If Comedy Is Not Pretty, It’s Even Less Easy On The Eyes Before Lunchtime

From The San Francisco Bay Guardian

January 2, 2002
By Cheryl Eddy

If your New Year’s resolution is to laugh more, and if it ain’t, it should be; face it, you’re never gonna stop biting those nails, here’s the perfect way to kick off 2002: the first annual San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival.

Six local acts, the Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, the Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People, and White Noise Radio Theatre perform on a rotating schedule throughout January, bringing mayhem, brainy humor, surreal bizarreness, social satire, goofy shenanigans, and much more to the stage and providing Bay Area audiences with enough funny-bone fuel to last till springtime. Organizers created the fest after noting the relative lack of venues for these sketch groups to perform in; for the future, they envision a Fringe Festival-style expansion that will bring comedy to the masses for years to come.

For the ultimate smorgasbord effect, check out either Wednesday’s preview night or the final week’s “Sketchfest Cabaret”, both of which feature all of the performers. Through Jan 27. Previews Wed/2, 8 p.m. Opens Thurs/3, 8 p.m. Runs Thurs-Sun, 8 p.m. (also Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m.), Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, S.F.$12. www.sfsketchfest.com.

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