Six Sketchfest Shows To See

From The San Jose Mercury News

January 15, 2009
By Mark de la Vina

Here are some SF Sketchfest shows you need to see in the coming days:

Celebrity Autobiography

What’s better than reading Burt Reynolds’ autobiography? How about having a gifted comedic actor read it aloud while another spotlights corresponding excerpts from Loni Anderson’s tell-all? Michael McKean, Annette O’Toole, Rachel Dratch, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Scott Thompson, Laraine Newman and co-creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel participate in what has become a comedy phenomenon in Manhattan. 7 and 9 p.m. Monday, Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco; $35.

Fernwood Reunion

Martin Mull and Fred Willard take a look back at “Fernwood 2 Night” and “America 2-Night,” their late ’70s Norman Lear-produced satires of TV talk shows that featured Kenneth Mars, Dabney Coleman and Jim Varney. 8 p.m. Jan. 28, Cobb’s Comedy Club; $35.

Game Show Explosion

Perhaps the funniest event at last year’s Sketchfest was this reconfiguration of TV’s “Match Game.” This year, the likes of Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”), Bob Odenkirk (“Mr. Show”), Paul F. Tompkins (VH1’s “Best Week Ever”) and Andy Richter (“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”) join irrepressibly funny host Jimmy Pardo. 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31, Cobb’s Comedy Club; $25.

Robert Smigel

The creator of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and “Saturday Night Live’s” TV Funhouse reunites the Funhouse crew (Dino Stamatopoulos and Doug Dale featuring the Anipals) for a Friday performance. On Saturday, he’ll chat with Dana Carvey, who worked with Smigel on “The Dana Carvey Show” in the late ’90s. TV Funhouse Live, 8 p.m. Friday, Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco, $30; The SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award: in conversation with Dana Carvey, 2 p.m. Saturday, Cobb’s Comedy Club; $25.

A Salute To Bud Cort

A screening of Cort’s cult classic, “Harold and Maude,” is featured. But besides starring with Ruth Gordon in the dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby, Cort also has done everything from starring as God in the Kevin Smith comedy “Dogma” to living as a houseguest in the home of Groucho Marx. 7 p.m. next Thursday, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco; $20.

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