October 21, 2015: Doug Benson & Back to the Future Part II


The Benson Movie Interruption:
Back to the Future Part II
with Doug Benson and surprise guests

GREAT SCOTT! It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly at the day Marty McFly travels to in the smash hit middle chapter of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. Celebrate this milestone by joining Doug Benson and surprise guests as they riff “Back To The Future Part II” live on the actual date that Marty landed in futuristic Hill Valley — October 21, 2015! Bring your hoverboards, power shoe laces, Mr. Fusion, self-drying jackets, Pepsi Perfect bottles, Food Hydrators and Jaws 19 as we go back…to the future!

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and his guests sit in the front row of the theater and riff on movies as they unfold on the screen before them. This very popular live show is a favorite at SF Sketchfest year after year where Doug’s guests have included Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Scott Aukerman, Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Jonah Ray, Paul Scheer, Janet Varney, Tom Lennon, Chris Hardwick and more.

Wednesday, October 21st, 8pm
The Castro Theatre
$20 General Admission

Tickets on sale now!
SOLD OUT — some tickets may be available at the door

See Wet Hot American Summer: The Live Radio Play on YouTube and Blu-Ray!

SF Sketchfest

Back in 2012, SF Sketchfest staged an unforgettable afternoon by reuniting most of the cast of David Wain’s camp comedy classic “Wet Hot American Summer” and staging the film as a live radio play at Marines’ Memorial Theatre, with the cast reprising their roles and special guest understudies filling out the rest. Now is your chance to view the entire show — it’s available as a special feature on the just released Blu-Ray of the film (available now on Amazon.com). Get it HERE

We’ve also released five clips from the show on our SF Sketchfest YouTube Channel, part of the Nerdist Alliance. See Andy (Paul Rudd) throw his tray and make out with Katie (Margeurite Moreau). Watch McKinley (Michael Ian Black) share a private moment with Ben (Marc Evan Jackson, in the role originated by Bradley Cooper). Witness Gene (Christopher Meloni) have a break through with a talking can of vegetables (Bobcat Goldthwait, stepping in for H. Jon Benjamin). Spend some time with other original campers Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter, Samm Levine, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon and understudies like David Cross, Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks, Joshua Malina, John Hodgman, Andy Richter and more.

See all the YouTube clips HERE

The full cast and crew from the production:

Wet Hot American Summer: The Live Radio Play
Recorded live at SF Sketchfest
January 21, 2012 at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre

David Wain – Narrator
Michael Showalter – Coop/Alan Shemper
Marguerite Moreau – Katie
Michael Ian Black – McKinley
Paul Rudd – Andy
Christopher Meloni – Gene
Molly Shannon – Gail von Kleinenstein
Ken Marino – Victor Kulak
Joe Lo Truglio – Neil
Amy Poehler – Susie
Samm Levine – Arty

And special surprise guest understudies:
Busy Philipps – Beth (originally played by Janeane Garofalo)
David Cross – Henry Newman (originally played by David Hyde Pierce)
Joshua Malina – J.J. (originally played by Zak Orth)
Colin Hanks – Gary (originally played by A.D. Miles)
Marc Evan Jackson – Ben (originally played by Bradley Cooper)
Bruce McCulloch – Aaron (originally played by Gideon Jacobs)
Jessi Klein – Abby Bernstein (originally played by Marisa Ryan)
Gillian Jacobs – Lindsay (originally played by Elizabeth Banks)
John Hodgman – Keith – Caped Boy (originally played by Gabriel Millman)
Mark Gagliardi – Steve (originally played by Kevin Sussman)
Craig Cackowski – Mork Guy and Moose
Hal Lublin – Melvin – Medieval Kid
Annie Savage – Mallrat Girl/Cure Girl and Godspell Girl
Zandy Hartig – Nurse Nancy (originally played by Nina Hellman)
Andy Richter – Ron von Kleinenstein (originally played by Judah Friedlander)
Bobcat Goldthwait – Can of Vegetables (originally played by Jon Benjamin)

Live Music from the film performed by
Jon Dinerstein
Paul and Storm

Live Foley Artist
Scott Iseri

Original Screenplay by Michael Showalter and David Wain
Adapted for the stage and directed by The Thrilling Adventure Hour’s Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
Videographer – Daniel Plotnick
Produced by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney for SF Sketchfest

15th Annual SF Sketchfest Dates Announced!


Dates Announced!

The 15th Annual SF Sketchfest will be held January 7-24, 2016. For one year only, SF Sketchfest will be held earlier than usual due to the impact on hotel and venue availability caused by the Super Bowl being held in the Bay Area in early February.

Information on applying to perform in the festival coming soon. Stay tuned!


We are very sad to share that due to inclement weather, Christopher Lloyd is unable to appear at the 30th anniversary screening of “Back to the Future” at the Castro Theatre tonight. Mr. Lloyd tried valiantly to get here but multiple flights that he was booked on were canceled. If you purchased a ticket in advance, you will be refunded in full—and we still invite you to attend tonight’s screening at 9:30pm. Thanks for your understanding.

Walkup patrons: We will still show the film on the big screen at The Castro. And there’s still a DeLorean out front. Tickets only $10. 

Statement from SF Sketchfest on the closure of The Addition and cancelation of Kristen Schaal & Friends shows

Statement from SF Sketchfest on the closure of The Addition and cancelation of Kristen Schaal & Friends shows on February 7, 2015

Dear friends and fans of SF Sketchfest:

On January 14th, the nightclub The Addition abruptly closed its doors and went out of business. We received one email from them informing us that all upcoming shows had been canceled, including our “Kristen Schaal & Friends” shows on February 7th, and “Wheels Off” on February 4th. The Addition was contractually obligated to use Ticketfly, a different ticketing service than the one we use for most of our shows. We were able to relocate the “Wheels Off” show to Cobb’s Comedy Club for the same night. We learned from Ticketfly that The Addition had authorized refunds for the “Wheels Off” show and ticketholders were given information about repurchasing their tickets for the Cobb’s show.

Unfortunately, we were unable to relocate the “Kristen Schaal & Friends” shows and they were officially canceled. We later learned from Ticketfly that the Addition had NOT authorized refunds for these shows. The Addition has ignored our demand that they refund customers immediately. Ticketfly has informed us that they are unable to offer customers refunds directly, and has suggested that customers contact their credit card companies and dispute the charge and have it credited back that way. Because the tickets were purchased via Ticketfly and they have strict privacy policies, SF Sketchfest has no way of contacting these customers directly.

We are deeply frustrated by The Addition’s and Ticketfly’s inability to resolve this, and we have demanded that they take care of refunding these customers immediately. We believe in transparency and in strong customer service. If you’re reading this and you have tickets to either of the “Kristen Schaal & Friends” shows on February 7th, please contact customersupport@ticketfly.com for help with processing your refund and please ALSO contact us with your proof of purchase at boxoffice@sfsketchfest.com. We want to know who you are so we can make it up to you.


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