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1981

Fondly remember a night in August 1981. Took a free seat at a table in the front, armed with just purchased new albums by Richie Havens (“Connections”) and Bob Dylan (“Shot of Love”). Picked on immediately by the MC who … Continue reading

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How the Other Cafe got its name

JBS from Illinois, thats in Chicago BTW ; ) March 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM Stumbled across the 30 year reunion info last year and in light of your response above I wanted to share a bit. I worked at … Continue reading

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Remember these t shirts?

ha ha now it’s part of a T shirt quilt! email ducksbreath.jpg (987 KB)

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other memories

i remember living on carl and parnassus, i belonged to a christiam community and there were about 3 or 4 of us that would hang out during the day at the other and taking in some shows at night, one … Continue reading

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Other Cafe Memories!

Hello All! My favorite memory as a counter worker was one night we locked the front door about 11:00, and some troublemaker (probably me) went out to buy a big bottle of tequila. There were about six of us, but … Continue reading

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author/attorney

We lived on Clayton St. so we were regulars at The Other. At the time I was an entertainment attorney, representing Robin Williams, Michael Pritchard, Will Durst. I also represented The Other, but they may have stiffed me and I … Continue reading

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Sylvie and Penny Cooking Soup

My shift started at 6 pm to help prep for the evening’s show. The sky was still light and the N-Judah was crowded with tired downtown workers heading home – some would dash in for a bagel and coffee and … Continue reading

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Rob Schneider’s Don Ho night

I still remember a memorable showcase at the Other called the Don Ho Show with Rob Schneider and a bevy of other comics of the day. It started with Rob being carried in on a surfboard and had boasted a … Continue reading

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Went there every day during High School

Mary Haas was our regular barista and a bunch of us from McAteer would hang out in the afternoon and then I would come back at night with some older friends to see the open mike night. Saw pretty much … Continue reading

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Coming of age….

As I turned 21 friends told me about a new after hours night club/comedy club under construction in my home town of Santa Rosa. I walked in and was introduced to Bob Ayres. Life changed forever. Within a few monthes … Continue reading

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Impressions from a comedian’s friend

I can remember many crazy nights riding up to the Other Cafe with my friend Rich Marks, an up and coming comedian at the time. Through Rich, I got to hang out with Monty Hoffman and others..! I am SO … Continue reading

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WWJLD (What Would Jim Lange Do)?

Sometime in the early ’80’s, I yielded to peer pressure and signed up to be a selecting bachelor on an installment of the Other Café’s squirrely version of “The Dating Game.” My wardrobe being quite nondescript, I decided that my … Continue reading

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The Healing Closet

I remember working there in the early 80s all the while studying at the Acupressure Institute. We used the closet off from the kitchen to go in and have treatments by me whether it was a performer like Robin Williams … Continue reading

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Peforming in the first “Angel Drake Cocktail Show”

I’d have to say my fondest memory of The Other Cafe would be performing in Linda Hill’s first “Angel Drake Cocktail Show” as my alter ego, accordionist lounge lizard Enrico Roselli. I was the opening act for the other lounge … Continue reading

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I loved working at The Other Cafe!

Waitressing at The Other may have been the funnest job of my life. That little room transformed every night, depending on who was performing, cooking, dishwashing, waiting tables,and the audience. A nightly surprise. I remember how if Bobby Slaton was … Continue reading

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Mister ?

Bob Ayres: a very good softball player. I managed a team called the Headhunters, and our fiercest rivalry was against Bob’s team. Always great games. Joe

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Robin Williams drops in on Paula Poundstone

I remember one night at The Other Cafe when I was there to see Paula Poundstone (could have been Marsha Warfield, after all, it was a long time ago) and walking by the large windows was Robin Williams who came … Continue reading

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I was 14

I have the most amazing memories of the Other Café and wish for it back all the time. I lived in the neigborhood for about a year when I was a kid, and managed to land a job as a … Continue reading

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The Summer I turned 18

I think I went to The Other every Monday night for Open Mic night the summer I turned 18. My Boy Friend was doing the “travel through Europe before college” thing and I felt very left out staying at home … Continue reading

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early 80’s

We used to go to the open mic nights in 82 and 83. My girlfriend Christine and I and whoever we could drag along. Always sitting in the front row, we would watch Evan Davis, Paula, Jeremy and Pearl all … Continue reading

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The Night We Saw Robin

We went to see Dana Carvey at The Other (we went every time he came in to do stand-up). Dana was great as usual, then Mark McCollum cane in to do a surprize bit, and Robin Williams arrived, and all … Continue reading

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Moving the Laundry

I remember the night Jane Dornacher took the entire audience across the street to the laundromat in the middle of her set while she moved her clothes from the washer to the dryer. I lived around the corner on Shrader … Continue reading

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Bobcat

Saw Bobcat do almost an entire show inside a cardboard box (washing machine?). He was so insane, when he finally came out of the box, he scared the crap out of us.

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MAKE-UP!!!!!

My memorable experience! Circa 1983?? I spent an entire day with Other Productions as the back stage make-up/hair person. This was an extravaganza of young raw comic talent. The taping was shot at Wolfgangs on Columbus St. for I believe … Continue reading

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Open Mic Nights

My second or third time on stage was at the Other. I came off on a Monday night and Durst walked over to me and said, “You have some funny stuff in there…” For a stand up with maybe 15 … Continue reading

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Something Different

I closed almost every show with an interview with a comedienne – most of them on their way to perform at the Other Café. It was a privilege watching the comedy scene unfold in the 70’s and 80’s, and Bob … Continue reading

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Weddings and Beauty Contests

As a merchant in the Haight I rather enjoyed sponsoring the Global Travel contestant for the Ms Haight Ashbury Beauty Contest year after year. Although we never won it was all a blast. Then when Bob got married that was … Continue reading

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After Party at the I-Beam

My first introduction to the Other Café was through the softball team. After a grueling workout for “Café Management”, I was given the thumbs up to join this elite group of athletes. Win or lose, after each game, we always … Continue reading

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I’m on the Menu!

Over the years, Other Cafe management worked hard to improve and expand the array of food items at the Cafe. And by improve, I mean that my name was used in the title of two dishes: the Bish Burrito and, … Continue reading

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Fool me twice, shame on me!

I was lucky enough to pal around with Other Cafe owners Bob, Chip, and Richard when the comedy club was hitting its stride in the late ’70’s, which meant that I was exposed to quite a bit of Cafe-related prankery. … Continue reading

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My memories

My memories of the early Café days are more flashes than cohesive memories as I was just a young lad (having been born in 1970). However being Bob’s nephew came with its privileges as I often times got to visit … Continue reading

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Goldthwait off to rough start, saved by the Homeless Guy

The first time I saw Bobcat was at The Other. He started with his usual, painful, over-the-top, snot-infested “hey, how ya doin, welcome to the show, whatta ya do for living . . .” greeting and the crowd just didn’t … Continue reading

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mogul

The location of the Other Cafe at the corner of Cole and Carl was a Rexall Drugstore when I was growing up in the late fifties and sixties…Archie comic books and Bazooka Joe bubblegum. During one of the iterations, I … Continue reading

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Other Cafe Art Gallery!

The Other Cafe gave me my first “gallery show” in ’77, as my collage art decked their cafe for a month or so. The opening was great fun– drawing lots of neighborhood folks and friends. I loved the place. It … Continue reading

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don’t you know who I am?

I was kind of a small town kid from Santa Rosa when I landed a job at the new Daily Planet night club. I caught the bug and it was’t long before I found myself doing open mic at the … Continue reading

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The Crazy Hazy Days Of Comedy

The Other Cafe and the Zoo were the two places where my friends and I hung out most nights in those great crazy hazy days of comedy back in the 70’s and 80’s – we had for 5 to 6 … Continue reading

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Thanks for the Memories

I worked at The Other Cafe for about 18 months ending in February 1983. I had a blast getting to know all the workers, managers and entertainers. Thanks Chip for writing this webpage! All my best, Wayne

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Was it all a dream?

Hello Others, If you are reading this you might consider yourself lucky for two reasons: 1.    You have actually survived the last 25 years, and 2.     You were a part of and privy to something very unique and special. . … Continue reading

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I was a waitress at The Other in 1979

Hi I have alot of fun memories of the other cafe I worked as a waitress in 1979 and also as a cook and barista there. I saw Barry Sobel and many other great comedic acts. Loved open mic night … Continue reading

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A Toast to The Other by Susan Edwards

It was 1978 and the Great Disco Scare had descended on San Francisco. I was new in town, a little lost, working two awful jobs and living in the Haight, which was seedy and long past its glory days. It … Continue reading

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Some Nights I remember…

BobCat’s First Audition Night Bob Goldthwait’s first performed on a Monday auditions night – no one was sure whether his voice was real or character.. there were very few laughs until the audience grasped his unusual brilliant style – then … Continue reading

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