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 BUY TICKETS
SF Weekly’s Comedy Issue hit newsstands Wednesday. The issue features interviews with Nate Bergatze, Ron Funches, Jenny Slate, Kurt Braunohler and opening night headliners Tenacious D. It includes a guide to the 13th annual SF Sketchfest, with an online companion guide to music at the festival. It also features contributions from comedians, locals, frequent visitors and those with San Francisco roots, who have upcoming appearances at the festival
Still combing the program for this year’s not-to-miss shows? To help you out, we’ve asked staff to share their picks for this year’s fest.
Meet Jay Wertzler, Festival Systems & Operations Manager. Jay hails from the Inner Richmond. In addition to working festivals around town, he hosts a bi-weekly quiz night, edits manuscripts for a literary non-profit in San Diego, and enjoy long naps in the sun with his cat.
# of SF Sketchfests you’ve worked: I think this will be my 4th?!
I saw Charles on accident at Sketchfest 2012. It was the best accident I ever made. They are a consistently inventive sketch duo from Seattle who don’t shy away from the weird. As for Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, you can never go wrong with Ron Funches, and you can definitely never go wrong with Funches’ dulcet tones reading erotica.
Favorite SF Sketchfest memory: Interviewing Lance Crouther, who was in character as Pootie Tang, on stage at the Castro Theatre.
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.
Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”) has been added to the Becoming “Enlightened” event on Sunday, February 2nd at 1pm at Marines’ Memorial Theatre. A celebration of the much-loved HBO series, she’ll join cast and creators Laura Dern, Mike White, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns, David Bernad and moderator Andy Richter (“Conan”). Don’t miss your chance to say goodbye to this fantastic series!
Sunday, February 2nd, Marines’ Memorial Theatre
1pm BUY TICKETS
Due to a change in their shooting schedules, Luke Wilson and Jason Mantzoukas will not be appearing as previously announced