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Friday, January 11
 

8:00pm

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

Artists
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Ice Cold Bev

Ice Cold Bev is a Harold Team formed in March of 2017 at the UCB Theatre New York. The team performs the Harold, a long- form improv structure developed by Del Close in Chicago and brought to New York by the UCB4. ICB also performs a fully improvised episode of an 80's soap opera... Read More →
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PONY

PONY aka Protect Our Nation's Youth is a Harold Team from UCB LA. They are a band of misfits who have come together to make their shows as fun as they can be through 100% support and positive energy.



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

11:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Chris Sandiford

Chris Sandiford

Chris Sandiford is a comedian and actor born in Montreal, Quebec, where he matriculated at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University majoring in film production. He did much of his growing up in Kingston, Ontario, where he attended Frontenac Secondary School. Chris... Read More →
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Death Hammer

Hailing from the northern darkness of Portland Oregon, Death Hammer has been delighting and destroying audiences with its unique brand of brutality for over two years.
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Drunk Theatre Company

6 comedians. 1 takes 5 shots of whiskey. Then they all perform a play without a script. Drunk Theatre is an entirely improvised, rowdy good time that has taken San Francisco by storm.
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Hail to the Queen

Hail to the Queen is an improvised drag extravaganza! Follow the lives of three drag queens (beat for the gods and tucked for the devil herself) as they navigate a world not ready for their brand of everything. It wouldn't be a drag show without a lipsync, and the girl bring their... Read More →



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

7:30pm

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

Artists
avatar for Chad Carter

Chad Carter

Chad Carter is a writer and improviser based in LA. He has written/produced for "The Daily Show," Funny or Die, and most recently the "Detour" on TBS. Chad Carter is a trained physicist.
avatar for Charlie Sanders

Charlie Sanders

Charlie Sanders was born and raised on the mean streets of St. Paul, Minnesota. After becoming a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, he frequently appeared on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and bought a Ford... Read More →
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Jason Mantzoukas

Writer, actor, and producer Jason Mantzoukas is in high demand both on and off-screen due to his notorious improv style and impeccable comedic timing.On-screen, Jason can be seen opposite comedy giants Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the dysfunctional family comedy “The House... Read More →
avatar for Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll is an actor, writer and producer. He most recently co-created and voices numerous roles on the Netflix animated series "Big Mouth," which has been heralded by the Hollywood Reporter as "sweet, progressive and breathtakingly filthy.” He recently wrapped productions on... Read More →
avatar for Owen Burke

Owen Burke

Owen Burke started on his improvisational and sketch path under the direction of the UCB in New York City. Since studying with them, Owen has written, directed and performed in many shows at the UCB Theatre and served as the theater's Artistic Director. Owen now resides in Los Angeles... Read More →
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Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer is a SAG Award-winning actor, writer and director who has established himself as one of today’s go-to comedic actors in film and television. He recently appeared in the Oscar-nomiated A24 film "The Disaster Artist." On film, Scheer will next be seen alongside Chance... Read More →
avatar for Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson

Phil is a performer, writer, and musician originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania. He was a writer for Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," "Survivor's Remorse" on the Starz Network, and Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." He began studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York in 2009 and... Read More →
avatar for Seth Morris

Seth Morris

Seth Morris is an actor and writer what lives in LA. He's written for Funny Or Die, "Children's Hospital," "The Eric Andre Show" and "Kroll Show." He's acted in "Kroll Show," "Parks and Recreation," "Broad City" and "Comedy Bang Bang."



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

8:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Ice Cold Bev

Ice Cold Bev

Ice Cold Bev is a Harold Team formed in March of 2017 at the UCB Theatre New York. The team performs the Harold, a long- form improv structure developed by Del Close in Chicago and brought to New York by the UCB4. ICB also performs a fully improvised episode of an 80's soap opera... Read More →
avatar for Leah Rudick

Leah Rudick

Leah Rudick is a comedian and actress currently living in Los Angeles by way of New York by way of Ohio. She recently filmed her first stand up special special “Everything is Fine” with streaming platform Seed & Spark set to debut in the fall. She is the co-creator/co-star of... Read More →
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PONY

PONY aka Protect Our Nation's Youth is a Harold Team from UCB LA. They are a band of misfits who have come together to make their shows as fun as they can be through 100% support and positive energy.



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

10:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Hope This Helps

Hope This Helps

Ben Palmer uses projector and screen to narrate his greatest moments trolling on Facebook. From pretending to be corporate customer service, the corporation itself, or city governments, Hope This Helps opens up a world of chaos.
avatar for Jason Mantzoukas

Jason Mantzoukas

Writer, actor, and producer Jason Mantzoukas is in high demand both on and off-screen due to his notorious improv style and impeccable comedic timing.On-screen, Jason can be seen opposite comedy giants Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the dysfunctional family comedy “The House... Read More →
avatar for Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll is an actor, writer and producer. He most recently co-created and voices numerous roles on the Netflix animated series "Big Mouth," which has been heralded by the Hollywood Reporter as "sweet, progressive and breathtakingly filthy.” He recently wrapped productions on... Read More →
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Seth Morris

Seth Morris is an actor and writer what lives in LA. He's written for Funny Or Die, "Children's Hospital," "The Eric Andre Show" and "Kroll Show." He's acted in "Kroll Show," "Parks and Recreation," "Broad City" and "Comedy Bang Bang."



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

10:30pm

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

Artists
avatar for Jamie Denbo

Jamie Denbo

Jamie Denbo has appeared on FOX's "Brooklyn 99," NBC's "Parks & Recreation," IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang," FX's "Terriers," Showtime's "Episodes" and "Weeds," HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and many others. She recently co-starred in "The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy... Read More →
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John Ross Bowie

JOHN ROSS BOWIE plays Jimmy Dimeo on ABC’S "Speechless." Other appearances include "The Big Bang Theory," "Veep," "Episodes," "Love," "Fresh off the Boat" and a lot of shows where you think he’s the killer but then it turns out he’s not.
avatar for Shawn Felipe

Shawn Felipe

Honolulu, Hawaii comedian, actor and personality, Shawn Felipe is known for his laconic and clever real-life stories as they expand internationally. His Live, Stand -Up Comedy stretches around the globe from the USA to Countries overseas such as Singapore, Canada, Japan, Korea and... Read More →
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The Templeton Philharmonic

The Templeton Philharmonic are a Toronto-based comedy duo comprised of Gwynne Phillips (HBO's "Sensitive Skin," CBC's "Kim's Convenience") and Briana Templeton (SyFy's "The Expanse," The Comedy Network's "The Beaverton"). The two are known for their sketches which blend period pieces... Read More →



Saturday January 12, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday January 13, 2019 12:00am
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Friday, January 18
 

10:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Annie Savage

Annie Savage

Annie Savage has performed on stage in numerous sketch and improv shows, most notably as a Conservatory Grad from Second City, L.A. She was a troupe member on “National Lampoon’s National Sketch Show Tour” and wrote, produced and starred in the sketch show, “Stupid Annie and... Read More →
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Busy Philipps

Born in Oak Park, Ill on June 25, 1979 and raised in Scottsdale, AZ, actress Busy Philipps says she knew she wanted to act for as long as she can remember. At 18, she moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University and pursue acting as a career. She is known for roles on... Read More →
avatar for Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski has been seen on your television as a regular cast member on "Drunk History" and as Officer Cackowski on "Community." Other film and television appearances include "Veep," "Newsreaders," "Comedy Bang Bang," "The Mindy Project," "How I Met Your Mother," "Trust Us With... Read More →
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Hal Lublin

In addition to providing a multitude of characters for the Thrilling Adventure Hour, Hal Lublin has provided voices to a number of films, television shows, videogames and commercials. He is one of the featured players and writers on The David Feldman Radio program and podcast, and... Read More →
avatar for Janet Varney

Janet Varney

Janet Varney is an Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. She can currently be seen fighting dark forces opposite John C. McGinley on IFC's, "Stan Against Evil" and generally being a horrible person as Becca on FXX’s "You’re the Worst." In the animation world, she... Read More →
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Jonathan Dinerstein

Jonathan Dinerstein is a versatile composer of music for film and television. His recent credits include scores for Alan Tudyk’s TV comedy series Con Man, James Urbaniak’s noir radio serial A Night Called Tomorrow, and many feature films. He's also written music for countless... Read More →
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Marc Evan Jackson

Photo by Shiloh StrongMarc Evan Jackson is a WorkJuice Player whom you might recognize from "The Good Place," "Kong: Skull Island," "The Kings of Summer","22 Jump Street," "Parks & Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and every other television show in the year 2014. He thinks more... Read More →
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Mark Gagliardi

Mark Gagliardi is a WorkJuice Player whose rich baritone voice can be heard in most group songs. He would appear to really enjoy Scotch.
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Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian and actor. He stars as Dean Rosedragon on Seeso’s "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$" as well as providing the voice of Mr. Peanutbutter for the Netflix animated series "Bojack Horseman."He hosts the podcast "Spontaneanation" on the Earwolf network as well... Read More →



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

11:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Caleb Lush

Caleb Lush

I'm a local improviser/stand-up performer and producer.I started doing comedy after living in Europe, working on boats in Central America, then doing the Peace Corps in West Africa until Ebola sent me back to northern California. While living abroad, I realized that I'd always wanted... Read More →
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JV presents: #ThrowbackFriday

Everyone loves throwback pictures, especially JV. That's why they're inviting hilarious storytellers to the UCB stage to show them off. Each guest will take the audience into the world of their old pictures, then JV will weave these stories into improv comedy. It's the best thing... Read More →
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The Fork! Presented by Little Gem

The FORK! is an improv and sketch comedy show inspired by life's big decisions. It starts with a special guest who shares a personal story about a time they were faced with a big decision and the path they chose. Then Little Gem (SF's best improv comedy team named after a bougie kind... Read More →
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The Laser Comedy Show

During the last 14 plus years, Chris Fair has been performing different types of comedy from stand up, improv and sketch to inventing his own niche called The Laser Comedy Show where all his talents from a life love of drawing to his later life love of improv and characters came together... Read More →



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

4:00pm

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+

Artists
avatar for Mary Holland

Mary Holland

Mary Holland performs regularly at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA. Television credits include "The Mindy Project," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Comedy Bang Bang!," "Silicon Valley," and "Blunt Talk" on Starz. Film credits include "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates... Read More →
avatar for Mike Hanford

Mike Hanford

Mike Hanford is an L.A.-based comedian who has appeared on "Love," "Comedy Bang Bang," "Conan," "Portlandia" and "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$." He’s also a member of the sketch comedy group The Birthday Boys--creators of the IFC sketch comedy series "The Birthday Boys" (produced... Read More →
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Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell is an American actor, comedian, and writer best known as a member of "The Birthday Boys" sketch comedy group and for his role as Randy Monahan on the Netflix series "Love." He currently co-hosts the podcast "Doughboys," which reviews and discusses chain restaurants... Read More →
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Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell is a writer and performer from Los Angeles, California. Writing credits include "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (Head Writer and Executive Producer), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Simpsons," the 2016 Academy Awards (host: Chris Rock), the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards (host Andy Samberg... Read More →
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Paul Rust

Paul Rust is an actor, writer and improviser born in Le Mars, Iowa. He currently stars in "Love," which he co-created with Lesley Arfin and Judd Apatow.



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

7:30pm

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

Artists
avatar for Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat Goldthwait

Over the past several months, Bobcat has been on the creative fast track. As one of the most recognizable comedians in show business, Goldthwait unleashed his one of a kind brand of comedy in his new Showtime one hour special entitled “You Don’t Look the Same Either.” The new... Read More →
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Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Along with the other members of the UCB, he owns and operates the Upright Citizens Brigade’s theaters and training centers in New York and LA. As an actor, Ian has starred in Comedy Central’s "Upright Citizens Brigade... Read More →
avatar for Jessica McKenna

Jessica McKenna

Jessica is a Southern California native, born in Yorba Linda in Orange County. Not the Orange County as seen on TV. More like the Nixon and horse trail Orange County. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University.  Since moving to L.A., Jessica has studied... Read More →
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Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus is an actress and improviser best known for her role as Susan Fischer on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," which won her a SAG award in 2014. Most recently, you can see her in "Jurassic World" as Vivian, a character that provides brilliant comic relief in the film... Read More →
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Mary Holland

Mary Holland performs regularly at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA. Television credits include "The Mindy Project," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Comedy Bang Bang!," "Silicon Valley," and "Blunt Talk" on Starz. Film credits include "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates... Read More →
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Matt Besser

Raised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theater. In Chicago... Read More →
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Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade where he continues to perform and teach today. Credits for Walsh include starring in Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed "Dog Bites Man," acting as a correspondent for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" from 2001-2002... Read More →
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Zach Reino

Zach is a performer/writer/composer from Santa Barbara California, which is like Los Angeles but prettier and with better weather. You’ve heard of it because Oprah lives there. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in theater from UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and is a house... Read More →



Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly The Nourse Theater) 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Cole Stratton

Cole Stratton

Cole Stratton is the co-founder of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, a month-long annual event highlighting the best in improv, sketch, stand-up, TV and film comedy, which celebrates its eighteenth year in January 2019. Along with Janet Varney, he has written and performed... Read More →
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Janet Varney

Janet Varney is an Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. She can currently be seen fighting dark forces opposite John C. McGinley on IFC's, "Stan Against Evil" and generally being a horrible person as Becca on FXX’s "You’re the Worst." In the animation world, she... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Makinson

Jessica Makinson

Jessica Makinson is an LA based actor/improviser/writer/director. She has been a series regular on ‘South Park’, ‘Halfway Home’ and ‘Trigger Happy TV’, all for Comedy Central. Other credits include ‘The Great Indoors,’ ‘Maron’ and ‘Modern Family.’ As an alumnus... Read More →
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John Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins is a double hyphenate: he’s sort-of well-known for being a member of the Christopher Guest “company,” starring in such films as "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." But before becoming a disreputable light improvisational comedic actor he spent twenty years on... Read More →
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Michael Hitchcock

From his critically-acclaimed roles in film and television to his award-winning work as a writer and producer, Michael Hitchcock has earned a solid reputation in the entertainment industry.As an actor, Hitchcock is featured in two of 2011’s most popular films. He portrayed “Deputy... Read More →
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Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nuñez is best known for playing Oscar Martinez on NBC's The Office.  He has won an Emmy, two SAG Awards, an ALMA Award, a TV Land Award and an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition for the role.  Oscar is also recognized for his roles in movies like The... Read More →
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Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg is best known for portraying “Howard Wolowitz” in CBS’ award-winning smash hit "The Big Bang Theory," which is the number one scripted show on television and currently in its 12th and final season. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance opposite... Read More →
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Tony Hale

Tony Hale got his big break playing "Buster Bluth", the eccentric, one-handed Mama's boy on Fox's ground-breaking series "Arrested Development." Since then, he has garnered two Emmy awards for his work on the HBO hit "VEEP" playing the character "Gary" alongside Julia Louis Dreyfus.Hale’s... Read More →



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

10:00pm

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

Artists
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White Women

As the name obviously suggests, "White Women" is a group of all-black male improvisers from Los Angeles. They are regulars at UCB LA where they have been performing since 2013, and have also performed at tons of festivals across the country. If you sleep on them, they'll do a backflip... Read More →



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

10:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Erin Whitehead

Erin Whitehead

Erin Whitehead is a Los Angeles based writer and performer originally from Massachusetts. She's performed on Upright Citizens Brigade Harold Night and guest performed/written on multiple UCB shows including her monthly show Wild Horses: The Perspective. TV credits include HBO's "Animals... Read More →
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Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus is an actress and improviser best known for her role as Susan Fischer on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," which won her a SAG award in 2014. Most recently, you can see her in "Jurassic World" as Vivian, a character that provides brilliant comic relief in the film... Read More →
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Mary Holland

Mary Holland performs regularly at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA. Television credits include "The Mindy Project," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Comedy Bang Bang!," "Silicon Valley," and "Blunt Talk" on Starz. Film credits include "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates... Read More →
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Stephanie Allynne

Stephanie Allynne is a writer and actor on the Amazon series "One Mississippi," plays Joey on Adult Swim's "Dream Corp, LLC," and is currently developing a show for HBO. Stephanie can be seen in the upcoming features "The Runaround," "Please Stand By," "And Punching the Clown," as... Read More →



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

10:15pm

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

Artists
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Bear Supply

Bear Supply, named one of “The 100 Best Things in Comedy” in 2016 by The Comedy Bureau, is a fast-paced long form improv show, accompanied by a live DJ . Every show is a high-octane, freakishly entertaining and one-of-a-kind improvised spectacle.Bear Supply (SF Sketchfest, Miami... Read More →
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Bethany Van Delft

Bethany Van Delft’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, SF Sketchfest, as well as appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and "2 Dope Queens" podcast. Her "series at the... Read More →
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Spunky Moms

Erich and Meg are well-seasoned long form improvisers. In their nearly two years as a team, they have gone on cagematch runs, performed all over Los Angeles indie stages as well as at UCB, and traveled to New York to play in the Del Close Marathon.
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The Ballroom

Started in 2008 by a group of USF students who wanted to continue performing improv after graduation, The Ballroom quickly expanded its team size to nine, and started performing around the Bay Area. They have performed at SF Sketchfest for four years running, as well as performed... Read More →



Saturday January 19, 2019 10:15pm - 11:45pm
Brava Cabaret 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Sunday, January 20
 

7:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Alex Price

Alex Price

At six feet, nine inches, Alex Price was always going to be the center of attention anyway. He developed an outsized sense of humor to match his physical stature and quickly became known in comedy circles far away from his native Indiana. His unflinching, self-deprecating and hilarious... Read More →
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Bear Supply

Bear Supply, named one of “The 100 Best Things in Comedy” in 2016 by The Comedy Bureau, is a fast-paced long form improv show, accompanied by a live DJ . Every show is a high-octane, freakishly entertaining and one-of-a-kind improvised spectacle.Bear Supply (SF Sketchfest, Miami... Read More →
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Cardinal Redbird is So LA

Cardinal Redbird is a house improv team from the UCB Theatre in LA. We're real Hollywood types, so we do improv comedy inspired by your experiences as an actor, writer, director, or anything else "industry" related. Come for the laughs, stay for the once-in-a-lifetime networking... Read More →
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The Trifecta

Andy is kind of a free spirit, Jerry is pretty uptight. Together they form The Trifecta; an Improv Trio forever looking for its third member. And there have been some good ones too!: Lisa Rowland, Rachel Hamilton, Rafe Chase, Tim Orr. Not one has stuck, although it seems highly doubtful... Read More →



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

7:30pm

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+

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Eliza Skinner

Eliza Skinner is an LA based comedian who TimeOut LA & NY have described as "one to watch". She was the head writer for "Drop The Mic" on TBS, and is a frequent guest star on "Take My Wife" on Starz. She was also a staff writer and performer on CBS's "Late Late Show with James Corden... Read More →
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Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Along with the other members of the UCB, he owns and operates the Upright Citizens Brigade’s theaters and training centers in New York and LA. As an actor, Ian has starred in Comedy Central’s "Upright Citizens Brigade... Read More →
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Megan Koester

Megan Koester is a writer and comedian (obviously) who resides in Los Angeles (somewhat less obviously). LA Weekly (before it was taken over by right wingers, mind you) listed her as a "comic to watch," saying her "sets are as dark, self-effacing and in-the-moment as they come." Her... Read More →
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Merrill Markoe

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.



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

7:30pm

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

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Eban Schletter

Eban Schletter is a prolific composer and songwriter who has written music for countless television shows including "Spongebob Squarepants," "Mr. Show with Bob and David" and the Academy Awards. His feature film scores include the 2005 remake of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and New... Read More →
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Eugene Cordero

Eugene is an Actor/Comedian based in Los Angeles, CA. He improvises every week with "The Smokes" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre LA. Television credits include: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Good Place,” “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$,” “Other Space.” Film credits... Read More →
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Janet Varney

Janet Varney is an Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. She can currently be seen fighting dark forces opposite John C. McGinley on IFC's, "Stan Against Evil" and generally being a horrible person as Becca on FXX’s "You’re the Worst." In the animation world, she... Read More →
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Julia Duffy

Julia Duffy is best known for her long-running role of Stephanie on “Newhart,” for which she received seven Emmy nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and five American Comedy Award nominations. Other series roles are “Designing Women” (Allison Sugarbaker), “Wizards... Read More →
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Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian and actor. He stars as Dean Rosedragon on Seeso’s "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$" as well as providing the voice of Mr. Peanutbutter for the Netflix animated series "Bojack Horseman."He hosts the podcast "Spontaneanation" on the Earwolf network as well... Read More →
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Tawny Newsome

Tawny is a sketch and improv comedian, who's been mainly writing and performing her work on the Second City Mainstage in Chicago, as well as with the Second City National Touring Company. She's also starred in Second City collaborations such as "The Art of Falling" with Hubbard Street... Read More →



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

10:00pm

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

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THUNDERBULGE

THUNDERBULGE is LA's most electrifying COMEDY MALE REVUE. Originating out of Mi's Westside Comedy Theatre in Santa Monica and most recently seen on ABC's The Gong Show, this storm is on a path of sexiness. These seductive comedians descend from the heavens to deliver improv comedy... Read More →



Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Thursday, January 24
 

7:00pm

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

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CAMDONyes

LA comedy duo "CAMDONyes" aka Cameron Burr (animator, writer, curly hair) & Donald Ian Black (voice actor, writer, straight hair) with enticing entertainment industry credits in their back pockets, host a show dedicated to YOUR betterment through the life-long pursuit of LEARNING... Read More →
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Kazu Kusano

Japanese comedian, Kazu Kusano, shatters the stereotype of the demure Asian woman. Kazu moves like a child in a playground, and her silly, yet dark comedy makes everything laughable, from relationships to sexism, and even Nagasaki. Kazu's comedy help you to rethink the idea of race... Read More →
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redDoor

redDoor is a multi award winning comedy improv duo from Los Angeles, California, that performs high octane shows throughout North America. Justin Michael Terry and Ryan Marsico have a unique bond that allows for mind blowing physical awareness and a level of trust which leads to completely... Read More →
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Sean

Anton Shuster and Peter Chapman are Sean, a duo named after their beloved ex-teammate (don't worry, he's still alive). They've both been theater geeks for an embarrassingly long time now and have been performing together since 2013.



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

7:30pm

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.

Artists
avatar for Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  He can also be seen at iO Chicago performing in the two-person groupBlessing with Susan Messing.  His other iO credits include the house team Bullet Lounge, the one-man improvised musical, BASH!, The... Read More →
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Joey Bland

Joey Bland has performed with The Improvised Shakespeare Company for nine years. In Chicago he also performs with multiple musical improv ensembles including Baby Wants Candy and The Improvised Sondheim Project. Also in recent years, Joey has often worked on unique projects with The... Read More →
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Ross Bryant

Ross Bryant has been performing with The Improvised Shakespeare company since it began at the iO Theater in Chicago.  Previously, Ross toured internationally with the Second City Touring Company and was an ensemble member of the Second City Mainstage, where he co-wrote and performed... Read More →
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Steve Waltien

Steve Waltien is an alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago where he also wrote and performed many shows at the iO theater including the Del Close award-winning solo show ‘Scenes With Ghosts'. TV and film credits include Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice', 'The Opposition... Read More →
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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, founded in 2005, entertains audiences around the globe and sells out their recurring limited engagements in New York and LA just from word of mouth and email “advertising”. The ISC has been featured at festivals and events around the county... Read More →



Thursday January 24, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Friday, January 25
 

7:30pm

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.

Artists
avatar for Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  He can also be seen at iO Chicago performing in the two-person groupBlessing with Susan Messing.  His other iO credits include the house team Bullet Lounge, the one-man improvised musical, BASH!, The... Read More →
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Joey Bland

Joey Bland has performed with The Improvised Shakespeare Company for nine years. In Chicago he also performs with multiple musical improv ensembles including Baby Wants Candy and The Improvised Sondheim Project. Also in recent years, Joey has often worked on unique projects with The... Read More →
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Ross Bryant

Ross Bryant has been performing with The Improvised Shakespeare company since it began at the iO Theater in Chicago.  Previously, Ross toured internationally with the Second City Touring Company and was an ensemble member of the Second City Mainstage, where he co-wrote and performed... Read More →
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Steve Waltien

Steve Waltien is an alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago where he also wrote and performed many shows at the iO theater including the Del Close award-winning solo show ‘Scenes With Ghosts'. TV and film credits include Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice', 'The Opposition... Read More →
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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, founded in 2005, entertains audiences around the globe and sells out their recurring limited engagements in New York and LA just from word of mouth and email “advertising”. The ISC has been featured at festivals and events around the county... Read More →


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

8:00pm

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.

Artists
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Andrew Leeds

Andrew Leeds is an actor and writer who has appeared on such shows as VEEP, SILICON VALLEY, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, SHAMELESS, and MODERN FAMILY. Additionally, he was seen in the feature film Office Christmas Party. He is currently a member of the... Read More →
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Deanna Oliver

Deanna Oliver is a writer and actress, known for THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (1987), ANIMANIACS (1993), and CASPER (1995).
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Gary Anthony Williams

Gary recently appeared in the films "The Internship" with Vince Vaughn and "The Factory" along with John Cusack. You can catch him in new episodes of "Whose Line is it Anyway," "Mike and Molly" and "Baby Daddy." He has recurred on "The Soul Man," "Raising Hope," "Malcolm in the Middle... Read More →
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H Michael Croner

 H Michael Croner's credits include WHAT WOULD DIPLO DO?, MARY + JANE, REVIEW, MOM, THE BIG BANG THEORY, WORKAHOLICS, CLIPPED, and IDIOTSITTER. He is currently voicing characters on Netflix’s F IS FOR FAMILY and Cartoon Network’s UNIKITTY and CRAIG OF THE CREEK.
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Jacob Russell-Snyder

Jacob Russell-Snyder is a musician and comedian originally from Oakland, California. Jacob studied improv at UCB in NY and LA as well as ImprovBoston. He has created improvised musicals with ImprovBoston, Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS), The Un-scripted Theater Co, the Boston Unscripted... Read More →
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Kevin Kirkpatrick

Kevin has recurring roles on NOBODIES (TV Land) and I’M SORRY (truTV). Other credits include SUPERSTORE, MODERN FAMILY, MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES, THE BOSS (Universal), LAST MAN STANDING, QUICKDRAW, BEAUTY AND THE BRIEFCASE (ABC Family), and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. He also performs frequently... Read More →
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Lauren Burns

Lauren Burns comes from San Francisco and New York. She attended NYU and the Stella Adler Conservatory and is proficient in mask work. Film and TV credits include SUBURBICON, MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES, MIGHTY MED, TWO BROKE GIRLS, GO ON, WHITNEY, and WEEDS. She co-created the live talk... Read More →
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Tony Cavalero

Tony Cavalero stars as Dewey Finn in the Emmy-nominated TV series, SCHOOL OF ROCK, and worked as a director of the hit series as well. Other credits include MODERN FAMILY, NEW GIRL, LIFE IN PIECES, ANGIE TRIBECA, WHEN WE FIRST MET and THE DUFF. He will next be seen in Ken Marino’s... Read More →



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

10:30pm

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


Artists
avatar for Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  He can also be seen at iO Chicago performing in the two-person groupBlessing with Susan Messing.  His other iO credits include the house team Bullet Lounge, the one-man improvised musical, BASH!, The... Read More →
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Joey Bland

Joey Bland has performed with The Improvised Shakespeare Company for nine years. In Chicago he also performs with multiple musical improv ensembles including Baby Wants Candy and The Improvised Sondheim Project. Also in recent years, Joey has often worked on unique projects with The... Read More →
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Ross Bryant

Ross Bryant has been performing with The Improvised Shakespeare company since it began at the iO Theater in Chicago.  Previously, Ross toured internationally with the Second City Touring Company and was an ensemble member of the Second City Mainstage, where he co-wrote and performed... Read More →
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Steve Waltien

Steve Waltien is an alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago where he also wrote and performed many shows at the iO theater including the Del Close award-winning solo show ‘Scenes With Ghosts'. TV and film credits include Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice', 'The Opposition... Read More →
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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, founded in 2005, entertains audiences around the globe and sells out their recurring limited engagements in New York and LA just from word of mouth and email “advertising”. The ISC has been featured at festivals and events around the county... Read More →



Friday January 25, 2019 10:30pm - 11:59pm
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Saturday, January 26
 

4:00pm

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


Artists
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Dan O'Connor

Dan O'Connor is one of the world's foremost innovators in unscripted theatre. He is a multifaceted actor, improviser, writer, and director performing on television and stage around the world. His training includes the American Conservatory Theater and extensive work with Keith Johnstone... Read More →
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Edi Patterson

Edi played Jen Abbott on HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS with Danny McBride, and Elizabeth on Tracy Morgan’s THE LAST O.G. on TBS. Other credits include upcoming HBO series THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES, Rian Johnson’s upcoming film KNIVES OUT, upcoming Amazon film TROUPE ZERO, NOBODIES, BLACK-ISH... Read More →
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Jo McGinley

Jo McGinley is a founding member of Impro Theatre, and has been directing unscripted theatre since 1996. Passionate about a playwright, writer or film style, diving into their world, and having the great fortune of working with the most talented improvisers/actors around is what keeps... Read More →
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Stephen Kearin

Stephen Kearin began his career in 1987 with Bay Area Theatresports in San Francisco, where he was a company member for 14 years. He was a member of Pulp Playhouse and a founding member of Improv Theater and True Fiction Magazine. Stephen is currently a founding member of the critically-acclaimed... Read More →



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

7:30pm

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

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Cedric Yarbrough

Cedric Yarbrough's television credits include Comedy Central's hit "Reno 911!", Adult Swim's Peabody award winning "The Boondocks" & guest appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Key & Peele" & "Comedy Bang Bang". Some of his film credits include "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Get Smart... Read More →
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Daniele Gaither

Daniele Gaither is widely recognized (primarily by young Mexican-American men, sailors and prison inmates) for her work on "MADtv" (Fox). She starred in half-hour prime time series "The Rerun Show" (NBC) and prime time sketch comedy show "Hype" (WB). Daniele grew up mostly in Minnesota... Read More →
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Gary Anthony Williams

Gary recently appeared in the films "The Internship" with Vince Vaughn and "The Factory" along with John Cusack. You can catch him in new episodes of "Whose Line is it Anyway," "Mike and Molly" and "Baby Daddy." He has recurred on "The Soul Man," "Raising Hope," "Malcolm in the Middle... Read More →
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Jordan Black

Jordan Black is a former writer for "Saturday Night Live," the creator of "The Black Version" and an alum of the Groundlings Improv Theater. He has been a series regular on several shows including "Punk'd" and "Halfway Home" on Comedy Central. His voice has been heard on "South Park... Read More →
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Karen Maruyama

Karen Maruyama is an alumna of the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles. Her recent television credits include "Arrested Development," "Two Broke Girls," "Shameless," and "The Neighbors." She was also in the film "The Campaign" as the wise acre maid. In addition to directing the Black... Read More →
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Nyima Funk

Nyima Funk is the host of "Undercover Cupid," the new hidden camera dating show on NickMom. She’s also a cast member on the CW’s "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and Comedy Central’s "Key & Peele." Her television credits include NBC’s "Thank God You’re Here," MTV’s "Wild ‘N... Read More →
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Phil LaMarr

A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings where he worked alongside such comedic stars as Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Griffin and Will Ferrell. Phil is best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as "Marvin" in "Pulp Fiction."In... Read More →
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Wayne Brady

Emmy Award winning Wayne Brady is one of the most versatile performers in show business today, entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. He became well known for his improvisational skills on "Whose Line Is It Anyway... Read More →



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

10:30pm

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

Artists
avatar for Brianna Baker

Brianna Baker

Brianna Baker blew in from Chicago, and is thrilled to be caught in the Gale winds at Groundlings. What do you wanna know? She studied and performed at Second City and iO Chicago. She is a 2018 CBS diversity showcase alum. IMDB will let you know what you might have seen her in.  Down... Read More →
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Chris Eckert

Chris Eckert recently performed in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase and was head writer for the 2018 showcase. He’s a main company member of The Groundlings Theater. His TV credits include The Comeback, Super Fun Night, Doin’ It Yourself (pilot), and a guest-starring role on Raising... Read More →
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Jacob Russell-Snyder

Jacob Russell-Snyder is a musician and comedian originally from Oakland, California. Jacob studied improv at UCB in NY and LA as well as ImprovBoston. He has created improvised musicals with ImprovBoston, Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS), The Un-scripted Theater Co, the Boston Unscripted... Read More →
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Jason Michael Snow

Jason Michael Snow credits include: Los Angeles:The Bluffs (ABC Pilot), This Is Us (Recurring), One Day At A Time (Guest Star), 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, NYC/Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Original Bway Cast), The Spongebob Musical!(Patchy the Pirate – Original Cast Recording... Read More →
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Jimmy Fowlie

Jimmy Fowlie has appeared in CBS’s "2 Broke Girls," HBO’s "The Comeback," "Teachers," "The Joe Schmo Show,"" CollegeHumor Originals," and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!." Most recently he played Angelo on the Disney show "BizAardvark." His current TV guest star credits include the newest... Read More →
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Michael Churven

Originally from Australia, Michael Churven came to America as part of the Australian wave in the early ‘00s and is thrilled to be a Main Company member at The Groundlings Theatre. His television credits include MODERN FAMILY and Tru TV’s YOU CAN DO BETTER. He has appeared on Australian... Read More →
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Navaris Darson

Navaris Darson is an actor and senior level improv instructor at The Groundlings Theatre & School. He began his improv journey with Easy Baked Oven at Berry College and later he went on to study improv with To Be Named Later at Valdosta State University where he earned his B.F.A... Read More →
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Pete Zias

Pete Zias is an alum of The Groundlings Sunday Company and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. His web series “Friday Night with Crystal” and “I Remember You” can be viewed on his YouTube channel “The Pete Zias Show”.Pete has written for Joan Rivers' "Fashion Police... Read More →
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Peter Kim

Peter is a stand up comic, writer and actor recently featured on ‘NCIS’, NBC's 'Shrink' and the 2018 CBS Diversity Showcase. As a stand up he performs monthly at ‘Suddenly Stand Up’ (UCB Sunset) and ‘Gaybut’, (Acme Noho) and recently headlined the IFC stage at Oddball... Read More →



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

8:00pm

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.

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Cole Stratton

Cole Stratton is the co-founder of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, a month-long annual event highlighting the best in improv, sketch, stand-up, TV and film comedy, which celebrates its eighteenth year in January 2019. Along with Janet Varney, he has written and performed... Read More →
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Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi is an actor originally from Chicago and currently a work in progress. Danny's TV credits include "Community" (NBC/Yahoo), “Powerless” (NBC) and guest starring roles on “Better Things” (FX), "The Guest Book" (TBS), “Misfits and Monsters” (TruTV) as well as voicing... Read More →
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Gary Anthony Williams

Gary recently appeared in the films "The Internship" with Vince Vaughn and "The Factory" along with John Cusack. You can catch him in new episodes of "Whose Line is it Anyway," "Mike and Molly" and "Baby Daddy." He has recurred on "The Soul Man," "Raising Hope," "Malcolm in the Middle... Read More →
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James Reichmuth

James is a member of Kasper Hauser, a San Francisco-based comedy group, along with Dan Klein, (former member) John, and Rob Baedeker. They perform and produce live shows, digital content, and books. The group’s work has been produced by the BBC, HBO digital and “This American... Read More →
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Janet Varney

Janet Varney is an Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. She can currently be seen fighting dark forces opposite John C. McGinley on IFC's, "Stan Against Evil" and generally being a horrible person as Becca on FXX’s "You’re the Worst." In the animation world, she... Read More →
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Scott Adsit

Scott Adsit won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his work at The Second City Theater in Chicago and still improvises at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Manhattan. Adsit has appeared in many television shows most notably, playing producer Pete Hornberger on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning... Read More →



Sunday January 27, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111