From The San Francisco Bay Guardian
January 7, 2003
By Robert Avila
For the month of January, the Eureka Theater has transformed itself into a vaguely policed laugh riot, an almost nightly showcase of group comedic talent from across North America, as well as a meeting ground where aspiring comedians and comedy writers visibly lurk, rubbing elbows with the pros, the semipros, or merely with the help. The second annual SF Sketchfest kicked off a month’s worth of eclectic sketch comedy with master of ceremonies Joe Klocek and four local favorites from last year: the Meehan Brothers, White Noise Radio Theatre, Kaspar Hauser, and Totally False People (who with Thomas Sawyer produced the festival). They were joined the next night by the weekend headliners: New York-based improv champs the Upright Citizens Brigade. In an ambitious expansion of last year’s six-act inaugural, the festival will feature 19 sketch groups in all, at least one from as far away as Montreal, and including no less than Fred Willard and his Hollywood Players. Happily, all this forward-looking hasn’t diminished the laid-back feel of the event, which offers a great opportunity to watch the group mind at work.