Thank you to all the performers, audiences, staff, sponsors and volunteers who made the 13th Annual SF Sketchfest a success! Stay tuned for a great photo gallery from the various shows throughout the festival, as well as more fun events throughout the year!
Julie Brown, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tom Kenny and Dan Spencer onstage at Cobb’s Comedy Club for “Shakes the Clown” Live, 2/9/14. Photo by Dan Dion.
Bobcat Goldthwait and original cast members Julie Brown, Tom Kenny, Florence Henderson and Dan Spencer joined a fantastic comedic ensemble (including Laraine Newman, Kevin Pollak, Rick Overton and many more) at the live reading of Goldthwait’s cult classic comedy “Shakes The Clown” on the closing day of the 13th Annual SF Sketchfest. Bobcat was overwhelmed by the enormous response from the packed crowd, and added an impromptu Q&A at the end of the program.
If you haven’t gotten to participate in SF Sketchfest yet or want to weather the rainy day by squeezing in one more show, here’s a staff pick to help you choose from the final Sunday’s schedule
Meet Sarah Crisman Richards, SF Sketchfest Festival Assistant and “gal Friday.” She lives in the East Bay, where she spends time playfully documenting revolution through storytelling and conversation. She is also corresponding for Laughspin from this year’s festival. She shares, “SFSF is my dream job!”
# of SF Sketchfests you’ve worked: Two
Show you’re most excited for this year: Salute to Coyle and Sharp!
Why: They are the quintessential San Francisco reflection of intelligent absurdity. SF Sketchfest and Jesse Thorn is wise to bring this morsel of comedy history to light. My nerd heart could just pop.
Favorite SF Sketchfest memory: Making my heroes laugh.
Favorite venue in SF: The Punchline for coziness and The Castro for dazzle.
Larry B. Scott, Chris Hardwick, Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Brian Tochi, Curtis Armstrong and Julia Montgomery backstage at the Castro Theatre for the Revenge of the Nerds 30th Anniversary celebration, 2/8/14. Photo by Jakub Mosur.
SF Sketchfest celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the 80s campus cult comedy “Revenge of the Nerds” by reuniting seven original cast members – Curtis Armstrong (“Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson”), Timothy Busfield (“Arnold Poindexter”), Robert Carradine (“Lewis Skolnick”), Brian Tochi (“Toshiro Takashi”), Andrew Cassese (“Harold Wormser”), Larry B. Scott (“Lamar Latrell”) and Julia Montgomery (“Betty Childs”). The spirited conversation, led by The Nerdist Podcast and Nerds-afficionado Chris Hardwick, included lots of hilarious tidbits chronicling their casting, deleted sequences (a whole trip to Vegas was axed from the film) and the sound used to make Booger’s tremendous belches (it involves a camel — we’ll say no more). A standing ovation and a chant of “NERDS! NERDS! NERDS!” rang out as they took the stage, and as the exited before a screening of beloved film.
Michael Hitchcock, John Michael Higgins, Rachel Dratch and Ian Brennan form a kickline in Theme Park Improv at the Brava Theater, 2/7/14. Photo by Tommy Lau.
Theme Park — consisting of Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), John Michael Higgins (“A Mighty Wind”), Michael Hitchcock (“Best in Show”), Jessica Makinson (“Halfway Home”), and SF Sketchfest co-founders Cole Stratton and Janet Varney — took to the Brava Theatre stage for two sets of lively improvisation. Aided by stories from guest monologist Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”), their free-flowing bits included a Carnegie-Hall ghost, Aquaman and his unusual talents, a militaristic first grade class, low-stakes prank shows, and (as seen here) a band of misfits somehow initiated into the Rockettes.