Civic Center Plaza
June 21-23, 2019
San Francisco’s own comedy & music festival Clusterfest is returning to Civic Center Plaza for a third year this June 21-23, bringing with it a stellar lineup. Emphasizing a diverse array of entertainment, the three-day event will feature comedy sets, musical performances, live podcasts, and set replicas of popular TV shows and films.
Headlining comedians this year include John Mulaney, Insecure star Issa Rae, Patton Oswalt, and Ilana Glazer of Broad City fame. Musical acts The Roots, Courtney Barnett, and Japanese Breakfast are the major draws on the concert side, with more likely to be announced soon.
Saturday Night Live alumni will make a strong show at this year’s festival, with Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, and Leslie Jones all taking the stage.
Clusterfest prides itself as a platform for emerging talent, and this year is no different. Highlights to check out include Daily Show correspondent Jaboukie Young-White, comedy-cabaret host Catherine Cohen, and Quinta Brunson, a comic bringing with her a massive online fanbase.
Beyond the comics and musicians, this year’s lineup features appearances from popular podcasts My Favorite Murder and Lovett or Leave It, a weekly political news show hosted by former Obama speech writer Jon Lovett. With drag always a staple at Clusterfest, Ru Paul’s Drag Race alumni Trixie Mattel and Katya will pay tribute to 90s cult classic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. In addition, Issa Rae and some yet-to-be-announced guests will stage a live read of Clueless.
Yet to be announced are this year’s tributes to lauded television shows. With last year’s Arrested Development banana stand, full sets of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and pop-up South Park characters, festival-goers are likely in for an impressive surprise.
Photo of Nick Kroll at Clusterfest 2018 by Dana Jacobs