From the San Francisco Chronicle
SF Sketchfest Unveils Lineup
by Peter Hartlaub
Friday, December 14, 2012
SF Sketchfest announced the lineup for its 12th comedy festival, with another eclectic program that includes everything from a tribute to “The Naked Gun” and an event with cast members of television’s “Portlandia” to a female Prince cover band headed by “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph.
Sketchfest runs Jan. 24 to Feb. 10. Known for drawing big names while retaining a homegrown feel, the festival will take place in 26 venues, including Cobb’s Comedy Club and the Castro Theatre. Among the comics and actors visiting are Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, Drew Carey, Reggie Watts, Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard.
Among the highlights: Jeff Garlin, Rob Corddry and Jenny Slate are featured in the improvised storytelling show “Combo Platter” (Feb. 7). Rudolph brings her cover band Princess to Yoshi’s San Francisco (Feb. 8). And Oswalt will interview B-movie legend Bruce Campbell during a Castro Theatre screening of “Army of Darkness” (Feb. 9).
Comedy meets science with Greg Proops, Will Franken and others at the California Academy of Sciences (Jan. 31). Live podcasts will be presented by Chris Hardwick (Feb. 2), Hodgman (Jan. 25) and Kevin Smith (Feb. 6). And author Mo Willems headlines Sketchfest for Kids in Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (Feb. 10).
Tickets, showtimes and a full schedule are available at www.sfsketchfest.com