SF Sketchfest presents a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise—names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. We’re proud to welcome Sara Benincasa, Janine Brito, Michelle Buteau, Erin Foley, Chris Gethard, Hari Kondabolu, Jamie Lee, Joe Mande, Jonah Ray, Dan St. Germain, Duncan Trussell and Glenn Wool, for our third edition!
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comic who has been described by Timeout NY as “smart, analytical and rising.” Hari’s half-hour Comedy Central Presents special debuted on the network in February 2011. He has performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He is also a writer for FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, where he appears as a correspondent. Additionally, Hari has established himself in the UK with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric and Channel 4’s 8 out 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. When in New York City, he works with his brother Ashok co-hosting the live, mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. Hari was born and raised in Queens, NY and graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. He also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008. His website is http://www.harikondabolu.com and you can find him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/harikondabolu
Named one of the “Top Five Comedians Who Should Be Movie Stars” by Nerve.com and one of the “Top 18 Women You Should Be Following On Twitter” by Huffington Post, Jamie Lee is an unstoppable force in the funny biz. Lee was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, co-hosted the first annual Critics Choice Awards for Vh1.com and continues to appear on Vh1 talking head shows such as Undateable andGreatest Songs of the 00s and MTV shows such as Money From Strangers and Epic Fail. Jamie’s stand up has appeared on TV Guide’s Stand Up In Stilettos, and most recently on TBS’s Conan. Most recently, Jamie wrote for the TBS pilot The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes. Her writing has been published in Life & Style Magazine and Marie Claire. Jamie previously wrote for Rob Dyrdek’s MTV series Ridiculousness. In addition, Lee maintains a hilarious blog called http://old-kids.com. Lee’s acting experience ranges from national commercials to video shorts for CollegeHumor.com. “Kid Farm,” a parody of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” that Lee created with Front Page Films, was featured on HuffingtonPost.com, ComedyCentral.com and BestWeekEver.tv – not to mention tweeted with praise by acclaimed screen writer Diablo Cody. It is now an original series on Comedy Central’s website CC Studios. When she’s in New York City, Lee produces and hosts a live monthly comedy show in the East Village to benefit local animal rescue shelters Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition and Social Tees Animal Rescue called “Diamonds in the Fluff.” For all things Jamie Lee, visit jamieleecomedy.com
Jesse Elias is a fresh, ripe, San Francisco-grown comic ready to be picked and enjoyed. Jesse Elias draws creative inspiration from music and literature of the 19th century and cartoons and candy of the 1990s. 2012 has been a fun year for Jesse Elias because he got to perform in festivals like SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown, 32nd Annual Comedy Day, and Outside Lands. Prior to that, Jesse Elias did a cool show called The Smug Shift which was apparently replayed on Sirius XM radio, but he never got to hear it because Jesse Elias doesn’t know anybody with a satellite radio. Prior to that, Jesse Elias competed and won in an SF comedy talent show where he reproduced another comedian’s vocal patterns on electric violin. Jesse Elias credits everything he knows about being funny to having studied the comedies of the ancient masters, Plautus and Terence. — E.K.
Saturday, February 9th, 9:15pm, Punch Line Comedy Club