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.
The world-class comedy showcase SF Sketchfest returns with an insanely well-curated program of top-notch comedians, anniversary film screenings, star-studded panels, and tributes to some of entertainment's legendary and notorious cutups, including actor Alan Arkin (The In-Laws), television stars Key & Peele, and the greatest band in history Tenacious D.
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.
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.
If you want to have a successful excursion in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between "pre-game" drink, food and a show, we bring you the Date Night series — a block-by-block guide to weekend itineraries that only require one parking space. For this weekend's crawl, how about a night exploring the high and the low in North Beach.
SF Sketchfest kicked off last night at the Marines' Memorial Theatre with a performance by the always-funny Upright Citizens Brigade. For the next few weeks, the city will be graced with some serious comedic talent, including SNL and MacGruber's Will Forte, who's in town this weekend for a smattering of Sketchfest performances. He's a part of the "Celebrity Autobiography" show tonight (and Saturday) and also the 'Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Hour,' along with Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), on Saturday. We caught up with Forte via phone to talk growing up in the Bay Area, favorite SNL hosts and what he's excited for at Sketchfest.
It's early January, the time of holiday come-downs and buckled up New Year's resolutions. Um, snore. Thankfully, we can look forward to a star-studded SF Sketchfest, which blows through town from January 13- Feb 5, offering three weeks of top-notch comedy to shake things up a bit.
It's Sketchfest's 10th anniversary this year, and they're pulling out a serious rolodex of comedy heavyweights. Dan Aykroyd, Neil Patrick Harris, Fred Willard, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Will Forte, Garry Shandling, Candice Bergen, James L. Brooks, Cloris Leachman and Kristen Schaal will all be performing.
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