SF Sketchfest: A Laughing Matter


From Jet Blue.com

January 18, 2010
By Eliza Sarasohn

Compared to LA, New York, or even Chicago, San Francisco isn’t much of a comedy town. But SF Sketchfest floods the city with more comedians than usually visit all year, from stars like Conan O’Brian and Neil Patrick Harris, to classics acts like “Weird” Al Yankovic and Terry Jones, to up-and-comers like John Hodgman and Ask a Ninja.

Because the local comedy scene is so low-key, SF Sketchfest provides a chance to see your favorite players up close and personal during intimate performances, tributes, film screenings and candid panel discussions.

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The festival takes place at various bars, comedy clubs and theaters throughout the city. Expect plenty of improv and sketch comedy, with veterans like Upright Citizens Brigade A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. Improv on January 22nd at the Eureka Theatre and SNL alum Rachel Dratch with Theme Park Improv on January 29th and 30th, also at the Eureka.

If stand-up is your thing, check out the weekend lineups at the Punch Line Comedy Club, or local favorite Will Franken at The Purple Onion on January 22nd.

Other must-see events include the legendary Terry Jones in conversation with Inside Joke host Carl Arnheiter at the Castro Theatre following a 35th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on January 21st; “Weird” Al Yankovic in conversation with comedian Chris Hardwick on January 23rd at Cobb’s Comedy Club; and Cinematic Titanic, the feature length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 at the Castro Theatre on February 2nd.

But I’m most stoked about Celebrity Autobiography, the 2009 Drama Desk Award Winner for Unique Theatrical Experience, featuring celebrities reading choice passages aloud from other celebrity’s memoirs. This year’s cast includes Fred Willard (Best in Show), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother).

January 14 to February 2, 2010

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