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, 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

Call for entries! Perform at SF Sketchfest!

SF Sketchfest is now accepting submissions to perform at the 14th Annual festival, slated for January 22 – February 8, 2015!

SF Sketchfest accepts submissions from sketch comedy groups, solo sketch/character performers, one-person shows, improv groups, short sketchy self-produced plays, alternative comedy acts, musical comedy acts, live podcasts and stand-up comedians.

The line-up for the 2015 festival will be finalized in December of 2014. All applicants will be contacted between November 15th and December 15th regarding their participation in the festival. The festival plans on featuring even more up-and-coming performers in 2015!

UPDATE: The submission window to apply in the 14th Annual SF Sketchfest is now closed. Thanks to all who applied!

Dave Goelz (the voice and puppeteer of The Great Gonzo) joins The 35th Anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie!


The Muppet Movie
35th Anniversary Family Matinee Screening
with special guest DAVE GOELZ (“The Great Gonzo”) 

Very special guest DAVE GOELZ, voice and puppeteer of Gonzo the Great, will appear for a conversation and Q&A at our 35th Anniversary screening of “The Muppet Movie.” Dave worked on countless revered Henson productions in addition to Muppets features and the beloved television show, including “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” “Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas,” “The Dark Crystal,” and “Labyrinth.” In addition to Gonzo, Dave is also responsible for the iconic characters of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, and Doglion.

Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, The Great Gonzo and all of your favorite Muppets as they head to Hollywood in their first big-screen adventure, “The Muppet Movie.” It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since Jim Henson brought his beloved creations to cinemas in a hilarious road-trip like no other. Kermit and pals try to strike it big in Tinseltown while on the run from the fast-food mogul Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) and his lackey Max (Austin Pendleton). Featuring a bevy of celebrity cameos including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Cloris Leachman and Orson Welles, and a fantastic collection of songs by Paul Williams.

Saturday, August 16th, The Castro Theatre
11 am $10