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16 Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off

A scene from Napoleon Dynamite, celebrating its 10th anniversary at SF Sketchfest. Photo courtesy of cultfilm-icons

SF Sketchfest starts on January 23 and mixes in with all the regular flood of comedy that comes through the city. Get ready for an onslaught of funny in the upcoming weeks. It's going to be spectacular.

Cellar Dwellers 
Enjoy a night of "Dwellers," a group of professional comics with a distinct voice that represent the diversity — and comedy — that San Francisco has to offer.
When:
8:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 15
Where: Purple Onion at Kells, 530 Jackson St.

Speechless 
From the minds that brought you Mortified SF and The Freeze, is this brilliant display of Power Point presentations. Yes, you heard that right. It's an evening of business presentations — without any preparation. Watch comedians, entertainers, and audience members do presentations with absolutely no knowledge of what they are talking about.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, January 16
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St.


Loni Love
You've seen her do her thing on Chelsea Lately and you've probably seen her numerous times on Comedy Central...or any other comedy show for that matter. If you don't know who Loni Love is, then I don't know what else to tell you.
When: 9 p.m., Friday, January 17 
Where: The Rrazz Room in Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

S~~t and Champagne 
D’Arcy Drollinger (of the live versions of Sex and the City and Friends) gives a glorious tribute to female empowerment and the magic that was '70s exploitation films in this high-kicking, ass-whooping comedy. 
When: 8 p.m., Friday, January 17
Where: Rebel, 1772 Market St.

Sean Patton & Chris Porter
You may recognize Chris from Last Comic Standing and Sean has been all around when it comes to touring comedians. Together, they will give you one helluva a show. You get TWO for the price of ONE!
When: Various times, January 17-19
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.


Improvised Downton Abbey
The title pretty much says it all. I mean, who wouldn't want to see the characters from this upstairs/downstairs world placed in the land of audience suggestions and "Yes, and..."? The results will be nothing short of brilliant.
When: 8 p.m., Saturday, January 18
Where: Bayfront Theater, 2 Marina Blvd., Building B

Kris Tinkle
The native San Franciscan comes back home to record a follow up to his comedy album "Almost Awesome."
When: Various times, January 21-23
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.

Slanted Comedy
Introduced to the world by Edwin San Juan in 2005, the comedy showcase features some of the best Asian American comics out there in the world — and there are a lot them. 
When: 8 p.m., Thursday January 23
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.


Napoleon Dynamite 10th Anniversary with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Diedrich Bader
In one of many movie anniversaries at SF Sketchfest, the stars of the cult favorite come to celebrate with ligers and sweet dance moves.
When:
 7 p.m., Thursday, January 23
Where: The Castro Theater, 429 Castro St.

Iron Comic with Nato Green & Moshe Kasher
Bay Area natives Nato Green and Moshe Kasher host a night of impromptu stand-up comedy. Think of Iron Chef but instead of chefs and cooking, five comedians have to write a routine in 10 minutes. 
When: 8 p.m., Friday, January 24
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.


David Koechner
If you thought he was funny as Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, then imagine how much you'll laugh your ass off at his stand-up.
When: 8 p.m., Saturday, January 25
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

SF Sketchfest Tribute: A Conversation with Key and Peele
Key and Peele are probably the hottest comic sketch duo on TV right now, so having a conversation with the two of them is well worth it.
When: 1 p.m., Saturday, January 25
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.

Totally J/K with Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel
Joe Mande writes for Parks and Recreation. Noah Garfinkel writes for Workaholics. Imagine the funny that will happen when they are together with Jon Daly, Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestrim, and Jenny Slate in a variety show.
When: 11:45 p.m., Saturday, January 25
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


Mike Birbiglia
The lauded stand-up comedian and director of the indie comedy Sleepwalk With Me brings his show, Thank God For Jokes to our fine city.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 26
Where: Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St.

Mortified: Tournament of Angst!
The popular show of embarrassing stories comes to SF Sketchfest in an effort to see who has the most humilating story. Because laughing at someone's embarrassing past is the best.
When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 28
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.

Gang Bang Comedy Show
Charlie Ballard hosts the first Hella Gay Comedy show of the year with the Bay Area's best comedians including Casey Ley, Justin Lucas, Carrie Avritt, Jesus Fuentes, Yuri Kagen, Sampson McCormick and more!
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 29
Where: Playland Bar, 1351 Polk St.