Get Ready for Belly Laughs at SF Sketchfest in 2019

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December 3, 2018
Get Ready for Belly Laughs at SF Sketchfest in 2019

5 Reasons To Laugh 'Til It Hurts At SF Sketchfest

Kicking off 2019 on a funny note, SF Sketchfest returns for another raucous offering of hearty belly laughs Jan. 10 - 27. SF Sketchfest debuted in 2002 to highlight Bay Area sketch comedy groups. Fast forward to today and this annual event is now a nationally recognized festival, mixing national headliners, local favorites, and the best up-and-coming groups for a month of sketch, improv and stand-up comedy. 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.

San Francisco 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 long-running shows Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Beach Blanket Babylon, and comedians Margaret Cho and the late, great Robin Williams, both from the Bay Area and who launched their careers here in San Francisco. With the city’s vivid comedic history and vibrant contemporary scene, you’d be silly not to take in at least one performance of Sketchfest, chock full of major comedy stars and diverse programming, such as live performances, podcasts and panel discussions.

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

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Superstore
Sat. Jan. 12 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Castro Theatre
NBC's half-hour sitcom, Superstore, is featured in this conversation and Q&A with the cast and creator. Guests include stars America Ferrara, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom, and more, with creator and producer Justin Spritzer. More info and tickets here. Co-star and comedian Nico Santos will also appear; you can catch his stand-up at the Marines' Memorial Theatre on the night before.

SF Sketchfest Tribute: Carol Burnett
Mon. Jan. 14. at 8 - 9:15 p.m. at Castro Theatre
Comedy legend and award-winning actress Carol Burnett is honored with a an in-person conversation and Q&A. More info and tickets here.

SF Sketchfest at Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences
Thu. Jan. 17 at 6 - 10 p.m. at California Academy of Sciences
Enjoy an evening of comedy, science, eating, and drinking for adults over 21 at the Academy's Nightlife. Stand-up from Jon Glaser, plus live podcasts from "Sawbones", "You Should Know This!", and much more will be featured. More info and tickets here.

SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy
Multiple nights at The Speakeasy
The Speakeasy hosts a live, immersive comedy experience with select headliners performing an early and late set in the Mainstage Cabaret, with experiences throughout the venue. David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Dan Gould, John Hodgman & Paul F Tompkins, and Scott Adsit are the headliners to catch. More info and tickets here.

Audible presents Gustafer Yellowgold, featuring Morgan Taylor and Special Guest Mike Phirman
Sun. Jan. 27 at 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Swedish American Hall
Described by The New York Times as "Dr. Seuss meets 'Yellow Submarine'", Grammy® nominated artist Morgan Taylor presents his unique music and animation show. This touching and funny presentation comes with a lot of crossover adult appeal. More info and tickets here.

Other festival highlights include conversations with Margaret Cho, Bruce Campbell, Julie Klausner, the cast of "Superstore", drag queen Peaches Christ, and much more. A full calendar of sketch comedy, stand-up, improv, podcasts, tv show and film screening, game shows, and variety shows is on deck in the 2019 lineup,

For a complete schedule of events and up-to-date lineup information, and to purchase tickets, please visit

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