The Insiders Guide to Sketchfest


From San Francisco Magazine

The Insiders Guide to Sketchfest
By Ellen Cushing

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Local comedy troupe the Business lays out the best of the 13th annual show.

A performance from Sketchfest 2013.

A performance from Sketchfest 2013.

The 13th annual SF Sketchfest is in town, with 223 gut- busting shows in 18 days by everyone from Jon Heder to Michael Ian Black. Unless you’ve solved the physics of time travel, you can’t see them all. So we let our favorite Mission comedy troupe, the Business (aka Caitlin Gill, Nato Green, Sean Keane, Anna Seregina, and Bucky Sinister), banter their way through their preferred lineup. Jan. 23–Feb. 9, sfsketchfest.com

Caitlin Gill: To see what comedians can do on their toes, go to Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction(1/31), which is exactly what it sounds like.

Nato Green: I’ve done that before and both times I felt uncomfortable onstage, saying out loud the things I’d written.

Caitlin Gill: Say that after you draw Little Miss Sunshine. There’s also Competitive Erotic Science Fiction (1/30) this year, which should be excellent.

Sean Keane: Somebody’s going to draw Jurassic Park, and it’s going to be amazing and filthy and defy the laws of morality, and probably the laws of physics.

Anna Sergina: I’m definitely going to Slipnutz (2/1), which is three guys who throw a bunch of peanuts on the floor and slip on them.

Sean Keane: They’ve literally opened for Slipknot before. I don’t think they were well received.

Caitlin Gill: I like that Sketchfest gives an evening to an act like that, which is such a dumb concept—but, when performed by brilliant comedians, could be the standout performance of the whole festival.

Bucky Sinister: A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. (2/8). Even if you hate improv, they’ll blow you away. It’s all the top Upright Citizens Brigade names, not just some guy who’s enrolled there.

Nato Green: Can’t miss Iron Comic (1/24), the Iron Chef–spoofing show that I started several years ago.

Anna Seregina: Comedians get ingredients for routines like contestants on Iron Chef. So instead of octopus, you might get [jazz trumpeter] Wynton Marsalis.

Nato Green: It’s really about seeing the comedians’ essence. It favors comedians who have a really developed comedic voice.

Anna Seregina: Nato, Caitlin, and I also happen to be in the show, but we’d go even if we weren’t entertaining people with our delightful comic wit.

The Business performs every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Dark Room (2263 Mission St., San Francisco), as well as on Saturday, February 1 at 11:45 p.m. at the Punchline (444 Battery St., San Francisco).

Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco

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