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Friday, January 11
 

9:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker is known for two things, playing guitar and being Canadian. She only does one of those things well. Dirty Ghosts is her main musical vehicle and when flagged down will hop out and join others on their musical adventures. Amongst them have been playing guitar on albums... Read More →
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Arline Klatte

Arline Klatte is the co-host of the successful San Francisco-based storytelling show, Porchlight.
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Chrysta Bell

Chrysta Bell (her first name) is a musician, recording artist, songwriter and actress who incorporates dynamic theatrical and media elements into unique performance experiences.She has toured 36 countries as a headlining act and shared the stage with the likes of  Willie Nelson... Read More →
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Dina Maccabee

Dina Maccabee is a composer, songwriter, and violinist/violist/vocalist who works in variety of styles, from traditional music to pop to experimental composition. An original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and half of Bay Area duo Ramon & Jessica, she has toured internationally... Read More →
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Eli Crews

Eli Crews is a musician and record producer based in New York. He played bass and guitar in numerous Bay Area bands in the '90s and '00s, the most well-known being Beulah. He is currently head engineer at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, where he has lived and worked since 2012. He... Read More →
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James Marshall

James Marshall is an American actor, known for playing the character James Hurley in the cult television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), its 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and its 2017 revival, and for his role as Private Louden Downey in A Few Good Men(1992).
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Karina Denike

San Francisco's darling Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing... Read More →
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Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer.He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers... Read More →
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Margaret Cho

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... Read More →
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The Red Room Orchestra

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... Read More →
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Toby Dammit

Larry Mullins (Toby Dammit) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving at age 20. His website (http://www.tobydammit.com/) documents his appearances on 235 published recordings & 1,893 live concerts (2017). His work on numerous television & film soundtracks, notably including “School... Read More →
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Todd Roper

Master trap drummer, Todd Roper performs with CAKE, Gregory Loiacono, and Virgil Shaw . He also has worked with Chuck Prophet, Lee Bob Watson, and Sean Hayes. He is affectionately knownas Mr. Pringles for all the right reasons.
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Tom Ayres

Tom Ayres, guitarist, fan of guitarist, mountain watcher, ex-surfer, record producer and player of records, multi-instrumentalist apart from woodwinds, mentalist, expert at long relationships with foreigners, father, loving son, Uncle Fun, semi-retired California Resident, grew up... Read More →
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Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.In the early 1990's, Tom... Read More →



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

9:00pm

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+

Artists
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Galen

GALEN (Sunset Sound System, Dirtybird Records, Roam Recordings - San Francisco)Galen, founded Sunset Sound System in 1994 in Berkeley, California. It began as a small outdoor dance party set against the backdrop of the sun setting in the beautiful San Francisco Bay. Within just a... Read More →
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John Tejada

Normally associated with his peers in techno from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere, John Tejada has embraced electronic music as a personal frontier, expanding on his resume as a techno recording artist as producer, remixer, DJ, and label owner. Known for crafting a brand of subtle... Read More →
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Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned Musician/Comedian/Writer/Actor who currently stars as the bandleader on CBS’s "The Late Late Show with James Corden." Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Watts blends and blurs the lines between music... Read More →
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Solar

When Solar began Djing in the early 90’s, San Francisco’s Clubs and Raves were places where musically, anything could happen. To be a DJ in this time and place meant having a fierce dedication to the craft of creating electrifying music for people to dance all night. A deep record... Read More →



Friday January 11, 2019 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Mezzanine 444 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Saturday, January 12
 

7:30pm

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

Artists
avatar for Matteo Lane

Matteo Lane

Matteo Lane is a New York-based comedian, originally from Chicago. Matteo is in the new Comedy Central series "The Comedy Jam," and also recently performed on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," and Comedy Central’s "Adam Devine's House Party." He... Read More →



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

9:00pm

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 

Artists
avatar for Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker is known for two things, playing guitar and being Canadian. She only does one of those things well. Dirty Ghosts is her main musical vehicle and when flagged down will hop out and join others on their musical adventures. Amongst them have been playing guitar on albums... Read More →
avatar for Amber Lamprecht

Amber Lamprecht

Woodwind player and vocalist, Amber Lamprecht has performed with Rodriguez, Robert Smigel, Vocal Arts Ensemble and Mark Eitzel as well as the legendary big band, SemiRet. Admiral Brinkley’s Jazz Argosy. She is also an educator and is the co-founder and director of the Literacy... Read More →
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Bart Davenport

Bart Davenport might be a multitude of things, depending on whom you ask. He’s been a mod, a blues singer and a softrock troubadour. He’s an eccentric guitarist and singer with the timeless voice of a real crooner. He lives and writes songs in Los Angeles. His work transports... Read More →
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Ben Goldberg

Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music... Read More →
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Dina Maccabee

Dina Maccabee is a composer, songwriter, and violinist/violist/vocalist who works in variety of styles, from traditional music to pop to experimental composition. An original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and half of Bay Area duo Ramon & Jessica, she has toured internationally... Read More →
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Eli Crews

Eli Crews is a musician and record producer based in New York. He played bass and guitar in numerous Bay Area bands in the '90s and '00s, the most well-known being Beulah. He is currently head engineer at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, where he has lived and worked since 2012. He... Read More →
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Eugene S. Robinson

Eugene S. Robinson, frontman for art rock agonistes OXBOW, has also not only appeared in beer commercials for Gus Van Sant and horrible movies with convicted felon Bill Cosby, but he's also authored books on fighting, crime and threesomes.
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James Adomian

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... Read More →
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Jess Ivry

I am classically trained (San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Bonnie Hampton) and also enjoy playing many genres including Balkan, Klezmer, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Pop. I love to sing. I love to sing and play the cello simultaneously. For the last 10 years I played, sang... Read More →
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John Schott

John Schott is an accomplished jazz guitarist and composer with six critically acclaimed CDs of original music released over 22 years. His performances have taken him to four continents and 23 US states.Schott was a co-founder of the acclaimed group TJ Kirk; their second Warner Bros... Read More →
avatar for Karina Denike

Karina Denike

San Francisco's darling Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing... Read More →
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Kelley Stoltz

Extra fine songwriter and longtime bedroom-pop auteur Kelley Stoltz delivers on the promise so many of his records slyly hint at. Que Aura is the platonic ideal of a Kelley Stoltz record, which is a very exciting thing indeed. Stoltz embraces his best synth-pop tendencies, with this... Read More →
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Kevin McDonald

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring... Read More →
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Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer.He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers... Read More →
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Margaret Cho

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... Read More →
avatar for Scott Larson

Scott Larson

Scott Larson is a trombonist, arranger,composer and bandleader in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been performing in the Bay Area for over two decades now, performing a variety of genres of music, and has played with such Jazz legends as Ray Brown, Smith Dobson, Bill Berry, Maria... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Yerkey

Stephen Yerkey

Stephen Yerkey has made hundreds of dollars in the music business and yet still has time for those who put him wherever he is today. His responsibilities in the past have included being caretaker of Fast Floyd and His Famous Firebirds' beer garden, and he is a noted West Coast collector... Read More →
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The Red Room Orchestra

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... Read More →
avatar for Toby Dammit

Toby Dammit

Larry Mullins (Toby Dammit) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving at age 20. His website (http://www.tobydammit.com/) documents his appearances on 235 published recordings & 1,893 live concerts (2017). His work on numerous television & film soundtracks, notably including “School... Read More →
avatar for Todd Roper

Todd Roper

Master trap drummer, Todd Roper performs with CAKE, Gregory Loiacono, and Virgil Shaw . He also has worked with Chuck Prophet, Lee Bob Watson, and Sean Hayes. He is affectionately knownas Mr. Pringles for all the right reasons.
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Tom Ayres

Tom Ayres, guitarist, fan of guitarist, mountain watcher, ex-surfer, record producer and player of records, multi-instrumentalist apart from woodwinds, mentalist, expert at long relationships with foreigners, father, loving son, Uncle Fun, semi-retired California Resident, grew up... Read More →
avatar for Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.In the early 1990's, Tom... Read More →



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

10:00pm

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+

Artists
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Jon Daly

Jon Daly, who is currently in a beef with rapper Lil Xan, was a writer/producer/co-star on Comedy Central's "Kroll Show," appears regularly at the Upright Citizen's Brigade in Los Angeles and has appeared in films like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and on television in numerous... Read More →
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Scott Thompson

Well known to fans as a member of the sketch comedy troupe “The Kids in the Hall,” Scott Thompson is anything but your average comedic talent. After Lorne Michaels discovered them in the late eighties, “The Kids in the Hall” created a groundbreaking television series which... Read More →
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Shannon Shaw

Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, valiantly strikes out on her own, gracing us with her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville. In a nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty in Memphis, Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South... Read More →



Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, January 13
 

8:00pm

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

Artists
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Agouti

Agouti is a psychedelic rock band that surfaced from songwriter and producer Carmen Caruso after a trip to Costa Rica’s cloud forests. Escaping from chronic fatigue and dysfunctional routine, she ruminated on what to do next. Caruso realized many of her musical facets - early experiences... Read More →
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Comics of the Future

Comics of the Future. Larry and Lawrence (Jon Wolanske and Brian Perkins) hail from a future that feels increasingly close. Not seen in San Francisco for more than a decade, the time traveling duo have returned with observations and a few comedic warnings about what’s to come.
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Dale Seever

Your guide through the Deep Night is noted wellness advisor and entertainer, Dale Seever. Wearing his signature black turtleneck and owl-shaped amulet, Dale opens up a portal to an hour of regrets, revelations, and rising stars. Dale has performed across the country to sold-out halls... Read More →
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Deep Night with Dale's Vortex Variety Hour

Host of the long-running Deep Night podcast, Dale Seever is the alter ego of Brooklyn-based performer and writer James Bewley. He has presented work both as Dale and under his own name, as part of numerous comedy and storytelling events around the country including SF Sketchfest... Read More →
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Francesca Fiorentini

Francesca Fiorentini is a B-list Internet personality and stand up comic known for her work on Newsbroke on AJ+ (2013-2018). She is been behind viral hits like “The Real Deal with the U.S. Mexico Border”, monologues like “How the Rich Want to Keep You Dumb." and sketches like... Read More →
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Janeane Garofalo

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992.Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Ratatouille,” “Steal... Read More →
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Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 6’6”, is a San Francisco-based playwright whose written a bunch of plays and won a bunch of prizes.  His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern... Read More →
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Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a producer, designer, writer and animator. She's dabbled in everything from research on pelagic invertebrates to animations about beer to podcasts about fake tumbleweed farms. These days, she explores how humans tangle with science and technology. She's been a columnist... Read More →
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Sureni Weerasekera

Sureni Weerasekera is a Sri Lankan-born, San Diego-raised, & San Francisco-based stand up comedian, actor and writer. Currently suffering a college sentence at UC Berkeley by her immigrant parents, comedian Sureni Weerasekera combines her puppy-like heart with the void where her soul... 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 →



Sunday January 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 19
 

7:30pm

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+

Artists
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Jean Grae is a modern day polymath you may know from being a critically acclaimed, internationally renowned lyricist, performer, writer and producer. Since like… 25 years ago. She’s only 6 now. What a talent.Maybe you've seen her on “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac,” “Thrilling... Read More →
avatar for John Roderick

John Roderick

John Roderick is an accomplished musician, the front-man for indie-rock favorites The Long Winters, as well as a writer, politician, and podcaster.
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is the in-house musician for NPR's "Ask Me Another."In 2005, Coulton dropped out of a perfectly good software career to write music on the Internet. He embarked upon a bold experiment called "Thing a Week," in which he home-recorded and released a new song every week... Read More →
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Paul Sabourin

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show "w00tstock... Read More →
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Storm DiCostanzo

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show "w00tstock... Read More →



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

8:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Eliza Skinner

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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Sam Johnides

Sam Johnides hails from the great state of Michigan, where he attended Grand Valley State University for Music Composition and Performance. He is super looking forward to being able to perform with Eliza Skinner at the festival! As we all know, she's amazing. Outside of musical improv... Read More →



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

10:00pm

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+

Artists
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Don't Stop Or We'll Die

DON'T STOP OR WE'LL DIE is a music-comedy pop-rock-weirdo band featuring Michael Cassady, Paul Rust and Tony Thaxton.
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Jefferson Dutton

Jefferson Dutton is a writer and director from Los Angeles. He's a founding member of sketch comedy group The Birthday Boys, which enjoyed two seasons on IFC and can now be found on Netflix. Other credits include Funny or Die, "Comedy Central Social Scene" and the MTV Movie Award... Read More →
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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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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.
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The Sloppy Boys

"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."
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Tim Kalpakis

Tim Kalpakis is an American comedy writer.  He grew up in the Catskills, went to Ithaca College, and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.  Writing credits:  The "Birthday Boys," "Comedy Bang! Bang!," "Between Two Ferns," The Emmys, and the MTV Movie... Read More →



Saturday January 19, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, January 20
 

10:00pm

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

Artists
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Dave Hill

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician originally from Cleveland but now living in New York City. He has appeared on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Inside Amy Schumer," "@midnight," "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "The Tick" and "The Jim Gaffigan Show" among other programs... Read More →
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Rhett Miller

After more than two decades as founding member of the venerable Old 97’s and acclaimed singer–songwriter in his own right, Rhett Miller has crafted a trio of new projects that see him pushing his creative energies in hitherto untraveled directions. Among them are two utterly unique... Read More →



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

8:00pm

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


Artists
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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... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
 
Friday, January 25
 

7:30pm

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+

Artists
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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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Greg Behrendt

Greg Behrendt is always busy! In 2009, "He’s Just Not That Into You," the movie based on his bestselling book, opened in theaters nationwide and was America’s number one movie. Behrendt’s second comedy special, "That Guy from That Thing," was released by Image Entertainment... Read More →
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Mark Rivers

Mark was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where he spent the majority of his formative years watching sitcom reruns and listening to Rush albums. He took up the drums and, not surprisingly, his early bands all sounded like Georgia teenagers trying to play Canadian prog rock.Mark learned... Read More →
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Matt Nathanson

Bay Area-local and fan favorite Matt Nathanson returns to SF Sketchfest for his 6th appearance at the festival in about as many years. His new album "Sings His Sad Heart" is available now!http://mattnathanson.com
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Tom Lenk

Tom Lenk's Film & TV credits include HBO's "Room 104," "American Housewife," "Transparent,” "Fresh Off The Boat," “Good Girls Revolt,” “I Like You Just The Way I am," “Episodes,” “Witches of East End,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “House M.D.,” “Psych,” "Angel... Read More →



Friday January 25, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, January 27
 

7:30pm

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

Artists
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Andy Kindler

Andy Kindler currently recurs on Fox’s hit animation, Bob’s Burgers, Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, Comedy Central’s Tosh.O and is a regular on the critically-praised web series, But I’m Chris Jericho (for which he is nominated as Best Supporting Actor by L.A. Webfest... Read More →
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Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla first started doing comedy in her hometown of Washington D.C. and now resides in New York City. In 2016, she was featured in Elle’s Women in Comedy Issue as one of the most exciting new voices to hit the comedy scene.Nancherla can be seen in Netflix’s "Master... Read More →
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Gaby Moreno

Originally hailing from Guatemala, Gaby is a Latin Grammy winner who has released 5 solo albums internationally. Her latest album “Ilusión” received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She also received an Emmy nomination for co-writing the theme song to NBC’s... Read More →
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The Milk Carton Kids

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... Read More →



Sunday January 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102