This Music Is Sketchy

From SF Weekly

January 28, 2011
By Marc Hawthorne


Proving that laughs come in all shapes and sizes, the SF Sketchfest comedy festival continues its healthy offering of musical acts this week, highlighted by an evening of hilarious songs at Cobb’s Comedy Club on Saturday, Jan. 29. Dubbed simply Music Night, the show includes improv vet David Koechner (aka Champ Kind from Anchorman and Todd Packer on The Office), lady duo Garfunkel & Oates, Mike Phirman and Chris Hardwick from Hard ‘N Phirm, Eli Braden (playing songs from his album The New King of Music-Based Comedy), and Zach Selwyn of Catch It Keep It and Attack of the Show fame.

“It’s not easy to write funny songs,” Sketchfest co-founder David Owen says. “A lot of people do it, but few do it well. These are all the best of the best.” Elsewhere on Saturday night, Toby Huss will be doing his best Sinatra impersonation when he brings his Rudy Casoni character to Viva Variety at the Eureka Theatre, while local singer-songwriter John Vanderslice is scheduled to make some noise at the Purple Onion during RISK!, the storytelling show created and hosted by The State’s Kevin Allison. The night’s theme is “Strange Sex,” so, appropriately enough, Vanderslice’s interludes will include songs about doing it.

“Kevin e-mailed me and asked me to be involved,” says Vanderslice, who already made a Sketchfest appearance this year during a taping of Jesse Thorn’s The Sound of Young America. “If I get a personal e-mail from someone I really like and respect, I’ll do whatever I can to make it work.”

Also of note this week is R&B jokester Har Mar Superstar’s appearance on Randy and Jason Sklar’s Sklarbro Country sports podcast, which is being taped on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Cobb’s, where we can only hope he’ll give the audience a peek at his jockstrap. And last but not least, clear your calendar on Saturday, Feb. 5, when Talking Heads frontman David Byrne comes to the Castro Theatre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of True Stories.

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