Don’t miss your chance to perform at the 13th Annual SF Sketchfest, slated for January 23 - February 14, 2014! The submission window will close after Tuesday, October 22nd, so get those applications in!
Update: The submission window is now closed. Thanks for all who applied — you will be contacted between November 15th and December 15th regarding your participation in the festival.
What’s So Funny? Tig Notaro on the Power of Humor with Janet Varney
Initially known for her wry observational humor, comedian Tig Notaro turned the breast cancer diagnosis she had just received into fodder for her live act. That set became instantly legendary and garnered Notaro a cult following. This candid conversation reveals her surprising sources of strength.
“In 27 years of doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night.” – Louis C.K.
Friday, November 1st, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Standard $25/Premium $35 (JCCSF Members get 10% off)
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill Presents are excited to announce an eclectic lineup for the comedy and variety tent known as The Barbary, which is again co-curated by SF Sketchfest. Named in honor of San Francisco’s infamous Barbary Coast district and residing in the world-famous Victoria Spiegeltent on loan from Belgium, The Barbary is a turn of the century “magic-mirror tent,” with walls made of oak-framed mirrors and ceiling adorned in stained glass, providing the perfect setting for a true post-modern vaudevillian mix of stand-up, sketch comedy, music and more.
The Barbary will be headlined by Jeffrey Ross, Craig Robinson, and Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman. Rob Huebel and Wyatt Cenac. The Roastmaster General, Jeffrey Ross, will set his sites on our native town for two shows as Jeffrey Ross Roasts San Francisco. Called “an heir apparent to such old-school masters as Buddy Hackett and Rodney Dangerfield” by the New York Times, Jeffrey Ross is feared and revered for his appearances at celebrity roasts.
Craig Robinson, perhaps best known for his award-nominated role as “Darryl Philbin” on The Office and for the films Hot Tub Time Machine and This Is the End, flexes considerable musical talent by bringing his keyboard to accompany his extraordinary material, delivery, and commanding stage presence for two shows in the tent.
Maria Bamford, about whom Judd Apatow told the Los Angeles Times is “hysterically funny,” can currently be seen on the new season of Arrested Development and performing in her living room for her parents on the Chill.com direct-to-fans event, Maria Bamford: The special special special!
Eugene Mirman, known for Delocated and Bob’s Burgers, was named one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine and is the co-founder of the hugely popular Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival.
Rob Huebel, scene-stealer from Childrens Hospital, Human Giant and much more, brings his experimental variety show Crash Test for two shows, where he and his friends will do pretty much whatever they want.
Wyatt Cenac, best known as a fan-favorite correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, brings his new Brooklyn-based variety show Night Train to the tent for two shows with separate lineups.
The weekend also features appearances by Bruce McCulloch, Natasha Leggero, Matt Braunger, Morgan Murphy, Nick Thune, Joe Mande, Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments, Dave Hill, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook, Moshe Kasher, Ari Shaffir, Emily Heller, Kate Berlant, Jesse Elias, Thao Nguyen and Singin’ & Pingin’: DJ Purple + American Tripps Present Berlin-Style Ping Pong + Dance Karaoke Party!
Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2013 Golden Gate Park
SF Sketchfest is proud to present two great events at the Castro Theatre in October!
Cinematic Titanic: The Farewell Tour with Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein from Mystery Science Theater 3000 with special guest Dave “Gruber” Allen live riffing The Doll Squad and The Astral Factor
Cinematic Titanic, the feature-length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, returns to the Castro Theatre one last time before retiring from touring to roast two absolutely terrible cinematic duds!
First up is 1973’s The Doll Squad, a super low budget Z-movie forced upon the public by director/editor/writer/producer Ted V. Mikels. Anthony “Hawaiian Eye” Eisley “stars” as CIA operative Connolly, who assigns uber-sexy operative Sabrina Kincaid (Francine York, far away from the Jerry Lewis films she often appeared in) to corral a bevy of shapely female assassins to try and stop a madman from destroying the world with a rat-transmitted plague virus. Before there was Charlie’s Angels…there was The Doll Squad! And before that, Citizen Kane. But enjoy the cleavage-filled jumpsuits!
Top off the evening with 1976’s The Astral Factor, aka The Invisible Strangler, which follows a convicted strangler who learns to turn himself invisible in jail (why not?) and, after escaping, stalks and tries to kill the five women who testified against him at his trial. Hot on his invisible trail is a police lieutenant (Robert Foxworth, gleefully cashing a pay check) who hopes to stop the paranormal sicko before he can complete his mission. Also starring Hart to Hart’s Stephanie Powers, who should have had a heart to heart with her agent before signing on to this mess.
Saturday, October 19th, The Castro Theatre
The Doll Squad (7pm): $35 BUY TICKETS
The Astral Factor (9:30pm): $35 BUY TICKETS
Special Double Feature Ticket (both films, discounted price, limited availability): $60 BUY TICKETS
The Monster Squad 25th Anniversary Screening, Conversation and Q&A with writer/director Fred Dekker and cast members Andre Gower (Sean), Ryan Lambert (Rudy) and Ashley Bank (Phoebe)
It’s the 25th Anniversary of The Monster Squad, the film that taught us that, yes, the wolfman’s got nards! Dracula has returned and is trying to take over the world with the help of a bevy of cinema’s greatest creatures. It’s up to a ragtag team of kids with serious monster knowledge to defeat them! Co-written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps), it’s a super fun homage to the B-movies of yesterday. After the screening, the squad assembles with director Fred Dekker to chat and take your questions, including leader Sean (Andre Gower), cool kid Rudy (Ryan Lambert) and ‘lil sis Phoebe (Ashley Banks).
Saturday, October 19, The Castro Theatre
1pm: $15 BUY TICKETS
SF Sketchfest is NOW accepting submissions to perform at the 13th Annual SF Sketchfest, slated for January 23 – February 9, 2014.
SF Sketchfest accepts submissions from sketch comedy groups, solo sketch/character performers, one-person shows, improv groups, short sketchy self-produced plays, alternative comedy acts, musical comedy acts, live podcasts and stand-up comedians.
The line-up for the 2014 festival will be finalized in December of 2013. All applicants will be contacted between November 15th and December 15th regarding their participation in the festival. The festival plans on featuring even more up-and-coming performers in 2014!