SF Sketchfest Books Stars Ranging From Conan O’Brien to “Weird Al” Yankovic


From Contra Costa Times

December 30, 2009
By Pat Craig

AN ECLECTIC array of talent, ranging from Conan O’Brien, Neil Patrick Harris and Terry Jones (“Monty Python”) to David Koechner, Neil Hamburger and Weird Al Yankovic, lights this year’s SF Sketchfest, the ninth annual presentation of this San Francisco-based comedy blowout Jan 14-Feb. 2.

The festival features dozens of performers from television, film and stage representing several generations and styles of comedy, from stand-up and sketch performance to conversations, tributes and improvisations.

Tickets range from $12 to $50, depending on the venue and performers. To buy tickets, or to get more information and a complete schedule of events, go to www.sfsketchfest.com.

This year festival will play at 11 venues, including 10 in San Francisco: the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St.; Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.; The Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.; Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St.; The Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave.; The Dark Room, 2263 Mission St.; Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St.; The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.; and Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St. The remaining venue is the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St., San Rafael.

For a taste of the comedic range the festival offers, here are just a few selected shows:

Jan. 16: “Game Show Explosion!” with Dave Foley, Andy Richter,Dana Gould, Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman and host Jimmy Pardo, 8 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club, $30; also “The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy,” with Dave Foley, midnight at The Clay Theatre, $12.

Jan. 17: Tribute to Conan O’Brien, hosted by Jimmy Pardo with guest Andy Richter, 2 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre, $30-$50.

Jan. 20: “The Greg Proops Chat Show,” with guests including Michael Penn, 8 p.m. at Yoshi’s San Francisco $25.

Jan. 22: Upright Citizens Brigade’s “A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. Improv,” with Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, David Koechner, Tim Meadows and guest monologuist TBA, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Eureka Theater, $30

Jan. 23: Weird Al Yankovic in conversation with Chris Hardwick, 2 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club $20; also “An Evening with the Reno 911! Sheriff’s Department,” 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club $30

Jan. 30: “Celebrity Autobiography,” featuring Rachel Dratch, Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Schirripa, Fred Willard, Dayle Reyfel and Eugene Pack, 8 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club, $35.

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