showcasing these comedy legends and giving the audience a full view of their motivations, hard work and insights through decades of comedy.”
If you were there with us for our first season, we hope you agree; if you missed it, we hope you'll join us for future nights of laughs, comeraderie, and memories. Sign up for our mailing list to find out about upcoming shows.