From The San Francisco Bay Guardian
January 1, 2003
By Cheryl Eddy
Start off the new year on the right note – that is, laughing your ass off – at the second annual S.F. Sketchfest: The San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival. For 2003, the event boasts a new venue and an impressively expanded list of performers. As at last year’s inaugural staging, the lineup includes local favorites like Killing My Lobster, Kasper Hauser, the Meehan Brothers, White Noise Radio Theatre, and Totally False People – but word of the 2002 Sketchfest’s success must have spread through the comedy universe, because groups are also steaming in from Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, New York, Austin, Montreal, and Portland, Ore., to participate in this invariably crowd-pleasing event. For comedy fans, this means a whole month of shows, with doubleheaders most Tuesdays through Thursdays, and other shows packed into weekend days and nights through January. And there are even some big-name celebrities in the mix: the Upright Citizen’s Brigade take the stage Fri/3-Sun/5, and the immortal Fred Willard (Best in Show), along with his Hollywood Players, will surely cause a near-riot at the ticket booth for shows Jan. 11-12. The whole shebang kicks off Thurs/2 with an opening-night party highlighting several San Francisco-based groups.