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Thursday, January 10
 

7:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artists
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Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres is known primarily as an editor and writer at Rolling Stone, and was depicted as such in the movie ‘Almost Famous.’ But his interview subjects have also included Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Cheech & Chong, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Sam Kinison, Steve Allen... 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 →



Thursday January 10, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Friday, January 11
 

7:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Dave Foley

Dave Foley

Dave Foley was born and raised in Toronto where he attended alternative high schools. While there, he began writing stand-up comedy for a creative writing project. His interest in improv led him to comedy workshops, where he met and teamed with Kevin McDonald. They became “The Kids... 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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Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney stars as Glenn, Cloud 9's kind but confused store manager, on NBC's hit comedy "Superstore."The Canadian-born McKinney has performed in, written and produced some of the most sophisticated and groundbreaking television in North America. He has worked with Lorne Michaels... Read More →
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Paul Myers

Born in Toronto, Canada, and based in Berkeley, California, Paul Myers has worn many hats over the years, including journalist, author, broadcaster and musician, and has been a frequent guest and participant in SF Sketchfest, previously hosting Sketchfest events with David Byrne... 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 →



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

7:00pm

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

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

Artists
avatar for Dalia Malek

Dalia Malek

Dalia started comedy in London, UK, where she first started honing her silly, playful, and sometimes dark material in major theaters and clubs all over the country. Her warm and conspiratorial stage presence and punchy writing helped her progress quickly. Her comedy was broadcast... 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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Jen Kirkman

Jen Kirkman is a national and internationally touring stand-up comedian. Her second Netflix Original Comedy Special, “Just Keep Livin’?”(2017) is streaming worldwide now worldwide.  Her first Netflix Original Comedy Special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was... Read More →
avatar for JoAnn Schinderle

JoAnn Schinderle

Schinderle has a snarky storytelling style that will make you feel like she's your best friend letting you in on a secret. It's been written that JoAnn brings an infectious, hammy energy that still seems sincere. She tells jokes that feel colloquial even though they're carefully crafted... Read More →
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Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke hosted by Harmon LeonJoke-e-oke is like karaoke but with classic stand up comedy material, where you – the audience get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Sign up and pick a classic comedy routine of one of your favorite comedians, and then the mic is yours... Read More →
avatar for Kate Willett

Kate Willett

Kate Willett is a comedian, actress, and writer whose raunchy feminist storytelling is both smart and relatable. She was recently a correspondent for the JIM JEFFERIES SHOW at Politicon 2017. She’s been featured on Viceland’s FLOPHOUSE and her appearance on Comedy Central’s... 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 →
avatar for Meredith Axelrod

Meredith Axelrod

"I can't think of much that I know about that I'd be itching to release if I had the chance, though there's this girl in San Francisco who sings in the cafes, and there's a ton of phone quality videos on YouTube where she's being drowned out by people talking, but she's got a great... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Kaluza

Natasha Kaluza

Natasha Kaluza is a multi-talented performer. She graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Theater Arts and followed up with a graduate year of dance studies. She completed the first and second year of the Clown Conservatory at the SF Circus Center under Jeff Raz... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in... Read More →
avatar for Nori Reed

Nori Reed

Nori isn’t just a comedian based in Oakland, California. Nori is a lifestyle. When she isn’t perfecting her skin care routine or thinking about the devastating impact of U.S. imperialism, Nori performs at LGBTQ community events and comedy clubs all over the Bay Area. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina is currently in a deal at WBTV where she is developing with Diablo Cody. She just sold her project "Hanging On" to FBC where she will write and star, with Diablo Cody executive producing through WBTV. Previously, she shot a quarter hour special for Netflix and was an Executive... Read More →



Friday January 11, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Saturday, January 12
 

4:00pm

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

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

Artists
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Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.In... Read More →



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

7:00pm

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

Artists
avatar for Arden Myrin

Arden Myrin

Actress, writer and comedian Arden Myrin became a new cast member on Showtime’s "Shameless" Season 7, and will be on the upcoming Netflix series "Insatiable." She recently appeared in the world premiere of Steve Martin’s new play "Meteor Shower." As a comedian Arden headlines... Read More →
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David Cross

Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small.Named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Cross last toured the world with “Make America Great Again... Read More →
avatar for Emma Haney

Emma Haney

Since 2010, Emma Haney has been delighting audiences with her dry, absurdist wit at comedy clubs and colleges up and down the West Coast. She was a semi finalist in the Las Vegas women’s World Series of comedy. She has opened for Scott Capurro and Sara Tiana, and most recently has... Read More →
avatar for Geneva Rust-Orta

Geneva Rust-Orta

Geneva Rust-Orta is a stand-up comedian from Oakland, California. She got her start in comedy while at university in Northeast England. While in England, she performed all over the UK, and even once in Helsinki, Finland. Since moving back home to Oakland in 2016, Geneva has found... Read More →
avatar for Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon has performed comedy around the world, including the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Dublin, Vancouver, and Montreal Comedy Festivals. He's appeared on "The Howard Stern Show," "This American Life," MSNBC, "Last Call With Carson Daly," "Penn & Teller’s Bullshit," as well as the... Read More →
avatar for Harry Moroz

Harry Moroz

Harry’s a regular on club shows, alt shows, bar shows, TV shows, pretty much any kind of show except a no-show, which he’s never been to. He’s performed in Riot LA, Dessert Hearts, Gilda’s LaughFest, Laughing Skull Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, the World Series of Comedy... Read More →
avatar for Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke hosted by Harmon LeonJoke-e-oke is like karaoke but with classic stand up comedy material, where you – the audience get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Sign up and pick a classic comedy routine of one of your favorite comedians, and then the mic is yours... Read More →
avatar for Mike Drucker

Mike Drucker

Mike Drucker is a writer and comedian in New York, NY. His stand-up has been featured on Audible, SeeSo, and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. His writing has been nominated for two Emmys and a Writers Guild Award. He's written for "The President Show," "Nintendo of... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Ekperigin

Naomi Ekperigin

Naomi Ekperigin is an actor, stand-up, and writer. She's written for NBC’s “Great News”, Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and HBO's upcoming "Mrs. Fletcher". You've seen her stand up on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," '2 Dope Queens' on HBO, and her own Comedy Central Half... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Torio Van Grol

Torio Van Grol

Torio Van Grol was first discovered by a gentleman naturalist in 1676, causing an uproar among the clergy, who claimed that he was placed on Earth by God as a test of faith. After much careful study, Torio has been widely accepted as real, though some controversy lingers. Many people... Read More →



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

7:30pm

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

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

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

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

Artists
avatar for America Ferrera

America Ferrera

America Ferrera stars as Amy, Cloud 9's intelligent and responsible floor supervisor on NBC's hit comedy "Superstore." She also serves as a producer on the series.Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC's hit comedy "Ugly... Read More →
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Ben Feldman

Ben Feldman stars as Jonah, the eager and impressionable Cloud 9 employee, on NBC's comedy "Superstore." Feldman also returned as attorney Ron LaFlamme, on HBO's Emmy-Nominated comedy "Silicon Valley" this past March.In the spring of 2017, Feldman returned to the theater in "The Siegel... Read More →
avatar for Colton Dunn

Colton Dunn

Colton Dunn is a series regular on the NBC series "Superstore" where he plays ‘Garrett’. Last year Colton was seen in features such as "Lazer Team 2" and the Universal comedy hit, "Blockers" opposite Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz. Prior to that, he was a series regular... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Pemberton

Johnny Pemberton

Pemberton is an actor, writer and comedian, and can be seen currently in "I Feel Bad" and "Superstore," both on NBC. Other recent TV and film credits include "Action Point," "Son of Zorn," "Ant Man" and "In The Loop." In the animated space, he can be heard starring in the Disney series... Read More →
avatar for Justin Spitzer

Justin Spitzer

Justin Spitzer is the creator and executive producer of the NBC comedy series “Superstore.” Before creating “Superstore,” Spitzer spent seven seasons writing for and producing on the NBC comedy “The Office.” During his tenure at “The Office,” Spitzer rose from Story... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Ash

Lauren Ash

Lauren Ash stars as Dina, Cloud 9's resident security guard and HR manager, on NBC's comedy "Superstore."Ash was recently seen playing Hortense in the Comedy Central series "Another Period," which co-starred Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Christina Hendricks, Paget Brewster and Michael... Read More →
avatar for Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney stars as Glenn, Cloud 9's kind but confused store manager, on NBC's hit comedy "Superstore."The Canadian-born McKinney has performed in, written and produced some of the most sophisticated and groundbreaking television in North America. He has worked with Lorne Michaels... Read More →
avatar for Nichole Bloom

Nichole Bloom

Nichole Bloom stars as Cheyenne, Cloud 9's bubbly young employee, on NBC's hit comedy "Superstore."Bloom was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a child, she loved creating characters and making movies at home, which led to her involvement in theater starting at age... Read More →
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Nico Santos

With a combination of his sarcastic wit, outrageous sensibility and snarky commentary, Nico Santos has the rare ability to charm every audience he encounters. Santos was most recently seen in Warner Brother’s “Crazy Rich Asians” alongside an all-Asian cast including Constance... Read More →



Saturday January 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, January 13
 

4:00pm

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

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

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

Artists
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Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer who the NY Times has described as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” His new album "Mainstream American Comic" is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut "Waiting for 2042," which was also... Read More →
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W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and the host of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell." He recently made his Netflix debut with the stand-up comedy special, "Private School Negro." Kamau has a book with the easy-to-remember... Read More →



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

8:00pm

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

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

Artists
avatar for Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark)

Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark)

When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind... Halloween icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark.Back in 1981, who could have imagined the hostess of a local Hollywood Horror movie show would grow to become a household... Read More →
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Clea DuVall

Clea DuVall has been one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents for over 20 years.  She is admired by many as a gifted actor and has recently garnered attention for her work behind the camera including recognition by The Alice Initiatives as one of the industry’s top 20 rising... Read More →
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Coco Peru

Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru aka Clinton Leupp got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NY after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret” over 25 years ago.On screen, Miss Coco is best known... Read More →
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Heather Matarazzo

Heather Matarazzo has almost 3 decades of award-winning and critically-acclaimed performances in both major studio film as well as independent cinema. Her brilliant work at age 11 as the lead in Todd Solondz' "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (winner of the Grand Jury Award at Sundance and... Read More →
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Heklina

-Creator of Trannyshack, San Francisco’s legendary, long running drag performance nightclub.-Host of "Daytime Realness," San Francisco’s most popular Sunday afternoon dance party, at El Rio bar, Mission District.-Creator of “The Golden Girls Live”, San Francisco’s favorite... Read More →
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Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon is a hard working single mother with ambition. Since winning season 5 of "RuPaul’s Drag Race," she has toured the world performing her original cabaret shows with her music partner, Major Scales. The duo have also released two albums: "The Inevitable Album" & "The... Read More →
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Mink Stole

Mink Stole is best known for her work with filmmaker John Waters, with whom she has created the iconic characters of Connie Marble in "Pink Flamingos," Taffy Davenport in "Female Trouble," and Dottie Hinkle in "Serial Mom," to name a few.  Other film roles include Nancy, the mother... Read More →
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Peaches Christ

Peaches Christ is a filmmaker and cult leader living in San Francisco. Her infamous cult-movie events are self-produced at the Castro Theatre and regularly draw over 1,000 attendees to each new production. Events have featured special guest stars John Waters, Cloris Leachman, Appolonia... Read More →
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Sister Roma

Sister Roma!The Most Photographed Nun In The World™SF Pride Grand MarshalSF Most Notable Drag QueenSF Bay Area Best ActivistFor more than three decades Roma has shined as one of the most outspoken and recognizable members of the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, dedicating... Read More →



Sunday January 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Monday, January 14
 

8:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett, an award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film, and Broadway, most notably "The Carol Burnett Show." Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100... Read More →
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Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick’s theater credits include Off-Broadway productions such as North Shore Fish and Burleigh Grimes. In Los Angeles, she has performed in Big Night (The Kirk Douglas Theatre), Questa, Round Trip, The Santaland Diaries, The Vagina Monologues and The Underpants. Additional... Read More →



Monday January 14, 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Thursday, January 17
 

7:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Julie Klausner

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

Tom Scharpling has been straddling the line between writing, directing and broadcasting for the entirety of his confusing career. As a writer, he wrote for the Emmy®-winning series "Monk" throughout its eight-season run. He also wrote for "Difficult People" starring Julie Klausner... Read More →



Thursday January 17, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Friday, January 18
 

7:00pm

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

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

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

Artists
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Blaine Capatch

Blaine Capatch has been stand-upping for three decades and has written for "@midnight," "MadTV," "The Martin Short Show," "Blue Collar TV," "Web Soup," the "Roast of Bruce Willis," and many, many more! Currently you can find him hosting LA’s cult spectacle "Lucha VaVOOM" and playing... Read More →
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Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk is an Emmy® Award-winning comedy writer, producer, actor, and New York Times best-selling author.In 2015, Odenkirk reprised the character he originated on the hit drama "Breaking Bad," playing the title role in AMC's "Better Call Saul," which has earned him two Critics... Read More →
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Caitlin Gill

Caitlin's stand up has been featured on the Viceland show "Flophouse." She has performed at the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured in Bobcat Goldthwait's... Read More →
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Dana Gould

Dana Gould began his professional comedy career at the age of seventeen. Between ComedyCentral, HBO and Showtime, Dana has six solo stand-up comedy specials to his credit. He has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Conan," and much more.As an actor... Read More →
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Deborah Baker, Jr

Deborah Baker Jr. is an actor/writer/comedian who currently plays Denise Miller on IFC’s wildly funny comedy-horror, "Stan Against Evil." And she plays Esther on "The Great Indoors" on CBS. She is indeed named after her mother Deborah Baker Sr. She was raised in wicked cool Boston... Read More →
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Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon has performed comedy around the world, including the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Dublin, Vancouver, and Montreal Comedy Festivals. He's appeared on "The Howard Stern Show," "This American Life," MSNBC, "Last Call With Carson Daly," "Penn & Teller’s Bullshit," as well as the... Read More →
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Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke hosted by Harmon LeonJoke-e-oke is like karaoke but with classic stand up comedy material, where you – the audience get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Sign up and pick a classic comedy routine of one of your favorite comedians, and then the mic is yours... Read More →
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Nate Mooney

Nate Mooney can be seen as Deputy Leon Drinkwater in IFC’s series “Stan Against Evil”.  Previous TV credits include “Son of Zorn", “Breaking Bad", NBC’s “American Odyssey", FX series “The Riches" and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Feature works include “Push... Read More →
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Steve Agee

Steve is best known for playing Steve Myron on Comedy Central’s "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Outside Dave on Fox’s "New Girl." Prior to that, Steve was a writer for ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and MTV’s "The Andy Milonakis Show." More recently, Steve has made appearances... Read More →
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The Poubelle Twins

The Poubelle Twins (AKA Barbara Ann and Vera Duffy) have been working together since shortly after their embryo split. You may have seen them on stage with Mortified, The Rudy Casoni Variety Show, John Ennis’s Country Western Show, Lucha VaVOOM, or their own A Secret Life of Twins... Read More →



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

7:30pm

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

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

$25, All Ages (Show contains adult material)

Artists
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Betsy Sodaro

Betsy Sodaro is a comedian and actor out of the Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, where you can see her performing every weekend with Bangarang!, Asssscat and Search History. She has been on several TV shows including "Brooklyn 99", "Superstore", "Dr. Ken", "Another Period" and... Read More →
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Dan Lippert

Dan’s an actor and comedian originally from Tucson, Az. Check him out on "The Teacher’s Lounge," an improvised podcast on Earwolf and Stitcher Premium that he co-created with his group, Big Grande. He’s also appeared on "Brooklyn 99," "American Princess," "Comedy Bang Bang... Read More →
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Eric Martin

Eric Martin is a director, producer, and voice actor based in Los Angeles. He produced and directed author Mike Sacks' "Stinker Lets Loose!," the NY Times Bestselling Audible Original (also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn), and co-created the Audible series "Bad Reception" and... Read More →
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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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Justin Michael

Justin is a Los Angeles based writer, comedian, and voice actor. He writes for Cartoon Network’s Infinity Train, co-created and stars in the improvised Audible series Bad Reception, and hosts Batman: The Animated Podcast. You can see him perform every Friday night at UCB Franklin... 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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Marissa Strickland

Marissa Strickland is an actress/writer from Los Angeles, CA. She performed in the 2017 ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase and improvises weekly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Marissa's credits include "Blackish," "Happy Endings," Adult Swim's "Newsreaders," Hulu's "Betch" and... 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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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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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 →



Friday January 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Saturday, January 19
 

4:00pm

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

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

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

Artists
avatar for Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O’Hara is a prolific, multi-award winning actress, writer, and comedian whose film credits include lead and supporting roles in "Beetlejuice," "Home Alone," "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," "After Hours," "Heartburn," "The Life Before This," "Penelope," "Away We Go... Read More →
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Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest directed and starred in "Waiting For Guffman," "Best In Show, "A Mighty Wind," and "For Your Consideration," all of which he wrote with Eugene Levy. He also directed and starred in "This Is Spinal Tap," which he wrote with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner... Read More →
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Ed Begley, Jr.

Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley, Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series, “St. Elsewhere,” for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since... Read More →
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Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy has established himself as one of the most successful comedic character actors in film and television. He has appeared in over sixty motion pictures, eight of which have broken the $100 million dollar mark. Levy launched his career on the hit television series "SCTV... Read More →
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Jane Lynch

Actress Jane Lynch was raised near Chicago and cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre.Lynch is the two-time Emmy winning host of "Hollywood Game Night" and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on "Glee." She will be seen this... 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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Karen Murphy

KAREN MURPHY began her filmmaking career working in the documentary world. The first feature film that she produced was Rob Reiner’s documentary- style comedy, “This is Spinal Tap,” which was selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved in the Library of Congress.Following... Read More →
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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak started as stand-up comedian in San Francisco and became a touring pro by age twenty. Later, Pollak’s role in Rob Reiner’s "A Few Good Men,” proved his ability to stand out on the big screen among cinematic heavyweights. The concept of comedian turned dramatic actor... 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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Michael McKean

Michael McKean has been at it, whatever it is, for a long time. In the early seventies, he joined David L. Lander, Harry Shearer and Richard Beebe in LA’s satirical "Credibility Gap." Lander & McKean went on to complicate the lives of "Laverne & Shirley" on TV. Films followed: "Young... Read More →



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

7:00pm

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

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

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

Artists
avatar for Carla Cackowski

Carla Cackowski

Carla Cackowski is an improviser, writer, and podcaster currently based out of Portland, Oregon. She toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing comedy with The Second City. She's a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and... Read More →
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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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Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon has performed comedy around the world, including the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Dublin, Vancouver, and Montreal Comedy Festivals. He's appeared on "The Howard Stern Show," "This American Life," MSNBC, "Last Call With Carson Daly," "Penn & Teller’s Bullshit," as well as the... Read More →
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John Hodgman

John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia, all of them New York Times Bestsellers, and his writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, This American Life, The New Yorker, and Mad Magazine.After an appearance... Read More →
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Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke hosted by Harmon LeonJoke-e-oke is like karaoke but with classic stand up comedy material, where you – the audience get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Sign up and pick a classic comedy routine of one of your favorite comedians, and then the mic is yours... 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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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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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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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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Steve Agee

Steve is best known for playing Steve Myron on Comedy Central’s "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Outside Dave on Fox’s "New Girl." Prior to that, Steve was a writer for ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and MTV’s "The Andy Milonakis Show." More recently, Steve has made appearances... Read More →



Saturday January 19, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Sunday, January 20
 

1:00pm

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

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

$35/$25, All Ages

Artists
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"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic, the undisputed top dog of musical parody, returns from a four-year hiatus with a championship collection of all new parodies, original tunes and his signature polka medley on the new CD, Poodle Hat (Way Moby/Volcano). Produced by Al himself (as his albums have... Read More →
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Andy Richter

Actor and writer, Andy Richter, returned to his role as announcer and sidekick to Conan O’Brien on the show, "Conan," when it premiered on November 8, 2010. Richter rose to fame in 1993 as O’Brien’s sidekick on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and reprised this role on "The... Read More →
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Bill Corbett

Bill Corbett is a former writer and actor for the cult TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000," playing the robot Crow and the alien Brain Guy. He’s now a principal performer, writer, and producer for RiffTrax.com.Corbett’s voice will be heard as a regular cast member on Adult Swim’s "Tigtone" in 2019.He’s the host of the podcast "Bill Corbett’s Funhouse."Corbett is also a screenwriter and playwright. His screenplay "Starship Dave" was made into a movie starring Eddie Murphy (and retitled "Meet Dave"). His plays h... Read More →
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Conor Lastowka

Conor Lastowka is a Senior Writer-Producer who has worked at RiffTrax since day one. He performs as the voice of DisembAudio on RiffTrax MP3s and you've seen him onstage at the MST3K Reunion Live Show.
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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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Eric Martin

Eric Martin is a director, producer, and voice actor based in Los Angeles. He produced and directed author Mike Sacks' "Stinker Lets Loose!," the NY Times Bestselling Audible Original (also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn), and co-created the Audible series "Bad Reception" and... 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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Kevin Murphy

Next to his work for Rifftrax, Kevin Murphy is perhaps best known for portraying the stout red robot Tom Servo on the TV series "Mystery Science Theater 3000" for nine seasons. He’s also the author of the HarperCollins book "A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey."Kevin... Read More →
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Lucy Davis

Lucy’s first job as an actress was at the age of 20, when she played Maria Lucas in the BBC/A&E adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.A few years later, she starred in the Golden Globe winning BBC comedy “The Office,” playing Dawn Tinsley... 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 →



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

4:00pm

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

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

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Laraine Newman

Laraine Newman is a native of Los Angeles and began her career at the age of 15 when the improv group she worked with was hired to bring culture and self-expression to the youth of East LA and South Central.After High School she went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau... 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 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Friday, January 25
 

7:00pm

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

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

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

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Brian Huskey

Brian Huskey is an actor, writer, producer, and improvisor, performing for more than 20 years of at the UCB Theater.  With over 170 credits on film and television, Huskey is proudly classified as a “That Guy” but is best known for his role as Leon West on HBO’s “Veep... Read More →
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Chris Garcia

Chris Garcia is a comedian, television writer, and podcaster from Los Angeles.You may have seen him tell his jokes on his very own half hour special on Comedy Central,  "This Is Not Happening," "Adam Devine’s House Party," and "@Midnight." Chris was named a New Face at the 2016... Read More →
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Florentina Tanase

Florentina Tanase is a San Francisco-based comic, born in Romania and raised to be an elated pessimist. Florentina has performed at Cobb's Comedy, The Punchline, The World Famous Comedy Store and for an unassuming Airbnb host. Florentina’s captivating anecdotes about living in rural... Read More →
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Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke hosted by Harmon LeonJoke-e-oke is like karaoke but with classic stand up comedy material, where you – the audience get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Sign up and pick a classic comedy routine of one of your favorite comedians, and then the mic is yours... 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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Mike Phirman

Mike Phirman is incredibly uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person, so he is going to write his bio in the second person.You are a musician and music producer who lives in Los Angeles. You were in a comedy music duo called "Hard 'n Phirm" that made a half-hour Comedy... Read More →
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Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix’s series adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The third season will premiere in January 2019.  Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards... Read More →
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Nori Reed

Nori isn’t just a comedian based in Oakland, California. Nori is a lifestyle. When she isn’t perfecting her skin care routine or thinking about the devastating impact of U.S. imperialism, Nori performs at LGBTQ community events and comedy clubs all over the Bay Area. Currently... Read More →
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Paul Conyers

Vegans. The South. His own ineptitude. Paul Conyers spares no one with his confident, high-energy style of comedy. This former college basketball bench warmer isn't afraid to commit a few dirty fouls to make you laugh.
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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 →
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Stephnie Weir

Stephnie Weir got her comedy start in Chicago improvising at The I.O. and performing as a main stage cast member at The Second City.  She made a “temporary” move to LA to join the cast of Mad TV and has now lived there eighteen years. Steph has been on a slew of fun shows like Crazy... Read More →
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Tami Sagher

Tami Sagher was a writer and producer for "How I Met Your Mother."  She was also a writer on HBO's "Bored to Death" and "30 Rock" on NBC. She is an alumna of the Second City mainstage and etc theaters in Chicago, and has been featured on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Knocked Up," and... Read More →
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Tanael Joachim

Tanael Joachim is a standup comedian born and raised in Haiti who currently resides in Brooklyn. He dropped out of college and followed his dreams being a standup comedian in 2012, against the wishes of his Haitian parents. Since then, he's performed on "Gotham Comedy Live" on AXS... Read More →



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

10:30pm

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

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

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

$25, All Ages (Show contains adult material)

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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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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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Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress, writer and 4 season cast member on "Saturday Night Live." She just released her first one hour special, “Pizza Mind” to rave reviews. She received improv and sketch training from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and performs stand up... 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 →



Friday January 25, 2019 10:30pm - 11:59pm
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Saturday, January 26
 

7:00pm

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

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

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avatar for Alyssa Westerlund

Alyssa Westerlund

Alyssa Westerlund's sweet, innocent looks belie her wicked sense of humor and spot on delivery. She inspires women and melts men: like toy soldiers in the microwave. Alyssa's comedy will rip your guts out, tear your heart to pieces, grab you by the genitalia and not let go until you're... Read More →
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Joke-e-oke

Joke-e-oke hosted by Harmon LeonJoke-e-oke is like karaoke but with classic stand up comedy material, where you – the audience get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Sign up and pick a classic comedy routine of one of your favorite comedians, and then the mic is yours... 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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Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is known for such seminal television programs as "The State," "Stella," and "Michael and Michael Have Issues," all of which he co-created, wrote, and starred in. In addition to performing stand-up across the country, Black has appeared in many films and television... Read More →
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Ruby Gill

Ruby has performed at the Throckmorton Theatre, Desi Comedy Fest, and Outsourced Comedy Tour. Along with having the distinct pleasure of roasting "Saved By The Bell" star Dustin Diamond, Ruby currently produces "Local Talent," a monthly showcase at Milk Bar in the historic Haight-Ashbury... Read More →
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Ryan Stout

Ryan Stout is a well-crafted and seasoned comedian who has performed all over the world. A regular guest on "Chelsea Lately," Ryan has also appeared on "CONAN," HBO’s "Funny as Hell," Comedy Central’s "Live at Gotham," and his own half-hour special: "Comedy Central Presents... Read More →
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Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny reprises his role as Rocko’s best friend, “Heffer Wolfe,” in Nickelodeon’s all-new original TV special "Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling," based on the classic ‘90s hit. The notable voice actor is widely known for his lead role in Nickelodeon’s hit animated... Read More →
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Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas

Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas are a Los Angeles-based RocknRoll/Soul/R&B band that “brings the party” wherever and whenever they perform. They are the embodiment of no-holds-barred, all-in rocknroll. Simply put, their mission statement can be summed up as follows: “Hey, let’s have... Read More →


Saturday January 26, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Speakeasy 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Sunday, January 27
 

4:00pm

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

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Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix’s series adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The third season will premiere in January 2019.  Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards... Read More →



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