2017 San Francisco Sketchfest

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December 21, 2016

5 Reasons To Laugh Till It Hurts At SF Sketchfest

The San Francisco Sketchfest has ended. Check out our website for current events in the area.

Kicking off 2017 on a funny note, SF Sketchfest returns for another raucous offering of hearty belly laughs Jan. 12 - 29. This year’s performances are sure to be filled with plenty of “ha-ha” funny moments, but don’t be surprised if some events feature the other kind of funny: strange, weird, and awkward. Either way, there’ll be no shortage of entertaining acts with the potential to bring you to tears one way or another.  

The city has strong roots in show-stopping, knee-slapping comedy. The Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club are two top local venues that have been generating giggles for over 30 years and regularly host the best and the brightest in comedy. And let’s not forget Margaret Cho and the late, great Robin Williams, both from the Bay Area and who launched their careers here in San Francisco.

The city’s vivid comedic history and vibrant contemporary scene aside, you’d be silly not to take in at least one performance during the two weeks chock full of major comedy stars, the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world, sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops and panel discussions.

Here are 5 (of many) reasons you need to get tickets to SF Sketchfest:

Dr. God with special guest Matthew Lillard / Bear Supply, Hosted by Andie Main
Fri. Jan. 20 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Brava Theater Center
The Dr. God Revival takes the stories of a guest Revivalist and weaves together a series of hilarious improvised scenes that rip the very fabric of space and time and leave you exhilarated, exhausted, and hungry for more. For Sketchfest, they are incredibly excited to welcome back one of their all-time favorite hosts and storytellers, Matthew Lillard. Dr. God suggests you leave your mind at home if you don’t want it blown. More info and tickets here.

Audible presents Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency, with host Caitlin Gill and guests Michael Ian Black, Joel Kim Booster, Jonathan Coulton, Jo Firestone and Claudia O'Doherty 
Sat. Jan. 14 at 10 - 11:30 p.m. at Brava Theater Center
This Audible Channels show takes the very best of the McSweeney’s humor site and brings it to life with performances from comedians and special guests. Come see a live version of the show and experience the wit of McSweeney's in a whole new way. More info and tickets here.

Zamata & Byer with Sasheer Zamata & Nicole Byer / Sadie Hawkins Day, Hosted by Matt Kirshen
Sat. Jan. 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Swedish American Hall
Join Sasheer Zamata ("Saturday Night Live") and Nicole Byer (MTV's "Girl Code") for an afternoon of improvisational comedy! With an opening sketch comedy set by Sadie Hawkins Day. Hosted by Matt Kirshen ("Last Comic Standing"). More info and tickets here.

Double Bill: Bill Irwin and Bill Frisell Perform Songs and Scenes from Vaudeville, with special guests Geoff Hoyle and Kenny Wollesen
Fri. Jan. 27 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. at The Nourse
Tony Award-winning physical comedian Bill Irwin teams up with Grammy Award-winning guitarist Bill Frisell for a once-in-a-lifetime evening of new and classic scenes and songs from American Vaudeville. Joined by Irwin's fellow Pickle Family Circus alumnus Geoff Hoyle and Frisell's longtime percussionist collaborator Kenny Wollesen as special guests, expect an evening of clowning, dancing, wordplay and songs from some of the world's most creative artists in their fields. More info and tickets here.

IFC Sketch Comedy Showcase with Blade Brown, Dawson's Queef, Kasper Hauser, Naptime and The Templeton Philarmonic, hosted by Ronna and Beverly
Sun. January 29 at 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Cobbs Comedy Club
IFC, home of "Always on Slightly-Off" comedy, and SF Sketchfest present a showcase with some of the best up-and-coming sketch comedy groups hosted by Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo (stars of the acclaimed podcast "Ronna & Beverly"). With sets from local legends Kasper Hauser, Blade Brown (Los Angeles), Dawson's Queef (Phoenix), Naptime (San Francisco), and The Templeton Philarmonic (Toronto). More info and tickets here.

For more events and up-to-date info, visit sfsketchfest.com.

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