Calendar of Events

DJ Douggpound’s Drop Down

February 9, 2013


DJ Douggpound’s Drop Down
with DJ DouggpoundMoshe KasherCasey LeyArden Myrin, Kevin O’Shea and April Richardson

It’s a night of stand-up with DJ Douggpound and friends…with a little bit of remix thrown in…

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 8pm, The Dark Room
$15
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Due to inclement weather in New York, Guy Branum is unable to travel to San Francisco and his Talk Show The Game Show has been canceled. Tickets for Branum’s show will be honored for this show. Contact Ticket Web for a refund.

Time: February 9, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: The Dark Room
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $15

The SF Sketchfest Dozen: April Richardson & Duncan Trussell


The SF Sketchfest Dozen:
April Richardson & Duncan Trussell
hosted by Red Scott

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, Michelle Buteau, Erin Foley, Chris Gethard, Hari Kondabolu, Jamie Lee, Joe Mande, Jonah Ray, April Richardson, Dan St. Germain, Duncan Trussell and Glenn Wool, for our third edition!

Hey! I’m April Richardson — I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and now reside in Los Angeles. I really, really enjoy performing stand-up comedy and have done so at places like Comedy Death-Ray, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, and more fancy names that may (or may not?) impress you. (I also made Glenn Danzig laugh once — true story — so I’M LEGIT.) I’ve written things for MTV and been published in various magazines and books (remember those?), so that’s pretty cool, right? I spend my days working on E!’s hit show Chelsea Lately, and my nights watching Food Network.

Duncan Trussell is a writer, actor, and stand up comedian. His television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO’s Funny or Die, MADtv and Fuel TV’s Stupidface.  In 2010, Duncan starred in the popular segment Drunk History: Nicola Tesla from Funny Or Die Presents (HBO/Funny or Die). His recent writing credits include Nick Swardson’s Pretent Time Seasons 1 & 2 (Comedy Central/Happy Madison) and La La Land (Showtime).  He just finished Thunderbrain a Pilot presentation for Comedy Central and is currently working with Shadow Machine and Tom Gianis on an animated pilot for Comedy Central. As a standup comedian, Duncan performed at the Montreal 2009 Just For Laughs Festival, and regularly performs at premiere comedy venues around the country. He can be seen regularly be regularly seen at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Duncan also produces and performs in Comedy Is Dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which has become one of LA’s most prestigious alternative comedy shows. Duncan is a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s podcastThe Joe Rogan Experience (www.joerogan.net), and hosts his own podcast The Lavender Hour with Natasha Leggero.

When not on stage, Red Scott explores the myriad of ways an individual can be indoors and fully protected from the Sun. He beat out 146 comics to win the 2010 Rooster T Feathers Comedy Competition. He performed at 2011 SF Sketchfest. His podcast discussing Game of Thrones, “Boars, Gore, and Swords” has twice been featured on the website BoingBoing. He performs all over the Bay Area, and is a regular at The San Francisco Punch Line, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, The San Jose Improv, and Rooster T Feathers, as well as the usual black box theaters and laundromats.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 7pm, Punch Line Comedy Club
$20
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Due to inclement weather in New York, Janine Brito is unable to travel to San Francisco and will not be appearing on the show as previously announced. April Richardson has been added.

Time: February 9, 2013 7:00 pm
Venue: The Punch Line
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

The Benson Interruption: Twilight


The Benson Movie Interruption
Twilight

with Doug Benson and guests Greg Behrendt, Michael Ian Black, Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt

Wanna watch a “classic” movie while Doug Benson and his surprise comedian guests sit in the front row and crack wise throughout? Now’s your chance! At Doug’s favorite time of day. (Wink.). Today’s selection: Twilight is the teen-angst vampire saga starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson that started it all. Joining Doug is a true all-star roster of guests — Greg Behrendt (Walking the Room), Michael Ian Black (The State), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Patton Oswalt (Young Adult).

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 4:20pm, Castro Theatre
$20
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Time: February 9, 2013 4:20 pm
Venue: The Castro Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Talkin Walkin with Kevin Pollak


Talkin Walkin with Kevin Pollak
and special guests Simon Helberg and Joe Lo Truglio

Welcome, friends, to a weekly comedy podcast with me, Kevin Pollak, speaking only as Christopher Walken while discussing life and the cornucopia of crap that fills it. Joining me each show is a comedian and/or actor friend. Please participate in this new venture by checking out the few pages we have up here. It’s all new and happening fast since I decided to just jump in, so make suggestions, write to us with your thoughts. “Ya know, get funky with us!” I’d love to have you involved in any way you choose, so please don’t hesitate. Hope you enjoy the nonsense. If you dig it, write a lovely review on the iTunes, for crying out loud. If you don’t, shut the hell up, nobody cares what you think cause you smell…

Yours Forever -- Kevin

Joining Kevin for this live Talkin Walkin is The Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg and The State’s Joe Lo Truglio!

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 4pm, Punch Line Comedy Club (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME)
$20
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Time: February 9, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: The Punch Line
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Party Down with Party Down


Party Down with Party Down
with Lizzy CaplanRyan HansenKen MarinoAdam Scott and Martin Starr

It’s time to Party Down with Party Down! The much loved yet canceled-too-soon series, which ran on STARZ for two seasons, follows a group of struggling actors working as caterers in Los Angeles.  Cast members Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen and Martin Starr will take to the Cobb’s stage for a spirited discussion about the series.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 4pm, Cobb’s Comedy Club
$20
SOLD OUT 

Time: February 9, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: Cobb's Comedy Club
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo


Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
with Pat Francis and Matt Belknap

Making its fifth appearance at Sketchfest, it’s safe to say NEVER NOT FUNNY is a fest favorite! Started in 2006 and now in its 12th season, NNF is not unlike eavesdropping on a conversation at a party.

Every week Jimmy Pardo along with producer Matt Belknap welcomes a guest from the world of entertainment and without the restraints of publicists and TV cameras, the conversation can go anywhere… and usually does.

Recent guests include Conan O’Brien, Jon Hamm, Ty Burrell, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman and Richard Lewis.

The SF Sketchfest show will feature Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap and show favorite Pat Francis.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 4pm, Eureka Theatre
$20
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Time: February 9, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: The Eureka Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

The Naked Gun 25th Anniversary Screening


The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
25th Anniversary Screening
with David ZuckerPat Proft and Priscilla Presley
and moderator Andy Richter

It’s the 25th Anniversary of the funniest police procedural parody of all time! Based on the short-lived but beloved television series Police Squad!, the film was the first of a highly successful trilogy. Detective Lieutenant Frank Drebin, played by master deadpan comic actor Leslie Nielsen, tries to uncover a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II, all while falling in love with the alluring Jane Spencer, played by the talented and funny Priscilla Presley. Director and co-screenwriter David Zucker (Airplane!; Kentucky Fried Movie), co-screenwriter Pat Proft (Police Academy; Hot Shots!) and entertainment icon Priscilla Presley will sit down with moderator Andy Richter (Conan) for an in-depth look behind the scenes of this comedy classic.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 1pm, Castro Theatre
$20
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Co-presented by San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Time: February 9, 2013 1:00 pm
Venue: The Castro Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Eugene Pack’s “The Whisper”


Eugene Pack‘s “The Whisper”
A New Comedic Play Reading with Roger Bart, Jennifer CoolidgeJaneane Garofalo, Arden Myrin and Dayle Reyfel

“THE WHISPER” …one wild ’girls night out’ weekend in 90 minutes.

A live staged reading of Eugene Pack’s new comedy …catch this special sneak preview before the New York engagement! The cast includes Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives), Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show), Janeane Garofalo (The Ben Stiller Show), Arden Myrin (MADtv) and Dayle Reyfel (Drama Desk award winner, Celebrity Autobiography).

Eugene Pack is an Emmy award nominated writer and a Drama Desk winner. The LA Times calls him a “prodigiously gifted storyteller.”

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 1pm, Eureka Theatre
$20
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Due to inclement weather in New York, Rachel Dratch’s flight was rescheduled to a later time and she won’t be able to appear on this show as originally announced. Arden Myrin has replaced her. 

Time: February 9, 2013 1:00 pm
Venue: The Eureka Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Fancy Meeting You Here


Fancy Meeting You Here
A Comedic Walking Tour with Dave HillCarl Arnheiter & Friends

Fresh from an 18-month run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum and National Gallery in London, Fancy Meeting You Here is a roving comedy show that takes audiences on a tour of cultural landmarks. No painting is too abstract, no art too modern, no study of the human form overlooked.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Saturday, February 9th, 11am, Asian Art Museum
$15
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Time: February 9, 2013 11:00 am
Venue: Asian Art Museum
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $15

Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum are Princess

February 8, 2013


Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum are Princess: An Evening of the Music of Prince

Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum are in a band called Princess and, yes, they are a Prince cover band. When They performed “Darling Nikki” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently, Gawkercalled it “ingenious” and “the best thing on TV.” Don’t miss Princess’s Bay Area debut!

Maya Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where she was one of the show’s regular players for over seven years. On the small screen, she stars as ‘Ava’ on the NBC comedy Up All Night opposite Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Rudolph is currently in production on Grown Ups 2, reuniting with cast-mates Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade. Sony will release the sequel July 12, 2013. She’ll soon begin filming The Way, Way Back, the upcoming directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Rudolph recently starred in Paul Feig’s comedy Bridesmaids, which has grossed over $169 million at the domestic box office and garnered numerous accolades since it opened May 13, 2011. Rudolph has lent her voice to such films as Zookeeper and Shrek The Third, and has appeared inGrown Ups, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, Peter Segal’s 50 First Dates, Miguel Arteta’s Chuck & Buck. Rudolph most recently appeared in Friends With Kids, directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. In 2009, she earned rave reviews for her performance opposite John Krasinski in the comedic and heartfelt film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.

Gretchen Lieberum, a Los Angeles-based vocalist & songwriter, was raised in Berkeley, CA, where her passion for writing and performing developed within the Bay Area music scene. After fronting a funk band for several years, Gretchen release her first solo album, Three AM, in 1998, which was followed several years later by Brand New Morning, both produced by acclaimed musician and producer Greg Poree (Stevie Wonder, Cassandra Wilson). Brand New Morning was distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment (Warner Brothers) and several tracks from the album got placement in film and television. Her next album, Siren Songs, was produced by John Gold and Sam Music. The album was released independently in the U.S., and by Nomadic Records in the UK & Europe. Gretchen’s latest album, When This Kiss Is Over It Will Start Again, was produced by Gus Seyffert, and featured a lineup of stellar musicians, including Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Joey Waronker (Elliott Smith, R.E.M.) and Petra Haden.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8, 10:30pm, Yoshi’s SF
$35
SOLD OUT! 

Time: February 8, 2013 10:30 pm
Venue: Yoshi's San Francisco
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $35

Team Coco Live with Andy Richter


Team Coco Live with Andy Richter
with Josh ComersAndres du Bouchet, Ian EdwardsLaurie Kilmartin, Hari KondaboluJesse Popp and Rory Scovel

Join Andy Richter and writers and comedians from Conan O’Brien’s late night show for a hilarious evening of stand-up and other typical CONAN-flavored weirdness featuring performances by Andy Richter, writers Andres du Bouchet, Laurie Kilmartin, Jesse Popp and Josh Comers, as well as Ian Edwards, Hari Kondabolu and Rory Scovel.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 10:30pm, Cobb’s Comedy Club
$25
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Time: February 8, 2013 10:30 pm
Venue: Cobb's Comedy Club
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $25

Uptown Showdown Debate


Uptown Showdown Debate:
The Eighties vs. The Nineties

with Maria BamfordMichael Ian BlackJaneane GarofaloDave HillArden MyrinMichael Showalter and moderator Gabe Liedman

In Uptown Showdown, a unique and quirky spin-off on school debate events, two teams of comedians will square off to argue which is better, The Eighties vs. The Nineties. Debaters Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill, Arden Myrin, Michael Showalter and moderator Gabe Liedman will go head-to-head to tackle what is clearly one of the most important issues of our time, and you the audience will decide the winner!

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8, 10:30pm, Verdi Club, 21+
$25
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Time: February 8, 2013 10:30 pm
Venue: The Verdi Club
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $25

Crash Test with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer


Crash Test with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer
with Greg Behrendt, Jamie Lee and Natasha Leggero

Watch Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer of Human Giant get together with some friends to do whatever they want. This show is totally experimental and the format constantly changes — you’ll never know what you’ll get from improv, to standup, special screenings, and one night only event shows. Basically, Rob and Paul have an hour or so and they want you to come to it.

“Uniquely unpredictable and a guaranteed giggle.” -LA Weekly

“Extremely funny show. Several thumbs up.” -Los Angeles Magazine

“Sketch comedy doesn’t get much funnier.” -Metromix

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 10:30pm, Eureka Theatre
$25
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Due to a change in their shooting schedules, Jenny Slate and Chelsea Peretti will no longer be appearing as previously announced. Jamie Lee has been added to the show.

Time: February 8, 2013 10:30 pm
Venue: The Eureka Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $25

The SF Sketchfest Dozen: April Richardson & Duncan Trussell


The SF Sketchfest Dozen:
April RichardsonDuncan Trussell
hosted by Red Scott

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, Michelle Buteau, Erin Foley, Chris Gethard, Hari Kondabolu, Jamie Lee, Joe Mande, Jonah Ray, April Richardson, Dan St. Germain, Duncan Trussell and Glenn Wool, for our third edition!

Hey! I’m April Richardson — I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and now reside in Los Angeles. I really, really enjoy performing stand-up comedy and have done so at places like Comedy Death-Ray, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, and more fancy names that may (or may not?) impress you. (I also made Glenn Danzig laugh once — true story — so I’M LEGIT.) I’ve written things for MTV and been published in various magazines and books (remember those?), so that’s pretty cool, right? I spend my days working on E!’s hit showChelsea Lately, and my nights watching Food Network.

Duncan Trussell is a writer, actor, and stand up comedian. His television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO’s Funny or Die, MADtv and Fuel TV’s Stupidface.  In 2010, Duncan starred in the popular segment Drunk History: Nicola Tesla from Funny Or Die Presents (HBO/Funny or Die). His recent writing credits include Nick Swardson’s Pretent Time Seasons 1 & 2 (Comedy Central/Happy Madison) and La La Land (Showtime).  He just finished Thunderbrain a Pilot presentation for Comedy Central and is currently working with Shadow Machine and Tom Gianis on an animated pilot for Comedy Central. As a standup comedian, Duncan performed at the Montreal 2009 Just For Laughs Festival, and regularly performs at premiere comedy venues around the country. He can be seen regularly be regularly seen at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Duncan also produces and performs in Comedy Is Dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which has become one of LA’s most prestigious alternative comedy shows. Duncan is a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s podcastThe Joe Rogan Experience (www.joerogan.net), and hosts his own podcast The Lavender Hour with Natasha Leggero.

When not on stage, Red Scott explores the myriad of ways an individual can be indoors and fully protected from the Sun. He beat out 146 comics to win the 2010 Rooster T Feathers Comedy Competition. He performed at 2011 SF Sketchfest. His podcast discussing Game of Thrones, “Boars, Gore, and Swords” has twice been featured on the website BoingBoing. He performs all over the Bay Area, and is a regular at The San Francisco Punch Line, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, The San Jose Improv, and Rooster T Feathers, as well as the usual black box theaters and laundromats.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 10:15pm, Punch Line Comedy Club
$20
BUY TICKETS 

Due to inclement weather in New York, Janine Brito is unable to travel to San Francisco and will not be appearing on the show as previously announced. April Richardson has been added.

Time: February 8, 2013 10:15 pm
Venue: The Punch Line
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

SF Sketchfest in the Mission


SF Sketchfest in the Mission:
Don’t Watch This Show LiveThe Fringe RidersHip.Bang! and host Tom Henry

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!

Don’t Watch This Show LIVE! is a collective of stand up comedians doing something different in comedy. They perform sketches, shoot comedy videos, shorts, and perform stand up and improv. DWTSL! is the only full show doing this type of production in San Francisco mostly because we are better than everyone else and more funny and beautiful and God knows we deserve more attention than we are getting and anyone who thinks otherwise is a Redcoat. #noswag

The Fringe Riders are a popular Los Angeles based absurdist cowboy comedy trio. They tell tall tales, sing, and dance as Mustang, Birdman, and Papa D, three legends of the West. Every month they host Stampede! a wild-west comedy revue which features some of the nation’s top comics. The Fringe Riders have also performed on some LA’s most popular comedy shows and venues. The Fringe Riders are Dan Gill, Colin McCormick, and David Venhuizen.

Hip.Bang!’s absurd, playful scene work has delighted audiences at comedy festivals around the world including Chicago, New York, Edmonton, and Philadelphia. They are two-time winners of the Victoria Fringe’s Pick of the Fringe award (2011, 2012) and were selected as the 2011 Vancouver International Improv Festival’s Best of the Fest (Runner’s Up). While exploring real emotions and honest situations, Tom and Devin simultaneously allow their scenes to be as ridiculous as they are hilarious. “This is world-class improv, worthy to compete with some of the best that New York City has to offer.” –Curtain Up, New York City / “Two hilariously charming guys,” –Monday Mag, Victoria / “[A] hysterical, surprisingly sweet and totally engrossing Improv comedy show.” – NYTheatre.com

Tom Henry is a comedian and writer from Toronto. He performs regularly as part of the acclaimed collective Laugh Sabbath, and has appeared at festivals such as NXNE, The Toronto Fringe Festival and recently on Andy Kindler’s Alternative show at Just For Laughs. He co-wrote and starred in the comedy video Hello, What? which screened at the Calgary International Film Festival, and the CFC’s World Of Shorts film festival, as well as being a featured video on Funny Or Die. In 2012 he was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up Newcomer.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 10pm, The Dark Room
$15
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Time: February 8, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: The Dark Room
Address:
san Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $15

Be Kind Rewind


Be Kind Rewind
with Jen D’AngeloDonny DivanianMiles K,  Stroy Moyd and Matt O’Brien
Hosted by Jules Posner

It’s a Stand-Up Show – in the basement of a Video Store! Join a plethora of great comics every Friday night at 10pm during the fest for a night of laughs  — with no late fees!

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 10pm at Cinecave at Lost Weekend, 21+
$10
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Time: February 8, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: Cinecave at Lost Weekend
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $10

An Evening with Pootie: Pootie Tang with Lance Crouther


An Evening with Pootie
Pootie Tang

with special guest Lance Crouther

Are you ready to sine your pitty on the runny kine? Join “Pootie Tang” himself, actor Lance Crouther, who will introduce the film IN CHARACTER and then return for a Q&A as himself. Bata shane, my dillie? Capachow. Cole me down on the panny sty. What’s the Dabble Dee? Sa Da Tay? Wa Da Tah!

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 10pm, Castro Theatre
$20
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Co-presented by San Francisco Film Society
Time: February 8, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: The Castro Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs


SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs
A play written by and starring Joe Lo TruglioMichael Showalter and David Wain with Shari AlbertIan HelferNina Hellman, Rob HuebelPeter Salett and Jeremy Shamos

Three of the co-founders of the wildly popular sketch group The State, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter and David Wain, will present and star in a loose and fun production of their 1998 play SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs, along with fellow original cast members Shari Albert, Ian Helfer, Nina Hellman, Peter Sallett, and special guests Rob Huebel and Jeremy Shamos. The play, about which the Wilmington Star-News said, “…is utterly ridiculous, completely stupid and thoroughly absurd. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time,” will have one performance only.
PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, Marines’ Memorial Theatre
$30
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Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Marines' Memorial Theater
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $30

Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum are Princess


Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum are Princess: An Evening of the Music of Prince

Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum are in a band called Princess and, yes, they are a Prince cover band. When They performed “Darling Nikki” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently, Gawkercalled it “ingenious” and “the best thing on TV.” Don’t miss Princess’s Bay Area debut!

Maya Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where she was one of the show’s regular players for over seven years. On the small screen, she stars as ‘Ava’ on the NBC comedy Up All Night opposite Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Rudolph is currently in production on Grown Ups 2, reuniting with cast-mates Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade. Sony will release the sequel July 12, 2013. She’ll soon begin filming The Way, Way Back, the upcoming directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Rudolph recently starred in Paul Feig’s comedy Bridesmaids, which has grossed over $169 million at the domestic box office and garnered numerous accolades since it opened May 13, 2011. Rudolph has lent her voice to such films as Zookeeper and Shrek The Third, and has appeared inGrown Ups, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, Peter Segal’s 50 First Dates, Miguel Arteta’s Chuck & Buck. Rudolph most recently appeared in Friends With Kids, directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. In 2009, she earned rave reviews for her performance opposite John Krasinski in the comedic and heartfelt film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.

Gretchen Lieberum, a Los Angeles-based vocalist & songwriter, was raised in Berkeley, CA, where her passion for writing and performing developed within the Bay Area music scene. After fronting a funk band for several years, Gretchen release her first solo album, Three AM, in 1998, which was followed several years later by Brand New Morning, both produced by acclaimed musician and producer Greg Poree (Stevie Wonder, Cassandra Wilson). Brand New Morning was distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment (Warner Brothers) and several tracks from the album got placement in film and television. Her next album, Siren Songs, was produced by John Gold and Sam Music. The album was released independently in the U.S., and by Nomadic Records in the UK & Europe. Gretchen’s latest album, When This Kiss Is Over It Will Start Again, was produced by Gus Seyffert, and featured a lineup of stellar musicians, including Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Joey Waronker (Elliott Smith, R.E.M.) and Petra Haden.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8, 8pm, Yoshi’s SF
$35
SOLD OUT!

Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Yoshi's San Francisco
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $35

Bestie x Bestie with Gabe Liedman


Bestie x Bestie with Gabe Liedman
with Maria BamfordGreg Behrendt, Andres du BouchetJaneane Garofalo, and Rory Scovel

Gabe & Jenny are Besties. Best friends. Except Jenny can’t come anymore. But that won’t stop Gabe from hosting the best darn comedy variety show ever! Come, enjoy yourself! Featuring Greg Behrendt (Bring the Rock), Andres du Bouchet (CONAN), Janeane Garafalo (The Ben Stiller Show),  Rory Scovel (CONAN) and Maria Bamford (Comedians of Comedy).

About your host: Gabe Liedman has appeared on VH1, the Onion News Network, and This American Life. He recently wrote for Billy on the Street and Inside Amy Schumer  and released his first comedy album, “Hiyeeeeeee!!!” in September.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, Cobb’s Comedy Club
$25
BUY TICKETS 

Co-presented by San Francisco Comedy Day

Due to a change in their shooting schedules, Jenny Slate and Chelsea Peretti will no longer be appearing as previously announced. Andres du Bouchet has been added to the show.

Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Cobb's Comedy Club
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $25

Porchlight, a Storytelling Series


Porchlight, a Storytelling Series
with Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte
and guests Alan Black, Scott CapurroDave Hill,  Michael Ian BlackApril Richardson and more

For the past ten years, Porchlight has been San Francisco’s premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area’s most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, Verdi Club, 21+
$20
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Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: The Verdi Club
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Write Now with Jimmy Pardo


Write Now with Jimmy Pardo
with Josh ComersLaurie KilmartinDanielle Koenig, Gary Lucy and Red Scott

Tired of using his quick wit and crowd work skills to get laughs, Jimmy Pardo has hired a team of writers to park themselves on stage and pen material for him on the fly.

It’s a formula for comedy guaranteed to devolve into merciless roasting — either of the comic who last performed, or the writer who fed Jimmy a dud.

It is currently a hit show on Nerdist’s YouTube Channel.

The SF Sketchfest edition features Pardo with guests Josh Comers, Laurie Kilmartin, Danielle Koenig and Gary Lucy.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, Eureka Theatre
$20
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Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: The Eureka Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

The SF Sketchfest Dozen: Hari Kondabolu & Jamie Lee


The SF Sketchfest Dozen:
Hari Kondabolu & Jamie Lee
hosted by Jesse Elias

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.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, Punch Line Comedy Club
$20
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Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: The Punch Line
Address:
CA, United States
Cost: $20

SF Sketchfest in the Mission


SF Sketchfest in the Mission:
David Dineen-PorterEnd Games ImprovValley Meadows and host Sara Hennessey

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!

David Dineen-Porter is a stand-up and filmmaker from Toronto. He was featured on Andy Kindler’s Alternative Show at Just For Laughs, at NXNE and the Toronto and Montreal Sketch Fests. He worked with PFFR, contributing to Adult Swim’s Xavier: Renegade Angel. Best known for his comedy shortL’Brondelle’s Universe, his work has been featured on Funny or Die and at the Worldwide Short Film Festival. He was a finalist in the national Laugh Out Loud Competition on CBC. He currently appears on Discovery Channel’s Prank Science, performs with acclaimed collective Laugh Sabbath, and co-hosts Don’t Get Bored Of Us And Leave.

EndGames Improv brings you San Francisco’s hottest improv show: “Your F!#&ed Up Relationship” – an entirely improvised comedy inspired by your ridiculous, REAL relationships.  We’ve all had at LEAST one.  You tell us your amazing stories, we show you ours. You laugh, we laugh, we all hook up at the end. EndGames is an SF-based improv theater and school.  We produce six shows weekly at StageWerx in the Mission District, including “Harold Night”, the return of our run-away hit “Confessions”, and, as always, “Your F@#$ed-Up Relationship”.  Check out our shows and classes at endgamesimprov.com.

Valley Meadows is the duo of Gary Schishynszenski (Chris Knutson) and MC Tom Johnson (Zach Coulter). The pair combine hilarious lyrics and high-energy stage antics with the bangin’-est beats to blow minds throughout the land. Where Bob and Doug MacKenzie meet Tenacious D, Valley Meadows emerges, fly enough to score in loafers and man enough to croon ballads about the rain. They recently released their debut, self-titled album on Stand Up! Records. Knutson is the winner of Acme Comedy Company’s 2010 Funniest Person Contest and Coulter is the winner of the 2011 ABSOLUT Funniest Comedian Contest. www.therealvalleymeadows.com

Sara Hennessey is a Toronto based stand up! STAR of Fuse TV & Much Music’s Video on Trial, Sara has performed with comedy heavyweights Maria Bamford & Andy Kindler. Sara has been featured in such festivals as JFL42, NXNE, Boston Comedy Festival, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, and currently here at the San Francisco Sketchfest! Sara appeared on The Jon Dore Television Show, contributes to Huffington Post Canada, and to CBC Radio. Her solo FRINGE FESTIVAL shows, ‘Sara Hennessey Time’, & ‘Sara Hennessey Town’ both received 4 Star reviews and PATRON’S PICK. Be sure to check out her Canadian Comedy Award nominated web-series ‘GOODBYE SARA HENNESSEY’ on your computing machines.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, The Dark Room
$15
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Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: The Dark Room
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $15

Hand to Mouth


Hand to Mouth
with Scott CapurroCaitlin GillLevi MacDougallVance Sanders and hosts James Fluty and Trevor Hill

Hand to Mouth is a wholly unique show that asks comedians to write and perform all new material on a specific social, cultural or political issue. One show, one topic. Comics James Fluty and Trevor Hill assemble the brightest comedians in San Francisco and beyond to find the funny in weighty topics such as commercialism, conspiracy theories and class warfare. Performers include up-and-comers alongside veteran comics who have appeared on NBC, MTV and Comedy Central.Hand to Mouth uses a mixture of stand-up, debate, earnest opinion, activism and multimedia presentations in order to provide the audience with not only laughs, but a sense of edification.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, Cinecave at Lost Weekend, 21+
$10
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Time: February 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Cinecave at Lost Weekend
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $10

Welcome to the Dollhouse: The Peaches Christ Experience


Welcome to the Dollhouse: The Peaches Christ Experience
with special guest Heather Matarazzo

SF Sketchfest and Peaches Christ Productions once again join forces to bring a unique film celebration to the Castro. Todd Solondz’s darkly hysterical film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, follows eleven-year-old Dawn Wiener, a middle child in middle school in the middle of New Jersey. Sometimes hated, often reviled, seldom understood, Dawn tries in vain to put on a happy face as she struggles through the onset of what looks to be a long puberty. The Peaches pre-show will feature musical numbers and other surprises and a special onstage conversation with the star of the film, “Dawn Wiener” herself, Heather Matarazzo.
PERFORMANCE INFO:
Friday, February 8, 7pm, Castro Theatre
$20
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Co-presented by Midnight Mass
Time: February 8, 2013 7:00 pm
Venue: The Castro Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

SF Sketchfest in the Mission

February 7, 2013


SF Sketchfest in the Mission:
CharlesDJ RealThe Dress-Up Gang and host Yogi Paliwal

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.”

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Thursday, February 7th, 10pm, The Dark Room
$12
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Time: February 7, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: The Dark Room
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $12

Jeff Garlin’s Combo Platter


Jeff Garlin’s Combo Platter
with Rob Corddry and Michael Ian Black

“It doesn’t get any better. This show is seriously phenomenal” — LAist

Jeff Garlin’s talent encompasses writing, producing, directing, acting and stand-up comedy. Garlin executive produces and co-stars as Larry David’s loyal manager Jeff Greene on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. In Combo Platter, Jeff and his immensely talented guests present an unpredictable and hilarious night of improvisational stories and monologues. Joining Jeff for the SF Sketchfest edition are Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) and Michael Ian Black (The State).

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Thursday, February 7th, 8pm, Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF
$30
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Due to a change in her shooting schedule, Jenny Slate will no longer be appearing as previously announced. Michael Ian Black has replaced her.

Time: February 7, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $30

SF Sketchfest Threesome: Ian Edwards, Dave Hill and Rory Scovel


SF Sketchfest Threesome:
Ian EdwardsDave Hill and Rory Scovel
hosted by Chris Gore

Ian Edwards is a British-born, Jamaican, NY raised, and now an LA-based
comedian and writer. After making a name on the highly competitive New York
comedy circuit, he made his British debut as part of Stand Up Black America
at the 1993 Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Back in the states he put in
appearances on TV on Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, Comic View, and
Comedy Central, before his clever writing landed him a move to Los Angeles
to become a writer on the The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show. Ian has gone on to
combine TV writing with a stand up career. He has written for Saturday Night
Live, My Wife and Kids, MTV’s The Lyricist Lounge Show, ESPN’s Mohr Sports,
the Cartoon Network’s Boondocks, among others. Recent television appearances
include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, The
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy, BBC’s The
World Stands Up and being a cast member of MTV’s Punk’d. He is also featured
on the Comedy Death-Ray album. Simply put, if you’re in the mood to laugh
at yourself… life… or this ridiculous world, go see an Ian Edwards show.


Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, musician, and actor living in New York City in an apartment he pays for with his own money.  Dave has starred in his own television show The King of Miami, which was cancelled.  He has also appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Cinemax, MTV, VH1, and some other channels.  In 2007, Variety Magazine named Dave one of their “10 Comics to Watch,” something he won’t shut up about.  Dave has written for the New York Times, Salon, and HuffPo and is also a contributor to NPR’s This American Life.  He has a rock band called Valley Lodge.  Dave has banged a lot of chicks.

Rory Scovel has been a favorite in the festival circuit, performing at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, Seattle Comedy Competition, Del Close Improv Marathon, Bumbershoot Festival, Sasquatch Music Festival and Chicago Improv Festival. In addition, he’s opened for some of the nation’s biggest headliners including Louis C.K., Daniel Tosh and Nick Swardson. He made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Rory was featured on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Showfor Comedy Central as well as Conan. He is also working on the Tom Arnold Sports Show for FOX Sports. “Every night he stepped onstage his set was remarkably different, thanks to Scovel’s near-genius improvisational skill.” –The Stranger (Seattle)

Chris Gore is a writer, filmmaker and a television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the film world. As a teenager, Chris founded the legendary Film Threat, which began as a fanzine. He is the author of several books including The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, The Complete DVD Book and The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made. In addition to being a noted speaker and author, he is the film expert on the G4TV’s Attack of the Show where his weekly movie review segment DVDuesday is among the most popular. Chris began his own independent filmmaking career with the cult short Red and co-wrote and produced the feature comedy My Big Fat Independent Movie. He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Independent Film by Film Festival Today magazine. Chris considers himself a movie geek who is lucky to have forged a career working as a full-fledged “Nerdlebrity.” He lives in Los Angeles.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Thursday, February 7th, 8pm, Cobb’s Comedy Club
$20
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Co-presented by San Francisco Comedy Day

Time: February 7, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Cobb's Comedy Club
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20

Walking the Room Podcast


Walking the Room with Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony
and guest Rory Scovel

Entering Greg’s well-appointed walk-in each week armed with nothing but a tape recorder and their endearingly curmudgeonly demeanors, comedians Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt work out their issues mano-a-mano for your entertainment. The result is a series of Walking The Room rants / podcasts that have gained quite a following on iTunes and internet, and praise from comedy elite like Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron. Join Dave and Greg for this live “podcuddle” on the Eureka Theater Stage.

www.walkingtheroom.com

PERFORMANCE INFO:

Thursday, February 7, 8pm, Eureka Theatre
$20
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Time: February 7, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: The Eureka Theatre
Address:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Cost: $20