January 3, 2010
By Brock Keeling
SF Sketchfest, arguably the city’s most anticipated and entertaining annual festival, promises to top last year’s stellar selection of bladder squeezers. Most notably, Candice Bergen and Diane English will make a special appearance at the Castro Theatre on February 2 for “Tribute to Murphy Brown,” part of SF Sketchfest’s Great Collaborators Series.
Murphy Brown received sixty-two Emmy nominations, eighteen Emmy Awards (including two for Best Comedy Series), a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, and the George Foster Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. It was also a staple of the ’90s and Monday night TV on CBS. The show used political humor and, most infamously, single motherhood to effectively flush the 1980s down the toilet.
In addition to Murphy Brown, the festival, which will run from Jan. 13 – Feb. 5, will feature such talent as Dan Aykroyd, James L. Brooks, David Byrne, Neil Patrick Harris, Cloris Leachman & Peaches Christ (yes!), Moby, Gary Shandling, Celebrity Autobiography, Upright Citizens Brigade, and more.