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Saturday, January 12
 

10:00am

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

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

Artists
avatar for Kevin McDonald

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 →



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

1:00pm

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

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

Artists
avatar for Eva Victor

Eva Victor

Eva Victor is an actor, writer and comedian originally from San Francisco. She is an editor at Reductress and an actor with the Story Pirates. You can see her on "MTV Decoded" and "The Special Without Brett Davis." Or, catch her co-hosting the monthly Reductress show "Haha Wow!" and... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Garron

Taylor Garron

Taylor Garron is an actress, standup comedian, and comedy writer based out of Brooklyn. She's an editor at Reductress, and her writing can be found in numerous comedy publications, such as College Humor and The Onion. Her favorite credit is that she was a cast member on the PBS Kids... Read More →



Saturday January 12, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Sunday, January 13
 

10:00am

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

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

Artists
avatar for Kevin McDonald

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 →



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

1:00pm

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

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

Artists
avatar for Eva Victor

Eva Victor

Eva Victor is an actor, writer and comedian originally from San Francisco. She is an editor at Reductress and an actor with the Story Pirates. You can see her on "MTV Decoded" and "The Special Without Brett Davis." Or, catch her co-hosting the monthly Reductress show "Haha Wow!" and... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Garron

Taylor Garron

Taylor Garron is an actress, standup comedian, and comedy writer based out of Brooklyn. She's an editor at Reductress, and her writing can be found in numerous comedy publications, such as College Humor and The Onion. Her favorite credit is that she was a cast member on the PBS Kids... Read More →


Sunday January 13, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 19
 

11:00am

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

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

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 →
avatar for Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski

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



Saturday January 19, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 26
 

1:00pm

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

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

Artists
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Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK! (www.risk-show.com ), and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in "Reno 911!," VH1′s "Best Week Ever," Comedy Central’s "Viva Variety" and "Stella... Read More →



Saturday January 26, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Sunday, January 27
 

11:00am

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

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

Artists
avatar for Brian Palermo

Brian Palermo

BRIAN PALERMO may be a familiar face to some from his numerous television appearances. He has guest-starred recently on "Modern Family," "2 Broke Girls" and "The League" among others. And he is a recurring correspondent for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."He is an engaging actor... Read More →



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