Everyone knows Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Paula Poundstone.

This is the story about their friends, the other jokers in the room, the ones who stayed in San Francisco, worked the clubs and rode a comedy movement right up until the comedy bubble burst in 1992.

In the 1980s, the comedy scene in San Francisco wasn’t commercial. In the pursuit of brilliant comedy, nothing was too experimental, too bold or too crass. Unlike New York or Los Angeles, there were rarely TV cameras there. Comics weren’t jockeying for a spot on The Tonight Show. The real prize was making other comedians laugh. These San Francisco headliners, Will Durst, Larry “Bubbles” Brown and Johnny Steele were the comedians’ comedians.

3 Still Standing is about how Will, Larry and Johnny fight for their art in an increasingly corporatized world that seeks young, TV-friendly faces and eschews controversy. It’s a story for anyone who’s worried about being downsized. It’s about reinvention, resilience and the search to remain true to yourself. Oh, and it’ll make you laugh. With an all-star supporting cast, including Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Rob Schneider and Robin Williams.


Robert Campos

Donna LoCicero


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