Ever wanted to rub elbows with a TV icon? I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden, who wore the Miss San Francisco crown in 1951, will receive a homecoming fit for a queen this Sunday at the Castro. The evening's entertainment will include an on-stage interview with Eden, a Jeannie Look-A-Like Contest, a career highlight reel, performances by the Garden of Eden Belly Dancing Superstars, and a special screen surprise. Following those festivities, Eden will host an autograph and book signing. For tickets, click here. Elsewhere:
1. The Big Uneasy
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
With Frameline35 wrapping up Sunday and the Jewish Film Festival (July 21 – Aug. 8) right around the corner, now is the time to take a breather from the festival circuit and check out one of these offerings currently playing at an indie theater near you.
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
“I’m very angry, and I have to be honest about it. Sometimes I’m so mad I can’t even breathe.” So says an unsmiling Conan O’Brien, still stewing over his unceremonious dismissal from NBC’s Tonight Show, mired in the season of his discontent and planning a 32-city tour to serenade fans inflamed by his ousting.
That was last year, before O’Brien made his well-documented return to late-night TV on TBS, where he plays to some million viewers a night, one-third of his audience during his final six months on the Peacock. Whether the ginger-haired giant is still seething over the breakup is anyone’s guess, but in Rodman Flender’s Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, the wounds are still fresh.
Bearded, buoyant and borderline belligerent, an awesomely inebriated Conan O'Brien, flanked by two of his equally sloshed comedic buddies Patton Oswalt and Andy Richter, offered up nuggets of sage advice and spontaneous comedic gems to Herbst Theatre's audience on Saturday. The theatre was packed to the gills with staunch members of Team Coco celebrating the 9th Annual SF Sketchfest.
Best known as Conan O’Brien’s affable talk-show sidekick, absorbing good-natured barbs from the host and tossing off a few of his own, Andy Richter once vacated his spot on the Late Night couch to try his hand as a star going solo. The result was a pair of short-lived sitcoms, FOX’s Andy Richter Controls the Universe and NBC’s Andy Barker, P.I.
When Conan O'Brien got brutally booted from NBC's late night pantheon earlier this year, the entire nation felt his pain and joined Team Coco. Countless television interviews and one sold-out revenge themed comedy tour later, Conan has slowed down just enough to sit down with his comrades Andy Richter and Patton Oswalt at Herbst Theatre this Saturday, July 17
It's been quite a year for Conan O'Brien. He got ousted from the venerable Tonight Show timeslot and traded barbs with network execs and Leno. On the upside, he quickly rebounded with free publicity and a strong following of Team Coco supporters. (We're sure the $32 million settlement with NBC didn't hurt.) How will loyal fans survive until his lanky frame returns to primetime on TBS this October? Along the route of Conan's live comedy tour, which stops at the Nob Hill Masonic Center for two performances Apr. 22-23. Featuring an opening act by comedy beat-boxer Reggie Watts and a collection of skits old and new, the nearly sold-out tour is proof that Conan will be around ... in the year 3000.
The hour is almost upon us: SF Sketchfest, the nearly three-week-long smorgasbord of top comedians that brightens up each January, begins this week. Since the festival is long, with lots of events each day, we're going to break our recommendations into two posts: the first will cover this week's events, from opening day, Thursday, January 14, through Thursday, January 21, and the second, next week, will offer recommendations for the bottom half of the proceedings. Tickets for all the events listed below are available from Sketchfest's website, or the individual venues.