SF Sketchfest Day 18: Shakes the Clown revisited!


Julie Brown, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tom Kenny and Dan Spencer onstage at Cobb’s Comedy Club for “Shakes the Clown” Live, 2/9/14.  Photo by Dan Dion.

Bobcat Goldthwait and original cast members Julie Brown, Tom Kenny, Florence Henderson and Dan Spencer joined a fantastic comedic ensemble (including Laraine Newman, Kevin Pollak, Rick Overton and many more) at the live reading of Goldthwait’s cult classic comedy “Shakes The Clown” on the closing day of the 13th Annual SF Sketchfest. Bobcat was overwhelmed by the enormous response from the packed crowd, and added an impromptu Q&A at the end of the program.

SF Sketchfest Day 17: Nerds assemble!


Larry B. Scott, Chris Hardwick, Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Brian Tochi, Curtis Armstrong and Julia Montgomery backstage at the Castro Theatre for the Revenge of the Nerds 30th Anniversary celebration, 2/8/14.  Photo by Jakub Mosur.

SF Sketchfest celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the 80s campus cult comedy “Revenge of the Nerds” by reuniting seven original cast members – Curtis Armstrong (“Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson”), Timothy Busfield (“Arnold Poindexter”), Robert Carradine (“Lewis Skolnick”), Brian Tochi (“Toshiro Takashi”), Andrew Cassese (“Harold Wormser”), Larry B. Scott (“Lamar Latrell”) and Julia Montgomery (“Betty Childs”). The spirited conversation, led by The Nerdist Podcast and Nerds-afficionado Chris Hardwick, included lots of hilarious tidbits chronicling their casting, deleted sequences (a whole trip to Vegas was axed from the film) and the sound used to make Booger’s tremendous belches (it involves a camel — we’ll say no more). A standing ovation and a chant of “NERDS! NERDS! NERDS!” rang out as they took the stage, and as the exited before a screening of beloved film.

SF Sketchfest Day 16: Theme Park make for unusual Rockettes


Michael Hitchcock, John Michael Higgins, Rachel Dratch and Ian Brennan form a kickline in Theme Park Improv at the Brava Theater, 2/7/14.  Photo by Tommy Lau.

Theme Park — consisting of Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), John Michael Higgins (“A Mighty Wind”), Michael Hitchcock (“Best in Show”), Jessica Makinson (“Halfway Home”), and SF Sketchfest co-founders Cole Stratton and Janet Varney — took to the Brava Theatre stage for two sets of lively improvisation. Aided by stories from guest monologist Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”), their free-flowing bits included a Carnegie-Hall ghost, Aquaman and his unusual talents, a militaristic first grade class, low-stakes prank shows, and (as seen here) a band of misfits somehow initiated into the Rockettes.

Community’s Danny Pudi and Mythbusters’ Adam Savage join Ask Me Another!


A mash-up of “Jeopardy” meets “Saturday Night Live,” Ask Me Another is NPR’s rambunctious hour of puzzles, word games and trivia that blends your local pub’s trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton challenge contestants and listeners alike with games that stretch their noggins and tickle their funny bones. Celebrity guests take a turn in the contestant’s chair, facing games written especially for them. Celebrity guests include Danny Pudi (Abed from NBC’s “Community”), Adam Savage (“Mythbusters”) and New York Times Technology Columnist Farhad Manjoo.

Wednesday, February 5th, 8pm, The Castro Theatre
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Co-presented by the Exploratorium & KALW

The hilarious Kathryn Hahn joins Owen & TJ Read the News!


Kathryn Hahn (“Step Brothers,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Crossing Jordan,” “We’re The Millers” and much more) will be the guest on Owen & TJ Read the News podcast with Owen Burke and Adam McKay!

From the minds of Owen Burke (Funny or Die) and Adam McKay (“Anchorman”). Owen stays up on current events and TJ, a cell phone case salesman and aspiring hip hop artist, is more interested in what’s going on at the Hooters down at the Jacksonville, FL CityWalk. On Owen & TJ Read the News they discuss the top stories of the month together.

Saturday, February 7th, Brava Theatre
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