Comedian Irene Tu Answers Our 10 Questions About San Francisco

"Go to every historic gay bar in SF before gentrification forces them out."

This week subscription-based gay entertainment service Dekkoo launched its new six-episode Out on Stage: The Series, featuring a diverse line-up of 16 queer comics with host Zach Noe Towers.

Appearing on stage as part of the line-up is San Francisco-based comedian, actor, and writer Irene Tu, who has performed at numerous festivals including SF Sketchfest, Clusterfest, RIOT LA, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Outside Lands. Tu, who can also be seen on season 2 of Take My Wife, has been named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comics” by SFist, and the San Francisco Chronicle singled her out in 2017 as an “artist on the brink of fame.”

Since Tu has clearly left an impression on San Francisco, we wanted to find out what in San Francisco has made an impression on her.

What is the best thing about San Francisco?

The diversity!

What is your favorite tourist attraction?

I’ve gone to Pier 39 so many times to eat overpriced clam chowder.

And the most overrated?

The Golden Gate Bridge. I don’t understand why bridges are attractions.

What one thing should every LGBTQ tourist make a point to see, do, or experience in SF?

Go to every historic gay bar in SF before gentrification forces them out.

Where is the best place to meet sexy locals?

El Rio is a great local queer bar.

Where is the best place to grab brunch?

I love Tartine Manufactory.

Where is the best place to get a cocktail?

I don’t drink!

Best place to catch queer comics?

There are a bunch of queer comics in SF so chances are good you’ll catch one at any comedy show. The Punch Line is my favorite comedy club in the city.

And the best neighborhood to spend an afternoon?

The Mission.

Who or what is everyone in SF talking about right now?

Techies, techies, techies. And electric scooters.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.