From San Jose Mercury News
SF Sketchfest: Here are shows not to miss
By Mark de la Vina
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
“Napoleon Dynamite”: 10th anniversary, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco, $25. Calling all ligers! Sketchfest celebrates the endlessly endearing cult film about an oddball dancing dynamo who, through sheer force of will, wins over his high-school classmates. Cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) join the screening and a conversation/Q & A.
Tribute to Tenacious D: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23, the Castro, $25. Jack Black (“School of Rock”) and his guitar-slinging compadre Kyle Gass, who was born in Castro Valley, talk to Paul F. Tompkins about the supremely satirical rock duo’s legacy.
Tribute to “Key & Peele”: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in conversation, 1 p.m. Jan. 25, Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, $25. Sketchfest brings together Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the stars of Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series. The pair will talk about the lauded series, which Sketchfest organizers regard as perhaps the current king of the sketch comedy hill.
The World of Phil Hendrie: 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco, $25. One of Sketchfest’s nods to radio innovators celebrates this radio host/performer, who turned the radio talk-show circuit on its head by both hosting programs and creating characters who call into his show while simultaneously alarming, infuriating and delighting listeners. Sketch comedy group Oh Theodora opens.
The Slipnutz Variety Show: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., San Francisco, $30. Jon Glaser, Andy Blitz and Brian Stack get the band from their days with Conan O’Brien back together in a variety show that also features guests Steve Agee, Jackie Kashian, Ron Funches and Andy Richter.
Becoming “Enlightened”: 1 p.m. Feb. 2, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco, $30. Co-creators Laura Dern and Mike White, cast members Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns and Jason Mantzoukas and producer David Bernad join Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter to discuss their critically acclaimed HBO comedy.
Inside “Inside Amy Schumer”: 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, $25. Amy Schumer and producers/writers Dan Powell, Jessi Klein, Kurt Metzger and Kim Schumer-Caramele talk about the envelope-pushing hit Comedy Central series that unabashedly delves into sex, relationships and most everything inappropriate.
Tribute to Alan Arkin: 7 p.m. Feb. 6, the Castro, $25. The legendary Oscar-winning actor is nothing short of a “national treasure,” say Sketchfest organizers. Actor-comedian and Arkin impersonator Kevin Pollak chats with the subject following a screening of “The In-Laws,” which stars Arkin and Peter Falk.
“The Revenge of the Nerds” 30th anniversary: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8, the Castro, $30. As a nerd-centric bookend to “Napoleon Dynamite,” this tribute to the 1980s comedy reunites many of the original cast members. Joining the conversation and the screening, moderated by Chris Hardwick of the Nerdist podcast, are cast members Curtis Armstrong (Dudley “Booger” Dawson), Timothy Busfield (Arnold Poindexter), Robert Carradine (Lewis Skolnick), Brian Tochi (Toshiro Takashi), Andrew Cassese (Harold Wormser), Larry B. Scott (Lamar Latrell) and Julia Montgomery (Betty Childs).
Salute to Coyle & Sharpe: 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Eureka Theatre, $15. Man-on-the-street interviews and well-placed hidden microphones used to secretly record awkward encounters are among the innovations used by influential Bay Area radio pranksters Jim Coyle (who died in 1992) and Mal Sharpe. Sharpe will discuss the pair’s impact and share clips in a program featuring guests Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and James Reichmuth. Hosted by Jesse Thorn.