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*=Headliner
Catch A Rising Star - Bally's, Las Vegas
The Coach House* - San Juan Capistrano CA
The Comedy Cabarets*, Phila. PA
The Comedy Connexion* - Lansing, MI       
The Comedy Isle - San Diego, CA
The Comedy Store (Original & Main Rooms) Hollywood & La Jolla, CA
The Comedy Underground* - Seattle & Spokane WA
The Comedy Zone Circuit* - AL, AR, Bahamas, FL, GA, LA, NC, SC, VA
The Comic Strip - FL, NY & *El Paso, TX
Dangerfields - NY & Las Vegas
The Galaxy Theater* - Santa Ana. CA
Giggles* - Seattle, WA                    
The Holy City Zoo* - San Francisco
The Ice House, Pasadena                
Igby's - Los Angeles, CA
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The Laugh Factory - Hollywood       
The Punchlines - CA, FL, GA, & SC  
Rooster T Feathers, Sunnyvale, CA*           
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SAN FRANCISCO  SUNDAY EXAMINER  & CHRONICLE

SUNDAY, JULY 1 1984

COMEDY

The Night the Holy City Zoo Closed

BY ROBERT S. WIEDER

ROBIN WILLIAMS was there, of course, but didn't much want to talk about it. It was a highly personal moment. He did his earliest stand-up here, met his oldest friends here, met his wife here. This is where he learned his craft, and it was a sad, melancholy night on June 19, 1984. The Holy City Zoo, a legend among America's comedy clubs, the ultimate "comedian's hangout," folded after 13 years.


"I'm sad," said Robin. " We had wonderful times here, strange times here; this wasn't a haven, it was a game preserve. I remember a big black guy who'd come in with a baseball bat and say 'I'd like to audition.' But a lot of that is in the past. So many changes." Comic Perry Kurtz rented a chain saw to carve the stage wall into souvenirs. "I'd give (former Zoo manager John) Cantu's right arm to keep this club open," he said. 


It ended at 2 a.m. with various comics onstage singing "Well Meet Again" and "Happy Trails." Outside, Mike Pritchard sighed, "In the past month I've helped close the Open-Theater, hosted the memorial for Dave Allen, and now this." A hand-printed notice on the back wall declared that a "New Zoo, better than ever" will soon open elsewhere." Nobody buys it. Nothing, all agree, can replace the Zoo. An era was over. 
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