The Purple Onion, a Beat Era Landmark in North Beach, to Close October 1

It opened in 1952. Sad.
It opened in 1952. Sad. Photo: Wallyg/Flickriver

North Beach is really changing, you guys. The Purple Onion, the 60-year-old North Beach comedy club where the late Phyllis Diller made her stand-up debut and where dozens of famous comics have also taken the stage, is getting evicted. As Uptown Almanac reports, owner Mario Ascione has confirmed the news, and the Onion’s last day will be October 1. A new owner, rumored to be Roger Forbes, the same strip-club magnate who’s trying to evict Tosca Café owner Jeannette Etheredge, is planning to do something new with the space … like make it a strip club. The roster of comedians and musicians who performed at the place is long, but includes big names like Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and more recently Greg Proops, Zach Galifianakis, and Judah Friedlander. Presumably, the club’s upstairs restaurant, Macaroni Sciuè Sciuè, will be shuttering as well. We’ll update you if we learn of any farewell events. [Uptown Almanac, Chron]