Venue Details

186 Star Starred
The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART 1062 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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Garson up the block is terrific. Great French food and fabulous service.
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4.4 average rating
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329 reviews
72 stars
attended Jul 20 2012

Great show and proof that waiting periods are absolutely necessary.

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143 reviews
19 stars
attended Aug 18 2012

Wow! I expected a good evening, but this was so much better even than my expectations. Really funny in parts, really touching in other parts. Brian is just masterful at telling his story. Obviously highly recommended.

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linda sims
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21 reviews
47 stars
attended Mar 03 2012

A 5 star performance. Very strong.
( Skip it if you are suicidal.) I sighed a lot, and laughed a lot.

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Quotes & Highlights

To learn more about Brian Copeland, visit his website.


The Waiting Period is 75 minutes in length, with no intermission. It is intended for ages 14 and up.*

Brian Copeland’s* incisive, cutting-edge stand-up comedy material won him San Francisco’s prestigious Cabaret Gold Award as well as top prize in the Monterey Laugh Off. His ability to cut to the heart of some of our most serious social and political problems has earned him spots as the opening act for such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Al Jarreau, Ringo Starr, Manhattan Transfer, Steve Allen, Dana Carvey, Rick Springfield, Lionel Richie, Lou Rawls, George Benson, Patti LaBelle, Etta James, Gregory Hines, The Righteous Brothers, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin. He has appeared at such venues as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, The Taj Mahal and Trump Palace in Atlantic City, the Nugget in Reno as well as clubs, colleges, and concert halls across America.

Copeland’s quick wit and probing interview style earned him a five-year position as co-host of San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU’s top rated breakfast program Mornings on 2, where he did everything from man-on-the-street comedy bits to chatting up stars such as Dustin Hoffman and Garth Brooks. This led to a weekly national segment on NBC’s long-running late night show Friday Night called The World According to Copeland. In 1995, San Francisco ABC radio affiliate KGO premiered The Brian Copeland Show, which remains the most listened-to program in its time slot. In addition, he is currently the host of the talk show 7Live every weekday afternoon on ABC Channel 7. Also a serious writer, Copeland’s articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines.

Not a Genuine Black Man recently ended a seven-year run at The Marsh Berkeley. The memoir based on the show was chosen as the 2009 selection for Silicon Valley Reads, a library-sponsored program which encourages all Silicon Valley residents to read one book at the same time and engage in communitywide discussions on its relevance. It is widely used in school and college courses.