Soundtrack to your Laugh

From SF Weekly

January 21, 2011
By Marc Hawthorne


Soundtrack To Your Laugh: In addition to being the premier comedy festival in town, Sketchfest always does a great job of putting interesting musical acts on its diverse schedule. This year is no different, as proven by an opening week that just featured appearances by the New Pornographers’ Carl Newman, Moby, and local singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen. Week two of Sketchfest’s 10th anniversary is just as robust, with San Francisco indie-rock figurehead John Vanderslice taking part in a live version of Jesse Thorn’s The Sound of Young America radio show on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Eureka Theatre, local folk-pop outfit the Moore Brothers on the Smug Shift bills on Saturday at Cobb’s Comedy Club, and former San Jose punk Joe Sib performing his California Calling one-man show at the Punch Line on Thursday, Jan. 27.

This week also sees a reunion of comedian Greg Behrendt and local singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, who kicked out the jams last year as part of Bring the Rock, which featured funny stories backed up by poignant songs played by a house band featuring Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt fame. This year Behrendt and Nathanson are teaming up to present Maximum Volume! on Friday (Jan. 21) at Cobb’s with comedians Bobcat Goldthwait, Marc Maron, Brendon Small, and Brody Stevens. “I met Greg at the [L.A. radio station] KLOS Christmas concert in 2009,” says Nathanson, who’s putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to his wildly successful 2007 album, Some Mad Hope. “We were the odd choices on this kick-ass, total hesher/my-wet-dream bill of Heart, Rob Halford, Slash, and Foreigner. It was a trip. We have a bunch of friends in common, so we hit it off.”

Maximum Volume! should be plenty of fun, even if details about the night are still hazy. “I’ve never done it,” Nathanson says. “It’s kind of a music/comedy hybrid. We could play a couple songs, riff, and have fun. I’m a huge fan of the folks on the bill. Who doesn’t love Brendon’s show, Metalocalypse? So it should be pretty hilarious.”

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