From SF Chronicle
SF Sketchfest’s stellar lineup mixes old, new
By Peter Hartlaub
Monday, December 9, 2013
SF Sketchfest will return in late January with a blend of hot young acts, nostalgic comedy tributes and the offbeat one-of-a-kind comedy events that fans have come to expect from the festival.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele – stars of the Comedy Central show “Key & Peele” – are two of the higher-profile names set to perform at the 13th Sketchfest. The festival also will feature anniversary tributes to “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Top Secret!” and “Napoleon Dynamite,” with cast members and filmmakers involved.
Sketchfest begins Jan. 23 and ends on Feb. 9. Organizers plan to announce the entire schedule Tuesday on www.sfsketchfest.com. Performance dates and venues will be finalized this week. Tickets go on sale Sunday.
“We go after things that we’re excited about, that’s brand new – the comedy of tomorrow,” co-founder David Owen said. “But we also think about our heroes. We have a history of bringing in people like Gene Wilder and Paul Reubens.”
Comics with deep Bay Area roots also will perform, including Bobcat Goldthwait, Greg Behrendt and Dana Gould. One of the highlighted performances is a salute to Coyle & Sharpe, with an appearance by groundbreaking 1960s San Francisco radio interviewer Mal Sharpe.
They’ll mix with stars including Key & Peele, a panel with Amy Schumer and the writers of “Inside Amy Schumer,” and multiple Chris Hardwick appearances. Podcasts including Hardwick’s Nerdist, Harmontown and Jordan, Jesse, Go! will be recorded live.
Among the more eclectic performances, Maya Rudolph returns with Gretchen Lieberum, to perform as their Prince cover band “Princess.” Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker are scheduled to attend the “Top Secret!” tribute. Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong are among the stars set to attend the “Revenge of the Nerds” 30th anniversary show.
“We’re thrilled with this lineup,” Owen said. “It’s going to be a fun year, and we’re bringing a lot of new people to Sketchfest, which is always what we want to do.”
SF Sketchfest was co-founded and is directed by Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney. The performers will appear in more than a dozen venues, including the Punch Line Comedy Club, Castro Theatre, the Marines’ Memorial Theatre and the California Academy of Sciences.
For more information and an entire SF Sketchfest schedule, go to www.sfsketchfest.com.