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Thursday, January 10
 

7:30pm PST

SF Sketchfest Tribute: Margaret Cho, in conversation
SF Sketchfest pays tribute to trailblazing modern comedy icon and former Bay Area resident Margaret Cho with an onstage conversation and audience Q&A, moderated by Ben Fong-Torres.

Beginning with her early days as an up and coming stand-up comedian in San Francisco, Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of entertainment. Never one to shy away from any topic, there is literally nothing off limits when it comes sharing her views on family, gay rights, politics, sexuality, bullying and oh-so-much more. Margaret’s socially aware, no-holds-barred type of comedy has made her both a thought leader and a tolerant teacher for those with open minds and open hearts.  An accomplished performer in all formats, Margaret has conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. Having been nominated for five Grammy Awards and one Emmy, her comedy tours are a constant sell-out both here and abroad. She’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway ("I'm The One That I Want" and "The Sensuous Woman") and her last stand-up, "psyCHO," was filmed at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City.

The film and DVD releases of Margaret’s comedy shows have broken records as well, with "I'm The One That I Want" still holding the title for ‘Most Money Grossed Per Print’ for an independent film. Her other releases, which Cho fans collect and swap with zeal, include "Notorious C.H.O" (2001), "Assassin" (2005), (2003), "Beautiful" (2009), "Cho Dependent" (2011) and "psyCHO" (2015). Margaret has always been responsible for the distribution and sales of all her content via her own Clownery label, a move that was extremely forward thinking when she made it in 1999.

Margaret has also made an indelible mark in television, starting in 1994 with the trailblazing network comedy "All American Girl." This was followed by the first “reality sitcom,” "The Cho Show" on VH1, six seasons on the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva," one season of TLC’s late night show "All About SEX," a seat at the table as a special guest host of E!’s "Fashion Police" and an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actress for her hilarious turn as Kim Jong II on "30 Rock." She recently developed "Highland," a dramedy for TNT about a woman fresh out of rehab who has to oversee her very needy, very dysfunctional, Korean-American family.

Her music career has been equally as successful. The acclaim her Grammy nominated "Cho Dependent" record received was earned, as Margaret took both vocal and instrument lessons to make sure she could keep up with guest performers such as Tegan & Sara, Grant Lee Phillips and Fiona Apple. Her follow up release, 2016’s "American Myth," would go on to earn her another Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. With songs such as “Fat Pussy,” “I Want to Kill my Rapist,” and “Anna Nicole,” "American Myth," made with collaborator Garrison Starr, showcased Margaret’s first efforts as a composer. Margaret has described the album as a mixture of “Americana, Beatlemania & 90s riot grrrl.”

With so much success in her creative life, Margaret has never turned away from causes that are important to her. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication over the years with many accolades and awards including the Victory Fund’s Leadership Award, the first-ever Best Comedy Performance Award at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards, the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of Southern California, and the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Earlier this year Margaret was named one of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics by Rolling Stone magazine, which called her “the sort of funny, sex-positive feminist and LGBT activist younger comics continue to look up to.” No surprise then that Margaret continues to innovate. Her tour, "Fresh off the Bloat," launched in fall of 2018, is all about the politics of disgust and what is disgusting about politics. In other words, classic Margaret Cho. As she says, “It’s meta. It’s magical. It’s me.”
Co-presented by City Arts
$35/$25, All Ages


Thursday January 10, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Brent Weinbach with Max & Nicky: A Very Weinbach Opening Night
Brent Weinbach's stand-up comedy is weird and stupid and visual and post-modern and random and other stuff. He also has a t-shirt with his name and his face on it.

Brent is a recipient of the Andy Kaufman Award, which recognizes innovation in stand-up comedy. He is also responsible for various internet video sensations such as "Gangster Party Line," "Mind Jack," "Man Gives Birth," and "Ultimate Drumming Technique," as well as the cult web series, "Pound House." Brent has appeared on "Conan," "Lopez Tonight," Comedy Central ("The Meltdown," "@midnight," "Corporate," "Kroll Show," "Another Period"), Cartoon Network ("Adventure Time," "Clarence"), IFC ("Comedy Bang! Bang!," "Garfunkel and Oates"), ABC, and Adult Swim, and also toured with the Comedians of Comedy. His stand-up special "Appealing to the Mainstream" is on Amazon Prime.

"...obscenely, disturbingly brilliant." -L.A. Weekly

"...weird in the best way" -Time Out NY

"Name To Watch" -New York Magazine

"Weinbach's comedy is about poaching characters from real life and inhabiting them that you forget who you're watching onstage." -East Bay Express

"weird, scary, hilarious" -Time Out NY
$25 All Ages


Thursday January 10, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

James Adomian and Jerks
James Adomian is a comedian and actor well known for his standup, characters and impressions. As Bernie Sanders, James is one-half of "Trump Vs. Bernie," a comedy debate act that includes a memorable guest appearance on Comedy Central and two TV specials for Fusion, along with a live international tour in 2016. Adomian can be seen in David Cross’ feature directorial debut "Hits" and in feature films "Love After Love" and "Adventures of Drunky." He just wrapped filming on Christopher Morris’ film alongside Anna Kendrick. Adomian has guest starred on Comedy Central’s "@midnight," "The Meltdown," and "Drunk History" as well as Adult Swim's "Childrens Hospital" and IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang." With supporting sets by Anthony Desamito, Atsuko Okatsuka and Chris Sandiford, hosted by Andrew Michaan.  Co-presented by SF Comedy Day  $35/$25 ages 18+


Thursday January 10, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Friday, January 11
 

7:00pm PST

Lady Garden, "Queer and Now" from Martini Ranch and The Get Brown (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Four Kids, One Dumb Night: Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney & Scott Thompson in conversation with author Paul Myers (“Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy”) PLUS a screening of "Brain Candy”
SF Sketchfest is delighted to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The Kids in the Hall and the release of author Paul Myers’ new biography, “Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy.” Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson join Paul Myers for a conversation about this seminal group’s beginnings, followed by a screening of their beloved cult classic film "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy,” and a special appearance by Guy in a Towel himself!  Co-presented by the California Film Institute  $35/$25


Friday January 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience featuring Janeane Garofalo with Jen Kirkman and Sabrina Jalees
SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Experience impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, encounter strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette (for entertainment purposes only) in a vintage Casino, or get pulled into comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style Joke-e-oke routine.

Tonight’s show features stand-up and sketch comedy icon and actress Janeane Garofalo (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “The Ben Stiller Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) along with an all-women lineup of some of the funniest comedians on the scene. $125, ages 16+


Friday January 11, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

CANCELED: Best of Edinburgh International Spotlight: Wil Anderson, with Jena Friedman
Due to scheduling conflicts, this show has been canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted and automatically refunded.

Wil is a stand up first and foremost, touring Australia and the world at every opportunity, performing more than a hundred shows a year. His stand up is a densely written, high-speed ride through one of the most wonderful comedic imaginations in the world. Politics, pop and the banal come together in a Wil Anderson routine, always delivered with more conviction and enthusiasm than any man’s vocal chords can take. With an opening set by Jena Friedman.  $35/$25, ages 18+

Friday January 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

A big hit with critics and audiences, and following sold out runs in Los Angeles, New York, and Edinburgh Fringe, "Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" is ready to make its eagerly-awaited San Francisco premiere.

"Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" stars "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Instagram celebrity Tom Lenk as Tilda Swinton, a modern day Mary Poppins who finds a depressed gay man on Craigslist and insists on studying and dissecting his life to research her next big movie role.

British Theatre hails: "5-Stars... Clear why it has become such a cult hit… Hilarious, unforgettable performance by Tom Lenk… Quirky comedy tour de force that keeps the audience in fits of laughter.”

Three Weeks Edinburgh says: "5-Stars... A gem of a show that’s downright hysterical, this must be seen to be believed.”

And actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted: "Hilarious, clever, uplifting... highly recommend."

Other critics say: "Mad comedy genius.” -Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty")
"Fame and celebrity is brilliantly explored.” -Broadway World NY
"Delightful, hilarious, and moving!" -Angela Kinsey ("The Office")
“Hysterical… Played to perfection by Tom Lenk.” -Broadway World LA
“Run to the theatre.” -Edge Media Network
"Hysterically and surprisingly cathartic." - FrontMezzJunkies.com
"Hilarious... unforgettable, delightful experience." -StageBuddy.com
"Damn funny... drunk on laughter... masterful at comedy." -LavenderAfterDark
"Tilda de force... hysterically absurd... grinning ear to ear." -BoyCulture.com

Written by Byron Lane ("Last Will & Testicle").
Directed by Tom DeTrinis ("Bright Colors and Bold Patterns").
Starring: Tom Lenk ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Rock of Ages" on Broadway), Byron Lane ("Last Will & Testicle"), Jayne Entwistle ("Feud: Bette and Joan"), Mark Jude Sullivan ("Pan Am").

"Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" was originally directed by Tom DeTrinis and presented at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 2017 produced by Jay Marcus, Nathan Frizzell, Tom Lenk, and Tom DeTrinis. $25, All Ages 


Friday January 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm PST

Throwing Shade with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi
Called "the perfect combination of silly, intelligent, cynical and charming" by Entertainment Weekly and "well worth dialing up" by the New York Times tv critic,Throwing Shade Live is the boundary-pushing political comedy podcast and tv show hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi who bring their fresh takes on pop culture, women's rights, and LGBT rights live to the stage for an evening of hilarity and vulgarity. "Sorry Bill Maher, there has never been a raunchier or funnier current affairs program." - Fast Company $35/$25,


Friday January 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Danny Franzese and The House of Glen Coco
You know Daniel Franzese from HBO’s "Looking," his viral YouTube videos and of course as the iconic Damien in the cult hit film "Mean Girls." But now the legendary father of The House Of Glen Coco has come to introduce you to his fabulous and hilarious friends. Danny Franzese and the House of Glen Coco is the funniest and sharpest queer stand up comedy show today! Hosted by comedy breakout Danny Franzese who will be showcasing his hilarious thoughts and life stories as his presents to you best in queer comedy stars! Starring New York darling Justin Sayre, the evangelical daddy Matt LeGrande, The fabulous sultry voiced Pete Zias, the midwestern fashion icon Tim Murray, and the gayest thing to come from mexico since the rainbow piñata Anthony Desamito. The squad is all here as Daniel chooses the best acts from his hit New York and Los Angeles queer stand up shows at Flappers Comedy Club,The Comedy Store and NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theater to bring SF Sketchfest the most shady and hilarious members of the Legendary House of Glen Coco. Do not miss this or you don’t even go here!

Show Lineup:
Pete Zias
Matt LeGrande
Anthony Desamito
Tim Murray
Kevin Yee
This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+

Due to a change in schedule, Justin Sayre is no longer appearing. Kevin Yee has been added.


Friday January 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

Nico Santos from "Crazy Rich Asians"
With a combination of his sarcastic wit, outrageous sensibility and snarky commentary, Nico Santos has the rare ability to charm every audience he encounters. Santos was most recently seen in Warner Brother’s “Crazy Rich Asians” alongside an all-Asian cast including Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Ken Jeong. The film instantly became a cultural phenomenon, as well the highest-grossing romantic comedy in the past decade. He is currently starring as Mateo in the fourth season of NBC’s hit comedy “Superstore.”Born and raised in the Philippines, Santos assimilated to American culture rather quickly by living in California by way of Portland, Oregon. He started doing stand-up comedy in San Francisco, and in just a short amount of time had become a popular fixture in the Bay Area comedy scene with his acute observations and quirky characters.Previously, Santos has written for E! Network’s “Fashion Police” and appeared on screen in Showtime’s “Pride Comedy Jam” as well as the series “Ground Floor,” “Mulaney” and “2 Broke Girls.” In 2015, he made his film debut in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” and in 2017 was seen in “The Clapper,” co-starring Ed Helms, Tracy Morgan and Amanda Seyfried. He was also a regular panelist on “Chelsea Lately.” $35/$25, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Playing Games with Jimmy Pardo
From the producers of Never Not Funny, "Playing Games with Jimmy Pardo" is a funny and fast-paced pop culture trivia game show hosted by comedian and veteran game show host Jimmy Pardo (National Lampoon's Funny Money, Race to Escape). Joined by celebrity guest co-host Lauren Ash for this SF Sketchfest show, Jimmy welcomes three contestants and puts them through their paces, testing their knowledge of movies, TV, music and headlines from the last five decades. The one who makes it to the final round will compete against our celebrity guest to win a fabulous grand prize, but the real prize is all the laughs delivered along the way! $25, All Ages

Friday January 11, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

UCB East (Ice Cold Bev) vs. UCB West (PONY): The Convergence (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Setting aside their cross country big city beef for ONE NIGHT ONLY, improv house teams from UCB New York and UCB LA come together to create on the spot gloriousness. In this show, PONY from LA and Ice Cold Bev from New York City perform a Convergence. Two scenes begin. Slowly their realities begin to blend together until one can no longer exist without the other. Worlds collide. Oh, the drama (and the comedy). $22, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

The Sklar Bros. and Daniel Van Kirk (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

It's a night of stand-up comedy featuring The Sklar Bros. & Daniel Van Kirk (Dumb People Town)! Hosted by Bay Area favorite Allison Mick. $22, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm PST

Brandon Wardell & Friends (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

Brandon Wardell is a comedian.Brandon Wardell has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” “The High Court with Doug Benson,” and “Adam Devine’s House Party” and VICELAND’s “Flophouse". Brandon Wardell was also a correspondent on MTV’s “Wonderland”. Brandon Wardell plays Skrillex on VICELAND’s show, “What Would Diplo Do”.Brandon Wardell hosts a podcast with Jack Wagner called “Yeah But Still”.Brandon Wardell made an ASMR comedy album entitled "Brandon Wardell: An ASMR Album" coming out this year.Brandon Wardell was featured as the Hot Comedian on Rolling Stone’s 2016 Hot List.Brandon Wardell is on tour sometimes and has a monthly show at The Satellite in LA.Brandon Wardell is a comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” “The High Court with Doug Benson,” and “Adam Devine’s House Party” and VICELAND’s “Flophouse". Brandon Wardell was also a correspondent on MTV’s “Wonderland”. Brandon Wardell plays Skrillex on VICELAND’s show, “What Would Diplo Do”. Brandon Wardell is cool and nice. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $24, ages 21+


Friday January 11, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Matteo Lane & Kate Willett (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Friday January 11, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

9:00pm PST

Kids These Days, Local Honey presents Real Honeys of SF and Nipsey, Hosted by Ben Harkins (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

9:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult


9:00pm PST

The Red Room Orchestra play the music of "Twin Peaks": Vol. 2: A deeper dive into the musical world of David Lynch
Once again, the Chapel becomes the Roadhouse. Join the Red Room Orchestra for a new round of the music of "Twin Peaks" with a deeper dive into the musical world of David Lynch's work featuring Marc Capelle's all-star ensemble recreating the beloved classic instrumental score and pop vocal tunes from every season of the show plus "Fire Walk with Me" and more from other Lynch films. With Tom Ayres, Allyson Baker, Marc Capelle, Eli Crews, Toby Dammit, Karina Denike, Tom Griesser, Dina Maccabee, Todd Roper, and special guests including Margaret Cho, Arline Klatte and cast members Chrysta Bell ("Tammy Preston") and James Marshall ("James Hurley"). Dress as your favorite character from the Lynch world and step into another dimension. 

Formed by San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Marc Capelle in 2017, the Red Room Orchestra is a collective of popular, jazz, classical, and electronic composers and performers who’ve played and recorded alongside the Bad Seeds, the Plastic Ono Band, Cibo Matto, Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, CAKE, American Music Club, Lou Harrison, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Nels Cline Singers, Rodriguez, Iggy Pop, Tune-Yards, Bill Frisell, and more. They’ve offered live renderings of the music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, reinterpretations of the soundtracks of Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, and for SFFILM they composed and performed original scores for the short films from Stephen Parr’s Oddball Films archive.   Co-presented by Popscene

"SF's premier soundtrack interpreters and experimental large ensemble." -- CBS
$35 Advance/$40 Day of Show, DOORS 8PM/SHOW 9PM, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm PST
The Chapel 777 Valencia St.

9:00pm PST

Wajatta: Reggie Watts & John Tejada, with Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System
Wajatta – the new group formed by beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology. Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility. Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music. Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.” Tejada’s deep, melodic production makes the perfect backing for Watts' wide vocal range and live looping skills. With an opening set by Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System. $25 Early Bird, $30 advance / $35 day-of-show  DOORS 8PM / SHOW 9PM, 21+


Friday January 11, 2019 9:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Mezzanine 444 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

10:00pm PST

Don't Say...with Paul and Dave featuring Dave Foley, Paul Greenberg, Crissy Guerrero, Jackie Harris, Eban Schletter and more
Don't Say... with Paul and Dave is a comedy podcast in which two old friends (Paul Greenberg & Dave Foley) who also happen to be Canadians offer Americans a respite from, and a guarantee, that this is the one place you won’t hear that most unseemly word, “c*nt”. It’s a 45 minute stream of consciousness journey, peppered with enjoyable music and legal advice from the talented Eban Schletter (an actual lawyer), commentary from their wives (Jackie Harris Greenberg & Crissy Guerrero) and a surprise guest as the icing on the cake. And by surprise, we mean Paul and Dave have no idea who is going to show up! No agenda, no boundaries and no “c” word. Don’t Say… with Paul and Dave. $25, All Ages





Friday January 11, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00pm PST

Best of Edinburgh Spotlight: Natalie Palamides: Nate
For the first time in history, it's hard to be a man. Natalie Palamides (2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer) doesn't understand this... but Nate does. Natalie Palamides is Nate. May include: consensual touching of boobies, non-consensual mind-blowing, and Nate's hard, stretchy cock. Co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Doctor Brown. ‘Deserves all the standing ovations she receives.’ ****1/2 (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Imagine a Margaret Atwood novel adapted by Vic Reeves.’ **** (Telegraph). ‘One minute you are roaring with laughter, the next stifling a tear.’ **** (Times). **** (List). ****(BroadwayBaby.com). **** (TheReviewsHub.com) $22, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour
A Todd Barry show consists of two things: amazing jokes and amazing crowd work. On this tour, he's not doing the amazing jokes. That's right, an entire show of riffing and bantering with the audience. Could be good! With an opening set by JoAnn Schinderle. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+


Friday January 11, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:15pm PST

I Think I'd Be Good at That
Lots of comics have audience members come up after shows and tell them that their friends or coworkers have always told them they’d make a good comedian. But starting standup involves writing jokes, going to open mikes and being terrible for a while. So most intelligent people don’t even bother trying. To give those sane people a chance to feel the thrill of doing comedy, I created a show where they get to experience being a comic with the help of veteran comedians who write jokes and coach them in taking the stage. We remove all the stuff that can make that first set awful and give them the tips and tricks to succeed. “I Think I’d Be Good At That” is one of the most unique, crazy and fun comedy shows in the Bay Area. And so far, all our Newcomers have crushed it at the show and we’ve been helping people get a taste for what keeps comedians coming back to the stage. $15, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:15pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Matteo Lane & Kate Willett
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy StarsSF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Friday January 11, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

Dumb People Town
It’s as much an exploration as it is a celebration of dumb people doing dumb things (often in Florida). With Daniel Van Kirk, Randy Sklar, and Jason Sklar, and special guest Paul Scheer. $25, ages 18+

Due to a change in his schedule, Ron Funches will no longer be appearing. Paul Scheer has been added.


Friday January 11, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 12, 2019 12:00am PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:30pm PST

Brandon Wardell & Friends (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

Brandon Wardell is a comedian.Brandon Wardell has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” “The High Court with Doug Benson,” and “Adam Devine’s House Party” and VICELAND’s “Flophouse". Brandon Wardell was also a correspondent on MTV’s “Wonderland”. Brandon Wardell plays Skrillex on VICELAND’s show, “What Would Diplo Do”.Brandon Wardell hosts a podcast with Jack Wagner called “Yeah But Still”.Brandon Wardell made an ASMR comedy album entitled "Brandon Wardell: An ASMR Album" coming out this year.Brandon Wardell was featured as the Hot Comedian on Rolling Stone’s 2016 Hot List.Brandon Wardell is on tour sometimes and has a monthly show at The Satellite in LA.Brandon Wardell is a comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” “The High Court with Doug Benson,” and “Adam Devine’s House Party” and VICELAND’s “Flophouse". Brandon Wardell was also a correspondent on MTV’s “Wonderland”. Brandon Wardell plays Skrillex on VICELAND’s show, “What Would Diplo Do”. Brandon Wardell is cool and nice. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $24, ages 21+

Friday January 11, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 12, 2019 12:00am PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:30pm PST

Filipino AF (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Asian AF Presents: Filipino AF is a comedy variety show featuring the best Filipino American talent around. Improv, sketch, standup, and even some music and dance. (It's Filipinos after all!) The show started in LA, and we are STOKED to bring it to the bay! $20, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 12, 2019 12:00am PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

11:00pm PST

Death Hammer, Drunk Theatre Company and Hail to the Queen
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 11, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday January 12, 2019 12:30am PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 12
 

10:00am PST

Kevin McDonald Improv and Sketch Workshop
Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall as he brings his sold-out workshop back to SF Sketchfest for a 6th year. Through this two-day, seven hour per-day intensive, Kevin will teach a small group of actors how to write comedy through performance and use improv as a writing tool. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to write sketches through improv.The workshop will warm up with improv games to help sharpen storytelling skills, and evolve until students are doing their own improvised scenes in small groups. You will then take these improvised scenes, work on them and make them into full comedy sketches. Kevin will go from group to group, helping and guiding with the "writing" of each scene. Each group will then have the opportunity to present their sketch. After getting notes, revising and presenting the scenes again, the workshop will end with the groups going off and actually finalizing their scenes. The now fully written scenes will be performed one last time for everyone. This workshop will improve your acting and writing skills, and will teach you how both skills work in unison to create great scenes and hilarious comedy. And if prompted, Kevin will tell lots of stories about the Kids in the Hall.

NOTE: This workshop meets both Saturday 1/12 and Sunday 1/13, 10am-5pm. Ticket price includes both days.
$300


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Presents: David Cross + Arden Myrin in Sansar
Join comedians David Cross (of Mr. Show and Arrested Development fame) and Arden Myrin (MADTv, Inside Amy Schumer, Insatiable, Shameless) this Saturday, January 12, for an unforgettable virtual comedy experience in Sansar. Openers include the hilarious Irene Tu and Chad Opitz.

Note: This show will only appear in the VR platform Sansar and requires a PC and recommended VR equipment. See ticketing page for more details.


Saturday January 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

1:00pm PST

Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
Sketchfest favorite Never Not Funny returns once again and we couldn’t be happier! Hosted by comedian and TV personality Jimmy Pardo, the show features free-form conversations between Pardo, his producer Matt Belknap and his sometimes famous, always funny friends.Currently in its 22nd season, the show has been featured by Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, Billboard Magazine, Esquire, GQ and was named a top comedy podcast by iTunes, Mashable and The AV Club. To get acquainted and listen to NNF, visit www.pardcast.com $25, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

1:00pm PST

Reductress Satire Writing Workshop (SOLD OUT)
This workshop is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door day-of. 

Learn the fundamentals of satire writing with editors of Reductress. We will discuss how to draw ideas from current events, construct a strong headline, and craft a well-formed piece. $60, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00pm PST

Will You Accept This Rose?
Will You Accept This Rose? Podcast

The Nerdist Network presents: "The Bachelor" super fan Arden Myrin ("@Midnight," "Shameless"), along with "Bachelor"-obsessed celebrity guests, discuss the latest "The Bachelor" episodes: tears, fantasy suites, and making sweet, sweet, love on the GREATEST COMEDY FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME- "The Bachelor," "Bachelorette," and "Bachelor in Paradise." FANTASY! VICTORY! SUCCESS!! AMERICA!!! BONE ZONE!!! This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+


Saturday January 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

4:00pm PST

Salute to Bill Plympton: Films, Live Drawing and Q&A
SF Sketchfest is thrilled to present an afternoon with acclaimed animator Bill Plympton, who will present a collection of new and classic short films, demonstrate live drawing onstage, and take your questions. After the show, each audience member will have the opportunity to meet Bill Plympton and have him create a complementary original piece of art that you can take home!

Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics' Week.After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he's made twelve feature films. Eight of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, Cheatin', and Revengeance are all animated features.Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.  Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum.  $25, All Ages 


Saturday January 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

4:20pm PST

Doug Loves Movies (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Comedian Doug Benson ("Super High Me" and Comedy Central's "The High Court") hosts a podcast where he talks to his hilarious special surprise guests about his first love…movies! To have a chance at winning some prizes, bring a movie themed name tag! $30, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 4:20pm - 5:50pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

5:30pm PST

Sup Doc
Started in 2015, Sup Doc was created by Paco Romane. Comedian and long time doc lover, Paco Romane decided to watch all of PBS’s Top 100 documentaries. Afterwards he looked for a podcast that was like people talking about docs at parties. So he created Sup Doc and asked fellow SF comedian George Chen to join him. So now Doc Dorks Paco Romane and George Chen chat with interesting people with strong opinions about their favorite documentaries. Just like at parties. They talk to some of the most talented people from the world of Television, Film, Music and more. You’ll learn a lot about a doc and even more about their guests. This isn’t your run of the mill comedy-recap-interview-documentary podcast and may quite possibly be the only one like it! The guests are as varied as the documentaries they cover: Dana Gould and Some Kind Of Monster, Todd Glass about Religulous, Wayne Federman recaping Crumb and The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, Meagan Koester and Weiner, the band Yacht about Tickled, Jamie DeWolf, great grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, about Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Maximum Fun/Bullseye’s Jesse Thorn about Errol Morris’ Fast Cheap and Out Of Control plus comedians Amy Miller, Henry Phillips, Ryan Singer, Josh Fadem, Molly Sanchez and many more! FREE, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm PST
PianoFight Bar 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Death Hammer, ESC and Hail to the Queen (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Emmy Blotnick & Zainab Johnson
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience with David Cross and Friends
SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Experience impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, encounter strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette (for entertainment purposes only) in a vintage Casino, or get pulled into comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style Joke-e-oke routine. 
Tonight’s show features Emmy-award winning comedian, actor, writer and director David Cross (“Mr. Show with Bob and David,” “Arrested Development,” “Todd Margaret”) and more of the top comedians at the festival. $125, ages 16+


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

CANCELED: Gettin' Better with Ron Funches
This show has been canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted and automatically refunded.

Actor/Comedian/Writer Ron Funches sits down every week to talk about his life, passions, hobbies, and how he is on a constant journey to better himself. This is "Gettin' Better with Ron Funches"

Ron Funches is a triple threat. He is an excellent stand up comedian, actor and writer. Ron has built an impressive acting resume. Whether it's lending his voice to projects like "Trolls," "Bob's Burgers," and "Adventure Time." Or his memorable acting roles on "The Goldbergs," "Black•ish," "New Girl," "Transparent," "Powerless," and "Undateable." He even made being a gang member likable in the film "Get Hard. "His personal appearances include "Conan," "The Tonight Show," "@midnight," "Chopped," "Cupcake Wars" and many more.  Ron is a great writer too. His writing credits include "The Eric Andre Show," "Kroll Show" and several television pilots.  Look for Ron's one hour stand up comedy special "Giggle Fit" on Comedy Central coming out in January 2019.

Ron is also a pretty solid dad and friend. He lives in Southern California with his son.


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm PST

Facebook Improv (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

Running for more than 10 years in Los Angeles, The Facebook show plucks two random people from the audience to get their Facebook page examined and then turned into long form improvised comedy scenes based entirely on their profile, pictures, comments and status. $45/$35, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Matteo Lane: Streisand at the Bon Soir
In 1960 at age 19, Barbra Streisand was already making her mark in NYC, performing an array of jazz classics in between humorous musings and eccentric jokes. She was wacky, brilliant and beautiful and had a musical sensibility that was far too advanced for someone her age. Thankfully one of her shows was recorded, and lives on as "Barbra Streisand, Live at Bon Soir." Intrigued by this recording, Matteo was inspired to recreate this set of music and bring it to Pangea with his own updated flavor and stylings. This show hopes to capture Barbra's unique essence before she became a household name. Matteo has performed as a stand-up comedian all over the country and can also be seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and upcoming on Netflix's The Comedy Lineup . Music Director, Henry Koperski is one of the most in-demand pianists in the NYC music/comedy circle and regularly performs with artists of stage, TV, and film all over the country.   This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+  Co-presented by Frameline and the Jewish Film Institute


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

Queery Podcast with Cameron Esposito
Sit in on an hour long-conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. QUEERY explores individual stories of identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights. Cameron's guest for this live version will be The Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson.   Co-presented by Frameline $35/$25, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm PST

Jak Knight and Zack Fox: Cancelled Comedy Tour
In a world of cancel culture and constant gaudy news Zack Fox and Jak Knight decide that the world needs MORE RECKLESSNESS. Stand up, Music, interviews everything is on the table for this variety show. Best to leave clenched booty holes at home! Hosted by Sid Singh. $20 ages 18+


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

SF Sketchfest Tribute to "Superstore"
SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to the hilarious NBC half-hour comedy “Superstore,” with a conversation and Q&A with the cast and creator at the historic Castro Theatre.

America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") and Ben Feldman ("Mad Men," "A to Z") star on the hilarious workplace comedy about a unique family of employees at a supersized megastore. "Superstore" centers around Amy (Ferrera), the store's most stalwart employee as well as the glue holding the place together, and Jonah (Feldman), a dreamer determined to prove work doesn't have to be boring. Their fellow associates include the sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn, "Key & Peele"), sweet teenager Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom, "Shameless"), and the ambitious Mateo (Nico Santos, "Crazy Rich Asians"), who has recently learned he is undocumented. Overseeing the store is Glenn (Mark McKinney, "The Kids in the Hall"), the store's affable, clueless store manager, and Dina (Lauren Ash, "Super Fun Night"), the aggressive assistant manager who enforces Cloud 9 policy with an iron fist.

From the bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless seasonal hires and the in-it-for-life managers, together they tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and nap-worthy training sessions.

"Superstore" was created by Justin Spitzer ("The Office"), who serves as an executive producer with director Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad"), David Bernad ("Enlightened"), Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green ("The Office"), and Jackie Clarke ("Marry Me").$35, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

On Cinema Live
For the first time ever--the hit AdultSwim.com series "On Cinema At The Cinema" takes to the road. This multi-media stage show provides a mega-dose of the movie expertise and colorful disagreements that you've come to expect from hosts Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington--plus guest appearances from beloved cast members of the On Cinema/Decker Universe. $35


Saturday January 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

8:00pm PST

UCB East (Ice Cold Bev) vs. UCB West (PONY): Harold Competition (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Setting aside their cross country big city beef for ONE NIGHT ONLY, improv house teams from UCB New York and UCB LA come together to create on the spot gloriousness. In this show, PONY from LA and Ice Cold Bev from New York City perform a Convergence. Two scenes begin. Slowly their realities begin to blend together until one can no longer exist without the other. Worlds collide. Oh, the drama (and the comedy). Hosted by Leah Rudick. $22, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Bad Asians (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Bad Asians is a showcase featuring Asian comics doing stand up, being interviewed, and colorful commentary on current events and culture. Every month we have a different line up of comedians whose credits have included NBC, HBO, Comedy Central and more! “Bad Asian” is a term used playfully and condescendingly when an Asian Pacific Islander (API) American person fails to live up to preconceived notions of what it means to be Asian. What is a “good” Asian, and what is a “bad” Asian?” How “bad” can you really be? Resisting these tropes of obedient sons and daughters who grow up to be doctors/lawyers/engineers, these API comics are NOT in the “model minority” business. They are in the entertainment business (and perhaps there’s nothing more “heinous” than that). Your best course may be to tread lightly around this line-up of hilarious provocateurs and troublemakers, hosted by Imran G and David Nguyen! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm PST

Man Haters (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Named 2016 and 2017's "Best Comedy Show" by East Bay Express, "Man Haters" features the funniest women and queer comics in the Bay Area. Plus one token queer dude (inspired by the many comedy shows that feature just one token woman). Hosted and produced by queer comics Dominique Gelin, Nori Reed and Irene Tu and guests Brian Bahe, Emily Catalano, Corina Lucas, JoAnn Schinderle and Sureni Weerasekera. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $20, ages 21+


Saturday January 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up Show (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up Show features the comics behind the jokes that make you laugh every night on Comedy Central's premiere late night show. These comedians tour the country performing their own material that you won't see on The Daily Show. From making fun of their failed dating lives, being a cat owner, or talking Trump, this show has something for everyone!

Hosted by Alex Falcone ("Portlandia") $25, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

9:00pm PST

Daytime Talk at Night, Kids These Days and The Get Brown (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

9:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult


9:00pm PST

The Red Room Orchestra play the music of "The Big Lebowski"
After tackling the soundtracks of Wes Anderson's "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" at last year's SF Sketchfest, the Red Room Orchestra set their sights on recreating the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers' classic comedy "The Big Lebowski." From Bob Dylan and Meredith Monk to Kenny Rogers and Yma Sumac, no musical stone will be left unturned. Hold out some hope for the Creedence, and love it or hate it, we're playing the f*ckin' Eagles, man. Come dressed as your favorite Lebowski character, order a white Russian, and abide.  With Carroll Ashby, Tom Ayres, Allyson Baker, Marc Capelle, Eli Crews, Toby Dammit, Bart Davenport, Karina Denike, Ben Goldberg, Tom Griesser, Jess Ivry, Amber Lambrecht, Scott Larson, Dina Maccabee, Todd Roper, John Schott, Kurt Stevenson, and special guests including Margaret Cho, Kevin McDonald, Eugene S. Robinson, Kelley Stoltz, Stephen Yerkey and more. Hosted by "The Stranger" (James Adomian as Sam Elliott)

Formed by San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Marc Capelle in 2017, the Red Room Orchestra is a collective of popular, jazz, classical, and electronic composers and performers who’ve played and recorded alongside the Bad Seeds, the Plastic Ono Band, Cibo Matto, Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, CAKE, American Music Club, Lou Harrison, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Nels Cline Singers, Rodriguez, Iggy Pop, Tune-Yards, Bill Frisell, and more. They’ve offered live renderings of the music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, reinterpretations of the soundtracks of Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, and for SFFILM they composed and performed original scores for the short films from Stephen Parr’s Oddball Films archive.  Co-presented by SFFILM and Popscene

"SF's premier soundtrack interpreters and experimental large ensemble." -- CBS
$35 Advance/$40 Day of Show, DOORS 8PM/SHOW 9PM, All Ages 


Saturday January 12, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm PST
The Chapel 777 Valencia St.

9:15pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Emmy Blotnick & Zainab Johnson
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Saturday January 12, 2019 9:15pm - 10:45pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:00pm PST

Morzouksnick (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Seth Morris, Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll once again return to SF Sketchfest for a night filled with stories, characters, improv and locally sourced, sustainable facial hair. With an opening set by Ben Palmer's "Hope This Helps."
Tier 1 - $40 Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $30 Rear Orchestra/Balcony
All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm PST

Jon Daly Kills It
Jon Daly and his Magic Sax Band (Cyrus Gharameni and Joe Wong) debut music from Jon’s new album with special guests Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams) and Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall)!
This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm PST

The West Wing Weekly (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

The West Wing Weekly is an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television's most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder. $45/$35, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Voyage to the Stars
Space: It’s big. Like, really big. These are the misadventures of a group of misfits that accidentally found themselves on the wrong side of a wormhole. Their mission: try not to blow up the galaxy in their attempts to return home. Join us on a voyage to the stars with the wholly unqualified Captain Tucker Lentz (Colton Dunn), scatterbrained scientist Elsa Rankfort (Felicia Day), apathetic technician Stew Merkel (Steve Berg) and the misanthropic A.I. Sorry (Janet Varney). Get a sneak peak at this disastrous space opera before its February debut. The universe will never be the same. $25, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00pm PST

Shit Arcade (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

Sh*t Arcade: Comedians Play Bad Video Games

On "Sh*t Arcade," comedians, Twitch streamers, and the audience play and make fun of the worst video games of all time. From Shaq-Fu to Bible Adventures to even more Shaq-Fu, get a chance to see some of the most terrible, poorly reviewed games of all time - and even get a chance to win them. Hosted by Mike Drucker ("Adam Ruins Everything," "Bill Nye Saves the World," and Nintendo). $25, All Ages

Due to a change in his schedule, Solomon Georgio will not be appearing. Brian Altano has been added.


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:15pm PST

Capitol PUNishment (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

The description: Capitol PUNishment is a fast-paced, in-the-moment spectacle that combines everything you love about gameshows, rap-battles, and "dad" jokes, into a unique and hilarious competitive format. Audiences have cheered, groaned, and loved (often all at once) Capitol PUNishment for over two years. The show has enjoyed a nearly year-long string of sold-out performances from Sacramento to Mill Valley, where Capitol PUNishment had a pilot taping at the famous Throckmorton Theater. The show utilizes a PUNwheel to select a random topic, keeping the rotating line-up of four contestants per show (and audiences) on their intellectual toes. Competitors must outlast, outwit, and outpun each other to get to the final round: a boss-battle against creators/producers/all-around pun savants, Daniel Humbarger and Damian Harmony. Mark Burg referees each round, bringing his own brand of wit to the show, and keeps things going at a quick and steady rhythm. Interludes featuring Daniel and Damian facing off using crowd-suggested topics keep the audience engaged and impressed, as the lightning quick duo battle each other, forming puns and trying to out-do each other in real time. Once a tournament champion emerges, he or she moves on to the boss battle, which becomes an endurance run, with the "bosses" having all the advantages. Can the tournament champion survive and defeat Damian and Daniel? Only a handful have! Who's next? $15, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:30pm PST

Super Married
John Ross Bowie ("Speechless," "The Big Bang Theory," "The Heat") and Jamie Denbo ("American Princess," "Daddy's Home," "The Heat") met at the UCB Theater and got married. Now, in lieu of couples counseling, they work out their issues by improvising together! Come! Watch! Judge! With an opening set by Toronto comedy duo The Templeton Philharmonic, Hosted by Shawn Felipe. $22, All Ages


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 13, 2019 12:00am PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

Standup Spotlight: Martha Kelly & Mary Lynn Rajskub
Martha Kelly is a stand-up comedian and actor based out of Austin, TX. She performs at clubs around the country and plays the character “Martha Brooks” on the critically acclaimed FX show “Baskets,” starring Zach Galifianakis and Louis Anderson. Her Comedy Central Half Hour special is available at www.cc.com.

Best known for her unconventional portrayal of ‘Chloe' on the highly rated "24" for Fox, Mary Lynn Rajskub can be seen in Universal’s comedy film "Night School" alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. She recently appeared in the Amazon pilot "Highston", on "Brooklyn 99", and on the critically lauded "The Girlfriend Experience" for STARZ. On the big screen, Mary Lynn was seen this summer as a lead in the indie "In Search of Fellini" with Maria Bello and "Wilson" with Woody Harrelson and Judy Greer. Other films include, the Duplass Brothers' "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "The Kings of Summer" which she starred in with Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Megan Mullally. Additional credits include "Arrested Development", "Little Miss Sunshine", "Mr. Show", "Larry Sanders", "Julie and Julia", Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Punch Drunk Love" and "Sunshine Cleaning".
Co-presented by SF Comedy Day
$35/$25, ages 18+


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 13, 2019 12:00am PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:30pm PST

Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

Vintage Basement (presented by Learn From Me Comedy) is a monthly Neo-Retro night of stand-up comedy and music. Max & Nicky will have you falling in love with their quirky, absurd antics and dovelike musical stylings as they welcome the additional talents of four hilarious headlining stand-up comics as well as a few surprises. Past guests have included Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Jo Firestone, Reggie Watts, Aparna Nancherla and many more. Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky happens every 3rd Monday of the month at Under St. Marks Theater in Manhattan's East Village. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $20, ages 21+

Due to a change in his schedule, Reggie Watts is no longer appearing. Johnny Pemberton has been added.


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 13, 2019 12:00am PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

11:00pm PST

Granny Cart Gangstas,"Queer and Now" from Martini Ranch and Spooky Dookie (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages

Due to a change in their schedule, Good Hombres is no longer appearing. Spooky Dookie has been added.


Saturday January 12, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday January 13, 2019 12:30am PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

11:30pm PST

Couples Therapy with Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman
Couples Therapy is a new podcast hosted by real-life comedian couple Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman. Based on the popular live show of the same name, the Couples Therapy podcast will mix hilarious live stand-up sets with in-studio deep dives into the relationships between comedian couples and friends. Audiences will get to hear some of their favorite--and soon-to-be-favorite--comedians talk about their connections to the people closest to them. You'll hear from siblings who aren't thrilled to be roommates now that they're adults; two buddies who get a lot of material from their weekend partying; and exes who realized it was way healthier for both of them if they broke up. As guests share their stories, Naomi and Andy explore their ownrelationship both on stage and in the studio. Open your hearts and loosen your butts cause Couples Therapy mixes all the laughs of a stand-up comedy show with all the intimacy of a private therapy sesh! $25, ages 18+


Saturday January 12, 2019 11:30pm - Sunday January 13, 2019 1:00am PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Sunday, January 13
 

9:00am PST

Brunches with Funches: Giggles & Nibbles with Ron Funches and Friends
Do you like to enjoy a delicious brunch and then giggle with a cuddly comedian? Then this weird and special event is for you! Join Ron Funches and his friends as they perform comedy while you nibble on assorted brunch delectables.

Ron Funches is a triple threat. He is an excellent stand up comedian, actor and writer. Ron has built an impressive acting resume. Whether it's lending his voice to projects like "Trolls," "Bob's Burgers," and "Adventure Time." Or his memorable acting roles on "The Goldbergs," "Black•ish,"  "New Girl," "Transparent," "Powerless," and "Undateable." He even made being a gang member likable in the film "Get Hard." His personal appearances include "Conan," "The Tonight Show," "@midnight," "Chopped," "Cupcake Wars" and many more. Ron is a great writer too. His writing credits include "The Eric Andre Show," "Kroll Show" and several television pilots. Look for Ron's one hour stand up comedy special "Giggle Fit" on Comedy Central coming out in January 2019.

Ron is also a pretty solid dad and friend. He lives in Southern California with his son. $60 (includes brunch buffet), Ages 18+

Doors & brunch at 9am, show at 10am

Sunday January 13, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:00am PST

Kevin McDonald Improv and Sketch Workshop
Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall as he brings his sold-out workshop back to SF Sketchfest for a 6th year. Through this two-day, seven hour per-day intensive, Kevin will teach a small group of actors how to write comedy through performance and use improv as a writing tool. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to write sketches through improv.The workshop will warm up with improv games to help sharpen storytelling skills, and evolve until students are doing their own improvised scenes in small groups. You will then take these improvised scenes, work on them and make them into full comedy sketches. Kevin will go from group to group, helping and guiding with the "writing" of each scene. Each group will then have the opportunity to present their sketch. After getting notes, revising and presenting the scenes again, the workshop will end with the groups going off and actually finalizing their scenes. The now fully written scenes will be performed one last time for everyone. This workshop will improve your acting and writing skills, and will teach you how both skills work in unison to create great scenes and hilarious comedy. And if prompted, Kevin will tell lots of stories about the Kids in the Hall.

NOTE: This workshop meets both Saturday 1/12 and Sunday 1/13, 10am-5pm. Ticket price includes both days.
$300


Sunday January 13, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

11:00am PST

Story Pirates with special guest Dave Foley
From the creators of the #1 podcast for families comes a hilarious musical sketch comedy show, based on stories written by real kids! The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors, and they don’t steal gold; they’re some of the best comedians from New York and Los Angeles, searching for kids’ wildest, most imaginative ideas to adapt and perform. Featuring hits from their award winning album "Nothing Is Impossible", the Story Pirates Live includes guitar playing horses, magic rhinos and exclusive videos that’ll blow your mind. Plus, at every performance, the cast improvises a brand new story written on the spot by the kids in the audience. This highly interactive show sparks the imaginations of kids and adults alike, inspiring everyone in the family to start telling their own stories. As Lin-Manuel Miranda recently exclaimed, “Have you not seen Story Pirates yet? Get on that.” $25, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:00pm PST

Kondabolu Brothers Podcast
The Kondabolu Brothers (Hari and Ashok) like to talk each other ALOT. Watch them get into heated conversations about religion, gentrification, racism, and baseball. Watch Ashok drink 2 liters of tea in an hour without urinating once. Watch them infuriate each other with their patented brand of spontaneous and incisive fraternal psycho-analysis. Watch them go off on tangents with widely varying levels of success. Anything is possible during this freewheeling, mind-melting performance. $35/$25, ages 18+


Sunday January 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

1:00pm PST

Pardon My Tangent
Janeane Garofalo and Arden Myrin give the makers of Ritalin a run for their money in this comedy podcast. These two ladies have surrendered to the fact that they can never stay on the same train of thought for more than a few minutes and it works for them. Together they lead their comedy and celebrity guests on a winding trail of topics. $25, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

1:00pm PST

Reductress Satire Writing Workshop (SOLD OUT)
This workshop is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door day-of. 

Learn the fundamentals of satire writing with editors of Reductress. We will discuss how to draw ideas from current events, construct a strong headline, and craft a well-formed piece. $60, All Ages

Sunday January 13, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00pm PST

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig
You know those podcasts where famous people recount their lives and careers, and then things get emotional? That is NOT this show! Hosted by internet superstar Grace Helbig, "Not Too Deep" is a ridiculous, silly, and unapologetically superficial interview podcast, that is more about the laffs than about the feels. $30, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

4:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Tribute: W. Kamau Bell in conversation with Hari Kondabolu (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

SF Sketchfest pays tribute to a homegrown comedy hero, the Bay Area's own W. Kamau Bell, who will sit down for an in-depth conversation with his longtime friend and fellow comedian Hari Kondabolu.

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and the host of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell." He recently made his Netflix debut with the stand-up comedy special, "Private School Negro." Kamau has a book with the easy-to-remember title "The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian." He is the director of the critically-acclaimed documentary "Cultureshock: Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain." Kamau has hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: "Kamau Right Now!," "Politically Re-Active," and "Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period." Kamau is on the advisory board of Hollaback! and Donors Choose and is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Kamau has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and a GLAAD award, and he was featured on Conde Nast’s ‘Daring 25’ list for 2016. The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was mostly just excited that they called him “handsome.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” Kamau is also known for his criminally short-lived FX & FXX comedy series, "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." Kamau still finds time to travel to college campuses around the country, performing his his one man show that inspired "Totally Biased," "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour." Kamau’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN.com, Salon, The LA Review of Books, The Establishment. (One time, on his website, Kamau wrote about getting kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley on his birthday because they thought he was harassing his wife. Listen to his appearance on "This American Life" for all the details.) $35/$25, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:20pm PST

The Benson Movie Interruption: "Fifty Shades Freed"
Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Chronic-Con,” and the "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and mystery comedy guests sit in the front row of the theater and say whatever silly stuff pops into their heads.  Co-presented by SF Indiefest   $25, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 4:20pm - 6:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

5:30pm PST

Traumatized with Erin and Jason
Traumatized with Erin and Jason is a comedy podcast in which we rewatch the children's movies that terrified us as kids, and reexamine them in the cold light of adulthood. This means that we make jokes about them. We cover children's movies and TV shows from our own childhoods, which keeps us in focused in the '80s and mid-'90s, though we will occasionally talk about movies from the '70s if it's a real classic or heavily requested. Erin is a lifelong performer, with a background in theater, improv, and occasional stand-up. Jason is a musician and DJ, and he has a Master's degree in film studies, which means he actually knows what he's talking about, so there is actual knowledge interspersed with the fast-paced banter, pop culture references, and puns. A few reviews from our listeners: "...I found this podcast, listened to the first few episodes, and now I'm hooked. Nostalgia, humor, bafflement over the things our parents were willing to stick in the VCR to buy a few hours of quiet from us -- what more could I ask for in a podcast?" "Erin is quick and hilarious and I love her use of regional and cultural touchstones. Jason is equally sharp and funny, and they play off one another so well!" "Packed with clever analysis, probing questions, edifying facts (think corkscrew duck weiners) and good - and bad - jokes a mile a minute, they're perverse and wildly entertaining." (OK, that one was from Jason's mom, but she's honest.) FREE, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST
PianoFight Bar 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Nipsey, Secret Family and Spooky Dookie (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages

Due to a change in their schedule, Good Hombres is no longer appearing. Spooky Dookie has been added.


Sunday January 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult


7:30pm PST

Cartoon Network's "We Bare Bears" IRL in the Bay Area
Bring on the bearstack! Join the cast and crew of Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated series "We Bare Bears" for their SF Sketchfest debut! Get ready for a laugh out loud improv game based on live drawings of the beloved bear bros, see an all-new exclusive episode from the hit animated series and more.   Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum

Scheduled to appear:
Bobby Moynihan, voice of Panda
Eric Edelstein, voice of Grizz
Cameron Esposito, voice of Ranger Tabes
Daniel Chong, Creator
Lauren Sassen, Creative Director
Manny Hernandez, Supervising Director
Mikey Heller, Head Writer

$35/$25, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

This Might Get Weird with Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart
Grace, an introvert from Jersey, and Mamrie, a firecracker from North Carolina are best friends sharing stories of their personal shenanigans, venting about pop culture nonsense and talking through new, dumb things that caught their attention. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+


Sunday January 13, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

Reductress presents Haha...WOW!
With Reductress editors Taylor Garron and Eva Victor

An extension of our popular monthly show in New York and Los Angeles, your hosts Taylor and Eva take you through the weird world of Reductress alongside some of our favorite stand-ups and comedians. $30/20, ages 18+


Sunday January 13, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Quiz-o-Tron
Quiz-o-Tron is the world’s greatest science-themed comedy panel quiz show of all time! The show pits scientists against comedians in a rapid-fire competition that tests both knowledge and wit. Since 2010, the show has been entertaining audiences while simultaneously educating them and sometimes disgusting them. Very rarely, audience members are forced to reconsider their own relative insignificance in the universe and wonder what it all truly means. $20, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Deep Night with Dale's Vortex Variety Hour
Join wellness guru and possible cult leader, Dale Seever (comedian James Bewley) as he welcomes a stellar lineup of comedians, musicians, and noted experts for a cosmically-attuned variety show with a focus on the future. Will we need gills to survive? Can I marry a drone? Are ghosts still a thing in 2040? Dale explores all these questions and more as he plummets through a range of possible timelines with help from his guests: Janeane Garofalo, Stand-Up Comedy legend; The Templeton Philharmonic, razor sharp sketch comedy duo; Rose Eveleth, host of the Flash Forward podcast; Sureni Weerasekera, stand-up comedian; Comics of the Future, time traveling comedy partners; Francesca Fiorentini, comedian and journalist; playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, reading a new work; a video by Cole Kush; a visit from Dale’s ex-wife; and other surprises. Featuring psychedelic sounds from the band, Agouti. $15, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

The Roast of Peaches Christ
Peaches Christ has been shocking and entertaining people from all over the world with her unique combination of Golden Age Hollywood and Slasher Horror humor for more than 20 years. The alter-ego of Joshua Grannell, who turns 45 this night, Peaches Christ is a San Francisco treasure, one of its deepest, darkest jewels that has had audiences rolling in the seats and aisles of both The Castro and the late-lamented Bridge, where her now legendary cult movie series, "Midnight Mass," was born back in the summer of 1998. We invite you to come to The Castro tonight for this celebration, destruction, and rebuilding-with-love of all things Peaches Christ as we roast this Bloody Queen of Queens within an inch of her life. Some of her nearest and dearest friends are here for this one-night-only experience, bound to keep us all laughing through the rest of the year with brilliant zingers and one-liners like only a roast of this magnitude can do. Confirmed roasters include Clea DuVall, Heklina, Heather Matarazzo, Jinkx Monsoon, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Sister Roma, Mink Stole, and Roast Mistress Coco Peru, and special surprise guests!  Co-presented by Popscene

Tier 1 - $75 VIP Seating in Front Orchestra & Post-show reception with members of the cast
Tier 2 - $40 Middle Orchestra
Tier 3 - $30 Rear Orchestra/Balcony
All seating general admission within sections
All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm PST

Greetings, From Queer Mountain with Micheal Foulk
"Greetings, from Queer Mountain" is the queen mother of queer storytelling series.  Every episode features a diverse collection of work from LGBTQ+ performers across the country. Running for over 5 years in Austin, New Orleans, New York, and now Oakland, we've produced over 100 unique and original live shows featuring performers such as Daniel Rugg Webb, Bowen Yang, Gabby Rivera, and Janine Brito. It’s like hanging out with all the queer friends you wish you had! $15, All Ages


Sunday January 13, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Monday, January 14
 

8:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Tribute: Carol Burnett, in conversation with Wendie Malick
SF Sketchfest is honored to pay tribute to Carol Burnett for this in-person conversation at the historic Castro Theatre.

Carol Burnett, an award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film, and Broadway, most notably "The Carol Burnett Show." Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” "The Carol Burnett Show" ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. As a highly acclaimed actress, Ms. Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, the Peabody, and a Grammy. A Kennedy Center Honoree, the recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom; was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Carol’s alma mater, Carol Burnett Square and CBS Studios dedicated “The Carol Burnett Artist Entrance” in her honor. Carol was celebrated by her colleagues and fellow actors with the Life Achievement honors at the 2016 SAG Awards.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1933, Ms. Burnett, her mother, and grandmother moved to a less-than-glamorous section of Hollywood in the late 1930s. Raised in a small studio apartment by her grandmother, but with no financial means, Ms. Burnett could only dream of college. After receiving an anonymous donation of $50 to pay for her tuition to UCLA, she enrolled. While studying journalism, she took an acting class, and the rest is history. After moving to New York City, Ms. Burnett staged a musical revue, featuring her out-of-work roommates from The Rehearsal Club, a theatrical boarding house, performing material by unemployed writers and composers. Soon, offers for summer stock and 13 weeks' work on Paul Winchell's television show followed. While performing at the Blue Angel nightclub, she was spotted by talent bookers from both "The Jack Paar Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" and was invited to perform her infamous rendition of "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles,” written by Ken Welch. Shortly thereafter, she landed the leading role of Princess Winifred in the original Broadway musical production of "Once Upon a Mattress." In 1959, after guest spots on Garry Moore's morning television show she became a permanent cast member on "The Garry Moore Show," taping the show during the day and performing Mattress at night for the remainder of its Broadway run. She remained a regular on Garry Moore for the next four years. During this period, Carol met Julie Andrews and the two became close friends. After the duo appeared in their Emmy-winning special, "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall," CBS took notice of this emerging new talent and signed her to a ten-year contract. On September 11, 1967, "The Carol Burnett Show" premiered on CBS. With a talented ensemble featuring Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner, the show became a hit. Guest stars included many of the greatest performers from music, stage and screen including Lucille Ball, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson, Ronald Reagan, Betty White, Cher, Jim Nabors, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, The Carpenters, Rock Hudson, Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, and many, many more. Her portrayal of “Starlet” O’Hara in “Went With The Wind,” a parody of "Gone With The Wind," is always counted among the top 10 greatest moments in television history. The Bob Mackie designed “curtain-rod” dress, as it is known, now resides at The Smithsonian. In 2012 Time Life released "The Carol Burnett Show" on DVD and set a record, selling more than 4 million DVDs in six months.

After the show concluded in 1978, Carol immersed herself in numerous projects. She wrote three New York Times bestsellers: "One More Time," "This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection," "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story "which both received Grammy nominations for best spoken word. Her latest and fourth book, "In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun In The Sandbox" is a poignant love letter to the golden era of television while simultaneously dissecting the elements of what made "The Carol Burnett Show" the iconic success that it was. This publication received favorable reviews and won the aforementioned Grammy for Spoken Word. She added playwright to her credits when she and her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, wrote "Hollywood Arms." Sadly, Carrie passed away three months prior to the play’s premiere at the Chicago Goodman Theatre in April 2002. Directed by Hal Prince, "Hollywood Arms" premiered on Broadway on October 31, 2002.

Ms. Burnett’s film credits include playing Miss Hannigan in the film version of the musical, "Annie," directed by John Huston; "Noises Off," directed by Peter Bogdanovich; "A Wedding," directed by Robert Altman; and "Four Seasons," directed by Alan Alda. On Broadway, she appeared "Fade Out, Fade In," Stephen Sondheim's musical revue "Putting It Together;" and the farce, "Moon Over Buffalo." She recently starred in A.R. Gurney’s "Love Letters" (2014), opposite Brian Dennehy. She produced and starred in numerous television specials, teaming up with with Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Dolly Parton and two more with her chum Julie Andrews. She guest starred on several television series, including "Glee," "Hot in Cleveland," "Hawaii 5-0" and "Law and Order: SVU." She also starred in the television series "Fresno and Carol & Co.," as well as the highly acclaimed made-for-television movies "Friendly Fire" and "Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice." In 2005 she returned to her "Once Upon a Mattress" roots, appearing in a television special, this time playing the evil Queen Aggravain. Over the past year, Carol has been focused on four major projects. The first is the long awaited release on DVD of the initial five seasons of "The Carol Burnett Show." These “lost episodes” have never been seen nor distributed since their initial broadcast and will for the first time be combined with the already available episodes from Seasons 6 – 11. Rollout commenced August, 2015. The second is the active development of a feature with CBS Films entitled “Sunrise in Memphis” based on an unfinished story penned by her late daughter, Carrie. The third was “The 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show” special which aired on CBS last December to enormous ratings showing the multi-generational appeal and strength of a show as relevant now as it was 50 years ago. The 4th is Carol’s new family show on Netflix entitled “A Little Help with Carol Burnett” to be launched May 4th. The show, hosted by Ms Burnett, is about a panel of young children providing advice to adults with dilemmas. When not performing or presenting her live Q & A format "Laughter & Reflection," she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, her two daughters Jody and Erin, her grandsons, and her cat, Nikki. As a passionate supporter of the arts and education, she established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor her daughter’s memory.
Co-presented by City Arts and the California Film Institute 

Tier 1 - $75 Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $65 Middle Orchestra
Tier 3 - $55 Rear Orchestra/Balcony
All seating general admission within sections
All Ages


Monday January 14, 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Tuesday, January 15
 

7:00pm PST

Riffer's Delight with Kaseem Bentley, Nato Green, Natasha Muse and Baron Vaughn: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
Cheap shots from the cheap seats! Riffer's Delight is the monthly movie-mocking show at the Alamo Drafthouse where comedians Natasha Muse and Nato Green and rotating guests wreck/enhance the movies you're most nostalgic about. With special guests Kaseem Bentley and Baron Vaughn.  
Co-presented by SF Indiefest  $15 


8:00pm PST

Oh No, Ross and Carrie!
"Oh No, Ross and Carrie" has been delighting audiences since 2011 with their unique blend of investigative reporting, critical thinking, and humor. Hosts Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy go undercover in fringe religions, receive alternative medicine treatments, and investigate offbeat claims. They have been ear candled, fire cupped, exorcised, and energetically re-aligned. They've learned to dowse, firewalk, and speed read. They've been certified in Dianetics and Reiki. And they've gone undercover in Scientology, Mormonism, the Raelian UFO religion, Ordo Templi Orientis, and more. They are regularly in the top-100 spirituality podcasts, and were nominated for a journalism award by the LA Press Club. In 2014, they joined the Maximum Fun network, alongside shows like "My Brother My Brother and Me," "Judge John Hodgman," "Adam Ruins Everything," and "Sawbones." $35/$25, ages 18+


Tuesday January 15, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Manon Mathews Live
Manon Mathews is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and internationally recognized social media star. Manon burst into the social media scene on Vine with over 1.6 billion loops with her hilarious videos that find the absurdity in everything from first dates to femininity to female celebrities and much more. She has since gone on to partner with T-mobile, JBL, Master Card, McDonalds and Bud Light to create original content for the Super Bowl, but continues to create viral comedic content on social media. Manon has starred in the hilarious and heart-warming film, "Holiday Breakup," featured on Netflix, as well as made appearances on Comedy Central’s "Broad City" and the hit YouTubeRED series "Single By 30" and "Sorry Not Sorry" on Go90. This year Manon was selected as a New Face Creator at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

With an opening set by Ben Palmer's "Hope this Helps." $25, All Ages


Tuesday January 15, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Real Live Comedians
Since 2013, Real Live Comedians has brought the country's best comics to San Francisco for a thrilling 90 minutes of hot, live stand-up comedian action that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND. Jason Mack hosts the best comics from TV, the biggest comedy festivals, radio, and the best local clubs and crummy dive bars. Real Live Comedians guarantees that if you don't laugh, you are an idiot. $18, ages 18+


Tuesday January 15, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Wednesday, January 16
 

7:00pm PST

The Normal Show (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

The Normal Show is a live sketch/game show where the audience members become the contestants. From the moment you enter the show to the moment you leave, you are part of our world of lovable misfit characters and perfectly normal games. Part Tim & Eric, part retro game show- the Normal Show features sketch, video, original music, dance, and most importantly, games with worthless prizes. Jason Reichl and Reid Koster have written and produced this sold-out show at Piano Fight since January, and prior to this show, have performed stand-up as a team in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Reid's background is improv comedy (both LA and SF) and Jason is in the band “Giggle Party” and creator of party game “God Hates Charades.” $15, All Ages


Wednesday January 16, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Talking Simpsons
Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert's hit podcast goes through every episode of "The Simpsons" in chronological order, breaking down every detail in comedic detail! This year at Sketchfest they'll be joined by Allie Goertz and Julia Prescott ("Everything's Coming Up Simpsons") to do a live examination of one of the show's most controversial episodes, "The Principal And The Pauper!" Join us for a night of podcast crossover fun! $15, All Ages


Wednesday January 16, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

The Greatest Generation
The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about "Star Trek," beloved by everyone from people who’ve never seen an episode, to hard core nerds who are fluent in Klingon.

Once a week Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica watch an episode of "Star Trek" and tell you what’s great, what’s bad, and what’s hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It’s a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben’s most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods. For the GreatestGenKhan tour, Ben and Adam are tackling one of the most beloved films in the franchise: "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan." The show is part film review, part tribute, part send up, and all comedy. $30, ages 18+


Wednesday January 16, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Don't Watch This Show Live / The Comic Thread
Don't Watch This Show Live is SNL meets Funny or Die. Voted SF Weekly's Best of Comedy Variety Show 2014.

The Comic Thread is proud to be back at SF Sketchfest for the second time! Hailing from Chicago, TCT is character-driven comedy that regularly ventures into ridiculous territory without security clearance. BEST GROUP: LA Comedy Fest, AUDIENCE CHOICE: Chicago Fringe Fest, and EMMY® AWARD WINNERS for their web short "The Engagement Party." Aptly described as "Surrealistic comedy that bends the edges of logic in any particular direction with enough grace that you truly don't know what's coming next. And you really don't care because there's a 90% chance that it'll be exceptionally funny" (Express Milwaukee).
 $15, All Ages

Wednesday January 16, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

The Mission Position
The Mission Position is a popular independent comedy showcase, hosted by two of San Francisco’s most accomplished comedians — Adrian McNair and Irene Tu (featured in Viceland’s "Flophouse," SF Sketchfest, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival). Every month, we bring a dynamite lineup to an intimate theater, for a show that provides club-level talent without irritating drink minimums or filler comics. The Mission Position welcomes a new lineup of special guests every month that include the Bay’s brightest comics alongside nationally touring headliners from NBC, TBS, E! and Comedy Central. $20, ages 18+


Wednesday January 16, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Thursday, January 17
 

6:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
SF Sketchfest is back for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing night of comedy, science, eating and drinking for adults over 21! This year's event includes stand-up from Jon Glaser ("Jon Glaser Loves Gear," "Delocated"), popular podcasts "Sawbones" with Justin and Sydney McElroy,  "Omnibus" with John Roderick and Ken Jennings, and "You Should Know This!" with Kevin Whittinghill and guest scientist Dr. George Engelmayr; a battle for who can pen the most wonderfully terrible science fiction literary passage in "Worst First Chapter" with Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm and more; and a packed stand-up stage with Arjun Banerjee, Becky Braunstein, Chase Brockett, Hanna Evensen, Nate Follen, Arthur Gaus, Ruby Gill, Pedro Gonzalez, Mike Hanford, Jesse Hett, Zorba Jevon Hughes, J.A.D.E., Conor Kellicut, Ben Kolina, Matt Lieb, Yogi Paliwal, Jazmyn W., and Salma Zaky. $12 CAS Members/$15 Non-Members, 21+


Thursday January 17, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm PST
California Academy of Sciences 55 Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

7:00pm PST

The Comic Thread, Living Impaired and Mike Lane: One of the Good Ones (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Thursday January 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

SF Sketchfest Tribute: Julie Klausner, in conversation
SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to the hilarious Julie Klausner, who will sit down for a spirited onstage conversation about her life and work, moderated by Tom Scharpling.

Julie Klausner is the creator, writer and star of Hulu’s critically acclaimed "Difficult People," produced by Amy Poehler and starring Klausner and Billy Eichner as two pop culture- literate, struggling comedians in New York City who hate everything in the world except for each other.

Her television writing credits include "Billy On The Street" (Head Writer/ Co-EP Seasons 1-4), "Mulaney," "Triumph & Jack," "Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins," and "The Big Gay Sketch Show." She’s also written for Robert Smigel’s “TV Funhouse” on "SNL," and for the late Joan Rivers on a few different occasions.

Her long-running podcast, "How Was Your Week," was called “one of the few essential podcasts” by the New York Times and was named one of the best 10 comedy podcasts of the moment by Rolling Stone and GQ.

Her first book, "I Don’t Care About Your Band," was released in 2010 and optioned for HBO by Gary Sanchez Productions as a series starring Lizzy Caplan. Her YA Novel "Art Girls Are Easy" was published in 2013 and she’s written pilots for NBC and Hulu.

Julie’s voice acting credits include regular roles on Comedy Central’s "Ugly Americans" and guest star credits on "Bob’s Burgers" and "Zoolander: Super Model." Her acting credits range from music videos for the New Pornographers and Ted Leo to guest starring roles on "Delocated" and "Strangers with Candy."

She’s appeared as herself as a guest or panelist on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "The Wendy Williams Show," "The View," "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "The Today Show," "@midnight," "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," "Best Week Ever," "The Approval Matrix," and, of course, "America’s Next Cat Star" on Animal Planet.

Julie’s editorial writing credits include pieces for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vulture, McSweeney’s, Salon, The A.V. Club, Nerve, and The Awl. She regularly performs her own solo shows live in New York City.  Co-presented by the Jewish Film Institute  $35/$25, All Ages


Thursday January 17, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Stuff You Should Know
"Stuff You Should Know" is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, "Stuff You Should Know" has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history and cultural and scientific impact of topics like: Ouija boards, asteroid mining, termites, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, the game of horseshoes, gender reassignment surgery, what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, Barbie(r) dolls, peak oil, the effects of going without sleep, bioluminescence, disco, icebergs, the fat tax and so on and so on, totaling nearly 700 episodes and adding two more every Tuesday and Thursday.

Over the years, Stuff You Should Know has grown beyond the podcast to include video series like Don't Be Dumb; a pretty good social media presence on Facebook and Twitter where Josh and Chuck chat with their fans, field suggestions and are told what they got wrong in any given episode; and a website, Josh and Chuck's home on the web, StuffYouShouldKnow.com, where they like to share examples of their interests in photos of abandoned places, old Halloween costumes, terrible ideas in history, and other neat stuff. They are also beginning work on a "Stuff You Should Know" book, which they intend to complete and have published before the end of the decade, they hope. They also played themselves in a short lived but much loved scripted TV show on Science channel.

Chuck and Josh live in Atlanta, though not together; instead with their wives, Emilie (Chuck) and Umi (Josh). When they aren't working - but really, in this day and age, when is anyone not working, you know? - Chuck plays in his old man band, as he's a bit of an amateur guitarist, and Josh likes to find and try new cocktail recipes, as he's a bit of an amateur mixologist. $32, All Ages


Thursday January 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

We're No Doctors with Steve Agee and Busy Philipps
Meet Steve and Busy, two neurotic, hypochondriac actors who’ve decided to host a podcast about health and medicine. Join them on for a live version of their weekly podcast to unload their health issues, obsessions and opinions. $35/$25, ages 18+


Thursday January 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump's America / Claptrap
Fresh from sold out shows in Edinburgh and New Zealand: NY comedian/VICE contributor, Harmon Leon has made a career out of infiltrating extremist groups in Trump America. Take Harmon’s hand as he leads you on a multimedia journey into his true-life, undercover exploits with such facets of Trump America as:-Anti-immigration vigilantes on the Mexican border-The world of Christian conversion therapy-Abortion protesters outside of Planned Parenthood.Plus songs! Complete sell out at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Claptrap is the musical comedy brainchild of Meg Trowbridge (Killing my Lobster, The Ballroom Improv, SF Sketchfest '14-'18, etc) and Eric Rubin (Killing my Lobster, Speechless Live, Mortified/The Freeze, SF Sketchfest '17-'18). Their oddball comedic songs bend genres (hip hop, country, German Aria, pop) and sink into historical and topical themes from women's rights to Divinci as tragic hero - all fueled by Meg's classically trained operatic voice and Eric's elastic physicality and musicianship (beatbox and guitar fed through a looping machine). They were recent victors of the 2018 Battle of the Comedy Bands SF and have performed their forty minute show at fringe venues from Redwood City to Sacramento. $18, All Ages


Thursday January 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Rhea Butcher (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared audiences nationwide, as she's performed standup and appeared on shows such as HBO's "2 DOPE QUEENS," "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," "@Midnight" and "Conan." Rhea’s first television series, “Take My Wife” premiered as a critical hit and was reviewed by Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Vulture, IndieWire and countless other outlets. Rhea was a recurring performer on the TruTv series “Adam Ruins Everything,” and continues to tour the country. Her debut standup album, “Butcher” debuted at number one on iTunes, and she was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics To Watch 2017 at the Just For Laughs festival.   Co-presented by Frameline  $25, all ages

Photo credit: Karlin Villondo Photography


Thursday January 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Standup Spotlight: Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Charla Lauriston & Maggie Maye
Joyelle Nicole Johnson brings joy to the stage. She regularly features for Hannibal Buress and has opened for other legends like Dave Chappelle, Russell Peters and Maria Bamford. She is currently the warm up comic for Hasan Minhaj’s talk show "Patriot Act" on Netflix. Joyelle made her network TV debut on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and most recently she wrote for "Broad City." She has performed on Wyatt Cenac’s "Night Train" for SeeSo, "This Week at the Comedy Cellar" for Comedy Central, "LaffMob" for TruTV, was a panelist on Refinery 29/Facebook Watch’s "After After Party" and can be seen in the upcoming season of HBO’s "Crashing" and Comedy Central’s digital series "Comics to Watch." She was selected for the 2018 FOX Comedy showcase, was a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity Showcase and has performed at festivals like Sketchfest, Bonnaroo, The New York Comedy Festival and Bumbershoot. She also tours with "Daily Show" creator Lizz Winstead's "Lady Parts Justice League" making her dreams of combining comedy and activism come true.

Maggie Maye is an LA based stand up comic who will use her wit and charm to make you laugh and think. She has performed stand up on "Conan," "Last Call with Carson Daly", and "AXS Presents: Gotham Comedy Live." She has performed in comedy festivals around the world, such as the Just For Laughs Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (as one of the Dozen), and the Women in Comedy Festival.

Charla Lauriston is a stand-up comedian and television writer hailing from New York by way of Boston by way of Haiti. Charla has written for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Comedy Central’s "Why? W/ Hannibal Buress," TBS’ "People of Earth," and FOX’s "Ghosted." She appeared on "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail" on Comedy Central and has been featured at the New York, Brooklyn, Cape Fear, She-Devil, and Chicago Women’s Funny Festivals. Charla was Joke of the Week in TimeOut New York and has written pieces for Elle Magazine and The Root. Her web series, "Clench & Release," garnered critical acclaim that described her as “self-assured and gleefully sarcastic” (WNYC) and “one of the most exciting and original voices in comedy” (Splitsider). The series was also featured in Glamour, Indie Wire, Paste Magazine, Bustle, and Comedy Hype. Charla was listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine and is a 2018 Sundance New Voices Fellow.

Alexandria Love is a stand-up comedian and writer from Oakland, California. She's performed at some of the best venues in California, including the Punchline, Cobb's Comedy Club, Doc's Lab, Comedy Day and the San Jose Improv. She is a sixteen-time winner of Tourette's Without Regret's "Dirty Haiku Battle" at the Oakland Metro Opera House, and the current reigning champion at Muni Diaries' "Haiku Battle." She is also a recurring guest star on the popular podcast "Nerd Rage: The Great Debates" and the coproducer of several shows such as "The Mermaid Show," "Jokelandish," and the "No-Cover Cabaret." She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Communications from the University of San Francisco and enjoys long walks off short cliffs and explosively emotional conversations about her parents with her therapist, Lynn. You can catch some of her musings at HeresWhyThatsFunny.com. $22, ages 18+


Thursday January 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Friday, January 18
 

7:00pm PST

Judge John Hodgman
Join bestselling author and self-appointed judge John Hodgman as he listens to real-life disputes and weighs in on such pressing issues as “Is chili a soup or a stew?” With Jesse Thorn and musical guest Martin Luther McCoy.

Tier 1 - $100 VIP Meet-and-Greet Post-Show + Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $45 Middle/Rear Orchestra
Tier 3 - $35 Balcony
All seating general admission within sections
All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

7:00pm PST

Day Job, Femmebot PhD and Liss n' Sams (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience with Dana Gould and Bob Odenkirk & Friends
SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Experience impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, encounter strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette (for entertainment purposes only) in a vintage Casino, or get pulled into comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style Joke-e-oke routine.

Tonight’s show features headlining comedian, creator of IFC’s “Stan Against Evil” and longtime writer and producer of “The Simpsons,” Dana Gould, and "Mr. Show" and "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk, along with friends and fellow comics Blaine Capatch, Caitlin Gill, Deborah Baker, Jr., Nate Mooney, The Poubelle Twins, Eban Schletter and more. $125, ages 16+

Due to a change in schedule, Eban Schletter will not be appearing.


Friday January 18, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Fake TED Talks (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech, and creativity. Fake TED Talks are simply hilarious. With all of the bullet points and none of the facts, Chuck Bryant, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, Adam Savage and other guests will present a well-rehearsed presentation, live, in the present. $35/$25, ages 18+

Due to a change in schedule, Justin and Sydnee McElroy will not be appearing.


Friday January 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Busy Tonight with Busy Philipps (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Join host Busy Philipps and her special guests for this very special SF Sketchfest live adaptation of her hit E! talk show, "Busy Tonight!" $35/$25, All Ages

Due to a change in schedule, John Michael Higgins will not be appearing. Gillian Jacobs has been added.


Friday January 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Porchlight, a Storytelling Series
For the past sixteen years, Porchlight has been San Francisco's premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+

Due to a change in schedule, Sarah Thyre will not be appearing.


Friday January 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

Audible presents: Bad Reception
Audible presents a living, breathing version of the improvised audio comedy Bad Reception, the hilarious story of a truly bizarre town and its zany inhabitants. Join the creators of this Audible Original, Justin Michael and Eric Martin, as they welcome you to the buttery mystery of South Grampers, Northern California with an all-star cast of improvisers. Download and listen to the made-up madness at Audible.com/BadReception.

Featured improvisers and performers: Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Eric Martin, Jessica McKenna, Justin Michael, Zach Reino, Paul F. Tompkins and more!

$25, All Ages (Show contains adult material)


Friday January 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm PST

The End of the World with Josh Clark, or How I Learned to Start Worrying and Love Humanity (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Have you wondered how humanity might go extinct? Nuclear war? Climate change? Both would be really bad for us, sure. You can even imagine that they might kill off 99% of everyone alive. Again, bad. But there's a big difference between 99% extinct and fully, totally 100% extinct - so much of a difference that when you lay it out, losing that last 1% of humanity is much, much worse than the first 99% dying. Why? Because humanity has a bright, long future ahead and if we accidentally wipe ourselves out then we lose that future too. It just so happens that we are entering a time when the chances of accidentally wiping ourselves out are greater than ever. The technology we're beginning to dabble in but don't fully understand - AI, biotech, nanotech, high-energy physics experiments - these will be the very things that advance our civilization headlong into that bright future. If we can survive figuring out how they work. Join "Stuff You Should Know" podcaster Josh Clark for an eye-opening (eye-popping, really) exploration of existential risks, those reasons why we humans might not be around anymore a hundred or so years from now. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $32, ages 21+


Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

Cool Playlist
On “Cool Playlist”, host Eliza Skinner and a guests create a playlist for a specific life event, moment, or occasion. From Bar Fights, to Break-ups, to Goth Weddings – we’ll soundtrack it all. Not only do you get a great playlist but new insight into some of your favorite comedians, actors, musicians, and more! $25, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Asian AF (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Asian AF (Asian As F***) is the hit Asian American variety show held at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in both Los Angeles and New York. Asian AF spotlights the most talented Asian American comedians, actors, improvisers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. A typical show features a stand-up comedian, a sketch portion, a musical element, sketch videos, and an improv team - with a new cast every month.Every show has sold out since its debut in November 2016, some selling out in only a few hours. Due to the immense popularity in Los Angeles, Asian AF was brought to New York in June 2017 and met with the same excitement. The show has been featured on news sites such as NBC News, ABC News, LA Times, Splitsider, ATTN, and many more. Previous guests include Margaret Cho, Aparna Nancherla, Eugene Cordero, Kulap Vilaysack, Sheng Wang, Joel Kim Booster, Keiko Agena, Suzy Nakamura, Manny Jacinto, Hudson Yang, and Ronny Chieng. $25, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Charla Lauriston: Live Album Taping
Charla Lauriston is a stand-up comedian and television writer hailing from New York by way of Boston by way of Haiti. Charla has written for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Comedy Central’s "Why? W/ Hannibal Buress," TBS’ "People of Earth," and FOX’s "Ghosted." She appeared on "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail" on Comedy Central and has been featured at the New York, Brooklyn, Cape Fear, She-Devil, and Chicago Women’s Funny Festivals. Charla was Joke of the Week in TimeOut New York and has written pieces for Elle Magazine and The Root. Her web series, "Clench & Release," garnered critical acclaim that described her as “self-assured and gleefully sarcastic” (WNYC) and “one of the most exciting and original voices in comedy” (Splitsider). The series was also featured in Glamour, Indie Wire, Paste Magazine, Bustle, and Comedy Hype. Charla was listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine and is a 2018 Sundance New Voices Fellow. $20, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Max Silvestri & Nick Youssef
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+

Due to a change in his schedule, Byron Bowers is no longer appearing. Nick Youssef has been added.
 


Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

9:00pm PST

Basement Party, Mike Lane: One of the Good Ones and William Williams, Hosted by Carter Anderson (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

9:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult


10:00pm PST

Found Footage Festival vs. Everything Is Terrible!
Found Footage Festival: Childhood friends Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) take you on a guided tour through their incredible collection of special interest VHS tapes found at thrift stores and garage sales across the country.

Everything is Terrible! is the video and performance collective that is responsible for some of the internet’s most hilarious and bizarre videos. EIT! has posted daily re-edits for 11 years that have been culled from the mountains of dead media on the verge of abandonment by humanity. Some of their most widely shared videos include the creepy yoga farmer Yogi Ogi Dogi, the pedophile hunting Yellow Dino, Cat Massage, Pubic Hair Dying, and of course, the demi-child-god Duane. Beyond creating what the CBC called ‘The best site ever’, Everything Is Terrible! has also collected over 24,000 "Jerry Maguire" VHS tapes that will one day live in a permanent pyramid in the desert. Their "Jerry Maguire Video Store" immersive art installation in Los Angeles was praised by The New York Times, Vice, ABC News, The Paris Review, and more. EIT!’s legion of cult-like followers drive for hours with offerings of hundreds of Jerrys to their one-of-a-kind live experiences which showcase their videos, costumes, puppets, performances, and insane worldview. They have made 7 feature length movies and their most recent, "The Great Satan" (2018) was called “a masterpiece’’ by both Film Threat and The Chicago Reader.   Co-presented by SF Indiefest  $23, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm PST

Workjuice Improv
SF Sketchfest wouldn’t be complete without the WorkJuice Players, and this year is no exception. The cast of perennial favorites will take to the stage, sans scripts, and improvise a show based on monologues by special guest Busy Philipps ("Cougartown," "Freaks & Geeks"). The players have mesmerized audiences around the world and will bring their incredible wit and hilarity to San Francisco for one show only. This is long form improv at its best! $30, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00pm PST

Totally Hosted with Dave Hill
Host Dave Hill welcomes you to Totally Hosted, a talk show where each guest gets the opportunity to also be the host! 
This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+

Due to a scheduling conflict, Sarah Thyre will no longer be appearing.


Friday January 18, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm PST

Chardonnay / Mission CTRL (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Char*don*nay | ,SHärdn ‘ā | noun
1. a variety of white wine grape used for making Champagne and other wines 
2. a wine made from this grape
3. a San Francisco-based sketch comedy group that’s been winning over audiences with it’s variety-show sensibility, biting wit, and smooth, unoaked finish since forming under the moniker Monday Night ForePlays in 2009. Since that time, the group has premiered more than 17 and less than 321 original productions and has appeared in SF Improv Festival, SF SketchFestSF Theater Fest 
and other local comedy showcases. Chardonnay is written and produced by Jess Mele, Kate Jones, Leah Shesky, Meredith Terry, and Rachel Rockwood.


Mission CTRL is a sketch comedy startup based in San Francisco. After years of disruptive comedic innovation on stage and in video, Mission CTRL held their highly-anticipated IPO in 2011 to billions in projected revenues. They are repeat performers at SF Sketchfest, creators of the world’s first ballet-horror-comedy, Duck Lake, and are members of the SF based arts collective / downtown SF venue, PianoFight. “Mission CTRL ranks with the best of sketch comedy troupes: think Second City and early SNL,” (SF Examiner) and calling them “SF Sketch Legends” (TheLAist) and “seriously funny shit” (7×7). $20, All Ages

Due to a change in his schedule, Gabriel Gundacker is no longer appearing. Chardonnay has been added. 


Friday January 18, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:15pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Max Silvestri & Nick Youssef
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+

Due to a change in his schedule, Byron Bowers is no longer appearing. Nick Youssef has been added. 


Friday January 18, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:15pm PST

The Art Critique Comedy Show
The Art Critique Comedy Show {comedians roasting thrift store art} brings five secondhand disasterpieces, found at Goodwills, garage sales, and flea markets, up on stage to be properly torn apart by salty stand-up comics. You'll love laughing at this treasure trash so much by show's end, you won't be able to keep yourself from bidding when it's auctioned off by your hosts Jeremy Talamantes and Jordan Cerminara. $15, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:30pm PST

Bubble: An all-new episode of the sci-fi comedy podcast
"Bubble" takes place right now, but someplace else. Specifically, in the Portland-ish town of Fairhaven, a literal Bubble that is, for the most part, sealed off and protected from the otherworldly beasts that live in the surrounding Brush. The show follows a small band of monster killers, led by the Brush-born Morgan, as they struggle to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy. Part allegory, part commentary, part ass-kicking, this smart, sci-fi-infused comedy ticks lots of pop-culture boxes. Think "Broad City" meets "Buffy" meets the BBC radio version of "Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." $35/$25, ages 18+


Friday January 18, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 19, 2019 12:00am PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:30pm PST

Off Book: The Improvised Musical
It takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but on Off Book: The Improvised Musical, you get a brand new original musical every week! Each episode, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and special guest Sean Cullen create a new musical on the spot with help from guest accompanist Jacob Russell-Snyder. $25, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 19, 2019 12:00am PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

Resistance is Fertile
R.I.F. Comedy AKA Resistance is Fertile is a show of queers, queens, and 1 token peen. We feature a majority female lineup of comedy's rising starsto discuss the joys of being a woman or GNC in a batshit world, the eternal struggle to harness one’s inner diva, and the art of resisting everything but our favorite vices. Bonus track: We will lovingly humiliate our 1 male comic on the lineup for the sins of all men -- ever -- and invert the typical comedy lineup where only one woman is booked on a predominantly male lineup. Comedians on this selective showcase have been featured on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, NBC, Viceland, MTV and more. $20, ages 21+

Due to a change in their schedules, Nicole Calasich and Wanjiko Eke are no longer appearing. Emily Van Dyke and Valerie Vernale have been added.


Friday January 18, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 19, 2019 12:00am PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

11:00pm PST

The Fork! presented by Little Gem, JV presents #ThrowbackFriday, and The Laser Comedy Show
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 18, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday January 19, 2019 12:30am PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 19
 

11:00am PST

How To Improvise Like a Married Couple: Improv Workshop (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

This workshop is for established two-person improv groups, or those looking to become established! Craig and Carla Cackowski perform as the duo Orange Tuxedo in Los Angeles and all over the world. Students will join the class as pairs and over the course of this two-hour intensive, they will work with Craig, Carla or both to find their duo's voice, guided by Orange Tuxedo's motto "grounded relationships, formed by eccentric characters". $60, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:00pm PST

Doughboys (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Doughboys, Feral Audio's cult podcast about chain restaurants, presents a special live recording. Join hosts Nick Wiger aka Burger Boy and Mike "Spoonman" Mitchell for what's sure to be a rousing and combative discussion about America's true national pastime: eating. $35/$25, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

1:00pm PST

Movie Crush with Chuck Bryant
Movie Crush is an interview show where Chuck Bryant from Stuff You Should Know sits down with your favorite people to talk about their favorite movie. Simple enough, but what we get is much more than that. It’s a look at what makes a favorite thing, and why someone’s favorite movie says so much about who they are. More conversation than interview, Movie Crush, at its heart, is about the love affair we all have with the silver screen. $25, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

4:00pm PST

Jon Glaser Loves Gear
Jon Glaser is a comedian and real-life gear-lover. John Hodgman is a comedian and fake judge. Together, these Jo(h)ns join forces for an afternoon of comedy, conversation and clips from truTV’s "Jon Glaser Loves Gear." Featuring individual stand-up sets from Glaser and Hodgman, followed by a joint chat sesh, audience Q&A, and special sneak peeks from the television series A.V. Club dubbed “epically, fantastically ridiculous.” $25, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

4:00pm PST

Playhouse Masterpieces
Neil Campbell ("Comedy Bang! Bang!") and Paul Rust ("Love") present a never-before-seen semi-improvised play of great artistic importance. Experience an evening of legitimate theatre featuring themes and layers and like metaphors and stuff, like smart things that actually matter, unlike so much of the drivel you see these days. Featuring Mike Hanford ("The Birthday Boys"), Mary Holland ("Veep") and Mike Mitchell ("Comedy Bang! Bang!"). $25, 21+


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

4:00pm PST

Worst First Chapter (A Benefit for 826 Valencia)
It’s simple: each author has made up an intentionally awful first chapter to a terrible, nonexistent book. We read them aloud while you sit in the audience and listen, and occasionally clap. Proceeds to benefit 826 Valencia.  $25, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

4:00pm PST

“Best in Show” 20th Anniversary screening and reunion (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Dog lovers and comedy lovers unite for one of the funniest films of our time! Filmed 20 years ago, "Best in Show" was directed by Christopher Guest from a script outline by Guest and Eugene Levy, and improvised by an incredible cast, almost all of whom will appear for an in-depth onstage conversation before the screening, moderated by Kevin Pollak.

Tier 1 - $55 Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $45 Rear Orchestra/Balcony
All seating general admission within sections
All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

4:20pm PST

The 420 Show with Matt Besser
Matt Besser and friends will perform their weed material. There's a lot. THIS SHOW WILL GET YOU HIGH. $25, All Ages

Due to a change in schedules, Stephanie Allynne, Andy Richter and Sarah Thyre will not be appearing.


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:20pm - 5:50pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

5:30pm PST

Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw
Obsessed is a comedy podcast about liking things a lot. Hosted by comedian/writer Joseph Scrimshaw, guests share their deepest loves from Cats to Star Wars to Knitting and everything in between. This live episode is all about MISUNDERSTOOD WATER CREATURES! Guest Rebecca Watson (Skepchicks, Quiz-O-Tron) is obsessed with Sharks and guest Trace Beaulieu (The Mads, MST3k) is obsessed with The Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Joseph is a comedian and writer. He performs regularly in Los Angeles and at festivals and conventions across the country. He's written for RiffTrax, Screen Junkies, the upcoming Adult Swim show Tigtone, and much more. He's been performing at SF Sketchfest for multiple years doing stand-up, one acts with Bill Corbett, and for the last several years live recordings of Obsessed Podcast. FREE, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST
PianoFight Bar 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Day Job, The Laser Comedy Show and Missed Connections (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Caitlin Gill & Langston Kerman
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience with John Hodgman & Paul F. Tompkins
SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Experience impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, encounter strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette (for entertainment purposes only) in a vintage Casino, or get pulled into comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style Joke-e-oke routine.

Tonight’s show features a double-bill of two of comedy’s most unique and beloved voices: John Hodgman (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Areas of My Expertise”) and Paul F. Tompkins (“BoJack Horseman,” “Mr. Show with Bob and David”). $125, ages 16+

Due to a change in schedule, Eban Schletter will not be appearing.


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT
SF Sketchfest is proud to host this performance of one of the comedy world's most influential and iconic live shows: Upright Citizens Brigade’s A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. This popular weekly long-form improv show will feature UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh and guest improvisers Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and special guest monologist Bobcat Goldthwait. $45/$35, All Ages


7:30pm PST

Celebrity Autobiography
Celebrity Autobiography is the award-winning hit comedy show where celebrities act out other celebrities' jaw-dropping memoirs verbatim, returns to Sketchfest straight from its Broadway run!

Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, the show features star performers acting out “hot off the press” & hard-to-believe-they-wrote-‘em tell-alls live. Created by Emmy Award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and developed by Pack and Dayle Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features solos, duets, and mashups with the entire cast covering themes such as first time romance, fitness, music, food, sports, politics, celebrity poetry, and Hollywood love triangles, told from all sides. Critics Pick in NY Times and described as the "Funniest Show in Town, Hands Down"--NY Post $50, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm and "Friends"
In the Venn diagram of music, comedy, and geek culture, you will find this show sitting squarely in the intersection of all sets. Join the inimitable Jonathan Coulton, kings of geekdom Paul and Storm, and their rhythmically gifted friends for an unforgettable night of music, laughter... and maybe even a sing-a-long.  Co-presented by Amoeba Music  This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

The Birthday Boys
The Birthday Boys are bringing their bizarrely brilliant sketch comedy to SF Sketchfest with a jam packed* show! One of the most accomplished groups to come out of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Boys have credits ranging from writing for the MTV Movie Awards to starring on Portlandia and everything in between. Their eponymous sketch series, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk, aired for two seasons on IFC and is now available to stream online. With an opening set by the five-time winners of the House Team Tournament at the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA -- Cobranauts! $35/$25, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm PST

SF Sketchfest Threesome: Guy Branum, Sean Cullen & Alice Wetterlund
Three SF Sketchfest favorites combine forces for this delightful night of stand-up featuring headliners Guy Branum, Sean Cullen and Alice Wetterlund. Hosted by Nate Craig.   Co-presented by Frameline

  $35/$25, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Skinner Box
Watch as Eliza Skinner combines stand-up and musical improv to make a sticky mash of comedy magic.

Eliza Skinner has appeared on "The Late Late Show," "Adam Ruins Everything," "Totally Biased," "The Pete Holmes Show," "@Midnight," and "Chelsea Lately." She has performed in festivals all over the world including SXSW, the NY Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. In his Reddit AMA, Patton Oswalt called her one of his favorite up-and-coming comedians, and Wayne Brady has called her "freestyle rap royalty."

"If you've never seen Eliza Skinner work, you really ought to. Talent and smarts just overflow all over the stage. Get to know her." - Paul Provenza

"Eliza Skinner is made of pure talent with small amounts of cat hair stuck to it." - Guy Branum

"One of the most creative comics out there, period." Austinist

"Animated, calculated and disarmingly thoughtful." - TimeOut LA
$25, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Asian AF (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Asian AF (Asian As F***) is the hit Asian American variety show held at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in both Los Angeles and New York. Asian AF spotlights the most talented Asian American comedians, actors, improvisers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. A typical show features a stand-up comedian, a sketch portion, a musical element, sketch videos, and an improv team - with a new cast every month.Every show has sold out since its debut in November 2016, some selling out in only a few hours. Due to the immense popularity in Los Angeles, Asian AF was brought to New York in June 2017 and met with the same excitement. The show has been featured on news sites such as NBC News, ABC News, LA Times, Splitsider, ATTN, and many more. Previous guests include Margaret Cho, Aparna Nancherla, Eugene Cordero, Kulap Vilaysack, Sheng Wang, Joel Kim Booster, Keiko Agena, Suzy Nakamura, Manny Jacinto, Hudson Yang, and Ronny Chieng. $25, All Ages

Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Big Terrific with Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri
Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri host BIG TERRIFIC, now in its 10th year, a silly and love-filled mix of stand-up and conversation between best friends, like the Newlywed Game played by three sexually incompatible people.  Co-presented by the Jewish Film Institute
Tier 1 - $45 Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $35 Rear Orchestra/Balcony
All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

Facial Recognition Comedy (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Facial Recognition Comedy is a comedy coalition of Desi women produced by Fizaa Dosani (creator), Zahra Ali, and Pallavi Gunalan to dispel the myth that "there can only be one." Each comic has a unique style and take that you will learn to tell apart if you haven't already. #WeAreNotTheSamePerson This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $20, ages 21+


Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

Sudden Pirate: A Comedy Show Benefit for Mikey Walz (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Mikey Walz is a stand-up comic, writer and longtime member of the Bay Area comedy community -- and he learned October 9th 2018 that he has cancer. On Halloween, in order to remove the soft tissue cancer in his left leg and save his life, Mikey had it amputated. He’s got several months of chemotherapy and years of physical therapy ahead of him. Join Mikey and his close comedy friends for a night of stand-up to raise money to help Mikey with the tough times ahead! And for a little bit more cash, stay and meet this sudden pirate after the show. $50 VIP M&G / $20 general, All Ages

Due to a change in her schedule, Nicole Calasich is no longer appearing.


Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

9:00pm PST

The Doubleclicks, Femmebot PhD and The Geek Show (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

9:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult


9:15pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Caitlin Gill & Langston Kerman
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:15pm - 10:45pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:00pm PST

Theme Park Improv (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

The Theme Park Improv Show's improvisers take a single suggestion of a theme from the audience, and wing an entire set of fast-paced long-form scenes and characters, based on stories from special guest monologist Tony Hale ("Arrested Development," "VEEP")!

After a streak of sold-out shows, they return to SF Sketchfest with a stellar lineup: Simon Helberg ("The Big Bang Theory"), Michael Hitchcock ("Best in Show"), John Michael Higgins ("Pitch Perfect"), Jessica Makinson ("South Park"), Oscar Nunez ("The Office"), Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture podcast) and Janet Varney ("Stan Against Evil"). This will be a show you won’t soon forget! $35, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00pm PST

White Women presents: Your Token Friend (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

White Women is an all-black group made up of the token black friends of every white comedian in Los Angeles, so they are the authorities on this particular experience. In this show, White Women invites a guest token friend monologist to share their stories on being the lone minority, and then will do improv based off of those stories. In the second half, the guest jumps in for a set, cementing their status as an honorary White Woman. Previous guests have included Lamorne Morris, Natasha Rothwell, Reggie Watts, Tim Meadows and more! $20, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Wild Horses
Wild Horses is a longform improv team made up of four best friends: Stephanie Allynne (Amazon's "One Mississippi"), Mary Holland (Starz' "Blunt Talk"), Lauren Lapkus ("Orange is the New Black," "Jurassic World"), and Erin Whitehead (HBO's "Animals"). In their long-running show, The Perspective, they get cozy with a special celebrity guest (Jennifer Coolidge, "Best in Show," "American Pie" and "Legally Blonde")  in an engaging, hilarious, and candid conversation, followed by an improv set. It's kinda like The View...but the women are friends...plus drinking. $40/$30, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Don't Stop Or We'll Die and The Sloppy Boys
"Don't Stop Or We'll Die" is a music-comedy pop-rock-weirdo band featuring Michael Cassady, Paul Rust and Tony Thaxton. "The Sloppy Boys" are an LA-based party rock band comprised of Mike Hanford, Jefferson Dutton, and Tim Kalpakis from the comedy group "The Birthday Boys." This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:15pm PST

Improv Night with The Ballroom, Bear Supply and Spunky Moms
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a night of improvisation with some of the best emerging groups in the country! Hosted by Boston stand-up Bethany Van Delft. $15, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:30pm PST

The Mads are Back
Attention MST3K fans: THE MADS ARE BACK! "Mystery Science Theater 3000" stars Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu are taking movie riffing back onstage in their new live show. Watch with Frank and Trace as they screen one of the worst movies ever made and “riff” (or "comedically make fun of," for the uninitiated) live in the same style as the Peabody Award-winning TV series. $25, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 20, 2019 12:00am PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

We Got This with Mark and Hal
A live recording of the popular Maximum Fun podcast, Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin are joined by surprise special guests to issue the final word on one of life's pointless debates. No topic is too small or insignificant for them to dissect and decide! Whatever minutiae you argue with friends and family, don’t worry: We Got This. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, ages 21+


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 20, 2019 12:00am PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:30pm PST

Set List
From Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad… Comics are given outrageous, never-before-seen topics in the moment, and perform as if it was the material they meant to do. Both the comic and the audience see the topics for the first time on the onstage screen and thus begins the most exciting, edge-of-your seat stand-up show.

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net aired as a TV series on Sky Atlantic in the UK and on ABC2 in Australia. The show tours festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, Melbourne, New York, Montreal, Austria, and Ireland. Set List is also a 60-episode web series on the Nerdist Channel on YouTube.

Past performers on Set List include Greg Proops, Maria Bamford, Bob Odenkirk, Drew Carey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Roseanne Barr, Paul F. Tompkins, Rob Delaney, Jen Kirkman, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Hannibal Buress, Jay Mohr, Margaret Cho, and Eddie Izzard among many others.

Website: www.setlistshow.com
On Twitter: @SETLISTSHOW
Facebook: facebook.com/setlistshow

"It is completely urgent and pertinent that any comedy geek see this wonderful cluster-fuck of comedy brilliance." -Tony Bartelone, Huffington Post

“The most exciting thing to happen in stand-up since the invention of the microphone.”-James Mullinger, British GQ

"The results are unpredictable, illuminating and always enthralling." - Julie Seabaugh, LA Weekly

Past performers on Set List include Maria Bamford, Bob Odenkirk, Drew Carey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Marc Maron, Jen Kirkman, Reggie Watts, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Roseanne Barr, Paul F. Tompkins, Rob Delaney, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Hannibal Buress, Rick Overton, Margaret Cho, and Eddie Izzard among many others. $35/$25, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 20, 2019 12:00am PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

11:00pm PST

Cardinal Redbird is SO LA, The Deadbeat Improv Party and William Williams
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday January 20, 2019 12:30am PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

11:30pm PST

The Daily Zeitgeist
There’s more news and less comprehension today than any historical period that didn’t involve literal witch trials, and trying to stay on top of it all can feel like playing a game of telephone with 30 people, except everyone’s speaking at the same time and a third of them are openly racist for some reason. From Cracked co-founder Jack O’Brien, THE DAILY ZEITGEIST is stepping into that fray with some of the funniest and smartest comedic and journalistic minds around. Jack and co-host Miles Gray spend an hour every weekday sorting through the events and stories driving the headlines, to help you find the signal in the noise, with a few laughs thrown in for free. $25, ages 18+


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30pm - Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00am PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Sunday, January 20
 

12:30pm PST

"Local Hero" with special guest Peter Riegert
Join us for an afternoon screening of Bill Forsyth's classic 1983 film "Local Hero" with an in-depth onstage interview with co-star Peter Riegert, in conversation with Marc Hershon.

Up-and-coming Houston oil executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) gets more than he bargained for when a seemingly simple business trip to Scotland changes his outlook on life. Sent by his colorful boss (Burt Lancaster) to the small village of Ferness, Mac is looking to quickly buy out the townspeople so his company can build a new refinery. But after a taste of country life Mac begins to question whether he is on the right side of this transaction. Co-presented by the California Film Institute   $20, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 12:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

1:00pm PST

improv4humans with Matt Besser
Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show ASSSSCAT, Matt has brought his talents to the Earwolf network and returns for a live version at SF Sketchfest with a fully improvised podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe. $35/$25, ages 18+


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

1:00pm PST

Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live is a hilarious mix of the intelligent, silly and profoundly vulgar. Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (@Midnight, Unikitty) sit down with a hilarious guest or two to talk about feelings, sex, culture and adult life. Plus, they’ll discuss momentous occasions from audience members’ lives and maybe even challenge a fan’s knowledge of the ridiculous with an absurd battle of wits versus a guest. Whatever happens, it's guaranteed to be a great time. $28, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

1:00pm PST

Yo, Is this Racist?
Yo, Is This Racist?, hosted by Andrew Ti, creator of the popular blog of the same name, is now a weekly podcast! Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist. $25, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

1:00pm PST

Audible Presents: The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe
Building on the sci-fi-comedic lineage of "Rifftrax" and "Mystery Science Theater 3000," "The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe" is an Audible Original that follows Kara Everglades as she is caught up in her grandfather Cornelius’ harebrained scheme to legitimize his island micronation by hosting a sham Olympics there. Unfortunately, the games have also attracted the attention of an alien named 9-Krelblax, who has set a course for Earth to prove his planet’s dominance. Come see a live reading of excerpts from a brand new, out-of-this-world Audible Original. Listen and download at Audible.com/PoleVault.

Featured performers: Bill Corbett, Lucy Davis, Kevin Murphy, Andy Richter, Eliza Skinner, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and "Weird Al" Yankovic!

$35/$25, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00pm PST

RiffTrax: Day of The Shorts
Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and Rifftrax.com return to SF Sketchfest for a seventh edition of RiffTrax Shorts -- taking on some of the worst PSA, educational, scientific and promotional shorts of yesteryear, and riff them into submission.Joining the duo are guest riffers and original MST3K writers and performers Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Nelson, frequent RiffTrax Presents team Cole Stratton and Janet Varney, and special guests John Hodgman & Paul F. Tompkins! $35, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

4:00pm PST

Dead Pilots Society
Dozens of TV show pilots are written every year, and most don't get to see the light of day. Until now. "Friends" writer Andrew Reich and "Nerdist Writers Panel" creator Ben Blacker ("Thrilling Adventure Hour") have invited their writer pals to bring out their dead pilots for a series of table reads called "Dead Pilots' Society," now available as a podcast on the Maximum Fun network. Featuring scripts by top writers that were never produced because of the questionable judgment of networks and development executives, DPS lets these brilliant, promise-filled scripts be enjoyed by you, the public, performed by top actors.

No notes. No one gets fired. We all laugh. $35/$25, ages 18+


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

4:00pm PST

Roderick on the Line with John Roderick and Merlin Mann
Roderick on the Line is a frank and candid weekly phone call between John Roderick and Merlin Mann.While these sorts of calls have been conducted privately on a regular basis since something like 2003, they are now being made available to the public as an audio podcast. Watch them do it live, sans phone! $25, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

4:00pm PST

Audible presents: The Indignities of Being a Woman
Join celebrated comedy writers Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester as they explore the increasingly relevant question – “Why the hell are women still being treated like second class citizens?” Merrill and Megan will be joined by a special guest moderator as they discuss issues from their latest Audible release, “The Indignities of Being a Woman”, such as body image, marriage, sex, and mental illness. They’ll examine what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise. Check out the insightful Audible Original at audible.com/Indignities

Merrill Markoe is a multi-award-winning comedy writer whose credits span television, magazines, and books. She has four Emmy Awards, one for each of her dogs. Megan Koester has written for VICE, Jezebel and the Guardian and has one basic cable acting credit. The two writers—one a comedy veteran, the other an emerging talent—intersperse their dry wit with their own experiences of being long-suffering feminists in the modern world. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $20, 21+  Co-presented by LitQuake


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

5:30pm PST

The Bechdel Cast
The Bechdel Cast is a podcast hosted by comedians Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante about the portrayal of women in film. It's inspired by the Bechdel Test (created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel), which requires that a movie has two female characters (with names) who speak to each other about something other than a man. The Bechdel Cast examines one of Hollywood's biggest problems: the under- and misrepresentation of women. But in a funny way! Listen to new episodes every Thursday! FREE, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST
PianoFight Bar 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Totally Looped
Old movies, new dialogue...that’s Totally Looped! In this hilarious movie-centric live show, Hollywood’s funniest improvisers dub new dialogue to old movie clips they haven't seen in advance. The visuals are vintage Hollywood, but the characters, dialogue and situations are all created live on the spot based on audience suggestions. Created and directed by Vince Waldron, Totally Looped has played public and corporate shows across the U.S and the UK, including a four year run at Second City/Los Angeles. This is the show’s seventh appearance at San Francisco Sketchfest.  Co-presented by SFFILM $25, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

7:00pm PST

Bear Supply, Cardinal Redbird is So LA and The Trifecta
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult


7:30pm PST

Speechless
There are 350 PowerPoint presentations given every second around the world, but none quite like this. Speechless shows off Silicon Valley's silly side by letting presenters live out their worst nightmare: giving a presentation with absolutely no preparation.Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the country and the world. Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand up comedians to software engineers put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet--giving a presentation that they've never seen before. A spinning wheel determines at random what kind of talk they have to give — it can be a TED Talk, a new app being launched, an infomercial, even a wedding toast.Fusing technology with comedy, Speechless is the entertainment experience for the Web 2.0 world. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+


Sunday January 20, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

SpontTourCo
The Touring Company of the acclaimed podcast Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins brings its completely improvised show, from monologue to interview to narrative sketch. Join Paul, his special interview guest Julia Duffy ("Newhart"), his incredibly talented improviser friends Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, and Janet Varney, and amazing accompanist Eban Schletter for night of comedy that none of them ever see coming.  $35, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Joel Kim Booster's Joy F*ck Club
The Joy F*ck Club is a celebration of the overwhelming talent, drive and sex appeal within the Asian American community. Comedian Joel Kim Booster will host a showcase of Asian talent in comedy, music and whatever the hell else he wants. In between sets he’ll shoot the shit with his guests, discussing everything from the struggle of being Asian in Emma Stone’s Hollywood to what it’s like being hot, Asian and actually very rich. $32/$22, ages 18+


Sunday January 20, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Schitt's Creek: Up Close & Personal (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Featuring Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Noah Reid

"Schitt’s Creek," the critically acclaimed single-cam comedy co-created by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy, follows a wealthy family who suddenly find themselves broke and forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke. The series features comedy legends and Emmy® Award-winning actors Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Chris Elliott, alongside breakout stars Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, and Emily Hampshire.
 
"Schitt’s Creek" centers on a wealthy video store magnate, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), his former soap-star wife Moira (Catherine O'Hara) and their two adult children – the self-described black sheep of the family David (Daniel Levy) and career socialite Alexis (Annie Murphy). With their pampered lives a memory, they struggle to find jobs and relationships, and most importantly, figure out what it means to be a family in the makeshift but loveable town they’ve reluctantly come to call home. $103.55/$68.55/$48.55, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
The Masonic 1111 California St.

8:00pm PST

Talkies
Talkies is San Francisco’s best unconventional, experimental, and multi-media live comedy event! Comedians, writers, improvisers, and performers work outside of their regular routines to push the boundaries of comedy; slideshows, characters, oddball short films and off-stage antics are all the order of the day.Since its beginnings in the basement of San Francisco’s Lost Weekend Video, this monthly variety show has been an incubator for many unique comedy talents spreading their wings on weird flights of fancy. Past guest performers have included Brent Weinbach, Ron Lynch, Myq Kaplan, Kate Rhoades, Eugene S. Robinson, Sad Vicious, Calvin Johnson, Beth Lisick, and Steve Lambert. The show is a regular feature of SF Sketchfest and almost always sells out.For this special Sketchfest edition, Talkies takes the PianoFight Main Stage! $15, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Who's Laughing Now: An Evening with Bruce Campbell and "Evil Dead II"
Who's laughing now? Join the wildly popular and beloved actor and writer Bruce Campbell for a screening of Sam Raimi's classic 1987 film "Evil Dead II," with an extended pre-film introduction and in-depth post-film Q&A session. You do not want to miss Bruce Campbell unleashed on the Castro stage. Hail to the king, baby.

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low budget film, "Evil Dead," in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out "The Shining." After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it “the most
ferociously original horror film of the year,” New Line Cinema stepped forward to release "Evil Dead" in the U.S. After co-producing "Crimewave," a cross-genre comedy written by Sam Raimi, Ethan and Joel Coen, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the "Maniac Cop" series, "Lunatics: A Love Story," "Moontrap" and "Mindwarp," a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson, during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker, Ida Gearon. Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the "Evil Dead" trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite.

This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series "The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.," then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the "King of Thieves" in the #1syndicated "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," and its follow-up phenomenon, "Xena: Warrior Princess." Bruce has since expanded his range on television, appearing in anything from Disney's update of "The Love Bug," to decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed
series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The X-Files." At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated "Ellen," participating in one of the three touted “out” episodes. But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster "Congo," "John Carpenter's Escape From LA," and the
award-winning independent crime drama, "Running Time." He followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, "Serving Sara," Jim Carrey's "The Majestic," and all three of Sam Raimi's blockbuster "Spider-Man" movies. After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, "Jack of All Trades," Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper "Bubba Ho-tep." His
directorial debut, "Man with the Screaming Brain" premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and Dark Horse Comics published the comic adaptation. Campbell then directed and starred as himself in "My Name is Bruce," a spoof of his B-movie career, then re-teamed with Disney for their fun-filled hit, "Sky High."

Campbell has since made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor," and his first novel, "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way." In the multi-media industry, Bruce has enjoyed voicing characters for Disney’s animated TV series "Tarzan" and the Warner Brothers feature "The Ant Bully." He also portrayed the character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit film "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Recently, Campbell voiced the role of Rod Torque Redline in "Cars 2," the sequel to the smash Disney animated feature and for the immensely popular game, "Call of Duty." In 2013, Bruce Co-Produced the hit remake of "Evil Dead," joined his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on "Oz, The Great and Powerful" and completed an impressive seven-year run on spy show "Burn Notice," USA’s #1 show on cable. In 2015, more than two decades after the release of "Army of Darkness," Bruce returned to his most iconic role for "Ash vs. Evil Dead," a critically acclaimed series on the Starz network - now in its third season.

Campbell continues to share his acting and filmmaking experiences by lecturing at universities, including Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.  
Co-presented by SF Indiefest 

Tier 1 - $45 Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $35 Rear Orchestra/Balcony
All seating general admission within sections
All Ages (Film is Rated R)


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

9:30pm PST

Bill Corbett's Fun House
Actor / writer / comedian Bill Corbett (MST3K, RiffTrax) and his crew take on current events, chat about arts and entertainment, and give highly unprofessional advice to audience members with problems. $22, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:00pm PST

THUNDERBULGE: LA's Most Electrifying Comedy Male Revue
Attention Ladies & Gentlemen. Please be advised: severe THUNDERBULGE warning. Originating out of Mi's Westside Comedy Theatre in Santa Monica, CA this storm has caused severe flooding in North Hollywood, Burbank, and most recently on ABC's The Gong Show. This storm is on a path of sexiness and is headed straight for San Francisco.

THUNDERBULGE is LA's most electrifying COMEDY MALE REVUE. These seductive comedians descend from the heavens to deliver improv comedy, wild audience contests, and dancing all for your pleasure. Whether you're celebrating a bachelorette party, b-day party, first date or just want some bootylicious fun, the men of THUNDERBULGE will make it an evening you won't soon forget. All are welcome. Time to MAKE IT RAIN. $15, All Ages


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller
SF Sketchfest is thrilled for the return of Wheels Off with Rhett Miller (Old 97s) and his all-star friends. Modeled after old-school variety shows, Wheels Off features music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there.  Co-presented by Amoeba Music
This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $35


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Tuesday, January 22
 

8:00pm PST

The Crossword Show with Zach Sherwin (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

A one-of-a-kind show in which guest comedians solve a crossword puzzle onstage in front of an audience. There's music. There's comedy. There's trivia. There's nothing like it! Hosted by Zach Sherwin ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Epic Rap Battles of History"). $20, All Ages


Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Peaches Christ & Varla Jean Merman in THE WHINING
What happens when two well-known queens decide to spend a winter in the snowy, abandoned, summer resort locale of Provincetown? Find out in this hilarious send-up of the Stephen King classic written by and co-starring Varla Jean Merman and Peaches Christ! The show enjoyed a critically acclaimed run in Provincetown last summer and makes its West Coast debut at Sketchfest this January. Provincetown Magazine says "The Whining rude, crass, low brow, and offensive. In short, it's absolute perfection". $30, All Ages


Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Puddles Pity Party
The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex! This Pity Party is not all sadness and longing. The show is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

A veritable “Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch” (The AJC), Puddles Pity Party has 286k fans on Facebook and over 76 million views on YouTube for indelible interpretations of classics by ABBA, Bowie, Cheap Trick and Queen and his unforgettable mash-up of “Pinball Wizard/Folsom Prison Blues”. You may recognize him from his recent appearances on "America’s Got Talent" and video collaborations with Postmodern Jukebox. Puddles has toured extensively in the US at legendary venues like the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, the Kennedy Center in D.C. and the Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has also performed many times in the UK at Soho Theatre London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other worldwide festival appearances include the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe World, Melbourne International Comedy Fest, Just for Laughs Montreal, Belgium’s Gent Festival, Festival Supreme (LA), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin), and Bethlehem’s MusikFest.

“It seems like a parody. But when Puddles opens his mouth to sing, it’s beautiful. Operatic.”  - The Boston Globe

“Fantastically brilliant…originality at its best." - Simon Cowell

“His special effect is a textured voice laced with melancholy…what makes him transcend the trope is his vulnerability.” - The New York Times

“Clever and often hysterically funny… (Puddles) is ideally suited to songs popularized by belters old and new like Tom Jones, Sia and Celine Dion, all of which he performs with tear-jerking bravura…” - LA Weekly

“Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch.” - The Atlanta Journal Constitution
7PM DOORS / 8PM SHOW
$125.00 Tier 1 VIP Meet & Greet
$49.50 Tier 2
$35.00 Tier 3



Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

8:00pm PST

The Charm Offensive
Check out San Francisco’s newest hit comedy show The Charm Offensive at the world famous Punch Line Comedy Club. Each show features amazing comedians, up-and-comers with national touring headliners (Conan, Fallon, Kimmel.)

Join us for a night of great jokes and magnetic personalities featuring Paco Romane ("Drunk History") and Destiny’s Mom duo Krista Fatka (SF Sketchfest) and David Roth (Outside Lands Comedy). You’ll laugh. You’ll swoon. And when you regain your composure, you’ll swipe right. Hope your legs are looking sexy, cause we’re gonna charm your pants off. $18, ages 18+


Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Will Durst & Friends: Trump Year Three
As the sacred cows beg for their pomposity to be punctured, America cries out for a man with the aim, strength and style to hit them where it hurts the funniest. Will Durst is that man. Sweeping both sides of the aisle with a mix of incredulity and common sense, Durst transcends party ties, having performed at events honoring former Presidents Bill Clinton and George HW Bush as well as speaking at both a Mayors Convention and Governors Conference. Heʼs as current as todayʼs headlines. Outraged and outrageous. Comedy for people who read or know someone who does.Durstʼs motto is “You Canʼt Make Stuff Up Like This.” This prolific writer has his material regularly delivered at 8 am every morning in the five papers he reads daily. Ulysses Press released Durstʼs first book, “The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing,” was based on a critically acclaimed one man Off Broadway show, which had critics climbing over themselves reaching for superlatives.The New York Times: “Durst is at his sly savvy best. Highly recommended.” The New York Post: “Brilliantly crafted. Satire to admire in a smashing bashing!” The Epoch Times: “A political, comic and performance tour-de-force, Durst attacks both the left and the right with equal enthusiasm. Hits the bulls eye every time.“ Fox News: “A great political satirist.” “The New Yorker: “Heʼs perfected a verbal jitterbug of comedy.”Busier than a blind squirrel neck deep in an almond sorting warehouse Durst writes a nationally syndicated weekly column, daily website jokes, voices radio commentaries yet manages to find time to perform 100s of shows a year at theaters, clubs, corporate events and benefits all over the country. A regular guest on NPR, MSNBC and Fox News, heʼs received 5 Emmy nominations and 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. His 800+ global television appearances include HBO, The Today Show, Letterman, CNNʼs Inside Politics, Good Morning America, Showtime, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, CBS Morning News, the BBC, CBC, Greek, Scottish, French and Australian TV. And radio, donʼt get me started. Lots. He even spent a year co-hosting a San Francisco morning radio show with former Mayor Willie Brown.The first comic invited to perform at Harvardʼs Kennedy School of Government, Durst has told jokes in 14 countries and blogged the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course the past 4 years. Hobbies include the never-ending search for the perfect cheeseburger while his heroes remain the same from when he was twelve: Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny.Durstʼs performances are made possible by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Co-presented by SF Comedy Day  $30/$20, ages 18+


Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Wednesday, January 23
 

7:00pm PST

Comedy Baseball (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Comedy Baseball is a competitive joke telling show where two teams of comedians compete on a digital baseball field. Featuring retro graphics, our custom baseball game is a throwback to old nintendo baseball games with twist- its controlled by telling jokes. $15, All Ages


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Peaches Christ & Varla Jean Merman in THE WHINING (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

What happens when two well-known queens decide to spend a winter in the snowy, abandoned, summer resort locale of Provincetown? Find out in this hilarious send-up of the Stephen King classic written by and co-starring Varla Jean Merman and Peaches Christ! The show enjoyed a critically acclaimed run in Provincetown last summer and makes its West Coast debut at Sketchfest this January. Provincetown Magazine says "The Whining rude, crass, low brow, and offensive. In short, it's absolute perfection". $30, All Ages


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Best of Edinburgh International Spotlight: Gina Yashere
Gina Yashere is an internationally acclaimed comedian who can currently be seen as part of Season 2 of Netflix’s half-hour comedy series, “The Standups.” She is the British Correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and has appeared on “Def Comedy Jam,” “Live at the Apollo,” TruTV’s “Comedy Knockout,” Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” She is also one of the writers for the new Chuck Lorre pilot “Bob ❤ Abishola” starring Billy Gardell for CBS.  $35/$25, Ages 18+


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

Best of Sacramento: Ngaio Bealum, Keith Lowell Jensen & Kiry Shabazz, Hosted by Amy Estes
Join four of the finest comics hailing from Sacramento -- Ngaio Bealum, Keith Lowell Jensen, Kiry Shabazz and host Amy Estes -- for a night of stand-up straight from the capital. $20, ages 18+

Due to a change in his schedule, JR DeGuzman is no longer appearing. Keith Lowell Jensen has been added.


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

The Everything Report
Absurd, bite-sized web-series The Everything Report (@TheEverythingReport on Instagram) features “Newscasters” Alex Koll & Becky Garcia swapping quick jokes about current events, Kevin Camia sharing his perspective like a clinically-depressed Andy Rooney, and Sean Keane covering everything sports with an often misplaced enthusiasm. It’s fake news…REAL fake news. Their companion live show includes standup, video, music and all the bad puns you know you love. $18, All Ages


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

The Gateway Show (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Stop us if you've heard this one before - four comics hit our stage and do their best sets, then they go to an undisclosed location to get WAY too high, only to come back in and attempt to do another set completely baked. The Gateway Show has been around for four years now, originating in Seattle, Washington. After that, the show expanded monthly to Bellingham, Portland, Eugene, and Tacoma. This year we've become monthly in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ventura. In October of 2018, the show is partnering with Paquin Entertainment Group and MRG Concerts in Canada to tour several 400+ seat theaters in every major city in Canada. The show has been featured in Leafly, Dope, Northwest Leaf, and California Weed Blog. Several of our show videos have gone viral with over 10 million combined views. With full recreational legalization hitting California in 2018, we are fully partnered with AbsoluteXtracts and we are primed to expand to more cities in California before the end of the year. $15, 21+

This show is taking place at Sparc SF's Mission St store. Sparc is the Official Cannabis Sponsor of SF Sketchfest 2019. Please note, this is a "green show" at a dispensary—there will be smoking on site. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat.


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Sparc SF 1256 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Thursday, January 24
 

7:00pm PST

"Crashing" Live with Pete Holmes, Judd Apatow and Madeline Wise (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Join us for an in-depth and hilarious conversation plus a few surprises with the team behind HBO's hit show "Crashing." Creator and star Pete Holmes and executive producer Judd Apatow will be joined by new cast member Madeline Wise for a funny and revealing look into the upcoming third season. $25


7:00pm PST

CAMDONyes, redDoor and Sean
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Thursday January 24, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Improvised Shakespeare Company (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

With Joey Bland, Ross Bryant, Brendan Dowling, Blaine Swen and Steve Waltien

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you're wondering where the story is going...so are they! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new! $40, All Ages

Due to a change in his schedule, Thomas Middleditch is no longer appearing. Steve Waltien has been added.


Thursday January 24, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

BriTANick (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

BriTANick consists of Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney. They were named Variety's Ten Comedians to Watch in 2013 and recently wrote, produced, and starred in a ½ hour pilot for Comedy Central. They are currently writing a feature film for Lionsgate, which they will direct and star in. They can be seen in Joss Whedon’s "Much Ado About Nothing." With an opening set by Las Vegas sketch duo TSTMRKT, hosted by Billy Anderson ("The Gateway Show"). $25, All Ages


Thursday January 24, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Killing My Lobster: A Fray in the Bay / Princess Party (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Which is worse, LA or SF? Two teams of sketch comedians, one from LA and one from SF, will come together to answer the age old questions "Are both of these places as great and terrible as we think they are?" and "Where can I get a good burrito?" San Francisco's long running sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster brings together Lobsters past, present, and future to battle it out over which residents have the worst apartments and the snobbiest attitudes. (Spoiler: IT'S BOTH)

With Princess Party: Hey kids! You are formally invited to the birthday party of the year! After being voted Yelp’s “Worst Birthday Entertainment Company in Orange County”, your party princesses are back from rehab and better than ever! They’ll read you a story, have a treasure hunt, paint your face, and sing one lucky audience member “Happy Birthday” — all while nursing their hangovers. $20, All Ages


Thursday January 24, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Threesome: Alex Koll, Amy Miller & Clare O'Kane
It's a night of stand-up from Fest favorites Alex Koll, Amy Miller and Clare O'Kane, hosted by Joey Avery!

$20, ages 18+


Thursday January 24, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Mortified
For over 17 years Mortified has been a unique grassroots storytelling sensation with shows all over the country, the world, and seen on Netflix's documentary, "Mortified Nation". Witness adults sharing their actual, embarrassing, and hilarious diaries, letters, songs, poems, and more in front of total strangers.
 
Performers range from professionals to to total amateurs, all in the noble pursuit of self degradation.

Share the shame. $35/$25



Thursday January 24, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

"Office Space" 20th Anniversary screening, conversation and Q&A
Grab your tickets and your properly filled out TPS Reports and head down to the Castro Theater (Yeah, we're gonna need you to come in on Thursday) for a 20th Anniversary celebration of the classic workplace comedy. Join writer/director Mike Judge and members of the cast including Diedrich Bader ("Lawrence"), David Herman (“Michael Bolton”), Greg Pitts ("Drew") and Stephen Root ("Milton")  for a screening, conversation, Q&A, costume contest and other fun pieces of flair! Moderated by Cole Stratton.
Tier 1 - $40 Front Orchestra
Tier 2 - $30 Rear Orchestra/Balcony

All Ages (Film is Rated R)


Thursday January 24, 2019 8:00pm - 10:30pm PST
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Friday, January 25
 

7:00pm PST

Dammit, Carol!, Human Amusements and redDoor (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience with Improv All-Stars Scott Adsit, Brian Huskey, Tami Sagher, Stephnie Weir and special guest Neil Patrick Harris (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Experience impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, encounter strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette (for entertainment purposes only) in a vintage Casino, or get pulled into comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style Joke-e-oke routine.

Tonight’s show features Second City Alumni Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Tami Sagher (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Brian Huskey ("Childrens Hospital), Stephnie Weir ("MadTV")  and special guest Neil Patrick Harris for a night of Improv All-Stars! $125, ages 16+


Friday January 25, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Improvised Shakespeare Company
With Joey Bland, Ross Bryant, Brendan Dowling, Blaine Swen and Steve Waltien

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you're wondering where the story is going...so are they! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new! $40, All Ages

Due to a change in his schedule, Thomas Middleditch is no longer appearing. Steve Waltien has been added.

Friday January 25, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt and Electrik Snöfläke
Best-selling writer-comedian Greg Behrendt (He's Just Not That Into You) brings his wildly popular Bring the Rock show back to SF Sketchfest. The show gives comedians the chance to tell a story about a song from their past -- sometimes embarrassing, sometimes sentimental, always funny. Once their tale's told, Behrendt's band Electrik Snöfläke covers the song, often led by the comedian in question. Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and music appreciation, Bring the Rock is what karaoke should be.
Co-presented by Amoeba Music
This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+


Friday January 25, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

The Allusionist
The Allusionist is an award-winning podcast about language and how and why we humans use it the way we do. It's fun. It's informative. It's...funformative? Steady on there with the portmanteaus, please. $30, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm PST

Sasheer Zamata Party Time!
Sasheer Zamata ("SNL," "This American Life") likes to party, spend time with friends and do shows. Watch her do all three of those things at the same time! There will be laughter, merriment, and probably a lot of booze. $35/$25, ages 18+


Friday January 25, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

The Groundlings: Cookin' with GAS (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song.  $25, All Ages

Due to a change in her schedule, Edi Patterson is no longer appearing.


Friday January 25, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Obscure with Michael Ian Black (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature. Actually, Tackling might be too strong a word. More like “light caressing” plus a lot of complaining. He’s reading the Thomas Hardy classic, Jude the Obscure, out loud and commenting as he goes. Join Michael, some of his famous (and non-famous) friends and experts as he discovers Jude’s world and a few things about his own. Is it a terrible idea? Probably. But it’s a terrible idea he wants to do with you. $25, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm PST

Killing My Lobster: A Fray in the Bay / Westside Sketch Co. (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Which is worse, LA or SF? Two teams of sketch comedians, one from LA and one from SF, will come together to answer the age old questions "Are both of these places as great and terrible as we think they are?" and "Where can I get a good burrito?" San Francisco's long running sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster brings together Lobsters past, present, and future to battle it out over which residents have the worst apartments and the snobbiest attitudes. (Spoiler: IT'S BOTH)

The Westside Sketch Company is the Main Stage sketch company at M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA. They do a brand new hour long show every month. Come see what all the fuss is about. $20, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

G.O.A.T.$
G.O.A.T.$ is the freshest comedy showcase at one of SF’s most awarded and legendary live show venues Cafe du Nord. Cafe du Nord has got the receipts for hosting mind-blowing shows in a gorgeous, award-winning Mad Men-esque setting. We call the show G.O.A.T.$ because we’re serving comics who are some of the greatest of all time, giving them extra time to shine. Hand-picked by hosts Feel Woods, Nicole Calasich and Joseph Nguyen (all featured in Comedy Central’s ClusterFest showcase, formerly Comics to Watch), we know a thing or two about booking the cream. Comedians on this selective showcase have been featured on "Conan," "Last Comic Standing," Comedy Central, NBC, Viceland, MTV and more. $20, ages 21+

Due to a change in her schedule, Nicole Calasich is no longer appearing. Brooke Heinichen has been added.


Friday January 25, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Dwayne Kennedy & Nore Davis
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Friday January 25, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

9:00pm PST

Back Alley Racket Club, Somebody's Baby and Wake Up Wyoming! (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

9:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult

Alamo Drafthouse - No Latecomers Policy
Alamo Drafthouse has a no latecomers policy. If you arrive after the show has started, venue staff reserves the right to prevent late admittance to ensure an optimal show experience for the rest of the audience.
https://drafthouse.com/theater/new-mission/admission


10:00pm PST

Uptown Showdown Debate: The Future vs. The Past
In Uptown Showdown, a unique and quirky spin-off on school debate events, two teams of comedians will square off to argue for and against a hot topic. Debaters will go head-to-head to tackle what will clearly be one of the most important issues of our time: which is better, The Future or The Past? You, the audience, will decide the winner! $35/$25, All Ages

Due to a change in schedule, Drew Droege is no longer appearing. Tom Lenk has been added. 


Friday January 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00pm PST

Please Leave The Bronx
Original SF Sketchfest sketch group Please Leave The Bronx return to the stage! With The Great Difficulties (Colin Mahan & Mike Spiegelman, also original fest performers), and L.A. sketch duo Butt. Hosted by Hayley Benham-Archdeacon. $15, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show
One part comedy show, two parts drinking game, Brew Haha is a hilarious interactive mix of standup comedy and your favorite pre-party ritual. At the beginning of every show, the hosts introduce the crowd to a set of rules created specifically for that show. When comics, unbeknownst to them, break a rule, the audience drinks. A giant light-up “drink” sign will help you play along. A second game, specifically for the performers, ensures that as the audience gets toastier, so do the comedians. Come experience the show that a super famous comedian once called "the worst idea for a show ever." This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, 21+


Friday January 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm PST

Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher: The Endless Honeymoon
Moshe Kasher. Comedian. Child Genius. Jew. Jew Comedian. OBGYN. Pleasure center. Good tipper. Guiding light. Beefcake. Featured on: NBC, E!’s "Chelsea Lately," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Comedy Central’s "Drunk History," "@midnight," "Conan," "Carson Daly," Showtime’s "Shameless," MTV & more… Currently the Co-host of "The Champs" podcast and the author of the acclaimed memoir "Kasher In The Rye" on Grand Central Publishing. Selected as one of Variety Magazine’s “Ten Comics to Watch”, LA Times’ “Faces to Watch”, and iTunes’ “Comic of the Year”.

Things people have said:
“Everything you want in a comedian” – East Bay Express
“Displays a fiery frustration and agile, confident showcase of his neuroses” – SF Examiner
“Smart, dirty, sharp, self-deprecating and ultimately hilarious” – Denver Post
“[With] a powerful comedic voice and amazingly wide range…(He is) one of the most important comics to watch out for.”– Punchline Magazine
“Hunk” – East Bay Express.

People really seem to like him.
Please, go to Netflix and watch his comedy special "Moshe Kasher Live In Oakland." Please, read his book. Please, think of the children.

Natasha Leggero is an actress, writer and accomplished stand-up who stars in the Emmy nominated series "Burning Love." She was on "The Comedy Central Roasts" of James Franco and Justin Bieber and can be seen regularly on "The Tonight Show," "Chelsea Lately" and "@midnight" and wrote and is starring in the hit Comedy Central series set in 1902, "Another Period."

She has appeared on TV ("Community," "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Arrested Development," "Reno 911!") and in movies ("He’s Just Not That Into You," "Let's Be Cops," "Neighbors") and her voice can be heard on "Ugly Americans," "Brickleberry," "The Life and Times of Tim," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "China, IL" on Adult Swim. You can also see her on "Marry Me," "Suburgatory," "Key and Peele," "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Drunk History" on Comedy Central. $35/$25, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:15pm PST

Lady to Lady and Ladyfriends
Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey, and Tess Barker , the trio behind the hit podcast "Lady to Lady," host a night of stand-up from an amazing array of incredible lady-friends at the Brava Cabaret! $15, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:15pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Dwayne Kennedy & Nore Davis
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Friday January 25, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

CANCELED: An Evening with Baroness von Sketch members Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen
Due to scheduling conflicts, this show has been canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted and automatically refunded.

Spend an evening with members of the award-winning CBC/IFC series "Baroness von Sketch Show” for an inside look at the weird and wonderful world created by this all-female comedy powerhouse! $35/$25


Friday January 25, 2019 10:30pm - 11:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:30pm PST

Improvised Shakespeare Company
With Joey Bland, Ross Bryant, Brendan Dowling, Blaine Swen and Steve Waltien

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you're wondering where the story is going...so are they! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new!
$50/$40, ages 13 + with parent



Friday January 25, 2019 10:30pm - 11:59pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:30pm PST

Audible presents: The Hills of Baldwin featuring Wayne Brady (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

From the mind of Jordan Black and the hit Groundlings’ improv troupe The Black Version, comes a completely improvised, unscripted, and utterly unwoke soap opera about the Bourgeois family of Baldwin Hills -- a.k.a. the black Beverly Hills -- where wealthy CPAs live next to big time rappers and NBA superstars. A place where no money scam is too short and no weave is too long. A place where dark secrets bubbling up from the past means somebody winds up dead. Welcome to…The Hills of Baldwin. Get the hilarious Audible Original at adbl.co/HillsOfBaldwin

Featured improvisers: Jordan Black, Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough and Wayne Brady, with special guest monologist Sasheer Zamata.

$25, All Ages (Show contains adult material)


Friday January 25, 2019 10:30pm - 11:59pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

Donde Esta Mi COMEDY?
Donde Esta Mi Comedy is a stand-up show featuring comedy by Latinos from all over the Bay Area! Donde Esta Mi Comedy had its first show in the Castro to a packed crowd and has wowed audiences ever since! Always hosted by Baruch Porras Hernandez who founded and organizes the literary shows of Donde Esta Mi Gente?, Donde Esta Mi Comedy is a project created to shine the spotlight on the Bay Area's most hilarious Latinos! Past features include Eloisa Bravo, Nicole Calasich, Molly Sanchez, Jennifer Dronsky, Jesus U Betta Werk! and many more! The shows are always high energy, full of amor, and usually center queers and women, with the occasional straight guy, cause why not? The shows are in English but have a little bit of flavor or one or two Spanish words here and there. Every show has a different line up and has found the funny in immigration, Latino Moms, coming out queer in the Latino community, cooking, the stereotypes put on latinos, and Despacito. Come get hit with some jokes and explode like a pinata, but not actually. At the shows we make you laught and Baruch usually passes out Donuts he bought at a panaderia! $20, ages 21+

Due to a change in her schedule, Nicole Calasich is no longer appearing.


Friday January 25, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday January 26, 2019 12:00am PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

11:00pm PST

CAMDONyes, The Crazy Str8s present: Focus Group Improv and Very Famous
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Friday January 25, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday January 26, 2019 12:30am PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 26
 

11:00am PST

The Groundlings Children's Show
The Groundlings are known for their improvisational, comedic actors. In this show, a bunch of professional adults will perform a show of improv games for kids and families! Expect lots of laughs and silliness. Great for ages 4 - 12, plus any grownups. You'll see a LOT of actors that you'll recognize from TV and movies. $15, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Presents: Michael Ian Black + Andy Kindler in Sansar VR
It's gonna be weird, but it's gonna be great. Join Sketchfest headliners Michael Ian Black and Andy Kindler as they play their first-ever VIRTUAL comedy club (with support from Emily Catalano), only in Sansar - everything you could expect out of a real-life club, just available on a PC. Like we said! Weird! But also great! Grab your tickets now and meet them there on Saturday, Jan 26, at 1 PM PST.

Note: This show will only appear in the VR platform Sansar and requires a PC and recommended VR equipment. See ticketing page for more details.


Saturday January 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

1:00pm PST

CANCELED: Maybe It's You with Amiira Ruotola and Greg Behrendt
This show has been canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted and automatically refunded.

Who is this podcast for? Maybe It’s You. All of your problems, victories, fears, aspirations and even your fetishes have one thing in common… us. No Dummy, it’s YOU! With Amiira Ruotola and Greg Behrendt, co-authors of some snazzy best-selling relationship books that you might have heard of depending on your level of heartbreak. $25, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

1:00pm PST

Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd Workshop (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

From the bar to the boardroom, a well-told tale makes the best impression. The Story Studio’s "Wow Your Crowd" workshop, taught by Kevin Allison, provides students with the tools to grab listener's attention, appeal to their emotions and maybe even inspire their action. Kevin creates a friendly, social environment in which you can rehearse your work and receive feedback. You'll learn how to include the 6 Senses to trigger emotional responses. You'll master the 5 Beats of classic story structure. And you'll learn how to drive a narrative arc toward a resonant end. Your audience will remember the ideas conveyed in your story long after you have gone. This workshop is an overview of some of the tools and principles taught by Kevin Allison in his 6-week storytelling class at The Story Studio in New York City. $75, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00pm PST

Outtake-o-rama: Infamous Celebrity Outtakes
OUTTAKE-O-RAMAA Celebration of Infamous Celebrity OuttakesFeaturing the stars of FUTURAMA...Billy West! John DiMaggio! And Maurice LaMarche! Plus Executive Producer David X. Cohen!Hot off of sold-out shows in Los Angeles… don’t miss this chance to experience the most horrifically entertaining treasures ever mistakenly put down on tape by William Shatner, Richard Nixon, and many more.  Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum  $30, ages 18+


Saturday January 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

4:00pm PST

Impro Theatre: Twilight Zone UnScripted
Impro Theatre’s Main Company creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors and composers. This special SF Sketchfest show will be a series of totally improvised episodes of "The Twilight Zone!" Featuring Groundling Edi Patterson and more to be announced!

With no pre-planning or prepared scenarios, the performers combine verbal dexterity and robust physicality to bring character and plot to life in an instant, making each Impro Theatre show unique and unlike any other theatrical experience. Founded as Los Angeles Theatresports in 1988, Impro Theatre has evolved from a successful short form improv troupe into a critically acclaimed improvisational theatre company.  Impro Theatre’s Main Company has received multiple Critics’ Picks  and the Los Angeles Times calls them “Amazing! One of the funniest evenings in town. The troupe spins an entire play into comedy gold right before your eyes.” $25, all ages



Saturday January 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

4:00pm PST

Hound Tall Podcast with Moshe Kasher
"How To Be Good At Sex" with Moshe Kasher, Michael Ian Black, Andy Kindler, Natasha Muse and Aparna Nancherla, with guest expert Allison Moon

The Hound Tall discussion series is a live podcast, hosted by Moshe Kasher, that takes a single topic and figures out the mysteries of the universe. An hour long chat with an expert and a panel of comedians, they learn all there is to know about things. And also laugh at them. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+



Saturday January 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

4:00pm PST

Weird Laugh
Do you love sketch shows but hate all those pesky wigs and costumes and actors running around with their lines memorized? Then this is the sketch show for you! Weird Laugh is a live reading of sketches produced for a podcast before your very eyes. And ears! With an opening set by Kaseem Bentley. $22, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

5:30pm PST

"Lady to Lady" Podcast
Individually, comedians Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey, and Tess Barker are stand up comedians who tour the country; together they join forces as Lady to Lady to create a show that is incredibly goofy and warmly genuine. With past guests like Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho & French Stewart, the Ladies have found themselves consistently featured on the iTunes Top Comedy Charts and have over 4 MILLION downloads under their belt. In addition to producing a regular show at Los Angeles's Upright Citizen's Brigade & Hollywood Improv, the Ladies have brought their brand of irreverent humor to places like San Francisco's Sketchfest, the Chicago Podcast Festival, and the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson. They have also been featured on Entertainment Weekly as a best podcast of the week. Lady to Lady is like "The View" (but funny), mixed with "Pee Wee's Playhouse" and a dash of David Lynch. Produced and directed by David Janove. FREE, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST
PianoFight Bar 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

6:00pm PST

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

A big hit with critics and audiences, and following sold out runs in Los Angeles, New York, and Edinburgh Fringe, "Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" is ready to make its eagerly-awaited San Francisco premiere.

"Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" stars "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Instagram celebrity Tom Lenk as Tilda Swinton, a modern day Mary Poppins who finds a depressed gay man on Craigslist and insists on studying and dissecting his life to research her next big movie role.

British Theatre hails: "5-Stars... Clear why it has become such a cult hit… Hilarious, unforgettable performance by Tom Lenk… Quirky comedy tour de force that keeps the audience in fits of laughter.”

Three Weeks Edinburgh says: "5-Stars... A gem of a show that’s downright hysterical, this must be seen to be believed.”

And actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted: "Hilarious, clever, uplifting... highly recommend."

Other critics say: "Mad comedy genius.” -Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty")
"Fame and celebrity is brilliantly explored.” -Broadway World NY
"Delightful, hilarious, and moving!" -Angela Kinsey ("The Office")
“Hysterical… Played to perfection by Tom Lenk.” -Broadway World LA
“Run to the theatre.” -Edge Media Network
"Hysterically and surprisingly cathartic." - FrontMezzJunkies.com
"Hilarious... unforgettable, delightful experience." -StageBuddy.com
"Damn funny... drunk on laughter... masterful at comedy." -LavenderAfterDark
"Tilda de force... hysterically absurd... grinning ear to ear." -BoyCulture.com

Written by Byron Lane ("Last Will & Testicle").
Directed by Tom DeTrinis ("Bright Colors and Bold Patterns").
Starring: Tom Lenk ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Rock of Ages" on Broadway), Byron Lane ("Last Will & Testicle"), Jayne Entwistle ("Feud: Bette and Joan"), Mark Jude Sullivan ("Pan Am").

"Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" was originally directed by Tom DeTrinis and presented at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 2017 produced by Jay Marcus, Nathan Frizzell, Tom Lenk, and Tom DeTrinis. $20, All Ages 


Saturday January 26, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Back Alley Racket Club, Your Fucked Up Relationship and Very Famous (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Jacqueline Novak & Jo Firestone
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

7:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience with Michael Ian Black & Friends
SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Experience impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, encounter strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette (for entertainment purposes only) in a vintage Casino, or get pulled into comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style Joke-e-oke routine.

Tonight’s show features headlining comedian, actor and writer Michael Ian Black (“The State,” “Stella,” “Wet Hot American Summer”), popular comedian Ryan Stout (“Conan,” “Chelsea Lately”) and live music by house band Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas, featuring comedian and renowned voice artist Tom Kenny (THE voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants!”). $99, ages 16+

Saturday January 26, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

Iron Comic with Moshe Kasher & Nato Green
Whose routine reigns supreme?

Iron Comic is a live gameshow where 5 comedians rush to write a routine in 10 minutes from topics suggested by the audience. At the end of the night, an Iron Comic will be chosen. Inspired by Iron Chef, each comic is forced to craft jokes while the clock is ticking. $32, ages 18+


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:30pm PST

The Black Version (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of. 

An all African-American cast of seasoned improv specialists from the world-famous troupe The Groundlings asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then performs the "black version" of that movie. And with experienced and talented performers like Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough, and creator Jordan Black in on the fun, audiences are sure to see off-the-cuff comedy at its best. The cast's stellar credits range from "Saturday Night Live" and "Mad TV" to "The Boondocks" and "Reno 911!" $25, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm PST

Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
It's an evening of Selected Shorts you won't hear on public radio. We're showcasing amazing stories that, due to language issues or content advisories, are, well, too hot for radio! Join actors Hope Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell and host Aparna Nancherla as they read aloud humorous and saucy stories that are just a little too edgy for that hour on Sunday following Car Talk. Hosted by comedian and podcast host Aparna Nancherla. Selected Shorts is a radio show and podcast broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. The series began in 1985 and enjoys sold-out performances to this day. Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen. Featuring stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author, or a special collaboration, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance. $45/$35, All Ages  Co-presented by LitQuake


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

RISK! with Kevin Allison
RISK! is the show where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. Created and hosted by Kevin Allison (MTV's "The State," "Reno 911!," "High Maintenance," etc), the RISK! podcast is downloaded over 1 million times each month and features famous folks and ordinary people sharing the most hilarious, intimate, moving and incredible moments from their lives. Slate.com calls RISK! "Jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching." RISK! came out with a book of the 37 best stories ever shared on the podcast, as well as lots of never-before-heard stories, in summer of 2018, called "RISK! True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare To Share". Learn more at RISK-show.com. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

A big hit with critics and audiences, and following sold out runs in Los Angeles, New York, and Edinburgh Fringe, "Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" is ready to make its eagerly-awaited San Francisco premiere.

"Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" stars "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Instagram celebrity Tom Lenk as Tilda Swinton, a modern day Mary Poppins who finds a depressed gay man on Craigslist and insists on studying and dissecting his life to research her next big movie role.

British Theatre hails: "5-Stars... Clear why it has become such a cult hit… Hilarious, unforgettable performance by Tom Lenk… Quirky comedy tour de force that keeps the audience in fits of laughter.”

Three Weeks Edinburgh says: "5-Stars... A gem of a show that’s downright hysterical, this must be seen to be believed.”

And actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted: "Hilarious, clever, uplifting... highly recommend."

Other critics say: "Mad comedy genius.” -Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty")
"Fame and celebrity is brilliantly explored.” -Broadway World NY
"Delightful, hilarious, and moving!" -Angela Kinsey ("The Office")
“Hysterical… Played to perfection by Tom Lenk.” -Broadway World LA
“Run to the theatre.” -Edge Media Network
"Hysterically and surprisingly cathartic." - FrontMezzJunkies.com
"Hilarious... unforgettable, delightful experience." -StageBuddy.com
"Damn funny... drunk on laughter... masterful at comedy." -LavenderAfterDark
"Tilda de force... hysterically absurd... grinning ear to ear." -BoyCulture.com

Written by Byron Lane ("Last Will & Testicle").
Directed by Tom DeTrinis ("Bright Colors and Bold Patterns").
Starring: Tom Lenk ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Rock of Ages" on Broadway), Byron Lane ("Last Will & Testicle"), Jayne Entwistle ("Feud: Bette and Joan"), Mark Jude Sullivan ("Pan Am").

"Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist" was originally directed by Tom DeTrinis and presented at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 2017 produced by Jay Marcus, Nathan Frizzell, Tom Lenk, and Tom DeTrinis.

 With an opening set by fest sketch favorites Charles! $20, All Ages 


Saturday January 26, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm PST

Probably Science
Probably Science is a popular science podcast hosted by comedians Matt Kirshen and Andy Wood who both have so-so STEM pedigrees (Matt holding a mathematics degree and Andy being a former electrical engineer). The show looks at the week in science news, with guests largely drawn from the world of comedy and entertainment (Patton Oswalt, Karen Gillan and Tim Minchin, among others), but often featuring special episodes with popular scientists, science writers and other experts, including astronaut Chris Hadfield, physicists Dr. Sean Carroll and Dr. Janna Levin, author Mary Roach, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and some of the minds behind the Nobel Prize-winning LIGO project that detected gravitational waves for the first time. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $25, ages 21+


Saturday January 26, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm PST

The Groundlings Mix Tape: Best of Sketch (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Every once in a blue moon a Best of Sketch show comes to town to delight audiences with its wild characters and only-seen-once-before sketch comedy genius. $25, All Ages






Saturday January 26, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Alex Edelman: Just For Us (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Alex Edelman returns to SF Sketchfest with Just For Us. It’s about sign-language gorillas, Nazis and tribalism, and was the best reviewed show at any major comedy festival this year. Come.

In the last year alone, Edelman has performed on Conan, supported Beck and Ricky Gervais, and saw his special, ‘Live at the BBC’ released on Netflix UK. A Boston-native, NYC-dweller, this millennial poster-boy is wise beyond his years, remarkably self-assured, and at the top of his game. 

He’s still Jewish. Hope that’s OK.BEST REVIEWED SHOW - EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018
HERALD ANGEL AWARD 2018 - WINNER
BEST SHOW AWARD - MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2018 - NOMINEE
BEST SHOW AWARD - EDINBURGH COMEDY FESTIVAL 2018 - NOMINEE

‘Every story is a precision-engineered Rolls Royce of a routine, perfectly timed and constructed.’ Chortle

‘Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman’s comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y.’ The Guardian

With an opening set by Keith Lowell Jensen. $22, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

9:00pm PST

Human Amusements, Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer and Spanish Aqui Presents (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

9:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult

Alamo Drafthouse - No Latecomers Policy
Alamo Drafthouse has a no latecomers policy. If you arrive after the show has started, venue staff reserves the right to prevent late admittance to ensure an optimal show experience for the rest of the audience.
https://drafthouse.com/theater/new-mission/admission


9:15pm PST

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Jacqueline Novak & Jo Firestone
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars

SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. $24, ages 18+


Saturday January 26, 2019 9:15pm - 10:45pm PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:00pm PST

Futurama Live: Mom's Revenge! (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

Futurama Live: Mom’s Revenge! - Executive Producer and Head Writer David X. Cohen will be joined on stage by cast members John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, and Billy West for a night of jam-packed Futurama goodness.  Moderated by Producer Lee Supercinski.  Be there or else!  
$40/$30, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

Spotlight on "I'm Sorry" with Andrea Savage
Join us for a revealing night with Andrea Savage and the real stories behind "I'm Sorry."

To create her acclaimed scripted comedy, Andrea Savage always draws from her real-life experiences. Join Andrea and some special surprise guests for a never before seen show, as she spills the goods on the real stories behind I’m Sorry! With stories, clips, photos and visual aids, Andrea will let you in on all the secrets and break it all down. For the sake of maintaining all of her relationships, no recording allowed!  $25, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00pm PST

Late Late Breakfast
Late Late Breakfast is a fast-paced, energetic stand-up comedy show hosted by Tyler Jackson & Danny Maupin. Each show features top comedians delivering their polished material while going up against a bevy of unique games and challenges designed to keep both them and the audience on their toes, providing an experience that canʼt be missed. Pie fights, laser tag, polygraph tests- you never know! Expect anything and everything out of the ordinary, all of it held together by solid, hilarious standup comedy.Late Late Breakfast is produced by Liz Maupin and runs monthly at The Hideout in Chicago, Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles, and The Creek & The Cave in New York City.Our show has been featured on New York Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, TruTV's High Plains Comedy Festival, The Onion Comedy Festival, and many more! $22, All Ages

Due to a change in her schedule, Nicole Calasich is no longer appearing.


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:15pm PST

CUCK: A Comedy Show (Proceeds to benefit Jason Saenz) (SOLD OUT)
This show is sold out. Tickets may be available at the door the night of.

L.A.'s best stand-ups perform original material then proceed to "have their way" with the jokes of another comic on the same bill, right in front of them. The show has been at UCB Sunset in Los Angeles for over 1 year and has been one of UCB's most successful shows. Sold out shows and some of LA's best comics has made this show a monthly favorite at UCB. Past performers include Reggie Watts, Nikki Glaser, Moshe Kasher, Kyle Kinane, Harland Williams, Laurie Kilmartin, The Lucas Brothers, Aparna Nancherla, Nicole Byer & Garfunkel and Oates.

CUCK Co-host Jason Saenz was terribly injured in an accident recently. Proceeds will be donated to help with his recovery.

 $15, All Ages / Proceeds to benefit Jason Saenz


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm PST
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:30pm PST

The Gale: A Ferociously Queer Night of Improv
THE GALE is an entirely improvised comedy show which premiered on the world famous Groundlings stage in 2015 and has been selling out monthly performances ever since. Created by Groundlings main company member Chris Eckert, developed by Holly Mandel, and directed by Groundlings alumni Karen Maruyama, The GALE features some of the best and funniest queer (or LGBTQ) improvisational actors in the United States.

Each show runs roughly 90 minutes and features two acts, the first a long form ‘clap in’ style, the second a long form version of a one act play. Members of The GALE have been featured in film, television, and on Broadway. Guests have included talents such as Academy Award winner Jim Rash, Chelsea Lately’s Fortune Feimster, and Superstore’s Nico Santos. Every month, we get together and celebrate all the joyously queer things about the world.

Every performance highlights and provides a brief history on an icon of the LGBTQ movement. And every performance features 90 minutes of gut busting comedy for our audience, be they queer or straight, or Travis from Houston, who’s somewhere in the middle and still figuring it out so please stop asking. We hope you can come see us. If you can’t, we still love you all the same.
www.thegaleshow.com
$25, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 27, 2019 12:00am PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm PST

Butterboy with Aparna Nancherla & Jo Firestone
Two chuckle monsters descend on the stage, clutching with them a horde of the freshest, silver-tongued comics and phone sex operators this city has to offer. Legends in their own right, Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone combine forces to host the funniest and best show in Brooklyn! Accompanied by the musical stylings of DJ Donwill and the sensual silence of a rotating Idris Elba impersonator, you won't want to miss it. Plus, find out which parts of this blurb are bold, unapologetic lies! This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $30, 21+


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 27, 2019 12:00am PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

10:30pm PST

SF Sketchfest Threesome: Jackie Kashian, Andy Kindler & Kevin Pollak
Three SF Sketchfest favorites combine forces for this delightful night of stand-up featuring headliners Jackie Kashian, Andy Kindler, and Kevin Pollak, hosted by Jules Posner.
$35/$25, ages 18+


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 27, 2019 12:00am PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

10:30pm PST

Troubled Comedy
Chris and Moon adopted Troubled Comedy about two years ago and have since managed to nurse this baby into one of the best standup comedy shows in SF on Tuesdays. Comics love us and our audience love us. We regularly have amazing out-of-town guests drop in, the best local comics, some famous names, and a handful of our comics and headliners have gone on to perform on late night tv within months of being on our show! Chris is not only one of the best flier-makers and co-producers, but he's constantly booked on all the best shows in the Bay Area and has toured with Chad Opitz and Jeff Zamaria. Moon also does pretty well, gets booked on lots of great shows, is also a coproducer on "Bad Asians," did a Thrillist commercial once and is seeing how far she can ride out this female Asian comic thing. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $18, ages 21+


Saturday January 26, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 27, 2019 12:00am PST
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

11:00pm PST

Kid Cactus: "Big Hollywood Show," Somebody's Baby, and "Swipe Right" from the Un-Scripted Theater Company
SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Saturday January 26, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday January 27, 2019 12:30am PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

11:30pm PST

Jamie Kennedy
Actor, producer, and comedian Jamie Kennedy just wrapped James Gray’s sci-fi epic Ad Astra, opposite Brad Pitt. His other recent work includes starring roles in the latest installment of the Tremors film franchise for Universal, as well as Riley’s Peak with Jon Voight, and the thriller, Spinning Man, opposite Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan. Before that, he appeared in Chris Carter’s (The X-files) Amazon drama pilot The After, and NBC’s medical dramedy, Heartbeat. He is also voicing multiple characters on the new Comedy Central animated series, Legends Of Chamberlain Heights, and portrayed legendary music manager Jerry Heller in the Lifetime movie Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le. Jamie can also be seen performing his stand up show around the country. Jamie landed his big break when he was cast in Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a punked-out rival to John Leguizamo. His career soon kicked into high gear as he co-starred in his breakthrough performance as Randy Meeks in Wes Craven’s Scream and its follow-up Scream 2. Jamie has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Steve Martin in Bowfinger and Greg Kinnear in the Oscar-nominated As Good As It Gets.In 2002, Kennedy created The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, which became the WB’s highest-rated show. Kennedy portrayed a number of wacky characters, but the audience’s favorite was Brad Gluckman, the white rapper from Malibu. In 2003, Kennedy brought Brad Gluckman to the hit film, Malibu’s Most Wanted. Along with those films mentioned above Jamie has had memorable roles in fan favorites like Three Kings directed by David O. Russell, Enemy of the State directed by Tony Scott, Boiler Room opposite Vin Diesel and over 190 episodes of television under his belt with networks that include CBS, WB, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, NBC, Fox, and VH1. $25, ages 18+


Saturday January 26, 2019 11:30pm - Sunday January 27, 2019 1:00am PST
Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Sunday, January 27
 

11:00am PST

Character Workshop with Groundlings Alum Brian Palermo (SOLD OUT)
This workshop is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door day-of. 

Expand your improv repertoire by adding Characters to your work! Performing Characters allows you to play with infinite points of view (instead of just your own) and heightens your engagement with audiences. But creating, and developing, characters that work well with improv is challenging. Learn how in this Character workshop taught by Brian Palermo, an alumnus of The Groundlings Theatre in Hollywood which also trained Kristen Wiig, Maya RudolphWill Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy and many more.This workshop will specifically focus on:– Different techniques to Create Characters from varied sources– How to develop characters that are Grounded enough to be Believable -yet exaggerated enough to be funny (and fun to play)– Characters that operate from a strong Point of View. Characters that are most effective are a lot more than just an eccentric voice or an odd physicality $75, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:00pm PST

The JV Club with Janet Varney
Remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager? And remember how some things haven’t really changed that much for you since then? Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with special guests as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. This SF Sketchfest edition features the triumphant return of musical guest Matt Nathanson, comedian Aparna Nancherla and Scott Adsit ("30 Rock")! $25, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

4:00pm PST

Audible Presents Gustafer Yellowgold, featuring Morgan Taylor and special guest Mike Phirman (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door day-of.

Described by the New York Times as “Dr. Seuss Meets ‘Yellow Submarine’,” Grammy® nominated artist, Morgan Taylor will perform his one-of-a-kind, music and animation show at SF Sketchfest. Morgan will be featuring material from his best-selling Audible Original ‘I’m From the Sun’ alongside classic fan favorites. Taylor's funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making Gustafer Yellowgold’s show a truly all-ages experience. Download and listen to the newest Gustafer Yellowgold creation at Audible.com/Gustafer.  Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum  This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $18, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

4:00pm PST

The Jackie and Laurie Show
The Jackie and Laurie Show is a podcast with Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin. We both started standup in the late 80s (Jackie in Madison WI, Laurie in San Francisco) and never quit. We talk about comedy, women and women in comedy. At this LIVE show you get the added bonus of us doing standup - THEN talking about standup. $25, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

4:00pm PST

SF Sketchfest Tribute: Neil Patrick Harris in conversation
Neil Patrick Harris returns to SF Sketchfest, this time for a much-deserved celebration of his extraordinary, versatile, multi-award-winning career. Whether in TV, film, or onstage, he has created terrific, nuanced performances for characters such as Count Olaf in “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother,” Desi Collings in “Gone Girl,” Hedwig in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the eponymous Dr. Horrible, and countless others. He’s also known for his personal appearances hosting awards shows, game shows, variety shows and talk shows. And as if he weren’t busy enough, Neil also has a thriving career as a writer, director, producer and author, including his New York Times best-selling middle grade fiction series “The Magic Misfits.”
$45, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

5:30pm PST

Next Big Thing with Courtney & Dara
"Next Big Thing with Courtney & Dara" is a comedy web series, podcast and live show led by two Black techies: Courtney Thomas and Dara M Wilson (@itsoliviadope, @daramwilson). The show shines a much-deserved spotlight on people of color doing dope things in tech, media, politics, & entrepreneurship. On NBT, Courtney, Dara, and their guests invite viewers to join them for candid, hilarious conversations about career triumphs and challenges, current events, and hot topics. With a focus on up-and-coming leaders and creators, Next Big Thing is Oprah for the A.D.D. generation, brought to you by two women still trying to figure it out themselves. FREE, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm PST
PianoFight Bar 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Kid Cactus: "Big Hollywood Show," Naptime and Spanish Aqui Presents (SOLD OUT)
This workshop is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door day-of.

SF Sketchfest is proud to present a series of shows with some of the best emerging sketch, improv, solo and musical comedy acts from throughout the country and North America! $15, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PST

Live from the Alamo (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Remember The Alamo -- and the time that you saw SF Sketchfest take over House 5 for a series of stand-up comedy showcases with some of the best emerging joke tellers in the nation! And a few from Canada, too. $18, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult

Alamo Drafthouse - No Latecomers Policy
Alamo Drafthouse has a no latecomers policy. If you arrive after the show has started, venue staff reserves the right to prevent late admittance to ensure an optimal show experience for the rest of the audience.
https://drafthouse.com/theater/new-mission/admission


7:30pm PST

The Milk Carton Kids Sad Songs Comedy Hour
Join The Milk Carton Kids and their musical and comedy friends on the festival's closing night for a special one-of-a-kind old fashioned variety show!

Waltzing into disaster and its aftermath, The Milk Carton Kids' "All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do" is available now on ANTI- Records.

The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. "We wanted to do something new," Pattengale says. "We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we'd been before. There arose some sort of need for change."

"Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette," says Ryan. "It was liberating to know we wouldn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars."
Since their last studio album, "Monterey" (ANTI- 2015), life has changed dramatically for The Milk Carton Kids. Pattengale has moved to, and is now producing records in Nashville. Ryan is now the father of two children and works as a producer on "Live from Here with Chris Thile," the reboot of "A Prairie Home Companion." A break from years of non-stop touring, Ryan says, has yielded "space outside of the band that gives us perspective on what the band is."

But it's not just the addition of the band here that creates something new. National politics left Ryan feeling disoriented and mournful. Pattengale’s relationship of seven years ended, and he found himself unexpectedly needing surgery for cancer. (He is cancer-free now, and accidentally broke his cigarette habit in the process.)

Though they didn't approach the new album conceptually, a theme of shattered realities began to emerge out of the songs that sparked to life. Recent events provided a bruising background for the record, yet the project is somehow bigger than any personal grief. Two-part harmonies ride acoustic guitars high above the haunting landscape created by the presence of the band, as if Americana went searching for a lost America.

Produced by Joe Henry and engineered by Ryan Freeland, "All the Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn't Do" was recorded in October 2017 in the Sun Room at House of Blues Studio in Nashville. Musicians who joined them there included Brittany Haas on violin and mandolin, Paul Kowert and Dennis Crouch on bass, Jay Bellerose on drums, Levon Henry on clarinet and saxophone, Nat Smith on cello, Pat Sansone on piano, mellotron, and Hammond organ, Russ Pahl on pedal steel and other guitars and Lindsay Lou and Logan Ledger as additional singers. Mixed by Pattengale, the album was mastered by Kim Rosen.  Co-presented by Amoeba Music $45/$35, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm PST

Best of Edinburgh International Spotlight
SF Sketchfest presents some of the best International standup comedians of the moment. Catch these stars of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival while you can. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $28, 21+


Sunday January 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PST

SF Sketchfest Standup Spotlight: Lizz Winstead / Laurie Kilmartin
Standup Spotlight: Lizz Winstead / Laurie Kilmartin, Hosted by Hoodo Hersi

Lizz Winstead has built her amazing career hilariously responding to the world. As co-creator and head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Winstead has forever changed the way people get their news. As co-founder of Air America Radio, she laid the foundation for such personalities as Al Franken and Marc Maron, all while hosting her own show called “Unfiltered”, sharing the mic every morning with the amazing Rachel Maddow and Hip Hop legend, Chuck D. As a stand-up she continues to tour, bringing her rapid response brand of comedy to theatres across the country and in 2014, was initiated into the Harvard Lampoon.

Winstead has now taken her satirical brilliance one step further, combining it with her passion for reproductive justice to form her latest passion project, "Lady Parts Justice," a non profit organization made up of comedians, writers and technologists creating videos that use humor and outrage to expose sexist, anti-choice local politicians in all 50 state legislatures while providing support to clinics around the country, working to remove the stigma around abortion. Winstead’s activism includes an ongoing comedy tour to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and independent abortion providers and to date, she has raised over $7 million. The tour was turned into a documentary short called "Smear Campaign," which won “Best Documentary Comedy Short” at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival. Her advocacy work has been recognized by many reproductive rights organizations including NARAL Champion’s of Choice awards.

In addition to performing and reproductive justice work, Winstead authored "Lizz Free Or Die," a funny and touching book of personal essays, that Elle magazine called, “Sharply witty and iconoclastic”. Lizz’s talents as a comedian and media visionary have been recognized by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly’s 100 most Creative People issue among other print media. Winstead continues to appear on Comedy Central, HBO’s "Real Time With Bill Maher" and NPR, as well as her regular commentary on MSNBC.

Winstead has a lot to say about politics and currents events, and when she says it, it is always insightful and hilarious!

Laurie Kilmartin is a stand up comedian, late night writer and New York Times bestselling author. Laurie has performed standup on "CONAN," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and numerous shows on Comedy Central. Her Seeso special, "45 Jokes About My Dead Dad," made Vulture’s Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016, as well as Paste, Splitsider, Interrobang and The Decider. The New York Times pointed to, "sharply written one-liners captured the pain and frustration of caring for a dying loved one." Paste Magazine called it "hilarious... brutal, and cathartic" and Interrobang called it "innovative... twisted and dark.“

Before joining the writing staff at "CONAN" (2009 to present), Laurie was a staff writer on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Too Late with Adam Carolla" and "Tough Crown with Colin Quinn." In 2012, Laurie wrote the New York Times bestseller "Sh*tty Mom," a parenting book that Time Magazine called “criminally funny.”

Laurie has performed at the Edinburgh, Montreal, Bridgetown and Moontower comedy festivals. She's also done shows for the troops in Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and Diego Garcia. Her podcast with comedian Jackie Kashian, "The Jackie and Laurie Show," is big with young comedians and middle aged men. Laurie lives in New York and LA. Video: http://www.kilmartin.com/video.html

Co-presented by SF Comedy Day  $35/$25, ages 18+


Sunday January 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm PST

The Bat: Improv in the Dark
An original Audible Comedy series, hosts Cole Stratton and Janet Varney and guest improvisers Scott Adsit ("30 Rock"), Danny Pudi ("Community"), James Reichmuth (Kasper Hauser) and Gary Anthony Williams ("The Boondocks") will create a world before your very ears, as they'll perform the entire thing in the dark! Characters, conflicts, sound effects and more will be vocally winged based upon your suggestions. $25, All Ages

Due to a change in his TV schedule, Parvesh Cheena will no longer be appearing. Scott Adsit and James Reichmuth have been added.


Sunday January 27, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:00pm PST

Nice Tan / The El-Solomons (SOLD OUT)
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Bay Area POC/LGBTQ-led sketch group Nice Tan presents a take on 90s-era nostalgia. It was the first golden age of black television but there was still only one black guy in the game Guess Who, the Fly Girls were IT, we were all in middle school, and we all attended sleepovers where we were shocked by our white friends yelling at their moms without getting slapped. Our Winter 2019 show captures the magic of this era, blending live performance with all-new filmed content around a 90s throwback vibe.

She’s hilarious and so is she! Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini are funny and married, to one another. One is Jewish the other Palestinian, they'll let you guess which one is which. They fell in love in Canada, got married and moved to America right before the last election. Famous for their love, their stand up and their ability to make really REALLY fantastic life decisions You can expect a combination of killer solo stand up and joint banter with a high probability of arguing since these two don't shy away from fighting especially in front of a crowd. “Two married comics fuck with each other on stage, spreading love all over the place in the process.” - Tablet Mag $15, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm PST

CANCELED: Thinkers + Drinkers
Due to scheduling issues, this show has been canceled. Ticketholders will be contacted and automatically refunded. Email boxoffice@sfsketchfest.com with any questions.

Get ready for two of your favorite things: booze & science! You get to ask a diverse panel of brilliant scientists life's toughest questions; they get to play a drinking game and deliver answers. What's a bitcoin? Why are we attracted to jerks? Is karma real? What’s under San Francisco? Do blondes have more fun? Why are people so stubborn? When do I get my jet pack? Magnets, how do they work? Plastic or paper? If you wonder it, they’ll drunksplain it. $15, All Ages


Sunday January 27, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm PST
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102