SF Sketchfest, the city's nationally renowned comedy showcase reminds us that, thankfully, this is a town brimming with choice stand-up comedy. Before tech ilk, foodies, and suburban-born street art warriors dominated the city's cultural vibe, comedy ruled. Robin Williams. The Purple Onion. Margaret Cho. North Beach. The roster of names and venues is seemingly endless. And with that, here are seven important reasons why you should buy tickets now to see SF Sketchfest.
Thanksgiving is upon us and before we know it, the holidays will be in full swing. That said, there is plenty of opportunity to laugh your ass off before approaching the hectic magic that is the holiday season. God knows you'll need it.
From drag re-enactments of Friends to stoner comedians to stars from Arrested Development, there are loads of reasons to laugh in the next two weeks.
Attention sad sacks, Eeyores, and Ms. Deborah Downer: your time is up. A bevy of delightfully demented comedic minds storms the city for SF Sketchfest starting Thursday, ready to chip away at your seasonal affective disorder. The festival brings together the country's best and brightest stars and schleppers from the worlds of stand-up, sketch comedy, sitcoms, improv and films—including a special screening of The Naked Gun starring the late, great Leslie Nielsen at the Castro Theatre—featuring onstage interviews with director David Zucker and leading lady Priscilla Presley—proudly sponsored by 7x7.
Count Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers among the world's thinking-man's comedians.
I'm mid-interview with Sam Brown and Zach Cregger from the sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U'Know, searching for the words that might explain what makes them hilarious, as if they needed one more testimonial. They don't, of course — their IFC show and millions of YouTube video fans are proof that something they're doing is working. But what is it, exactly, that runs through all of their sketches?
For one, they know when to not say "When." They'll often take ideas and extend them and milk them until no surplus jokes remain, and then they'll milk it a bit more.
A good way to tell if Norm MacDonald is killing a standup set is to just watch how much he’s giggling to himself. For whatever reason, when the cameras aren’t rolling, the comic icon lets his guard down and drops the trademark deadpan just a bit, but only when he knows he’s really hit on some new bizarre thought — the kind of thought that only he and his cultish, devoted following could find laughable.