From the San Jose Mercury News
Your guide to SF Sketchfest
by Mark de la Viña
Monday, January 14, 2013
Some of the really hot shows at this year’s SF Sketchfest are already sold out. But there’s a lot still left to choose from, and here are some of the must-see performances with seats still available. Tickets are available atwww.sfsketchfest.com.
“The Adventures of Pete and Pete”
The beloved Nickelodeon kids’ program is the focus of this 20th anniversary tribute that reunites cast members Mike Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Toby Huss and Rick Gomez with show creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi and musician Mark Mulcahy of Polaris. 8 p.m. Jan. 25, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco, $25.
Reggidency: a Reggie Watts series
A three-part performance series by the dynamic music and comedy performer teams him up with a modern dance troupe, the human sound effects machine for the “Police Academy” movies and a Grammy-nominated jazz pianist. Reggie Watts + The Amy O’Neal Dance Crew: Movement and Music, 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Marines’ Memorial Theatre; $29.50; Reggie Watts + Michael Winslow: Sound Effects Summit, 8 p.m. Jan. 28, the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco; $29.50; Reggie Watts + Robert Glasper: The Rematch, with special guest Chris Dave, 8 p.m. Jan. 29, Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco, $35.
Tig Notaro in Professor Blastoff
The comedian recently channeled her own personal tragedy and “proved that everything is funny,” says Louis C.K. “And has to be.” At Sketchfest, she wears her performance lab coat in hosting a pair of the science-themed podcasts with pals Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger. 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, $25; 6 p.m. Jan 31, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, $12.
Yacht Rock Heroes with Mustache Harbor & Friends
If you like piña coladas, this Bay Area-based cover band revels in ’70s soft rock. Joining them are a host of guest comedians, who may or may not have their comb handles extending from their back pockets, including Scott Adsit, Matt Besser, Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait and Chris Hardwick. 11 p.m. Feb. 2, Yoshi’s San Francisco’s Lounge, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, $20.
Judah Friedlander and American Tripps Ping-Pong Party
Friedlander, the trucker-cap sporting comedian best know as Frank Rossitano on “30 Rock,” will perform a stand-up set and then invite audience members to join a Berlin-style pingpong match, which according to lore was the pastime of choice for the Marx Brothers. 8 p.m. Feb. 6, the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco, $25.
The director of some of the most popular movie comedies (“Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers”) talks about his work with “Inside Joke” host Carl Arnheiter and introduces a special 35th anniversary screening of “Animal House.” 9 p.m. Feb. 6, the Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., San Francisco. $20.
An Evening With Pootie, with Lance Crouther
Following a screening of the Louis C.K.-written and directed-movie “Pootie Tang,” its star, Crouther, will appear in character as Pootie for a Q & A. Kapa chow! 10 p.m. Feb. 8, the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco; $20.
Hail to the King, Baby: An Evening with Bruce Campbell and “Army of Darkness”
File under “groovy”: The work of B-movie legend and character actor Bruce Campbell will be the focus of an interview with comedian (and co-star on TV’s “Burn Notice”) Patton Oswalt before a screening of “Army of Darkness.” 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9, the Castro, $25.
Naked Human Giant Babies
Did we say mashups? Sketchfest combines members of the troupe Naked Babies (Rob Corddry, John Ross Bowie, Brian Huskey, Seth Morris) with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer of Human Giant in a night of long-form improv comedy. 10:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, $30.
Cast members and the creative team from the Yahoo Comedy Channel Web series will discuss the riotous parody of the “The Bachelor.” Ken Marino, the series’ director and star of season one, is joined by season two’s bachelorette June Diane Raphael, host Michael Ian Black, and such series stars as Beth Dover, Ryan Hansen, Rob Huebel, Natasha Leggero, Joe Lo Truglio, Paul Scheer, Adam Scott and Janet Varney. 4 p.m. Feb. 10, Cobb’s Comedy Club. $25.