From SF Examiner
February 14, 2012
By Erin Duncan
In 2001, three individuals with roots in comedy: David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney, founded The SF Sketchfest. The festival was created as a platform to showcase six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hausr, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre.
Since it’s conception, the Sketchfest that made its official debut in January 2002, has mixed a wide array of headliners, local favorites and etc, all for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. This year, the festival was headlined in San Francisco once again, by Brooklyn based comedian and musician Reggie Watts. The Watts headlined festival, was entitled, Reggidency and featured four different line-ups at four different venues around the Bay Area. On February 2nd, Watts was joined by musician Robert Glasper, who is on the brink of releasing his new album, Black Radio, which is speculated by many (myself included) as album of the year.
Mixing together music and comedy which have some parallels to one another, made for a rather entertaining show full of laughs, and good music. The show was opened by Robert Glasper playing a beautiful song on the baby grand piano, which was followed by Watts introducing himself in a rather comical way. Throughout the show, the two appeared to play off of each other well, Glasper following behind the comedic timing of Watts– they even “rapped,” some invisible bars. Watts performed some hilarious songs, however, he actually has a rather great and impressive voice.
Overall, it was a great event, full of humor and a good time. Watts is an amazing performer, he knows how to capture and keep the audience’s attention no matter what he is doing. Hopefully, The SF Sketchfest will bring him back next year. Make sure to keep up to date with all things, SF Sketchfest related via their official website here.