Henson Alternative’s Puppet Up! — Uncensored returns!

SF Sketchfest and Westbeth Entertainment present
Henson Alternative’s
Puppet Up! — Uncensored 

The grown-ups wing of The Jim Henson Company presents PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED, the live show that lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedy on stage with a bunch of fine-looking puppets. A night of major laughs, not for minors.

A hit in Edinburgh, Toronto, Australia, and all over the US, world-class Henson puppeteers are unleashed in this live, outrageous and very spontaneous show, featuring over 60 original Jim Henson puppets – a motley group of characters – in a night of off the cuff comedy.

Created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor, director, and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED invites audiences to witness the other side of The Jim Henson Company and what happens when the camera stops rolling.

This production delivers “two shows in one” as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below – displaying their skills in full view of the audience. Its Whose Line Is It Anyway meets Saturday Night Live meets The Jim Henson Company.

This ‘psychotic puppet party’ features a few recreations of classic pieces originally created by Jim Henson, Jane Henson, and Frank Oz that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades. Sometimes dark, certainly innovative, and always hilarious, the scenes in PUPPET UP! reiterate the marvelous possibilities of puppets in the hands of masters like these. Each PUPPET UP! show is a unique experience due to its spontaneous nature – and each performance is different, showcasing the wit, technique, and that trademark Henson dryness and sly anarchy.

For more information, visit: puppetup.com

2 Weeks only!
November 13 – 23
Thurs & Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm & 9pm, Sun 7pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco

Tickets on sale now!

Office Space 15th Anniversary Screening with special guest Stephen Root

Just added!

Yeeeeaaah, we’re going to need you to come into the theater on Saturday
Office Space
15th Anniversary Screening
with special guest Stephen Root (“Milton”) 

Wear your minimum fifteen pieces of flair and bring your TPS reports for the 15th anniversary screening and celebration of Mike Judge’s classic comedy OFFICE SPACE, with very special guest Stephen Root (“Milton,” who believes you might have his stapler) live in person. Follow Peter Gibbons and his co-workers Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton (no relation to a certain no-talent ass clown) as they get increasingly fed up with INITECH software boss Bill Lumbergh and decide to take matters into their own hands, while Peter falls for Chotchkie’s waitress Joanna. Don’t jump to conclusions and miss this rare 35mm archival print screening of the film, which also stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Ajay Naidu, David Herman and Diedrich Bader. Join us at the Castro Theatre and don’t forget to show us your best ‘O-face.’

Saturday, August 16th, The Castro Theatre
9pm $12

The Barbary at Outside Lands — lineup announced!

The Barbary at Outside Lands
co-curated by SF Sketchfest

For the third year running, SF Sketchfest is co-curating the comedy and variety lineup in the Barbary at Outside Lands. The three-day festival taking over Golden Gate Park August 8 -10 is SOLD OUT – for more information, music lineup and schedules, CLICK HERE.

Bridget Everett and Cameron Esposito come to the Independent!

SF Sketchfest and Another Planet Entertainment present
Comedy Night at the Indy:
Bridget Everett 

Bridget Everett has been called one of the “Funniest People in New York” by Time Out. Her film, theater and television credits include “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Sex And The City (movie),” “The Bleep Show w/Whitney Cummings,” “Bridget and Neal are F*cking,” “Adam Is Watching,” “At Least It’s Pink,” and most recently a guest spot at Carnegie Hall performing with the legendary Patti Lupone. Bridget has appeared at Montreal and Chicago’s Just For Laughs Festival, HBO’s Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival, The Adelaide International Cabaret Festival, The San Francisco Sketchfest, FunFunFun and The New York Comedy Festival. Bridget and her band The Tender Moments just released their debut album (“POUND IT”) and play to sold-out crowds across the country.

Sunday, October 26th, The Independent
Doors 7pm/Show 8pm, 21+

SF Sketchfest and Another Planet Entertainment present
Comedy Night at the Indy: Cameron Esposito 

Cameron is a talented LA based writer/performer/comedian who hails from Chicago. Most recently, she appeared in a fantastic profile piece on “Last Call with Carson Daly. “Cameron was named one of the 25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know by Flavorwire. She made her memorable late night debut on CBS’ “The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson,” in which Craig Ferguson and guest Jay Leno called her “the future of late night comedy.” Cameron will soon be recording her comedy album for the legendary record label Kill Rock Stars that will be released later this year. She’s a recurring panelist who appears frequently on “Chelsea Lately,” as well as “Take Part Live” on Pivot. She’s in the upcoming season of “Maron” on IFC, and she recently voiced a character on Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.” She’s also appeared on LOGO, NPR, at TBS’ Just for Laughs Chicago, SXSW, the Aspen Rooftop & Bridgetown Comedy Festivals (Portland Mercury Best of the Fest). Cameron has been named one of the top 12 LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013 by LA Weekly, a Best of 2012 by LA’s thecomedybureau.com, and Advocate’s Comedians We’re Proud Of. She moved to LA in late 2012 from Chicago, where she immediately took over the famed Tuesday 8pm slot at UCB Theatre with her very popular stand up show “Put Your Hands Together” (which she created/hosts/produces), replacing Comedy Bang Bang, that was just named by Rolling Stone as one of the Best Comedy Podcasts.

She is also the host/creator of the “Wham Bam Pow” action & scifi movie podcast on the Maximum Fun network. Cameron can be seen headlining comedy clubs across the country as well as touring with Anthony Jeselnik.

Sunday, November 2nd, The Independent
Doors 7pm/Show 8pm, 21+

New date and time for Fred Armisen!


Fred Armisen
with special guest Ian Rubbish 

Fred Armisen, co-creator and star of IFC’s “Portlandia” and beloved veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” takes to the Castro Theatre stage for a night of stand-up comedy, featuring a very special opening act: Armisen’s alter-ego, 70’s era English punk-rock musician Ian Rubbish and his band. The evening will close with an opportunity for the audience to participate in a lively Q & A session with Fred.

Due to Fred Armisen’s recent Emmy nominations, he will need to attend the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on August 16, the date of his original SF Sketchfest engagement. Fred’s San Francisco show has been rescheduled for the very next night, August 17, one hour earlier at 8:00pm. All ticketholders will be notified and all existing tickets will be honored for the new date. Thanks for your understanding and congratulations to Fred on the Portlandia nominations!

New date and time!
Sunday, August 17th, The Castro Theatre
8pm, $25