This week, the founders of SF Sketchfest will be selecting some of their top choices for the week ahead. Next up is Cole Stratton.
Cole: “Ok, I admit it. I like sports. But even if you don’t, you’ll still get a kick out of the Sklarbro Country podcast, which is hosted by long-time fest performers Randy and Jason Sklar. It’s a hilarious podcast from Earwolf that features the brothers, long-time drop-in guest co-host Dan Van Kirk (who’s impressions, especially Mark Wahlberg, have been killing it on this and Doug Loves Movies) and a bevy of fun guest comedians and athletes. James Adomian, who is one of my favorite character comics and impressionists, is also on hand, as is Jon Daly, who you may remember as a Pittsburgh Pawn Star from Kroll’s Show, and Moshe Kasher, a former local who is also doing his Hound Tall podcast this weekend. It’s fast, it’s funny, and returning to the fest after being absent for a few years.
Greg Behrendt is a prince among humans — so giving, hilarious and kind, but also, he can shred on the guitar. One of our favorite shows to do at the festival, Bring the Rock features Behrendt and a kick-ass backing band ably assisting guest comics who tell a story and then cover a song related to it. This year’s lineup features Dana Gould (long-time Simpsons scribe and amazing stand-up comic), Andy Kindler (from Dr. Katz and Bob’s Burgers), Kate Micucci (one half of adorable comedic song duo Garfunkel & Oates), and some woman named Janet Varney, who’s bio on our site says something about voicing Korra on Nickelodeon and co-founding some San Francisco comedy festival.
I love stand-up comedy, but sometimes you need a really fun hook to set a show apart, and Picture This! has a doozy of one. While comics do their sets, animators draw behind them, projected onto a screen. It’s a fun melding of prepared material and impromptu artwork, with both stand-ups and sketchers feeding off of one another. It’s a pretty stacked line up of comics — The aforementioned Sklar Brothers, John Roberts (Bob’s Burgers), Jay Larson (from the great Crabfeast podcast, also at the fest), Amy Miller (who did great on the last season of Last Comic Standing, and memorably sparred with Norm MacDonald), Anna Seregina (ex-local from The Business, now an LA staple), and Bucky Sinister (Oakland’s own poet and stand-up and long time fest performer). And it’s hosted by Brandi Posey, a great comic and podcaster. It’s a really fun, unique night out.”