If you don’t feel like leaving Santa Rosa and Sonoma County to hear some top-quality jokes, you’re in luck.

2015 has seen an influx of comedy events and entertainment venues booking comedians all over our fair wine-riddled land, and Santa Rosa has some of the funniest.

Lila CuginiLila Cugini, a Santa Rosa resident for over 25 years, held a weekly comedy event at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa’s West End called Now We Are Friends. Cugini made a point to include newcomers to the scene in her lineup, as well as alternative and female comedians, who don’t always get equal footing with their male counterparts. Her show has been put on pause while she’s busy welcoming a tiny human she recently brought into the world.

While Now We Are Friends is on hiatus, there’s still plenty of much-needed mirth to be had. Many Santa Rosa-based comedy veterans are helping to not only bring comics from San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and elsewhere to our fair city, they are also working to spread the scene throughout Sonoma County. Steve Ausburne, who has drummed up laughs at SF Sketchfest and the Punch Line Sacramento among others, runs a monthly comedy room in Healdsburg’s Thumbprint Cellars. Lifetime Santa Rosa resident Casey Williams hosts a bi-monthly show at Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park, which sponsors the So Your Friends Think You’re Funny contest, open to amateurs and newbies to the comedy scene, and has brought in such names as Doug Stanhope, Carlos Mencia, David Alan Grier, Todd Barry, Emily Heller, Scott Capurro, to name a few (or, okay actually a lot), and has Gilbert Gottfried November 19th.

Juan CarlosJuan Carlos, a Santa Rosa resident since 1989, also advocates for the comedy scene both in Santa Rosa and elsewhere. In May he produced a sold-out show at Christy’s on the Square and continues to act as part of the life blood of Santa Rosa comedy along with his witty colleagues.

Right here in Santa Rosa you’ll find a monthly comedy night at Fogbelt Brewing Company (1305 Cleveland Ave), featuring a side-splitting amount of local talent, all sharing their hilarity with the craft beer lovers of Santa Rosa. www-510098

Annie O’s Music Hall in Railroad Square (120 5th Street) also regularly welcomes comics to their stage, and is hosting the popular Dads on the Rocks comedy show on November 20th.

It isn’t just the intimate venues pulling crowds in for their doses of laughter – the Luther Burbank Cen– oop, rather, The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts also brings huge acts such as Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, Jim Gaffigan, Chicago’s famed comedy improv troupe Second City Hits Home, and Whose Live Anyway – the live stage version of the hit series Whose Line is it Anyway? – plus a whole heckuva lot more.

Basically this was just a long way to tell you the following: you need to laugh out loud. Santa Rosa has you covered.

332614c5d8ceadc738a584c8a832dd05Side note: want to add some humor to your commute? Ausburne and Williams have a “pretty much weekly” podcast as well, called Barrel Proof Comedy, which you should download immediately.