SF Sketchfest is almost here! Oi! You over there! SF SKETCHFEST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!! What is SF Sketchfest, you ask? SF Sketchfest is the ambrosia salad of comedy festivals. Every delectable fruit of comedic talent you can imagine is showcased over 18 glorious days throughout the heart of San Fran. David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney founded the festival in 2001. Their goal was to present the talent of six Bay Area sketch groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. From humble beginnings at the Shelton Theatre the festival has exploded into a nationally recognized comedy feast. The fest mixes national headliners, up and comers, and local gems from the sketch, improv, stand-up and alt comedy worlds. The diverse programming is both overwhelming and astounding which honestly makes it a bit daunting when it comes to making up your mind on which events to attend. We’ve done that hard work for you and plucked out some of our picks (which may happen to include some comedians who have been featured here at SO). SF Sketchfest runs Jan 24 to Feb 10 so get your tickets soon before you are left all alone singing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
The choice is simple. There is only one event this day and some of the guest riffers include “Mythbuster’s” Adam Savage, “Kids in the Hall’s” Kevin McDonald, “Flight of the Conchord’s” Kristen Schaal, and the most dapper podcaster and stand-up comedian Paul F Tompkins.
Oh my witty word is there a bevy of awesomeness to choose from. So many SO BFFs will be in the mix this day like JC Coccoli, Steve Agee and Beth Stelling.
Catch as many podcast tapings as you can on day three because they are sure to be amazing.
Some real treats this day including blasts to the cartoon past, time travel, musical madness and some crazy storytelling.
The Dead Authors Podcast with Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman
Nick’s Big Talk Show with Nick Thune
Reggie Watts continues his music and comedy mashup at Mezzanine while “Flight of the Conchords’” Todd Barry raises the roof at the Eureka Theatre.
Science, philosophy or theology, oh my! Join Tig Notaro and her podcast co-hosts at Cobb’s Comedy Club. And if you head on over to Punch Line Comedy Club you’ll find two of the funniest and most cerebral comedians around.
The California Academy of Sciences will be opening its doors to a night of beautiful nerd-vana madness featuring the likes of Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Greg Proops, Kumail Nanjiani, and Matt Mira, to name a few. You will also not want to miss the madness of Wayne Federman, Eddie Pepitone and Brody Stevens going down at Cobb’s Comedy Club.
Got the geek pride running through your veins? Then w00tstock is the path to take. If you are ready to watch comics face the challenge of a random, ever changing set list take a seat at Cobb’s. If total insanity is your game Verdi Club will play host to “Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show” star, Tim Heidecker, and New Year’s Eve podcast host, Neil Hamburger. And last but not least, The Meltdown show leaves the confines of a warm LA comic book store for SF’s own Cobb’s Comedy Club.
w00tstock: Founder’s night with Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton, Paul and Storm and more
How could I possibly get away with not mentioning a taping of You Made It Weird? That would just be INSANE! The podcast bandwagon continues with some Proops’ smarts and more brain teasing from the Nerdist bunch. Of course, don’t forget UCB’s own Matt Besser & friends for some true improv plus “Billy on the Street’s” star at Cobb’s Comedy Club.
YMIW with Pete Holmes
Smartest Man in the World Podcast with Greg Proops
Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira
No Show! I guess its time for a short nap.
Nothing brightens up a Monday better than “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” larger than life personality Jeff Garlin. He’ll be taking no prisoners at the Eureka Theatre.
Jeff Garlin: Closer than I Appear With Hollywood Saturday Night
It’s a day of cinematic celebrations!
Animal House 35th Anniversary Inside Joke: John Landis in conversation with Carl Arnheiter
A threesome and a podcast mark day fifteen of the fest.
Cobb’s Comedy Club and the Eureka Theatre will be the places to be at on Day sixteen.
How would you like to start your day off at the Asian Art Museum with no other than a comedian as your docent? You can! While you are at it, how about ending your day with the horror comedy king himself, Bruce Campbell? Grooooovy.
Fancy Meeting You Here with , Carl Arnheiter & Friends
Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
We bid a final adieu to the fest and celebrate with TV show spoofs at Cobb’s Comedy Club, a podcast at the Eureka Theatre, some homespun songs at The Rickshaw Stop, and one-man show shenanigans again at the Eureka Theatre.