• The Basement (map)
  • 222 Hyde Street
  • San Francisco, CA, 94102
  • United States



About The Show

The Setup is an underground stand up comedy show located at The Basement in the heart of San Francisco. This venue was once the green room for the legendary Blackhawk jazz venue. Miles Davis snorted coke in this room. That's comedy feng shui.

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We feature established comedians from around the country as well as local up-and-coming stars. Our goal is to provide a truly raw alternative experience. San Francisco is known for indulging and incubating the absurd whims, oddities, and genius of the freaks who call it home. Think Lenny Bruce, Robin Williams, Jefferson Airplane.

The show always ends before 10:00pm so there is plenty of time to watch the show, do something afterwards, and then catch BART or MUNI.

The show is every Saturday. The bar opens at 7pm, and show starts at 8pm. Come early for cheap drinks and great seats.


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Frequently asked questions

Q. Is there an age requirement?

A. Yes, 21+

Q. Is there a drink minimum?

A. No, there is no drink minimum.

Q. Is there parking available?

A. There is no parking at the venue, but there are many public parking garages close by. The closest one is Golden Gate Parking.


More information

For more information, answers to other frequently asked questions, and contact information, please visit our website


Still have questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions?

Feel free to email or call us anytime at (415) 742-7222. We’d love to hear from you!


*The Setup has open seating on a first come, first serve basis. Seats are not guaranteed past 8pm so try to get there early.  


*All lineups are subject to change.


See you at the show!