SF Sketchfest is proud to present their ongoing series of showcases at the intimate Dark Room Theatre in the Mission District! Some of the best emerging sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy in the country and the world!
A cerebral and imaginative sketch duo from Seattle, Charles is intelligent without sacrificing accessibility, seamlessly combining highbrow and lowbrow sensibilities into a brand of humor they call unibrow. Charles has performed throughout the US and Canada, including The SF and Seattle Sketch Festivals, the People’s Improv Theater New York, and the Toronto and Victoria Fringe Festivals. Outside the group, Chuck has worked as a contributing writer for The Onion, and Charlie served as editor-in-chief of Stanford University’s humor magazine The Chaparral. “One of the most inspired and inspiring chunks of comedy produced all year.” – The Stranger / “Best Solo or Duo,” 2011 LA Comedy Festival
Nick Stargu is DJ REAL, a San Francisco-based musical/comedy performer who writes songs about David Copperfield, and evil paper bags. His shows include all original songs, complete with costume changes, bad dance moves, and interactive multimedia, He has performed in the San Francisco Sketch Festivals (2008 – 2010), the NoisePop ‘11 festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festivals 2011 and 2012. He was also part of the successful alternative comedy showcase, Things We Made, in San Francisco. “…DJ REAL was a very strange, and strangely wonderful combination of lo-fi recording artist and Andy Kaufman comedian…” – SF Weekly
The Dress Up Gang is a sketch comedy group featuring the comedic talents of Cory Loykasek, Donny Divanian, and various other non-paid actors. Both funny stand-ups in their own right, Cory and Donny crossed paths in San Francisco in 2009 and quickly discovered their mutual love of dressing up. Soon they began filming sketches with the help of their friend Robb Boardman. The famously hard to please SF blog Uptown Almanac has said The Dress Up Gang is “worth checking out.” This is their third year appearing in Sketchfest.
Yogi Paliwal started comedy in 2008 at the young age of 18. He left stand up to pursue love and education, but when those roads closed he decided to focus more on standup comedy. In his few years in the Seattle comedy scene he has performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival, a finalist in the 96.5 Make Jack Laugh comedy competition and he made it to the Seattle NBC Standup for Diversity Showcase. Carl Warmenhoven the manager of the Comedy Underground has said, “He has a youthness about him.” If you were to ask Yogi how he would describe his comedy he would say it’s “Intellectual absurdity.” If you asked him what that means he would say, “My material isn’t smart, but you need to be smart to see how stupid the joke is.”
Thursday, February 7th, 10pm, The Dark Room