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Friday, January 11
 

7:30pm

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
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Friday, January 18
 

7:30pm

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
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm

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
Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Saturday, January 19
 

4:00pm

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
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:30pm

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
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Tuesday, January 22
 

8:00pm

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
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Wednesday, January 23
 

8:00pm

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
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Saturday, January 26
 

6:00pm

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
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:30pm

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
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm

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
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102