If you’re still not sure what you’re doing Thursday night, I’ve got a couple last-minute suggestions for you. There are two big comedy shows going on this New Year’s Eve, and while they’re both a bit pricey, I can guarantee you’d end up spending more on booze, anyway. (You know how good that bottle of Cristal sounds when you’re smashed at 11:50 p.m.)

The first is The Marga Gomez New Year’s Eve Spectacular at the Victoria Theatre. There are two shows—one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m.—so you can always hit the earlier performance and head to a party after. Marga is being joined by some of the best and brightest queer comedians this city has to offer, including David Hawkins, Ben Lerman, and Natasha Muse. Tickets range from $23 to $30—not too steep when you consider the amount of hilarity and gay you’re getting.

Then there’s the Comedy Countdown 2009, a slightly higher profile, likely less queer event that boasts some of my favorite comedians (Doug Benson and John Mulaney FTW!). In addition to America’s most lovable pothead (Benson) and the dapper Best Week Ever alum (Mulaney), Comedy Countdown 2009 also features Greg Behrendt, Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Amy Schumer, and Chris Porter. Big names! And a somewhat hefty price tag: tickets will run you $100. On the other hand, I can’t think of a better place to spend New Year’s Eve than the lovely Palace of Fine Arts. The show begins at 9:15 p.m.

I hope you all have a splendid December 31st, whether or not my suggestions strike your fancy. Have fun. DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. See you in 2010!

Photo by Kent Taylor.

Community Last-Minute San Francisco New Year's Eve Plans: Two Comedy Shows